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Duration

15 Days

Activities

  • Trekking and Hiking

Accomodation

  • Twin sharing

Meals

Price

from 1275 USD

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Lamayuru to Hemis Trek start by visiting famous Lamayuru Monastery and finish by visiting Hemis Monastery, which are the oldest, richest and most famous monasteries of Ladakh, is a moderate trek. Lamayuru to Hemis trek allows to discover varied landscapes and hidden villages of central Ladakh. 

Chilling, a small village and the only one where Lasakhi metalwork is carried out; Markha Valley, considered one of the most beautiful valleys in Ladakh; Hemis valley, one of the richest in flora and fauna and carrying the high cultural values; and many small villages allow us to observe local lifestyle and their culture. During the trek, crossing the Zanskar River by a trolley, crossing several streams and rivers many times, ascend and descend the passes which offer fabulous view of Snowcap Mountains and valleys, walking through narrow gorges, passing through Hemis National Park, add the thrilling and adventurous experience. In gist, this trek assembles overall attractions that Ladakh has to offer. 

 

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport or railway station meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. After check into the hotel, our representative will brief the program shortly. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Delhi. 

Early morning after breakfast drive to Delhi airport and fly to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel. Room check-in is followed by the welcome drink. Take full day rest for acclimatization. Overnight in Leh. 

After breakfast, we drive towards Lamayuru, en route visit Liker and Alchi Monasteries. Upon arrival at Lamayuru, we visit Lamayuru Monastery.  After then, set off for our first day’s adventure. We walk down along the stream for some time and gradually ascend to the Prikiting La (3750 m). We descend down to Wanla passing Shilla Village. Overnight stay is camp or Guest House.

Early morning one can visit the monastery. After breakfast, following the dusty road we reach Phenjilla Village and the scattered village of Ursi. Continue walk enjoying the nice view of Mountains and through narrow gorge led us to traditional Rangthak village. We will be welcomed by prayer flags as we enter into Hinju village. Overnight stay is in Hotel.

We continue along the trail and ascend the ridge below Kongskil La (4950m). If lucky, we will get a glimpse at some of the wildlife of the area. We will then climb gradually until we reach Kongskil La, where we will be surrounded by dizzying views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep, with loose moraines cause difficulty. The trail then follows the left side of valley floor, passing a yak herders' hut (4500m), crossing the river we reach Sumda Chenmo village. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast, we head towards the true left side of the valley, enjoying the beautiful view of the village, with its lush greenery. The trail passes through the valley’s wild rose bushes and some of the wild and rare faunas of Ladakh. The Steep challenging ascent over Lanak will lead us to Dundunchan La Base from where we can enjoy the splendid view of Konskila. Overnight in camp. 

Today, in the early morning we begin with a straightforward climb to Dungdung Chan La (4820m), which offers beautiful panorama view of the Stok Range in the east, and the Zanskar Range in the south. From the pass, the trail gradually descends down a ridge towards the valley, continually tapering before reaching the village of Chilling. Overnight in camp.

After breakfast, we begin ascend to Skiu. We will reach Skiu enjoying the fabulous view of Zanskar and Stok Ranges and crossing the Zanskar River by a trolley would be a lifetime experience. We may encounter with Blue Sheep, Marmots and other wildlife.  Later we visit old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar) in Skiu. Overnight in camp.

Today’s trek is relatively long but easy. 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). Finally, we arrive at Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of an old monastery and a ruined fort. Overnight in camp.

If we have energy, in the morning we will visit old stone mills, ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa which is situated on a towering cliff that looms above Markha. After breakfast, we follow the trail along the Markha River and crossing it several times we finally reach Hankar village, the last hamlets in the valley. After crossing the Umlung monastery, the valley narrows and we stop to camp at the foot of Kang Yaste (6400 m). Overnight in camp.

We continue the trail pass through Thachungtse pasture and start our gradual ascent towards the wonderful high valleys of Ladakh. Today 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. Overnight in camp.

After breakfast continue the trail passes through narrow gorges to reach the highest pass of this trek, the Kongmaru La (5200 m). At the top of the pass, we enjoy the excellent view of Ladakh ranges and the villages to the north of Indus valley. The 2-hour descent is quite steep, but will be gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and peculiar 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. Overnight in camp. 

Today is a final day of our trek. Enjoying the pleasant 2 hours walk along a jeep road we conclude our trek by visiting Hemis monastery, which is one of the oldest, richest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh. After then drive back to Leh.  En-route we can visit Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Stok Palace cum museum. Rest day is on your leisure. 

After breakfast drive to Leh Airport and fly back to Delhi. After check in to the hotel relax and rest of the day is free. In the evening you can do shopping. Overnight in Delhi. 

After breakfast you are free till departure. If time permits you can do shopping nearby or sightseeing. Our representative will transfer you to the airport on time for onward journey.

Includion

    Price Includes:

    • All transportation by Toyota Qualis, Innova or Scorpio
    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Delhi, Leh and Manali at 3 star hotel with breakfast
    • Accommodation during the trek is in tent or guesthouse.
    • All meals during trek
    • Two men tent, Kitchen and dining tents.  
    • Kitchen equipments. 
    •  Stool, Table and mattresses.  
    • Food veg and non-veg. 
    • Cook, helper and guide. 
    • Horsemen and horses for luggage 
    • Permit, Monument entrances, wildlife fees and camping charges
    • All government taxes and service charge

    Price Excludes:

    • International airfare
    • Delhi to Leh to Delhi airfare
    • Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing.
    • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
    • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
    • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated).
    • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond the control.

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