Type of activity: Trekking
Fitness range: Fit and capable of carrying a rucksack with average weight of 5 to 6kgs
Technicality involved: Low slanting snow or up-front climb on rocks; use of ropes and crampons; prior climbing experience not mandatory.
Intensity: Moderate to difficult
Base Camp Altitude: 5,630m (Rugyado Phu)
High Camp Altitude: Ranging from 5,900m to 6,000m
Lungser Kangri Expedition
Essentially a clear-cut trekking route, it is flooded with remarkable sights of Himalayas, entrancing you into a trance of the snow-covered peaks and the mystic Tso-Moriri Lake. Those who are fit and healthy without concrete climbing experience can join in. Even though the climbing is not arduous, the condition of air in its rarefied form could make it taxing.
Lungser Kangri Expedition Detailed Itinerary:
Your arrival at Leh is celebrated through warm welcome from Zanskar Himalayan Exploration family. Your hotel rooms are ready and the prime task of the day remains to acclimatize the body to the climate of Ladakh. A walk to the local market fills up our evening and the night is spent at the hotel.
Distance: Total of 120kms Following an appetizing breakfast, we drive down to Thiksey Village and let our eyes be washed by glory of Thiksey monastery. This is succeeded by ride to Shey Village that spiritually rejuvenates us with Shey Palae and Gompa. One of the most prominent monasteries, Hemis Monastery awaits us at the next stop. Returning back to Leh, we visit the Stok Palace and Museum. We reach the hotel in the evening and rest at the hotel for the night after dinner. Thiksey Gompa: Situated approximately 19kms from Leh, Thiskey is reflection of architectural masterpiece on Earth. Consisting of many temples, it houses many ancient wall paintings, stupas and images of Buddha. Shey Palace and Gompa: Moving upwards from Leh, located on a hummock about 15kms away is Shey Palace, previously home to royal family. Tradition brings down the word that it was the throne of power of the pre-Tibetan kings. A uniquely created statue of Buddha, 7.5m in height and made of copper and coated in gold is placed in the Gompa. Hemis Gompa: Locus of the annual summer festival celebrating Guru Padma Sambhava’s places Hemis Gompa at the center of attention in Ladakh. The richest and largest Gompa in Ladakh region, this Gompa is also house to the biggest Thanka of the region. Built during the rule of Singge Namgyal, this is brought in sight to privileged eyes once every 12 years. The monastery is under the care of Drugpa sect and the kindness of Namgyal Dynasty towards the sect allowed the monastery to nurture and grow. Consisting of two divisions, the monastery is home to a primary temple (situated on the left) accompanied by an assembly hall (situated on the right). While the hall (dukhang) is called the ‘green room’ by enthusiastic dancers during the time of festival, the temple has come to be known as Tshogkhang. Portico of the monastery welcomes the visitors with a series of traditional murals including the significant “Wheel of Life” (called kalachakra) and the Lord of Four Quarters. Stok Palace and Museum: Previously belonging to the evicted royal family, the Stok houses a museum that dons classic and magnificent costumes and clothing accessories of the royalty. The glory of the museum lays in its presentation of superlative Thankas which give you a glimpse into the way Shakya Muni lived. You can also come across remarkable antique items like weapons, porcelain objects, coins and rare emeralds.
Distance: Round trip of 150kms Following breakfast, we ride to Alchi letting our senses be drenched in peace by the Magnetic Hill and the sight of unity of Indus and Zanskar River. After our visit to the Alchi Monastery, we take a turn to Likir Monastery before returning to Leh. We reach the hotel right on time for dinner and spend the night relaxing. Magnetic Hill: A hill that defies the law of gravity, the Magnetic Hill is in close vicinity to Gurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib. The mind-bending surprise of the place lies in witnessing the sliding upwards of vehicles parked on neutral on the metallic road of the hill. Unity of Zanskar and Indus River: While on our way to Sham Village and prior to reaching Nimu village, we behold the marriage of Zanskar and Indus River. Every season brings to this unity varying colors, wilderness and surge. Alchi Gompa: Conceived over a thousand years ago, the Alchi Gompa is located approximately 70kms from Leh and is nestled in the banks of Indus River. Also, Alchi Gompa is the only monastery not placed on a hill-top out of the total of 34 monasteries. The reverence for Buddha overflows the walls with one of these walls bringing together over a thousand miniature-sized paintings of Buddha. The celebrities of this monastery are the three life-size images of Buddha, composed of clay and bright colors. The monks of Liker Monastery take care of the Gompa since it is not currently a religious center. Likir Gompa: Coming to birth in 11th century, the Likir Gompa was brought to its second life in 18th century under a different monastic sect following the destruction of the earlier Gompa due to fire. The village surrounding the monastery is home to the country’s most talented craftsmen who manufacture brilliant Thankas, eye-catching wooden furniture and earthen pots. Located like a queen on her throne, Likir gives you a grandiose view of the region. The sole representative and survivor of its species, the Jupiter tree stands to the power of the place in the patio.
Leh to Rumtse
Distance: 80kms Duration: Drive of 3 hours We driver through the prime Indus Valley following our breakfast and reach Rumtse village hustled at 4,300m. On our route, we meet divinely-created scenes accompanied by soaring rock walls on sides of our road. A few kilometers of trek from Rumtse Village lands us at our camping sight by banks of the river where we pitch in for the night.