Zanskar Trek

Duration: 18 nights/ 19 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-Leh

Early morning transfer to Domestic Airport to connect the flight for Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport our representative would assist you at the Airport and transfer to Hotel. Check into the hotel. Full day relax at the hotel for the acclimatization.

Leh -Lamayuru (3-4 hrs drive)

Early morning leave Leh for Lamayuru. Along the way, we come across some of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh, founded around 11th century by Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo Lamayuru, Likir and Alchi offer truly memorable visits on account of their age and history. After reaching Lamayuru (3420m) we will spend the day exploring the ancient monastery and to prepare for the next day. Overnight camp near by the Lamayuru Monastery.

Lamayuru – Wanla (3250m)3-4 hrs

After breakfast pack our small backpacks, watch the horses get ready, and set off for this first day of our adventure. A gentle trail leads up to the small pass of Prinkti La (3750m) before heading down to the village of Wanla (3250m).Here we set up camp for the night and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun or exploring the Gompa in Wanla, overnight camp.

Wanla -Hanupatta (3,600 m.) 7 hrs

An easy walk towards Phansila (3410m) will lead us to a beautiful valley. From here we descend to a pass beyond which the valley starts to narrow, with mountain towering above our heads and the Zanskar River making its way deep down in the gorge. In this barren, harsh landscape, beautiful rosebushes give your senses an unforgettable experience. We camp close to the river, just after the village of Hanupatta (3760m), where we have a great view down the valley. Overnight tent.

Hanupatta - Sirsir La (4850 m) - Photoskar (4200m) 6 -7 Hrs

We follow the river and the wide valley up for some time before we cross the river and start the long and gradual ascent to Sirsir La (4850m). From the top of the pass we can get panoramic view of the main Zanskar range as well as our next pass, the Singay La (5120m). It is another 2 - 2 ½ hr of walk down to the village of Photoskar (4200m), situated in the cliff of mountains virtually piercing the sky and surrounded by green fields. The trail towards Sumdo disappears in the deep gorge down to the right of the village. We spend the night close to the village and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Photoskar - Singay La (5120 m) – Base of Singge La, 7-8 Hrs

After early breakfast commence trek, crossing the small pass of Bumiktsh. A gentle trail leads us through this beautiful landscape, where villagers graze their yak/dzo and horses. One of the most fascinating things about the Zanskar trek is the ever-changing landscape. Every time you turn a corner, or cross a pass, a new world appears in front of you. Passing through the deepest of gorges and meandering through the greenest of fields, the majestic Zanskar River assume a fascinating form and life of its own. With color and shadows changing with the sun, later gradually descending towards Singay la, the last few meters are steep, but will give u an incredibly rewarding view on the top. From the pass it is an easy walk down to our camp site. Overnight camp.

Foot Of Singge La - Lingshed (4065m.) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast commence journey to Lingshed along with the Zanskar River, the mountains take a greener and gentler formation, before we descend from Kiupa La (4450 m) down the steep zigzag trail to the village of Gongma (3840m). From here we climb up a gentle trail to the Margum La (4400m), from where we can see Lingshed an hour or so away. The campsite in Lingshed is just by the monastery belonging to the Gelugpa order and housing around 60 monk .The village itself is spread out over a big area, enclosed in green fields of barley. Overnight tent.

Lingsed - Snertse Via Hanuma La (4950 m) 7-8 hrs

A long day, we walk through the green fields of Lingshed early in the morning. It takes some ups and downs before we reach the base of the Hanuma La, from where we start climbing the many steep zigzags that lead to the top of the pass. The walk down is gentle before we enter a rocky, spectacular gorge and soon the valley flattens out, the trail following a lush riverbed with rosebushes. Just above the campsite of Snertse, there is a herder 'camp, and sometime fresh cheese, milk and curd is available here. Down in the riverbed it is possible to go hunting for fossils. The locals sometimes show nice collections of their findings. When the Indian plate slammed into the stationary mass of Asia some 50 millions year ago, the Great Himalayas were formed from the base material of the Indian plate. The Zanskar range consists of layer of sediments from the ocean floor and the Ladakh range is granite born out of the immense heat generated by the friction between the two plates.

Snertse – Hanumil (3397m) Via Purfi La (3980m)

After breakfast commence trek to Hanumil (3397m), first part of the trek gradually ascending later climb to Parfi La (3980m). A short walk after Snertse, there is a wonderful lookout from where we can see the pass and down the valley, the Oma Chu River. Here we walk down to the bank of the Zanskar River and follow it all the way to the village of Hanumil (3380 m), where we will camp for the night.

Hanumil - Pishu (3475m) 4-5 hours

After breakfast we start with an easy walk on plain and barren land along the Zanskar River and follow it all the way to Pishu (3475m). Pishu is located on the west side of the Zanskar River and opposite of Zangla. Last part of the trail a lush green field, this is our camp site overnight at camp.

Pishu – Karsha –Padum (3535m)6-7 hrs

After a breakfast we will begin our day first we will visit the Karsha monaster (3700 m), continue trek to Padum the head quarter of Zanskar valley, from Karsha one can see very nice view of the monastery. Tent near by the river or we will provide you local house.

Padam

Full day free visit Tondge, Bardan, Mune and Sani Gompa, evening witness the local dance and song. Overnight at tent or local house.

Padum-Rangdum(145km-6-7 hrs drive)

After breakfast drive to Rangdum monastery, followed Doda River at Dhungri. driving along the right bank of the River. Further on, we will cross a beautiful valley covered with comprehensive green patches. Between Padum and Aksho, we will come across a few small villages : Dhungri, Phay and Hamuling. As we pass, we will be slowly leaving Zanskar valley and Drang Drung Glacier beside the Penzila. In the middle of the next valley next we can see Rangdum monastery situated on a rock hill. On arrival pitch tent for overnight.

Rangdum-Kargil 95km/ 4-5 hrs

After an early breakfast continue drive towards Kargil, followed the Suru River and Suru valley, at Thangbu village, about 12 km before reaching the Panikhar, we can have an incredible photographic view of Nun (7135 m) and Kun (7080) mountains before reaching Kargil. Today we have stop several times to check the passport. On arrival check in hotel for overnight.

Kargil-Uley Topko(165km/ 6-7 hrs drive)

Early breakfast drive to Leh, through the Namik la (3120m) and Fotula 3659m), en route visit Mulbek village where you will see the one monastery and a sculpted Buddha statue. On arrival at Uley Topko check in the resort for overnight.

Uley Topko-Leh (75km/ 4-5 hrs)

After breakfast commence journey to Leh en route visit Alchi, Likir, & Phyang monastery, on arrival check in hotel for overnight, rest of the day free. Overnight at hotel.

Leh

Full day local sightseeing visit Stok Palace, Spituk Monastery, Shankar Gompa and Shanti Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Leh-Delhi

Early in the morning take flight to Delhi. On arrival meet to assistance drive to hotel near by the airport. In time dep. transfer to international airport for onward destination.