General

Travel to Leh, the main town of Ladakh lies on Silk route. Discover its Himalayan deserts, Lakes and lovely monasteries dotted all over.

Itinerary:

Day 1&2 In Leh acclimatize & local visit

Once you arrive at Leh airport, you will get an assisted & transfer to hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city. Evening visit to Shanti Stupa to witness the Sunset. Stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 3 Drive to Zingchen (3,530 m) – Yurutse – Trek 4 Hrs

In the morning after having breakfast, we will drive to Zingchen, upon reaching zingchen we will meet our horse man. We will start walking entering Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of wild lives as diverse as the Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), arghali (great Tibetan sheep), blue sheep, red fox,marmot and mountain hare. We will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the imposing Stok Range from time to time. Before reaching Rumbak, we will stop at a teahouse run by women from the village. After a warm cup of tea, we will continue through Rumbak and camp at Yurutse age, before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the whole of Stok Range. Stay overnight at tents.

Day 4 Yurutse to Skiu via Gandala (4545 m) – Trek – Approx 8 hrs

In the morning after having breakfast, we will begin our ascend to Ganda La; views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep and marmots roaming the hills. After a short rest, we will make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar). Stay overnight at tents.

Day 5 Skiu to Markha (3200 m) Trek 7-8 Hrs

In the morning after having breakfast, Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During peak season, a number of tented teahouses will be open, providing hearty refreshment. After cross the river for the last time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. Stay overnight at tents.

Day 6 Markha to Thachungtse (3590 m) Trek 5 hrs

In the morning after having breakfast, The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy! The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung we will be afforded our first view of Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hankar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp. Stay overnight at tents.

Day 7 Thachungtse to Nimaling (4700 m) Trek 4 Hrs

In the morning after having breakfast, today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below. Stay overnight at tents.

Day 8 Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (3600 m) Crossing Kongmarula (5200 m) Trek 8-9 Hrs

In the morning after having breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). After a break, we will pass through a couple of villages before reaching Shang Sumdo, where we will spend our last evening together. Stay overnight at tents.

Day 9 Shang Sumdo – Hemis – Leh

In the morning after having breakfast, this Morning jeep will pick us up. Before heading to Leh you will visit the famous monastery of HEMIS GOMPA. Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In the year of the Monkey (every 12 years) a giant thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled from the terrace draping the five-storey facade. Delicately wrought in pearls and appliqué, it is one of the most famous art treasures of Ladakh. The central courtyard forms the focus for the masked dances held every year in summer. In the dukhang, remnants of the original 17th century murals can be seen. The gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wooden throne. Stay overnight at hotel.

Day 10 Depart Leh

In the morning after having breakfast, today on time you will be transfer to Leh airport to board the flight back to Delhi/Onward journey.

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Duration

10 days/ 09 Nights

Destinations Covered

Leh – Zingchen – Yurutse - Skiu Via Gandala – Markha – Thachungtse – Nimaling - Shang Sumdo – Kongmarula - Hemis

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