Area: Ladakh Himalaya
Duration: 08 Days (3 Day travel/5 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid June to September
Altitude: 5250 Mtrs
Total Trekking: 115 K.M
Lamayuru Alchi Trek reflects the indigenous colours of the lifestyle of Indo-Tibetans. It opens doors for witnessing the rich history of the region that can be witnessed in the scriptoriums and walls of ancient monasteries of Ladakh.
Off the Kargil-Leh road to Photu La ramp, a spiritual trail of Lamayuru Alchi cuts its way following the legendary caravan track exhibiting the rich and diverse landscape of the Sham Valley. The major highlights on this trek in Ladakh are the Lamayuru Monastery followed by Prinkti La at 3750m and the Alchi Monastery en route the isolated hamlets like Ursi, Mang Gyu and Gera. The difficult yet the most intriguing part of the Lamayuru Alchi Trek for the adventurists is the steep trail to Tar La at 5250m after crossing Ursi Village. Thus even after being one of the spiritual treks in the Ladakh region, which mainly attracts the Buddhist pilgrims, the trek passing through the windy and rugged terrain of Ladakh pulls in trekkers from different parts of the world. It allows explorers to witness the rich native culture.
The best for Lamayuru Alchi trek is between June and mid-October as the weather remains quite pleasant during this time. The average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°Cduring the day time. The month of July and August are ideal for the trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also open for the private vehicles.
The Lamayuru Alchi Trek is situated in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir State of India. The two monasteries are located in between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, on a steep rock mountain. They lie at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh town. Where Lamayuru Monastery belongs to the Red-Hat sect of Buddhism and refuges about 150 Buddhist monks, Alchi is a lowland monastery and is amongst the oldest Gompas in Ladakh. The two monasteries conserve rich history of Buddhist period here.
By Air: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connects Leh with Delhi as well as few major cities of India.
By Road: Leh is connected to the rest of India by two highways: NH 1D (Srinagar-Leh Highway) and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La (3505m), whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through famed Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La (5325m). It also passes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m.
Board the morning flight to reach Leh. Arrive at Leh and transfer to hotel/guest house and take a complete rest. This relaxation is essential for becoming accustomed to the climate. Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse.
Today, we shall drive to Lamayuru in the morning. En route, we shall witness some of the most popular and oldest monasteries of Ladakh. On arrival at Lamayuru, we will spend time exploring ancient monasteries.
Post breakfast we will take horse ride to Wanla. A steep route leads up to small mountain pass Prinkiti La (3750 meters) before the trail descends towards Shilla Village, which is at a distance of 3 kilometers from Wanla (3250 meters). We will set our camp up for a night here.
Today, we will follow the dusty road along to reach at a small village of Phenjilla (3410 m). From Phenjilla, we will walk on left side of the valley along a small stream for around an hour to reach at Ursi village. Overnight stay in the tent.
Our trek will be today a bit challenging as we have to ascend to Tar la (5250 m). The trail offers spectacular views from different points and the arduous trek is well rewarded with the views the mountains around. Return to the base camp might take around 3-4 hrs. Overnight stay in the base camp.
Today, we shall trek from Tar to Mang Gyu. The trail passes through mountainside to a small pass. An easy descent will lead us to Man Gyu village, where there are traditional Ladakhi houses and an ancient monastery. It is believed that the monasteries of the Mang Gyu and Alchi were built on the same day.
Our last day trek will be down a beautiful narrow valley covered with rosebushes. We shall walk to reach the village of Gera, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Leh. En route we shall visit famous monasteries of Alchi and Likir. Overnight stay in the hotel at Leh.
Take the flight for Delhi in the morning.
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You should book Lamayuru Alchi trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Lamayuru Alchi Trek is at Leh airport. From airport, our guide will pick you and then assist you through the expedition.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.
Lamayuru Alchi Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 5250m, so the minimum age required is 15 years.
Between the months of June and mid-October, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and by the day time it remains between 20 and 30 degree celsius.
We plan our treks in a way that after 6 – 8 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 10-15kms per day of trekking is required.
Lamayuru Alchi trek is only conducted between the months of June and mid-October, which are the monsoon months, however, the area of Ladakh does not get affected by this rainy season.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500, Hi-Tec Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Thukpa, local dishes etc.
Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.
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