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Botanical Trek

Book NowStyle of Trek: Camping
Best time: 15 July – 15 August
Duration: 9 Days

with an emphasis on medicinal plants, wildflowers, and Tibetan Medicine (Sowa Rigpa)

DAY 1: FLY TO LEH. This is one of the most sensational scheduled flights in the world, flying over the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas in Ladakh and Kashmir with spectacular views of the distant Karakorams, to land at the small military airport in Leh. You will be met by LungtaTravel staff at the airport and driven to a Ladakhi-style Guesthouse. We recommend that the remainder of the day be spent resting to insure acclimatization.

DAY 2: AT LEISURE IN LEH. Enjoy a tour of the town and the bazaars as you adjust to the altitude. Visit the Royal Palace, reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa, and the Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. The large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs and slow pace of life are a dramatic change from the frenetic rush of Delhi.

DAY 3: SIGHTSEEING IN THE INDUS VALLEY.Visit some of the largest monasteries and palaces in the Indus Valley, including: SHEY PALACE, 15 km from Leh, was built by the first King of Ladakh, 550 years ago, and houses Ladakh’s largest statue of the Buddha.The statue, of gold and gilded copper, stands 12 meter high and has blue hair. THIKSE GONPA, 17 km from Leh, perched on a hill high above the Indus, has the largest population of Gelupa monks in Ladakh. The 500 year old monastery has a new chapel with a 15-meter-high seated Buddha. HEMIS GONPA , 45 km from Leh, is famous for its annual masked dances, held from the 9th to 11th day of the fifth Tibetan month. The 350 year old monastery has one of the largest thangkas in the world, displayed to the public every 12 years at the Hemis Festival.

DAY 4: DRIVE TO SAPI. Begin driving at 6:30 a.m. west of Leh for three hour, breakfast at Khaltsi. Drive four hour to Mulbek, through a sparse and dramatic landscape, to lunch at Mulbek, site of a tall Maitreya Buddha carved in rock. After an exciting three hour drive reach Sapi, a region gifted with diverse medicinal and aromatic high altitude plants. Camp in tents at Chhangyul, with astonishing views of sharp mountains, crystal clear glaciers, and glacier melt streams.

DAY 5: TREK TO SUMDHO THANG. The botanical trek begins today, crossing Shagaran bridge, and walk to Spanglung and Rdzamlung viewing countless flowers and medicinal herbs, following a stream with traditional water-run grinding mills. Camp at Sumdhothang, in a sanctuary surrounded by medicinal and aromatic plants. Today’s trek may extend to six hour or more as we stop to photograph wildflowers.

DAY 6: SUM DHOTHANG TO SAPI LAKE. There is no defined trail yet to the lake. Different rare and unusual flowers and medicinal herbs, their characteristics changing with the altitude, cover the landscape. Close to the north edge of Rtabresthang and the glacier lies Sapi Lake, 50 meter down a steep and slippery trail. The lake appears as a ’paradise on earth’, surrounded by a carpet of wildflowers and medicinal plants. Villagers say the lake changes color; sometimes it is milky white, other times it is turquoise blue. Camp at a lower altitude.

DAY 7: SAPI LAKE TO CHANGYUL. Cross through the Dentsang and Kapachan valleys and follow a small stream on a beautiful zigzag trail, bordered by abundant botanical diversity, for two hour before reaching Pharka village opposite Chhangyul.

DAY 8: DRIVE TO LEH. Drive to Leh starting at 6:30 a.m, breakfasting at Mulbek (or picnic enroute). Lunch at Khaltsi and return to the hotel in Leh for a comfortable rest.

DAY 9: FLY TO DELHI

Price:

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Domestic flights (Delhi - Leh - Delhi)
  • Land transportation as mentioned in the program by a private vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur.
  • Accompaniment: the assistance of a local staff: guide, cook (and cook helpers for large groups).
  • The Jeep for the carrying of individual camping, cooking and collective material.
  • Lodging : hotel in Delhi and Leh, camping during the Nature Safari 
  • Meals : full board except the meals in Delhi and Leh

 

PRICE DO NOT INCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • International airport taxes 
  • Visa fees
  • Repatriation assistance
  • Main meals in Delhi and Leh
  • Admission fees for the visits of temples, monuments, monasteries and museums planned
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips