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Lamayuru To Chilling Trek

 
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    Summary

    The Lamayuru to Chilling trek starts from Lamayuru passing through destinations like Wanlah, Hinju, Konze la, Dung dang la and finally Chilling. The maximum altitude climb would be 4820 m at Dung dang la. Lamayuru to Chilling trek is one of the moderate treks of Ladakh, trails on a spectacularly beautiful road, lays the earliest surviving monastery of Ladakh.

    This trek follows the old caravan route to Lamayuru. The legend said that, Lamayuru was once filled by a lake, which miraculously vanished by the hand of Lotsava Naropa.

    Built in 10th century, the monastery at Lamayuru is one of the oldest in Ladakh. It is of the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This trek offers you an opportunity to see not only the many natural beauties of Ladakh, but also some of its most famous monasteries.

    The trail unfolds with many magnificent view of snow capped Mt. Photoksar (5685 m) and the confluence of the two mighty rivers of the Ladakh region.

    Major attractions:

    Lamayuru monastery: 

    Set at a distance around 127 km from west of Leh, this remarkable monastery houses 150 Buddhist monks. It also comprises of an affluent collection of Thankas and wall paintings. 

    Chilling village: 

    The single village in Ladakh, Chilling offers metal works like: copper, bronze, tin, silver and iron. You may get a chance to visit the local artisans of the village.

    Location

    How to get there: 

    By Air: 

    Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have regular flights to and fro Leh. Leh airport is linked with important cities like Delhi, Srinagar and Chandigarh. Hire taxis to reach Kargil from the airport.

    By Road: 

    Regular state transport bus services run between Srinagar and Kargil. If you do not prefer traveling by bus, the alternative available is jeeps. 

    By Rail: 

    Jammu is the closest railway station and is 734 km from Leh. From here board state transport buses for Kargil 
    The prime rail head is Jammu Tawai in Jammu, about 690 km away and linked with several major cities across India.

    Other Info

    Places to visit nearby:

    Rangdum: 

    Settled between Kargil & Padum, this place imparts great opening to trek into the elevated Himalayas. It is famous for its Rangdum Gompa. This monastery is located on a hill. The small monastery called Zongkul Gompa is also worth visiting.

    Korzok village: 

    Korzok is the only village on Tsomoriri Lake. A beautiful lake has picturesque monastery. People of Korzok celebrate Korzok festival around end of July, and at the opening of August.

    Phugthal: 

    Stunningly placed in monastic establishment of Ladakh, Phugthal is the most alienated cloistral ofZanskar region. Phugthal is reachable from the Padum-Manali. It comprises of two prominent monasteries such as Bardan and Muney. It has murals and ceiling decorations enlightening well-built Indian artistic and iconographic essence. This unique settlement is populated by 40 monks.

    Facts

    Prerequisites/Facts/Suggestion:

    Special permits are required for trekking in the Indian Himalayas. 

    Check your gears before trekking.

    While trekking in this area, do not dirty the surrounding places and camping sites.

    You need to be reasonably fit for this hike.

    This trek can be reached up to max altitude: 4950 m. 

    Best time to visit: 

    May to October

    Things to carry:

    Walking stick 
    Binoculars and camera
    Sleeping bag
    Hiking shoes 
    Woolen clothes 
    Water, juices, snacks
    Electric torch
    Medical kit
    A good compass
    An extra pair of clothes