Lamayuru-Alchi Trek

Duration: 12 nights/ 13 days

Best Time: Mid June-Mid Sep

Grade: Moderate

Altitude: Highest 4900m

Ladakh is the paradise for nature lover, trek through the local village, gompas and local markets, As in this program we visit several monasteries belonging dates to the 11th Century. The monastery has a remarkable history and the surrounding area presents an interesting topography that is spread with yellow loess formation. the most famous and largest of all the Gompa built by Rinchen Zangpo in 11th Century. The monastery houses some of the best murals and frescoes representing the Kashmiri style of Buddhist iconography. Each monastery in Ladakh is distinct in itself and for those who wish to experience the uniqueness of Ladakhi monasteries this is an ideal opportunity.

Arrival Delhi

Upon arrival meet to our representative, transfer to hotel for rest of the night, hotel must be near by the airport.

Delhi-Leh

Early in the morning take flight to Leh, ETD 0700 hrs, upon arrival at Leh meet to our local staff, transfer to hotel, rest of the time relax for get used the rare air in Leh-Ladakh region. Leh is at an altitude of 3520 mts. And all guests are advised to rest for the entire day. A successful trek in Ladakh requires you to acclimatize well.

Leh

After breakfast visit monasteries and palaces, includes, Hemis, Thiksey, Taktak monasteries and Shey Palace. Rest of the time walk through the local market. Overnight at hotel.

Leh -Lamayuru (125 kms.)

After breakfast commence drive toward Lamayuru (3450m) around four hours drive. En route visit Rizong Monastery, before reaching Lamayuru we required the photocopy of your valid pass port. Upon arrival Lamayuru visit the monastery, below the monastery there is a nice camping ground where we camp for the night.

Lamayuru- Wanla Over Prinkti La (4/5 hours)

After breakfast commence easy trek. the trail goes down to the stream, and then the track winds its way up through a barren gorge of yellow loess clay to the Prinkti-La (3706 m). Across the pass a steep descent leads you to a gorge which further takes you on to the entrance of village Wanla (3200m). The village houses a monastery dating back to the Lamayuru period. We camp at Wanla for the night.

Wanla-Hinju (3750m, 5/6 hours)

After breakfast commence the trek to Hinju, first part of the trek go throgh jeep track upstream towards Panjila village. The trail ascend toward Hinju follow a motorable road up to the small stream. Hinju (3750m). There are several campsites beyond the village and we camp here for the night.

Hinju-Sumdha Chenmo (4/5 hrs)

It’s a relatively easy climb for the first two hours above Hinju through several summer pastures. The trail leads upwards from the stream as we ascend to Kongske La (4900 m). The views from the top are worth the climb. Looming in the South are the peaks of Zanskar while in the north one can see the Nubra-Shayok peaks. The descent from the pass to the village of Sumdha Chenmo takes around two hours. The campsite (3900 m) is just below the vast grazing ground amidst hundreds of yaks, sheep and goats.

Sumdha Chenmo-Sumdha Chun (5/6 hrs.)

Today’s walk follows a trial that goes past many grazing areas with several stream crossings. The main trail involves four river crossings. The village of Sumdha Chun has a beautiful gompa from the Alchi era. The village also has a settlement of metal workers who migrated here from Nepal nearly two hundred years ago. Our campsite is just beyond the village.

Sumdha Chun-Alchi across Stakspila (7 hrs.)

From our campsite to the pass involves a steep climb for almost four hours with the last stretch over rocky ground. The view from Stakspi La (4950m) is wonderful. The decent to the north is sharp over rocky terrain to the grazing grounds. Another three hours trek leads to Alchi, our final destination, where we spend the night.

Alchi-Leh (69 kms.)

The morning would be spent in visiting the Alchi monastery which has some of the rarest frescoes in the world. In the afternoon drive to Leh city, on arrival check in hotel.

Leh

Full day leisure for individual activities, overnight at hotel.

Leh-Delhi

Morning take flight to Delhi ETD 0700 hrs. upon arrival at Delhi meet to our representative, transfer to hotel, Rest of the time visit Old Delhi as Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Gandhi Memorial and Government Buildings. Overnight at hotel.

Delhi Dep.

Morning visit New Delhi as Qutab complex, Humayun’s tomb, Lotus temple and Connaught Palace. After dinner in time dep. transfer to international airport.