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Lamayuru Chilling Trek

Area: Lower Ladakh Trek Duration: 10 nits / 11 days

Grade: Easy to moderate.

Best time: April – Oct.

Max. Alt: 4000mtrs.

Nearest Airport: Leh 1hr flight from Delhi.

Overview:
After taking breathtaking flight into Leh, You will be exploring around leh and visit some of its ancient Monasteries and understand the monastic life, you will drive to Lamayuru which is on the Leh Srinagar highway. Your trek will begings from the this historic place where once the great saint Naropa meditate over here in 11th ce. From here you will be trek through Wanla famous for its wood carving pass the sumdha village, cross over couple of passes to get into Chilling, Chilling is a small village with six families, Chilling is famous for its metal work, They were brought from Nepal by 26th king of Ladakh to build the Buddha statue at Shey later they settled obver here. After finish your trek you will drive back to Leh Drive along the Zanskar river which joins Indus at Nimu.

Day 01: Arrv Leh / Afternoon Market walk, Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa
Airport our representative would assist you at the Airport & transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure & acclimatization Later in the afternoon a walk around Leh town (3521 m) & visit Leh Market, Leh Palace ruins & Shanti Stupa at sunset “The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town.
Overnight Hotel - Leh (B, L, D)

Day 02: Leh
Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis & Matho
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to

Shey: The ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue.

Thiksey Gompa: An impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous

Hemis Gompa: Founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal. Hemis is one of the largest and richest gompa of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Matho: Lama Dugpa Dorje founded the Matho Gompa of Ladakh in the 16th century. It is situated on the opposite bank of the River Indus, at a distance of approximately 26 km to the southeast of Leh town. Matho is the only gompa of Ladakh that belongs to the Saskya order of Tibetan Buddhism. The oracle of the monastery is a priest, who resides in the monastery itself. Also situated near the monastery, are a number of sacred shrines, of which one is dedicated to the guardian deities.
Overnight Hotel - Leh (B, L, D)

Day 03: Leh – Basgo – Likir – Alchi – Lamayuru (3420m 124km 04hrs)
After breakfast drive to Basgo (44 km from Leh). It was an important centre in the old days, having been the capital of lower Ladakh when the kingdom was divided in the 15th & 16th centuries. We visit the ruins of the Royal Palace at Basgo, Ser Zung Temple, which is known for its great frescoes & finally the temple with an enormous gold & copper statue of the Maitreya Buddha.

After that we drive to Likir (9 km) & visit Likir Monastery situated atop a windy cliff overlooking the beautiful village of Likir. It was founded in the 12th Century although the present construction dates back to the 18th century as the original one was destroyed by fire. In its courtyard is a yellow colored 3 storey high mammoth statue of the Buddha, which was constructed by a resident monk. The top floor has an impressive museum containing old thangkas & weapons used many centuries back.

Alchi Monastery from Likir we drive 16 km to Alchi. Just before Alchi we drive across the mighty River Indus over the bridge & reach Ladakh's most loved Alchi Monastery. Over a century old, its wall paintings are very similar to those of the Tabo monastery in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. Unlike other monasteries which are usually on a cliff top or cling to a mountainside, Alchi is at ground level & is nestled in the shade of a garden.

We continue to drive & finally reach Lamayuru Monastery. Lamayuru Monastery is one of the most popular & magnificent monasteries of Ladakh. It is known to be the oldest monastic establishment in Ladakh & was founded by Rinchen Zangpo in the 10th century. This Monastery is located amidst the massive mountains. The spectacular setting of this Monastery & its renowned collection of carpets, thangkas & frescoes has been attracting many people all over the world over a long time. We will also be part of the prayer ceremony inside the prayer hall among the monks. It is a very soothing & spiritual experience to be there among these warm & friendly monks.
Overnight Camp - Lamayuru (B, L, D)

Day 04: Lamayuru – Wanla (3250m 3-4hrs trek)
In the morning before breakfast you may again visit the Lamayuru monastery to be part of the Morning Prayer ceremony. Today we pack our backpacks, watch the horses get ready, & set off for this first day of our adventure. A gentle trail leads up to the small pass of Prinkiti La (3750 m) before heading down to the village of Shilla & the last 3 km to Wanla (3250 m). Here we set up Camp for the night & spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun or exploring the monastery in Wanla.
Overnight Camp - Wanla (B, L, D)

Day 05: Wanla – Hinju (3720m 4-5 hrs trek)
Today we follow a dusty road the small village of Phenjilla (3410 m) & the scattered village of Uri .We will then walk through a narrow gorge until we reach a traditional Rangthak (flour mill) at the far end of the village. The trail will then cut through the village of Hinju (3720 m) roughly 2 km below our campsite in a yak herders' encampment.
Overnight Camp - Hinju (B, L, D)

Day 06: Hinju – Marjek (3400m 06hrs trek)
After following the Ripchar Nallah for about an hour and a half, the trail ascends steeply up to the Konke La (16,236 ft/4,996 m) where the fierce winds on top of the pass are more than compensated for by the spectacular views all round. Descend into the pastures where the local people bring their horses, cows, dzos and yaks to graze. This is blue sheep and ibex country and if lucky, one might even spot the occasional red Himalayan fox.
Camp in a meadow by the stream

Day 07: Marjek - Lasgo
Today after a short walk we will reach the village of Sumda Chenmo. Sumdha Chhemo is located on a hill site. Here one could see few wooden statues whish is believd to be more than 1000years old. Also a small monastery which is under the administration of Hemis monastery and couple of monk has to reside here for the village services. From here we will hike down to Lasgo which is a small willow grow where we will set of our camp near the small stream.
Overnight Camp - Dung Dung La (B, L, D)

Day 08: Lasgo – Chilling via Dund Dund Chan-la
Post breakfast we will cross two little stream than hike towards a small pass called Lanak la, which provides a beautiful view of Sumdho village with its lush green and snow-capped peaks of Photoskar (5685 m) one could see Edelweiss & some of the other rare wild flowers of Ladakh, we will walk pass the shepherd camp which is the summer camp for the villagers of Chilling. From here we will descent towards Dung Dung Chan La (4820 m ) there is a splendid view of Kongski La. This offers beautiful view of the Stok Range in the east & the Zanskar Range in the south. From the Pass the trail gradually descends down a ridge towards the valley continually tapering before reaching the village of Chilling (3550 m). Chilling is the only village in Ladakh that has provided metalwork such as copper, bronze, silver & iron to the Leh market through the centuries.
v Overnight camp at Chilling (B, L, D)

Day 09: Chilling – Leh
From Chilling we will drive for about 3 hours along the Zanskar River & eventually reach its confluence with the River Indus. From here the road is good & it is easy drive back to Leh.
Overnight hotel at Leh (B, L, D)

Day 10: Free day at Leh
Full day at leisure for own activities
Overnight at hotel in Leh (B, L, D)

Day 11: Depart Leh
On time departure transfer to Leh Airport