Lamayuru to Darcha Trek
Day 01. Arrive Delhi
Morning arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Afternoon combined guided tour of Old and New Delhi includes Jammia Masjid Mosque, Cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni chowk, Red Fort, drive through India Gate and Parliament house, Qutab Minar and Humayuns Tomb.
Day 02. Delhi- Leh
Morning transfer to airport and fly to Leh, arrive and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for acclimatization.
Leh is a small picturesque town of about 10,000 people. Situated at 3505 Mt., the summer days are dry and sunny but nights can be cold. A double lines of "Manies", stone shelters for departed spirits, protects the towns approaches. During these three days we will explore some of the interesting monasteries of the area.
Day 03. Leh
Full day sightseeing of Stok Palace – The palace has a small museum, which houses the queen’s head gear (peyrak) and a remarkable collection of Thankas. Tibetan children’s village. Shey Palace – Shey was once the capital of Ladakh in the pre – Tibetan era until the 15th century. Thiksey – Tsong Khapa had prophesied that a monastery would be built here and Thiksey was founded by one of his disciple Hemis - largest monastery founded in 1602 by Tagtsangrepa and Tatok – this monastery of the Nyimapa order has about 50 monks and these not far from Chimiri, Padmasambhava, the founder of the order is said to have meditated here.
Day 04. Leh- Lamayuru
Morning visit Phyang – founded in 16th century by King Tashi Nangyal. Spituk - The monastery first belonged to the Kadampa order but in the 15th century it was restored and Tsong Kapa sent two Lamas to transfer it to Gelupa order, and drive to Lamayuru, en-route visit Alchi - one of the few monasteries of the 11th and 12th centuries to have survive. Arrive and camp for overnight.
Day 05 to 24. Trek
Wind up camp, load our pack ponies, visit Lamayuru monastery and commence the trek. First leg of trek from Lamayuru takes us to Padum in Zanskar valley over number of high passes and strenuous ascends and descends as well as some remote spectacular hamlets and villages. Some of the high passes which we need to cross between Lamayuru and Padum are Prinkit – la (3726 Mt.), Sirsir-la (4800 Mt.), Senge-La (4990 Mt.), Hunumla-la (4740 Mt.), Pirfi-la (3940 Mt).
Day 25. Darcha – Manali
Drive 145 Km 8 – 9 Hrs.
After breakfast wind up our camp and drive via Keylong, the head quarters of Lahual and Spiti valleys and Rothang Pass (3978 Mt.) to Manali in the lush green Kulu valley. Arrive and check in at hotel.
Day 26. Manali
ull day at leisure to explore the town and relax. This important fruit growing valley district produces apples, apricots, cherries, pears, peaches and plums. Craftwork here includes shawls, Kulu caps, jewelry and home spun tweed garments. Manali itself is in a lovely position, surrounded by dense forests and mountains.
Day 27. Manali– Chandigarh Drive 370 Km 11 Hrs.
After breakfast day long drive to Chandigarh. We leave behind the mountainous high altitude area and descend into Chandigarh, a well laid city designed by a team of famous French architect Le Corbusier assisted by his cousin, Jeanneret and an English couple, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. Arrive and check in at hotel.
Day 28. Chandigarh - Delhi Drive 245 Km 5 Hrs.
Morning depart and drive to Delhi, via plains of Punjab and Harayana. Arrive Delhi and check-in at hotel for overnight stay. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 29. Departure
Morning transfer to airport for homeward flight