Zanskar-Kanji-La Trek

Duration: 24 nights/ 25 days

Best Time: Mid June-Mid Sep

Grade: Moderate

Altitude: 5120 mts (highest points Singay-la)

Arrival Delhi

Upon arrival meet to assistance drive to hotel for rest of the night.

Delhi-Kalka-Manali(1055m)

Early morning board train to Kalka ETD 0630 hrs, ETA 1120 hrs, on arrival meet to our local staff, continue drive to Manali approximately 300 km/ 8-9 hrs drive, Check in hotel, dinner and overnight at hotel.

Manali

After breakfast full day local sightseeing of Manali, is one of the finest and prettiest hill stations of India. The ancient town of Manali is situated at an altitude of 2,050m in the enchanting surroundings of the famous Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh. Hadimba Maata Temple, The beautiful temple dedicated to Hadimba Devi, wife of Bhim - one of the five Pandavas. Built in 1553, this four-story wooden temple is famous for its intricately caved doorway. Vashist Hot Water Springs and Temple: Located at 3.2 km from Manali across the Beas River is Vashist, a small village with natural sulphur hot water springs at an altitude of 6200 ft. The springs are believed to possess medicinal properties and people from far areas come to take a bath in them. Nearby is a pyramidal stone temple dedicated to Vashistha Muni. Naggar Castle, Naggar is a small village but has its charm that lies in the mystic aura spread by Deodars, untamed and blotched roads, razor like cascades and snow covered peaks. This has been the erstwhile capital of the Kullu state for about 1,400 years. At a height of 5,775 ft, Naggar has its attractions in the apple and plum orchards. Rest of the time visit the most touristic place “The Mall” Overnight at hotel.

Manali-Darcha (3350m) over Rohtang la(3980 m) 08 hrs drive

Journey up and over the Rohtang Pass and in to Lahoul valley. A relaxing way to acclimatise to the increasing altitude. The Rohtang is the gateway to a new culture and climate. Further we follow the Chandra and Bhag river, reach at Darcha (Jispa) overnight at hotel or camp.

Darcha- Palamo(3700m) 04 hrs trek

An easy day with gradual ascent through grassy meadows will bring us to the small village of Chikka. Descent down to wooden bridge at Palamo. Cross the bridge and arrive the camp. Overnight & meals in camp.

Palamo- Chhumikanakpo(4400m) 08 hrs trek

An easy morning a gentle walk along a rocky path will bring us to Sumdo River. Cross it over a suspension bridge and camp at Junction. We follow the Shingo Chu river steeply uphill amongst a wealth of Thyme , camp surrounding by snow peaks. Meals & overnight camp.

Chhumikanakpo-Over Shingola(5100m)- Lakhong(4400m) 7 hrs trek

An early start while the snowfields are still frozen. Moraines lead to Cairns and prayer flags marking the summit of the Shingo La, the gateway to Zanskar valley. A steep descent follows (some of it on snow ) to the river far below at Lakhong. Meals & overnight camp.

Lakhong –Kargiak(4150m) 05 hrs trek

Cross the Shingo River. Climb down a mass of fallen rocks, then cross several streams. Pass underneath the face Gumburanjon, then an easy descent to Kargiak. Meals & overnight camp.

Kargiak – Purne(3630m)07 hrs trek

Easy ground takes us past stupas and Mani walls to a junction with the Baralacha la and Phirste la routes into Zanskar. A short distance beyond Tanze the Kargiak Chu River is crossed over a wooden bridge. An excellent path leads steadily to Testa village. The path continues downward near the river. Climb a gentle slope up to Yal. Steep descent towards a bridge, which you cross to get to Purne. Meals & overnight camp.

Purne- Phuktal-Purne, 04 hrs trek

Follow the Tsarap Chu River through magnificent scenery to Phuktal Gompa, spectacularly cut into the rock and home to a large number of yellow hat monks. A commemorative stone marks the passage through here of the early Tibetan explorer, Alexander Csomo de Koros. Return to camp at Purne. Meals & overnight camp.

Purne- Ichar (3650m) 06 hrs trek

The Tsarap River is crossed giving a fine view over the village of Char, and then we cross tributaries and continue in the main River gorge. Arrive at the large bridge, which leads to Ichar village. Interesting fortified village. Meals & overnight camp.

Ichar-Raru(3620m) 05 hrs trek

An early start allows us to cross to the other side of the river to visit the fortified village of Ichar. Retracing our footsteps we re-cross the river and follow its gorge to Raru. Meals & overnight camp.

Raru-Padum(3500m) 05 hrs trek

Keeping to the west bank of the river we walk through a narrow defile and under the towering Barden Gompa. Onward past picturesque parts now having a majority of Muslims. Meals & overnight camp .

Padum-Karsha Gompa-Padum

Morning commence the trek to Karsha gompa full day visit later descend trek to Paudm. Overnight Camp.

Padum- Rangdum (3675 m.) 110 kms. 6/7 hrs drive

Drive over Pensila (4450 m) having magnificent views of many peaks just below the Drung – Drung Glacier that is the base for climbing Zanskar group of peaks. We descend down to our camp at Rangdum. Visit Rangdum Gompa. Overnight camp.

Rangdum Gompa-Mapolan (3800m) - 5 hrs trek

Follow the slightly more demanding part of the trek up along the river Kanji on the right bank and cross it to continue along the river with frequent ups and downs. Overnight camp.

Mapolan- base of Kanji La(4150m) 5hrs trek

Follow the path until finding yourself in front of narrow gorge. Today we cross several easy crossings. Good campsite.

Base of Kanji La-Cross Kanjila (5270m) –Base(4300m) 7hrs trek

Follow the gorge until reaching the Kanji la across a mass of fallen rocks. From the pass a steep descent to the camp. Overnight camp.

Base- Kanji Village(3850m) 4 hrs trek

Crossing the river several times, we follow the trail on the right bank until seeing Kanji. Onwards , we cross and go along the left bank until reaching the village. Overnight camp.

Kanji-Yogma-la (4700m)- Shillakong(4100m) 6 hrs trek

We follow the left bank of the river, which comes down form the Yogma-la. Crossing the river in front of small village, we fallow the valley leading to Yogmala. Descent to the Shillakong and arrive at the camp. Overnight Camp.

Shillakong-Shilla-Lamayuru(3460m) 6 hrs trek

Today we fallow the trail that involves many river crossing till Shilla. The further trail fallow a narrow and dry gorge as far as the Prinkiti-la (3726m). From the pass an easy descent to the village of Lamayuru. Overnight camp.

Lamayuru- Leh (4 hrs drive + monasteries visit)

Early morning start the journey to Leh en route visit Rizong & Alchi Gompa, on arrival at Leh check in hotel for overnight.

Leh

Day at leisure for individual activities, after noon visit Shanti Stupa and Sankar Gomba, walk in the street. Meal and overnight at hotel.

Leh

Full day Sightseeing of the Shey, Thiksey and Hemis gompa overnight at hotel.

Leh-Delhi

Departure transfer to Leh Airport. Arrival transfer in Delhi and o/n Hotel, rest of the time half day Old Delhi sightseeing visit Red Fort, Chadani chowk and Gandhi Memorial. Late evenin checkout & dinner ,transferred to the International airport for departure.