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Lamayuru to Hemis via Markha Valley

Trek : Keylong-Padum Over Bara Lacha La
Trek Duration Pre Trek Post Trek Max. Altitude Grade Best Season
13 Days 03 Days 01 Day Kongmor-la 5200 Mts. Strenuous June to October

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Duration : 16 Nights / 17 Days
Places Covered :
Delhi - Leh - Lamayuru - Wanlah - Hinju - Sumdo - Chilling - Skiu - Markha - Hankar - Nimaling - Chugdo Over Kongmor-la - Chugdo - Hemis - Leh - Delhi

Detailed Itinerary

Thiksey Gompa, Ladakh Travel VacationsDay 01 : Delhi / Leh
Arrive Leh and transfer to 'A' class hotel.
The rest of the day is free for acclimatization.
After dinner, overnight hotel.

Day 02 : Leh Acclimatize / Sightseeing
Post breakfast full day to acclimatize in Leh or you can also it to take a tour of some of the famous Gompas (Monasteries) around Leh.

Thiksey Gompa : 17 kms from Leh enroute to Hemis Gompa, the Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the Indus valley from its vantage point atop a hill. There are several temples and wall paintings of the Buddha. Close by is the summer palace of the old Raja of Leh. This monastery is 800 years old with statues made of silver and gold.

Shey Gompa : This monastery has a large 7.5 m copper statue of Buddha plated with gold.

Hemis Gompa : 40 kms from Leh, built in 1630, it is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. It is not visible from the road as it is located in a side valley. Hemis has the largest thanka in Ladakh, which is unfurled once in 12 years (next in 2004). It celebrates an annual festival attended by people from all over the provinces who come to join in the celebrated mask dances. Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 03 : In Leh
Morning excursion to Phyang Gompa. This Gompa is 20 kms from Leh on the right side of Leh-Srinagar road. The beautiful statues and Thankas are worth seeing. Also visit Spituk Gompa which lies on the right side of Srinagar-Leh road about 6 kms short of Leh Proper. Some very interesting Thankas are pride of this monastery. Afternoon free. Dinner overnight Hotel.

Day 04 : Leh-Lamayuru
After breakfast drive to Lamayuru. Lamayuru Monastry, LAdakh Travel VacationsVisit the Lamayuru monastery, which is a major landmark on the old silk route. Legend behind this monastery is that Lamayuru village was once filled by a lake, which was drained by sage Naropa to permit the foundation of the monastery.

The monastery belongs to the old Tibetan schools the Kagyupa / Drugkpa school. Lunch, dinner and overnight in tents / hotel.

Day 05 : Lamayuru-Wanlah (03 hrs)
After breakfast in camp trek to Wanla . It is an easy ascent after crossing the river upto the Prinkit La (3726mts). Pass the village of Shilla following a narrow and dry gorge and reach Wanla. Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in trekking tents.

Day 06 : Wanlah - Hinju 4 hrs. trek:
Proceed along the left bank of Yapola and then reach Phenjila Village . After about 3 hrs.
trek will reach HINJU O/N at Camp.
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Day 07 : Hinju - Sumdo 5/6 hrs.
Start trek through main Valley towards Konzke La 4950 Mts: Cross the Pass and follow gradual a long descent on the left bank of River Along mountains. The path narrows down towards the river passing through some meditation Caves before reaching SUMDO where there are beaufiful Camp Sites along the river. Continue trek on the along the mountain and then reach SUMDO.
O/night at Camp.

Day 08 : Sumdo - Chilling 6/7 hrs:
Proceed trek through main valley and path becomes more difficult and follow gradual ascent towards EN LA 4800 Mts. After Crossing the Pass continue trek through the valley which narrows down till you Reach CHILLING. The inhabitants of Chilling are working on different metals such as Chang Pot and Tea Pot etc. O/N at Camp.

Day 09 : Chilling - Skiu (3380 Mts.) 4/5hrs:
Trek starts through Zanskar river. Cross the river by Cable Car and then continue trek till reach SKAYA. O/N at Camp

Day 10 : Skiu / Markha
Trek to Markha via Hermoger and Saser. An easy walk of about 15 kms will be covered in about 6 hrs. Markha is main village at the height of about 4500 Mts. And has a school. Dinner overnight in tents.

Markha Trek, Ladakh Travel GuideDay 11 : Rest Day at Markha

Day 12 : Markha / Hankar
Trek upto Hankar via Omlung. A distance of about 12 kms of gradual walk will be covered in about 6 hrs.Dinner overnight in tents.

Day 13 : Hankar / Nimaling
Trek to Nimaling a gradual walk of about 12 kms will be covered in about 6 hrs. Dinner overnight in tents at Nimaling.

Day 14 : In Nimaling
Full day free to explore the surroundings. One can trek upto glacier of Kangyatse peak (6030 Mts.), one needs permit from IMF to climb this peak. Dinner overnight in tents at Nimaling.

Day 15 : Nimaling / Chugdo Over Kongmor-la
Trek over Kongmor-la (5200 Mts.) to Chugdo. First four to five kms are quite steep and then a descend right upto Chugdo. One feels fresh on reaching the top of Kongmor-la after viewing the beautiful range of Mountain peaks and forgets the tiredness of steep ascent. Dinner overnight in tents.

Day 16 : Chugdo / Hemis/Leh
Trek down to Hemis via Oza and Sumdo. A gradual walk of about 13 kms will be covered in about 6 hrs. After visiting the Hemis monastery, drive back to Leh. Dinner overnight hotel.

Day 17 : Leh / Delhi
Transfer to airport to catch flight for Delhi.
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