Delhi- Leh - Phyang- Spituk- Shey- Thiksey- Hemis-
- Chilling Skiu
-Markha Village Hankar
Village-Nimaling Shang Sumdo
- Shang - Leh - Delhi
TREK) ( 18 Days)
Arrive Delhi you will be picked up from the airport and will transfer to
hotel for overnight stay. After breakfast we will visit Old and New Delhi.
Afternoon will be free
New Delhi is the Capital of India is the fastest growing large
city in India, rapidly catching up the colonial cities of Bombay and
Calcutta in size, and long since eclipsing them in political importance. In
some are it remains a spacious garden city, tree-lined and with beautiful
parks. Delhi today is
essentially 4 cities, spreading over the remains of nearly a dozen earlier
centers, which once occupied this vital strategic site.
The oldest is now know as Old Delhi or Shah Jahanabad built by the
Mughal Emperor Shah in the first half of the 17th century.
Focusing on the great imperial building of the Red Fort and the
Jama Masjid, this old City is a dense network of narrow alleys and tightly
packed markets and houses, Muslim, Sikhs and Hindus living side by side.
Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Leh, arrive Leh transfer to hotel.
Morning free to explore the bazaar and its monastery. Afternoon visit
Phyang and Spituk monasteries by jeep / Car. Overnight Hotel.
It was founded in the 16th century by king Tashi Namgyal, for a
Lama he had invited to establish the Digungpa order (branch of the Kagyupa
order). A prayer pole marks
the place from which one can see the monastery and signifies that, from
this point on, criminals escape punishment.
is the oldest Delgupta monastery in the Indus valley, dating from 15th
Century. It is interesting to
note that the Delgupta monks created the precedent of building monasteries
on hilltops, rather than on valley floors.
This follows the Tibetan notion that the higher the monastery
sites, the closer it is to the Gods.
There was certainly no political significance attached to its
strategic sting at the time. Nowadays
Spituk administers Shanker monastery in Leh and also the Stokh village
Day 03 In
Full day tour of Shey, Thiksy and Hemis monasteries. Return to Leh hotel
for overnight stay.
the former palace of upper Ladakh before Leh was established, this site
commanded an important vantage over the Indus valley.
Since 1834 however, after the royal family moved to Stokh, much of
the palace and fort fell into disrepair; even the marshland immediately
below was once a clear lake.
Thiksey - one of the most imposing monasteries in the Indus valley,
Thiksey was part of the original Delgupta order in the 15th
century. The monks
quarters stretch right the way along the hillside beneath the main
assembly hall. The library at
Thiksy is supposedly one of the finest in Ladakh and a multi
denominations Gompa has recently been constructed proof indeed of the
continuing vitality of Buddhism in Ladakh.
the position of Hemis monastery lying in a small isolated valley south of
the Indus, belies its importance. As
headquarters of the Drukpa (Old Buddhist) order, it administers
monasteries throughout the whole Ladakh from the Indus to the Zanskar
valley and from the Markha to the Sumdah valley.
Hemis was established at the behest of Senge Namgyal in the early
17th century and since than has enjoyed the patronage of the
royal family of Ladakh. It provides monks as caretaker for royal monasteries at the
Basgo, Leh and Shey palaces.
Day 04:Leh Lamayuru :Today
after breakfast we will drive towards Leh Srinagar highway for
overnight stay at Lamayuru. En-route visit famous Alchi monastery.
After lunch at Alchi we
will continue our journey till we reach Lamayuru.
Camp at Lamayuru. Evening
visit Lamayuru monastery.
Alchi is 70 kms from Leh has a large temple complex and is regarded as one
of the most important Buddhists centers in Ladakh and a jewel of monastic
skill. There are five shrines
in the Choskor complex (11th Century) which has some splendid
wall painted wooden flags, a reminder perhaps of the presence in ancient
times of lakes in this desert.
The monastery is perched on a crag overlooking the Indus.
The complex, which includes a library, thought to be the oldest in
the region, was founded in the 11th century and belongs to the
Tibetan Kagyupa sect. The present monastery dating from the 16th century
was partly destroyed in the 19th.
You can still see some of the murals, which mix Indian and Tibetan
styles, the 11 headed and 1000 armed Avalokiteswara image along with the
recently redecorated dukhang (hall)
Trek Lamayuru to Wanla (4 ½ hours). Start the trek
after breakfast along with the river. Leaving Lamayuru behind ascend
towards Prinkitila (3780 Mt). After crossing the pass descend towards
Wanla village, which is a small village, surrounded by dark mountains.
Overnight camp at Wanla village.
06: Wanla Hinju :
Trek Wanla to Hinju (6 hours). From the camp we have a nice walk
upto Phanjila village. At Phanjila village we have two gorges, one goes to
Zanskar and another goes to the left which leads us towards Hinju. From
Phanjila go up to Hinju village along with the river. Overnight camp at
Hinju to Sumdochenmo (6 hours). From the camp we go along with the
river. At the end of the river we reach the place meant for summer camps
for Hinju villagers. From here starts the steep ascend to Kongskila pass
(4850 metes). From the pass we can see the beautiful landscape of Sham
valley and also we can see the view of Hinju village. After crossing the
pass descend to village Sumdochenmo. Overnight camp at Sumdochenmo.
Sumdochenmo to Dundunchenla base (5 hours). After breakfast start
the trek along with the riverside and gorges. Today we go through the
beautiful village Sumdochenmo, which has only few houses. After crossing
the small river, starts the steep ascend to the Lanakla pass (4600 Mt).
After crossing this pass we reach Dundunchen Base. Overnight at Dundunchen
Dundunchen to Chilling (5 ½ hours). From the camp start the steep
ascend to Dundunchen pass (4800 Mt). From the pass one can see the
beautiful view of Kangyatse (6400 Mt) and Stok Kangri (6100 Mt). After
crossing this high pass. We descend to the place called Sanak. After Sanak
we have to cross the river stream 2 to 3 times to reach Chilling.
Overnight camp at Chilling village.
10:Chilling Skiu :
Chilling to Skiu (5 hours). Today we cross 80-meter cable car over
Zanskar River. On the other side of the river we will meet the second team
of pony man who are going to be with us for the rest of our trek. Walk
along the narrow path upto Skiu village. Overnight camp at Skiu village.
11:Skiu - Markha Village
Skiu to Markha (6 ½ hours). After breakfast start the trek through
a path on the right bank of the Markha river. Here you will find lot of
greenery but after crossing left bank by a bridge, mountains cape changes
to barren land, and by passing barren plain again cross a bridge to the
right bank, we arrive at a small Challak village with few houses. Cross
the river and walk a along left bank cross again after a short climb is
the beautiful Markha village. Overnight camp at Markha village.
12:Markha Village Hankar Village:
Markha to Hankar (4 hours). Morning visit Markha Monastery which is
near by camp side. After visiting this monastery start trek to Hankar
through crossing 3 times Markha River. Before reaching to Hankar one can
see the Mount Kangyatse (6400 Mt) and also one can see the Hankar castle
which is now in a ruined condition. Overnight camp at Hankar village.
13:Hankar Village Namaling :
Hankar to Nimaling (5 hours). Today we have gradual walk until
Nimaling. Nimaling is a beautiful plateau where the shepherds of Markha
village live and take their cattle for pasturing in the summers. This
plateau is the coldest place in Markha valley. The altitude of Nimaling is
4600 Mt. Overnight camp at Nimaling.
Day rest or one can go near the glacier of Kangyatse, which
will take 2 ½ hours. Here at Nimaling one can see many Yaks and thousands
of Sheep and pashmina Goats. Overnight camp at Nimaling.
15: Nimaling Shang Sumdo Village:
Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (7hours). Today we cross one of the Highest
pass in this trek Kongmarula (5200 Mt). After crossing this pass, we start
a steep descend down and then continue through narrow gorges until Shang
Sumdo. On the way we have to cross small river streams several times.
Overnight camp at Shang Sumdo village.
16: Shang Sumdo Leh:
Shang Sumdo to Marcelong (3hours). Today is the last day of our
trek. To reach Marcelong we have to cross-streams two times. At Marcelong
our cars will be waiting for us to take back to Leh which is 47 km and
takes1 ½ hour. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Day free. Overnight in Leh.
Morning flight to Delhi by IC432 which departs at 1030 and arrives
at 1155 hours. Arrive Delhi and transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day
free .Late evening transfer to International airport for homeward flight.