Landscapes and monasteries of Ladakh

From passes to villages, we leave the great monastery of Lamayuru to join the monastery of Spituk, at the gates of Leh. Probably the most beautiful route of the region.  

Our Ladakhi adventure begins in the largest monasteries of Ladakh: Shey, Hemis and Thiksey.

Standing on a hill overlooking a circus tinged with a fabulous ocher, the impressive monastery of Lamayuru immediately inspires serenity. It is from this exceptional site that we start our trek in the succession of arid reliefs that rival colors, turning from ocher to purple, passing through the red. Our progression is punctuated by the crossing of two passes at 4800 m and 4900 m, the crossing of the Zanskar River, after Chilling, and encounters in villages planted in the heart of a lunar landscape. Before reaching Spituk, our last stop, we cross a last pass grazing 5000 m, where we enjoy a superb view of Ladakh, Zanskar, Kang Yatsé and Stok Kangri.
HIGHLIGHTS

- The visit to the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh;

- Small villages and isolated monasteries;
- A superb trek of altitude without great difficulty;
- Splendid panoramas on the whole chain of Ladakh with the crossing of three big passes.
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Moderate
  • Best Period: July - September
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Number of walking days: 8
  • Highest Altitude: 4985 Meters
  • Flights: Leh - Delhi - Leh
  • Accomodation: Hotel & Lodge/Camp

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Day
Flight to Delhi.
Depending on arrival time, short night at a hotel close to the airport or waiting at the airport
Arriving in Delhi, we take a domestic flight to Leh. We fly over the Himalayan range. Check in at the hotel. Day of rest and acclimatization.
- Accommodation : Hotel Grand Willor or Hotel Mahley
Visit of the Upper Indus Valley and the great monasteries of Shey, Hemis and Thiksey. Shey was the kingdom's capital in the 13th century. We continue to Hemis, the most important monastery in Ladakh on a spiritual level. A group of 500 monks live there. Erected in 1605, its geographical location has preserved it from looting. We then visit the Thiksey Monastery, located on the right bank of the Indus, about twenty kilometers from Leh. This monastery rebuilt in the 15th century is dedicated to Maitreya, the Buddha of the future.
- Duration: 2 hours of walking
- Accommodation: Hotel Grand Willow or Hotel Mahley
We take a road along the Indus Valley. The sight is incredible: a series of desert plateaus and deep gorges. In Nimu, the crystal-clear waters of the Zanskar river mingle with the swirling flow of the Indus. In Alchi, we visit temples with unique frescoes classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue our journey to Lamayuru.
- Accommodation: Guest House
Before starting our trek, visit to the Lamayuru Monastery, perched on a rock overlooking the village. The landscapes are sublime, and the colors change depending on the daylight. After crossing the Prinki La Pass (3700 m), we descend to the village of Wangla. In the late afternoon, visit to the temple of Rinchen Zangpo who watches over the village of Wangla.
- Duration: 4 hours walk
- Ascent: + 350m
- Descent: - 550m
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent

Short transfer along the Yapola River to the villages of Phanjilla and Hinju (4000 m). We walk in the beautiful setting of a valley splitting arid and colorful mountains with rocky extremities sometimes crowned with ice. The smallest water point brings an oasis of greenery.
- Duration: 4 hours walk
- Ascent: + 600m
- Accommodation: Bivouac after Hinju

This is the most difficult day of the trek with the crossing of the Konzke La Pass (4 900m). We climb the pass gradually, on a good zig-zag trail. After we enjoy the view, we go down to the place of our camp.
- Duration: 6 hours walk
- Ascent: + 1000m
- Descent: - 800m
- Accommodation: Bivouac in Phullu (4 100m)
We go along the river; the sharp rocky needles stand in the sky... Then we see a bit of greenery, a few trees and barley fields. The village of Sumda Chenmo is near. After we visit the small monastery and have a lunch break by the river, we start to ascend the Dundunchen Pass.
- Duration: 4 hours walk
- Ascent: + 300m
- Descent: - 400m
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Gradual climb of the Dundunchen Pass (4 700m) without difficulty. From the pass, we see the progress made since the Konzke La Pass. It is also a fascinating show, a chaotic mix of colorful rocks, gray schist and serpentine green, ocher, brown and red surrounding mountains. After the pass, we start a great descent to the Zanskar gorges and the beautiful village of Chilling (3 500m).
- Duration: 4 to 5 hours walk
- Ascent: + 500m
- Descent: - 1 300m
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
After crossing the Zanskar River by a basket, we walk in the Markha Valley. Easy and flat walk.
- Duration: 4 hours walk
- Ascent: +150m
- Descent: -50m
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
We leave the Markha Valley through another narrow valley to the hamlet of Shingo. We then continue to the foot of the Ganda La Pass.
- Duration: 5 hours walk
- Ascent: + 1000m
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
Last beautiful day of this trek with the crossing of the Ganda La Pass (4 985m) with a splendid view over the whole Ladakh, Zanskar, and Stok Kangri. Then, descent to Rumbak where we set up the camp.
- Duration: 5 to 6 hours of walk
- Ascent: + 585m
- Descent: - 1 010m
- Accommodation: Bivouac under tent
We descend through the gorges of Rumbak to Zinchen where we find our vehicle. We reach Leh on a beautiful winding road, overlooking the Indus Valley. On the way, we can visit the Spituk Monastery. Lunch at Leh and free afternoon.
- Duration: 2 hours walk
- Accommodation: Hotel Grand Willow or Hotel Mahley
Flight back to Delhi.
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What's included

- All transportation and transfers by private vehicle
- Night with full board in guest house or bivouac outside Leh
- Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis in Leh
- Oxygen available, if necessary 
- Local English-speaking guide for the entire stay in Ladakh
- Cook assistant(s), mule driver(s) and mules, depending of the group size
- Kitchen and camping collective equipment at the bivouac, including tent for two, mess tent, cooking tent, toilet, table and chairs, mattresses ...
- Entrance fees, trekking permits and park entrances according to route

What's not included

- Stay in Delhi & meals in Leh (except breakfast)
- Visa for India to get in advance
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips, personal expenses, drinks, sleeping bag etc.
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