A very interesting trek beginning at Lamayuru and walking up the less
traveled Ripchar valley with its small villages, nomadic settlements
and pastures where you see a wide variety of flowers from end of July
to end of August and birds too. You cross some high passes with excellent
views of the Karakoram and the Zanskar ranges. The initial part of
the trek till Chilling is less traveled. From Chilling you cross the
Zanskar river by a pulley cable and continue into the Markha valley-most
popular and considered one of the best valleys in Ladakh.
This trek is not difficult but is demanding in stages due to the terrain.
The average walking time is 5-6 hours.
Day 01 : Arrival in
Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred
30 minutes to hotel Park. Overnight hotel.
Day 02 : Early morning
transfer for flight to Leh. Arrival and transfer to Hotel Kanglhachhen.
Day 03 : Sightseeing
at Shey, Thikse and Hemis monasteries.
Day 04 : Drive to camp
at Uleytokpo visiting Alchi monastery enroute.
Day 05 : Drive to Lamayuru.
Visit the monastery built in the 10th century and one of the oldest
monastic sites in Ladakh.
Day 06 : Trek starts.The
trail heads down the valley before turning east to Prinkitila (3506m).
Descend from the pass to the scenic village of Wanla. Camp overnight.
Day 07 : Hinju: - Follow
a nice wide path till the village of Penji from where you leave the
main trail and head up the Ripchar valley to Hinju.
Day 08 : Continue up
the valley to grazing areas which support the village summer camps
to camp at the base of Konzela.
Day 09 : Begin a short
but steep climb to Konzela (4950m) for views of the Zanskar range.
A long and steep descent brings you to a camp by the river at Lanak.
Day 10 : Chilling (3390m):-
Follow the left bank of the river to the village of Sumda then go
up the ridge to another pass - Dunduchunla (4435m) and descend to
camp near the village of Chilling, the inhabitants of whom are the
only ones who are the main metal workers making Ladakhi copper utensils.
Day 11 : Skiu (3390m):-
Cross the Zanskar by pulley cable and follow a lovely trail to camp
Day 12 : Markha (3810m):-
A full walking day. Cross the Markha River at two places to the village
of Chalak. Beyond this settle-ment is an impressive line of chortens
and a huge mound of goat horns. Follow the Markha River to the village
of Markha to camp overnight.
Day 13 : Thachungtse:-
Follow the main trail passing the monastery at Humlung to the village
of Hankar. We now go away from the wide valley and go up a narrow
valley to the pastures at Thachungtse. (5-6hrs).
Day 14: Nimaling (4700m):-
Approx. 3-4hrs from Thachungtse, the trail climbs steeply to the plateau
and pastures of Nimaling with impressive views of Kangyassey peak.
Day 15 : Rest day at
Nimaling. Optional hike up the left shoulder of Kangyassey.
Day 16 : Chogdo:- Begin
a gradual climb of about 2 hrs to the top of Kongmarula (5030m), the
highest point on the trek with excellent views of the Stok range and
the Karakoram range of mountains. Descend to the wooded gorge to camp
Day 17 : Shangphu:-
Follow the Shang Tokpo (stream). Go up Shang la at 4900m and descend
Day 18 : Leh:- Descend
from Mathola to the village at Matho. Drive to Leh visiting Stok Palace
and museum on the way back.
Day 19 : Free day in
Day 20 : Rafting on
the Indus. Grade 2+ with a lot of waves. Approximately 3 to 4 hrs
of fun on the river. Return to Leh.
Day 21 : Extra day to
be adjusted in case of flight cancellation or exchanged for an Agra
Day 22 : Fly Leh - Delhi.
Day 23 : Depart Delhi.