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The Lamayuru trek is one of the popular treks in Ladakh region that begins with a visit to the stunning Lamayuru monastery, the oldest in Ladakh, and ends with a visit to the Alchi monastery. Lamayuru is about 80 miles west of Leh, just off the Leh to Kargil road. From Lamayuru, the trek proceeds through Wanla and over the high mountain pass of tar la with its breath – taking vistas, before reaching the village of Alchi on the Indus River. The trek reflects the indigenous colors 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.
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, Mangyu, and Gera.
The best for Lamayuru Alchi trek is between June and Mid – October as the weather remains quite pleasant during this time. The average temperature ranges between 20 & 30oc during the day time. The month of July and August are ideals for the trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also open for the private vehicles.
The Lamayuru Alchi trek is situated in Ladakh region of J&K state of India. The two monasteries are located in between Bodhkharbu and Kha-la-che, on a steep rock mountain. They lie at a distance of approximately 127km to the west of Leh town. Where Lamayuru monastery belongs to the red hat sect of Buddhism and refuges about 150 Buddhist monks, Alchi is a low land monastery and in amongst the oldest Gompas in Ladakh. The two monasteries conserve rich history of Buddhist period here.
Day 1 Delhi to Leh
Travel from Delhi to Leh by air. On arrival at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The day is scheduled for resting and acclimatization to the high altitudes of Ladakh (3500m). A successful trek in Ladakh requires you to acclimatize well.
Day 2 Leh-Shey, Thiksey -Hemis
This day is for visiting local monasteries of this area. Shey Palace, Thiksey monastery, Hemis monastery and Stok palace (the last palace ever built by the Ladakhi king Tsepal Tundup Namgyal in 1824).
Overnight stay in the hotel at Leh.
Day 3 Leh – Lamayuru (124km)(4hrs)
After breakfast, we drive down the geologic wonderland of the Indus river valley, past the confluence with the Zanskar river, and on through the small villages of Nimo, Saspol, and Khaltse. We cross the Indus just past Khaltse and begin a steep climb to the village of Lamayuru. After reaching in Lamayuru, visit Lamayuru monastery, perched on top of a steep cliff. This monastery is the oldest in Ladakh, dating from the 11th century. The monastery is built around a cave where the Naropa lived and meditated.
Stay overnight at the camp.
Day 4 Lamayuru – Wanla
After breakfast, we will take the horse ride to Wanla. A steep route leads up to the small mountain pass Prinkiti La (3750m/12,200ft) before heading down towards Shilla village and the last 3km to Wanla. On arrival, we will set our camp and later visit the monastery.
Overnight in tents.
Day 5 Wanla – Base of Tar la tour (4200m/13776ft)
Today we will follow the dusty road along to reach a small village of Phenjilla(3410m). From Phenjilla, we will walk on the left side of the valley along a small stream for around an hour to reach Ursi village.
Overnight at the camp.
Day 6 Base of Tar la – Tar (4300m/14105ft) via tar la (5250m/17220ft)
Our trek today will be a bit challenging as we have to ascend to tar la (5250m). The trail offers spectacular views from a different point and the arduous trek is well rewarded with the views the mountains around. Return to the base camp might take around 3-4hrs
Overnight stay at the base camp.
Day 7 Tar-Mangyu (5hrs)
Today, we shall trek from tar to Mangyu. The trail passes through mountainside to a small pass. An easy descent will lead us to Mangyu village, this is an attractive village with an interesting monastery, where there is
Ladakhi house. It is believed that the monasteries of the Mangyu and Alchi were built on the same day. On arrival set up camp.
Overnight in a tent.
Day 8 Mangyu – Alchi – Leh (3-4hrs)
Our last day trek will be down a beautiful narrow valley covered with rose bushes. After another 2hrs of walking, we arrive in Indus valley at Gera village. We follow the Indus upstream and cross it at Lardo. Further walking takes us to the village of Alchi where we have a very old and remarkable monastery. After that our vehicles will be waiting to transfer us back to Leh.
Overnight stay in the hotel at Leh.
Day 9 Leh – Delhi
Reach the airport for the pleasant flight across the spectacular chain of Himalayas in order to reach Delhi.