Lingshed: A Trek to the Timeless Monastery

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8 days
Availability : June-September
Leh
Min Age : 12
Max People : 20

A thousand-year-old village with an ancient monastery.

Experience Details

In one of the most remote regions in the world, you’ll find the isolated village of Lingshed and a stunning 1,000 year old monastery! On this 8-day experience you will cross through beautiful landscapes of the Ladakh mountains, stay with local villagers, and experience the proud, living traditions of Lingshed.

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights Family Homestay
  • All meals included
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Visa fee and Travel insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
Highlights
  • Visit a 1,000 year old Monastery, while experiencing the Buddhist culture of the region.
  • Trek through rural India, full of natural beauty & amazing wildlife.
  • Every night, stay with a local family -- eating local cuisine, hearing stories, and connecting with their culture.
  • Hike through the stunning landscape of this high altitude cold desert.
Itinerary

Day 1Acclimatization at Leh

Pick up from the airport and arrive at your hotel in Leh (11,500ft). Just rest today and acclimatize yourself to the new environment amidst the picturesque Himalayan landscapes. This is required to adjust your body to the low oxygen levels.

Day 2Get introduced to Ladakh

After breakfast, head out to tour the monasteries here. Take a visit to the largest monastery in Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery. Visit the Thiksey Monastery, to admire the stunning statue of Buddha Maitreya and its traditional Tibetan architecture. In the evening, spend some peaceful moments at the Shanti Stupa watching the beautiful sun going behind the ghostly mountains.

Day 3Trek to Skyumpata

After breakfast, we’ll start our drive to Khupala – the last motorable point from where we start the trek. We’ll drive for 6-7hrs and cross two mountain passes to reach Khupala. The route takes you through beautiful valleys and sceneries. After the last point, we trek downhill for an hour before we reach the village Skyumpata. Overnight stay at homestays in village Skyumpata.

Day 4Trek to Lingshed

Our trek starts early in the morning today. We cross a pass at a height of 14500ft. A 2-hour arduous climb to reach the top and another 2 hours to descend. We reach Lingshed Monastery by the evening. We’ll visit the monastery and the school. Your stay will be in the monastery homestay.

Day 5Village stay at Lingshed

Experience a day of village life with the villagers of Lingshed. After the morning prayers at the monastery we attend the morning assembly at this remote school. A chance to connect with our childhood whilst playing with the children. We get to see some local handicrafts, you can take some back with you too.

Day 6Trek to Photoksar

We trek back all the way until the road point where we have our vehicle waiting for us. Today we get to stay in the beautiful village of Photoksar. Another day of adventure as we cross the mountain pass and traverse the valley. The village of Photoksar looks like from another world. The huge and distinct mountain shapes beautifully carved by nature over millions of years.

Day 7Drive to Leh

On our drive back to Leh we’ll visit two very ancient monasteries of Ladakh. Lamayuru monastery is an important spiritual site for the local Buddhists. The monastery is located against a unique backdrop popularly known as the moonland. We’ll also visit the Alchi monastery which is another prominent site of Ladakh well known for its structure and paintings.

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