The area of Lamayuru was once a lake that miraculously disappeared by the hand of Lotsawa Naropa. The area is today best known for the presence of a monastery there, which was built in the 10th century and is considered as one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Trekking across this region is actually visiting this site and getting much acquainted with the Ladakhi culture and tradition that belongs to the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Trekking across the Lamayuru Chilling area includes getting closer to the natural ambience and scenic beauty of the area along with some of the famous monasteries and the traditional lifestyle of the natives.
The trek that generally starts from the regions of Lamayuru, crosses two passes of 4900 m and 4700 m offering fantastic views of the surrounding Zanskar Mountains en route to Chilling. This is a very small traditional village, lying across the famous Zanskar gorge and is the unique spot from where the trekkers can either head back to Leh by road or more excitingly raft back via the turbulent Zanskar River.
To begin with this moderate trek, the trekkers will be climbing to the Prinkiti La Pass to trek down towards the Shilakong Valley, reaching the beautiful Wanla village. This village would be the outstanding opportunity for a base camp for resting and refreshing. The next day would be head on towards Kongski La, which is at 5,000 meters high to bring great mountaineering ranges. This could be the most sophisticated part of the Ladakh trekking tour to catch the majestic wilds of Ladakh including the mysterious snow leopard and the blue sheep. At Shumdo Choon, the presence of an impressive monastery featured with ancient paintings will captivate the rugged climbers towards the Ladakhi resonance to end with crossing the high passes of Dung Dung La. The other attraction of this trek is that the trekkers can also enjoy a pony trek at Lamayuru for another kind of excitement, which is quite different from the normal walking tour in the Ladakh ranges.
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at the guesthouse.
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17'Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
The drive from Leh to Lamayuru takes about three hours. After a visit to the ancient monastery at Lamayuru, you can start your walk to Wanla which is a short hour away; past a small pass Prinkti La (3750m). Dinner and overnight stay in guest house.
Today's trek winds through more quaint Ladakhi villages before arriving at the meadow camp outside the village of Hinju.
A gradual ascent will bring you to the Kongskil La ridge from where you will get great views of Stok and Karakoram ranges. The other side pass is scree and a little difficult to negotiate.
After a few river crossings and the village of Sumdo Chenmo, the trails starts gradually ascending to the base of Dung Dung Chan La. Look out for edelweiss and other rare flowers of Ladakh along the way.
It's a straight climb from the Dung Dung Chan La pass. The trail then descends gradually to the village of Chilling from where a vehicle will pick you up and drop you off at Leh.
The day is for explorations
In the morning we will drive for Leh along with Zanskar River & eventually reach its confluence with the River Indus. From here the road is good & it is easy drive back to Leh. On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel.
In the morning transfer to the airport to catch flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi take a half day guided sightseeing. In the evening transfer to International airport to catch onwards flight.