A trek to craft memories for a lifetime as this covers walking through snow capped mountains that offers picturesque delight to those who test their stamina against nature.

Duration: 9 Days
Places Covered:

  • Lamayuru
  • Wanla
  • Hinju
  • Shingo
  • Stok

Period: Mid June - October

Day1 Leh Lamayuru Transport by jeep to Lamayuru (124km from Leh) with the opportunity to visit Lamayuru Gompa (Monastery). Please, be aware to take an extra day if necessary to aid acclimatization. Overnight camp or Guest House.
Day2 Lamayuru Wanla (via Prinkiti La) From Lamayuru (3420m) the path goes down to the stream, then turns up a side valley at the chortens (shrines) and prayer flags, and winds up through a barren gorge to Prinkiti La (Pass) (3750m). You descend steeply to the river; turn downstream and you are in Wanla (3250m). Approx. 3 1/2 - 4 hrs. Overnight camp.
Day3 Wanla Hinju Follow a jeep track upstream (hot and dusty) for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs to Phanjila (3410m) where the trail splits with the Zanskar trek continuing up the main river. The Phanjila road takes you high above the village, rejoins the stream after 30 min, with another hour to Hinju (3750m). Approx. 4 - 5 hrs. Overnight camp.
Day4 Hinju Sumdha chenmo (via Kongske La) The first part above Hinju is a relatively easy climb through several summer pastures but then climbs steeply to the pass. The views on Kongske La (4950m) are worth it, being able to see south into Zanskar, west to Kargil and north to the Nubra Range. The descent is quite steep, over loose moraine. Down at the valley floor walk on the north side of the river. Passing yak herders huts (4500m) there are camping sites to follow. You can stay at one of these or go further on to Sumdha chenmo (4300m). Approx. 6 - 7 hrs. Overnight camp.
Day5 Sumdha chenmo Base of Dungdung La From the first camp at the yak herders huts the trail ascends for a while, then winds down to the valley floor before re-ascending and following down the irrigation canal to Sumdha Chenmo. There is a small monastery and some large stone statues of Buddha Maitreya. The trail remains on the true left of the valley before winding down to the valley floor (4250m). After crossing the river once more the trail diverges. A rather steep ascent over a side ridge (4430m) with a profusion of wildflowers is required to reach the delightful meadow of Dungdung La Base (4400m). Approx. 3 - 4 hrs. Camp overnight.
Day6 Dungdung La Base Chilling (via Dungdung La) It is a particularly steep ascent to Dungdung La (4820m) zigzagging across scree slopes. From the pass there are unrivalled views to Ladakh, Stok and Zanskar Ranges. The trail from the pass is a long gradual descent towards Chilling village. About half way down you pass through a small settlement (4270m). From there it is a short, steep descent towards the valley floor and Chilling (3550m), which provides most of the copper work for Leh market. Approx. 6 hrs. Camp overnight.
Day7 Chilling Shingo Trek up the road to the pulley bridge over Zanskar River and continue on the opposite side to the confluence with Markha River/Valley. Heading east along Markha River and then turning north at the confluence with Jingchan River (approx. 3700m) you walk through a narrow gorge, lined with willows and wild rose bushes till you reach the village of Shingo (4150m). Camp overnight.
Day8 Shingo Thangtik (via Ganda La) Just head uphill - on the way you might see marmots and from Ganda La (4920m) you get a great view across Zanskar Range and Stok mountains. Follow the clear path down. Walking along a small stream will lead you to a camp (approx. 4300m) just above the settlement of Yurutse. Camp overnight.
Day9 Thangtik Stok (via Stok La) Follow the valley down via Yurutse to Rumbak (3800m). You have to walk through the main part of the village, turning east. After a short gentle part the ascent up to Stok La (4800m) is steep and sometimes narrow. You will be rewarded with extraordinary views from the top. The steep descent leads to the river flowing from Stok Kangri. After reaching the stream it is an easy descent until you reach the road, from where a taxi will pick you up to bring you back to Leh.

Please note: The altitudes given in various trekking guides and maps differ. The given altitudes in this description are taken from one book/map to give you the best possible idea about heights you have to do on each day.

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