Amid Omicron concerns, Ladakh suspends winter tourism activities

Leh in Ladakh
Leh in Ladakh, July 5, 2020. File photo: PTI

The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has put the tourism sector in crisis once again.

In Ladakh, which is one of the favourite tourist destinations, authorities have said that they are suspending winter recreations and tourism activities. In a disappointment to travel enthusiasts, Leh deputy commissioner Shrikant Suse issued the order, which states that all tourism activities have been suspended until further notice.

Chadar trek too suspended

Even the Chadar trek, the adventurous 105-km trek over the frozen Zanskar River, has also been suspended. The week-long Chaddar trek, which is a favourite among adventure enthusiasts, begins from Chilling. The trek over slippery ice terrain offers an exhilarating experience for adventure travellers.

Several people from various parts of the country, including Kerala, head to Ladakh for this adventurous trek. The popular Chadar trek is held during the months of January and February.

Not just trekking, the expedition that goes in search of snow leopards has also been suspended. The expedition was started in the Rushpu Valley in Leh to encourage tourism.

The Apricot Blossom Festival, which was slated to be held in Kargil during the months of January and February, has also been suspended due to Omicron.


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