As part of a recent Omicron update, the administration of Ladakh has cancelled all prominent winter tourist activities, including the extremely popular Chadar Trek, due to concerns about an increase in the number of Omicron cases in the region. Despite the fact that the new COVID-19 variant is less lethal, it is extremely contagious. To avoid taking any chances, the Ladakh government has decided against doing so.
Chadar Trekking is a popular adventure activity that adventurers participate in on a regular basis. Trekkers can reach the frozen Zanskar River after a taxing 105-kilometer journey. Another popular activity that was cancelled this year was a snow leopard sighting expedition, which was another popular activity. The activity was initiated in order to promote tourism in the Rupshu Valley, which is located in Leh.
Vice-Commissioner Shrikant Suse took to Twitter to announce that ChadarTrek 2022, a snow leopard sighting expedition, and other winter activities in the district would be suspended until further notice.
The Omicron virus has also forced the cancellation of the famous apricot blossom festival, which is held in Kargil district during the months of January and February. The 2020 lockdown and the border spat with China have taken a significant toll on tourism in the region, which is primarily reliant on the summer tourist season for its income.