Lamayuru Alchi Trek

Trek LocationArea: Ladakh Himalaya

Trek DurationDuration: 08 Days (3 Day travel/5 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid June to September

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding.

AltitudeAltitude: 5250 Mtrs

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 115 K.M

About Lamayuru Alchi Trek

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.

Lamayuru Alchi Monastery Trek

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.

Lamayuru Alchi Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Witness the bustling Leh Bazaar to capture vivid hues of Ladakh region
  • Lose yourself in the beauty of the spectacular ancient Monasteries of Hemis, Shey, Thiksey, Spituk and Phyang
  • Visit the high altitude monasteries like Lamayuru and Alchi and Basgo For that has rich architecture.
  • Trek through some of the finest remote village and High Mountain Passes.
  • Get the opportunity to interact with the locals and imbibe in their simple yet rich culture.

Best Time to Visit

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.

Where is the Lamayuru Alchi Trek

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.

How to Reach?

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.

Lamayuru Alchi Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi - Leh

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.

Day 02: Leh -Lamayuru (3 ½ hrs drive)

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.

Day 03: Lamayuru – Wanla

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.

Day 04: Wanla - Base of Tar La Tour (4200 mts/13776 ft) 8 hrs

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.

Day 05: Base of Tar La - Tar (4300 mts/14105 ft) via Tar La (5250 mts/17220 ft)

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.

Day 06: Tar - Mang Gyu 5 hrs

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.

Day 07: Mang Gyu - Alchi - Leh 2 hrs

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.

Day 08: Leh – Delhi

Take the flight for Delhi in the morning.

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Things to Carry for Lamayuru Alchi Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Lamayuru Alchi Trek?

You should book Lamayuru Alchi trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

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.

Where to meet us?

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.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Lamayuru Alchi ?

Lamayuru Alchi Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 5250m, so the minimum age required is 15 years.

What will be the minimum temperature during Lamayuru Alchi ?

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.

How long we trek during Lamayuru Alchi ?

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.

How monsoon affects the Lamayuru Alchi ?

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.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

Is it safe for girls to go on a trek?

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.

What kind of shoes will be required?

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.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

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.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

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.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

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.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

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.

How to book the trek?

Register for the trek on the website and we shall send the details about the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure 2019

21 Jun 2019 28 Jun 2019 05 Jul 2019
12 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019
01 Aug 2019 08 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019
22 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019 06 Sep 2019
13 Sep 2019 20 Sep 2019 27 Sep 2019

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