We all dream about camping in the Himalayas. When it comes to camping in remote places like Ladakh, who among us does not want to sleep under a billion star-studded sky in the middle of pristine nature?
Q1. Can I pitch my own camps in Ladakh?
Yes, you can pitch your camps almost anywhere in Ladakh. However, whenever possible, I will suggest that you pitch them at a place where there are some dhabha tents put up by the locals or where other camping guys pitch their camps or somewhere near a local house in the village or their garden/lawn.
All you will need is to gently ask them (villagers/dhabha guys/camping guys) for permission to pitch the camp. Most likely, they will allow, otherwise negotiate for a small little tip or move on to some other such place nearby. Some of them will allow if you buy food from the dhabha they might be running.
This will give you an immense sense of security from the loneliness (especially when you are a newbie) as well as wild animals 🙂 🙂 …
Please make sure you avoid pitching the camps at Ramsar sites or wetland reserves like Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri where camping is prohibited. You should pitch the camps away from the lakes, mostly 500 meters. As Ladakh has a decent army presence, you must take care that you are not pitching your camps in the army zone or security-sensitive zones near border areas.
In the end, you should leave nothing behind at your camping site but footprints.
Do not forget to read the important tips on camping in Leh Ladakh
Q2. Can I pitch my own camps at Pangong Tso?
You cannot pitch camps near Pangong Tso lake because it is a designated Wetland Reserve Ramsar site. However, you can pitch the camps away from the lake where other camps are present or nearby Man, Merak, Spangmik and Lukung villages.
Please help in preserving nature and do not camp at the shores of Pangong Tso. There is a reason it is designated as a wetland reserve, let’s do our best to protect it.
Q3. Can I pitch my own camps at Tso Moriri?
Similar to Pangong Tso, you cannot pitch camps near Tso Moriri lake as well because it is also a designated Wetland Reserve Ramsar site. You can pitch your camps away from the Tso Moriri lake where other camps are present or nearby Korzok village.
Please help in preserving nature and do not camp at the shores of Tso Moriri lake. There is a reason it is designated as a wetland reserve, let’s do our best to protect it.
In this video, let’s look at some essential tips which you should keep in mind while camping in Ladakh.
If you need more information about where to pitch your camps in Ladakh or if you can pitch your tents in Ladakh or not, then continue reading my detailed blog article about them at https://devilonwheels.com/camping-in-ladakh/
0:53 About DevilOnWheels
1:13 Camping in Ladakh Tips
2:00 Where can I camp in Ladakh?
2:38 Don’t camp at restricted sites
3:26 Camp near water stream & less wind zone
3:48 Fasten camps properly
4:27 Put off your fire 100%
4:52 Acclimatization is the key again
5:46 Maintain Hygiene & wash hands
6:15 Carry camping essentials
6:33 Don’t leave food open
6:45 Leave nothing but footprints
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