Grab a wonderful experience in Ladakh
We meet you at Delhi airport bright and early to board our flight to Leh. The flight to Leh itself is a wonderful experience and you will be agape when the puffy clouds give way to reveal the beautiful snow clad mountains. It is as if the tip of the aircraft almost kisses the mountains as the pilot takes gentle turns to land at the Spartan airstrip. Welcome to the fairy land - Leh! If this trip will not make you a poet, then nothing else will. You will notice that the mountains appear like big piles of chocolate walnut cake with a generous dusting of icing sugar. Its contrast against the clear blue skies bedecked with pure white clouds will take you to another world frozen in time. The beauty is stunning but we stay in the room on day 1 to acclimatize. You will roughly be at 11,500 ft on your first day. Please make sure to read up the acclimatization handbook before you depart for the trip and drink loads of fluids. We acclimatize and stay overnight at Leh.
Sightseeing in and around Leh
This day of the motorbike adventure in Ladakh is dedicated to visiting various attractions in the area. The venture takes you to the famous and revered Hemis Gompa. One of the biggest and wealthiest monasteries in the region, it is of great spiritual importance for the local people. It follows the Drukpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and is considered to have been in existence since the 11th century. The adventure also takes you to Shanti Stupa, a fascinating white-domed monument situated on a hilltop on the outskirts of the city. Built by Japanese and Ladakhi monks to promote world peace, the monument features an enchanting image of Dharmachakra. A visit to Shey Palace, a former summer retreat of the rulers of Ladakh, gives you a great opportunity to learn about the extravagant lifestyle that they had. The walls of the dukhang of this mid 17th-century complex are adorned with charming frescos, and the building also houses one of the largest gilded statues of Lord Buddha. Later, visit Leh Palace, a 17th-century establishment built by King Sengge Namgyal that was once the residence of the royal family of Ladakh. Though the historical site is somewhat in ruins now, you can still see intricate wall paintings on its walls. After this sightseeing jaunt, return to the guesthouse for an overnight stay.
Trek Lago-la Base Camp over Lago-la to Rakuruk Doksa
Getting higher and higher to the North one comes across the lake Tso Chiang Gongma on 5.180 m and finally reaches the pass Lago-la on 5.400 m after 2,5 – 3 hrs. after departure. From here one has a great view over the Zanskar range to the South and the Saltoro Range to the North. For the decend one first has to cross a little glacier/snowfield, depending on time of year and snowfall how long it is. In the end the snow turns into water and gurgles down the valley to turn into a river named Rhakura. On 5.100 m one comes across a huge valley of violet flowers. To get down quite a bit to lower altitude one has to leave several camping possibilities and arrives slowly slowly to an old shepherds place called Rakuruk Doksa at the junction of two valleys. On the last decades some landslides brought down huge boulders which covered the old track and were quite dangerous for horses. But there has been a lot of work down by making the track easier for the horses and also put up stone piles to navigate following trekking group for the best way through the boulders. Camp at 4.720 m after a last river-crossing
Trek Sumdo over Choku-la to Phayalung
As this is quite a tough day as one has to cross the 5.560 m high pass Choku-la, it is advised to start early in the morning. We climb over a ridge and follow the high valley to the east of Sumdo, reach an even higher valley and find a small and unremarkable pass without prayerflags in the very east of this valley. This is the highest point of this trekking and one has a superb view along the surrounding mountains and valley. After that it goes slowly down, plateau after plateau, each being dominated by a beautiful lake. We have to climb over a ridge again to finally reach a shepherds place at 5.200 m, which is fine for a camping.
Trek Phayalung to Yayatso
While walking further down, one passes several shepherds places, walks along a refreshing river crosses a desert-plateau with a big Lhato and reaches a small lake with a gorge on the left side. Passing this gorge one gets a fine view to the big blue Yayatso with its surrounding short meadows, grazing goats and yaks and the small village of Yaya, containing of seven houses, on the east side of the high valley. Situated on 4.700 m the Yayatso is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Changthang area. Camp next to one of the several small rivers leading to Yayatso and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere with men and animals living adjusted to natures conditions.
Mang gyu - Gera and back to Leh
From Mang Gyu, there is a good path into a beautiful narrow valley. After two hours, reach the Indus valley at Gera village. Follow the Indus upstream across Lardo, and continue until reaching the motorable road three kilometers before Alchi. O/N at Camp or in Guesthouse. Next day aAfter breakfast, we will visit the famous Alchi gompa, which is 1000 years old. It is historical, with most fascinating wall paintings. After our visit, we will drive back to Leh via the Basgo palace and Likir monastery. O/N in Leh.