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Trek Ripchar Valley1

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This short trek, part of the popular Lamayuru Chilling trek, follows good trails between villages, although high up on our route we will also find zig-zag paths on scree. This is quite a high trek and trekking at altitudes above 4000 metres / 13,100 feet makes greater demands on the body than walking at low elevations, and is of itself challenging even for fit hikers. You will need to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek and you should be comfortable walking a long 7 to 8 hours day, along with a short day which involves steep descent. The trip is given the moderate grade on account of the generally quite high altitude and the high pass crossing of Konzke La at close to 5000m.

Itinerary

Itinerary 8 Days 7 Nights

Day 1: Journey to Leh
Take the flight to Leh and checkin to hotel. Overnight stay and leisure in the hotel.

Day 2: : In Leh (3500m)
Visit the famous Shey & Thiksey monasteries in the morning, return to the hotel for lunch explore the interesting Leh market in the evening. Overnight Hotel.

Day 3: Drive Leh to Hinju (3750m)
Drive Leh to just short of the village Hinju, visit the famous Alchi monastery enroute. Hinju pretty village, with its eleventh century gompa high up on a crag, makes a pleasant place to stop. We walk for about an hour along the Ripchar valley to reach the small campsite of Hinju. Overnight Camp.

Day 4: Hinju to Sumdo Chenmo (4300m) over Konzke La (4950m)
The Ripchar Valley gets more and more beautiful the higher up we walk, with its thick growth of willows and dramatic views back to rock pinnacles on the sky line. Its a short but steep ascent from the camp to the top of the Konzke La Pass, but rewards with views all the way back to the Prinkiti La. Descend steepily to Sumdo Chenmo. Overnight Camp.

Day 5: Sumdo Chenmo to Sumda Do (3180m) and drive 50kms to Leh
The initially steep descent to the Sumda Valley becomes more gentle towards Lanak. Carry walking downstream along the Sumda chu stream to reach the road at Sumda Do, the confluence of the Zanskar river with Sumda chu. Board the waiting vehicle to be driven to Leh. Overnight Hotel

Day 6: Drive Leh to Pangong Tso (4242m) 148km
This is the biggest lake in the Himalaya , 130km long and 2 to 6 kms wide. Only one-third of the lake is in India and the rest extends into Tibet. It is believed that this lake is the remain of the sea water captured in the high mountains on the collision of the two continental plates, which formed the Himalayas. Overnight Camp next to the lake.

Day 7: Drive Pangong to Leh (3500m) 148km
Have an easy start, drive to Leh. Do the last minute shopping in the Leh market. Overnight Hotel in Leh.

Day 8: An early morning transfer to the airport to board the flight back to Delhi.

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