Area: Ladakh Himalaya
Duration: 10 days
Best season: Mid June – September
Altitude: 4950 mts.
It is an assured parlay against the arduous journey that reveals not only the natural spectrum of the Sham Valley but discourses the ancient culture of the Tibetan Buddhism Kargyu section. The Lamayuru Chilling Trek, which is an easy to moderate trek in the Ladakh region, winds from the colourful Sham Valley passing through ancient monasteries and remote hamlets filling in travellers’ mind with the traditions of a bygone era to the lofty height offering spectacular view of the Zanskar Valley.
The Lamayuru Chilling Trek often entices Buddhist pilgrims from different corners of the world. It splits from the rugged tracks to the beautiful Lamayuru Monastery, which is said to be one of the oldest monasteries, built in the 10th century and passing through remote hamlets like Shilla, Phenjilla, Hinju and Sumda Chenmo to Chilling. This part of the trekking trail in Ladakh region offers the breathtaking view of the Photoksar Peak after crossing the Sumda Chenmo village and Stok and Karakoram Range after passing through the Kongskil La at 4900 meters. Nonetheless the amazing and the wild hues of the Edelweiss flower secluded within the barren hillocks is beyond the contrasting landscape.
Nights under the star glittered sky and days on nature’s lap the journey to Chilling provides a doorway to one of the popular winter treks in Ladakh region, the Frozen River Trek. During the season of Lamayuru Chilling Trek, June to September, the untamed Zanskar River adds on another adventure activity, River Rafting on the Zanskar River.
DAY 01: Delhi - Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)
Catch the flight for Leh in morning. Arrive at the guesthouse and have the rest of a complete day. Being relaxed is important in order to get acclimatized. Overnight stay at guesthouse.
DAY 02: Leh - Shey - Thiksey – Hemis
This day is kept for visiting some of the amazing and ancient monasteries in the area.
Located at 15 kilometers from Leh, Shey Gompa used to be the summer palace of the Ladakh Rulers. About the palace, you will find potpourri of Gompas and Stupas. At the start of 17th century AD, Deldan Namgyal edified Shey Palace. 12-meter towering Shakyamuni Buddha Statue is the well-known attraction of Shey. This effigy is positioned in Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa is positioned at a distance of around 17 kilometers from Leh and is in proximity to Shey as well. This monastery is famous among the most spectacular monasteries of Ladakh. The monastery belongs to Gelukspa Order.
At the distance of around 45 kilometers from Leh is situated the illustrious Hemis Monastery, which is one of the major and most well liked monasteries in Ladakh region. Hemis Monastery belongs to Drukpa order and it was constructed in early 17th century. Elongated Mani walls faces the monastery secluded in arresting valley fringed by dazzling streams. Have the overnight stay at the guesthouse.
DAY 03: Leh - Wanla via Lamayuru 4 hrs.
It takes around three hours of drive from Leh to Lamayuru. Once you explore the ancient monastery at Lamayuru, you can begin your walk to Wanla. Wanla is at a short hour distance from the small pass named as Prinkti La (3750 meters). Enjoy the dinner and overnight stay in guesthouse.
DAY 04: Wanla - Hinju (3720 mts/12205 ft) 5 hrs
On this day, we will trek through the immaculate villages of Ladakh before reaching and the meadow camp outside the Hinju Village.
DAY 05: Hinju - Sumdo Doksa (4430 mts/14530 ft) via Kongskil La (4950 mts/16236 ft) 6 hrs
A steep way down will take you to Kongskil La Ridge that offers amazing view of Karakoram and Stok ranges. The other side of pass is a bit difficult to transverse.
DAY 06: Sumda Doksa - Base of Dung Dung Chan la (4430 mts/14530 ft) 5 hrs
After crossing few streams and the Sumdo Chenmo Village, the route steady descends to the base of Dung Dung Chan La. Feel the mesmeric aroma of edelweiss and other rare flowers of Ladakh en route.
DAY 07: Base of Dung Dung Chan La - Chilling (3550 mts/11645 ft) 5 hrs
From the Dung Dung Chan La pass, a straight ascending trail further descends steeple to the village of Chilling.
DAY 08: Free day at Chilling
The day is spare for explorations at Chilling
DAY 09: Chilling - Leh
We will drive to Leh in the morning. The trail goes along Zanskar River and in due course reaches its confluence with Indus River. The road is good from here and makes the drive to Leh discernibly easy. Enjoy the scrumptious dinner and have overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 10: Leh - Delhi
Arrive at the airport in morning to catch the flight for Delhi. Enjoy the half-day guided sightseeing in Delhi. Transfer to the International Airport in the evening and catch the flight for onward journey.
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