Lamayuru Chilling trek.
Arrive at Leh airport, received by our representative and transfer to Hotel. Complete rest for the first half. After lunch if you are suitable visit Leh Palace built by King Singgee Namgyal around the beginning of 17th century A.D. This deserted nine-storied Palace is now taken under by ASI (Archaeological Survey on India) for restoration. Namgyal Tsemo built by King Tashi Namgyal after the victory over Hor (Central Asian Invaders), visit Shanti Stupa (a Japanese Pagoda built for world peace by Indian based Japanese monks and was inaugurated by His Holiness Dalai Lama in 1985). Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Full day sight seeing at Leh covering Hemis, Shey and Thiksey Monastery. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa. Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukpa order. Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Leh.
The drive from Leh to Lamayuru takes about four hours. It’s a beautiful drive to Lamayuru, on the way we visit some of the oldest monastery and the village. Our kitchen team has reached early to Lamayuru to prepare our hot lunch and to make our camp. After lunch in the evening we take a side walk to visit the oldest monestery of of Lamayuru. Overnight at Camp.
Today the first day of the trek is very short walk, its should take 2 to 3 hrs walk. After breakfast we head to north and follow the trail leading down the valley for 1km to a large prayer flag marking the turn-off point to the east that leads up a small gorge to the Prinkit –la means Pass. The gradual ascent from Lamayuru to the pass should not take much more than an hour. The Prinkit- la (3650mtrs) affords views across the barren landscapes of the Zanskar Range. From the pass the trail enter a narrow gorge, following a dry streambed down to the confluence with the Shilakong Valley. Follow the dirt road to Shila village(3200mtrs) and fromthere it is a further 1km descent to the village and gompa of Wanla. There is an established campsite just north of the bridge over the Wanla River. Evening free to visit the Wanla Monastery and the surrounding. Overnight at Camp.
Today's trek winds through more quaint Ladakhi villages before arriving at the meadow camp outside the village of Hinju. Phanjila Village(3230mtrs) is at the entrance to the Hinju Valley.It boasts a school and apricot orchards. The fields exend 2km up the valley towards Hinju.Ongoing road construction will alter the trail route and the character of the valley. For now, follow the trail on the true right of the valley through willow thickets until it enters a narrow gorge. Switch for a short distance to the opposite bank before crossing back to the true right. There are small bridges to assist with the crossings. Its about 2hrs and about 5k to the settlement of lower Hinju.From there it is a further 2k up to the main village of Hinju that consists of around 15 to 20 houses spread along the true left of the valley.The campsite is about 1k above the main village.Overnight at camp.
The trek to Konze la from Hinju village takes three to four hours, although the time may vary considerably when the approach to the pass is under snow. A gradual ascent will bring you to the Konze- La ridge from where you will get a great views of Stok and Karakoram ranges. The other side pass is scree and a little difficult to negotiate. After savouring views of the peaks and ridges to the east of the pass that extend to the Dung Dung la, commence the descent over loose moraine that leas to the true left of the main valley. Once down to the valley floor, it is a short distance to the first camp.The trail remains on the true left of the valley, crossing a number of side ridges before descending to a choice of campsites along side of yak herder’s huts. Overnight at Camp.
After breakfast cross the main river and follow the trail on the true right of the valley. The trail ascends a side ridge .it then descends to the valley floor before crossing the river and following an irrigation channel down to the village of Sumdo Chinmu(3920m). There is a small monastery close to the village and some large stone statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha ) nearby.The trail remains on the true left of the valley for a further 2k before winding down to the valley floor, covered in a thick canopy of willow trees and wild rose bushes. There is a further river crossing before reaching a small side stream flowing from the nearby peaks. This is also the base of the Dung Dung la and the point where the trail splits to Alchi. The base of the Dung Dung La, a short, If rather steep, ascent intermediary ridge (4430m) is required. The ascent will take about an hour. En route visit some of the wildflower which survive on Ladakh’s minimal rainfall. A delightful meadow for camping at 4400m. is hared with yak herders from chilling village, who graze their animals in summer. Overnight at Camp.
It's a straight climb from the Dung Dung Chan La pass. From the pass it is a 1300m descend to the village of Chilling winds high around the contours for about 2k before commencing the long gradual descent. About half way down leads to a small settlement. From here the trail descends steeply as it forges a way down a narrow gorge.It is a welcome relief to reach the outlying fields of Chilling that are set on a fertile ridge above the Zanskar River. Chilling is connected with the road to Zanskar Valley. Overnight at camp.
In the morning we will drive for Leh along with Zanskar River & eventually reach its confluence with the River Indus. From here the road is good & it is easy drive back to Leh. On arrival transfer to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel.
In the morning transfer to the airport to catch flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi take a half day guided sightseeing. In the evening transfer to International airport to catch onwards flight.