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Indus Valley Trek
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Indus Valley Trek (Sham Trek)

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Grade: Easy

This tour leads you through some of the most charming villages of Sham region and well preseved ancient monasteries of Ladakh. This trek is soft with low altitude passes and pass through many Hamlets where you witness the day to day lifestyle of innocent villagers. It takes to the monasteries hidden deep into the wonderful mountains and one can enjoy the few moments with monks and nuns who has been meditating and living in these countryside since ancient time.

DETAIL ITINERARAY

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, Transfer to nearby hotel for few hours.

Day 02: Flight Delhi – Leh

Early morning transfer to domestic Airport to take flight for Leh. Arrive Leh, transfer Guest House/Hotel. Day is at complete leisure to get you fully acclimatize with the altitude of Ladakh. Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500 m)

Day 03: Sightseeing tour to Matho – Stok – Shanti Stupa - Samkar

After breakfast, drive to Stok via Choglamsar by crossing a bridge on the river Indus. Visit the royal palace, constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you see great collections of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas and old statues. After visiting Stok Palace, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. Visit Matho monastery built on hill top, with awe inspiring view charming village and imposing Indus valley, by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in 13th century. The famous two Oracles (known as Rongtsan), who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery, still make appearance during the festival of the monastery. After visiting Matho, drive back to Leh. Post Lunch, visit Shanti Stupa (peace stupa) inaugurated by H.H. Dalai Lama in 1985. Enjoy the view of stunning mountain peaks and imposing Leh city. Later on, drive to Samkar Monastery, founded by H.H. Kushok Bakula in 1847. Evening, Enjoy hike and explore around Leh Market. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 04: Full day sightseeing to Shey – Thiksey – Hemis

After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drives. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with 35th King Singey Namgyal built this biggest, Drugpa sect monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, Visti Gelugpa sect monastery founded by the great Lama Paldan Shesrap in 14th century. It provides imposing view of Indus valley and surrounding wonderful mountains and its snow clad peaks. It houses the exquisite big statue of the Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha). Later, drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace wherein you visit big copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha dating back 1633AD. Overnight at hotel in Leh

Day 05: Drive Leh – Spituk - Phyang – Likir – Hemis Shukpachan (70km)

Post breakfast, drive on Leh-Srinagar highway to Hemis Shukpachan. Today you drive drive on Leh-Srinagar highway till Likir village (55km). On the way, you enjoy spectacular landscape, confluence of Indus and Zanskar River; charming villages and marvlous huge towering mountains. En route visit Gelugpa sect monastery of Spituk and Digung sect monastery of Phyang and picturesque monastery of Likir. After visiting Likir monastery continue drive to Hemis Shukpachan (beautiful and enchanting village). Late afternoon explore village and in the evening visit local house and discover the ligestyle of villagers. Overnight at camp.

Day 06: Trek Hemis Shukpachan – Mebtak-la (3720m) – Temisgam – Tia (6 hrs)

Morning; after breakfast, begin your first day trek with gentle easy trek towards Temisgam. After crossing the village, gentle walk on a flat terrain and then steep descent, which is followed by deep gorge and then again you climb a steep slope to the summit of Mebtak-la pass (3720 m).It is little bit difficult but slowly and steadily with zigzag route, it seems easy and it takes about 30 minutes to reach at the top of Mebtak-la. From the top of the pass, you enjoy awe inspiring view of landscape and surrounding mountains. Cross the pass gentle descent through a narrow valley up to Ang village. Continue trek for more than ½ hour to reach at campsite in Temisgam village (a charming village).visit Temisgam castle built on hill top with imposing view of enchanting valley and village full of apricot and walnut orchat., After visiting the castle,continue easy trek along the beautiful village towards right valley. It provides spectacular and amazing view of landscape of the valley. Continue upwards as far as Tia village. Late afternoon, visit small monastery and nunnery. Evening; visit local house. Overnight at camp in Tia village. (3550m)

Day 07: Trek Tia - Temong-la (3900) - Skyndiyang (4/5 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, you take our first day of trek along the valley to the left from the camping. At the end of the greenery field, cross the stream, flows on the left side of us, using a small bridge towards left. Cross the river, gently ascend towards rocky ridge and then you reach at the top of Temong-la (3900m). Cross the pass, then continue gentle trek along the path rising slowly up on the left –right side of a shallow valley-Green patches. Easy and gentle ascent to Cham-la (4040m). Continue along the left trail and then to right of a V-shaped valley as far as Chorten (Stupa) from where you see Skyndiyang village below. Steep descent till the campsite. Late afternoon explore village and interact with the villager. Overnight at camp on meados. (3540m)

Day 08: Trek Skyndiyang - Sedhchan-la (3950m) - Nyarmu - Lanamo-la - Smolchang (6/7 hrs)

Today, you enjoy different view of beautiful and colorful mountains. After breakfast,Cross the river towards the left, continue straight to ascend the pass, following zig-zag trial and finally reach at top of Sedhchan-la 3950m.From the top, you enjoy everlasting view of enchanting landscape, colorful and wonderful towering mountains with snow clad peaks. Easy descent downward towards right as far as green patches 3740m, possible to see animals (Yaks). Follow the valley down and cross over to a well marked path where the valley narrows and dives off to the left. Follow the path descend down while crossing ridge.Good lunch spot across the river (Pasture and grazing 3600m) known as Yarmu Dok. Post Lunch, steep ascent to left towards ridge and continue ascending by following winding path the top of the Lamamo-la 3830m. From the pass we descend down by following zig-zag and in the middle of descend there are two path, one leading down in the valley and one leading towards right towards right, we have to follow the path which leads right and traverse around small col. The horses have to go down further and then come back up at the camping from the other side. Eventually, we reach at small ridge like a col from where we can see the beautiful and good camping place with greenery with big old tree. Overnight camp (3600m)

Day 09: Trek Smolchang - Samun-la 3940m - Dhomkahar-Gongma (6/7 hrs)

From the camp we continue our trek up in small gorge over the greenery along the water stream. Continue up, some rocky steps to start with and then it opens out. Continue along left side and then towards right, ascend up direct by following in zig-zag trial up to the top called Samun-la 3940m. From the top of the pass, we will have spectacular panorama of landscape. Descend easily up to a small rocky ridge when it suddenly steeps, steep descend few meters. At this point, you enjoy beautiful awesome colorful rocky mountain. The path descends down into valley, coming in from the right to a small stream and grass. Continue down the deep cut valley on left of stream as far as old fencing wall of villager, turn right and continue towards river. Cross the river towards road and continue up along the road as far as o Dhomkhar-Gongma (a beautiful village). Pass the community hall of the village and enter in another rarvine and continue for few minutes to reach at camp near spring water across nice meadow.Overnight at camp in Dhomkhar-Gongma (3720m)

Day 10: Trek Dhomkhar-Gongma - Tang-la 4550m - Yakra-la 4720m - Skyurbuchan-dok (5/6 hrs)

As usual after breakfast, continue trek up the valley and take the left hand side branch of the large cairn. Follow this valley all the way up to the Tang-la 4550m. The valley steepens but slackens as the pass comes into view. The path is variable, so follow the animal tracks. From the Tang-la, contour around to the right to a small subsidiary pass and then straight up to the right to an obvious skyline pass Yakra-la 4720m. You enjoy spectacular and amazing view of enchanting landscape and imposing mountains.
Continue over slight ridges and then traverse down and around until one gets a plunging view of Skyurbuchan Dok down in valley on right side. Descend the ridge steeply to flattish ridge and via three large zigzags work one’s way down this flank back onto the ridge lower down. Continue straight down as far as motor road then trek further for few meters to reach at campsite. Overnight at camp. (3200m)

Day 11: Trek Skyubuchan-Dok - Skyurbuchan (3hrs)

Today you walk back down in the valley along the road towards and up to the Skyurbuchan village, Explore the skyurbuchan village (beautiful and charming village) and visit the village monastery, the protector of the monastery is female deity called Apchi Choski Dolma. Overnight camp near the village’s School. (3100m)

Day 12: Drive Skyurbuchan - Dha-Hanu – Alchi – Leh

You drive along with downstream Indus River. Morning after breakfast, drive to Dha-Hanu,an area only 19 Kilometers from the Pakistani border. It doesn't take much imagination to visualize the military presence in this area. Dha Hanu is in the Kargil region west of Leh. The people are of pure Indo-Aryan stock, perhaps descending from the army of Alexander of Macedonia. There are only about 3,000 people settled in five villages high above the Indus River. You can get major "fiber-fix" - picking apricots, eating apricots. They are so yummy. The villages in Dha Hanu are extensively farmed: grains; tomatoes; vegetables; fruits (the yummy apricots), grapes; and imposing flowers. After exploring the village and visiting the monastery,drive back to Leh. En route you visit Alchi monastery .you pass through as many as beautiful and charming villages, enchanting landscape of valleys, stunning gorges huge marvelous mountains. Cross the Indus before saspol village, then continue drive for few kilometers. Visit well preserved ancient monastery of Alchi, founded by Great Lama Lotsava Rinchen Zanpo 1000 years ago. Later continue drive to Leh, still 68km. Arrive Leh by afternoon. Overnight at hotel.(3500m)

Day 13: Leh

Day is free, overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Flight Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to airport for return flight. Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. Afternoon, visit Old and New Delhi. Overnight in hotel.

Day 15: In Delhi / Departure

Visit or free. Late evening, transfer to International Airport to take return flight for your home country


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