Tia to Dhomkhar TrekThe trek is moderately challenging overall, one can focus on monasteries, people, village and the beautiful landscapes.
Leh to Tia to Skindiyang to Yarma Dok to Smolchang to Dhomka to Leh
Day 01: Leh to Tia
After Breakfast drive to Tia enroute visit Liker, Alchi and Rezong monasteries. Overnight in Tent or Guest House.
Day 02 : Trek Tia to Skindiyang, 8 hrs.
Start in Tia at 3.500 m. Before you can do some sightseeing of Tingmosgang Nunnery, Gompa, Lotsava Lamdon School as well as Tia Nunnery, Tia Gompa and Khatsa Gompa. So it is advisable to arrive already a day earlier (or, if you continue from Tingmosgang plan a whole day for the 2 hours walk Tingmosgang-Tia to do all the sightseeing and enjoy the village life). One follows the village to the northwest and continues to ascend on a 4.070 m high pass. Going down one can glimpse the green fields and trees of Skindiyang, a friendly village connected with Khaltse by road. It is located on 3.530 m.
Day 03 : Trek Skindiyang to Yarma Dok, 4 hrs.
Enjoy the village life and start then for the climb on Sedchan-la, a 4.095 m high pass. First go to the north and then take a turn to a valley climbing up to the west. Going down one might meet some grazing animals from Skindiyang. Yarma Dok is a shepherds place with some greenery. Camp in the upper part, where there is also some fresh water. Yarma Dok is 3.620 m high.
Day 04 : Trek Yarma Dok to Smolchang, 3 hrs.
One has to cross a pass again today, the 3.830 m high Lamamo-la. From there the path keeps being high so it is a big pleasure to walk while seeing a great mountain-scenery around. On 3.580 m is a small patch of greenery called Smolchang. It is surrounded by nice rocks for bouldering. Otherwise just relax and enjoy being in the mountains.
Day 05 : Trek Smolchang to Dhomkar 4 hrs.
Again one has first to climb a pass, which is the Samun-la at 3.845 m. After that it goes down, sometimes through quite a narrow gorge and sometimes quite steep, so one has to be careful and watch one's steps. At 3.380 m the houses of Upper Dhomkar appear and a car can drive up to there. But one can also decide to continue a little through the village and meet the car where the road crosses the valley. The main road is at 2.970 m. Around the corner is the Rock Art of Dhomkar with very old petroglyphs.
Day 06 Dhomkar to Dha to Leh
After Breakfast drive to visit Dha-hanu and drive back to Leh