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Shang La - Matho La Trek

The Easiest and Beautiful pass Crossing Trek for Beginners in Ladakh

Details Of The Shang La - Matho La Trek

Rs. 30000/-
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Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12
Extra cost of Rs. 3000 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. Remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader

Above cost is assumed for 4-5 people team. Actual Cost is subject to the actual team size joining the trek and requested customizations. Higher team size will lower the cost while lower team size will significantly increase the cost. Assummed Inclusions can be read on Cost Inclusions

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Shang La - Matho La Trek

1 Popular Peaks:
Stok Kangri ( 6153m )
2 High Passes:
Shang La ( 4950m ), Matho La ( 4950m )
1 Tranquil Rivers:
2 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Leh, Stok Village
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Hemis National Park

Why Should You Do The Shang La - Matho La Trek

  • The magical landscape of Ladakh: If you have not witnessed the magic which the mountains of Ladakh does to your heart, you have lost on so many things in life. Being an Indian if you have not visited Ladakh, GO !!!  What Are You Doing ??
  • Ancient Buddhist Monasteries and Culture: There is a reason why people call it 'Little Tibet'. It is said the the most raw and ancient practices of the Tibetan Buddhism can in found in India ( Ladakh and Sikkim ) and not in Tibet.
  • Moonland scape of Lamayuru. The unique and very famous moonland-scape of Lamayuru can be seen on this trek.
  • River crossings . Its very exciting to cross a Himalayan river, and on this trek you do that several times. Sometimes you need to take precautions and extra care though!!
  • People of Ladakh, their culture and way of life. This trek give you a lot of options to interact with the locals and know their way of life.
  • Peaks of Nubra, Shayok and Zanskar. The views of the snow covered peaks seen from the pass tops are marvelous.

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Walk the old Indus Valley Civilization. Witness the traditions and monasteries of the Ancient Tibetan Buddhism in the Little Tibet of India - Ladakh. Be mesmerized by the majestic peaks, beautiful valleys, and the lovely people of Ladakh. Oh, there are villages too!! For all those who love not just the beautiful mountains, but also its people, culture, traditions, flora and fauna.. Ladakh will love you back. 

In this trek, you venture into the snow Leopard's winter home. If lucky, you might well sight the elegant and elusive cat. The trek takes you through 2 high altitude passes Shang La and Matho La, and the beautiful pasture lands of Shang Phu and Gangpoche to exit via Stok Village. 

If you are yet ready for climbing Stok Kangri peak or Kang Yatse, or if you are for the first time in Ladakh and want to get introduced to trekking in this high altitude cold desert, the Shang La - Matho La trek is the best choice for you.

Shang La - Matho La Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Leh

Fly, Rest, Acclimatize Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

Today, we fly from Delhi to reach Leh by afternoon, and checkin to our hotel. All of a sudden when you take in the cool dry air of Ladakh, your body won't not conform to the new changed environment, that too in only couple of hours !!

Staying hydrated is the key to a successful trek in Ladakh. Drink enough water from the previous night itself, and not after landing on Ladakh. Likewise, have a Vaseline convenient to apply to your nostrils to keep it moist, else you will feel the air is excessively dry and cold making it difficult to inhale comfortably.

We rest for the rest of the day and meet in the evening for a light Snacks and a formal Team Introduction where we share few important information on the trek preparation and planning.

Time for Dinner to catch some more sleep.

Day 2From Leh To Leh, Via - Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa

Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11480 feet
  • Chemo Monastery: 3600 meters / 11808 feet
  • Shanti Stupa: 3600 meters / 11808 feet
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11480 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we spend our day visiting places around Leh and acclimatizing further. Leh is at very high altitude and this day is very important for us. We visit places like Leh Palace, Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa, etc.

Each of these places can be hiked to and its the best for us to do, if we are not feeling exhausted. If we do, we need to take some light walks in the town itself for some window shopping. Leh has some good shops selling trekking gears. So you can do some last moment purchases.

Evening we will visit the monastery of Shanti Stupa to seek some peaceful aura around it.

Tomorrow we start the trek. Hence we recheck that we are all set for it. Do the last moment purchases, repack our bag according to the trek requirement, have dinner and sleep early.

Day 3From Leh To Shang Sumdo, Via - Alchi Monastery, Lamayuru Monastery ( 150 Kms,10 hours )

Drive, Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day: After breakfast drive to Lamayuru 125kms 03hrs , visit moon land and Lamayuru monastery.Later drive back towards Leh . Lunch at Khaltsi, after lunch drive Alchi, visit the most famous monastery Alchi Choskor (Religious Enclave). The 1000 year old gompa was built by a great monk & translator Lotsava Rinchen Zansgpo. The gompa is famous for rare fresco paintings and Kashmiri style woods carvings. Reach Leh and have tea and snacks. Later drive 1 and half hr to Shangsumdo for overnight in Camp enroute visit Thiksey , Takthok and Hemis monasteries. Meet your other trekking crews. Sumdo means meeting place of three ways. The village consists of about 7 houses which takes you to ancient way of living and peace of mind.

Day 4From Shang Sumdo To Shang Phu ( 9 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day: Today the trail ascend gradually through green fields of wheat and barley, after distance walk  visit small gompa of Shang and continue to walk path adjacent to a water channel flowing from south of Matho kangri.The trail flourish you with chortens( Buddhist structure which indicates the step to enlightenment of Buddha)many high altitudes flowers like anemone, blue poppies and meadows etc.The valley heads up to shepherd hut where animals from different villages live together for grassing for a period of about 3 months which includes Yak,Zo,Cow, sheep, goat and donkeys. Camp o/n at Shang phu at the height of 4250m. 

Day 5From Shang Phu To Gangpoche, Via - Shang La ( 12 Kms,6 - 7 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day: The day is long and strenuous with over 6 hrs. walking. The first three gradually steep up to shang pass through couple of zigzag trail. The area declares as snow leopard area by forest Dept, where every year about 30 to 40 pet animals has been killed by snow leopards. The killing actions by snow leopards normally done night time but some time you can see them on high mountain cliff. Animals like blue sheep, marmots and brown eagle can find everywhere in that area. When you reach shang pass the view from there puts you in beauty of nature, the mountain wall of Matho kangri 5800 to 5900 m will refresh your mind. As you descend from the left hill side, the undulating slope makes your way more interesting and beautiful. Gangpoche( high plateau)is most wonderful place for camping.

Day 6From Gangpoche To Monkormo, Via - Matho La ( 10 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day: Today the trail steadily ascends to a series of grassy slopes, Yak herders from the nearby villages live in stone settlement at the foot of the pass and the view from the pass is absolute amazing , the popular Stok kangri peak makes you statue for a while. If weather clear you can able to see Karakuram mountains. The route from the pass follows 3 km gradual descend towards Mankarmo campsite

Day 7From Monkormo To Leh, Via - Stok Village ( 10 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek, Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day: Descent along with the stream through rocky trails. This is a delightful long walk and amazing geographical structure of the mountain. We reach Stok village where transport meets us to take you back to hotel in Leh, enroute visit Stok Palace museum

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  • 📅 Duration: 7 days/ 7 nights, Leh to Leh
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5200m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, rocky, snow field
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek, Click
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
  • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
  • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
  • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL postpaids
  • 🌐 Internet Option: yes, when there is network.
  • 🌞 Temperatures:
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
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  • Day 1

    Fly, Rest, Acclimatize

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m ) . 2 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: None
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize

    From Leh (3500m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Chemo Monastery (3600m ), Shanti Stupa (3600m ). 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive, Trek

    From Leh (3500m ) To Shang Sumdo (3678m ), Via - Alchi Monastery (3100m ), Lamayuru Monastery (3510m ). 10 Hrs. 150 Kms
    Overnight In: Shang Sumdo (3678m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    From Shang Sumdo (3678m ) To Shang Phu (4349m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 9 Kms
    Overnight In: Shang Phu (4349m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5


    From Shang Phu (4349m ) To Gangpoche (4428m ), Via - Shang La (4950m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 12 Kms
    Overnight In: Gangpoche (4428m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Gangpoche (4428m ) To Monkormo (4450m ), Via - Matho La (4950m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Monkormo (4450m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek, Drive

    From Monkormo (4450m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Stok Village (3600m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 10 Kms
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: All Meals
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