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Trekking in Lower Ladakh

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Overview

One of the most gentle and picturesque treks you could find in the heart of the Himalayas. It is surrounded by Zanskar range to the south-west, the Ladakh and Karkoram ranges to the northeast and the mighty Indus River flowing in between. The trek begins from Likir village in the heart of the Ladakh range, which is famous for clay and wood carvings and ends at Temisgam which was once the winter capital of Ladakh. During the trek we will be hiking through many small villages, meeting local Sheppard and nomads and camping in serene mountains valleys.

Itinerary

Day 01 Leh to Liker to Yangthang 4-5 hours

Drive to Liker around 45 kms from Leh towards Srinagar. At Liker, before starting the trek, you can visit the monastery atop a hill upstream of the village. As you begin your trek you come across Yangthang and Sumdo villages crossing small passes called Phobe La (3550 meters) and Charatse La (3650 meters).Overnight stay is in camp.

 

Day 02  Yangthang to Rizong to Hemis Shukpachan 5-6 hours

After the breakfast proceed towards Rizong monastery. The walk is through a thick grove of poplar, willow, apricot and apple trees along a stream before getting to the popular nunnery of Rizong at a site called Chulichan in about half an hour.  The valley on the right is the way to the monastery, which is known for its strict rules of observing monastic life as per Buddhist tenets. After having lunch, the trek towards Hemis Shukpachan village involves crossing a simple pass behind the monastery. Overnight stay is in camp.

                                   

Day 03Hemis Shukpachan to Temisgam 3-4 hours

Today is a bit longer trek involving crossing of Maptek La (3750 meters), which has great views of surrounding valleys and mountains. Soon after the pass you get the sight of Ang village. From Ang the road leads down to the Temisgam village, which has ruins of historical fort and a small monastery enshrining the highly sacred marble statue of Avalokitesvara. Overnight stay is in a camp.

 

Day 04Temisgam to Khaltse 4-5 hours

Walk down to Khaltsey via Bongbongchan La, and your trek finishes at the Srinagar Leh highway. The same day you drive to Lamayuru for sightseeing of Yundrung Monastery perched on pillar shaped interesting geographical formations, which gives this valley a ‘moonlike’ image. Overnight stay is in Guest House.

 

Day 05 Lamayuru to Leh

After having breakfast visit Rizong monastery and drive back to Leh, en route visit Alchi and Liker monasteries.

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Trip Price

$ 1300

Duration 5 Days

Grade Moderate

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Trip Style Camping

Country India

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