Lamayuru to Chilling Trek



10 days


The valley of Sham in the lower part of Ladakh, is its beauty and richness during the harvesting season. Sham valley is rich for apricots and apples. According to legend, Lamayuru was once a lake, which miraculously disappeared by the hand of a great Lama. The monastery at Lamayuru built in the 10th century is one of the oldest in Ladakh, and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This trek offers not only view of the many natural beauties of Ladakh, but the traditional lifestyle of the natives.

Destination: Lamayuru to Chilling Trek
Best Time: May to Oct
Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days



  • Experienced local trekking guide who has completed this trek multiple times
  • Experienced guide for the monasteries
  • Safety and health precautions:
  • InReach satellite messaging system (when allowed)
  • Oxygen saturation monitoring system
  • Full medical kit
  • All accommodation in Leh with breakfast
  • Camping accommodation during trekking
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tent, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent
  • All meals and drinks during trekking
  • High quality food serviced by an experienced cook and attendants during the trek
  • Service of horse/mule drivers and horses or mules
  • Entry fee into Hemis National Park and camping fees
  • Airport transfers.
  • Flights – please ask us if you need help with arranging your domestic flights
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Leh (breakfast is included with accommodation)
  • Laundry services
  • Other services not mentioned in the package
  • Tipping our crew.

Itinerary & Day-Wise Plan

ARRIVAL IN LEH Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will be received by our representative and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest till lunch to acclimatize. In the evening visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar monastery and walk through old town to the main market. Overnight stay at hotel”. Shanti Stupa a magnificent white-domed structure, build by Japanese for World Peace at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. The spectacular view of Leh town from here attracts a lot of tourists..
Leh – SHEY – THIKSAY -  STAKNA - HEMIS. Today you proceed for upper Indus Valley monasteries. You will start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The place here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni which was built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh. Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Future Buddha. After Thiksay you will cross the Indus River to visit Stakna Monastery after which you will drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha). The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.
LEH -LAMAYURU (3HR DRIVE)- WANLA 3250 M (3-4 HRS) Today you will drive from Leh in the morning towards Lamayuru (3 hrs) along the Indus River through Sham valley. Lamayuru monastery was founded by Rinche Zangpo in the 10th century. The spectacular setting of this gompa and the cave which was used by a Yogi call Naropa in 9th AD has been attracting many people over a long time. It is believed to be one of the oldest in central Ladakh. After visiting the Lamayuru Monastery, You will pack your backpacks, for our first day’s trek. After following the stream for some time, you will gradually move up to the small Pass of Prinkti La (3750m). You will walk down a narrow gorge to the small village of Shilla, and the last 3 km will take us to Wanla (3250m).
WANLA -HINJU 3720M (4-5 HRS) Following a dusty road you will reach the small village of Phenjilla (3410 m) and the scattered village of Uri .We will then walk through a narrow gorge until we reach a traditional Rangthak (flour mill) at the far end of the village. The trail will then cut through the village of Hinju (3720 m) roughly 2 km below you campsite.
HINJU -SUMDA DOKSA 4430M (5-6 HRS) From the encampment you will continue along the trail and ascend the ridge below Kongskil La (4950m). If lucky you will get glimpses of some wild life. You will then climb gradually until we reach Kongskil La where you will be surrounded by dizzying views of the Karakoram and Stok ranges. The descent down the trail is quite steep with loose moraine causing the difficulty.
SUMDA DOKSA – DUNG DUNG CHAN LA BASE 4430M(5 HRS) After a short walk and a few river crossings, you will reach the village of Sumda Chenmo. From there you head towards the left side of the valley, which provides a beautiful view of the village with its lush greenery. Further on the trail cuts through the valley ‘s wild rose bushes and leads us to another river crossing (this stream originates from the high snow- capped peaks of Photoksar (5685m).Before making a steep challenging ascent over Lanak. From the campsite, there is a splendid view of Konskila.
DUNG DUNG CHAN LA BASE – CHILLING 3550M (6 HRS) – LEH Today you will begin the day with a straightforward climb to Dungdung Chan La (4820m), which offers views of the beautiful vistas of the Stok Range in the east and the Zanskar Range in the south. From the pass the trail gradually descends down a ridge toward the valley continually tapering before reaching the village of Chilling. Chilling is the only village in Ladakh that has provided metalwork’s such as copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron to the Leh market through the centuries. From Chilling you will drive for about 3 hours along the Zanskar River .We will eventually reach its confluence with the Indus and the easy road back to Leh.
LEH Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping. Or one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable road in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh. Or PANGONG LAKE, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China.
LEH - DELHI Transferred to Leh airport to board the flight back to Delhi. What's not included : 
  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses and tipping to the staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks food in Leh and Delhi
  • Air ticket to and from Delhi.
  • A single supplement
  • Laundry and other services not mentioned in the package. If you need any arrangement Please let us know.
What's Included
  • All accommodation in Leh with breakfast.
  • Camping accommodation as per the program with all meals during the treks.
  • Mule drivers and mules during the trekking.
  • All monastery entrance fee, wild life fee and camping fee
  • English-speaking guide in monasteries and in the trekking.
  • Service of cook and attendants during the trekking.
  • All camping equipment including sleeping tent, foam mattresses, mess tents, dining tent & toilet tent
  • All transportation from pick up from the Airport to Airport.

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