Day 01: Arrive Leh. Met and transfer to Hotel. Day at leisure for acclimatization. Leh is the Headquarter of Leh District and the largest Town in Ladakh region. It is located to the north of Indus River at an altitude of 11,500 ft.
Day 02: Visit Sankar, Shanti Stupa, Spituk. These are a couple of kms away from Leh. Sankar Monastery belongs to the Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism and is a branch of Spituk Monastery. Shanti Stupa at the Hilltop was built by the Japanese for World peace, and was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1985. SPITUK MONASTERY 8 Kms from Leh, the monastery standing on a conical hill with 3 chapels was founded in the 11th century by Od-de the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od, when he come to Maryul.He introduced a monastic community. . O / N in hotel.
Day 03: Leh –Thiksey& Hemis . Hemis monastery is one of the most famous and largest monasteries in Ladakh, located 45 Km South of Leh and was founded in 17th century belongs to the Drukpa order. The monastery founded by Stagsang Raspa who was invited to Ladakh by King Singhe Namgyal. The king offered him religious estates and attended him as his principal guru. Hemis Tsechu (festival) assemble annually from 9th to 11th day of the 5th Tibetan month. The Gompa has well preserved Thangkas, copper gilt statue of the lord Buddha, various Stupas made of gold and silver and many auspicious objects. The largest Thangka in Ladakh over 12 Mts. long is at Hemis Monastery. Visit monastery and drive back to visit Thiksey, Shey & Stok Palace. Thiksey Monastery was built in 1630 and is one of the most famous, largest and richest monasteries in Ladakh. Shey 03 Km from Thiksey and 18 kms South of Leh and was the seat of power of the first King of Ladakh who constructed the hilltop Fortress. The ruin Fort can be seen above the present Shey Palace. O/N hotel at Leh
DAY 04: DRIVE TO SPITOK, TREK TO ZINCHEN (3,530m) 5-6 hours.
SPITOK GOMPA Spituk Gompa was built about 500 years ago by Gyalpo Bumlde, although one temple dedicated to Mahakala was built about 900 years ago. About 125 yellow-hat sect lamas are considered Spituk Lamas, but at least half of them live and pray at Spituk’s dependent monasteries at Sankar, Stok and Sabu. All the lamas do however gather together for major festivals. The name Spituk is probably derived from the Central Tibetan language and which means “effective as an example or exemplary ”referring to the fact that this was the Tibetans’ first monastery in Ladakh. The head lama for Spituk is the head lama for Ladakh and represents Ladakh as a Member of Parliament, spending much of his time in Delhi. Spituk Gompa contains both old temples and those built in the 1970’s. Ancient thankas are preserved there, some having been taken from the Potala in Lhasa after the Chinese invaded Tibet.
Our trek begins from Spituk by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the River Indus. The trail passes through barren countryside for about 3 hours until the Indus enters a narrow gorge at its confluence with the Zinchen. From here the trail climbs steadily through the Rumbak Valley, which is lined with trees, providing sufficient shade for a rest stop, before we reach the tiny village of Zinchen, which consists of just 4 or 5 houses. Camp overnight.
DAY 05: TREK TO YURUTSE. (3530-4,180m). 5/6 hrs. The trail from Zinchen ascends gradually all the way along the Rumbak Nala (stream) until you reach Rumbak, the largest village in the Zinchen Valley. If the fields are cultivated you may have to ford the river a few times up to Rumbak junction. We then follow the well-marked trail on the left bank of the Rumbak Nala, passing cultivated fields and scattered houses until we enter a side valley leading to the south. Further trek on along the river until you reach Rumbak where you can see the snow capped.
Peaks of the Stok mountains. Here you take the right fork of the river and continue a gradual ascend towards Yurutse, where the villagers grow Barlay, Potatoes and some green vegetables. Near the village are some impressive purple and green rock formations. Camp overnight.
DAY 06: TREK TO SHINGO ..(4180-3950m). 4 to 5 hrs. Today we follow the trail beside the river until the valley widens at Rumbak. After 10 minutes walk from the camp you have to cross the river to the right hand side. Here you can see Golden Eagle nests up in the rocks. We make an early start today to ascend the Gangala pass (4985 mts). You can have a spectacular view of Stok Kangri massif from Gandala top on a clear day. From the pass there is a fabulous view of white-fringed mountains merging into the distant ranges of the Karakoram.>O/NB camp
Day 07: TREK TO SKUE ( 3950 – 3660m). The trail descends steadily to the head of the Skiu Valley, where a number of rivulets join to form a small stream. The broad grassy shoulders of the upper valley narrow sharply to the pinched waist at Sumdo, with its few houses and fields at the junction of a small stream with the Skiu Nala. From here the river swoops exuberantly down a tight, narrow gorge, choked with willow and wild roses, and we follow the trail as it leaps from bank to bank all the way to the village of Skiu on the banks of the Lower Markha. You enter the village confronted by towering rock faces. Since Skiu is only at about 3660m and the Markha Valley is quite narrow, the temperature is higher here.
DAY 08: TREK TO MARKHA (3660-3200 MTS). Cross the river and trek upto the Markha village. It is the longest valley. A beautiful oasisterraced green fields and small irrigation canals. At dusk just as the evening shadows begin to envelop the valley, it is worth walking along the trail where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha to visit a small monastery. This is cared for by an old nun, who comes every morning and evening to light the butter lamps at the altar of Chamba - the Future Buddha. Camp overnight.
DAY 09: TREK TO THACHUNGTSE. (3,589m). 6-7 hrs. A very pleasant walk up one of the loveliest sections of the Markha valley. Woody bushes grow thickly along the river, which is spanned by several bridges over which the trail marches to Thinlespa village and further to Hankar village from where we get a goog view of Gyalpo-Ri peak. The camp is beyond this small village on the bank of the river. Camp overnight.
DAY 10: TREK TO NIMALING. (3500-4,800m). 5-6 hrs. The trail climbs steadily up the now narrow valley, past villages smaller and seemingly poorer than those in the lower areas. The Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow, sloping upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse, 21,500ft/6,553m, which dominates the area. Nimaling with tiny ponds and rivulets flowing all over its meadows provides pasturage in the summer for an astonishing number of animals; yaks, sheep, goats, dzos and horses, not only from the Markha, but also from villages all around. Himalayan marmots and white-tailed hares are seen in plenty and it is not unusual to spot the occasional blue sheep or wolf. Camp overnight.
DAY 11: REST DAY. A chance to relax at Nimaling and enjoy & explore the superb scenery and surroundings. There is the chance to walk to the base camp of Kang Yatze, the highest peak in the Zanskar range, 6,553m. Camp overnight.
DAY 12: CROSS PASS, TREK TO SUMDO. (4800-4100m). 6-7 hrs. Crossing to the north of the Markha, climb to the top of the highest of the three passes the 5,400m Kangmaru La with its wonderful views from the top. Snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of the Karakoram, including K2 can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends steeply to the head of the Martselang valley past the sulphur springs of Chyushkarmo,
DAY 13: TREK TO MARTSELANG. DRIVE TO LEH 4-5 hrs trek. Today you make an easy descent mainly along the left bank of the Martselang to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at the village of Martselang. Transport will be waiting here for the 2-hr drive to Leh. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 14: Leh Visit Stog And Basgo.O/N hotel
DAY 15: Transfer to Airport Fly Leh/Delhi.