Darcha – Hemis Trek

 

Darcha – Hemis Trek

Duration: 13 Nights/14 Days
Trekking Route:Delhi – Manali – Keylong – Sarchu – Takh – Marangla – Lun – LungmoChe – Yarla – Dat – Sorra – ZalungKarpola – Camp site Langtangchu – Kongmarula – LatzaKongmaru – (Sumdo) Shang – Hemis – Leh

 

Day 01: Manali

The tour starts in Manali and we shall transfer you from airport or any location nearby to transfer you to hotel in Manali. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 02: Manali – Keylong (115 Kms)

In the morning, leave for Keylong. Rohtang pass which is located amongst mountain peaks covered with snow, breathtaking view and magnificent and sprawling landscapes on the way is an unforgettable experience. After crossing Rohtang, you will reach Khoksar at the lunch time and this is also the place for document checking. After lunch, continue drive to Keylong which is the main head quarter for Lahaul Valley. In the evening visit the local market which commands magnificent view of Khardong monastery. Constructed in the 12th century, it is one of the most revered places of the Durga-Pa Sect. The monastery is known for its architecture and sculpture which are typically ‘Lahaul and Spiti’ style. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 03: Keylong – Sarchu – Takh (117 Kms)

You will reach Darcha after one and half hours of drive. Darcha is an amazing stopover for trekkers, it is the main starting point for various trekking routes. This trek through the wilderness of Zanskar provides a rare opportunity to see breathtaking landscapes, especially at higher altitudes. Proceed towards Baralacha pass (4650 meters) and then to Sarchu which is situated between Baralacha La to the south and Lachulung La to the north, at an altitude of 4,290 meters. It is the border line between the two states; Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. it takes another 3 or 4 hours drive to reach Takh from here. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 04: Takh – Marangla- Lun (7/8 Hrs Trek)

After breakfast ascend on a well maintained trail upto Marangla pass (5300 meters). This is easy climbing close to beautiful plateau. Subsequently you will reach a beautiful camping site with low stone walls in a field. Tibetan nomads live in this area. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 05: Lun – LungmoChe (5/6 Hrs Trek)

Leave in the morning for a steady walk to Sanghta village where you will hardly find any water and grass. , you will finally reach LungmoChe which is a summer village for the Tibetan nomads by continuing walk till Zara Chu valley and ascending along with river left bank. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 06: Lungmoche – Yarla – Dat (6/7 Hrs Trek)

Leave for easy climibing till Yarla pass (4950 meters). It will take couple of hours to reach Rupshu valley. After few hours, we will arrive at Dango village and from here it will take one and half hours of trek to reach Dat (4200 meters), a village inhabited throughout the year. Here you will visit small Gelupa Gompa. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 07: Dat – Sorra (5/6 Hrs Trek)

Leave after breakfast and passing through some manis and Chortens, you will leave the valley on the right to go into a narrow transverse valley. The two rivers make up the Chang Chu which flows into the Zanskar valley. Cross Sorra Chu and reach Sorra. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 08: Sorra – ZalungKarpola (5100 Mtrs) – Camp site Langtangchu (8/9 Hrs Trek)

After breakfast, get ready for steep ascending via ridge. You have to cross the first pass before you come across another pass Zalung Karpola (5100 meters). Pass through a large stream and a morainic wall and you will reach broad valley. Continue walking on the mountainside for about an hour before reaching to the valley floor where the Langtang Chu flows. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 09: Camp Site Langtangchu – Kongmarula – LatzaKongmaru (7/8 Hrs Trek)

After breakfast, proceed to Kongmarula which is a very steep trek crossing Konka Wangpo (5090 meters) and then pass other ridge at 5000 meters to reach Kongmarula (5150 meters). From the pass, beautiful view of the Kang Yaze (6400 meters) can be seen. From there, it is easy to descend towards Nimaling (4700 meters) which is the summer meadows. Continue trek till Latza Kongmaru (4800 meters), our campsite for overnight stay.

 

Day 10: LatzaKongmaru – (Sumdo) Shang (6/7 Hrs Trek)

Today’s trek is quite interesting and you will cross valleys and various rivers. On two occasions, the mules must be loaded and unloaded before reaching a place called Chukirmo. Afterwards you need to climb down to the river beds and take a path along the slope through red rock and finally you will arrive at a small village named Sumdo which is a good camping site near several houses. Overnight stay in camp.

 

Day 11: Shang – Hemis – Leh (3/4 Hrs Trek)

After breakfast, an easy walk on the crumbly motorable road will take you to Hemis. The Hemis monastery was founded in 17th century and it is undoubtedly one of the most important and beautiful monasteries in Ladakh. The monastery has well preserved Thangkas and copper gift statue of Lord Buddha on display. It is also very famous for annual Hemis Festival. In the afternoon, drive to Leh, visiting Thiksey and Shey Palace on the way. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 13: Leh

In the morning visit Sanker Monastery. Placed at a distance of approximately 3 km from Leh, the Sankar Gompa belonging to Gelukpa Sect is a subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa. It is also the official residence of the Kushok Bakul, Ladakh’s head of this sect. The figurine of Avalokitesvara with one thousand hands and heads, grabs the attention. Timings of visiting this monastery is limited, i.e. 7:00 am to 10:00 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Visit Phyang and Spituk monastery in the afternoon. Phyang Gompa is a massive complex having lot of sacred shrines; these shrines have some exquisite wall paintings, dating back to the royal period. Then visit Spituk Monastery also called as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa. It is located 8 km from Leh. The monastery has 100 monks and a huge statue of Kali. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 14: Leh – Delhi

Transfer to Leh airport to catch your flight for onwards destination.