The Lamayuru - Hemis Trek Via Markha
Day 01: Leh / Lamayuru / Shilla :
Early morning drive to Lamayuru - 130 km. Visit Lamayuru monastery then start trek to Shilla cross Pritintik-la (1900 Mts.). Trek time: 4 hours.
Day 02: Shilla / Hinju :
After visiting Wanla monastery and Tharchita Brukbukza and Hanjala villages we arrive at Hinju village. Overnight in Camp. Trek time: 6 hours.
Day 03: Hinju / East Base of Kungski-La :
Today trek is a bit hard, you have to climb a pass called, Kungski-La(4400m.) from the top of this pass one can see Hinju village on one side and Sumdha village on the other side. Trek time : 6 hours.
Day 04: East Base of Kungski-La / West Base of Dundun Chan-La :
Today we have some river crossings enroute to Sumdha village. We will also across a small pass. We will be camping at Dundun Chan Larcha. Trek time : 6 hours.
Day 05: Dundun Chan-La Base / Chilling: Dundun Chan-la is (3950 Mts.) :
The trek is easy and very scenic. One can see even Khardong-la pass across the valley. Camp at Chilling, this village has gold smiths famous for local golden jewelry - it is said that the gold comes from the local mines. Overnight in camp. Trek time: 7 hours.
Day 06: Free Day at Chilling to Explore.
Day 07: Chilling / Skiu :
The walk is not as easy one, we will be crossing a pass and a river crossing is required. Overnight camp at Skiu. Trek time: 6 hours.
Day 08: Skiu / Sara :
Today we have several river crossings, the trek is easy. Overnight camp at Sara. Trek time: 5 hours.
Day 09: Sara / Hankar :
We will cross the Markha village enroute to Hankar Yogma camping ground. We will stop at the Markha village and visit the monastery also, but will not camp at Markha. Horses do not get fodder easily here. Overnight in camp. Trek time: 7 hours.
Day 10: Hankar / Nimaling :
A bit beyond Hankar, leave a broad valley on the right-side. The valley narrows and goes higher. The river is far to the left. Walk near a small lake, then across pastures to Nimaling. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys of Ladakh (4750 Mts.). Trek time: 5 hours.
Day 11-12: Nimaling / Shang Sumdo :
Long climb along the mountainside then some zigzag up to the Kangmaru-La ( 5150 Mts. ). Long descent into gorges several easy stream crossing. Leave the sometimes in the riverbed right-side, and again on the left bank arrive in Shang Sumdo. Trek time: 7 hours.
Day 13: Hemis / Leh :
After sightseeing of the Hemis monastery, leave for Leh, enroute visit Thiksey and Shey monasteries.