The tour starts at Manali where we make an acclimatization walk and then travel on to the starting point of the challenging trek enroute visiting some villages in Lahaul valley.
About The Trek: A 15 days/ 14 nights tour involving 09 days of high altitude trekking. The tour starts at Manali where we make an acclimatization walk and then travel on to the starting point of the challenging trek enroute visiting some villages in Lahaul valley. This trek has a well deserved reputation of being one of the most challenging and rewarding trek in all. It involves crossing high passes and descending steeply back down to river valleys before climbing yet another pass enroute visiting some monasteries and villages around. The adventurous find it irresistible since it captures the essence of the Himalayas. The serenity and spiritual solace are an experience of a life time. The trek ends at Padum which is the old capital of Zanskar.
Duration of Tour: 15 days/ 14 nights
Duration of Trek: 09 days/ 08 nights
Best Time: Mid June to End Sep
Highest Point: Shingo La 5100 m
Highlight: Zanskar Region, Monasteries & Landscape
Physical Challenge: Challenging overall.
Day Wise Trek Description:
Day 01: Manali - Darcha (146 kms/ 9 hrs)
Travel from Manali to Darcha by jeep over the Rohtang Pass (3980 m) enroute visiting several villages in Lahaul valley like Sissu, Gondla etc to Keylong from where we visit to Khardong village and monastery. Continue further to Darcha (3360 m) enroute visiting Jispa. On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 02: Darcha - Plano (5 hrs trek)
Straight forward waking to pleasant campsite at 3700 m. View an amazing gorge enroute. On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 03: Palano - Zanskar Sumdo (5 hrs trek)
Again very little climbing but a lot of scrambling over rocks and a river crossing near the campsite at 3900 m. On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 04: Zanskar Sumdo - Chumik Nakpo (5 hrs trek)
After the cattle trolly there a steep climb for half an hour and then a steady climb for the rest of the day to camp at 4500 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 05: Chumik Nakpo - Shingo La - Lakong (7 hrs trek)
An eventful day for those who have never climbed to this height (5100 m). Walk over the glacier and descend to a good campsite (4400 m). On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 06: Lakong - Kargyak (5 hrs trek)
Easy walking along this beautiful valley past Mount Gumbarajon to the first village of the Zanskar region (4000 m). On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Kargyak - Zamthang (6 hrs trek)
Now you are walking through the Buddhist region passing quaint villages (camp at 3400 m). On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Zamthang – Phuktal - Zamthang (4 hrs trek)
This is a free day to see the incredible monastery situated in a cave. Crossing a hanging rope bridge is an unforgettable experience (3400 m). On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 09: Zamthang - Bipul (4 hrs trek)
Easy walking along the river Tsarap (Camp at 3650 m). On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Bipul - Baruk (4 hrs trek)
A steep half hour climb and then a gentle down hill walk to Baruk (camp at 3680 m). On arrival set up camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 11: Baruk - Padam (5 hrs trek)
Trek to Padam (3560 m) enroute visiting Burdan Gompa which is one of the oldest in the region. Padam is the sub-divisional headquarters of Kargil. Overnight in tents/hotel.
Day 12: In Padum
After breakfast a trip to the nearby village of Sani and saini monastery (with local guide), which was one of the holiest places of Buddhists in Zanskar is among the pilgrims. Evening free to explore surroundings. Overnight in Guest house
Day 13: Drive Padum/ Rangdum (120 kms/ 8-9 hrs)
Today, we take leave of Padum and drive over the pass Pensi (4400 m) back north to Rangdum, On arrival Check in at Camp. Overnight at Camp
Day 14: Drive Rangdum / Kargil (160 kms / 6-7 hrs)
Travel by surface from Rangdum to Kargil enroute viewing Nun 7135 mts and Kun 7077 mts peaks and Darang – Durung glacier. On arrival check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 15: Kargil/ Leh drop (236 kms/ 8 hrs)
After early Breakfast drive to Leh enroute visiting Likir Monastery and Basgo Palace. Trek ends in Leh.