Lekir Khaltse Trek

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On this trek you will visit several villages which are among the richest in Ladakh. This trekking is also known as Sham valley or Apricot valley trek. At the start you will visit Likir monastery (optional), where the trail to Likir monastery meets in between Saspol – Basgo, it is hardly an hour walks from the road. Through the Indus valley and the ancient kingdom of Sham, we will discover the main Ladakhi monasteries and the wonderful sites surrounding them: Lamayuru and Alchi are all accessible


  • Day 1 Delhi-Leh arrival.

    Arrive at Leh kushok bakula rinpoche airport, where you will be received by our service executive and he will transfer you to pre booked hotel at Leh. Full day rest for proper acclimatization. Overnight stay at Leh.

  • Day 2 Leh Local Monastery tour- Shey, Thiksey and Hemis.

    Today after breakfast you will visit various famous monasteries of Leh . You will visit Shey, Thik and Hemis Monastery. Shey Palace is 16 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17Th century AD. Thiksey Monastery close to Shey is about 3 kms. Thiksey monastery also known as the Mini-Lhasa is the biggest Monastery under Gyelukpa Sect. Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa Sect and was founded in the early 17th century. Overnight stay at the guest house.

  • Day 3 Leh-Likir-Yangthang.(Walking time: 5 hours/Easy Day: Gentle ascent to low pass/Altitudes:Likir-3500m ,Phobe la-3550m,Sumdo-3470m,Charatse La-3560m,Yangthang-3600m)

    you will be driven by taxi to Likir which is just 58 kms away. Liker Village (3650 m) is the starting point of our trek. If you have time you can visit the Likir monastery which is optional. Take the trail out of likir that accompanies the jeep track, leading west over to the likir river stream and ascend up to the Phobe La pass. The trail than descend to the floor of the valley and crosses the saspol river stream over the bridge. The trail then passes through the fields situated below the village of sumdo, before ascending up the far side of the valley. The trek route than passes through dry, rough terrain until coming out at the Charatse La pass(3560m). The trail than rejoins the jeep track on the pass, before descending into yet another side valley which will bring you to Yangthang village. Overnight camping at yangthang. Optional Day: Ridzong monastery visit.(will add an extra day to your tour). This is an optional day for those who want to visit the ridzong monastery. Today after breakfast walk to visit Ridzong Monastery lies about an hour south of Yangthang. Return back to yangthang base. Rest of the day for leisure. Overnight camping at yangthang.

  • Day 4 Yangthang to Hemis Shukpachen (Walking time: 4hours/Easy day: Ascent to low pass; descent/Altitudes:Tsermachan la-3770m,Hemis shukpachan-3600)

    Today is a short walk that can take less than 4 hours, despite the pass because both the approach and the descent are of gentle gradients. The trail heads north, descending for a bit. You will see a walking trail heading down the stream, after crossing the stream the trail ascend upto Tsermangchen La (3750m). After a short rest at the pass we head down to the beautiful village of Hemis Shukpachen. The trail than descend to the akheur stream. After crossing the stream, the trail is joined by another trail coming from your left just as you enter the village. The other trail is from Rizong Gompa farther down the valley. Overnight camping at Hemisshukpachan.

  • Day 5 Hemis Shukpachen to Khaltse(walking time: 6 to 7 hours/Moderate day: Two steep ascents to low passes; descent/Altitudes:Ang-3400m,Tingmosgang-3200m,Khaltse-3100m)

    This is a longer day than the previous day's walk, so it is advisable to start your trek early. The trail goes upward between two hillocks west of the village upwards until it veers south and climbs steeply up to the Mebtak La (3750m) marked by prayer flags. From the pass we head down the gorge and following the trails along a dry streambed leads to the village of Ang, a charming village with apricot orchards. Continue the trek to Khaltse, go up the valley heading northwest from Tingmosgang after a short walk you will reach to the village of Tia. The trail than climbs the mountain side in front of you. The steep climb up the trail takes about an hour, until you come out on the top of the beautifully named, Bongbong La pass. From bongbong La, the trail takes a gentle through a barren landscape to another lower pass, from where the trek route descends steeply to the main Leh-Srinagar highway. Taxi will be waiting for you which will transport you to the leh hotel. The drive will take another 2 hour. Overnight stay will be at Leh hotel. (Note: - you can also camp at Ang which is optional and continue the rest of the trek on the next day. The route will remain same it will only add an extra day to the trek.)

  • Day 6 Leh-Departure

    Today you will depart from Leh, with beautiful memories of Ladakh and the HImalayas.



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