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Lamayuru monastery at sunset, Ladakh
Trek from Lamayuru to Alchi in Ladakh

Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Stakspi La

Duration: 5 days
Difficulty: level 4
Distance: 71 km
Max elevation: 5153m
Elevation gain / loss: +3962m / -4149m

This five-day trek is a great opportunity to discover remote villages and dramatic landscapes of Ladakh. The highlights include the gompas at Lamayuru, Sumda Choon and Alchi. This trek is an alternative to the Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Tar La.

Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Stakspi La map Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Stakspi La elevation profile, altitude gain loss
Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Stakspi La in Ladakh

Itinerary

Day 1: Lamayuru - Prinkti La - Wanla

Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 9.1 km
Elevation gain / loss: +369m / -592m

- visit the photogenic Lamayuru monastery
- walk along the stream and gradually up towards the Prinkti La
- walk down to the small village of Shilla and right after is the village of Wanla
- homestay possibility in Wanla
Lamayuru - Prinkti La - Wanla

Day 2: Wanla - Hinju

Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 16.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +639m / -0m

- follow the river bank and pass through farmhouses surrounded by green barley fields
- homestay possibility in Hinju
Wanla - Hinju

Day 3: Hinju - Kongskil La - Sumda Chenmo

Time: 8-9 hrs
Distance: 18.9 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1188m / -998m

- today is a long day to cross the Kongskil La, enjoy the panoramic views of Karakoram and Stok range from the pass
- homestay possibility in Sumda Chenmo
Hinju - Kongskil La - Sumda Chenmo

Day 4: Sumda Chenmo - Sumda Choon

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 13.1 km
Elevation gain / loss: +417m / -525m

- the trail passes through grazing areas and streams, you need to cross the river several times
- just above the Sumda Choon village is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Ladakh which was built during the early medieval period
- homestay possibility in Sumda Choon
Sumda Chenmo - Sumda Choon

Day 5: Sumda Choon - Stakspi La - Alchi

Time: 7-8 hrs
Distance: 13.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1350m / -2035m

- from the village follow the trail leading to the base of the Stakpi La and then there is a steep ascent to the pass from where you will have a great view of the mountains and Ladakh range
- long and steep descent to the grazing area of Pullu and to Alchi
- visit Alchi monastery, it is known for its interior murals which are great examples of Ladakh’s Indo-Tibetan art
Sumda Choon - Stakspi La - Alchi

Getting to / from the trek

- it takes 3 hours to drive from Leh to Lamayuru (115 km)
- it takes one hour and a half to drive from Alchi to Leh (70 km)

It is worth taking some extra time to stop and visit the highlights in the area, check the Indus valley tour to Lamayuru for more details.

All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences and abilities. Please contact us for more information.