The most popular and visited place in Ladakh, Pangong Lake is also the top spot for camping in Ladakh. The breathtaking lakeside has a number of spots for self camping. There are also multiple campsites that provide tents and basic amenities like food, water, bedding and warm clothes.
Note: Camping at Pangong Lake has been banned by the authorities. However, some campsites are operational at times. Check before visiting.
Tso Moriri is the largest high altitude lakes in India located between Ladakh and Tibet, at an altitude of 4,595m. This stretch of sparkling, crystal clear, alkaline water is accessible only during the summer months. For self-camping at Tso Moriri, talk to the locals first at most of the land is owned by them. There are some camps along the lake providing tents and basic amenities.
Another popular camping site in Ladakh, Nubra Valley is stunning with snow-clad mountains and beautiful monasteries. It is also famous for Bactrian camel rides. There are a number of camping sites at Nubra Valley providing a basic and luxury camping experience along with mouth-watering food.
Note: Nubra Valley region is currently under military supervision because the road further leads to the Siachen base camp. All foreign nationals need to get a protected area permit, and Indian travellers need to obtain an Inner Line Permit to enter the Nubra valley.
Located in the Kargil district of Ladakh is the bewitching Zanskar Valley. It is known for raw landscape and is mostly travelled to for trekking and river rafting. Zanskar is also a popular camping site with some stunning spots for self camping.
Thiksey Monastery is one of the most significant monasteries in Leh Ladakh and also a good camping spot. The twelve-storey monastery is located on top of a hill, giving magnificent views of the town as well as the Indus valley below. There are some camping sites near the monastery which also provide adventure activities rafting and cycling.