Leh, the capital of Ladakh dominates the Indus valley. The highlight of this small kingdom is the trek to famous ancient monasteries that dominate the area. Also known as the Land of Gompa, Nomads and High Passes, Ladakh has some famous monasteries treks like Hemis, Alchi, Shey and Lamayuru. One such trek is the Lamayuru Alchi trek.
It is a short and challenging trek especially for those who have less time to explore the Ladakh region. There are groups of Gompas who reside in the region and enchant the holy Buddhists and other explorers who come to this land from far flung places. Lamayuru Alchi Trek presents the very essence of Ladakh that lets the explorers experience the Ladakh region, its people and culture.
The Lamayuru Alchi Trek is one of the most visited sites of the region since it links two of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh at its either end. The trail passes through dramatic desert mountains cape with vivid verdant villages tucked away into the hillsides. Highlights include the Gompas at Lamayuru, Wanla, the Sumdochoon valley, inhabited by descendants of Nepalese craftsmen brought by the king of Ladakh in the 18th century renowned for their metalwork in copper, tin and silver, and Alchi for ancient wood carvings all made in the 11th century.
Lamayuru is a sea of golden rock that folds charismatically and recalls the lake that once occupied the valley floor. In Alchi, there are various temples which are one of the finest examples of Kashmiri Buddhist style that flourished in the eleventh century in the Ladakh region during the second spread of Buddhism. Woodworking lintels and sculpture is particularly remarkable in Alchi and some details of frescoes evoke a Persian or Mughal influence, very different frescoes Tibetan classics.
Get ready for an unforgettable adventure amidst magnificent mountain scenery to travel between two of the world's highest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and the Karakoram offering some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Explore the remote monasteries and palaces, walking through rocky gorges, over barren plains and through rural villages.
Best time to opt for Lamayuru Alchi trek is from Mid May - Mid October.