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LAMAYURU TO CHILLING




 
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LAMAYURU TO CHILLING

The valley of Sham in the lower part of Ladakh, is celebrated for its beauty and richness during the harvesting season. This trek follows the old caravan route to Lamayuru which diverges from the Kargil-Leh road at the Phatu La. According to legend, Lamayuru was once a lake, which miraculously disappeared by the hand of Lotsawa Naropa. The monastery at Lamayuru built in the 10th century is one of the oldest in Ladakh, and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This trek offers not only view of the many natural beauties of Ladakh, but also some of its most famous monasteries and the traditional lifestyle of the natives. 


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  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out .

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Is this Holiday for you ?

This trek is suitable for most hill walkers and generally involves trekking at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. It is a great introductory trek in the high Himalayas for anyone looking for the same. Our professional guides will guide you all the way and will provide you the information and tips you need for the trek. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A fair level of fitness will be required and help you enjoy the holiday more.

  • One of the most scenic treks in Ladakh
  • Trek through beautiful moon landscape, villages and monasteries
  • Camp at 4400m altitude and at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar

  • Local guide and kitchen staff
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described on twin sharing basis
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • Camping equipment (Client tents, kitchen tent, mess tent, lounge tent and toilet tent)
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tank (for emergency only)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe alongwith eggs, paranthas, etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. As we want to keep plastic use to a minimum we will try and use plastic bottles as less possible. Hot lunches will be provided as and when we can. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Leh and 5 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 9 Days, 3 nights hotel, 5 nights camping
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH (3500m). TRANSFERS FROM AIRPORT ARE PROVIDED.

Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30 am from Leh Airport to the group hotel  is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest and drink water as much as possible. 



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ACCLIMATIZATION DAY. CYCLING AROUND LEH.

Today, we will stay in Leh to acclimatize to the thin air. We will make an early start after tea and breakfast and go cycling around Leh. Cycling around Spituk Monastery, we make our way through small back lanes towards Shey. A support truck will follow the group, to manage our cycles and anyone wanting a rest. Snacks and juices will be provided. Lunch will either be packed or at a restaurant on the way. After lunch, we rest a bit and  can visit the Shey Palace and surrounding areas if the group is up for it. You will be given sometime to yourself where you can explore the palace on your own. In the evening we can visit the Shanti Stupa and head back to the hotel for dinner.  It is vital that you keep yourself hydrated, eat well and not exert yourself too much. 



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Hotel
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BLD
  Time
2-3 hrs

DRIVE TO LAMAYURU (3 hrs). TREK TO WANLA (3250M)

We will leave Leh by taxi in the morning for Lamayuru following the Indus River through Sham Valley. After visiting Lamayuru monastery we will pack our backpacks and set off for our first day's adventure. We will follow a stream for a time, and gradually climb up to the pass of Prinkti La (3750m). We will later pass through the small village of Shilla (3700 m) before reaching our campsite at Wanla (3250m),where we will spend the afternoon either relaxing in the sun or visiting the monastery.



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4-5 hrs walking(7-8 kms)

TREK FROM WANLA TO HINJU (3720M)

Following a dusty road we will reach the small village of Phenjilla (3410 m) and the scattered village of Uri .We will then walk through a narrow gorge until we reach a traditional 'Rangthak' (flour mill) at the far end of the village. The trail will then cut through the village of Hinju (3720 m) ,roughly 2 km below our campsite is a yak herder 's encampment. 



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Camping
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  Time
5-6 hrs walking(8-10 kms)

TREK FROM HINJU TO SUMDA DOKSA(4430M)

From the encampment we will continue along the trail and ascend the ridge below Kongskil La (4950m). If lucky we will get glimpses of some wild life. We will then climb gradually until we reach Kongskil La where we will be surrounded by dizzying views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep with loose moraine causing the difficulty--so be careful! The trail then follows the left side of valley floor, passing  yak herders ' hut (4500m), before we reach our campsite. This valley is occupied mainly by the villagers of Sumda Chenmo.



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Camping
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BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10 kms)

TREK FROM SUMDA DOKSA TO DUNG DUNG LA BASE (4430M).

After a short walk and a few river crossings, we will reach the village of Sumda Chenmo. From there we head towards the true left side of the valley, which provides a beautiful view of the village with its lush greenery. Further on the trail cuts through the valley 's wild rose bushes and leads us to another river crossing (this stream originates from the high snow- capped peaks of Photoksar (5685m)).Before making a steep challenging ascent over Lanak, we will see Edelweiss and some of the other rare wild flowers of Ladakh. From the campsite, there is a splendid view of Konskila.



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  Time
4-5 hrs walking (8km)

DUNG DUNG LA BASE TO CHILING (3550M)

We will begin the day with a straightforward climb to Dung dung Chan La (4820m), which offers views of the beautiful vistas of the Stok Range in the east and the Zanskar Range in the south. From the pass the trail gradually descends down a ridge toward the valley continually tapering before reaching the village of Chiling. It is the only village in Ladakh that has provided metal works such as copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron to the Leh market through the centuries.  We will camp at  Chiling, possibly near the river, for our last night out camping. A celebratory barbeque dinner will be organized to end the trek. 



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Camping
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BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking (8 km)

LEAVE FOR LEH.

After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle to from Chiling to Leh.  We will drive for about 3 hours along the Zanskar River , crossing its confluence with the River Indus and the easy road back to Leh.  We will reach Leh by afternoon and after checking in at the hotel ,  you can explore Leh town and market. Evening will be at leisure. 



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Hotel
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  Time
3 hrs drive

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR ONWARD JOURNEY.

After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle to the Leh Airport for your onward journey. However, if you would like to extend your visit in Leh to visit the Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley or any other areas, please contact our team of adventure travel consultants



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