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Ladakh: Sengge La & Lamayuru

Sengge La & Lamayuru 10 nights 11 days

Here is a chance for hardiest trekker, 14 to 20 kms of rough tough and wonderful views every day for 10 days. You and your group will be led among Western Himalayas premier trek, which links Padum in Zanskar with Lamayuru in Ladakh. At several points you will visit: Karsha gompa, Lingshed gompa and Lamayuru gompa. You will reach as high as 5060 mtrs , the path crosses several passes Perfi la, Hunuma la 4800 mtrs, Sengge la 5060 mtrs, Sirsir la and Prinkiti la. As you cross old pack horse trail, sheperds track, and ancient route. The route crosses rivers of Suru, Doda, Zanskar and Indus.



Region: Ladakh & Zanskar

Activities: Trekking, walking, camping

Trip Length ex New Delhi: 16 nights 17 days Ex New Delhi

Trip Length ex Leh: 10 nights 11 days Ex Leh

Trek Grade: Moderate to strenuous

Max Altitude: 5060m

Outline trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at New Delhi at IGI airport.

Day 02: Fly to Leh. Acclimatize.
Day 03: Leh: Acclimatize- local sight-seeing. Shey Thiskey, Hemis & Stok.
Day 04: Drive to Alchi - Lamayuru (3750m) hotel.
Day 05: Drive to Rangdum /camp.

Day 06: Drive to Karsha (3,320 m)

Day 07: Trek to Pishu (3660m), 5 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Hanumil (3650m), 5/6 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Perfila (4650m.)-Snertse (3940m.) 6 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Hanumala (4800m.) - Lingshed (4100m.) 7/8 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to base camp Sengge - la (3,990 m) 6 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Sengge –la (5060m.) - Photoksar (4400m.) 6/7 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Sir sir-la (4965m.)- Hanupatta (4070m.) 5/6 hrs.

Day 14: Drive to Phenjila - Wanla (3470m) - Leh.

Day 15: Leh

Day 16: Leh – New Delhi.
Day 17: Fly home


2 pax:            On request 10 nights 11 days

3 - 4 pax:       On request

5 - 6 pax:       On request

7 - 8 pax:       On request

9 - 10 pax:     On request

11 - 12 pax:   On request

10 nights 11 days Cost Includes:

1.       All trekking and camping gears: 2 men spacious tent, dining tent, toilet tent, Nordic walking sticks, 3 season sleeping bags and mattresses. Transportation to and fro per itinerary,

2.       Staff: Guide, Cook, kitchen helper and trekking mules.

3.       Food: we serve Indian, Tibetan, local and continental cuisine.

4.       Medical first aid support


Cost excludes:

1.       Hotel accommodations in Leh,

2.       Domestic flight ticket,

3.       Personal insurance,

4.       Personal tipping to staff,

5.       Entrance fee at monasteries and

6.     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards beyond trip schedule.

Ladakh: Sengge La & Lamayuru

Sengge La & Lamayuru Trip Dossier

Day 01: Arrival at New Delhi IGI airport.


Day 02: Fly to Leh:

Arrive at Leh airport. Meeting upon and transfer to hotel. Afternoon leisure around Leh markets.


Day 03: Leh- Acclimatise- Local sight seeing.

Today an early breakfast to visit 4 major sights of Indus valley and Ladakh region. Drive to Shey , known to be oldest capital of Ladakh, with its Shey palace. at a short distance the lonely Thiksey – the most spectacular sight in Indus valley, belongs to Geluka – yellow sects of Tibetab Buddhism. Built in traditional Tibetan style of 10 shrine housing. then drive along right bank of the Indus river to Hemis monastery. The biggest and richest in entire Ladakh region. The Hemis monastery was founded by the King Sengge Namgyal in 1627 AD. Perched inside the valley at the foot of amazing gorge, the place has been chosen significantly. Lunch at Hemis. It has a large collections of Golden statue, stupas, numerous thankas among them the largest thanka of world. After visiting this monastery drive along the left bank of Indus river to explore the another sight of Ladakh Stok village and Stok Palace. Stok palace museum is open to visits and presents a collections of royal materials, crown and other royal relativity. It was contructed in 1825 by King Tsespal Tsondup Namgial built with combinations of ancient and modern architecture. The view of Indus and Leh region is striking apart the sunrise and sunset. After visiting Stok Palace we drive back to Leh.

Day 04: Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru (3750m)

Leaving Leh behind we pass Phyang, than roads steeps down to Nimu, where the great Zanskar river joins Indus. During winter the people of Zanskar walks on frozen river. Now we cross Basgo. Basgo was the ancient capital of Western Ladakh kingdom. During 11th century Ladakh was divided into 2 kingdom Eastern Ladakh and Western Ladakh. Capital of Easter Ladakh was Shey and Western was Basgo. Continue to drive to Alchi.

We will visit the 11th century old Alchi monastery. It is one of the earliest monasteries built in Ladakh, and was erected by Rinchen Zangpo. To build the monastery, he brought in 32 sculptors and artists from Kashmir and signed a treaty with the King of Tibet, who agreed to provide a few artisans. Consequently, the famed paintings of the monastery, though depicting Tibetan and Buddhist themes, reflect a distinct Kashmiri style of painting. Apart the rest of monastery built of hill Alchi isn’t built on hill rather on ground between fields and tree near the Indus. Alchi monastery known for its architectural built up. This can be seen at Sumstek, its old 3 strory building completely built of woods. And Ladakh is rare of woods due to its climate. The Alchi village is rich in its prosperity due to good environment conditions that can be seen in their fields. After visiting Alchi we drive to Lamayuru with zig zag road. Lamayuru monastery belongs to Kargyudpa sects of Tibetan Buddhism and is attributed to Naropa, the 11th century Indian Buddhist saint who is said to have spent many years meditating in the cave. This five building built by great architect Rinchen Zangpo. he people called surroundings of Lamayuru moonland. Legends says that lake surrounded the monastic hill. Look at the hole in wall gives imagination of Naropa cave. Who lived here from 1016 to 1100 AD. Today tourist are taking a part in the assembly hall. The mysterious and oldest Lamayuru monastery in Ladakh region. Over night hotel.

Day 05: Lamayuru – Rangdum.

Today after Lamayuru we continue to drive. Kargil is 4 hrs drive from Lamayuru. We cross the fotu la pass 4080 m.

Passing through Bodh Kharbu we cross over Namiki-la (3’718m.). with panoramic view of Zanskar range and descent to Mulbekh village. Mulbekh is culture border between Muslim to the west and Buddhist to the East. Mix of these impact can be seen at Mulbekh. At Mulbekh huge 23 feet high image of the Maitriya (Buddha of future) carved out on the rock, built in 7th century. And finally road descent to Suru river. Crossing by bridge arrive at Kargil. Kargil is district headquarter of Kargil. Predominantly inhabited by muslim majority although Buddhist and other people are lived together in this town. We continue to drive along the Suru river which takes its source from Pensila. We pass beautifull village in Suru valley we drive through the base of Nun Kun peaks (7’150m.). and arrive at the plains of Rangdum and its gompa can been seen from a distance perched on the lonely hill top in entire plains.

Day 06: Rangdum – Karsha (3320m)

A vast stretches of solitary all along the route.Today after Rangdum we drive to Pensi la pass 4402m, the pass that divide the Kargil and Zanskar territory. On the right side the Drung Drung glacier crawls up the mountains. We descend and drive along the left bank of Doda or Stod river. The valley begins to get harsh than of Suru valley, it changes to stony, rocky mountains but there are numbers of villages along the route. Continue to drive we take left road to Karsha before Sani. Karsha belongs to Gelukpa – yellow sects of Tibetan Buddhism, built in 11th century, with great view of the valley, having 150 monks with 70 villages making it second biggest in Zanskar after Padum.

The large fields on the valley floor belongs to Karsha monastery, thus is making richest and biggest in Zanskar region. Camp at Karsha.

Day 07 : Karsha — Pishu (3660m) 5 hrs. trek.

Walk along the left bank of Zanskar River. Above Rinam, small stream an shelter formed by the rocks. See the Thongde monastery on the right side of Zanskar River. Trail further will take you to the Pishu village. A very attractive campsite below the village of Pishu.


Day 08: Pishu – Hanumil (3650m) 5/6 hrs. trek.

Continue left bank, some times along the river. A bridge Before Pidmo, then another 2hours to the campsite of Hanumil.


Day 09: Hanumil -- Perfila (4650mt.) -- Snertse (3940mt.) 6 hrs. trek.

Still continue on the left bank of the Zanskar River. Cross Small stream on the left, the trail leads away from the edge of the Zanskar and the up to the foot of pass. Steep and difficult climb to perfi-la (4560mt.), after pass steep descent to Uma –Chhu River, cross bridge and up to 500mt.On sandy slope, then one and half hour to the campsite of Snertse.

Day 10: Snerste -- Hanumala (4800m.) -- Ling shed (4100m.) 7/8 hrs. trek.

Very long gradual ascent to the pass of Hanuma-la (4800m.) through gorges 2and half hour to reach the pass from the camp. A 1000mt. Long descent towards, then another 250m. Climb to small pass, from pass easy walking to the campsite of



Day 11: Lingshed – Gazo or base camp Sengge - la (13,090 ft/3,990 m) 6 hrs. trek.

1 hour easy climb to Netoski –la (4475m.). Look out the view Nerag, on the other bank of Zanskar River. Gradual descent to the villages of Gongma and Skiumpata. Cross small stream and hour steep climb to pass of Kuba-la94520mt.) Slowly climb to the campsite of Gazo or foot of Sengge –la.


Day 12: Base camp Sengge-la - Sengge –la (5060mt.) - Photoksar (4400m.) 6/7 hrs. trek.

From camp 2 hours steep climb to sengge-la pass, (5060m.) easy going down to the valley and cross another ford. Short climb to Bhumiktse-la (4520mt.) descent towards Photoksar, a beautiful villages at the base of huge mountain wall, cross the bridge and camp near the stream.


Day 13: Photoksar – Sir sir-la (4965m.)- Hanupatta (4070mt.) 5/6 hrs. trek.

Long ascent of the sir sir-la (4965mt.) then easy descent to the river, cross the river by bridge and walk along the left bank, camp before Hanupatta village.


Day 14: Hanupatta – Phenjila - Wanla (3470m), drive to Leh.

Today we drive to Wanla, we drive along the left bank until entering the gorges. The drive is magnificent in gorge. Finally to Leh, overnight hotel.



Day 15: Leh.


Day 16: Leh – New Delhi.

Day 17: Fly home



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