Fly Delhi to Leh
Very early the morning, the transfer at the domestic airport for the flight(theft) of Leh. “The journey begins there or the dream stops”. The discovery of the Himalayan chaine, seen by the sky, remains an unforgettable memory. Welcome at the airport of Leh and transfer in the hotel. The free afternoon with possibility of visit of the city (old general store (mess), royal palace, Shanti stupa, mosque), with a slow rhythm, the time to acclimatize. At night in the hotel.
Early breakfast , than leave to Stock to get the better sun rise light for photo- graphy .Visit Palace and village , Musium in palace house valuable antic objects, We will stroll from the village to village to meet the people and to see their daily activities. Visit monastery of Thiksey, A majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the 15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. In the entry there are painting of protective deities and the great masters of the sect . Shey, once the capital of Upper Ladakh before being supplanted by Leh, monastery housed rich murals painting ,well restored and represent the 18 arhats (disciples of Buddha who attained enlightenment), back to Leh, night in hotel.
Drive to Zingchen
Transfer until Zhingchen where you will meet the team of the trek. After the sharing of charges, the hike begins by following the banks of the Indus westward. We are going to cross a wide tray in the shade of the chaine of Stok, then to enter by a throat inside the national park of Hemis. Late in the afternoon, arrived at Zingchen. Camp near a small oasis with some houses.
Zingchen to Gandala base
We go down the throat and cross the river of numerous times. A landscape of multicolored rocks and poplars through a vast tray appears then. Continuation towards Yurutse. Possibility of going to meet a local family (according to their available funds). Progressive ascent to the foot of the Ganda La pass. Installation and at night in camp at base of Ganda la.
Gandala base to Skiu
Of Yurutse, we perceive beautiful landscapes along the mountain. The crossing of a small valley is followed by an ascent zigzag up to the tray. We continue then about 3 hours along the mountain up to the pass Ganda La. A long easy descent towards Shingo leads us through parades of magnificent landscapes. Having come down approximately 2 hours, we arrive in the valley of Markha where a beautiful ground serves us as campsite to Skiu.
Skiu to Markha
The day begins on the right bank of Markha: attractive path with a lot of vegetation. Several successive crossings left bank, right bank lead us to Chaluk (few houses). New crossings which are linked before achieving, after a short rise, but stiff, the beautiful village of Markha. We establish our camp near the river.
Markha to Thachungtsey
The track goes back up the main valley, the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the bed of the river. Before arriving at the village of Hankar, we visit the monastery of Humlung, along the river. Little beyond Hankar, we abandon a wide valley on our right. We take a narrow valley going up higher and which obliges us to cross a bridge to has the left bank to reach the pasture of Tchatchutse.
Thachungtsey to Kangyatse
The path rises very gradually, the river being rather far in our left. We continue near a small lake, then cross the pastures where are often herds of the yaks. It is one of the most beautiful high valleys of Ladakh. Camp at feet of the summit. In the evening, stroll of gratitude for the climbers until 5 400 m to acclimatize to the height.
Kangyatsey to Nimaling
Departure between 2 am and 4 AM in the morning. 5 to 7 hours of ascent are approximately needed to reach the summit, easily accessible by a snowy but a little bit technical slope. After this extraordinary expedition, return in the camp of Nimaling. Those who are not interested in the ascent will have been able to walk on the beautiful tray of Nimaling, in the discovery of the sheepfolds of height.
This day is necessary in case of bad weather the day before for the ascent of Kang Yatse. If we might weather in the daytime, we leave then for a new stroll on the meeting of the shepherds and their herds. Return in the afternoon and rest. At night in the same camp as watches over it.
Trek to Shang
A rise wound about 2 hours waits for us to reach the pass of Konmaru La, offering us then a panoramic view on the valley, as well as on the distant chains of Zanskar. Then we continue by a stiff descent zigzag on the other side of Konmaru La. The track crosses the magnificent bed of the river and continues by a difficult slope for horses. After several crossings of river, arrived at Shang. Beautiful camp in copses. We can visit a small gompa not far from the village.
Shang to Leh drive
Vehicles join us in the morning and departure for Leh. En route visit Hemis monastery. A mass of splendid architecture on a green hill has been built by the inveterate royal architect Singe Namgyal in1630 . the monastery belongs to Drukpa sect of Buddhism , site is privileged for Namgyal dynasty , its mural painting represent the different divinities dated back to 18th sanctuary. there is a huge Thanka reputed to be the Largest in existence which is exhibited once in every twelve years, Afternoon free at Leh. Night in hotel.
Leisure day at Leh
Day at leisure or to visit at your own rhythm. Night in hotel
Leh – Delhi, and departure
Leh Delhi transfers