A very interesting route beginning at the famous Lamayuru monastery, you walk up the less travelled Ripchar Valley with its small villages, nomadic settlements and pastures where you see a wide variety of flowers and many species of birds from the end of July to end of August. We cross some high passes with excellent views of the Karakorams and the Zanskar mountains. We then continue on to Markha Valley - considered one of the most beautiful valleys in Ladakh . Crossing several more passes, through gorges and wide open pastures, we end the trek at Shang Sumdo village.
In the morning we will take a drive towards Lamayuru which 130 kms from Leh. We will passes enroute Basgo, Likir and Alchi. On arrival visit the Lamayuru monastery and then meet trekking crew and start trek towards Shilla cross Pritintik La (3750 Mts). Overnight at the camp.
In the morning visit the Wanla monastery and later after breakfast trek to Hinju. Today we will walk through a narrow gorge until we reach a conventional Rangthak (flour mill) at the far end of the village. The trail will then cut through the village of Hinju (3720 m) generally 2 km below our campsite. On arrival set out camp for overnight stay.
After breakfast get ready for a har day trek. Today trek is a bit hard you have to climb a pass called, Kungski-La (4400 mts) from the top of this pass one can see Hinju village on one side and Sumdha village on the other side. Overnight in tent.
Today we have some river crossings enroute to Sumdha village & will also across a small pass. Today we will camp at Dundun Chan Larcha. Overnight in tent.
Dundun Chan-la is (3950 Mts.). The trek is easy and very scenic. One can see even Khardung la pass across the valley. Camp at Chilling, this village has GOLD smiths famous for local golden jewelry - it is said that the gold comes from the local mines. Overnight in camp.
Free day for exploration.
After breakfast starts trek towards Skiu. The walk is not as easy one; today we will cross the Zangskar River with a cable car along with our luggage as ponies cannot cross the river. Another crew will be waiting for us on the other side. Overnight camp at Skiu.
Today we have several river crossings, the trek is easy. Overnight camp at Sara. Trek time: 5 hours.
We will cross the Markha village enroute to Hankar Yogma camping ground. We will stop at the Markha village and visit the monastery also, but will not camp at Markha. Horses do not get fodder easily here. Overnight in camp. Trek time: 7 hours.
A bit beyond Hankar, leave a broad valley on the right-side. The valley narrows and goes higher. The river is far to the left. Walk near a small lake, then across pastures to Nimaling. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys of Ladakh (4750 Mts). Overnight at camp
Long climb along the mountainside then some zigzag up to the Kongmaru La (5150 Mts). Long descent into gorges several easy stream crossing. Leave the sometimes in the riverbed right-side, and again on the left bank arrive in Shang Sumdo. Overnight at camp.
Take the riverbed again, then a good footpath through large blocks. You reach the motorable trail Pass a series of Chortens. Leave Martselang village on the right and follow a gentle rising trail to Hemis. Overnight in camp.
After sightseeing of the Hemis monastery, leave for Leh, enroute visit Thiksey and Shey monasteries.
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