is a expeditious trek with almost every day one or more high
to cross at least till Padum from where there is only one
major high pass before crossing in to Lahul valley of
Himachal Pradesh. Rinchen Brangpo had wandered the
Zanksar valley in 11th century for selecting sites for 108
monasteries which were to be established through out the
western Himalaya. In 1826-7 the first European traveled
through the area was famous Hungarian explorer Coso de Koros
who has spent a year at the Pukhtal monastery translating
Buddhist text from Ladakhi into English. An inscription of
his name can still be seen in the monastery.
Moderate to Vigorous.
Duration: 29 Days. (Actual Trek 20 Days, Lamayuru To Darcha)
Itinerary: Delhi - Leh - Lamayuru - Trek -
Darcha - Manali - Chandigarh - Delhi
01. ARRIVE DELHI
Morning arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Afternoon
combined guided tour of Old and New
Jammia Masjid Mosque, Cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni
chowk, Red Fort, drive through India Gate and Parliament
house, Qutab Minar and Humayuns Tomb.
02. DELHI - LEH
Morning transfer to airport and fly to Leh, arrive and
transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for
is a small picturesque town of about 10,000 people. Situated
at 3505 Mt., the summer days are dry and sunny but nights
can be cold. A double lines of "Manies", stone
shelters for departed spirits, protects the towns
approaches. During these three days we will explore some of
the interesting monasteries of the area.
03. IN LEH
day sightseeing of
Stok Palace – The palace has a small museum,
which houses the queen’s head gear (peyrak) and a
remarkable collection of Thankas. Tibetan children’s
village. Shey Palace – Shey was once the capital of
Ladakh in the pre – Tibetan era until the 15th
century. Thiksey – Tsong Khapa had prophesied that
a monastery would be built here and Thiksey was founded by
one of his disciple
Hemis - largest
monastery founded in 1602 by Tagtsangrepa
and Tatok – this monastery of the Nyimapa
order has about 50 monks and these not far from Chimiri,
Padmasambhava, the founder of the order
is said to have meditated here.
04. LEH - LAMAYURU
– founded in 16th century by King Tashi Nangyal.
Spituk - The
monastery first belonged to the Kadampa order but in the 15th
century it was restored and Tsong Kapa sent two Lamas to
transfer it to Gelupa order, and drive to Lamayuru,
en-route visit Alchi -
one of the few monasteries of the 11th and 12th
centuries to have survive. Arrive and camp for overnight.
05 to 24. TREK
Wind up camp, load
our pack ponies, visit Lamayuru
commence the trek. First leg of trek from Lamayuru takes us
in Zanskar valley over number of high passes and strenuous
ascends and descends as well as some remote spectacular
hamlets and villages. Some of the high passes which we need
to cross between Lamayuru and Padum are Prinkit
– la (3726 Mt.), Sirsir-la
(4800 Mt.), Senge-La
(4990 Mt.), Hunumla-la
(4740 Mt.), Pirfi-la
The second leg between Padum and Darcha has only one high
pass i.e. Shingola
pass (5090 Mt.) and
a few beautiful villages and monasteries. During this trek
number of rivers / streams need to be crossed from one bank
to another to find our trail. However, our tour escorts have
trekked, are well experienced and fully informed of the
route. The camping crew consists of cooks and assistants
will look after and assist in pitching tents, preparing hot
meals and serving.
the trek portable two men tents are provided with foam
mattresses, as well as a separate mess and kitchen tents are
utilized. Arrive Darcha
on 24th day the trek ends here and our last night
25. DARCHA – MANALI
Drive 145 Km 8 – 9 Hrs.
After breakfast wind up our camp and drive via Keylong, the
head quarters of Lahual and Spiti valleys and Rothang
Pass (3978 Mt.) to Manali
in the lush green Kulu valley. Arrive and check
in at hotel.
26. IN MANALI
Full day at leisure to
explore the town and relax. This important fruit growing
valley district produces apples, apricots, cherries, pears,
peaches and plums. Craftwork here includes shawls, Kulu
caps, jewelry and home spun tweed garments. Manali itself is
in a lovely position, surrounded by dense forests and
27. MANALI – CHANDIGARH Drive 370
Km 11 Hrs.
breakfast day long drive to Chandigarh. We leave behind the
mountainous high altitude area and descend into Chandigarh,
a well laid city designed by a team of famous French
architect Le Corbusier assisted by his cousin, Jeanneret and
an English couple, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. Arrive and
check in at hotel.
28. CHANDIGARH - DELHI Drive
245 Km 5 Hrs.
depart and drive to Delhi, via plains of Punjab and Harayana.
Arrive Delhi and check-in at hotel for overnight stay.
Remainder of the day at leisure.
Morning transfer to
airport for homeward flight