Its a short but action packed Ladakh trip full of fun-filled activities. At a distance of 125kms Westwards from Leh, on a miraculously pulchritudinous road, exists the classic royal monastery famous as Swastika or Yung - drung. On this trek there are several villages which stand among the richest in Ladakh tour package. This particular terrain is known as Sham valley or Apricot valley. It is one of the oldest in Ladakh, and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
For that extra adrenaline rush one can enjoy thrilling and adventurous biking from Tsokar to Tsomoriri Lake. To top it up one could enjoy white water rafting along the Zanskar River right from Chilling to Nimo.
It is known as Baby trek. The name is due to its lower altitude and the passes and comparatively less walking hours. One will notice how a stream of chilly water has led to an oasis of life amidst barren wilderness. Through the sham valley and the ancient kingdom of Sham, we discover the main Ladakhi monasteries and the wonderful sites surrounding them: Shey, Thikse, Hemis, Spituk, Phyang, Lamayuru and Alchi are all accessible by road, and Temisgang, Ridzong and Likir line the trekking route. The paths are of moderate difficulty and it does not rise above 4500m. T
he track crosses numerous villages where the people have kept their Tibetan ways and customs. A camera is a must for this tour and one can take it as a Photography trip also and shoot the landscape as well as people. We also have the option of staying in a local house during this trek as it traverses through some houses; specially appointed for village Homestay.
The Ladakh trek involves a series of pass crossings and first day is the drive to Timsogam a small village and then the trek starts with ascending a slope which leads us to the pass crossing over the Rongthil la( 4,000m) and then another pass the Muptak la( 3,800m) is crossed and finally the large village of Hemis Shukpachan is reached. Next days walk is a level walk till the base of Tsermangchan la which is crossed after a gentle ascend at 4,600m and a further descend leads us to the village of Yangtang.
Next days walk is also an easy walk and after crossing Chagtse pass at 4,200m descend to the village of Likir which is connected to road and houses a large monastery. Visit the monastery and then walk to the village of Rafta. Once we cross the Mandang la pass (4,100m) we will reach Umla and from here its comparatively an easy trek to the village of Taroo, which is a big village just behind the village of Phyang which houses an important monastery in Ladakh tour. As a matter of fact the Phayang festival which happens to fall in July is equally famous. From here we take a final drive to Leh.
A 3 hour adrenaline packed rafting experience on the Zanskar for the thrill maniacs. It starts down right from the famous Hemis monastery. You would float alongside the villages of the Indus Valley (the cradle of civilization) i.e. Stakna, Shey, Thiksey, Choushot with Choglamsar as the finishing point.
Our move to include mountain biking holidays is an obvious step. This programme has now grown to include biking in the remote valleys of Lahaul, Ladakh, Kulu, Sikkim and the eastern Himalayas. The fully supported Leh - Manali bike ride is now an established classic, crossing three high passes, the highest being over 5600 mtrs, and with a total descent of over 10000 mtrs.
Day 1 Arrival at Leh airport
Early in the morning, fly from New Delhi to Leh. Check-in to the hotel and take rest.
Day 2 Leh Ssightseeing
A great start to the morning with the Visit to the Sangkar Gompa and Shanti Stupa. Have exotic lunch at hotel and take rest during afternoon.
Day trip to visit Thikse and Shey monasteries
Day 4 Leh - Likir - Yangthang (4-5 hours)
Drive from Leh to Liker which is at a distance of about 65 kilometers. We will come across Likir monastery on the way and then we will begin our trek from Saspotse village to Yangthang crossing several passes like Chagaste La (3650 meters) and Phobe la(3600 meters). We will have a peaceful stay in the camp at night.
Day 5 Wanla- Hinju (4 to 5 hours)
After breakfast, we will drive to Ridzong Gompa from Yangthan (5 hours). We will come across a brook and plantation of apple and apricot on the way. The Ridzong monastery is situated mystically in a tiny isolated gorge past a friary enveloped by the magnificent mountains. Have filling nutritious Lunch. Tread back to Yangthan. Stay in the camp at night.
The day begins with the journey of about 2-3 hours from Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachan. We will then reach Hemis from Yangthang through Tsermangchen La(3750m). Taking a pleasant and short walk arrive at Hemis Shukpachan by teatime. Explore the village during the rest of the day .Night-stay in the camp.
Day 7 Sumda Doksa to Dung Dung Chan la base , 4430 meters (4-5 hours)
We will travel to Temisgam from Hemis Shukpachan, a 3 hours journey. We will move towards Temisgam through Maptek La (3750m).Have a glimpse of the alluring view of Ang after crossing the pass, the groove leads us to Temisgam. Visit a small monastery and a ruined fort up on the hill. Night-stay in the camp.
Day 8 Dung Dung Chan La base to Chilling ,3550 meters (5 hours)
After Temisgam, we will proceed our journey towards Khalsay which will take around 4-5 hours.
We will trek from Temisgam to Khalsay, which is a journey of 4-5 hours. We will have an easy walk to Khalsay through Bongbongchan La, 3650m. Arriving at Khalsay, we will stop at a famous stop for cars or jeeps travelling between Kargil and Leh then drive up to Lamaryuru Gompa.
Day 9 Rafting from Nimo to chilling(Grade 3) 3 hours
Take a flight to New Delhi and take off.
Pick up from the Airport / Railway Station
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Group medical kit
Good quality accommodation
Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and insulated mat
All park entrance fees and trekking permit
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
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