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The Track of the Caravans

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Walking on the old road of the caravans connecting Kashmir to Tibet, this trip makes us discover the richness of the Indus valley and the distant valleys of Da-Hanu and Sham.

The Indus valley, which offers fabulous landscapes of punctuated vastness and greenery of oasis, constitutes the major axis of Ladakh. The valley is full of all the colors of Ladakhi life and their boudhic and Tibetan culture. The most prestigious monasteries of Ladakh are located in this valley.

Inhabited by Dogpas (or Dart), descendants of an Indo-European tribe of chamanist tradition, the valley of Da-Hanu constitutes a unique world with their specific traditions.

Sham, famous for its architecture, its almonds and its apricots, constitutes the richest area of Ladakh. Altitude, relatively low for Ladakh (on average 3400 m!), makes the inhabitants life easier than in the high pastures of Changtang or the steep sided valleys of Zanskar.

The short and easy 5 days of trekking involves us (not more than 4000m of altitude) on one of the branches of the mythical Silk Road, through a lot of villages, islands of greenery in the middle of a lunar world, perched monasteries on rock headlands, smiling children and fields of barley surrounded by majestic snow-covered mountains. Each evening, we will set up our camp near a village.

DATES FOR GROUP DEPARTURES

From 14 to 26 June 2015
From 5 to 17 July 2015
From 19 to 31 July 2015
From 2 to 14 August 2015
From 16 to 28 August 2015
From 30 to 11 September 2015

Duration
13 days
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Arrival in Delhi
Day 1
Arrival in Delhi

Airport welcome and transfer to hotel near the airport. Night in hotel.


Flight Delhi - Leh (3500 m)
Day 2
Flight Delhi - Leh (3500 m)

Very early morning, flight Delhi-Leh, passing over the remarkable Himalayas. Transfer to hotel in Leh. First contact with the "Little Tibet" and its altitude. Afternoon of rest. Due to change in altitude (3 500 m), it is recommended not to exert oneself on the first day. Night in guest house*.


Indus Valley (3500 m)
Day 3
Indus Valley (3500 m)

Day to get accustomed to height. Visit the eastern part of the Indus Valley: Chemre and Tikse. Return to Leh in the afternoon. Night in guest house*.


Leh – Sabu – Leh ( 3500m)
Day 4
Leh – Sabu – Leh ( 3500m)

4h trek + 30 min road

In the early morning, you will walk from your hotel. At the end of Leh, you will make an easy climb to the peak of Sabu (3900 m) and arrive at the village of Sabu. Enjoy panoramic view of the mountains of Stok. Picnic lunch on the outskirts of the village. Visit the monastery and return to Leh. Overnight in guest house.


Leh - Likir - Yangtang (3500 m)
Day 5
Leh - Likir - Yangtang (3500 m)

3/4 h drive

Early morning departure in a private vehicle to Likir’s monastery. On the way, make stops at the monasteries of Phyang and Alchi before continuing on to Yangtang. Campsite.


Yangtang - Tsermangchan La (3750m) - Hemis Skupachan (3700 m)
Day 6
Yangtang - Tsermangchan La (3750m) - Hemis Skupachan (3700 m)

3/4 h trek

TREK Head up in the direction of Tsermangchan La Hill (3750m), and make your descent into the magnificent village Hemis Skupachan (3700 m). Visit the village and the school. Campsite.


Hemis Skupachan - Mebtak La (3720 m) - Temisgam (3600 m)
Day 7
Hemis Skupachan - Mebtak La (3720 m) - Temisgam (3600 m)

4/5 h trek

TREK A long walk with a slight incline toward the pass at Mebtak La (3720m). Go back down until we arrive at Dangdong Tokpo, an agricultural valley and the village Ang. Short walk toward the town of Temisgam. Visit the town. Campsite.


Temisgam - Skining (3550 m)
Day 8
Temisgam - Skining (3550 m)

4/5 h trek

TREK We walk through fields until the base of a small peak after having crossed Tea village. The incline is not steep. After the pass (4050 m), we go down the slight slope toward Skining village. Camping.


Skining - Khalse (2950 m - 3 H walk) – Lamayuru – Nimmu
Day 9
Skining - Khalse (2950 m - 3 H walk) – Lamayuru – Nimmu

5 h drive

TREK Descend once again, this time toward Khalse. From Khalse, transfer in jeep via Lamayuru and visit its extraordinary monastery. In the afternoon, return to Nimmu. Night in home stay.


Nimmu - Leh (3500 m)
Day 10
Nimmu - Leh (3500 m)

1 h - 130 km

Head towards Leh with a stop at the village monasteries of Alchi and Phyang. Continue towards Leh. Night in guest house.


Leh (3500 m)
Day 11
Leh (3500 m)

Free day in Leh. Night in guest house*.


Leh - Delhi
Day 12
Leh - Delhi

Early morning flight, Leh-Delhi. Free day. Transfer and night in hotel.


Delhi - International Airport
Day 13
Delhi - International Airport

Free (buffer) day in Delhi, just in case the Leh - Delhi flight is delayed (due to weather conditions) before afternoon transfer to airport for your international flight. End of our services.


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