Altitude: 4950 m
With the Lamayuru to Chilling trek, experience Ladakh treks like never before!
Be a part of an exotic experience that takes you through beautiful and challenging trails, giving you splendid mountain peak views. Of all the trekking trips in India, this is surely one which will reveal natural treasures tucked away near the remote villages of Leh and Ladakh.
Walk through snow covered trails, cross rivers and pass villages that are not just beautiful but also hospitable. During the course of this trek, you will get to see beautiful views of the Stok and Karakoram ranges and get up and close with three passes namely Dung Dung Chan La Pass, Prinkti La Pass and the Kongskil La Pass, where you will be fascinated with the unusual flora and fauna. Be part of a monastery visit and get an insight of the life and lifestyle of its residents. If you love to trek, be sure not to miss out on this Lamayuru to Chilling trek!
As a part of daily hygiene protocol, proper care of hygiene and sanitation is maintained all through to ensure the utmost care and personal safety of the guests.
Things You Should Know
Climatic conditions in the high altitudes are quite different from the plains, therefore it is advisable to take adequate time to get accustomed to high altitudes.
Pay special attention to the guidelines given by the instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products is prohibited during the trek.
Trekking during the nights should be avoided.
Consultation with a physician is suggested to make sure that you are fit to undertake the trek.
The trek takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
The horses carry only 10kg weight/trekker; be wise with your packing.
Things to Carry
Backpack 35- 40 liters and a small day pack having a capacity of around 20 liters.
Hiking trousers and shirts, warm jackets, pullovers, raincoat and good hiking shoes, gloves and an extra pair of socks.
Flashlight with extra batteries, a water bottle.
Sunglasses and camera (optional).
Suntan lotion and toiletries.
Prescribed medication if any.
How to Get There
To reach Lamayuru, which is almost 270 km away from the center of Jammu city, you can use these three modes of transport.
By Air- The nearest airport to this place is located at Jammu which is almost 275 km away from Lamayuru. Also, you can board a plane from Srinagar airport to reach Lamayuru. There are regular flights to these airports from different parts of the country. From the airport, you can either hire a cab or avail the bus facility to reach your destination.
By Rail- Take a train to Jammu Railway station and then hire a cab or take a bus to reach Lamayuru.
Attractions of Ladakh
Remember the last scene in 3 idiots where the idiots and Piya reunite? Remember the picture-perfect lake that was more charismatic than any other thing going on on the screen? That lake, my friends, is the Pangong Lake!
Situated at an altitude of 14,000 ft, this long and narrow lake extends from India to Tibet and is just 160 kilometres away from Ladakh. It boasts of being one of the largest saltwater lakes in Asia. What adds to the beauty of the lake is that it is landlocked and during winters the blue hue turns white, as water in the lake freezes.
The solidified lake then becomes the venue for an ice skating festival, visited by skaters from all around the globe. The drive to Pangong lake itself is a visual treat. Don’t forget to capture some of the best sceneries you’ll ever see. Apart from that Camping around Pangong lake also fascinates thousands of visitors every year, if you are planning for a Pangong lake visit don't forget to be a part of this camping adventure.
The deep-cut Nubra River Valley provides an incredible scenery, with green oasis villages surrounded by amazingly desolate scree slopes, boulder fields, sand dunes and harsh parched mountains. Nubra is a high altitude cold desert and the Siachen Glacier lies to the north of the Nubra Valley.
Camping in this valley and exploring different places will give you an opportunity to discover a whole different culture. Nubra Valley is another beautiful asset of Leh Ladakh.
This is a sheer pleasure for people who love riding the bike! Motorbike journey to Ladakh is an unprecedented chance to experience the charm of the region.
You would cross the world's highest motorable pass called the Khardung La Pass, camp at high altitude lakes and spend time in valleys which are 12,000 ft above mean sea level. Enough to give your adrenaline a rush?
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The stupa has a unique religious importance and is quite famous due to its location which provides bird’s eye views of the surrounding landscape. It was built as a monument to celebrate 2500 years of Buddhism.
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Magnetic Hill is a "gravity hill" located in Ladakh. The layout of the area and surrounding slopes creates an optical illusion that the downhill road is actually an uphill road.
You might think that the objects and cars on the hill are rolling "uphill" opposing the law of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill. Amazing isn’t it? People from all over the world are attracted (all pun intended) to this place to experience this unique phenomenon of nature. One must add this place in their bucket list if planning for a Ladakh visit.
Zanskar Valley can be called as one of the most secluded of all the trans-Himalayan valleys. Zanskar being one of the most scenic and picturesque valleys depicting the topography and culture of Ladakh attracts adventure lovers from all over the world.
The view of the majestic "Drang-Drung" glacier takes your breath away and a visit to the Phugtal Monastery makes you even more content.
Sitting on a big rock and being fed by the magical waters of river Indus, Lamayuru Monastery provides inner peace to the soul and a mystical scenery. Another interesting fact about this place is that the great Tibetan spiritual leader, Naropa is believed to have meditated here for several days.
The Diskit monastery is also called as Deskit Gompa or Diskit Gompa and is the largest as well as the oldest Buddhist monastery in the Nubra Valley. There is a statue of Maitreya Buddha in the prayer hall of this monastery along with various images of other gods and a huge drum.
Also, there runs a school with the help of the ‘Tibet Support Group’ for the Tibetan children in the region. Ladakh is definitely one of the very few places that along with giving your guts a thump, fill you with immense peace and calm. Taking a visit to this monasteries should be must, while you are on your Leh Ladakh Tour.
Now comes the turn of the largest monastery in the whole region of Ladakh. It is very colourful and pretty. Hemis Monastery or the Hemis Gompa is the wealthiest monastery in India because it nestles some of the very precious and old statues and stupas made of gold, silver, and copper.
This monastery boasts of an unmatched architecture in Tibetan style. A two-day annual festival is celebrated here in the memory of Guru Padmasambhava in June-July and is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Ladakh region. This festival is very important and people look forward to celebrating it with full vigor and enthusiasm.
The triumph of good over evil is celebrated through various dances in colorful costumes. People not only from nearby areas but also from the corners of Ladakh come here to buy and sell wares.
Hall of Fame
Located near the Leh Airfield is a museum called as the Hall of Fame. Along with the depiction of Ladakhi history and culture, the Hall of Fame commemorates the martyrs of the Indo-Pak wars and hence is also termed as a memorial for the war heroes.
Also, it praises the role of the Indian Army in the cloud burst relief in Ladakh. It even consists of the weaponry and some important documents of the Kargil War. There’s no chance that you come here and leave without feeling proud and grateful to these men in uniform. After all, our soldiers are the real heroes.
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