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Alchi Holidays

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Day 1: Delhi - Leh & Ladakh

Arriving into Delhi our local team are on hand to transfer you to your own booked hotel.

Day 2: Leh & Ladakh

Morning included transfer to the airport for your flight to Leh. Welcome to Leh, arriving at the airport our local team are on hand to transfer you to your hotel. Spend the remainder of today acclimatizing to the altitude.

Day 3: Leh & Ladakh

Rudyard Kipling said of the region “Surely the Gods live here this is no place for men.” You will see why today as we enjoy a full day guided tour of Leh city with visits to the Sankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa.

Day 4: Leh & Ladakh

Today we enjoy guided touring of the Hemis Monastery, Shey Monastery - a former royal palace and Tikse Gompa - a 12 story high complex resembling Potala Palace in Lhasa, housing Buddhist art, statues, art and swords.

Day 5: Leh & Ladakh

This morning early we drive to Spituk. Here, we visit the Visit the Spituk Gompa, built about 500 years ago. We begin trekking south-west of the river Indus. The gorge section leads to the confluence of Indus and Zingchan. Camp near the village of Zingchan. Overnight in Tents.

Keylong town sitting in the mountains. Photo credit njyo.

Day 6: Leh & Ladakh

It's a gradual climb from Zingchan to Rumbak. From here one gets fabulous views of the snow capped Stok Mountains. From here we move along the Rumbak Nala towards Yurutse. At Yurutse village you will find fields of barley and potatoes. Overnight in Tents.

Traditional style Tibetan buildings in Keylong. Photo credit bigyahu.

Day 7: Leh & Ladakh

A gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets one to the Ganda la (4900 M). From here views extend south to the Zanskar range and distant summits of the Himalayan range. This is followed by a long descent to Shingo village. From Shingo the trail heads into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu. At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers coming from Markha valley and Shingo. Overnight in tents.

Day 8: Leh & Ladakh

It's a very pleasant hike, up the Markha valley today with the trail crossing numerous streams. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small village. Overnight in tents.

Day 9: Leh & Ladakh

From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. One will be required to cross the river several times as there are no bridges here. Hankar, enroute, is the highest village in the Markha valley. Overnight in tents

Day 10: Leh & Ladakh

Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of Mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kangyaze peak. Overnight in tents.

The toy train

Day 11: Leh & Ladakh

Today one will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,306 M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo. Overnight in tents.

Darjeeling tea plantation

Day 12: Leh & Ladakh

Today make an easy descent along the Martselang to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at Martselang village. Board the awaiting jeeps. Visit Hemis monastery and drive to Alchi. Overnight in a hotel in Alchi.

Day 13: Leh & Ladakh - Alchi

Alchi is set amongst the desolate gorges of the Indus River and spectacular mountains. Here we will visit the Alchi Gompa, a must see Buddhist Temple dating back to 1000 AD.

A row of three Tibetan stupas in Alchi. Photo credit Argenberg.

Day 14: Alchi - Delhi

Morning return to Leh Airport for your flight to Delhi. Arriving here, our local team collect you for transfer to your hotel.

The grand entrance into Delhi's famous Red Fort

Day 15: Delhi

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Delhi, taking in the impressive Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque, Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation and more. We conclude with an evening transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.