Lamayure – Alchi Trek

You will drive toward the west of Indus valley and explore the most famous monasteries and some of fascinating site. This trek distills the very essence of Ladakh in a short span of time by providing intensive experience of the land, its people and c ...

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Trip Facts

Duration: 16 Days    |    Best Month: June - Oct    |    Maximum Altitude: 4320 m    |    Starting Point: Delhi    |    End Point: Delhi    |    Mode of Travel: Flight    |    Number of Pax: Min 4    |    Style of Trek: Hotel / Camping

Trip Detail

You will drive toward the west of Indus valley and explore the most famous monasteries and some of fascinating site. This trek distills the very essence of Ladakh in a short span of time by providing intensive experience of the land, its people and culture. Linking two of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, the trail passes through dramatic desert mountains with vivid verdant villages tucked away into the hillsides. Highlights include the gompas at Lamayuru, Wanla, the Sumdochoon valley, inhabited by descendants of Nepalese craftsmen brought by the king of Ladakh in the 18th century renowned for their metalwork in copper, tin and silver, and Alchi and ancient wood carvings at Sumdah Chenmo, all made in the 11th century by Rigzing Zan
While on trek journey you will explore isolated villages by crossing the high passes with 5150m (the highest one) and witness the diverse landscape of the area with unique cultures where people have still kept their Tibetan ways of customs. At the end you will visit the Alchi monastery one of the oldest monastery in Indus valley.

Lamayure – Alchi Trek Itinerary I

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi
You will welcome at the Delhi Airport by our staff and take you to your hotel in Delhi. After checking in at the hotel you can enjoy your leisure time on your own wish.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi
The entire day you will explore around the major attractions of Delhi. The sightseeing tour begins shortly after breakfast. 17th century Red Fort which was built by the great Mughal Shah Jahan gives you delightful reflection on the India history. On approaching Jama Masjid, you get some insights into Muslim religion, culture and belief. India Gate is another living pride of New Delhi and it is also a reminder of the World War. You will also have a pleasure to visit President House, an official residence of India's President. Thereafter, the journey takes you to Qutab Minar. At the end of the day, you finally head back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 03: Fly from Delhi to Leh (3505m)
Early in the morning you have to board a flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At an altitude of 3505 m, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Leh. Afternoon visit monastery in the town, Shanti stupa and old fort of Leh.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Leh
After breakfast guided sightseeing tour will begin in Leh, the cultural heart of Ladakh. Shey, Hemis and Thiskey are the major highlights of the tour. The fertile valley of Leh houses many Buddhist monasteries and historic monuments. While touring around Leh, you will observe that the town resembles Tibetan culture and is distinctively influenced by Buddhism. Leh has several houses with terraced roofs. 16th century Leh Palace built by King Tashi Namgyal is one of the major attractions of Leh. On climbing up the stairs of the palace, you reach an ideal vantage point to sightsee the magnificent view of Leh. On heading 15 km away from Leh, Shey monastery springs into picture. Built amazingly on a hill, this monastery looks scintillating with its two-storey statue of the sitting Buddha adorned in copper and gold. If you turn to the east of Shey gompa, you can see several chortens. Further on, your guide will escort you to Hemis gompa, situated 49 km south of Leh. This is the biggest monastery built in 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas being the head-quarter of the Red Hat Drukpa order it administers all the monasteries of Ladakh. Lamas need to be trained at Hemis monastery prior to working for other monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. It is believed that this monastery possesses the largest thankas in Ladakh which is displayed once in every 11 years. In June July you can see a very important festival of masked dances at this site. Equally fascinating is Thiskey monastery which rests 19 km away from Leh. It has the biggest library in Ladakh, accommodates 60 Lamas and houses historic statues, stupas and thankas. This monastery is most dotted for its picturesque panorama of verdant Indus Valley.

Day 05: Yet another insightful sightseeing tour around Leh on the second day. Visits to Spituk and Phyang are the two major attractions. On following the trail along the Kargil road 10 km away from Leh, you will come across Spituk monastery. Nestled high on a hill, Spituk monastery overlooks breathtaking view of the Indus. Historic thankas and statues are the prides of this site. There are several statues of Kali at this monastery and once in a year Kali's face is unveiled before her devotees. You can find the reformist Gelugs-pa or Yellow-Hat sect at this monastery. Phyang gompa is another such religious site which represents diversity of India's culture and tradition.


Day 06: Leh - Phyang (3600m) Taru (3700m)
Leave to the starting point of trek at Phyang, We visit the monastery and continue towards Taru with a pleasant walk. A short day trek is necessary for acclimatization. Overnight in Camp.

Day 07: Taru - Taru La (4200m) - Nyemo (3700m)
The trail climbs steeply towards the first pass of the trek, and descends to the Nyemo village. Overnight in Camp.

Day 08: Nyemo -Nie (3800m)
The route traverses Basgo, dominated by impressive ruined fortresses. A quite stricking sanctuaries and a palace line the path. Overnight in Camp.

Day 09: Nie - Likir (3600m)
We enter an arid and barren landscape. Visit of the Likir monastery, one of the oldest in Ladakh. Overnight in.Camp.

Day 10: Rest Day

Day 11: Likir - Yangthang (3600m)
The route goes through two low passes, the Phobe La (3700m) and the Charatse La (3800m), providing beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Overnight in Camp.

Day 12: Yang- Thang to Hemischukpachan (3600 m) 6hrs
Leave the big village of Schukpa (Cidar). Two hour,s climb to reach the pass, long descend to the village. Visit Gompa a top of the village and explore the village, a beautiful camp site and overnight in camp.

Day 13: Hemischukpachan to Themisgam (3200 m.) over Meptekla 3750 m.
The trail passes through flat pasature toward the Meptekla which take approx 2:30 hours till pass descend to Ang village from here one can leads towards the Shyok valley. Next 30 minutes to Temisgam the richest valley of Ladakh Appricot, Apple and nut are plenty there, beautiful village of tea with its gompa can be visited camp.

Day 14: Themisgam to Khaltse (2995m.) over Bonbbongla (3850 m.) 5 hours.
This last day of trek, leave beautiful valley and make an easy climb to Bonbongla for 1:30 hours. Follow a long gentle slope to Khaltse the main high way between Leh and  Srinagar. Drive to Leh,

 Day 15: Fly from Leh to Delhi
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will board a flight back to Delhi and upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel by our staff.

Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for journey back home.


Lamayure – Alchi Trek Itinerary II (Optional)

Day 01: Arrive in Delhi
You will welcome at the Delhi Airport by our staff and take you to your hotel in Delhi. After checking in at the hotel you can enjoy your leisure time on your own wish.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Delhi
The entire day you will explore around the major attractions of Delhi. The sightseeing tour begins shortly after breakfast. 17th century Red Fort which was built by the great Mughal Shah Jahan gives you delightful reflection on the India history. On approaching Jama Masjid, you get some insights into Muslim religion, culture and belief. India Gate is another living pride of New Delhi and it is also a reminder of the World War. You will also have a pleasure to visit President House, an official residence of India's President. Thereafter, the journey takes you to Qutab Minar. At the end of the day, you finally head back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 03: Fly from Delhi to Leh (3505m)
Early in the morning you have to board a flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At an altitude of 3505 m, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel in Leh. Afternoon visit monastery in the town, Shanti stupa and old fort of Leh.

Day 04: Sightseeing in Leh
After breakfast guided sightseeing tour will begin in Leh, the cultural heart of Ladakh. Shey, Hemis and Thiskey are the major highlights of the tour. The fertile valley of Leh houses many Buddhist monasteries and historic monuments. While touring around Leh, you will observe that the town resembles Tibetan culture and is distinctively influenced by Buddhism. Leh has several houses with terraced roofs. 16th century Leh Palace built by King Tashi Namgyal is one of the major attractions of Leh. On climbing up the stairs of the palace, you reach an ideal vantage point to sightsee the magnificent view of Leh. On heading 15 km away from Leh, Shey monastery springs into picture. Built amazingly on a hill, this monastery looks scintillating with its two-storey statue of the sitting Buddha adorned in copper and gold. If you turn to the east of Shey gompa, you can see several chortens. Further on, your guide will escort you to Hemis gompa, situated 49 km south of Leh. This is the biggest monastery built in 17th century by Chapgon Gyalshas being the head-quarter of the Red Hat Drukpa order it administers all the monasteries of Ladakh. Lamas need to be trained at Hemis monastery prior to working for other monasteries at Leh, Shey and Bazgo. It is believed that this monastery possesses the largest thankas in Ladakh which is displayed once in every 11 years. In June July you can see a very important festival of masked dances at this site. Equally fascinating is Thiskey monastery which rests 19 km away from Leh. It has the biggest library in Ladakh, accommodates 60 Lamas and houses historic statues, stupas and thankas. This monastery is most dotted for its picturesque panorama of verdant Indus Valley.

Day 05: Yet another insightful sightseeing tour around Leh on the second day. Visits to Spituk and Phyang are the two major attractions. On following the trail along the Kargil road 10 km away from Leh, you will come across Spituk monastery. Nestled high on a hill, Spituk monastery overlooks breathtaking view of the Indus. Historic thankas and statues are the prides of this site. There are several statues of Kali at this monastery and once in a year Kali's face is unveiled before her devotees. You can find the reformist Gelugs-pa or Yellow-Hat sect at this monastery. Phyang gompa is another such religious site which represents diversity of India's culture and tradition.

Day 06: Leh to Lamayuru (3600 m), via Phyang - About 17O km
Leave to the starting point of the trek, on the way visit Alchi monastery join evening puja, night in Lamayuru.

Day 07: Lamayuru to Wanla - 4 hours
From Lamayuru monastery descend towards the village, cross the stream, ascend gradual upward the pass Printikla (3800 m) descend into the gorge, arrive at Shilla, crossing the bridge and continue to the Wanla.

Day 08: Wanla to Urshi - 4.30 hours
Now follow the Yapola river on the left and after 2 hours arrive at Penjila. Continue to the valley, one hour after leave the valley and keep continue straight to the north along a stream which leads to Urshi. Camp near the pass after passing off the village.

Day 09: Rest day

Day 10: Urshi to Tar over Tarla (5250 m) - 6.3O hours
The trail is very well marked, but difficuilt for the first 5 hours until Tarla. There are masses of fallen rocks on the slope while descending the pass for 3 hours to reach the Tar village. Descending may be a problem for horses.

Day 11: Tar to Mangyu - 4 to 5 hours
Now the path goes up to the mountain side to a new pass, then descend towards the Mang Gyu. It is a beautiful village with a monastery. Below the village is a stream, camp near the stream.

Day 12: Explore around

Day 13: Mangyu to Alchi - 4 to 5 hours
A very good path leads in to a beautifull narrow valley and after 2 hours you reached in a Indus valley at Gyra village. Following the Indus upstream and pass Lardo until reach the main high way about half an hour before Alchi. Camp near the village.

Day 14: Alchi to Leh.
Drive back to Leh and drop at your hotel.

Day 15: Fly from Leh to Delhi
Early in the morning after breakfast, you will board a flight back to Delhi and upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel by our staff.

Day 16: Transfer to International Airport for journey back home.

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