This route was not used earlier because of absence of bridges. Now, it can
be safely used.
1st Day: Lamayuru -
Prinkiti-la (3720M) - Hinju....7 hours From Lamayuru
monastery descent towards the village, cross a stream, climb across
mountain-side onto a small valley, reach Prinkiti-la(3720M). Descend a
gorge, arrive at Shilla, cross a bridge, continue to the right bank upto
Wanla (2 1/2 hours).
follow Yapola river on the left for 2 hours upto Panji-la after crossing the
bridge. Go up the valley, leading off at right angles (north-east), after
one hour's trekking leave the valley on the left (Route
No. 9, Lamayuru-Alchi via Tar-la), then to Hinju-one hour.
2nd Day : Hinju- Konzke-la(4950M)-Sumda.....5 to 6
hours After crossing Hinju, leave one more valley on
the left and ascent to the pass. From the summit of Konzke-la(4950M), long
descent to pastures, follow the trial on the left bank along the
mountainside. Reach Sumda, for overnight stay in camp.
3rd Day : Sumda-Dundunchen-la
(4800M)-Chilling.....6 to 7 hours From Sumda, cross the
bridge and ascend Dundunchen-la (4800M). Reach Chilling, a village of
craftsmen busy working on copper, tin, silver, tchang pots, tea pots etc.
4th Day : Chilling-Shingo..... 5 to 6 hours
From Chilling follow Zanskar river upstream. Skaya is 2 hours from the river
crossing. After some distance from Skaya, the trail joins with the Route No.
12 (Stok-Hemis via Markha valley). From here Shingo with 2-3 houses is 3
hours away. Overnight camp.
5th Day :
Shingo- Ganda-la (4700M)-Rumbak.......4 hours Ascend
Ganda-la, easy descent into a beautiful valley. Reach valley of Rumbak
Gompa. From Rumbak gompa, there is a route joining Spituk via Zinchen.
6th Day : Rumbak Gompa-Stok-la-Stok
(Leh).....5 to 6 hours After passing this beautiful
valley, ascend Stok-la. Now steep descent to summer pastures of Stok and
then easy walk upto Stok, follow the river which comes from Stok-Kangri
massif. From Stok, drive to Leh.