Map of Lamayuru Stok Trek
An Interesting route which is little travelled in its middle part because pack anmimals cannot be used.
Lamayuru - Prinkiti-la - Hinju (7 hours)
From the monastery, go down towards the village, cross a stream, gentle climb across the mountainside, then a little valley towards the Prinkiti-la
which is crossed after a short climb. Go down a narrow gorge to the village of Shilla
. Cross a river on a bridge, then on the right bank to Wanla
. Go along the left bank of the Yopla for another 2 hours untill reaching the village of Phenjilla
, after one hour, leave a valley on the left, then another hour to Hinju
Hinju - Konzke-la - Sumda (5-6 hours)
From Hinju, go up the main valley. Pass the last mountain pasture, then leave one or two valleys on the left and climb up the pass. The last third is steep. From the summit of the Konzke-la
long descent to pastures, then keep on the left bank along the mountainside, other pasturs. The path gets close to the river. A little before Sumda, on the oppsite wall, can be seen a bocked at the edge of the river. Continue on the left bank along the mountainside to Sumda.
Sumda - Dundunchen-la - Chilling (6-7 hours)
From Sumda, Carry on in the main valley , the path becomes more difficult to follow untill reaching shelter formed by the roks. Opposite these small houses, there is a bridge, cross it and start climbing the Dundunchen-la
. Shelters and pastures half way up, then steep climb up to the pass. From there, go down along the mountainside then down the slope. You reach a house high up in the valley. Then take a valley which gets narrower and narrower untill reaching Chilling
. Not very much water along this stretch. The inhabitants of Chilling are the only ones to work with meals such as copper, tin, silver used for the making of ladies, tchang pots, tea pots etc...
Chilling - Shingo (5:30 hours)
From Chilling, follow the Zanskar river upstream for several hundred meters. Ask for man in charge of the cable car in Chilling. Cross the river in a cable car, then take a good path untill Skaya
. A little beyond the village, go into a narrow valley. Three hours after skaya, you arrive in Shingo
, 2-3 houses.
Shingo - Ganda-la - Rumbak (4 hours)
From Shingo, long easy climb to the Ganda-la
, then easy descent into a beautiful valley. Pass the village of Yurutse
. A little ways on, cross the river onto the right bank, then go along the mountainside untill you cross an escarpment which leads into the valley of Rumbak
Rumbak - Stok-la - Stok (5:30 hours)
From Rumbrak, follow this beautiful, gently sloping valley. then a very steep and difficult footpath rises in sharp zigzags up the Stok-la
. From the pass, steep descent to the summer pastures belonging to the inhabitants of stok, then easy going. Half an hour beyond the camp, you reach the river which comes down from the Stok-Kangri massif. Follow the left bank of the river as far as Stok
. From there, there is a bus to Leh
once a day.