Period of Operation : July to early October
Rating : Strenuous trek
Highest Altitude : 5100 m
Duration : 26 Days
Day 01 : Fly Delhi to Kullu Valley
Today, take flight from Delhi airport to Kullu. Arrive Kullu and our driver will meet you and you will be driven to the town of Manali which is 42 kms from Kullu valley. Manali popularly known as the “Queen of Hill Station” is the most beautiful hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
You may also visit the Hindu Temple, local bazaar and can walk to the nearest villages. Your flight journey will also be very interesting as you will get the views of the greater Himalayas and Manali.
Day 02 : Drive from Manali to Darcha
Morning, we drive to Rohtang Pass (4000 mts). Rohtang pass is open for visitors from June to November every year and in every direction, we will have the view of the snowcapped mountains. Rohtang pass in the highest motor able road which connects Manali in Himachal to Leh in Jammu & Kashmir. From there, downhill drive to Chandra valley along the stream. Later at Keylong, we will have the Lunch. We camp at Jespa which is four miles south of Darcha (Alt. 3300mts. / 10’826 ft.) in the Bhaga Valley. Later on, we continue our journey to Bhaga valley over the Baralacha La (4891 mts./16’046 ft). Crossing the Zanskar range we will eventually be in Leh. Darcha is the point from where tomorrow morning, we will start our trekking tour.
Day 03 : Trek to Barai River camp (4 hrs approx)
Today is an easy trek on an ascent trial to Barai Nallah Valley. On the route, we pass number of small hamlets and will have breathtaking view of snow peaks. Crossing a narrow River Gorge, we will reach your camp site near the side of the river. Night in the camp (Alt. 3700 mts / 12’100 ft.).
Day 04 : Barai River camp to the Jula
In the morning, we ascent up the valley . Crossing the river, we use a “Jula” a single steel cable spannning a river with a small-suspended box from it. On the same way, the pack ponies and the equipments will be unloaded. The ponies have to swim the river and the whole process of crossing the river may take 3-4 hrs. So after a 4 hrs walk, we camp here just near the river. Rest of the time is free for acclimatization to the high altitude. Near to your camp site, there is a beautiful waterfall where we will do washing.
Day 05 : Trek to Chumik Nakpo, above Ramjak
Towards northwest direction, we ascent into the valley. The first hour of the trekking is bit tough but later it is more steady. The route is well defined and easy for the rest of the day.
The slopes are too scary but an impressive view of the snow peaks will astonish you. After an hour trek, we reach Ramjak which is a very large area. From where, we will climb another hour. Finally, after a trekking of 6 hrs, we will reach to our campsite which isat Chumik Nakpo (Alt.4380 mts./14’400 ft).
Day 06 : Over the Shingo – La (16’719 ft. / 509 mts.)
Today is a tough and challenging day as we have to climb again to snow covered pass enclosed by several peaks of 20000 ft of all around. After having lunch on the pass, we walk down the whole afternoon on snow and rock but later to flat meadows to reach Zanskar valley. From here, we will view over a steep into the Tsarap Valley. We walk down to our campsite at Lakong which is on a beautiful and grassy meadow.
Day 07 : Lakong to Shi
Today, we continue our journey to Shi where there is beautiful field just near the river. On the way, we pass the stunning Gumburanjon temple and the first Buddhist village of Zanskar, Kargyakh. We can see the Buddhist everywhere with lot of chortens (religious obelisks). Night stay in the camp (4060 mts).
Day 08 : Shi to Purne (07 / 08 hrs)
Today, we ascent the deep valley. The rocks we will see are of purple, red brown, dark brown, gray and even light green which indicates the copper is present in the rocks. Crossing the table and lot of small villages of Zanskar, we will finally reach Purne for a night stay in a camp.
Day 09 : Purne to Phuktal Gompa
Today, we trek up a deep and notable gorge along a fast flowing river to the remove monastery. The Gompa is 500 year old and was built on the side of a cliff. Here, we will visit the stone tablet made by the Hungarian, Alexandra Csoma De Koros, the first explorer in Tibet. Then we will return to Purne for a night stay in the camp.
Day 10 : Purne to Ichar
Leave Purne and trek to Ichar. We cross some small villages i.e. Cha, Kaydang and onto amuni Where we can camp but the better is to continue the trek passing the village of Surle and reach Ichar. We will walk on a strong metal bridge crossing the river. Crossing the river, we walk a bit to a meadow for a night stay in a camp.
Day 11 : Ichar to Reru
Today, after a short walk of 30 minutes, we will reach the fortified village of Ichar which is worth visit place and the most beautiful village. But as the place is only connected by a bridge which is not in a good condition so we could not visit it today. So after an early cup of tea, we will visit and then return back to the camp site. Afterwards, we trek and will visit small monasteries. Just behind Reru village, we camp for a night stay near the small lake.
Day 12 : Reru to Shila (5 hrs).
We begin the day leaving Reru and continuing trekking to Shila. On the route, we will visit Mune Gompa, Bardan Gompa and an impressive monastery situated on the top of a rocky outcrop. The construction of the building was started in the 16th century by Nawang Namgyal. We will camp opposite Shila and a beautiful waterfall can be seen from the campsite. Night in the camp.
Day 13 : Pass through Padum to Karsha
After a long 6 days trekking down which we walked, now the Lunak valley opens much wider. We will reach Padum and there we will enjoy with a few drinks as we completed the first part of the trek. We will have enough time to explore the markets. After resting for a while, we will walk through the wild plain passing hamlets of Pipiting. We will reach our campsite at Karsha after an hour walk. The Gompa in Karsha village is one of the largest and beautiful in Ladakh.
Day 14 : Karsha to Pishu
This is another easy day of our trip. We trek along the flat and open valley with the high walls dotted with coloured hues of alluvial fans and rock. From Rinam, we trek in the valley of wall and pass a series of irrigation channels. It is a fantastic place where we will take some rest. Later, we continue to reach Pishu and we will camp just beside the river in a large meadow. Night in the camp.
Day 15 : Rest Day
We have kept half day totally free to recover from the adversity which we faced in our last 12 days trek. Today, we will get a chance to interact with the friendly children lives in the village. We may also visit the longest span rope bridge in Zanskar or trek to visit the castle where the second king of Ladakh still lives. The rest half day, we trek the high pass and the route involves the number of pass to be crossed and the it is completely different from the first half trek.
Day 16 : Pishu to Hanumil
It’s a easy day as we only have to walk for just 5 hrs along the river of Zanskar. As we go the west side, the valley will get deepen and narrow. The trek gradually ascends to the campsite of Hanumil. Night in the camp.
Day 17 : Hanumil to Meadow camp
Today, we trek to Meadow camp and will cross our first pass, thew Parfi –La situated at an altitude of 3900 mts. To reach the campsite, firstly we walk down steep zig and zags and then ascend again to the camp in the meadow. Left behind is the Zanskar River and ahead is a very deep gorge but we will continue the journey tomorrow and will see some of the unique limestone slab formation and stratifies rocks. We will also have the chances to see Ibex
Day 17 : Hanumil - Purfi La (3950m) - Snertse (3850m) in 6h.
Up and down over a steep path.
Day 18 : Snerstse - Hanuma La (4950m) - Lingshet (4000m) in 6h.
After a steep climb we reach the Purfi La pass, from where the panorama towards the Ladakhi and Zanskari ranges is quite impressive. Visit of Lingshet monastery.
Day 19 : Lingshet - Camp before Singue La (4550m), in 6h.
We start a long and gradual ascent to the Netuke La pass (4280m), where we have a wonderful view towards the Nierag valley. The trail then descends shortly to reach Skimpata and Gongma villages, then climbs steeply to reach the second pass, Khyupa La (4300m).
Day 20 : Camp before Singue La - Singue La (5050m) - Photoksar (4200m) in 6h.
An amazing spectacle of hanging icefalls. We descend towards the Photang river and progress through barley fields.
Day 21 : Photoksar - Sirsir La (4850m) - Hanupatta (3760m) in 6h.
Photang valley turns into a gorge labyrinth, which forces us to make a detour via Sirsir La pass. Three shortens mark Hanupatta and its giant hundred-year-old cedar, flanked by colorful prayer flags.
Day 22 : Hanupatta - Wanla (3250m) in 5h.
We head down towards the Photang valley and climb up to the Panjila pass(3410m). We finally descend to Wanla and visit its tiny monastery.
Day 23 : Wanla - Lamayuru (3420m) in 4h.
Visit of the monastery at Lamayuru, which is the biggest in western Ladakh and was built in the 16th century on the site of a much older temple. The gompa is very well kept and famous for its many colorful wall paintings.
Day 24 : Lamayuru - Leh (3500m)
Early in the morning you will be taken to Leh, the capital of Ladakh by Bus. At an altitude of 3505 meters, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will escort you to your hotel in Leh. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 25 : Leh - Shey - Thiksey – Hemis - Leh
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Day 26 : Leh – Delhi - Departure
Early in the morning check out from the hotel, then transfer to Domestic airport to catch the flight for Delhi. Upon on arrival at Delhi, transfer to IGI airport to catch the flight to your onward destination.
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