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Lamayuru Alchi Trek reflects the indigenous colours of the lifestyle of Indo-Tibetans. It opens doors for witnessing the rich history of the region that can be witnessed in the scriptoriums and walls of ancient monasteries of Ladakh.
Off the Kargil-Leh road to Photu La ramp, a spiritual trail of Lamayuru Alchi cuts its way following the legendary caravan track exhibiting the rich and diverse landscape of the Sham Valley. The major highlights on this trek in Ladakh are the Lamayuru Monastery followed by Prinkti La at 3750m and the Alchi Monastery en route the isolated hamlets like Ursi, Mang Gyu and Gera. The difficult yet the most intriguing part of the Lamayuru Alchi Trek for the adventurists is the steep trail to Tar La at 5250m after crossing Ursi Village. Thus even after being one of the spiritual treks in the Ladakh region, which mainly attracts the Buddhist pilgrims, the trek passing through the windy and rugged terrain of Ladakh pulls in trekkers from different parts of the world. It allows explorers to witness the rich native culture.
• Witness the bustling Leh Bazaar to capture vivid hues of Ladakh region
• Lose yourself in the beauty of the spectacular ancient Monasteries of Hemis, Shey, Thiksey, Spituk and Phyang
• Visit the high altitude monasteries like Lamayuru and Alchi and Basgo For that has rich architecture.
• Trek through some of the finest remote village and High Mountain Passes.
• Get the opportunity to interact with the locals and imbibe in their simple yet rich culture.
Board the morning flight to reach Leh. Arrive at Leh and transfer to hotel/guest house and take a complete rest. This relaxation is essential for becoming accustomed to the climate. Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse.
Today, we shall drive to Lamayuru in the morning. En route, we shall witness some of the most popular and oldest monasteries of Ladakh. On arrival at Lamayuru, we will spend time exploring ancient monasteries.
Post breakfast we will take horse ride to Wanla. A steep route leads up to small mountain pass Prinkiti La (3750 meters) before the trail descends towards Shilla Village, which is at a distance of 3 kilometers from Wanla (3250 meters). We will set our camp up for a night here.
Today, we will follow the dusty road along to reach at a small village of Phenjilla (3410 m). From Phenjilla, we will walk on left side of the valley along a small stream for around an hour to reach at Ursi village. Overnight stay in the tent.
Day 05: Base of Tar La – Tar (4300 mts/14105 ft) via Tar La (5250 mts/17220 ft)
Our trek will be today a bit challenging as we have to ascend to Tar la (5250 m). The trail offers spectacular views from different points and the arduous trek is well rewarded with the views the mountains around. Return to the base camp might take around 3-4 hrs. Overnight stay in the base camp.
Today, we shall trek from Tar to Mang Gyu. The trail passes through mountainside to a small pass. An easy descent will lead us to Man Gyu village, where there are traditional Ladakhi houses and an ancient monastery. It is believed that the monasteries of the Mang Gyu and Alchi were built on the same day.
Our last day trek will be down a beautiful narrow valley covered with rosebushes. We shall walk to reach the village of Gera, where our vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Leh. En route we shall visit famous monasteries of Alchi and Likir. Overnight stay in the hotel at Leh.
Take the flight for Delhi in the morning.