Lamayuru Chiling Trek – 6 days
Day 01: Leh to Lamayuru to Wanla Trek (3-4 hrs drive)
We will embark on our journey in the morning from Leh and drive towards Lamayuru (3 hrs), while traversing the Sham valley alongside the Indus River. The Lamayuru Monastery, founded in the 10th century by Rinche Zangpo, is nestled amidst massive mountains and is believed to be the oldest monastery in central Ladakh. Its awe-inspiring setting and renowned collection of carpets, thangkas, and frescoes have been drawing numerous visitors for a long time. After exploring the monastery, we will prepare our backpacks, witness the horses getting ready, and start our first day trek. We will follow a stream for some time, gradually ascending to the small Pass of Prinkti La (3750m). Then, we will descend through a narrow gorge to the quaint village of Shilla, and the last 3 km will take us to Wanla (3250m).
Day 02: Wanla to Hinju Trek (4-5 hrs)
We will follow a dusty road to the small village of Phenjilla (3410m) and the scattered village of Uri. Afterward, we will hike through a narrow gorge until we reach a traditional Rangthak (flour mill) at the far end of the village. The trail then meanders through the village of Hinju (3720m), about 2 km below our campsite in a yak herder encampment.
Day 03: Hinju to Sumda Doksa Trek (5-6 hrs)
From the encampment, we will continue along the trail and ascend the ridge below Kongskil La (4950m). If we're lucky, we might catch a glimpse of some wildlife. We will then climb gradually until we reach Kongskil La, where we will be surrounded by breathtaking views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep with loose moraine, so we need to be cautious. The trail then follows the left side of the valley floor, passing a yak herders' hut (4500m), before we reach our campsite. This valley is primarily inhabited by the villagers of Sumda Chenmo.
Day 04: Sumda Doksa to Dung Dung Chan La Base Trek (4-5 hrs)
On day four of our trek, we'll begin with a short walk and a few river crossings to reach Sumda Chenmo village. From there, we'll head towards the left side of the valley, providing a beautiful view of the village with its lush greenery. We'll hike through the valley's wild rose bushes, and after crossing another river, we'll make a steep ascent over Lanak, seeing Edelweiss and some of the other rare wildflowers of Ladakh. Our campsite at Dung Dung Chan La Base provides a splendid view of Konskila.
Day 05: Dung Dung Chan La Base to Chilling (3550m) - Trek (5-6 hrs)
We will begin Day 05 with a moderate climb to Dungdung Chan La (4820m), offering panoramic views of the Zanskar and Stok ranges. The pass provides a perfect opportunity for nature lovers to capture some stunning photographs.
From the pass, we will gradually descend along a ridge to the valley below, walking through beautiful meadows, passing herds of yak, and quaint villages en route. Our final destination will be the village of Chilling, which is the only place in Ladakh where traditional metalwork such as copper, bronze, tin, silver, and iron are still produced today. After visiting the village, we will retire for the night at our campsite.
Day 06: Chilling to Leh (3500m) - Drive (3 hrs)
On Day 06, we will drive along the picturesque Zanskar River, where it converges with the Indus River, leading us to Leh. The three-hour drive is filled with stunning views of the landscape, and you can relax, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
Alternatively, if you are an adventure enthusiast, you can choose to indulge in the most spectacular part of the rafting point by rafting on the Zanskar River, one of the most thrilling and beautiful river rafting experiences in India.
We hope that you will cherish this unique experience and the beautiful memories you make on this trek for a lifetime.