Sham Valley falls in the lower part of Ladakh. It is known for its beauty and richness which is also widely celebrated during the harvest season. Lamayuru is home to Ladakh’s oldest monasteries. This trek in unique in its own kind as it offers not only surreal landscapes but also ensures that one visits the most famous monasteries.
Day 1 : Leh to Lamayuru
You will be driven to Lamayuru from Leh, it will be around 3 hour journey. You will be visiting Alchi Monastery on the way – the first monastery of your visit. Lamayuru village is the next halt. Today you will be camping at Alit which is at 3450 mt above sea level. The monastery is at a walking distance from the camping site. You may also walk down to the monastery if you may, it will also help you in acclimatization.
Day 2: Lamayuru to Wanla
Today you will start hiking towards Wanla. The walk may be tiresome but that is trekking all about, “mind over body”. You will be camping at an established camping site which is north of the bridge over River Wanla. Village next to Wanla River is Wanla village (3150 m) which is well connected by road with Khalsi. Wanla gompa and Lamayuru gompa was established at the same time and nowadays Wanla gompa is services by the monks from Lamayuru.
Day 3: Reach Kongskila
The trail will lead to Phanjila after trekking for 90 minutes. Phanjila village is the entrance to Hinju valley. Hinju valley is known for its schools and apricot orchards. After crossing the Hinju valley you will come across a traditional Rangthak mill at the far end of the village. Rangthak is a small place used to grind wheat or barley between two fat stones with the help the current of flowing water. This trail will lead to a tree filled gorge, which will lead to a spectacular cliff. This is the place where you will camp for the night. This is the base of Kongskila which is at an altitude of 4205 m
Day 4: Base of Kongskila – (Sumda Doksa 4-5 hrs)
After a short walk from our camp we gradually ascend the ridge below Kongskila from here you will have a panoramic view of the Hinju village, and if we are lucky we might spot same rare Himalayan wildlife such as Blue sheep, Tibetan wolf and elusive snow leopard.
The last part of the climb is quite steep and demanding, but as you reach the top (4950m) you will be greeted by a spectacular view. Descending down on lose moraine before you will soon hit the floor of the valley floor.
Day 5: Sumda Doksa-Dung-dung chan la Base via Lanak La (4-5 hrs)
A short walk from the campsite will bring you to the village of Sumda. After crossing Sumda village you will start climbing Lanak La (4370m). Descend from Lanak La is considerably easy which will lead you to the next camp site which is at the base of Dung-Dung Chan La (4300).
Day 6: Dung-Dung chan la Base –chilling (4-5 hrs trek and 2 hrs drive)
The day will begin with a gradual descend from Dung –Dung Chan La (4820m). The descend will keep you busy with beautiful views of the Stok Range to the east, the Ladakh Range to the north and the Zanskar Range to the south .From the pass, the trail descends down a ridge towards the valley, before reaching Chilling village. For centuries, the residents of the Chilling are the only ones who provide metalwork such as copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron to the Leh market. From Chilling it is approximately 3 hour drive back to Leh. While going back to Leh, you will come across the confluence with the Indus and Zanskar.
Trip Curator- Zia
Team Size- 10
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