DAY 01: Arrival in Delhi by evening.
Reception at the airport. Transfer in the hotel. Night in hotel.
DAY 02: Delhi to Leh (3500 m)
Delhi – Leh (3500 m), 1h 30min by flight —
Very early the morning, the transfer at the domestic airport for the flight(theft) of Leh.
“The journey begins there or the dream stops”. The discovery of the Himalayan chaine, seen by the sky, remains an unforgettable memory. Welcome at the airport of Leh and transfer in the hotel. The free afternoon with possibility of visit of the city (old general store (mess), royal palace, Shanti stupa, mosque), with a slow rhythm, the time to acclimatize. At night in the hotel.
DAY 03: Visit of the monasteries of Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Visit monastery of Thiksey, A majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the 15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. In the entry there are painting of protective deities and the great masters of the sect .
Shey, once the capital of Upper Ladakh before being supplanted by Leh, monastery housed rich murals painting ,well restored and represent the 18 arhats (disciples of Buddha who attained enlightenment), back to Leh, night in hotel.
Visit Hemis monastery. A mass of splendid architecture on a green hill has been built by the inveterate royal architect Singe Namgyal in1630 . the monastery belongs to Drukpa sect of Buddhism , site is privileged for Namgyal dynasty , its mural painting represent the different divinities dated back to 18th sanctuary. there is a huge Thanka reputed to be the Largest in existence which is exhibited once in every twelve years, Afternoon free at Leh. Night in hotel.
DAY 04: Leh – Chilling by the villages of Phyang and Likkir.
Road towards Chilling: on the way visit of 2 beautiful monasteries of the valley of the Indus Phyang and Likir. Stroll in villages to discover the lifestyle of ladakhis. Fork for Chilling. This village is reappointed for its silversmiths who work quite typical of metal, making all the utensils necessary for the everyday life of a family ladakhi as teapots, jars in chang, etc….
DAY 05: Chilling – Skiu (3850 m) 4h30, trek 1
From Chilling, we follow the river Zanskar and we cross it by a nacelle suspended from a cable. Interesting experience, and without risk. Not to miss! Then we take an easy path until Skiu by following the river Markha.
DAY 06: Skiu – Markha (3800 m) 7h, trek 2
By following the river Yapola on its left bank during almost two hours, we arrive at Penjila. We continue in the valley and after one hour, we abandon this valley on our left. One hour later approximately, we arrive at the village of Hinju.
DAY 07: Markha – Tchatchutse (3750 m) 6h, trek 3
The trek goes back up the valley main right bank, the path is sometimes difficult in the bed of the river. Before arriving at the village of Hankar, we visit the monastery of Humlung, along the river. Little beyond Hankar, we abandon a wide valley on our right. We take a narrow valley going up higher and which obliges us to cross a bridge up to the left bank to reach the pasture of Tchatchutse.
DAY 08: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m) 5h, trek 4
The path rises very gradually, the river is rather far to the left. We continue near a small lake, then cross the pastures of Nimaling. It is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh, dominated by Kang Yatse (6400 m). Several rather difficult roads lead to the summit.
DAY 09: Nimaling – Chogdo (3940 m) through the Kongmarula (5150 m) 8h, trek 5
A rise zigzag about 2 hours up to the pass Konmaru-la offers us a panoramic view on the valley, as well as on the distant chain of Zanskar. Then we continue by a stiff descent zigzag on the other side of Konmaru-la. The trek crosses the magnificent bed of the river and continues by a difficult descent for horses. After several crossings of river, arrived at Chogdo, an ideal place for the camp cut by the world.
DAY 10: Chogdo – Gyuncho La (4670 m) – Shang Pu (4375 m) trek 6
Easy walk in the direction of Shang. Gone up to the pass of Gyuncho. Very few trekkeurs use this path. Camp on the other side of the pass.
DAY 11: Shang Pu – Shang La (4875 m) – Matho Phu (4420 m) – Gangpoche, trek 7
This part of the route is very isolated. We are in the foothills of the chain of Stok. We cross several edges and minor passes. Occasional views on the valley of the Indus which flows far off. Pass of Shang La and descent on the banks of the river Tokpo. In the afternoon, descent in the direction of Matho Phu where we settle our camp. At night under tent. (6 at 7 am of walking).
DAY 12: Gangpoche – Matho La (4965 m) – Base camp of Stok (4990 m), trek 8
Hard rise in the morning to cross the last pass, the Matho La. Of the pass, the magnificent view on Stok Kangri and whole route of ascent. We are in the valley which links the village of Stok with the base camp of the same name. We find here villagers come make their herds of yaks graze. At night under tent. (6 at 7 am of walking).
DAY 13: Base camp in Stok (4 990 m) — altitude camp (5 420 m) trek 9
Easy climb to reach the glacier’s foot.Open view on the base camp, the photographers will appreciate! Night in tent.
DAY 14: Climbing Stok Kangri (6130 m): Trek 10
One can climb directly from Lower Base Camp or shift camp to the Higher Base Camp. Get up at 2 A.M. And you should have prepared your daypack and necessary equipment the previous night, before going to sleep. Have a light snack in the morning before starting off for the Big Climb! First, there is a diagonal ascent up the moraine of the glacier, and then a short scramble over the glacier itself. After that, climb up the steep, zigzagging trail to the summit. The view from the pinnacle at sunrise is mind-blowing.
According to the condition of the route, our guide will fix the climbing rope either in rock or in snow, with rock pitons or snow stakes as required and other equipment necessary to secure the rope.
DAY 15: Base camp of Stok (4990 m) – Leh, trek 11
Easy descent, then more low, we find the river which takes his(her) source(spring) in the glacier(ice-cream maker) of the Stok-Kangri. The continuation(suite) is a pleasant road until Stok. We have some time to visit the royal palace of Stok and admire objects of exposition there. (Built in 1825 by king Tsepal Tezndup Namgyal, inhabited by the descendants of a former(ancient) royal ladakkhie dynasty). Visit of the Village then return in jeep to Leh. At night in hotel to Leh.
DAY 16: Leh to Delhi
Transfer to domestic airport. Flight to Delhi, transfer to hotel. Afternoon free in Delhi. O/N in hotel.
DAY 17: Exploring Delhi and Departure
Transfer in the evening at the airport to take your flight on your destination of return.