Govt approves new trekking, tourist routes in Ladakh



NEW DELHI: In a step bound to boost both the tourism sector and local economy in Ladakh region, the Union government has cleared a proposal for new routes for tourists and trekkers. The Home Ministry has approved a proposal of Jammu and Kashmir state administration to open new tourist routes, including Merak-Lema Bend; Chushul-Kartsangla-Mahe; Durbuk-Shahikul-Tharuk-Sato Kargyam-Parma-Erath-Chushul and Loma-Hanley; Korzok-Nurbo-Sumdo-Parangla-Kazaand and Agyam-Shayok-Durbuk.

The new trekking routes include Phyang-Dokla-Hunder Dok-Hunder; Basgo-Ney-Hunder Dok-Hunder; Temisgam-Largyap-Panchathang-Skuru and Saspol-Saspochey-Rakurala-Skuru.

The validity of permits for movement of tourists within Leh district has also been increased from seven days to 15 days.

However in view of security and safety issues, night stay is not permitted on most of these routes for tourists and trekkers.

A coordination committee at the district-level chaired by the Deputy Commissioner, Leh, with the representatives of Army, J&K Police, ITBP and other security agencies will be formed for management of the new routes. The committee will meet once in three months to ensure smooth management of the existing as well as new routes, the ministry’s press release said.

Media reports quoted Nasir Sogami, former minister of state for home and tourism in the National Conference government: “This is good news. We were fighting for more routes to be opened for trekkers in the Ladakh region. This region has a huge potential to become the adventure tourism capital of the country.”

NV Newsdesk