Lamayuru to Hemis
Traveling is one of a kind experience that rewards a person with an incredible adventure and also can aid in providing good health. Traveling to the beautiful destination lets you extract the best out of the place and also present you with incredible views. Since the time I have taken up the hobby seriously, I have understood the most amazing way to sink into the raw beauty of nature and experience adventure and thrill at its very best is by doing a trekking expedition. I don’t follow any pattern for my trekking journeys but simply attempt the routes that pack a lot of frissons and is complemented by some brilliant and magnificent natural wonders.
The Lamayuru to Hemis Trek I attempted in the last year was one of the finest experiences of my life. It was thoroughly enjoyable, each turn had a surprise for me, and the places I visited were mesmerizing. The route was lined along some of the most popular spots in Leh, and the trail traversed through diverse landscapes. From the beautiful barren and rugged landscape of Leh to Hemi Monastery, and through the famous Lamayuru Monastery, the trek was stupendous in every aspect.
The trail also took me to some really beautiful places like Chilling, Markha Valley, exciting passes and gorges, and the extremely beautiful Marstelling Village. It was an outstanding journey, and I was highly cherishing the fact that I was so close to nature every day.
I did some research and studied the trail before attempting the journey and finally reached the famous Leh and was truly mesmerized by the brilliant setting of the region. Leh is often called the Trekker’s paradise and truly one of the finest destinations to be in. My journey was scheduled to begin from Lamayuru Monastery which was around a 125 km away from Leh. The drive was very exciting and along the way, I also visited the Liker Monastery and Alchi monastery.
From Lamayuru, my highly anticipated walk began and I was all prepared to be surprised in the coming days. My first stop was Wanla and the exciting walk to Wanla took me to the commanding Priktin La. The beauty of the Zanskar Valley and the Chortens comprised for the most part of the walk to Wanla. From Wanla I walked the next day to Hinju Village. It was a long and hectic walk but the vivid landscapes were admirable. My night in Hinju was beautiful.
Sumda Chenmo was my next stop and it was supposedly one of the toughest walks of the journey. The high pass at 4900m, Konski La was quite a thrilling walk and the views were captivating. Through the thunderous walk to Dhundhuncha La Basecamp the next day, I reached the beautiful Chilling on the 6th day. I had to cross the gaping Zanskar River over a trolley which was highly adventurous. The night in Chilling was beautiful. Sku was my next destination after Chilling and from Sku I walked to the compelling Markha Valley. One of the most sought-after destinations, Markha Valley is blessed with an artistic setting and the monastery and the fort were extremely alluring. It was a wonderful sight to witness in here.
As I started my walk towards Hankar the next day, I was highly impressed with the enticing trail and the fascinating Monasteries. The Umlung Monastery was extremely beautiful and then as I finally reached the campsite, I was enthralled by the sight of the mighty Kang Yatse Mountain.
Nimaling was my next stop and it was completely different from the other regions. The high altitude meadow packed a lot of greenery and the walk through the Thanksunge Pasture was enchanting. Another strenuous walk was waiting the next day to Shang Sumdo. The trail passes through the Kongmaru La at 5100 m and it was quite a hectic walk. The sight from above the pass was bewildering, the distant Ladakh ranges, the small villages lined along the Indus River and the endless views of the Leh were bewitching. My final night in Shang Sumdo Campsite was extremely beautiful.
One the very last day, I walked up to the famed Hemis Monastery and from there traveled back to Leh to conclude the journey. The beauty and the culture of the monastery were incomparable. As I started my final drive to Leh, along with the way I visited the other popular spots like Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, and Stok Palace. Back in Leh, I spent an extra day to explore the region and collect some more memories.
Lamayuru to Hemis was truly an adventurous walk filled with extremely captivating sights and wonderful places. I recommend this journey to all the enthusiastic trekkers out there. Tame your wanderlust by visiting this place.