Day 01 : Arrival in Delhi
Reception at airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi to Leh (3500m) : Transfer to domestic airport. Flight to Leh. Transfer to Leh hotel. In the afternoon visit Leh’s monastery, Shanti Stupa and old fort.
Day 03 : Drive to Lamayuru (3600m) via Phyang and Alchi (about 17O kms)
Day 04 : Lamayuru to Wanla over Prinkitila (3725 m/5 hrs) – Trek 1 Attend morning ceremony in the monastery before beginning the gradual ascent over Printikla (4950 m) through a narrow gorge. We arrive at Shilla and go on to cross the bridge to Wanla.
Day 05 : Wanla to Hinju (4 hrs) – Trek 2 The trek follows the Yapola River on the left, and two hours later reaches Penjila. We continue up the valley, leading off at right angles. An hour later we leave the valley, and another hour’s trekking brings us to Hinju.
Day 06 : Hinju to Sumda over Konzke la (4950m/7 hrs) – Trek 3 The trail goes through Hinju Village before a steep climb to the pass. After descending, we reached a pasture and a blocked cave before reaching Sumda. There are nice campsite at the edge of the river, but we continue along the left bank to Sumda.
Day 07 : Sumda to Base of Dundunchenla (4200m/3 hrs) – Trek 4 Today’s short trek reduces the long, exhausting trek between Sumda and Chilling. A short but steep trail continues for 1.30 hours, and then becomes an easier gradient till the campsite at the base of the pass.
Day 08 : Base to Chilling, over Dundunchenla (4700m/6 hrs) – Trek 5
Day 09 : Chilling to Sakaya, Skiu (3850m/4 30 hrs) – Trek 6 From Chilling we follow the Zanskar River upstream for a few hundred meters. Then we cross the river by cable, and follow a good path till Skaya.
Day 10 : Skiu to Markha (7 hrs) – Trek 7 The trek is along a nice path on the right bank of the Markha River, with a great deal of vegetation. We cross the river to a barren plane, and later cross back to the right bank and arrive in a small village called Chaluk . Another river crossing leads to a short climb to the beautiful village of Markha. We camp near the river.
Day 11 : Markha to Tchatchutse (6 hrs) – Trek 8 The trail goes up the main valley on the right bank. We visit the monastery of Humlung, then follow the right bank to arrive at Hankar Village. We now move into a narrow valley and go higher, crossing a bridge to the left bank and reach the pastureland of Tchatchutse.
Day 12 : Tchatchutse to Nimaling (3 hrs/4700m) – Trek 9 The trail is gradual with several short inclines, with the river far to the left of the gorge. We pass a small lake, then cross a pastureland to Nimaling. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh, dominated by the KongYatse (6400m).
Day 13 : Nimaling to Shang (3640m) over Kongmaru la (5150m/8 hrs) – Trek 10 A zigzag ascent of about two hours leads us to the panoramic Kongmaru-la. Then follows a steep descent till Chuskirmo and a gorgeous riverbed. A colourful rocky path leads to Shang, a beautiful campsite. We visit a small gompa outside the village.
Day 14 : Shang to Leh (60 kms) A vehicle will pick us up for a visit to the monasteries of Hemis and Thiksey, and to Shey Palace. We then go on to Leh. Overnight in hotel.
Day 15 : Leh to Delhi Transfer to Leh airport. Flight to Delhi. Transfer to a hotel in Delhi. Afternoon is free. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16 : Departure from Delhi Visit Old or New Delhi for a full day sightseeing. Evening transfer to the International Airport for onward flight to destination.