Day 1: Arrival at Delhi
Reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel and a relaxing overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi to Leh (3500 m)
Transfer to domestic airport in the morning flight to Leh. Transfer to hotel, leisurely tour of the city to acclimatize: the old bazaar, the Palace, the Shanti Stupa, mosque; afternoon free, overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Around Leh visit Spituk, Phyang
This day is spent visiting two monasteries of Ladakh, which are upstream from Leh. Back to Leh, afternoon free; overnight at hotel in Leh.
Day 4: Leh – Zinchen (3400m), 5 hour trek; Trek 1
Drive early morning till Spituk , where you will meet the team of the trek. We will complete the load distribution and the first day of hiking begins here. Following the bank of the Indus River to the west, we will cross a large tray on the shadow of Stok Mountain range, then enter the gorge which Â is a part of the Hemis National Park. In late afternoon arrive at Zingchen, we camp near a small oasis; overnight at the camp.
Day 5: Zingchen – Ganda La base (4500m), 5 hours trek; Trek 2
Follow the gorge and cross the river many times through the multi-coloured rocks and willow trees. Continue to Yurtse and visit a family to know their life style (according to availability), after meeting the family, move upwards to the foot path of progressive cervical Gandala camp.
Day 6: Yurutse – Skiu (3400 m) by Ganda-la (4800 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 3
We see beautiful scenery of Yurutse along the mountain. Crossing a small valley is followed by a zigzag climb to the plateau. We continue for nearly three hours down the mountain till the pass, Ganda La. A long descent to Shingo easily leads us in a splendid fashion. After descending for about two hours, we arrive in the Markha valley where we use the beautiful land of Skiu for camping.
Day 7: Skiu – Markha (3710 m), 7 hours trek; Trek 4
The day starts on the right bank of Markha: nice trail with lots of vegetation. Several successive crossings from left bank to right bank happen in Chaluk (little houses); new traverses that flow before it, reaches after a short steep climb the beautiful village of Markha. We set up camp near the river.
Day 8: Markha – Tchatchutse (3750 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 5
The trek goes on the right bank of the main valley; the trail may be difficult by the riverbed. Before reaching the village of Hankar, we visit the monastery of Humlung, along the river. A little beyond Hankar, we turn from a wide valley on our right. We take a narrow valley that requires us to cross a bridge until the left bank to reach the pasture Tchatchutse.
Day 9: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m), 5 hours trek; Trek
The trail climbs gradually; the river is rather far to the left (parade). We continue near a small lake, then cross the pastures Nimaling. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by Yatse Kang (6400 m). Many roads leading to the summit are rather difficult.
Day 10: Nimaling – Shang, by Konmarula (5150 m), 8 hours trek; Trek 7
A zigzag ascends of about two hours to the pass Konmaru, which offers panoramic views of the valley on the remote Zanskar range. Then we continue with a steep descent in a zigzag across the Konmaru. The trail crosses the beautiful bed of the river and continues with a descent difficult for the horses. After several river crossings, arrive at Shang; beautiful camp in groves. You can visit a small gompa outside the village.
Day 11: Shang — Hemis – Leh, 60 km
Following the river again, you win a trek after a series of Chortens. Let Martselang right and follow the trail to Hemis.
Visit the monasteries: Thiksey and Shey; transfer to the hotel at Leh.
Day 12: – Transfer to the domestic airport, flight to Delhi.
Transfer from airport to hotel, free afternoon; overnight at the hotel.
Day 13: Departure
Visit half day to Old and New Delhi; transfer to the international airport by evening for your flight to the onward destination; hotel check out time is 12 noon.