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Hemis Trekking(16 Days / 15 Nights)

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HEMIS - 40 kms from Leh, built in 1630, it is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. It is not visible from the road as it is located in a side valley. Hemis has the largest thanka in Ladakh, which is unfurled once in 12 years (next in 2004). It celebrates an annual festival attended by people from all over the provinces who come to join in the celebrated mask dances. The trek from Hemis to Sarchu is not much frequented but a wonderful trekking route along a great variety of landscapes. From Dat, it  More...

Day 1 : Leh - Hemis
Drive from Leh (3500 Mts.) to Hemis (3505 Mts.) visiting some of the Monasteries on the way. Spend the night in Hemis to acclimatize and visit the impressive monastery. Arrive and camp for overnight.

Day 2 : In Hemis
Day at leisure. Acclimatize and prepare for the trek. The day is free to visit the Gompa and the meditation quarters of the monks. Get to know your trekking team and have a informal briefing about the trek. Or one can take a trip of River Rafting on Indus river. Overnight at camp.

Day 3 : Hemis - Sumdo - Chogdo (5-6 hr.)
Drive from Hemis to Sumdo (3850mts)(1 1/2 hr.). Trek from Sumdo to Chogdo (4050 Mts.). Camp at Chogdo. Overnight at camp.

Day 4 : Chogdo - Base of Kongmaru La (3 hr.)
Trek uphill for about three hours to reach the small campsite at the Base of Kongmaru La Pass (4800 Mts.). This place is frequented by Blue Sheep/Bharal and good photographs of them are possible for early risers. Overnight at camp.

Day 5 : Base Camp - Kongmaru La - Nimaling (5 hr.)
Leave early morning and tackle the stiff but short climb to the top of the Pass Kongmaru La (5150 Mts.). From the Pass there are beautiful views of Mt Kangyaze (6400 Mts.) which stands above the meadows of Nimaling. There is a short and gradual descent till the meadows of Nimaling (4650 Mts.). Overnight at camp.

Day 6 : Nimaling - Langtang Chu (3-4 hr.)
Climb the small ridges behind Nimaling and get closer to Mt Kangyaze. After crossing some hard rocky trails descend to Langtang Chu (4750 Mts.) where there are numerous camping sites. Overnight at camp.

Day 7 : Langtang Chu - Zalung Karpo La - Sorra (7-8 hr.)
There is some very exciting trekking to be done on this day. The ascend to the top of the Zalung Karpo La (5100 Mts.) takes about four to five hours. There is a ridge walk from the top of the Pass to another small Pass and then down to the Valley floor and Sorra (4200 Mts.). Overnight at camp.

Day 8 : Sorra - Dat (4-5 hr.)
Morning trek to Sat. Arrive and overnight at camp.

Day 9 : Dat - Yar La - Lungmo Che (6-7 hr.)
The trek to the top of the Pass Yar La (4950 Mts.) is not as hard as the past two passes. There are fabulous views of the Rupshu plateau from the top of the pass. Easy descent to the Village of Lungmo Che takes a little more than an hour. Overnight at camp.

Day 10 : Lungmo Che - Lun (5-6 hr.)
Trek to the Lun (passing a few villages on the way. Camp 3 kms before Lun, the area is inhabited by Tibetan Nomads called Khampas. Spend the next day at this camp for some well deserved rest. Overnight at camp.

Day 11 : Rest Day
Full day at leisure or this si a reserve day for trek. Overnight at camp.

Day 12 : Lun - Marang La - Camp (6-7 hr.)
The trail from Lun is through a very pretty plateau. The valley is narrow till the top of the Marang La (5270 Mts.). The trail is well marked and frequented by Villagers before the roads open up for the summer. Camp a few kilometers before the village and army camp at Takh. A special farewell dinner will be made on this, the last day of the trek.

Day 13 : Camp - Takh - Sarchu (5-6 hr.)
Trek from Camp to Takh on the Leh-Manali road. You are picked up by jeeps and drive down to Sarchu where you spend the night in a permanent camp

Day 14 : Sarchu - Jispa (6-7 hr.)
Drive from Sarchu to Jispa over the Baralaccha La Pass. Spend the night at Hotel.

Day 15 : Jispa - Manali (6-7 hr.)
Drive from Jispa to Manali. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 16 : Manali - Delhi (14 hr.)
Fourteen hours drive via Chandigarh to Delhi. (Alternatively one can also fly from Kullu to Delhi).

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