"Leh (3505 m / pop: 28,000), the capital of Ladakh is a veritable kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. A quaint town nestling along the rugged slopes of the Ladakh range, it cradles a cultural legacy shaped at the crossroads of Asia on the Sub-continental Silk Route."
"Leh has many historic monuments, including the 17th century Leh Palace built by King Singe Namgyal on the hill overlooking the town. Higher up the hill called Namyal Tsemo, are the ruins of the earliest fort dating from 16th century."
"The Buddhist monasteries or Gompas constitute major cultural attractions of Ladakh. Out of the over dozen major monasteries situated on or near the Indus, the most famous from the heritage view point is that of Alchi, called Alchi Choskor on account of its ancient wall frescoes and other artistic elements dating from the 11th& 12th centuries, which pre-date the Tibetan style of paintings and art style seen in the other monasteries."
"Ladakh also boasts of high altitude lakes among which. Pangong Lake (a0 kms. from Leh) has the most dramatic setting. Located at an altitude of 14,500 ft / 4,267 M in, It is a long, narrow basin of inland water body, about 5-6 kms wide and about 140 kms long, one - third of which lies in India while the rest lies on the Tibet side of the border."
"Ladakh offers many options for adventure tourism amidst landscape of breathtaking natural beauty. These include jeep safaris, trekking & camping in the wilderness. The most popular activity, however, is rafting on the Indus & Zanskar Rivers which offers options for both amateurs and professionals."
"Kashmir is a destination of many hues and moods. Inspring and summer, the abundant orchards, rippling lakes and salubrious climate beckon all to experience the Valley's numerousdelights. Golfing in the picturesque courses, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for rainbow trout in the mountain streams-these are but some of the many pleasures you could indulge in on a Kashmir holiday."


Duration : 7 days (4 days trekking)
Best Time : June to October
Highest Point : Stok-la (4900m)
Trek Highlight : People, Village life, Wildlife and mountain passes.
Trek Category : Moderate

This trek is ideal for exploring Ladakh's rich wild life and to touch base at the Hemis National Park. Other features of the trek are traditional Ladakhi villages, rare wildlife species, high mountain passes and beautiful peaks, rich floras and dramatic mountain sceneries.

Day-1 Arrival Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation.

Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel. Take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude. In the late afternoon visit the city centre and take leisurely walk in the main market for general orientation. Overnight at Leh.

Day-2 In Leh: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / 110 kms / 4 hours

After breakfast, proceed on sightseeing tour of Shey Palace, Thiksey M onastery, Hemis Monastery & Stok Palace Museum. Overnight at Leh.

Day-3 Leh-Spituk-Zingchen:

After breakfast drive to Spituk Bridge (7 kms.), cross over to the left bank of the Indus and follow a rough road running along the foothills of the Stok Khangri range and thence through a gorge leading all the way to Zingchen. Overnight in Camp.

Day-4 Zingchen -Rumbak (3900 M) : 4-5 hours

From Zingchen onwards, the trail enters the Hemis National Park (home of Ladakh's rare wildlife including the Snow leopard). The trail s tart climbing gradually to the village of Rumbak , through a gorge providing intermittent views of the Stok Khangri peaks. Rumbak is famous as the hub for the study of Himalayan Snow Leopard. Overnight in camp or Homestay at Rumbak.

Day-5 Rumbak- Stok La (4900 m) -Mankarmo (4200 m): 5 -6 hours

The trek up to the base of Stok-la (4900 m) is fairly gradual to start with but gets steeper as the top approaches. This trek presents great views of the Indus Valley and the colorful rock formations of the Stok-la. After crossing the pass the trail descends along the mountainside till Mankarmo (summer pasture of Stok village). Overnight in camp.

Day-6 Mankarmo-Stok - Leh

Today's trek is quite easy as it involves walking downhill all the way through a narrow valley filled at random with willows and rosebush. At Stok, transport will be waiting for the short drive to Leh. Leave for Leh after visiting the Stok Palace Museum . Overnight at Leh

Day-7 At Leh

Leisurely day at Leh for rest after the long trek. In the afternoon, you may like to visit Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa & then explore the markets for souvenirs shopping. Overnight at Leh

Day-8 Departure

Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.

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