Zanskar Remote & Wild Trek / Le Grande Traversee Du Zanskar 29 Days & 28 Nights Trek 22 days, cross 7 passes above 5000m, reach remote Shade, Dibling village & Zanskar canyons

Zanskar Remote & Wild Trek / Le Grande Traversee Du Zanskar
  • Duration: 29 Days & 28 Nights
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Trip Route : Leh - Sarchu - Berga Songchak - Chumik Marpo - Zingchan - Tangze - Phuktal - Yatah - Lar La - Yarumchun - Penak La - Tzazar Doksa Sumdo - Zangla Doksa - Padum - Kurmafu - Takti La - Yulchung - Lingshed - Lingshed Sumdo - Base Pikdong La - Kanji Sumdo - Kanji La North base camp - Delhi - Shade -
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Delhi IGI airport pick upGuideHotelLeh airport dropMealsSightseeingTransfersTrekking Horses / Muleteer
Activities
Trekking & Walking Holidays
Overview

Zanskar and Ladakh - Both regions are influenced by the Tibetan Buddhism and desert like mountain landscape, and yet they are by nature quite different. Ladakh is the scenic region. Zanskar seems archaic and sometime bizzare. At the beginning of your journey you visit the Indus valley important places. 

The drive over Tanglang la 5268 m on Leh - Manali highway known as 2nd highest mountain road in the world takex you into the midst of the stamped snow of distinctive peaks of Zanskar mountains. You pass through high plains on the Rupshu Changthang to wide valley of Sarchu., from where you walk through the Zanskar mountains to Zangla on the first stage and next stage we climb Barmi La and descend through narrow gorge to Lingshed Sumdo. We follow the Oma Chu River to Dibling and numbers of time main River and side streams to be cross. Dibling is one of the remotest village in Ladakh and inhabitants of this village often visit Lingshed. We follow a small train to the junction and here we will have first view of Nun and Kun which remain in sight during out climb to Kanji La. The more we go up the better appreance and view of peaks rising in Great Himalayan range. Some of the known and famous peaks are Hagshu, Doda and Brahma. On a clear sky one can have a clear view of Nanga Parbat to the West and K2 to the North.

* Shade village * 

OUTLINE ITINERARY.

Day 01 - Fly Delhi to Leh. Leh airport pick up & Check into hotel. Acclimatize 1, rest & relax. Evening explore local bazaar.
Day 02 - Acclimatize 2: Visit to Leh palace - Tsemo gompa - Sankar - Shanti Stupa - Spituk - Leh.
Day 03 - Leh: Acclimatize 3. Visit Shey – Thiksey -  Hemis - Matho - Stok - Leh. (Full day).
Day 04 - Leh to Taglang La – Sarchu  (4,100m), drive 8-9 hrs.
TREK STARTS
Day 05 - Trek to Berga Songchak (4400m) 6 hrs or Continue to Khamerup 4450m.
Day 06 - Trek to Chumik Marpo (4650m), 6-7 hrs
Day 07 - Trek to Phirtse la (5450m) – Zingchen, 7-8 hrs.
Day 08 - Trek to Tangze (4000m) - Testa, 5-6 hrs.
Day 09 - Trek to Purne (3965m) - Phuktal (4055m). 6-7 hrs.
Day 10 - Trek to Yatah (4000m). 6 hrs
Day 11 - Trek to Shade (4300m). 7 hrs.
Day 12 - Trek to Lar (4300m) over Rolang La (4900m) – Lar La (4680m), 6-7 hrs
Day 13 - Trek to Yarumchun (4430m). 7 hrs
Day 14 - Trek to high camp over Pandang or Penak La (5175m)
Day 15 - Trek to Tzazar Doksa Sumdo (3900m).
Day 16 - Trek to Zangla Doksa camp (3600m).
Day 17 - Day excursion to Thongde – Karsha - Padum.
Day 18 - Trek to Kurmafu (3700m) over Namtse La (4500m)
Day 19 - Trek to valley camp (3980m).
Day 20 - Trek to Nyerak (3710m) over Takti La (4950m).
Day 21 - Trek to Yulchung (3900m).
Day 22 - Trek to Lingshed (3900m)
Day 23 - Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Rugyokdo or base Barmi La after crossing (4000m).
Day 24 - Trek to Dibling (4000m) - base Pikdong la (4300m).
Day 25 - Trek to Pikdong la (5000m) -Kanji River (4300m). 6-7 hrs
Day 26 - Trek to Kanji la (5150m) – Riverkong (4300m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 27 - Trek to Kanji. 5-6 hrs
Day 28 - Drive to Leh enroute visit Lamayuru - Alchi, 6-7 hrs. 
END OF TREK
Day 29 - Fly Leh - New Delhi and overnight flight back home

PICS AND PHOTOS - visit - 
Zanskar Grande Traverse 2016
Zanskar Remote & Wild 2017
https://www.potalaadventurers.com/zanskar-wild-and-remote


* Phuktal Gompa *

TRIP FACTS
Region: Ladakh region, Jammu Kashmir, India 
Difficulty Level - Strenuous, 
Max Altitude - 5450m, 
Trip Length - 28 days Delhi to Delhi, 24 days Leh to Leh 
22 days of Trek and 24 nights of Camp and 4 nights hotel. 
Activity - Trekking expedition 
Best time - Aug, Sept, Oct


* Towards Yarumchan *

INCLUDED IN THE COST
· All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
· 4 nights of hotel accommodation (3 star) at Leh on MAP plan.
· 23 nights camp with all camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.
· Accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping pads, trekking poles.
· All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
· Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.
· Muleteer for portage of your baggage's.
· Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
· Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

PREVIOUS TREKS
2015 (Singapore), 2016 (French group), 2017 (Swiss group)


DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 1 -  Fly Delhi to Leh. Leh airport pick up & Check into hotel. Acclimatize 1, rest & relax. Evening explore local bazaar.

Day 2 - Acclimatize 2: Visit to Leh palace - Tsemo gompa - Sankar - Shanti Stupa - Spituk - Leh.

Day 3 - Leh: Acclimatize 3. Visit Shey – Thiksey -  Hemis - Matho - Stok - Leh. (Full day).
After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. 


Day 4 - Leh to Taglang La – Sarchu  (4,100m), drive 8-9 hrs.
Today leaving Leh, we drive on Leh – Manali highway. The Leh–Manali Highway is a highway northern India connecting Leh in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir state and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.Open for only about four and a half months in a year in summer between May or June, when the snow is cleared by the Border Roads Organisation of indian army, and mid-October when snowfall again blocks the high passes. It connects Manali valley to Lahaul and Spiti valleys and Zanskar valley in Ladakh. It is a part of NH 21. The average elevation of Leh-Manali highway is more than 4,000 m (13,000 feet and its highest elevation is 5,328 m (17,480 ft) at Taglang La mountain pass. It is flanked by mountain ranges on both sides featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations. The highway crosses many small streams of ice-cold water from snow-capped mountains. Finally at the plains of Lingti as we approach to Sarchu. 20 minutes short hike to wonderful campsite. 

* At Pang - Leh Sarchu drive *


Day 5 - Trek to Berga Songchak (4400m) 6 hrs, OR Khamerup 4450m
Today soon after the camp and after crossing of River climb gradually to long plateau. After this the terrain becomes more and more barren, the landscape attaining fantastic forms and hues. Gradually the trail becomes Steeper as it leads towards the (5’450m) high Phirtse-la. Following upward on the right bank of Lingti Chu River arrive at the campsite of Berga Songchak.

* Khamerup crossing *


Day 6 - Trek to Chumik Marpo (4650m), 6-7 hrs
An early start is recommended due to the crossing of Khamerup stream. After about 2 ½ hours you arrive at a broad river of Khamerup, cross it, this originates from the glacier of Phirtse-la crossing small Phirtse-la, where extensive views are a delight.


Day 7 - Trek to Phirtse la (5450m) – Zingchen, 7-8 hrs.
An early start to avoid the snow turning softens the Phirtse la is advised.  Leaving campsite after half an hour we cross-grassy flat land, now after crossing a wide steep slope on a ride, descent to stream. Go up the opposite slope and reach Phirtse-la (5’450m.). There is a steep descent on uneven ground with patches of ice and at the base of the slope. Now trail enters in the phirtse Chu valley, 2 hours walking in the valley arrive at the campsite of Zingchen.

* Phirtse La *


Day 8 - Trek to Tangze (4000m) OR Testa, 5-6 hrs.
The path leads away from the river, gradually up the slope, first view of rocky escarpment. Further on a pass with cairn and pasture.  A spectacular view of Zanskar valley and arrive at the first village after Darcha. By passing behind a rocky bridge follow steep gorge. Cross a stream. Then we arrive at Tanze village, monastery in ruins a bit higher up, overnight camp in Tanze.
 
* Testa Kids *


Day 9 - Trek to Purne (3965m) - Phuktal (4055m). 6-7 hrs.
The path continues downward as near the river. Descending to valley floor and crossing side stream we stay on the left bank of Kargyak River, and then climb to Yal (3950m) 1 hour from Testa. Yal is a small village. Now valley change its shape on right it goes to Phuktal and on left to Padum. We take left path and descent towards a large bridge to go to Purne. Here Tsarap Chu meets with Kargyak River. Its takes short to reach Purne. We continue now upstream of Tsarap Chu for a while and pass Khangsar village. Crossing bridge and to a small plateau sprinkled with Chorten and religious banners. From here see the most spectacular sight in the Zanskar regions, Phuktal monastery which is built under a huge cave 

* Meeting with other trekkers at Ichar *


Day 10 - Trek to Yatah (4000m). 6 hrs
Today leaving Phuktal the trail winds up the steep slopes of the gorge along Tsarap. The road has recently been repaired and is again a pleasant width. We stay in Yatah, with a small source. 

* Ibex at Tantok *


Day 11 - Trek to Shade (4300m). 7 hrs.
The path continues along the river Tsarap on an old salt caravan route. Tsa is called salt and Rap is a shallow place to cross. On this route nomads who for centuries have transported salt from Tibet to Zanskar and traded there against barley.
After one to two hours, we left the Tsarap and follow the small river Chu Shade. This can be crossed on a new bridge recently. Past the small hamlet Thantak we come to the village Shade. This village is one of the most isolated in Zanskar and for us one of the most beautiful villages in the whole Himalayas. 

* Meeting & Party time with Shade inhabitants - Barley beer - Tchang *


Day 12 - Trek to Lar (4300m) over Rolang La (4900m) – Lar La (4680m), 6-7 hrs
Leaving Shade we climb a small hill to reach numbers of chortens, signs of Shade's importance as an ancient trade route. The valley on this side of Shade is colorful in shades of yellows, oranges and reds, and we contour easily up to the Rolang La (4890m) except for one steep ridge, an ascent of three hours or less. From the crest of the pass we look out to the craggy peaks, deep valleys and oasis of green doksas that mark our exciting and remote route to Zangla. The descent is gradual, past Rolang Doksa (4470m). From the doksa the trail switchbacks down to Mitsik Doksa (4285m). The deep, willow-lined valley to our left leads to Niri Chu, which snakes through deep canyons below us.Jumping the river, or wading across, we climb past a large doksa on the plateau just above us and then start up the 400-meters to the Lar La (4690m), a steep grazing ridge which drops right down to the next valley. The valleys are now a dramatic combination of soaring cliff-walls, deep canyons and willow filled river valleys, lovely. We'll set up camp in this second valley, another grazing settlement called Lar with a small stream running down the centre. 

* Ascent to Rolang La *


Day 13 - Trek to Yarumchan (4430m). 7 hrs
Leaving Shade we climb a small hill to reach numbers of chortens, signs of Shade's importance as an ancient trade route. The valley on this side of Shade is colorful in shades of yellows, oranges and reds, and we contour easily up to the Rolang La (4890m) except for one steep ridge, an ascent of three hours or less. From the crest of the pass we look out to the craggy peaks, deep valleys and oasis of green doksas that mark our exciting and remote route to Zangla. The descent is gradual, past Rolang Doksa (4470m). From the doksa the trail switchbacks down to Mitsik Doksa (4285m). The deep, willow-lined valley to our left leads to Niri Chu, which snakes through deep canyons below us.Jumping the river, or wading across, we climb past a large doksa on the plateau just above us and then start up the 400-meters to the Lar La (4690m), a steep grazing ridge which drops right down to the next valley. The valleys are now a dramatic combination of soaring cliff-walls, deep canyons and willow filled river valleys, lovely. We'll set up camp in this second valley, another grazing settlement called Lar with a small stream running down the centre. 

* Yarumchan camp - The Snow Leopard valley *


Day 14 - Trek to high camp over Pandang or Penak La (5175m)
Today we have to cross another pass, we start with gradual climb to a grassy doksa about an hour away up the hillside and finally an easy half an hour to the pass of Pandang La 5175 meter. From the pass Zanskar mountain panorama is breathe taking and magnificent. Now walking to the right side of steep ravine which will drops down below us. Wild animals roams the hillside, so we our eyes open to all around. We now walk over green plateau and ahead filled with willow trees, next crossing stream to reach our campsite. Wonderful camp with clear stream. 

* Ascent to Pandang La *


Day 15 - Trek to Tzazar Doksa Sumdo (3900m).
Coming out from the willows which hides our campsite, we now descend gradually for half an hour. We descend steeply on a trail of loose scree and rocks which ends down at the Zumlung Chu below. We have to cross the river, and make our way through the underbrush to join the trail to Zangla. The route is known by village from Tsazar just south of Zangla who use the valley as summer pastures. At the next sumdo the trail widens and we trek through a batch of seabuckthorne bushes. The next two hours of hiking are easy, crossing the river many times in a magical valley which narrows as we head south, following the Zumlung Chu. Finally to our campsite. 

* Zangla gorge *


Day 16 - Trek to Zangla Doksa camp (3600m).
Today leaving the Zangla sumdo, our trail leads through colourful gorges. We have to cross river again so prepare your sandals for river crossing to reach Zanga. We pass the large sumdo where to the left the trail leads to jumlam and Charchar la an ancient and old trade route leading into Zanskar from Leh. The Jumlam route are mostly in active when flow of river at its lowest volume. We continue to trek along Zumlung Chu, which we cross many times, finally reaching at Zangla Doksa and continue along the Zangla irrigation ditch while ascending to Zangla fort. The magnificent Zangla fort home of the kings of Zangla. We not descend to village. Zanskar plain lies below us. We continue down to river side to our camp 


Day 17 - Day excursion to Thongde – Karsha - Padum.
We take a rest day for today as we have a option to visit in around. We visit Padum, Sani, Karsha and way back via visiti Stongde 
Thongde - Padum
* View from Thondge gompa - Thongde village below and Karsha *


Day 18 - Trek to Kurmafu (3700m) over Namtse La (4500m) 6 hrs
Today leaving camp at Zangla, we walk along the Zanskar river to Honya for an hour. We change our position to our right that leads to Khurmafu. We ascend steeply through a gorge. After three four hours of ascending into through a narrow valley by following a small stream we reach Namtse La (4500m). Now trail follows a willow tree for an hour. After trekking through this willows we climb a small top and see our campsite below us. A clear path brings us to a Kurmafu. 

* Kurmafu or valley camp *


Day 19 - Trek to valley camp (3980m). 7-8 hrs
Today leaving kurmafu, starting with crossing the small stream and on a plateau, today is short walk and full of exciting. After the plateau just above the willow, we arrive at a junction of a small stream. After climbing on a stone steps and then we drop down to river and fording it to reach a high, exposed trail on the right which continue to next bend in the river. One more climb and we reach an ice bridge usually through a narrow canyon with ankle deep water. Now for again an hour of walk through willow and finally to our camp site. 


Day 20 - Trek to Nyerak (3710m) over Takti La (4950m). 7 hrs
Today leaving our camp early morning to cross Takti La with climb of over thousand meters. We at first make our way on small trail through, crossing streams and then to narrow valley to the right. Now here we climb for an hour a steep ascent. After to our first small pass at 4580m, after keeping the eye on Takti La ahead us, with a glacial stream than steep ascent to Takti La (4950m). From here we will had great view of our next pass of Sengge La that we will cross in coming next days. The Himalayan range to south and Ladakh range to our north. After having lunch at the pass we now descend to Nyerak. We descend on a good path along the old irrigation wall. Lastly to our campsite at Nyerak. Later having snacks at camp, you may go and take a look inside village and its life. 

* Takti La or Nyerak La *


Day 21 - Trek to Yulchung (3900m). 5 hrs
Today leaving our fantastic camp at Nyerak, we continue to our next stage to yet another significant place of our trek. Leaving nyerak and crossing the Zanskar River, we descend along the old mani walls and to wooden bridge at the Zanskar gorge. We pass Chochokhuri La (3865m) and then around several hillside and last contour leads to a small ridge from where we finally see Yulchung across the valley. The isolated village of Yulchung meaning small Kingdom is a remote and traditional village. We stay to the left and contour around the village, by finally reaching our camp at the end of the village. Our next day trip from this camp is clearly visible, that is crossing to Sengge La pass. 

* Yulchung *


Day 22 - Trek to Lingshed (3900m) 8 hrs
Leaving Yulchung this morning we head to Lingshed, which is 500 meters above Yulchung. We follow the small trail that leads north out of the village, ascending through pasture. Now climbing steeply into canyon, we will have to cross the newly bridge motor able. We cross small passes enroute to Linghsed. 


Day 23 - Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Lingshed Sumdo (4000m). 7 hrs
Leaving main trail we climb to Barmi la pass and descend through narrow gorge to Lingshed Sumdo. There are some river crossing involve short before arrival of Lingshed Sumdo. 

* Oma Chu crossing several times in a day *


Day 24 - Trek to Dibling (4000m) - base Pikdong la (4300m). 7-8 hrs

We follow Oma Chu River to Dibling and numbers of time main River and side streams to be cross. At some stretches its tricky to find way. Keeping our pace on the valley floor continue to Dibling.Dibling is one of the remotest village in Ladakh and inhabitants of this village often visit Lingshed. After exploring the village we continue to our campsite short after crossing the bridge in large open meadows and crossing stream short before the Dibling Doksa to our campsite. 

* Lonely & Remote Dibling *


Day 25 - Trek to Pikdong la (5000m) -Kanji River (4300m). 6-7 hrs
Today leaving camp steep ascent to Pikdong la. Gradual descent after pass in a narrow gorge. Crossing of stream at several points and need to find out the way. Short climb to a ridge and high above the River we follow a well define trail to Kanji Sumdo. We cross 2 river close to Kanji Sumdo 

* Pikdong La *


Day 26 - Trek to Kanji la (5150m) – Riverkong/Kanji La North base camp (4300m), 7-8 hrs.
We follow a small trail to the junction and here we will have first view of Nun and Kun which remains in sight during our climb to Kanji la pass. The more we go up the better appreance of peak rising in Great Himalayan Range. Some of known and famous peaks are Hagshu, Doda and Brahma.It is long climb through rocky morain to the pass. On a clear sky one can have a clear view of Nanga Parbat to the west and K2 to the North. A tricky descent short after pass which consist of loose rocks than on a small glacier. A resting place which points towards the view of K2 peak. So high range of zoom and camera is must for this trek to enjoy the view of Karakorum peaks. Continue descent to campsite. 

* Kanji La - Southern view *


Day 27 - Trek to Kanji. 5-6 hrs
Today is our last day of trekking along the stream and which passes through narrow gorge to the large open field. We will meet with Yaks, Dzo which signifies arrival of Kanji village.

* Kanji - The trek ends here *

Day 28 - Drive to Leh enroute visit Lamayuru - Alchi, 5 hrs. 
Today we drive to Leh enroute visiting Lamayuru and Alchi and check into hotel. Rest and relax. Evening explore one last time Leh bazar.


Day 29 - Fly Leh - New Delhi and overnight flight back home

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Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Morning flight Delhi to Leh
    Morning flight Delhi to Leh
    Leh

    Leh airport pick up & Check into hotel. Acclimatize 1, rest & relax. Evening explore local bazaar.


    Other Benefits
    • Activity
    • Meals
    • Sightseeing
    • Transfers
  • Day 2 Acclimatize 2: Visit to Leh palace - Tsemo gompa - Sankar - Shanti Stupa - Spituk - Leh.
    Acclimatize 2: Visit to Leh palace - Tsemo gompa - Sankar - Shanti Stupa - Spituk - Leh.
    Leh

    Acclimatize 2: Visit to Leh palace - Tsemo gompa - Sankar - Shanti Stupa - Spituk - Leh.

    Other Benefits
    • Activity
    • Sightseeing
    • Transfers
  • Day 3 Leh: Acclimatize 3. Visit Shey – Thiksey - Hemis - Matho - Stok - Leh. (Full day).

    After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha.


  • Day 4 Drive Leh to Taglang La & Sarchu (4,100m). 9 - 10 hrs
    Drive Leh to Taglang La & Sarchu  (4,100m). 9 - 10 hrs
    Sarchu

    Today leaving Leh, we drive on Leh – Manali highway. The Leh–Manali Highway is a highway northern India connecting Leh in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir state and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.Open for only about four and a half months in a year in summer between May or June, when the snow is cleared by the Border Roads Organisation of indian army, and mid-October when snowfall again blocks the high passes. It connects Manali valley to Lahaul and Spiti valleys and Zanskar valley in Ladakh. It is a part of NH 21
    The average elevation of Leh-Manali highway is more than 4,000 m (13,000 feet and its highest elevation is 5,328 m (17,480 ft) at Taglang La mountain pass. It is flanked by mountain ranges on both sides featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations.
    The highway crosses many small streams of ice-cold water from snow-capped mountains. Finally at the plains of Lingti as we approach to Sarchu. 20 minutes short hike to wonderful campsite.

    Other Benefits
    • Sightseeing
    • Transfers
  • Day 5 Trek to Berga Songchak (4400m) 6 hrs or Khamerup.
    Trek to Berga Songchak (4400m) 6 hrs or Khamerup.
    Berga Songchak

    Today soon after the camp and after crossing of River climb gradually to long plateau. After this the terrain becomes more and more barren, the landscape attaining fantastic forms and hues. Gradually the trail becomes Steeper as it leads towards the (5’450m) high Phirtse-la. Following upward on the right bank of Lingti Chu River arrive at the campsite of Berga Songchak.

    Other Benefits
    • Activity
  • Day 6 Trek to Chumik Marpo (4650m)
    Trek to Chumik Marpo (4650m)
    Chumik Marpo

    An early start is recommended due to the crossing of Khamerup stream. After about 2 ½ hours you arrive at a broad river of Khamerup, cross it, this originates from the glacier of Phirtse-la crossing small Phirtse-la, where extensive views are a delight.

  • Day 7 Trek to Phirtse la (5450m) – Zingchen
    Trek to Phirtse la (5450m) – Zingchen
    Zingchan

    An early start to avoid the snow turning softens the Phirtse la is advised.  Leaving campsite after half an hour we cross-grassy flat land, now after crossing a wide steep slope on a ride, descent to stream. Go up the opposite slope and reach Phirtse-la (5’450m.). There is a steep descent on uneven ground with patches of ice and at the base of the slope. Now trail enters in the phirtse Chu valley, 2 hours walking in the valley arrive at the campsite of Zingchen.

  • Day 8 Trek to Tangze (4000m) or Testa, 5-6 hrs
    Trek to Tangze (4000m) or Testa, 5-6 hrs
    Tangze

    The path leads away from the river, gradually up the slope, first view of rocky escarpment. Further on a pass with cairn and pasture.  A spectacular view of Zanskar valley and arrive at the first village after Darcha. By passing behind a rocky bridge follow steep gorge. Cross a stream. Then we arrive at Tanze village, monastery in ruins a bit higher up, overnight camp in Tanze.

  • Day 9 Trek to Purne (3965m) - Phuktal (4055m)
    Trek to Purne (3965m) - Phuktal (4055m)
    Phuktal

    The path continues downward as near the river. Descending to valley floor and crossing side stream we stay on the left bank of Kargyak River, and then climb to Yal (3950m) 1 hour from Testa. Yal is a small village. Now valley change its shape on right it goes to Phuktal and on left to Padum. We take left path and descent towards a large bridge to go to Purne. Here Tsarap Chu meets with Kargyak River. Its takes short to reach Purne. We continue now upstream of Tsarap Chu for a while and pass Khangsar village. Crossing bridge and to a small plateau sprinkled with Chorten and religious banners. From here see the most spectacular sight in the Zanskar regions, Phuktal monastery which is built under a huge cave

  • Day 10 Trek To Yatah
    Trek To Yatah
    Yatah

    Today leaving Phuktal the trail winds up the steep slopes of the gorge along Tsarap. The road has recently been repaired and is again a pleasant width. We stay in Yatah, with a small source.

  • Day 11 Trek to Shade (4300m)
    Trek to Shade (4300m)
    Shade

    The path continues along the river Tsarap on an old salt caravan route. Tsa is called salt and Rap is a shallow place to cross. On this route nomads who for centuries have transported salt from Tibet to Zanskar and traded there against barley.
    After one to two hours, we left the Tsarap and follow the small river Chu Shade. This can be crossed on a new bridge recently. Past the small hamlet Thantak we come to the village Shade. This village is one of the most isolated in Zanskar and for us one of the most beautiful villages in the whole Himalayas.

  • Day 12 Trek to Lar (4300m) over Rolang La (4900m) – Lar La (4680m)
    Trek to Lar (4300m) over Rolang La (4900m) – Lar La (4680m)
    Lar La

    Leaving Shade we climb a small hill to reach numbers of chortens, signs of Shade's importance as an ancient trade route. The valley on this side of Shade is colorful in shades of yellows, oranges and reds, and we contour easily up to the Rolang La (4890m) except for one steep ridge, an ascent of three hours or less. From the crest of the pass we look out to the craggy peaks, deep valleys and oasis of green doksas that mark our exciting and remote route to Zangla. The descent is gradual, past Rolang Doksa (4470m). From the doksa the trail switchbacks down to Mitsik Doksa (4285m). The deep, willow-lined valley to our left leads to Niri Chu, which snakes through deep canyons below us.Jumping the river, or wading across, we climb past a large doksa on the plateau just above us and then start up the 400-meters to the Lar La (4690m), a steep grazing ridge which drops right down to the next valley. The valleys are now a dramatic combination of soaring cliff-walls, deep canyons and willow filled river valleys, lovely. We'll set up camp in this second valley, another grazing settlement called Lar with a small stream running down the centre.

  • Day 13 Trek to Yarumchan (4430m).
    Trek to Yarumchan (4430m).
    Yarumchun

    Leaving Shade we climb a small hill to reach numbers of chortens, signs of Shade's importance as an ancient trade route. The valley on this side of Shade is colorful in shades of yellows, oranges and reds, and we contour easily up to the Rolang La (4890m) except for one steep ridge, an ascent of three hours or less. From the crest of the pass we look out to the craggy peaks, deep valleys and oasis of green doksas that mark our exciting and remote route to Zangla. The descent is gradual, past Rolang Doksa (4470m). From the doksa the trail switchbacks down to Mitsik Doksa (4285m). The deep, willow-lined valley to our left leads to Niri Chu, which snakes through deep canyons below us.Jumping the river, or wading across, we climb past a large doksa on the plateau just above us and then start up the 400-meters to the Lar La (4690m), a steep grazing ridge which drops right down to the next valley. The valleys are now a dramatic combination of soaring cliff-walls, deep canyons and willow filled river valleys, lovely. We'll set up camp in this second valley, another grazing settlement called Lar with a small stream running down the centre.

  • Day 14 Trek to high camp over Pandang or Penak La (5175m)
    Trek to high camp over Pandang or Penak La (5175m)
    Penak La

    Today we have to cross another pass, we start with gradual climb to a grassy doksa about an hour away up the hillside and finally an easy half an hour to the pass of Pandang La 5175 meter. From the pass Zanskar mountain panorama is breathe taking and magnificent. Now walking to the right side of steep ravine which will drops down below us. Wild animals roams the hillside, so we our eyes open to all around. We now walk over green plateau and ahead filled with willow trees, next crossing stream to reach our campsite. Wonderful camp with clear stream.

  • Day 15 Trek to Tzazar Doksa Sumdo (3900m)
    Trek to Tzazar Doksa Sumdo (3900m)
    Tzazar Doksa Sumdo

    Coming out from the willows which hides our campsite, we now descend gradually for half an hour. We descend steeply on a trail of loose scree and rocks which ends down at the Zumlung Chu below. We have to cross the river, and make our way through the underbrush to join the trail to Zangla. The route is known by village from Tsazar just south of Zangla who use the valley as summer pastures. At the next sumdo the trail widens and we trek through a batch of seabuckthorne bushes. The next two hours of hiking are easy, crossing the river many times in a magical valley which narrows as we head south, following the Zumlung Chu. Finally to our campsite.

  • Day 16 Trek to Zangla Doksa River camp (3600m)
    Trek to Zangla Doksa River camp (3600m)
    Zangla Doksa

    Today leaving the Zangla sumdo, our trail leads through colourful gorges. We have to cross river again so prepare your sandals for river crossing to reach Zanga. We pass the large sumdo where to the left the trail leads to jumlam and Charchar la an ancient and old trade route leading into Zanskar from Leh. The Jumlam route are mostly in active when flow of river at its lowest volume. We continue to trek along Zumlung Chu, which we cross many times, finally reaching at Zangla Doksa and continue along the Zangla irrigation ditch while ascending to Zangla fort. The magnificent Zangla fort home of the kings of Zangla. We not descend to village. Zanskar plain lies below us. We continue down to river side to our camp

  • Day 17 Day trip to Karsha - Padum
    Day trip to  Karsha - Padum
    Padum

    We take a rest day for today as we have a option to visit in around. We visit Padum, Sani, Karsha and way back via visiti Stongde

    Other Benefits
    • Activity
    • Meals
    • Sightseeing
    • Transfers
  • Day 18 Trek to Kurmafu (3700m) over Namtse La (4500m)
    Trek to Kurmafu (3700m) over Namtse La (4500m)
    Kurmafu

    Today leaving camp at Zangla, we walk along the Zanskar river to Honya for an hour. We change our position to our right that leads to Khurmafu. We ascend steeply through a gorge. After three four hours of ascending into through a narrow valley by following a small stream we reach Namtse La (4500m). Now trail follows a willow tree for an hour. After trekking through this willows we climb a small top and see our campsite below us. A clear path brings us to a Kurmafu.

  • Day 19 Trek to base camp (3980m) Takti La
    Trek to base camp (3980m) Takti La
    Takti La

    Today leaving kurmafu, starting with crossing the small stream and on a plateau, today is short walk and full of exciting. After the plateau just above the willow, we arrive at a junction of a small stream. After climbing on a stone steps and then we drop down to river and fording it to reach a high, exposed trail on the right which continue to next bend in the river. One more climb and we reach an ice bridge usually through a narrow canyon with ankle deep water. Now for again an hour of walk through willow and finally to our camp site.

  • Day 20 Trek to Nyerak (3710m) over Takti La (4950m).
    Trek to Nyerak (3710m) over Takti La (4950m).
    Takti La

    Today leaving our camp early morning to cross Takti La with climb of over thousand meters. We at first make our way on small trail through, crossing streams and then to narrow valley to the right. Now here we climb for an hour a steep ascent. After to our first small pass at 4580m, after keeping the eye on Takti La ahead us, with a glacial stream than steep ascent to Takti La (4950m). From here we will had great view of our next pass of Sengge La that we will cross in coming next days. The Himalayan range to south and Ladakh range to our north. After having lunch at the pass we now descend to Nyerak. We descend on a good path along the old irrigation wall. Lastly to our campsite at Nyerak. Later having snacks at camp, you may go and take a look inside village and its life.

  • Day 21 Trek to Yulchung (3900m)
    Trek to Yulchung (3900m)
    Yulchung

    Today leaving our fantastic camp at Nyerak, we continue to our next stage to yet another significant place of our trek. Leaving nyerak and crossing the Zanskar River, we descend along the old mani walls and to wooden bridge at the Zanskar gorge. We pass Chochokhuri La (3865m) and then around several hillside and last contour leads to a small ridge from where we finally see Yulchung across the valley. The isolated village of Yulchung meaning small Kingdom is a remote and traditional village. We stay to the left and contour around the village, by finally reaching our camp at the end of the village. Our next day trip from this camp is clearly visible, that is crossing to Sengge La pass.

  • Day 22 Trek to Lingshed (3900m)
    Trek to Lingshed (3900m)
    Lingshed

    Leaving Yulchung this morning we head to Lingshed, which is 500 meters above Yulchung. We follow the small trail that leads north out of the village, ascending through pasture. Now climbing steeply into canyon, we will have to cross the newly bridge motor able. We cross small passes enroute to Linghsed.

  • Day 23 Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Lingshed Sumdo, 6-7 hrs
    Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Lingshed Sumdo, 6-7 hrs
    Lingshed Sumdo

    Leaving main trail we climb to Barmi la pass and descend through narrow gorge to Lingshed Sumdo. There are some river crossing involve short before arrival of Lingshed Sumdo.

  • Day 24 Trek to Dibling (4000m) - Base Pikdong la (4200m), 7 hrs
    Trek to Dibling (4000m) - Base Pikdong la (4200m), 7 hrs
    Base Pikdong La

    We follow Oma Chu River to Dibling and numbers of time main River and side streams to be cross. At some stretches its tricky to find way. Keeping our pace on the valley floor continue to Dibling.Dibling is one of the remotest village in Ladakh and inhabitants of this village often visit Lingshed. After exploring the village we continue to our campsite short after crossing the bridge in large open meadows and crossing stream short before the Dibling Doksa to our campsite.

  • Day 25 Trek to Pikdong La (5020m) – Kanji Sumdo (4300m), 7 hrs
    Trek to Pikdong La (5020m) – Kanji Sumdo (4300m), 7 hrs
    Kanji Sumdo

    Today leaving camp steep ascent to Pikdong la. Gradual descent after pass in a narrow gorge. Crossing of stream at several points and need to find out the way. Short climb to a ridge and high above the River we follow a well define trail to Kanji Sumdo. We cross 2 river close to Kanji Sumdo

  • Day 26 Trek to Kanji La (5250m) - Kanji La North Base Camp (4350m), 7-8 hrs
    Trek to Kanji La (5250m) - Kanji La North Base Camp (4350m), 7-8 hrs
    Kanji La North base camp

    We follow a small trail to the junction and here we will have first view of Nun and Kun which remains in sight during our climb to Kanji la pass. The more we go up the better appreance of peak rising in Great Himalayan Range. Some of known and famous peaks are Hagshu, Doda and Brahma.It is long climb through rocky morain to the pass. On a clear sky one can have a clear view of Nanga Parbat to the west and K2 to the North. A tricky descent short after pass which consist of loose rocks than on a small glacier. A resting place which points towards the view of K2 peak. So high range of zoom and camera is must for this trek to enjoy the view of Karakorum peaks. Continue descent to campsite.

  • Day 27 Trek to Kanji (3850m) 5 hrs
    Trek to Kanji (3850m) 5 hrs
    Leh

    Today is our last day of trekking along the stream and which passes through narrow gorge to the large open field. We will meet with Yaks, Dzo which signifies arrival of Kanji village. 

  • Day 28 Drive to Leh enroute visit Lamayuru - Alchi, 6 hrs.
    Drive to Leh enroute visit Lamayuru - Alchi, 6 hrs.
    Leh

    Today we drive to Leh enroute visiting Lamayuru and Alchi and check into hotel. Rest and relax. Evening explore one last time Leh bazar.

  • Day 29 Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to Home.
    Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to Home.
    Delhi

    Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to Home.

Inclusions

· All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
· 4 nights of hotel accommodation (3 star) at Leh on MAP plan.
· 23 nights camp with all camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table.
· Accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, sleeping bags, comfortable foam sleeping pads, trekking poles.
· All meals during trek from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
· Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.
· Muleteer for portage of your baggage's.
· Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.
· Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.
· Includes GST 5%. 

 

Exclusions
  • Personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. penetration fee at monasteries.
    Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

 

 

Cancellation Policy

 

  • Cancellation prior to 35 days - full refund
  • Cancellation prior to 28 days - 50% refund
  • Cancellation prior to 21 days - no refund will be made. You lose the deposit amount. We will refund any other paid amount.
  • No refund will be made if you cancel your trek during its course. This applies right from first day.

 

PS: In case of cancellation of trip – we reimburse the advance payment, by taking the applicable amount due to organization of trip. If it doesn’t apply the total amount will be refunded. Things will change, sudden news can cause you to cancel the trip. We do our best in this regard, mail or call us.

Terms and Conditions

 

  • When you confirmed a trip, 25% of the total amount - advance booking deposit is required
  • 21 to 120 days for trips in Kullu Manali, Lahaul Spiti Kinnaur, Miyar Kishtwar and 60 to 365 days for trips in Ladakh Zanskar, Uttarakhand and Nepal.
  • Rest of the balance of 75%, prior to departure of trip upon arrival at Manali, Leh, Shimla, Rishikesh, New Delhi & Kathmandu.
  • + add bank transfer fee. 

 

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Testimonials

Salut Prem - Nous avons tardé à te répondre, enfin nous te donnons des nouvelles. Pour nous tout va bien, le retour s’était bien passé et nous avons encore pleins de souvenirs dans nos têtes. Encore mille mercis pour ce beau trek! C’était formidable, plein de magnifiques paysages et de très belles rencontres!

Mr Marc, Mrs Catherine & family - FRANCE -  1 to 31 Aug 2016
Mr Marc, Mrs Catherine & Family - FRANCE - 1 To 31 Aug 2016
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Trekking Gear And Accessories

What we provide

We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

  • 3-4 Person roomy 3-4 season tents for 2 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent. (Toilet seats on demand) and other camping accessories.
  •  Filtered drinking water for longer trips / Water purification tablets.
  •  Sleeping bags + liner and comfortable sleeping pads.
  • Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware, etc.
  • Three course meal (Dinner), hot packed lunch, post trek snacks.
  • Trekking poles and Duffel bags
  •  Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List:-

  • Daypack: A bit of bigger size in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch,
Footwear :-
  • Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for the best fit for trekking, waterproof.
  • Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for the river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandles for the river crossing.
  • Socks both Woollen and cotton as desire.
  • Clothing :-
  • Gore tex jacket or similar.
  •  Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
  •  Wind/Rain jacket: (ie gore-tex, north face or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
  • Trekking pants, light, comfortable, waterproof /breathable.
  •  Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
  •  T-shirts for day time
  •  One midweight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
  • Short pants, underwear,
  • Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
  •  Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
  •  One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
  •  A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves
  •  Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around the neck. This is available in local markets with the variety of colors.

Accessories :-

  • Sunglasses with UV protection. An extra sunglass in case to replace.
  • Sunscreen and lip protection.
  • Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
  •  Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
  • Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles.
  • Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
  •  One toiletories kit, small towel.
  •  Reading and writing materials.
  • Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
  •  Water purification tablets
  • Nylone or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff
  • One pocket knife light.

Others :-

  • Gaiter
  •  Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
  • Mosquito rappallent cream.
  • Small Binocular.
  •  First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetemol, antibiotics for diarrhoea, anticeptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
  •  Vitamine tablets or similar.
  • Extra passport photos.