TREKKING IN LADAKH PACKAGES
TREKKING IN LADAKH
Day 01 : Drive Leh to Likir
2 hours: The gompa was established around the 15th century and early in its history, became responsible for the oversight of Alchi gompa, to which it has posted lamas up to the present day. Likir belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism and currently houses about 120 lamas. It is set on an isolated ridge a few kilometers north of Saspol. The road approaching the gompa makes a wide semi-circle around its base, affording beautiful views of the gompa from different vantage points. Likir's head lama, a younger brother of the Dalai Lama, has married (against the rule of the sect) and is permanently absent from the gompa. Overnight camping.
Day 02 : Trek Likir to Yangthang (3,000 m, 4-5 hours)
cross two small passes - Chhagatse la (3,600 m) and Phebbe la (3,580 m) to reach the campsite at Yangthang.
Day 03 : At Yangthang
Rest day. Take a day trip to Rizong gompa (5 to 6 hours round-trip). The gompa is in a truly beautiful mountain setting. The path leads to the buildings of Chomoling, a nunnery set in the midst of a lovely apricot grove and part of the Rizong gompa. The area around Chomoling is called Julichen meaning many (chen) apricot trees. Return to the campsite at Yangthang for overnight stay.
Day 04 : Trek Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan (5 hours)
Go over the Hemis La (3,650 m). Hemis Shukpachan is a beautiful village famous for its juniper trees. On the far east one can see the unclimbed Hemis peak, some 60 km as the crow flies. Two small passes - Aang La (3,650 m) and Meptak La (3,700 m) are also crossed. Overnight camping.
Day 05 : Trek to Themisgam (3,150 m, 3 hours)
The trek ends at Themisgam. There is time to explore the palace and village. Overnight camping.
Day 06 : Drive Themisgam to Leh (6 hours)
Vehicles await you here for the 100 km drive to Leh.
TREK FOR 10NIGHTS/11DAYS
Day 01 : Drive Leh to Lamayuru (11,033 ft, 3,364 m, 5 - 6 hours)
Drive five hours on the Leh/Srinagar Highway as far as Lamayuru, a splash of green against the stark desert with its charming village and a centuries old gompa. The afternoon is spent exploring the village and gompa. Lamayuru Gompa lies 15 km east of the Fatu La, with its medieval village seemingly growing out of the rocky hillside below it.Camp is set on a forested river bank below the village.
Day 02 : Trek Lamayuru to Wanla (10,135 ft, 3,090 m 3 - 4 hours)
After breakfast trek starts passing through crumbling gorges. The path gradually ascends southwards, to the Prinkiti la (12,221 ft/3,726 m), reached in about an hour. Descend along a dry narrow gorge to the valley of Shillakong, through apricot orchards and beautiful willow groves, via the village of Shilla and on to Wanla village, dominated by its red-hued gompa.overnight camp.
Day 03 : Wanla to Hinju (12,421 ft, 3,787 m, 5 - 6 hours)
The trail follows the Yapola before turning off into the Ripchar Valley which is dotted with tiny green villages at short intervals.A large village with a typical cluster of mud houses built onto the hillside and bright green fields stretching out into the barren land. Camp is set by the stream, just below the village.
Day 04 : Hinju
At Hinju Rest day. Explore the village and its surroundings.
Day 05 : Hinju to Marjek (11,152 ft, 3,400 m, 6 hours)
After following the Ripchar Nallah for about an hour and a half, the trail ascends steeply up to the Konke La (16,236 ft/4,996 m) where the fierce winds on top of the pass are more than compensated for by the spectacular views all round. Descend into the pastures where the local people bring their horses, cows, dzos and yaks to graze. This is blue sheep and ibex country and if lucky, one might even spot the occasional red Himalayan fox. Camp in a meadow by the stream.
Day 06 : Marjek to Lanka (13,547 ft, 4,130 m, 6 hours)
Continuing along the Sumdah Tokpo, the trail reaches Sumdah Chenmo, a beautiful village with some very interesting 11th century wood carvings embedded in the ground and exposed to the elements. According to local belief, great disaster will strike the community if the carvings are moved in any way. The monolithic structures are carved in a more basis folk style. Get back on the trail and, having waded across the stream, climb up to Lanka, a grassland dotted with quaint little shepherd shelters built with piled up stones.
Day 07 : Lanka to Sumdah Choon (12,579 ft, 3,835 m, 6 hours)
After descending to the Sumdah Tokpo, the route turns east along the stream to Hasgo, along a very green valley and then north to Sumdah Choon, where camp is set for the night.
Day 08 : Sumdah Choon
At Sumdah Choon. Rest day. Explore the very old and interesting monastery which houses some unusual bronze figures crafted in a style different from that prevalent in most Ladakhi and Tibetan monasteries. The figures have predominantly Indian features, rather than the mongoloid ones seen elsewhere in Ladakh. The monastery is small and has maintained the old monastic traditions undisturbed.
Day 09 : Sumdah Choon to Pulu (14,170 ft, 4,320 m, 6 hours)
The trail ascends steeply to the Stakspi La (16,990 ft/5,180 m) where again there are wonderful views of the valleys on either side. A steep descent gets you to the campsite at Pulu.
Day 10 : Pulu to Alchi (2 hours)
A short descent to the end of the trail brings us to Alchi Gompa, located near the small village of Saspol. It is one of the earliest monasteries built in Ladakh, dating from the 11th century. Because it was built before the invading wars began in the 15th century, Alchi was built on lowlands, rather than on a hilltop as others were, in order to protect them from marauding armies.Camp at alchi.
Day 11 : Drive Alchi to Leh (3 hours)
Vehicles await here for the return drive to Leh.
Day 01 : Stok to Mankyurmo (14,000 ft, 4,240m, 5 - 6 hours)
A 30-minute drive gets you to roadhead at Stok, from where the trek begins. The trail goes through the village and, keeping to the true left bank of the Stok Nala, climbs gradually for an hour past fields of barley, enclosed gardens and a few apricot orchards,
About three hours into the day's walk, where a spur forces the river to take a sharp turn, pass the jagged ruins of the Staklang Khar fort, supposedly dating back to the 13th or 14th century, which dominates the upper part of the gorge another doksa at Mankyurmo, where camp is set for the night.
Day 02 : Mankyurmo to Gyangpoche (13,590 ft, 4,080m) over Matho LA (16,090 ft , 4,878m, 4 - 5 hours)
Leaving Mankyurmo, the trail crosses a stream to the doksa of Jurles, the stone huts piled high with drying Caragana. Travellers are often greeted by the high wild cry of the Snowcock, a giant partridge common in these parts but difficult to see. The lucky may catch a glimpse of a wolf or the track of a snow leopard imprinted in wet ground - evidence of the presence of this most elusive of cats. Overnight camping.
Day 03 : Gyangpoche to Base of Shang LA (14,200 ft, 4,300m, 6 hours)
The first part of the day's walk goes eastwards across the plain, to the edge of the pastures. In this area a large number of streams, rising in the snowfields of the Stok Matho range, have gouged deep valleys as they flow north and converge to form the Matho river. The trail descends to the bottom of one such valley and it takes over two hours to reach the stream which has to be forded. The trail then winds up the opposite hill, a long torturous climb of 2 to 3 hours to the top through dry terrain with very little vegetation in this maroon-hued wilderness of shale, rock and sand. Camp is set on the bank of stream.Overnight camping.
Day 04 : Shangla Base to Shang Phu (13,900 ft, 4,174 m) over Shang LA (16,320 ft, 4,945m, 7 - 8 hours)
Crossing the stream, the trail climbs up the opposite hill past a number of small doksas. Three to four hours of steady walking through relatively barren country leads to Shang La which links the Matho valley with the Shang valley. A gradual descent leads to a small stream and the trail from the head of the valley down its true right bank, through dense scrub vegetation, is one of the loveliest parts of this trek. The spring-fed stream forms clear deep pools along its course and flows into the main Shang stream, a valley away to the right. Camp is set on the tongue of land.
Day 05 : Near Shang Phu to Martselang (11,200 ft, 3,400 m, 6 - 7 hours)
The trail goes through the lovely small village of Shang some two hours after leaving camp. Perched high above to the left of the trail is the old gompa dominating this valley with its stone fences and complex braided irrigation system. The new monastery of Shang where most of the monks live is an hour and a half away and with its extensive grove of poplars, is an ideal lunch spot.. Vehicles await here for the one-hour drive to the Ladakh Sarai.
9 NIGHTS 10 DAYS LADAKH TREK
DAY 01 : Delhi - Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at the guesthouse.
DAY 02 : Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17'Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
DAY 03 : Leh - Wanla via Lamayuru 4 hrs.
The drive from Leh to Lamayuru takes about three hours. After a visit to the ancient monastery at Lamayuru, you can start your walk to Wanla which is a short hour away; past a small pass Prinkti La (3750m). Dinner and overnight stay in guest house.
DAY 04 : Wanla - Hinju (3720 mts/12205 ft) 5 hrs
Today's trek winds through more quaint Ladakhi villages before arriving at the meadow camp outside the village of Hinju.
DAY 05 : Hinju - Sumdo Doksa (4430 mts/14530 ft) via Kongskil La (4950 mts/16236 ft) 6 hrs
A gradual ascent will bring you to the Kongskil La ridge from where you will get great views of Stok and Karakoram ranges. The other side pass is scree and a little difficult to negotiate.
DAY 06 : Sumda Doksa - Base of Dung Dung Chan la (4430 mts/14530 ft) 5 hrs
After a few river crossings and the village of Sumdo Chenmo, the trails starts gradually ascending to the base of Dung Dung Chan La. Look out for edelweiss and other rare flowers of Ladakh along the way.
DAY 07 : Base of Dung Dung Chan La - Chilling (3550 mts/11645 ft) 5 hrs
It's a straight climb from the Dung Dung Chan La pass. The trail then descends gradually to the village of Chilling from where a vehicle will pick you up and drop you off at Leh.
DAY 08 : Free day at Chilling
The day is for explorations
DAY 09 : Chilling - Leh
In the morning we will drive for Leh along with Zanskar River & eventually reach its confluence with the River Indus. From here the road is good & it is easy drive back to Leh. On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel.
DAY 10 : Leh - Delhi
In the morning transfer to the airport to catch flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi take a half day guided sightseeing. In the evening transfer to International airport to catch onwards flight.
Trip & Services Ends Here.