-Lamayuru 16 nights 17 days
Here is a chance for hardiest trekker, 14 to 20 kms of rough tough and wonderful views every day for 3 weeks.
You and your group will be led among Western Himalayas premier long distance footpath, which links Darcha in Lahaul with Padum
in Zanskar and Lamayuru in Ladakh. At several points you will visit: Phuktal monastery which is built under a huge cave, Sani
gompa, Mani gompa, Burdan gompa, Karsha gompa, Lingshed gompa and Lamayuru gompa. You will reach as high as 5100 mtrs , the
path crosses several passes Shingo la 5100 mtrs, Perfi la, Hunuma la 4800 mtrs, Sengge la 5060 mtrs, Sirsir la and Prinkiti
la. As you cross old pack horse trail, sheperds track, and ancient route. The route crosses Rivers of Chandra, Bhaga, Tsarap,
Doda, Zanskar and Indus
Zanskar traverse is one of the classic trekking tours of the Himalayan region, the first day 7 hrs. Drive
to Darcha (3,360 m) over Rohtang pass (3,978 m) the gateway to Lahoul, Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar valleys. We camp at Darcha
to acclimatize, which is starting point of some major trekking tour. We cross Shingo La pass (5,090 m) to get into Zanskar.
Many ancient gompa on the way: Phuktal gompa which is built under a huge cave and it provides the one of the fantastic view.
Karsha gompa is biggest in Zanskar region. Enroute we pass shepherds with their flocks of sheep and climb beautiful snow covered
passes with panoramic views of the Great Himalayan range. Trek terminates at Lamayuru, which has an ancient gompa. It is oldest
gompa in Ladakh, with large library of Buddhist literature. Leh is 147 Kms from Lamayuru.
Region: Lahoul, Zanskar, Ladakh,
Trip Length: 24 days Ex New Delhi,
Ex Manali - Leh: 16 nights 17 days
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Max. Altitude : Shingo - la (5090mt.),
Best Season: Mid June to September end
OUTLINE TREK ITINERARY
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi
Day 02: Drive Delhi - Manali (2,040m)
Day 03: Manali: Acclimatize.
Day 04: Drive Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m) – Jispa (3300m). Acclimatize.
Day 05: Drive to Palamo (3825m), Trek to Zanskar Sumdo (4,100m).
Day 06: Trek to Chhumik Nakpo (4670m).
Day 07: Trek to Shingola (5090m) - Lakhong (4590m).
Day 08: Trek to Kargyak (4230m).
Day 09: Trek to Purne (3965m).
Day 10: Trek to Phuktal (4055m) and back to Purne.
Day 11: Trek to Vipula (3865m).
Day 12: Trek to Raru (3960m).
Day 13: Drive to Padum (3,530m) -Karsha (3,320 m).
Day 14: Trek to Pishu (3660m).
Day 15: Trek to Hanumil (3650m).
Day 16: Trek to Snertse (3940m).
Day 17: Trek to Lingshed (4100m).
Day 18: Trek to foot of Sengge-la (3,990m).
Day 19: Trek to Sengge-la ( 5060m) Photoksar ( 4400m).
Day 20: Trek to Sir Sir-la ( 4965m) Hanupatta (4070m).
Day 21: Drive to Lamayuru (3750m) – Leh.
Day 22: Leh – Local sight-seeing.
Day 23: Leh - New Delhi
Day 24: Fly home.
2 pax: On request
3 - 4 pax:
5 - 6 pax:
7 - 8 pax:
9 - 10 pax:
11 - 12 pax:
16 nights 17 days Cost Includes:
· All trekking and camping gears. 3 men spacious 3 season tent, cozy dining
tent, toilet tent.
· Transportation to and fro as per itinerary.
· All meals: Indian, Tibetan, local and continental cuisine.
· Staff: Guide, cook, helpers, trekking mules/horses - and riding horse.
· Medical first aid supply.
· Hotel accommodation at Manali and Leh.
· Alcoholic bevarages and soft drinks.
· Personal laundry, Entrance fees at monasteries.
· Personal insurance.
· Personal Tipping to staff.
· Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards.
DARCHA LAMAYURU TRIP TESTIMONIAL
"I’d like to thanks our guide Pritam for the excellent trek. He is a very good guide,
always in a good mood. He was helpful in all situations. During the entire trip everything was really very fine. Thanks for
him Zanskar Ladakh trekking was a real pleasure".
Miss Dorota N. -POLAND 30 June-19 July 2010
"All service given to us clients have been to my fill pleasance, my expectation have been fulfilled
The kitchen was very good and always considering our special wishes
· The guide organized a good team work with the staff and also made short and agreeable advice
of us clients. He has a good skill in leading people. This was showed also by a good atmosphere in the group, in the staff
and also he always made good contact with people we met.
· The routing was also very nice and the guide always knew very well where to go, where we are
and how much time the hike still takes.
· Special wishes from our side have been considered like watching the final world’s football
cup. Also I got good information about nature – culture.
I would recommend Potala Adventurers to other people and look back on a impressive time".
Miss Judith B. -SWITZERLAND 30 June - 19 July 2010
"From 16th July till 5th of August we did great Zanskar trek organise by Potala Adventures. Not only the trek
was amazing, the crews cook, guide and horseman were brilliant and absolutely professional. Whole 3 weeks through Zanskar
was an unforgettable adventure".
Mr. B. Edelbacher & friend -AUSTRIA August
"The team we are perfectly satisfied of the trek and its organization. The team was quite efficient
and also very kind scrupulous and mindful of everything. We appreciate to have realized all that was planned and respected
the schedule. The landscapes were beautiful and we like also the visit of monasteries. We were glad also to notice that it
was possible discuss alternating possibilities for the part of the itinerary and that they were studied careful (like possibilities
of making Stok-kangri ascent at Stok valley). We had a feeling of good communication with our team and it was very pleasant.
I also congratulate also for the good quality and various cooking. So our trek was perfect and we had a marvellous of Ladakh
Mr. Pierre, Ginette W. and family - BELGIUM
"Overall, the trek went very well, spectacular scenery, fascinating gompas, a look at rural
life. Karma cooked excellent food throughout, even when the supplies i.e. vegetable, ran low, as we were unable to buy supplies
in Padum (due to circumstances at Kargil). He structured the trek, to avoid very long, difficult days, assisted with river
crossing and was very helpful. Vilati is an excellent and efficient pony man. He treated the animals well when unwell and
particularly impressed with getting over Shingo La so early in season (May). Also to Prem for assisting up until this stage
over pass and for cleaning up campsite it was very good to see this attitude to the environment 5 sacks of other begs as rubbish
at Zanskar Sumdo. Tsering did an excellent job thanks also for assistance with translating throughout".
From: Mr. Anthony C. and Miss Luise K. -AUSTRALIA
"At first I had no intention of using a trekking agency to backpack from Darcha to Lamayuru.
20 minutes in the Potala Adventurers office changed my mind. They are by far the friendliest agency in Manali. Our on the
trail they provide more of an experience then I could have hoped for. Urgen and crew are an exceptional choice of the villagers
you pass through, especially if you want a chilled pitcher of Chang at the end of the day, All in all, highly recommended.
The only choice if you ask me".
Mr. Ryan Damron - USA
"We would have no hesitation in recommending Potala Adventurers for wilderness trekking during
our 22 days using them we found then to be honest, reliable and professional. I am sure anybody using their services will
not leave than disappointed".
Mr. Michel Stewart, Glasgow -SCOTLAND
"A great trek with great scenery and beautiful camp spots. We were thoroughly spoiled with excellent
food, excellent camping and excellent cards games. We were all looked after by the Potala team and I hope to trek with them
again one day. Wonderful".
Miss Catherine Macdonald. SCOTLAND
Trek Darcha-Lamayuru trip dossier
Day 01: Arrival in Delhi, Fly Manali or Drive to Manali.
New Delhi IGI airport, most of international flights arrive New Delhi by midnight. Drive to hotel from airport for half day
at Pahar Ganj or Cannaught area. We recommend at Pahar Ganj area. Close to railway station and close to Cannaught. If you are arriving mid night fly to Kullu Manali airport or leave to Manali by overnight deluxe bus leaving
everyday by 16:00 – 17:00 hrs from different locations in New Delhi. Booked
a hotel for half day to shower and relax.
Day 02: Delhi - Manali (2,040 m) Fly or deluxe bus or private vehicle.
Delhi on arrival day by taking deluxe bus, you are arriving Manali today by 10:00 hrs. Rest relax and acclimatize. If you
fly we keep this day for local sight- seeing in around Manali. Or taking deluxe bus today you arrive next morning at Manali,
or flying today to Manali.
Day 03: Manali – Acclimatization.
around Manali or day for final preparation before leaving to Zanskar.
Day 4: Drive to Rohtang La (3978m) - Keylong - Jispa (3300m) 6/ 7 hrs.
6/7 hrs drive
over Rohtang pass (3978mt.), which is the gateway Lahoul and Spiti Pangi and Zanskar valley, overnight camp.
Day 05: Drive
to Palamo (3825m) 1 hr, Trek to Zanskar Sumdo (4,100m) 5 hrs.
Jispa we drive to Darcha and to Palamo , starting point of our trek. We pass two villages of Rarik and Chikka. On
the way, way pass a spectacular gorge. Continue along the left bank, and then cross a first ford.
and good view of mountain, we continue on the left bank until reaching a second ford. 400mt.gradual climbs from Palamo to
Zanskar Sumdo. Good camp aside a ford.
Day 06: Trek
to Chhumik Nakpo (4670m) 6 hrs.
Zanskar Sumdo we cross the second ford then go up the right hand valley following the stream, which comes from Shingo la.
Streams in Himalayas should be cross carefully even if they look small, camp in the small meadow.
Day 07: Climb
to Shingo-la (5090m) - Lakhong (4590mt) 7/8 hrs.
Today is an
eventful day for those who have never climbed to this height. From the camp, climb moderate slopes to foot of the pass. Finally
at the top of the pass of Shingo-la (5090mt.) see the view of various peaks. Walk over the glacier and fallen rocks. Finally
reach Lakhong camp beside small stream.
Day 08: Trek
to Kargyak (4230m) 5/6 hrs.
Cross the stream
and come to the right side of stream. Walk on a mass of fallen rocks, then cross a small stream. After one hour, you pass
beneath the face of the Gomborangjum, then an easy descent to the first village of Zanskar region Kargyak.
Day 09: Trek
to Purne (3965m) 6 hrs.
the Buddhist regions means always go from the left side of Chorten (Stupa) and recite as OM MANE PADME HUM, Continue on the
right bank along an easy walk. Reach Tanze
Which a small
village, gompa is in ruins a bit higher-up. A short distance beyond Tanze, there is a small bridge across to the left bank.
Slight rise in terrain leads to Kuru, a major village of livestock breeders, then arrival in Testa, beautiful village. The
path continues downward as near the river. Stay on the left bank, and then climb to Yal. Reaching Yal steep descent towards
a large bridge, which you cross to go Purne
Day 10: Trek
to Phuktal (4055m) and back to Purne 6 hrs.
Purne we go up the right bank of the Tsarap River in to the splendid gorges. Cross a bridge in good condition, walk up for
few minutes. A ledge leads to a small plateau sprinkled with Chorten and religious banners. From here see the most spectacular
sights in the Zanskar regions, Phuktal monastery which is built under a huge cave. Phuktal belongs to the tradition of Gelukpas
(Yellow section) visiting Phuktal we return back by the same route to Purne.
Day 11: Trek
to Vipula (3865m) 5/6 hrs.
breakfast from Purne we come back to the bridge, cross the bridge and then go up the left bank. There are frequent small canyons
of pudding stones. Pass a bit above a hanging bridge, which leads to the village of Cha. 2hours later reach Kheydang, a small
village in a poplar grove. Carry one until Gyalbo teashop. Pass below the village of Surle. The trail is still not good finally
reach the campsite of Vipula near teashop. Today road is upto Vipula.
Day 12: Trek
to Raru (3960m) 6 hrs.
Today long way to Large bridge which leads to Ichar
village, gradual climb before coming to a major tributary (bridge), then to the campsite of Raru, camp near the lake.
Day 13: Drive to
Padum (11,580 ft/3,530 m) -Karsha
(10,890 ft/3,320 m) 5/6 hrs.
magnificent village and campsite at Raru we cross a beautiful plain covered with flowers. Watch the monastery of Mune. Go
down a steep incline to the main trail. After two hours, arrive at Burdan Gompa, a Kargyudpa Monastery famous for its prayer
wheel. There are several beautiful villages on the right bank of Tsarap River.
Day 14: Trek
to Pishu (3660m) 5 hrs.
sight of Karsha, we walk along the left bank of Zanskar River. Above Rinam, small stream and shelter formed by the rocks.
See the Thongde monastery on the right side of Zanskar River. Trail further will take us to the Pishu village, a very attractive
campsite below the village of Pishu close to Zanskar River.
Day 15: Trek
to Hanumil (3650m) 5/6 hrs.
Today we continue
along the left bank of Zanskar, sometimes close to river. The great Zanskar River rafting expedition runs from these places
to Nimo in Ladakh, bridge before Pidmo, then another 2 hours to the campsite of Hanumil.
Day 16: Trek
to Perfi La (4560m) -Snertse (3940m) 6 hrs.
continue on the left bank of the Zanskar River. Cross Small stream on the left, the trail leads away from the edge of the
Zanskar and the up to the foot of pass. Steep and difficult climb to Perfi-la (4560mt.), after pass steep descent to Uma Chhu
River, cross bridge and up to 500 mtrs.on sandy slope, then one and half hour to the campsite of Snertse.
Day 17: Trek
to Hanuma La - Lingshed (4100m) 7/8 hrs.
Very long gradual
ascent to the pass of Hanuma-la (4800m.) through gorges 2and half hour to reach the pass from the camp. A 1000 meters long
descent, then another 250m. Climb to small pass of Hanuma La, from pass easy walking to the campsite of Lingshed.
Day 18: Trek
to foot of Sengge-la (3,990 m) 6 hrs.
Ligshed , 1 hour easy climb to Netoski la (4475m.). Look out the view Nerag, on the other bank of Zanskar
River. We descend gradually to the villages of Gongma and Skiumpata. Cross small stream and hour steep climb to pass of Kuba-la (4520mt.) Slowly climb to the campsite of Gazo or foot of Sengge la.
Day 19: Climb
to Sengge-la ( 5060 m) trek to Photoksar ( 4400 m) 6/7 hrs.
From camp 2
hours steep climb to Sengge-la pass, (5060m.) easy going down to the valley and cross another ford. Short climb to Bhumiktse-la
(4520mt.) descent towards Photoksar, Photoksar is a beautiful village at the base of huge mountain wall, cross the bridge
and camp near the stream.
Day 20: Climb
to Sir Sir-la (4965 m) trek to Hanupatta (4070m) 5/6 hrs.
ascent of the sir sir-la (4965mt.) then easy descent to the river, cross the river by bridge and walk along the left bank,
camp before Hanupatta village.
Day 21: Drive
to Wanla (3470 m) 5/6 hrs.
the left bank until entering the gorges. Cross the small bridge then a natural bridge again to the left side, come over a
bridge and until reaching a good bridge across the Yapola. Three hours to Phenjila (a small village). Walk along the right
bank until reaching village of Wanla.
Drive to Lamayuru (3750m),Drive to Leh.
a famous ancient monastery. Monastery is Oldest in Ladakh regions and has big library of Buddhist literature. The trek terminates
here and from here Leh is 120km. Lamayuru Leh By luxury bus/or by taxi to Darcha Pickup from Lamayuru to Leh Included, overnight
Day 22: AT LEH
in around Leh i.e. Thiksey, Shey, Hemis, Stok palace.
Day 23: Fly
Day 24: Fly