Lamayuru To Darcha Trek

The mighty mysterious and magical Ladakh is best known for the amazing sceneries it offers at each and every step. The greenest fields, majestic mountains, clear skies, and beautiful lakes of Ladakh are best enjoyed while trekking. The Lamayuru to Darcha trek is one of the most popular treks of Ladakh with the maximum number of passes to offer. Even the ancient Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar which is hidden deep in the western ranges can be discovered in this amazing trek. 


The beautiful villages, the never-ending mountain ranges, and the ancient monasteries are seen throughout the trek. This challenging and rewarding trek offers oneself, the serenity and spiritual solace of a whole lifetime at once.

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Best time for Trek:
The most optimal time to carry out this amazing trek journey is from Mid-June to Mid-September. Around this time, one can find help for food and accommodation easily and the lakes are also not frozen around this time.  

Difficulty level: The Lamayuru to Darcha Trek is a fairly challenging and rewarding trek on the whole. The trek involves crossing passes at high altitudes and descending steeply to the river valleys which make it an irresistible trekking adventure in the Himalayas.

Trek Duration: The Lamayuru to Darcha trek takes around 20 days to complete. One can also complete the trek in lesser days depending on the amount of time you spend at each place. 

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Things You Should Know

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Things You Should Know

- At high altitudes, there is a lesser amount of oxygen so one needs to be prepared and should take the elevation gradually.

- One should carry an extra pair of woolen clothes and sweaters because it can get too cold at times.

- If traveling from outside India, you need to have the required permits and passport with you all the time.

- The main language spoken in Leh region is Boti while there are other languages too, so having a guide can always help.

- Take care of the highly sensitive ecology of the region during the trek.

Leh-Ladakh is a dream come true destination. A vast landscape of enchanting and unspoiled natural beauty and the best way to explore this beauty is a trip to Leh-Ladakh.

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How to Get There?

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How to Get There?

By Air: One needs to take a flight from Delhi to Leh and then, take a taxi to Lamayuru. The distance between Leh and Lamayuru is 125 km and is only a 4 hour drive by taxi.

By Rail: Kalka is the nearest available station to Leh. From Kalka, one can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Manali via Shimla and from Manali, regular taxis are available to take you to Leh.

By Road: This adventurous road trip can be planned on a motorbike, jeep, bus or a car via two routes. One can take the route to Ladakh via Manali or the route via Kinnaur. Both the routes offer picturesque views to soothe your eyes.


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Things to Carry

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Things to Carry

Permits (if you are a foreign tourist)

• Sleeping bags

• Tents (optional)

• Dry rations and bags

• Another set of clothes

• Trekking shoes  

• Headlamp

• Hand Sanitizer or soap

• Medicines

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Attractions of Ladakh

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Pangong Lake

Pangong Lake
Located at an altitude of about 4350 m (14270 feet) in the Himalayas, the Pangong Lake tops the bucket list of most of the adventurers and travel enthusiasts out there. This beautiful 134 km long lake extends from India to China and when you visit the lake, you sure are enchanted by its charm.

Ogling the ever-changing lake is the main activity there. This mesmerizing lake is best visited in summers because it freezes completely during the winters despite being saline water. Camping at Pangong lake gives you a peaceful experience, which is an unforgettable one.
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Nubra Valley

Nubra Valley

Located to the northeast of Ladakh valley, the Nubra is a tri-armed valley with an altitude of 3048 m (10000 feet). The valley offers tremendous scenery at a large scale which makes it a prominent part of the trek. Camping at Nubra valley is a calm and peaceful experience.

Also, the low altitude of the Nubra valley compared to the higher altitudes ahead during the trek helps tremendously in acclimatization. Some of the picturesque sites in the valley include Diskit Gompa, Khardung La, Pon Khar, Giant Chamba statue and much more. May to August is the peak season to see the monasteries, sand dunes and green oasis villages of the Nubra valley. And it is this valley only which will give you the experience of camel safari on a double-humped camel


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Khardung La Pass

Khardung La Pass

Located at an altitude of 5359 m (17582 feet), the Khardung La is a mountain pass which lies north of Leh in the Ladakh region. The pass is a strategically important pass to India. It is one of the world’s highest motorable road and serves as the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. 

This breathtaking road offers amazing views of the valley and the mountain ranges. The weather is highly unstable at the pass so you might need to camp. The scenic vistas and the clean air definitely give you the feeling of being at the top of the world.

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Tso Moriri Lake

Tso Moriri Lake
Located at an altitude of 4522 m (14836 feet), the Tso Moriri Lake is a mighty magical lake with jaw-dropping astounding beauty. Also known as the Mountain Lake, the lake is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and is located in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau.

The Tso Moriri Lake measures about 28 km in length from north to south and is a mind-numbingly calm and sacred lake. The lake is fed by springs and snowmelt from the nearby mountains. The clear, beautiful and pure lake will make you feel blessed like never before. One cannot miss this place if they are planning for a Leh-Ladakh road trip.
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Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa

The Shanti Stupa is one of the magnificent Tibetan structures ever built. It is a white-domed Buddhist stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district, Ladakh. The stupa is situated at a height of 3,609 meters (11841 feet). 

It was built by the Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission in 1991. The stupa holds the relics of the Buddha and has a major religious significance. However, the picturesquely located stupa has become a tourist attraction because of the panoramic landscapes surrounding it.

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Royal Leh Palace

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Royal Leh Palace

Located on the top of the deserted Tsemo Hill, the Royal Leh Palace was built in the 17th century by the King Sengge Namgyal. This nine-storey building was the highest building in the world in 1553. The palace was modeled on the basis of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. 

It offers spectacular views of the mountain of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range. It is now one of the major attractions in Ladakh due to its historical background and the amazing views of the mountains and the town.


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Magnetic Hill

Magnetic Hill

The mysteriousness of Ladakh can be best experienced in the Magnetic Hill. The Magnetic Hill lies on the Leh-Kargil-Baltic National Highway and is located at an elevation of around 14000 feet above sea level. 

It is claimed that the hill defies gravity because if you park a car there, it starts moving forward on an uphill road even when it is in the neutral state. This mystifying phenomenon is actually an optical illusion created due to the surroundings but it surely is an unbelievable experience and a must one. This small stretch of road continues to mystify people till date.


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Zanskar Valley

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Zanskar Valley
Zanskar is a sub-district of the Kargil district. The Zanskar range separates the district from Ladakh and also Kinnaur district from Spiti in Himachal Pradesh. The Zanskar valley is about 20 km south of Rangdum and is nestled in a remote corner of Ladakh.

It is so isolated that it is not even accessible by road during winters due to heavy snowing. The magnificent valley of Zanskar will make your definition of beautiful change. The greatest attraction of this majestically rugged Ladakhi Buddhist valley is merely getting there. Visiting the Zanskar valley during a trek is an unforgettable experience which everyone must have.
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Lamayuru Monastery

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Lamayuru Monastery

Located at a distance of 127 km from Leh and at an elevation of 3510 m (11520 feet), the Lamayuru Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lamayuru. The Drikung Kagyu tradition is best reflected in this part of Ladakh. 

Around 300 monks are present in the administration of the monastery and there are more than 50 monasteries under the leadership of this monastery. Dating back to the 11th century, the Lamayuru Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Leh. The amazing moonland views in Lamayuru have made this place one of the most favourite spots in Leh.


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Alchi Monastery

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Alchi Monastery

Also known as the oldest Buddhist monastery, the Alchi Monastery is located at a distance of around 70 km from Leh and at an elevation of around 3100 m (10200 feet). It was built by the great translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958 and 1055. 

The monastery has a total of 3 major shrines in it which are the Dukhang (Assembly hall), the Sumtseg and the Temple of Manjushri and all of them date back to the early 12th and 13th centuries. Being on the bank of the Indus River, this monastic jewel of Ladakh has become a major tourist attraction in the past years not just because of its religious significance but also because of its picturesque location.


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Diskit Monastery

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Diskit Monastery

Diskit is located within the Nubra region of Ladakh at an altitude of 3144 m (10315 feet). The Diskit Monastery is situated on the hill above the floodplains of Shyok River. The monastery was founded by Changzem Tserab Zangpo in the 14th century. 

The monastery is the oldest and the largest monastery in Nubra Valley. It is under the management of the Thiksey Monastery near Shey. The monastery also runs a school for the Tibetan children. A 100 foot high Maitreya statue stands near the monastery. It has become a prime tourist spot because of its beautiful location and the spiritual air it has to offer especially for adventurers who are on their Leh-Ladakh bike expeditions.


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Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

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Gurudwara Pathar Sahib

Situated at a distance of 25 miles from Leh, the Gurudwara Pathar Sahib is the place where it is believed that Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion fought a demon who attacked him while he was meditating. 

The legend states that the demon was vanquished there by him. A lot of Sikh religion enthusiasts visit the Gurudwara to worship the holy stone on which Guru Nanak was meditating. It isn't just famous because of its religious significance but also because of the beautiful majestic landscapes surrounding it.

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Sangam Point

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Sangam Point

Sangam Point is the spectacular location where one can see the two diverse rivers- the Indus and Zanskar meeting. There aren't any religious or spiritual backgrounds attached to it but the views offered by the confluence are divine. 

The scene is best enjoyed from an elevated point. The different coloration of the rivers due to temperature, acidity, and velocity results in an amazing view when the rivers meet. This is why the Sangam point has become a famous tourist attraction and is a must to see. This place welcomes many adventurers who are on their Manali Leh Srinagar bike expedition.


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Hemis Monastery

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Hemis Monastery

Located 45 km south of Leh, The Hemis Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (gompa) which belongs to the Drukpa Lineage. It is the largest monastery in Ladakh and is located in the Hemis. The monastery is believed to have been existing before the 11th century. 

It is constructed in relation with Naropa, teacher of the translator Marpa and the pupil of the yogi Tilopa. Also, the monastery was re-established by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The Hemis Festival is celebrated at the monastery and is dedicated to Lord Padmasambhava and one of the biggest cultural festivals celebrated in Leh Ladakh region

The spiritual connection, the distinct style of architecture and the prime location attract a lot of tourists at this location.


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Hall of Fame

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Hall of Fame

The well preserved and well presented Ladakhi history and culture can be clearly seen in the Hall of Fame museum which is located near the Leh Airfield. The museum also maintains the memory of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Indo-Pak wars. 

A serene Buddha statue with heavy armament is erected at the exterior of the museum. There are a total of two floors in the museum. The ground floor displays the information about brave soldiers and the first floor preserves the artifacts from various wars. The national sentiment attached with the museum is very strong and surely gives its visitors a patriotic feeling.

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11 July 2019
Excellent
We went for Manali to srinagar Bike tour. It was the best bike trip of my entire life. It all started with the person named Shubham from thrillophilia who helped me in selecting the best trip and processed with my booking, all thanks to him! Without him I wouldn’t have been able to experience the best trip of my life. On arrival there we met our tour guide Tani and our Mechanic Shashi. These 2 guys were so supportive during the entire tour that no matter what happened they were always there to look after us. They always made sure we are safe and we are following them and there is no overtaking taking place. Tani, the tour guide, one chilled out person he is! Make sure you get him as your tour guide and Shashi as the mechanic as these guys will always make sure that they are there for you no matter what. And in the end, it’s all the Main man behind everything, Jimmy Sir. Thanks a lot Sir for making me experience the best trip of my life! Without you and your team this wouldn’t have been possible. Thanks for helping us out in every way possible. The roads here are difficult terrain to ride on. You gotta be careful. You gotta carry your gum boots during water logging which is the most difficult to cross. But these guys made sure that we were all safe and had sound health till we reached home. Not even a single person was hurt. Our group was a mixture of all age groups, I’m fact we even got to meet 2 people From the Indian navy as well. One mad kickass experience! Unbelievable. Reaching the worlds highest Pass, Khardungla Top, was the highest achievement of my life till date which happened on this trip! And if at all you wish to go, don’t forget to ask Tani and Shashi as your tour guide and mechanic, and go only through Jimmy Sir as he has the best team! Thanks a lot to everyone out there.
12 July 2018
Excellent
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey.
12 July 2018
Excellent
From Recent Expedition -: Srinagar > Leh > Manali !! The feeling was awesome and words are not enough to express my experience of the expedition, but ever since I talked about it, it makes me feel that I’m still travelling, I’m still there. I had been a frequent traveller, but the emotions associated with this tour were different. We enjoyed, we had fun, we went emotional, we met some new friends, we felt proud, we captured every possible feelings and emotions we can during the entire journey. We passed through all the ranges of the Great Himalayas, starting from the Shivalik, Karakoram & Pir Panjal. The memories of “late night road journey from Jammu to Srinagar risking our life while crossing South Kashmir (Known for Terrorist activities), early morning (4 am) shopping at Awantipora, Dal Lake, Shankracharya Temple, Srinagar Market, Lunch @Lal Chowk, Eid Celebrations, Shalimar Garden, Noon & Kahwa Tea, Sonmarg, War Zone (Kargil, Drass &Batalik), Oldest Gompa Lamayuru, Rafting at World’s highest point (Zanskar river), Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Leh Palace, gruelling terrain & passes(Zoji La (3528 Mtrs), Namki La (3815 Mtrs), Fotu La (4108 Mtrs),World’s highest Motorable road – Khardungla (5359 Mtrs), Nakee La (4739 Mtrs), Tanglang La ( 5328 Mtrs), Bara-lacha (4890 Mtrs) & Chang La (5360 Mtrs)), Crazy bath in Pangong Tso lake (-4 °C), cute Marmot, Yak, Deer & Pashmina Goats at Changthang Wildlife sanctuary, snow-capped Karakoram Ranges, Sand dunes at Nubra Valley, Diskit Monastery, the Gata loops (22 hairpin bends) at 4190 Mtrs elevation on Pang – Sarchu road, Suraj Taal, Whiskey & Brandy Nallah, Picturesque Jispa, Hiking at 4350 Mtrs Himalayan ranges and driving alongside the rivers across the two states” are never gonna fade away !! Thanks to Thrillophilia for making this trip awesome & memorable one.
24 June 2018
Excellent
Your Destination would be a dream until you come out and step ahead to it and experience. Leh-Manali Bike ride is one such vibe which will resonate for many years to come. Here the journey was more scintillating then achieving those milestones and Thrillophilia ensured we had great time by organising it perfectly to last mile would like to thank Tarun and Chitransh. Tani and Amit who were our Tour Leaders were just amazing with their hospitality to the care taken through out the ride. Ride at Khardungla Pass, Gata Loops, Zing Zing Bar, Barlachala were just amazing.
07 March 2017
Excellent
Such an amazing bike ride, challenging but with thrill till the end. Make sure that you are prepared to prevent the cold, the rough wind, the altitude sickness etc because even the symptoms of sickness will affect your trip. Khardung La Pass is quite a challenging one, also there are different shorter and longer passes throughout the journey. The service was also nice, not many complaints. The guides will know the place better because they are doing it for long. But still keep the track of the route before you start the trip. The guide was nice to us, keeping everything coordinated. The accommodation and food were also flawless to me.
16 March 2020
Superb
The Thrillophilia team has surpassed all of my expectations! I was initially apprehensive about the Parang La trek because of the altitude and the difficulty, but Thrillophilia made sure I had no issue at all! Everything was taken care of, and the guide was just brilliant. For any further treks, Thrillophilia is my go-to website and the one I’ll always recommend!
21 January 2020
Excellent
Leh Ladakh's location had everything that you dreamed about. It had ice (lots and lots of ice), even when I was sleeping battling the cold at night I was could see those ice sheet right in front of my eyes. but the most exciting part was that we were never complaining even under these extreme conditions. the food offered was very tasty. everything was perfectly planned by the thrillophilia team. Awesome experience !!
18 January 2020
Excellent
You will feel the true sense of the word FREEZE when you visit Pangong Tso. That said, the view you're experiencing is simply breathtaking. The sky and lake colors compliment each other absolutely. I saw so many shades of blue that day and the hue of the lake continued to change every hour. I think you might find the right words for a poet or writer to explain this phenomenon. Although no explanation is appropriate for this location, if you're fortunate enough, I'd suggest you'll have the chance to click with your camera on the ultimate images.
18 January 2020
Excellent
Most magnificent Indian Lake.. Any adventure & nature lover must once in a lifetime visit this place. I felt like I was entering a fantasy land when I saw the lake from a distance. The lake surrounded by mountains that look perfect looks like painted picture. This lake has different shades of colors. Blue sky, white snow and vivid water combine to make you forget everything. The lake is so serene, the water is so pure that you'd be afraid to touch it, so it could get polluted. The more you marvel at it the more it becomes beautiful.
18 January 2020
Excellent
I have traveled extensively in India over the last 1o years, and have always wanted to visit Ladakh. The scenic beauty is beyond words, it seems like the almighty chose this place to have it all, rocky crags, snow-clad mountains, rivers, hot springs and many more. And how can I miss Tso Moriri visiting this lake was a jaw-dropping experience when I reached there I was awestruck, Beautiful mountains, Sunshine, cool winds, and of-course the Lake. Mind-blowing experience. Thumbs up for the services provided in this tour by Thrillophilia.

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