Ripchar Valley Trek

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A very interesting trek beginning at Lamayuru and walking up the less traveled Ripchar valley with its small villages, nomadic settlements and pastures where we see a wide variety of flowers from end of July to end of August and birds too. We cross some high passes with excellent views of the Karakorams and the Zanskar ranges.

Day 01 : Fly Delhi-Leh (3500m)
Transfer to Hotel. Rest & Acclimatise.

Day 02 : In Leh (3500m)
Visit the famous Shey & Thiksey monasteries in the morning, return to the hotel for lunch explore the interesting Leh market in the evening.

Day 03 : Leh to Hinju (3750m) 5-6hrs drive & 1 hr walk
Drive Leh to just short of the village Hinju, visit the famous Alchi monastery. Hinju a pretty village, with its eleventh century gompa high up on a crag, makes a pleasant place to stop. We walk for about an hour along the Ripchar valley to reach the small campsite of Hinju.

Day 04 : Hinju to Sumdo Chenmo (4300m) 7-8hrs
The Ripchar Valley gets more and more beautiful the higher up we walk, with its thick growth of willows and dramatic views back to rock pinnacles on the sky line. It’s a short but steep ascent from the camp to the top of this pass, but rewards with views all the way back to the Prinkiti La. Descend steeply to the Sumdo Chenmo.

Day 05 : Sumdo Chenmo to Lanak(4000m) 5-6hrs
The initially steep descent to the Sumda Valley becomes more gentle towards Lanak. Camp by the river, Sumda Chu.

Day 06 : Lanak to Chilling (3250m) over Dungduchun La(4700m) 7-8hrs
The isolated village of Sumda shows few signs of change and the villagers are largely self-sufficient. From the village the path goes over a small pass, Dungduchun La. There are fantastic views from the top. Follow the path and the stream down the valley to Chilling.

Day 07: Chilling to Leh 2 hrs drive
Chilling is a fairly large village famous for producing some of the best metalwork in Ladakh.
Post breakfast drive to Leh, Check in the hotel for lunch on reaching Leh. Opportunities to shop in the Leh market. Overnight Hotel.

Day 08: Fly Leh-Delhi.
Early morning transfer to Airport for Leh – Delhi flight.

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Trip Details

Location: Leh
Duration: 8 Days
Grading: Moderate
Departure: Jul 15 – 22, 2017

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