the Indus valley and the ancient kingdom of Sham, we will
discover the main Ladakhi monasteries and the wonderful sites
surrounding them: Shey, Thikse, Hemis, Spituk, Phyang, Lamayuru
and Alchi are all accessible by road, and Temisgang, Ridzong
and Likir line the trekking route. This itinerary is of moderate
difficulty and the path does not rise above 4500m. The trail
crosses numerous villages where the people have kept their
Tibetan ways and customs.
where you will be met and transfered to your hotel.
2)Delhi - Leh (3500m)
Afternoon at leisure in Leh, where we can take a walk to the
3) Visit of the high Indus valley monasteries
Shey houses the old summer palace of the kings of Ladakh.
Its gompa shelters an amazing Buddha, 12m high. The picturesque
Thikse monastery is perched on top of the hill overhanging
the Indus. The Hemis gompa is one of the largest in Ladakh.
4) Visit Stok royal palace,
Spituk monastery and the Tibetan Camp of
5) Leh - Phyang (3600m) by
bus (1h) and walk towards Taru (3700m)
We visit the Phyang monastery and continue onwards with a
pleasant walk. A short day necessary for our acclimatization.
6) Taru - Taru La (4200m) - Nyemo (3700m)
The trail climbs steeply towards the first pass of the trek,
and descends to the Nyemo village.
7) Nyemo - Nie (3800m)
The route traverses Basgo, dominated by impressive ruined
fortresses. A quite stricking succession of shortens, sanctuaries
and a palace line the path.
8) Nie - Likir (3600m)
We enter an arid and bare landscape. Visit of the Likir monastery,
one of the oldest in Ladakh.
9) Likir - Yangthang (3600m)
The route goes through two low passes, the Phobe La (3700m)
and the Charatse La (3800m), opening to beautiful views of
the surrounding mountains.
10) Yangthang - Hemis Shukpachan (3600m)
En route, visit of the Ridzong monastery, which is set in
stunning surroundings and hidden amongst the hills. After
a tiny pass, we descend towards Hemis Shukpachan.
11) Hemis Shukpachan - Temisgang (3700m)
This part of the trail has been carved out from the ochre
rocks into a balcony. We climb towards two passes at 4000m
and arrive at Ang. Then on to Temisgang, ancient capital of
the Syham Kingdom, and its monastery.
12) Temisgang - Lamayuru - Leh
En route, visit of the Lamayuru and Alchi monasteries
13) Leh - Delhi by plane
14) Transfer to airport and
fly back home.