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Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Tar La

Duration: 5 days
Difficulty: level 4
Distance: 56 km
Max elevation: 5236m
Elevation gain / loss: +4243m / -4430m

This five-day trek takes you through isolated villages hidden in the mountains. Some of the highlights along this trek are the monasteries at Lamayuru, Mang Gyu and Alchi. This trek is an alternative to the Lamayuru to Alchi trek via Stakspi La.

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

Itinerary

Day 1: Lamayuru - Prinkti La - Wanla

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

- visit Lamayuru gompa and start the trek by following the trail leading to Prinkti La
- after crossing the pass, go through Shilla village and reach the village of Wanla
- homestay can be arranged in Wanla
Lamayuru - Prinkti La - Wanla

Day 2: Wanla - Base of Tar La

Time: 5 hrs
Distance: 12.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +569m / -0m

- follow the river until you reach Phenjilla village
- from Phenjila, follow the left side of the valley along a small stream towards the village of Ursi
- walk through the village and further ahead is the base of Tar La
Wanla - Base of Tar La

Day 3: Base of Tar La - Tar La - Tar

Time: 8-9 hrs
Distance: 11.6 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1550m / -2081m

- today is a tough day to cross the Tar La, the highest pass on the trek from where you will be rewarded with amazing views
- walk to Tar village which is surrounded by nice mountains
Base of Tar La - Tar La - Tar

Day 4: Tar - Mang Gyu

Time: 7-8 hrs
Distance: 11.1 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1489m / -1236m

- cross two small passes (Hibti La and Mang Gyu La) before reaching the village of Mang Gyu
- visit the monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh
- homestay possibility in Mang Gyu
Tar - Mang Gyu

Day 5: Mang Gyu - Alchi

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 11.9 km
Elevation gain / loss: +266m / -521m

- walk through a beautiful narrow valley covered with rosebushes and reach Gyera village
- the trail follows the Indus river all the way to Alchi
- visit Alchi gompa, well known for its ancient wall paintings
- possibility to drive from Gyera to Alchi
Mang Gyu - 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.