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Ripchar Valley Trek

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): India  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1269 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1469 US Dollar (USD)

A number of parallel mountain ranges including the Karakoram, Zanskar and Greater Himalayan ranges offer a wealth of snow capped 6000m peaks. We start with a day in Leh followed by a visit to the famous Lamayuru monastery to maximize our acclimatisation. The Ripchar valley is mostly barren landscape but we also pass some flower filled pastures and interesting villages with irrigated fields of barley and potatoes. We ascend and descend over several high passes and finish in Chilling, locally famous for copper production, before driving back to Leh.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in India. You will be meet at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing in your hotel room or taking in the sights of Delhi. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 2: Delhi - Leh (3505 m), 1 hr. Take the one hour flight to Leh, capital of Ladakh. This is an incredible flight over the greater Himalaya with spectacular views of K2 (8611 m) among others. Relax for the rest of the day. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 3: Acclimatise and sightseeing in Leh. Relax for the day in Leh. Visiting the monasteries at Shey, Thikse and Hemis can be arranged for those that wish to go. Alternatively, walk into Leh town and visit the Tibetan market and street restaurants. Great views of Stok Kangri (6153 m) and its surrounding peaks can be seen from Leh. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 4: Leh - Hinju (3430 m), 7 hrs. We drive from Leh to just shy of the village Hinju, visiting the famous Alchi monastery and the lamayuru monastery en route. Hinju a beautiful village, with an eleventh century gompa perched high up on a crag making a pleasant backdrop to the village. We walk for about an hour along the Ripchar valley to reach the small hamlet of Hinju.

Day 5: Hinju - Konze La (4900 m), 4-5 hrs. The further we walk the better the views get in the Ripchar Valley. We pass dense willows groves and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding skyline of rock pillars. The trail follows a stream throughout today’s walk. We reach our campsite in the early afternoon and have a relaxed evening enjoying the views. Overnight in the camp.

Day 6: Konze La - Sumdo Chenmo (4300 m), 4-5 hrs. Today involves a short and steep hike from camp to the top of a pass, which provides rewarding views of the surrounding landscape. After plenty of photos we descend to our camp site at Sumdo Chenmo. Overnight in the camp.

Day 7: Sumdo Chenmo - Lanak (3900 m), 5-6 hrs. The walk is steep to start with but becomes gentle towards Lanak. We camp beside the Sumda Chu River.

Day 8: Lanak - Chilling (3250 m) - Dungduchun La (4700 m), 6-7 hrs. We take the trail that leads us through the isolated village of Sumda. Here in Sumda the villagers are largely self-sufficient. From the village we cross the Dungduchun La pass, which offers more great views. We descend to the other side of the pass and follow a stream all the way to Chilling, the end of the trek. Overnight in the camp.

Day 9: Drive - Leh (3500 m), 2-3 hrs. Relax and take in the scenery on the drive back to Leh. Last minute souvenir shopping in the Tibetan market. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10: Leh - Delhi. Take the amazing flight back down to Delhi over the Great Himalayan Range. Upon arrival to Delhi transfer from the domestic to international airports in time for your flight home. End of the service.

Note: Please contact us for sightseeing in Delhi or a trip to the Taj Mahal at the start or end of this trip. We can also tailor this trip with a rafting expedition or wildlife safari.

Airfare is included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Flights from Delhi to Leh.

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M18129 is a tailor made adventure travel company specializing in the Indian Himalayas. We can tailor trips for small groups throughout the year. We offer trekking holidays from 5 to 16 days and multi-day rafting and kayaking river expeditions from 8 to 13 days. We also offer great wildlife trips as well as organizing...

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