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A way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1st visit

It is 10 years in 2014 since my first visit to Ladakh. There is something to celebrate I believe and thought going to Ladakh in winter would be a good way of celebration. That's what I did last January. Without any booking except that for the flights, with no specific plans, without big preparations. Just there was more cloth than usually in my rucksack.

I wanted to check how Ladakh looks like in winter. How much snow is there? How freezing is it?

I wanted to check what an independent trekker could do there in winter. I didn't mean the famous chadar which would require going in a group. As usually, I wanted to trek independently with all my stuff on my back (no guide, no horses) and on my own.

I expected it would be cold so decided not to take tent and rely on homestay accommodation. I also expected high passes to be difficult and quite dangerous for a solo trekker so I was thinking about rather easier routes along valleys with relatively short daily stages which could always finish in a village.

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Stok Kangri seen from Leh on a January morning

photographic galleries

Photographs get tell you more than many words. They have also inspired many travels. Here are links to some fantastic photos of Ladakh which I found on the web. Watch and get inspired to your explorations of the region!

about Ladakh.pl

The website is dedicated to Ladakh, the Himalayan region of northern India. It is intended to be a information centre where you could find useful links, suggestions and inspirations. There are lists of books and maps, links to news, photo galleries, NGOs. The "what's on" page lets you follow all the recent tweets about Ladakh on a single page.

The site has been started in January 2010 and has been undergoing major rearrangements in September and October 2013. You may check the old version of the site here. It contains the Ladakh.pl Forum which has been discontinued.

what's going on in Ladakh

You may find all the recent tweets (posts on Twitter) about Ladakh here. The page is intended to be a single source to follow everything hot about the region. Watch other's photos and videos, follow links. Be up to date and get inspired to travel to #Ladakh ;)

trek & travel related pages

This is intended to be the site to visit before the visit to Ladakh. You will find a handful of links to travel as well as health information which may vital before you trip.

maps of Ladakh

It would be difficult to travel (not even saying about trekking) without a map. Here is a choice of Ladakh maps to let you know what's available.

articles about Ladakh

I try to put a link here whenever I find an interesting short reading about the region.

videos, time-lapse presentations, slideshows

Whenever I find a stunning slideshow, video or time-laps show I embed it here to let you watch the beautiful Ladakh too! If you find something that I've missed, do not hesitate to contact me.

books about Ladakh

A Ladakh bibliography - list of books which I have found interesting, useful, inspiring or important. Hope it will help you to fill up your own Ladakh bookshelf.
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