Ladakh Sham Valley Trek (10n/11d)

The trek around Leh has a number of sights worth seeing

The trek around Leh has a number of sights worth seeing

Season : 15th June to 15th October

Day 1 ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi by International flight. Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2  DELHI
Full day city tour of Old & New Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3 DELHI – LEH
Leave Delhi for Leh by morning flight. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Morning free to get acclimatized. Afternoon visit to Samkar Gompa & Shanti Stupa. Overnight in Leh.

DAY 4 LEH
Full day excursion to Hemis, Shey & Thikse. Hemis – 40 kms from Leh, is the wealthiest, best-known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh, situated on the banks of Indus. The monastery, which houses 500 monks, has beautiful paintings & Thangkas. Shey – situated on a Hillock, where a 7.5 metre high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold is installed. Thiksey – 19 kms from Leh, spectacularly sited and architecturally the most impressive Gompa. There are several temples in this Gompa containing exquisite images, stupas and wall painting of Buddha. Later in the afternoon visit Stok Museum. Overnight in Leh.

DAY 5 LEH – LIKIR – YANGTHANG
Morning drive to Likir to visit the Likir Monastery on the old caravan road from Basgo to the bridge of Khalse. Visit the huge 9-storey open standing statue of Future Buddha, which is one of its kind in the entire Himalayan Buddhist belt. Later, begin the trek crossing over the Pobe-La en route trek pass the lonely village Sumdo and continue along a valley and reach Chartse-La and then proceed to Yangthang. Overnight in Tented Camp.

DAY 6 YANGTHANG – ANG
Morning trek along Wullu valley and after coming over Shemchan La, arrive at the village of Hemis -Shukpachan. Later, resume trek for another 2 hours and arrive at the beautiful bowl shaped village of Ang. On arrival visit a local house and enjoy Ladakhi Gur-Gur tea (butter tea). Overnight in Tented Camp.

DAY 7 ANG – KHALTSE
Morning trek to Khaltse, which is the longest and the most interesting trek. After a short trek from Ang enter Tingmosgang village, the famous village of Ladakh which is known for its Apricots, Apples and Walnuts. At the end of the village visit the ancient palace of Tingmosgang surrounded by ruined buildings (once the capital of western Ladakh). Later, trek to Tia village and crossing over the Bongbong La pass, descend along a gentle slope and arrive at Khaltse. Overnight in Tented camp.

DAY 8  KHALSE – ALCHI – LEH
Morning drive to reach Leh en route visiting Alchi Gompa, founded in 1100 AD by the famous Tibetan translator Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. In its few small dark prayer halls surrounded by Apricot trees you will find most interesting and immensely beautiful wall paintings. Later, drive back to Leh. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight in Leh.

DAY 9 LEH
in the morning visit Phyang monastery which has three main temples. The Alter, which is protected by a glass case, shelters many Buddhas such as Vairochana, Avalokiteswara of eleven heads and thousand arms and Maitreya. Afternoon, visit Spituk Gompa – a 15th century Gompa, situated 8 kms from Leh, where several icons of Buddha and Thankas are found. It has collection of ancient masks, antique arms and an awe-inspiring image of Mahakal. Evening witness a Ladakhi Folklore. Overnight in Leh.

Day 10 LEH – DELHI
Leave Leh for Delhi by morning flight. Meeting on arrival and transfer to hotel. Day free at leisure. Later transfer to International airport to board onward flight.

Day 11 DEPART DELHI
Free until a departure transfer to match up with your international flight.

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