It is very likely that you are offered a drink when visiting/being invited to a family home at night. From the start to the end you will be plied with two types of traditional drink; the butter tea (gurgur-cha) and chang.
The chang is the easiest to swallow (the butter tea is more like a soup, and you'll get quite used to it) and you may actually take a liking to it. It is a mildly alcoholic brew made from fermented barley and has the look, but not the effect of dishwashing water. The flotasam on top tend to be barley husks. Neither of these drinks will kill you as they are fairly health and not disease-delivery agents. However, if the barely stuff gets destilled, do not drink it like water.
let's say that nightlife is practically non-existent in Ladakh... there's very little entertainment. Then again one doesn't come here for wild nights. I found my fun watching the sky at night: the moon and the stars looked so near - it felt as if one could nearly touch them. Around 10 august, when I was there, its the perfect place to watch the shooting stars.
Dress Code: dressed, if you please. Nights tend to be a bit crispy in ladakh
If you have travelled to the Ladakh mountains in search of nighlife then you are not very clever.
Dress Code: Warm sleeping bag, tent, torch, good book.