Best Season : June to September /Duration : 25 Days / 14-16 Days trek including 3 days acclimatization trek / Grade : Challenging
The Lamayuru – Chilling – Stok Kangri Trek is a spectacular tour in the Ladakh region offering stunning views of the Indian Himalaya as well as the Karakoram Range in the extreme north. Immensely popular with experienced and amateur trekkers, the massif has captured the imaginations of all adventure seekers with its exhilarating challenge and rewarding results that the mountain has to offer. Scattered with villages, monasteries and barren high valleys, the region of Ladakh, is a popular cultural destination that includes rich historical and religious heritage mixed with traditions and old customs practiced since unknown times. This extraordinary trek starts from the picturesque beauty of Lamayuru where you continue to explore the monasteries and villages, while slowly getting acclimatized to the high altitude trek. Then the amazing ascension of Stok Kangri after a 2 weeks active acclimatization !
Day 1 : Arrival in India night time > flight to Leh
Day 2, 3, 4 : Rest and acclimatization in Leh visit Hemis & Thiksey Monasteries
Day 5 > 7 ACCLIMATIZATION TREK : Likir to Temisgam (Baby Trek) drive to Lamayuru
Day 8 : Drive to Hinju Trek Hinju – Base Camp Kongze La 4300m (5 hrs)
Day 9 : Base Camp Kongze La – Sumda Doksa 4430m (8-9 hrs)
Day 10 : Sumda Doksa – Dung Dung Chan La base 4430m (4-5 hrs)
Day 11 : Dung Dung Chan La base – Chilling 3550m (5 hrs)
Day 12 : Chilling – Skiu (3,500m) – (5-7 hours).
Day 13 : Chilling – Rumbak (3,800m) – 7 hours walking.
Day 14 : Trek to Mankarmo lower Stok Kangri Base Camp (4,500m) – 7 hours walking.
Day 15 : Trek to Stok Kangri Base Camp (5,000m).
Day 16 : Rest and acclimatization at Stok Kangri Base Camp
Day 17 : Rest and acclimatization day 2 > training
Day 18 : Rest & training + Stok Kangri (6,120m) night ascension & return to base camp
Day 19 : Rest at base camp
Day 20 : Descent to Stok (trek) and return to Leh (taxi / car)
Day 21, 22, 23 : Rest in Leh
Day 24 : Flight Leh to Delhi > transfer to hotel > Free day
Day 25 : Rest > transfer to International Airport > departure to Europe … night time
Day 1 : Arrival
Arrival in Delhi nightime stay in hotel
Early morning flight from Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.
Day 2, 3, 4 : Rest
Visit on day 3 Thiksey and Alchi monasteries.
ACCLIMATIZATION TREK : Likir to Temisgam (Baby Trek)
This short trek runs through Sham, the lower part of Ladakh. The trek will give you a great opportunity to see several ancient monasteries and villages that are rich in agriculture, especially fruit. The Likir- Tingmosgam trek is one of the easiest treks to acclimatize to, as the trail rarely rises above 4000 m.Tingmosgam.
Day 5: LEH – LIKIR – YANGTHANG (4-5HRS)
We start the Day early in the morning from the Leh. It is 2 hours drive from Leh to Likir following the Indus River. Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.
After visiting the famous Likir monastery we begin our trek below a mountain nearby the monastery.
Day 6: YANGTHANG – HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG (6-7 HRS)
Today our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has three main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and third with a large stupa.
After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa cedar or juniper).
Day 7: HEMIS SHUKPACHAN – TINGMOSGAM (4 HRS)
From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m.
After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam. Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses.
After a tea-rest at Temisgam, we drive to Lamayuru. Night in guesthouse
Day 8 : HINJU – KONGZE LA BASE (5 hrs)
From the encampment we will continue along the trail and reach Kongze La base camp at 4300 mars
Day 9 : KONGZE LA BASE – SUMDA DOKSA 4430m Early departure and ascend the ridge below Kongze La. We will then climb gradually until we reach after a last steep part the Kongze La (4950m). If lucky we will get glimpses of some wild life. At top we will be surrounded by dizzying views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep with loose moraine causing the difficulty. So be careful! The trail then follows the left side of valley floor, passing a yak herders ‘ hut (4500m), before we reach our campsite along the river. This valley is occupied mainly by the villagers of Sumda Chenmo.
Day 10 : SUMDA DOKSA – DUNG DUNG CHAN LA BASE 4430m(4-5 hrs)
After a short walk and a few river crossings, we will reach the village of Sumda Chenmo. From there we head towards the true left side of the valley, which provides a beautiful view of the village with its lush greenery. Further on the trail cuts through the valley ‘s wild rose bushes and leads us to another river crossing (this stream originates from the high snow- capped peaks of Photoksar (5685m).Before making a steep challenging ascent over Lanak, we will see Edelweiss and some of the other rare wild flowers of Ladakh. From the campsite, there is a splendid view of Kongze La.
Day 11 : DUNG DUNG CHAN LA – CHILLING 3550m (5 hrs)
We will begin the day with a straightforward climb to Dungdung Chan La (4820m), which offers views of the beautiful vistas of the Stok Range in the east and the Zanskar Range in the south. From the pass the trail gradually descends down a ridge toward the valley continually tapering before reaching the village of Chilling. Lots of river crossings. Chilling is the only village in Ladakh that has provided metalworks such as copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron to the Leh market through the centuries.
Day 12 : CROSS ZANSKAR RIVER AND TREK TO SKIU 3,500m (5 hrs)
Two hours walk from Chilling on road. After crossing the Zanskar River on a box and cable bridge we follow the Zanskar river upstream to the village of Skiu.
Day 13 : TREK TO GANDA LA BASE CAMP 4,100m (5 hrs)
Today we walk up a beautiful gorge to the village of Shingo and then set up a camp a little further up the valley at the Base Camp of Ganda La pass. Along the way you will see beautiful Ladakki scenery with splashes of green near the streams or irrigated farmland and elsewhere the landscape is dry and arid with a variety of colours.
Day 14: TREK TO RUMBAK 3,800M (7 hrs)
From Camp we follow a long gradual ascent to the Ganda La at 4,850m then descending to Yurutse and onto our camp near the village of Rumbak.
Day 15: TREK TO MANKARMO / lower Stok Kangri Base Camp 4,500m (8 hrs)
From Rumbak we start the the very steep climb to the Stok La at 4,900m where we have views of the Stok Kangri range. Then long descend and final ascent to the lower Stok Kangi Base Camp and in the afternoon we go for an exploration walk (“climb high, sleep low”) to help the acclimatization process.
Day 16: TREK TO STOK KANGRI BASE CAMP 5,000m (3hrs)
Today we continue up the valley ascending to a pass where we get views of Base Camp and also the route to the summit of Stok Kangri. We spend two nights at Base Camp to help our acclimatization to the high altitude.
Day 17 : Rest and acclimatization at the base camp checking material, rehearsal walks to the glacier upon base camp.
Day 18 : Climb Stok Kangri Rest during the day and ascension start in the night (9pm) the route climbs over scree and boulders to reach the south ridge which continues to the summit. The ridge is quite exciting with a certain degree of exposure although it is never too steep there is some scrambling in places. The biggest challenge is the altitude making the climb feel very strenuous.
The summit views are superb in every direction with Leh visible way down in the valley below and the Karakoram mountain range to the north. After the summit celebrations and maybe a bite to eat we retrace our steps back to lower Base Camp.
Day 19 : Rest at Base camp
Day 20 : Descent to Stok and return to Leh
Day 21, 22, 23 : Rest in Leh
Day 24 : Departure to Delhi
Day 25 : Rest in Delhi and departure
|PARTICIPANTS||PRICE / PERSON (€)|
WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :
- Accommodation in Delhi at mentioned hotel.
- Flight Delhi – Leh – Delhi
- Transfer from and and to airports
- Accommodation at Leh
- Transportation for sightseeing as per the itinerary by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo.
- All monastery entrance fees in Ladakh
- Arrival and departure transfers at airports in Delhi and Leh with assistance
- Trek on full board
- All trekking equipments; sleeping tents, sleeping bags, dinning tents, kitchen tent, toilet tents, carry mats, water cans, kitchen utensils and accessories etc.
- All trekking staff : Mountain Guide, Trek Cook, Helper, Horse/Pony
- Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
- Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
- Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
- First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
- Any Inner-line applicable as per the regions.
- Ascension permits
WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :
- International Airfares
- Trekking & mountain shoes
- Any specific mountain material as crampons, ice axes, …
- Food & meals while not trekking
- Government Service tax 3.09% on package
- Medical and insurance of any kind.
- Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
- Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.
- If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
- In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
- The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
- The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
- In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
- Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.