Trekking in the Himalayas
Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
Destination Covered : Delhi - Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Likir
(Drive) - Yangtang - Hemis Shukpachen - Tingmosgam - Uletokpo - Lamayuru
Day 01: Arrival / Delhi
night arrival. Meeting and assistance upon arrival as our
representatives welcome you and escort you to your car.
Whilst the room keys and check-in is organized, our
representative would introduce the tour to you and hand over the
documents to you.
Welcome to India, or as we say 'atithi devo bhava' (the guest
is an incarnation of God). Thank you for giving us the
opportunity to serve you!
Overnight at Taj Palace - a 5* Taj Group Hotel
Day 05: Leh / Shey / Thiksey / Hemis / Leh
morning we proceed on a guided tour of Shey, which is a small
town in comparison to Leh. Shey Palace was built in early 17th
century AD by Deldan Namgyal as a memorial for his father,
Singay Namgyal. The palace houses a three storey copper statue
of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overlooking the Shey palace are the ruins
of the fort built by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen
Spalgigon. Shey also has a very large scattering of stupas all
across its landscape.
From here we drive to Thiksey Gompa (monastery), it is located
17 km on the main highway from Leh in the direction of Manali.
The present day monastery founded by Paldan Sherab, overlooking
the village below, was not the original location. It was
originally built at Stakmo. This monastery hosts the festival of
Later we drive to Hemis Gompa (monastery) which is the most
important and the richest Gompa in the whole of Ladakh and is
dedicated to Guru Padama Sambhava the great Indian teacher &
philosopher. This monastery located among the beautiful
landscape of the Hemis National Park was founded in 1630 AD. It
is located at a distance of 45km from Leh and is one of the most
popular monasteries visited by travelers. It is also famous
across the world for the Hemis Festival hosted by it.
Evening we drive back to our hotel in Leh
Overnight at Hotel Spic n Span
Day 06: Leh / Likir (Drive) / Yangtang (4/5 Hrs Trek)
a leisurely breakfast we drive to Uletokpo Visiting the Likir
Monastery on the way. The journey itself through spell bounding
scenes of natural beauty is worth the effort. Snow capped
Himalayas dot the background while craggy dusty mountain ranges
and the swiftly flowing Indus river as well as patches of farm
make up for the fascinating foreground.
At Nimu we witness the magical confluence of the two main
rivers of the region - Indus & Zanskar.
Another interesting aspect of our journey would be the
opportunity to travel past several Ladakhi Villages where time
has stood still. We will walk into these villages and experience
traditional Ladakhi Villages, lifestyles and occupations.
We make a brief stop at the Likir Monastery that houses many
gigantic clay statue of Buddha in various forms. The primary
attraction is, however, their 1000-year old wall painting which
make a visit more than worthwhile.
After visiting the monastery, we commence our trek as we walk
past Likir village leaving behind the last houses. We enter an
arid terrain, and, start ascending towards a small pass PobeLa,
arriving at Sumdo village where we cross the river and leaving
Sumdo on the right side, continue in the valley for about an
hour and finally reach at the summit of the CharastseLa.
Overnight in Tents
Day 08: Hemis Shukpachen - Tingmosgam Trek 3/4 Hrs Trek -
crossing the village, there is flat land, then, a steep descent.
Keeping to the right side climb a steep slope to the summit of
the Meptekla. It is 2 Hrs. hike from Hemis Shukpachen. Descend
for half an hour and you are in Ang village. Continue walking
towards to Tingmosgam, It is the richest fruit valley in Ladakh
- Apricots, Apples, Nuts are in plenty. The houses here are
beautiful and unique. From here we will be driven to Uleytokpo.
Upon arrival at lunch time we check into tented accommodation
at Uleytokpo. This place is heaven on earth ! the accommodation
here are lovely fixed camps run by a Ladakhi family. The tents
have attached toilets and beds, and are set amidst apricot
orchards. The place is right in the lap of nature and you would
very much enjoy the feel of the breeze, the scent of flowers,
delightful nature walks, views of the snow capped Himalayas and
the gentling rolling sound of the Indus river. If you are a bird
lover there are great possibilities of viewing a variety of
birds. Just 4 kms away is Ridzong, the most isolated monastery
of all the monastery of Ladakh. One can still find the small
caves where Lamas used to meditate for years cutting themselves
from the rest of the world except for an one feet square outlet
window from where they accept the one time meal of the day. Also
close by is a nunnery. Food and clothing besides shelter is
provided to the Nuns. There are a few very old retired Nuns. A
visit here shows us the day to day living of the Nuns, as well
as the trainings they receive here and also an opportunity to
witness the performance of the evening prayers.
Overnight in Tents
Day 09: Uletokpo / Lamayuru / Uletokpo
half day excursion through paradise as we visit Lamayuru. Every
twist and turn brings to you new vistas of natural beauty. But,
wait till you get to the 'Lamayuru Moonland'. We look down on
this landscape which appears to be a dusty surface of the Moon
itself with craters & hills . The snow rising in the
backdrop of this sandy script reminds you that you are in
The landscape around Lamayuru monastery is one of most
spectacular things one could see on earth.
Lamayuru monastery popularly known as, "Yangdrung Gomp"
is situated 126 km west of Leh, on the Leh - Srinagar highway.
In ancient times there was a huge lake in this place. The great
saint Nyimagung, made a prophesy saying: " May a monastery
be founded in this place" and he then offered a votive
water offering to all the naga serpent spirits who were the
guardians of that place. The grains of that corn that formed
part of this offering were carried by the waves of different
places along the cliff side by the edge of the lake and when
they had become mixed with the earth they sprouted forth as corn
in the shape of a swastika. At the time when a monastery was
later founded there it was called Yangdrung "swastika".
In the 11th century the mahasiddha Naropa came to this place and
the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen
today. Then Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator came and built many
temples and stupas and so the teachings of the Kadampa School
came to flourish greatly there. Thereafter, for many years the
monastery was administered by the Red Hats order of the Tibetan
Buddhism., but later it was taken over by Digungpa order. Then
the rituals and observances of the Digung Kargud School were
introduced and the monastery received the name of Yangdrung
We return to Uletokpo by lunch time
Afternoon is at leisure for nature walks . Alternatively, your
24x7 guide would be happy to walk you to the neighbouring Mangyu
village (3hrs). This would be another opportunity to witness
traditional Ladakhi country life unchanged from time immemorial.
We will interact with locals and also learn more about Ladakhi
Overnight at Tented Accommodations
Day 10: Uletokpo / Alchi / Leh
breakfast we drive back to Leh visiting Alchi on the way.
The village of Alchi in lower Ladakh is to be considered one of
the most important cultural sites throughout the Himalayas.
Consisting of four separate hamlets, the village contains
numerous historic monuments of different ages and in various
states of repair, the oldest and most famousof which is a
monastic complex. The 1,000-year-old three-storied Himalayan
temple, with its unique murals and iconography, is a fragile
wooden structure. Confirmed a World Heritage site by UNESCO,
this is one of only four surviving monasteries of the 108
founded by the Great Translator, Lotsava Rinchen bZangpo in the
later 10 th and early 11 th century. The temple preserves some
of the finest examples of Kashmiri art of the period.
Following the tour of Alchi, we continue drive to Leh and get
there by lunchtime. Upon arrival, transfer to your Hotel Spic n
Span. The afternoon is at leisure and you may wish to walk into
the bustling bazaar or catch up with your reading and postcards.
This evening we are invited to a typical Ladakhi home for high
tea and interaction with different members of the Ladakhi
family. The kitchen is the heart of the Ladakhi house. These are
people for whom food is so central it forms the basis of their
all-purpose greeting, "Julay", an economical word used
for hello, goodbye, please and thank you. Its literal
translation is "good digestion"; it reflects their
philosophy that if you have good digestion, you have everything.
Overnight at Hotel Spic n Span
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