Three Passes of Ladakh

* Lamayuru to Alchi trek over the three scenic passes
* Interesting route to explore oldest monasteries, arid lunar landscape
* In the remote region of Karakoram mountains, the plateau, of Ladakh, wild vast and barren
* One of the beauteous Vale of Kashmir and north west Himalaya
* Rich and colorful culture amidst ancient Tibetan Buddhist religion”


Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27 degree Celsius in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to -20 degree Celsius even in Leh. Surprisingly, though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes.

Trekking in Ladakh is a rewarding experience, it is not enough to be physically fit; trekkers must also be prepared to face the rigors of back country travel. There are considerable fluctuations in day and night temperatures even during the height of summer. While the days are pretty warm, even hot, due to the desert effect of the barren landscape, evenings can become chilly.

The Lamayuru to Alchi trek is one of the most beautiful treks; in difficulty rated moderate to strenuous on account of the high passes that need to be crossed. It includes an exciting crossing of the Tashi-la. It leads through several villages in the Shamdu and Hinju valleys, passing many chortens and mani walls, but mostly through remote areas. At the start of the trek you visit the oldest monastery of Ladakh, Lamayuru, which is reputedly also the most stunning in terms of its site and views.

Here in this quaint civilization sheltered from the winds of change, timelessness; nestling amidst the rugged rock and towering granite surrounded by cultivated patches looking like pure jade, with ancient lamaseries carved into the hillsides, their incense-filled, resplendent interiors throbbing with the haunting chants of incessant prayer and music.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Fly to Leh 3,550m by respective airlines.
Day 03: Sightseeing tour in Leh.
Day 04: Leh to Lamayaru 3,600m. 110 kms. 4-5 hours drive.
Day 05: Trek to Wanla 2,840m., 4-5 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Hinju 5-6 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Marjek 4,100m. 6-7 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to La-Anka 3,350m. 3-4 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Shumdo-Chu 3,900m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 10: Rest day at Shumdo-Chu.
Day 11: Trek to Pulu 3,700m via Takshi-La 5,080m. 5-6 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Alchi 3,400m. 3-4 hrs.
Day 13: Drive to Leh from Alchi 70 k.m. distance (3-4 hrs ride)
Day 14: Fly to Delhi.Sightseeing tour of Delhi
Day 15: Transfer to airport for departure.
Day 01:

Arrive Delhi and transfer to Hotel.

  Reach Delhi via respective airlines, our HimEx staff in Delhi Airport will receive and transfer you to the Hotel.
Day 02:

Fly to Leh, afternoon visit the local bazaar.

  As per the flight schedule transfer to airport for the scenic flight to Leh. On reaching Leh our guide will receive you and transfer you to respective Hotels, after lunch visit the local Bazaar.
Day 03:

In Leh Sightseeing Tour and Acclimatization.


In Leh, the major highlights for sightseeing tour is visiting Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monastery & Palaces.

Shey Palace is built in 1645 A.D. by Deldan Namgyal as a summer residence for the kings of Ladakh. It is the oldest palace in Ladakh and above the palace is an even older ruined fortress. Hundreds of chortens of all shapes and sizes stand below the palace and gompa. These chortens demonstrate the interest taken in Shey by the Ladakhi kings and queens who succeeded Shey's original builder.

Thiksey Gompa is the most picturesquely situated monastery in Ladakh, perched high on a hill above the Indus. Its buildings are arranged at various levels, leading up to the private apartments of the incarnate lamas on the summit. From here one commands a magnificent view of the valley. The gompa possesses a rich and beautiful collection of hundreds of hand-written or painted prayer books.

Hemis Gompa is one of the most important in Ladakh, the largest and also the wealthiest. The king-architect Singe Namgyal, a great patron of Buddhism, built it in 1620. He filled Hemis with golden statues, stupas set with precious stones and thangkhas brought from many places, including Tibet.

Day 04:

Leh to Lamayaru 3,600m. 110 k.m. 4-5 hours drive.

  Morning drive to 12-storeyed 800 years old Thiksey Monastery a replica of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet but smaller in size perched on the top of the hill, after Thikesy Monastery visit the Shey old fort and its monastery. Shey was the earlier capital of Ladakh before Leh till 19th Centuary. From Leh after visiting these famed monasteries, the drive leads along the Indus River toward Kargil. Crossing the Indus River and past Alchi. Reaching Lamayuru by late afternoon, at Lamayuru overnight camp where our staff have already put up the camp. Later in the evening or in the morning ( time permitting) we visit the Lamayuru Gompa.
Day 05:

Lamayuru to Wanla 2,840m. - 4-5 hours.

  From the camp at Lamayuru the trail descent, criss-crossing the streams several times, then climbing gradually across onto reach a small valley, walk continues on in the valley till Prinkiti-la base is reached, the climb takes about an hour or less till the top of Prinkiti-la is reached at 3,720m. The path descent into a gorge, arriving at Shilla, after the the bridge our walk continues to the right bank upto Wanla for the overnight stop. Wanla a small pretty village by the bank of the Yapola river with a large grassy camping field.
Day 06:

Wanla to Hinju 5-6 hours.

  Leaving Wanla for Hinju after breakfast, the trail follows around the small village beneath the Wanla Monastery perched on the top of the hill. The path continues coming to number of villages, along a small river with fabulous views of mountains and narrow gorges. The path meanders with few ups and downs till Hinju village is reached, Hinju marked with many prayer flags. Our walk continues on its outskirts where there's an excellent campsite. Overnight camp.
Day 07:

Hinju to Marjek 4,100m. 6-7 hrs.


Hinju to Marjek or Sumdha Chenmo takes nearly 5-6 hours. Walking above the small stream then crossing the barley fields and heading towards the Kungski La, 4,950m.

It is a long climb but once to the top, rewarding the long haul with a wonderful view of the trail just traversed from Pringkiti La behind us and a magnificent view of the mountains before us. From the top a steep descend to our camp by a river, crossing a couple of shepherds' huts.

Day 08:

Marjek to La-Anka 3,350m. 3-4 hours.

  A slow morning today as the walk is shorter on the gradual path, walks follows a downhill trail passing some isolated villages and few section of narrow path, the trail leds to short hill climb and then coming towards a river gorge with shady patch of woods of poplars and willow trees, overnight camp is pitched just across the stream on the wide field close to the tree line, one of the best camping spot on this trek.
Day 09:

La-Anka to Shumdo-Chu 3,900m. 5-6 hrs.


After breakfast, trek begins leaving the river behind climbing up on the narrow path, and crossing high temporary built log bridge over the roaring Sumdo River, after few hours walk the trail leads downhill to the stream through the thin patch of forest with Populous and Willow trees, here we may have to wait for an hour to scout the path for the safe passage for our horses to pass through. After forty minutes of good walk and then coming to a narrow bend, where there is a two path upper and lower, we will take the upper trail depending upon the trail condition, with a short stop in the shade of trees near the stream, from here our trail branches up towards Sumdo village, the afternoon time can be quite hot. Finally on reaching Sumdo village, a very quiet village of about 10 houses with an old monastery overlooking the village below.

We can have a stop here in a nice cool house which is the best house around this area. This house also serves as teahouse, so one can have tea, after  a short break here, walk follows the steep upper trail for a short while then reaching our campsite on the green meadow by the fresh stream. Overnight camp is made on the best available flat ground.

Day 10:

Rest day at Shumdo-Chu.

  After five days of good walk, a rest day is necessary a complete free day on this lovely spot,  a laundry can be done on the nearby stream, after lunch some can go for a visit to the monastery at Sumdo village.
Day 11:

Trek to Pulu 3,700m via Takshi-La 5,080m. 5-6 hrs.

  Walk begins early morning towards the high Takshi-la pass, the walk leads to one small valley to another valley, after an hour of haul and leaving the green vegetation at the bottom of the pass, from here onwards the walk continues to a slow winding uphill path on the scree and rock trail and finally reaching on top of the pass, the pass is a small place festooned with prayer flags. Here we can have lunch break overlooking the grand view of Zhanskar mountain range towards northwest and Ladakh Mountain to the northeast. A rest here will give time for our horses as the downhill slope could be hard on the horses with the load. From here the path descends all the way to a small shepherd shelter, our walk leads further down for 30 minutes from this small Shepherd place till we reach our overnight camping spot, although the place has rocks and pebbles but it also have the facility of the clean stream, this place can be quite windy in the afternoon time.
Day 12:

Trek to Alchi 3,400m. 3-4 hrs.

  The trail today is more or less down hill for an hour or two, soon we will reach a motorable road at the outskirt of Alchi, walk for another hour on the big wide road and soon coming towards the main Alchi village, camp is made near the Alichi monastery on or near crop field close to the Alchi bazaar. After lunch late afternoon visit the Ten Century Alichi monastery
Day 13:

Drive to Leh from Alchi 70 k.m. distance (3-4 hrs ride)        

  After the usual morning routine a short walk to the roadside, where our vehicle and truck will be waiting to pick us and the staffs with the camping gear, soon the drive takes us to the main highway near the Zhanskar and Indus River, after few normal stops the drive continues to Leh on good time for lunch, arriving at Leh check in to the Hotel. Afternoon free for individual activities.
Day 14:

Fly to Delhi and afternoon sightseeing tour.


Morning after breakfast drive to the Airport, on arrival at Delhi transfer to airport. After Sightseeing tour of Delhi.

The tour starts from Old Delhi visiting The Raj Ghat, Red Fort & Jama Masjid. Time permitting visit Chadni Chowk, local market etc. After this proceed to New Delhi visiting imposing India Gate, The President House, Qutub Minar, tallest stone tower in India and the Red Fort. O/N Hotel.

Day 15:

Transfer to airport for departure.

  After breakfast transfer to international terminal for the flight back home with sweet memories of your stay in India.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in New Delhi on Bed & Breakfast basis and Hotel in Leh on full board basis
 2.  Airport transfers in New Delhi and Leh.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Leh with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight New Delhi / Leh / New Delhi.
 5.  Local transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Permit & Entry Fees.
 8.  Insurance for crew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from New Delhi.
 2.  India entry visa fees.
 3.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 4.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 5.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 6.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 7.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 8.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Three Passes of Ladakh
  • Trip Duration : 10 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 5080 m
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