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LAMAYURU TO ALCHI


“Over the high passes”

LAMAYURU-WANLA-HINJU-SUMDHA CHENMO-SUMDHA CHUN-STAKSPI LA-ALCHI

Time 5-6 days
Level Moderate to Tough
Ideal Season Mid-Jun to late Sep
Location West of Leh, moving west to east

DAY 1: LAMAYURU-PRITIKINGI LA-WANLA ( 4-5 HOURS)
A short march. From Lamayuru (3,450m) the path goes downhill to the steam, then turns southeast up a side valley at the chortens and prayer flags. Then the track winds its way up through a barren gorge of yellow loess clay, to the Pritikingi La (3506 m) pass. After the pass Steep Descend towards east into the shillakang steam, then go downstream past Shilla Village and a 30 min walk will bring you to the big village of Wanla (3200 m). Explore the ancient monastery, overnight stay at guesthouse.

DAY 2: WANLA-HINJU ( 5-6 HOURS)
Fellow the jeep track upstream for 2 hrs towards Panji La Pass where the trail splits. The right path goes south to Padum (Zanskar) up the Wanla River. The left track to Panji La (3m400m) Pass leaves the Wanla River and goes high above the village and then descends to rejoin another hour’s walk brings you to Hinju (3,750 m). Camping overnight

DAY 3: HINJU-KONGSKE LA-SUMDHA CHENMO ( 4-5 HOURS)
Relatively easy climb for 2 hrs above Hinju through several summer pastures. At the shepherds’ shelters, the path leaves the stream and climbs steeply for another couple of hours. The views from the kingske La (4,900m) top are worth it. Looking east southeast behind a subsidiary mountain range can be seen the attractive peaks (around 5,900m) of Alam and Palam. To the south are the peaks of Zanskar, west the peaks above Suru and Batalik near kargil, and north, over Khaltse, the Nubra-Shayok peaks. The descent from the pass, steep down along the Sumdha Chu to the pullusfor another 2 hrs. the camp at Sumdha Chenmo (3,900m) is just below the vast grazing ground amidst hundreds of yaks, sheep and goats. Highway. Overnight camping

Day 4: SUMDHA CHENMO-SUMDHA CHUNTIME (HOURS)
The trail, moving southeast, crosses many grazing areas and steams. If water levels are low, stay along the river, if high; traverse the southern cliffs for about an hour and a half. The path divides 45 mins after leaving Sumdha Chenmo at a bridge. The right path goes to Chilling towards the Zanskar River, and the left path goes into the gorge. Don’t cross the bridge but follow the steam as it flows down. Stay on the main trail that involves four river crossings. Then after about 31/2 hrs, towards the left, lies Sumdha Chun (3,850m) The main track decends down to the Nimmu Road. It is another hour’s walk up to Sumdha Chun, which has a beautiful gompa from the Alchi era, numerous metal workers, who had originally come from Nepal 200 years ago, and a few small campsites. Overnight camping

DAY 5: SUMDHA CHUN-STAKSPI LA-ALCHI (7 HOURS)
A steep climb to the pass. It can take 4 hrs or more to ascend the scree-laden path. Climb up the valley northeast of the village along a small tributary, follow the steam gully to the head of the valley. From here, the preferred direct route goes left or right of the crags to a rock band, traverses left below the band and crosses the shoulders to the top. The route is tough, with the last section over rocky ground only marked by Cairns. The reward is the wonderful view from the top of Stakspi La (4,950m). the descent to the north is sharp over rocky terrain towards the central spur, then crossing the river twice to the grazing grounds and pullu.
It’s another 3 hrs trek to Alchi ( 3150 m), visit the famous 11th century monastery with amazing frescoes,
Which is still intact.

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