Lamayuru to Chilling Trek - 7 Days

Experience the lifestyle of Ladakhi at remote villages located on high mountains.

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews

Trip Introduction
This trek takes you through beautiful rural villages surrounded by green barley fields, apricot trees, and high mountains. Remote villages, where you can experience the lifestyle of Ladakhi.
The trek crosses three passes between Lamayuru and Chilling. All these passes are below 5000m. So it's a relatively and easy to moderate trek, consider one of the best short treks in Ladakh.
On this trip, we will learn about the landscapes, culture, and people of Ladakh. Our 5 days trek starts at Lamayuru. Setting off from Leh we drive along the Indus River to make visits to Alchi – one of the few remaining monasteries from the 11th century. Continue to drive to Lamayuru through a lunar landscape where our trek starts. The further crossing of a small pass, meadows, through tiny and beautiful villages. Then climb to the 4950m pass of Kongski La and further down to River valley with next crossing of Dundunchan La to Chilling. 

Trip Facts
Activity - Trekking & hiking, Region: Ladakh, India, Difficulty level - moderate to strenuous, Max Altitude - 4950 meters, Max sleeping altitude - 4300 meters, Lowest trek altitude - 3250 meters, Trip Length - 7 days Leh to Leh, 5 days trekking, 5 nights camping, Best time - Mid  June to mid-Oct

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
: Leh to Lamayuru (3364m), en route visit Likir - Alchi, 6 to 7 Hrs.
Day 2: Trek to Prinkiti La (3650m)  - Wanla (3250m), 5 Hrs
Day 3: Trek to Phenji La - Hinju (3750m), 6 Hrs
Day 4: Trek to Kongski La (4950m) – Sumdah Dok (4100m), 6-7 Hrs.
Day 5: Trek to Sumdah – Lanak (4300m) / base, 5-6 Hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Dundunchan La (4800m) – Chilling (3180m), 6-7 Hrs.
Day 7: Morning explore Chilling village, afternoon drive to Leh, 2-3 Hrs

"Perfectly organized one week 65km family trek, Lamayuru to Chiling, with three passes. Logistics were really admirable, meals were generous, pre-trek interaction with Prem at Potala was very responsive and informative, the team during the trek led by Sherab was wonderful, friendly, sensitive to our needs and requests. Highly recommended outift, and of course the trek itself was spectacular".
Mr. Tomer, Israel, August

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Leh to Lamayuru (3364m), en route visit Likir - Alchi, 6 to 7 hrs.
After boarding flight from Delhi and arriving straight on the middle of the Himalayas at Leh, the capital of "Little Tibet", as Ladakh is known for its Buddhist dominated culture. Get acclimatized 2 or 3 days in Leh. During this time discover the environment of Leh and Ladakh gain by impressions of the landscape with its rugged, desert-like mountain ranges and the green oases of fertile meadows and fields. Visit the Royal Palace in Shey and Thiksey and Hemis monasteries of. Then we set off for seven days trip from Leh.
Today we drive to timeless Lamayuru Gompa en route first visit of Likir than Alchi Gompa, situated at a distance of 68 km from Leh. Its monastery built on lowlands rather than on a hilltop as others are, in order to protect from enemies. The Chortens around Alchi gompa contains numerous wall murals of Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, who has built this monastery. Alchi monastery has vast collections of wall paintings and wood sculpture. We continue to drive to Lamayuru which is 58 km from Alchi. Oldest monastery in Ladakh, founded by Indian scholar Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in the 11th century. Lamayuru host mask dance festival (Yuru Kabgyat) during 17th and 18th day of fifth months of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. It belongs to red hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism; monastery is rich with Thankas and wall paintings. Lamayuru monastery was constructed by Arahat Nimagung in between the 10th and 11th century. History says that in the 11th century the Mahasidha Naropa visited this place and the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen inside the monastery. This mostly visited by travelers located on the Srinagar - Leh road. Enjoy homestay at Lamayuru. 

Day 2: Trek to Prinkiti La (3650m)  - Wanla (3250m), 5 hrs
Today is the first day of trekking! Leaving Lamayuru and crossing a small pass of Prinkiti La, the trail descend above Shilla in an orchard to Wanla, this is the place where we meet our horseman and rest of the crew. The camp is set aside of Shilla stream. Enjoy your time in camp and explore the area. The small pass of Prinkiti La is not suitable for horses to cross and trekking gears will be driven from Lamayuru to Wanla. Comfortable camp at Wanla. 

Day 3: Trek to Phenji La - Hinju (3750m), 6 hrs
Leaving Wanla along the River to Hinju, although some parts of treks are on road. But its well worth view. Arriving at Phenjila, the trail goes to left hand valley until the Hinju village. Campsite is set beyond Hinju.

Day 4: Trek to Kongski La (4950m) – Sumdah Dok (4100m), 6-7 hrs.
From camp, we go along with the river. At the end of the river, you pass through the nomadic summer camp of the village of Hinju and then steep ascent to the Kongski la. While enjoying the landscape of the surrounding wonderful mountains and valley, gently ascend to the pass. From the top, inspiring view of the landscape of the enchanting valley far-flung view next day's passes to cross. Easy and gentle descent down in the valley and continue down as far as Sumdo Chenmo dok. Possible to see a troupe of Yaks. Overnight camp near the small River. 

Day 5: Trek to Sumdah – Lanak (4300m) / base, 5-6 hrs.
After breakfast, we start the trek along with the riverside and gorges. On the way, you pass across a beautiful and charming village with few houses known as Sumdachenmo. Visit a local house and take some refreshment after then continue trek on right-side down in the splendid valley as far as River. Cross the small river, then gradually climb up to the steep pass. Enjoy the view of superb and spectacular mountains and valley from the top. Cross the pass, you keep on an easy and gentle trek as far as Dundunchen base with awe inspiring view. You may be able to see domestic and wild animals around here. Overnight camp at Lanak. 

Day 6: Trek to Dundunchan La (4800m) – Chilling (3180m), 6-7 hrs.
Morning after breakfast, right from the camp gradually ascend up towards the Dundunchan pass. You pass across Shepherds, displaying their handmade skills and things and asking you to buy their products, of Chilling village while climbing the pass. From the pass, you the everlasting lost landscape of surrounding valleys and snow clad peak of huge towering stunning mountains. Enjoy the unforgettable scenery of Awe inspiring view of massif peak of Kangyatse (6400m) and Stok Kangri (6153m).
Easy steep descend, with imposing a view of surrounding spectacular valleys and Zanskar River, as far as riverbed to cross the river 2 to 3 times up to Chilling. Late afternoon, explore the village, its famous craftsmen and visit the monastery and local house. Overnight camp at Chilling.

Day 7: Morning explore Chilling village, afternoon drive to Leh, 2-3 hrs
At Chilling, visit the village and explore local life and finally after lunch drive to Leh along the  Zanskar River to Nimoo, than on Srinagar - Leh route to Leh.

Included in the price
-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Leh to Leh.
-  5 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears. And 1 night of homestay in Lamayuru.
-  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3-course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
-  Support staff: Qualified climbing guide, cook & camp crew.
-  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
-  Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.
-  Goods and services tax.
-  First aid medical kit.

Not included in the price
×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh
×     Hotel in Leh, Delhi.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver.
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, roadblock which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

"Perfectly organized one week 65km family trek, Lamayuru to Chiling, with three passes. Logistics were really admirable, meals were generous, pre-trek interaction with Prem at Potala was very responsive and informative, the team during the trek led by Sherab was wonderful, friendly, sensitive to our needs and requests. Highly recommended outift, and of course the trek itself was spectacular".
Mr. Tomer, Israel, August


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