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  • To visit Zanskar from Manali via Manali - Leh road and further from Leh - Kargil - Padum almost more than 600 km. Manali - Leh highway crosses from four high mountain passes and remains closed for seven months in winter. 
    Now there is a new road opened that connects Manali - Padum via Shinkun La also known as Shingo La. After the Atal Rohtang tunnel BRO (Border road organization) will construct a tunnel below Shinkun La to make Manali - Padum road all weather. 
    Shinkun La is the border between Ladakh union territory and Himachal Pradesh.
    This Manali - Padum - Zanskar - Leh tour, is going to be one of the best tours of the Himalayan region. Setting off from Manali the first-day drive to Keylong via Atal Tunnel Rohtang, a new gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi, and Zanskar valleys., Acclimatization in this Bunan/Gahar & Stod valley is a must before crossing Shinkun La. A night in Keylong or Jispa in Lahaul will ensure proper acclimatization. We cross Shinkun La (5,090 m) to get into Zanskar. Many ancient gompas on the way: Phuktal gompa which is built under a huge cave and provides one of the fantastic views. Karsha Gompa is the biggest in the Zanskar region. En route, we pass shepherds with their flocks of sheep and climb beautiful snow-covered passes with panoramic views of the Great Himalayan range. Passing through the beautiful Chandra valley with some spectacular views of peaks rising above 6000 m. At Tandi where Chandra & Bhaga meets to form a Chenab River, we enter Gahar valley and continue to Jispa at Stod valley. Chikka and Rarik are the last villages in Lahaul before Shinkun la pass and Kurgiakh is the first village in Lungnak River valley of Zanskar. From Zanskar Sumdo at the foot of Shinkun La, the road descends to Lakhong, Lakhong is a high pasture land where villager from Kurgiakh, Thangso village keep their domestic animals Yak, dzo, sheep, goat, horses for summer grazing. This is the upper slopes of Zanskar where meadows are covered with edelweiss and at the foot of Gumborunjom peak (5580 meters), a Blue poppy can be found. Next a series of beautiful villages along the route to Purney, which is located at the confluence of Kurgiakh chu and Tsarap River. Purney to Phugtal road is still under construction and 2:30 hrs of a walk to one of the most spectacular sights of Zanskar - The Phugtal gompa. Which is built under a huge cave. Continuing from Purney to Anmo village to Raru and finally to Karsha bypassing Mune, Bardan & Padum. Next couple of days to visit the sights in the heart of Zanskar before entering in Ladakh at Lingshed. And crossing two passes namely Sengge La and Sirsir La to join the Srinagar - Leh road at Lamayuru. Exploring the Lamayuru and finally visiting Alchi and Likir, we drive to Leh. Where our trip ends. 

  • 14 Aug - 9 Sept 2022
    Our new and updated trekking route in Ladakh & Zanskar will take you to one of the remotest parts of the Indian Himalayas. With passes over 5000m and through canyons & gorges, you will pass through many villages along the way and meet with locals at their homes that are with our Zanskari staff. Spectacular view of Greater Himalayan range and its peak rising above 6000m, some of best view are K2 and Nanga Parbat from Kanji La view of Nun 7135m and Kun 7077m and Akshu, Doda 6550m and Brahma 6574m. peak in Southern Zanskar, wild routes while crossing of Phirtse la 5450m. A complete crossing of Ladakh and Zanskar from North to South.
    Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing. We drive to Lamayuru enroute vising Likir and Alchi Gompa. Crossing a small pass near Lamayuru you enter in jaw-dropping Shilla gorge and after crossing of Yogma la to Kanji village. Along the stream to base and further crossing of Kanji la 5342m, one of the highest pass in this trek after Phirtse la 5450m, we descent to sumdo and long ascent to Pikdong la to the remote village of Shade. From Shade you follow the Oma chu to the base of Hanuma la to large plains of Zanskar at Padum, here you will have the opportunity to visit a number of sights. Along the Tsarap River to one of the most spectacular sights of our trek to Phuktal and finally exploring the high villages of Southern Zanskar we climb to our last pass to the vast plains of Sarchu. Where our trek ends. Instead of going back to Leh, you will drive on Leh - Manali highway to the hill resort town of Manali. A couple of days to relax at this hill station before making a final departure to Delhi.
    Four weeks in Ladakh Zanskar - Trekking in the Indian Himalayas & Zanskar Odyssey.

     

     

  • A Himalayan village on the path of Alexander the Great - Trek to remote & lonely Bara Bhangal village - home of Himalayan shepherds
    Trek across beautiful Pir Panjal range into Dhauladhar range of lower Himalaya to remote & lovely village of Bara Bhangal - home of Himalayan shepherds. Over craggy passes, pass icy glaciers and ancient monasteries. The Dhauladhar range divides the Kullu and Kangra valley of Himachal. To the north lie Lahoul and Spiti, which have a fantastic range of snow peaks- a mountaineer's paradise.
    This trek is one of the most enchanting and picturesque, leading from the Kullu valley to scenic Kangra valley over the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas A high altitude trek, anyone reasonably fit will find it an almost dreamlike experience. Each day presents a different and startlingly beautiful landscape all lavishly decorated, a trek that leaves one with wonderful awesome of the Himalayan regions. The Trek terminates at Bir near Dharamsala: the mini Lhasa in India which is the seat of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. A demanding and challenging trek into the Bara-Bhangal region, which still remains cut off from the World by 4500- 4700m high passes and still, a very few trekkers find their way here. 

  • 24 July - 20 Aug 2022
    One of the least explored trekking routes and mythical journeys in the Indian Himalaya. With passes over 5000m that connects Sarchu to Kanji. Zanskar grand traverse, Zanskar wild and remote or La Grande Traversee du Zanskar is an updated Zanskar traverse known to the world as Darcha Lamayuru. Twenty-two days of walking in the heart of spectacular landscape and the complete crossing of Zanskar from South to North. Zanskari village which remains cut off from the rest of the world for eight months. The inhabitants of Zanskarpa live in serenity and inner peace. 
    Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing. We drive to Sarchu crossing the Taglang la 5268 m on Leh - Manali highway known as 2nd highest mountain road in the world. We pass through high plains on the Rupshu Changthang to the wide valley of Sarchu., from where we cross the highest pass of our trek Phirtse la 5450m and descend to Lungnak River valley. Passing through villages and exploring the daily life of Zanskari to Phugtal gompa. Which is built under a huge cave. We continue to Shade one of the remotest village in Himalaya, a series of high passes and narrow gorge of Zangla before we visit Karsha and Padum.
    Our 2nd stage will take us through the Ladakh part after crossing Hanuma la into Lingshed, Final ascent to Sengge la to Photoksar where our trek ends.

  • 3 July - 25 July 2022
    The mythical trek that has made the reputation of this Himalayan region as the Great Zanskar Traverse or Grande Traversee du Zanskar (GTZ).
    The great traverse of Zanskar is among the most outstanding trekking. Cut off from the world more than 8 months of the year by the snow, the Zanskar is one of those mythical lands whose visit is deserved. Between India and Tibet, this ancient Himalayan kingdom has long been isolated from the rest of the world, surrounded by the high peaks of the Great Himalayan barrier. The opening up of the region is on the agenda, and the roads progress gradually in the valleys. Time is running out and it's time to enjoy this beautiful trek before it's too late! The Zanskar is today a region that remained authentic, punctuated with small traditional villages, rich in their Buddhist culture, omnipresent in this part of the world. Monasteries perched on eagle's nests, swinging rope bridges, women in "Perak" covered with turquoises ... You follow this mythical route, with steps studied for good acclimatization to the altitude, and a transfer in the vehicle to avoid the dusty trail that now runs through the Padum Valley. The famous village of Lamayuru is on the program, as well as the iconic monastery of Phuktal, a grand monastery adjoining its cliff ... The great traverse of Zanskar is also a sporting route.
    17 days of walking and 6 mountain passes to cross in the heart of spectacular landscapes, The trek is divided into two parts. The first, which goes from Kanji to Padum, is rather sporty with numerous passes, which is enough to give you some muscle pain. That's what pain is love. The second part, from Padum / Raru to Sarchu, is quite relaxed to the muscle until making the final crossing of Surichan La (5660m)-

    The Great Zanskar traverse has long been the reference trek of the Indian Himalayas by its commitment, its difficulty, and the incredibly isolated areas by which it travels. On the topographic maps as in the imagination of adventurers, the Zanskar remains an authentic end of the world.

  • The Kang Yatse II 6200m or Kang Yatze is located at the East end of the Markha valley region of Ladakh just above Nimaling plains. The Kang Yatse peak is the most dominant peak in Markha valley. The lower western Peak of Kang Yatse II is easier (Alpine PD - Peu Difficile) and more frequently climbed. The main summit of Kang Yatse I required some technical ability. Dzo Jongo is a delight of trekkers as it doesn't require any technical climbing. If you are seeking for first Himalayan 6000m peak and away from the crowd that you may see in Stok Kangri peak. This side of Markha remains calm most of the time.  

  • Miyar valley: Yosemite of India, Stunning mountains, Crossing of 12 kms long Kang La glacier at Greater Himalayan Range, Southern Zanskar and its high villages

  • Pin Parvati pass at an altitude of 5,319 m / 17,450 ft connects the Parvati valley (Kullu) in the west and Pin valley (Spiti) in the east. Pin Parvati can be cross without any technical difficulties. In Parvati valley, the trail begins at a relatively low altitude, which makes better acclimatization before crossing 5319m. After the large alpine meadows of Tunda Bhuj you reach the large flat valley floor at Mantalai, where moraines of Parvati glacier comes to an end. Leaving the valley, steep path to the left to base camp. A long stretch of a glacier crossing, the trail runs through steep scree to the small pass, which provides a panoramic view of Great Himalayan range peaks, Parvati South, Parvati North, Pinnacle, Kullu Eiger all above 6`000 m. A steep descent to Pin River. The easy trail along the left banks of Pin River to Mudh (3820m), the last village in the Pin valley. With the extreme differences in climate, Pin valley is much more rugged and barren than Parvati valley. This cold desert valley with its snowy crags, cliff, jagged rocks, and other fossils makes Pin valley a unique geological lab. Pin valley national park is home to snow leopard, red fox, marten, weasel, Himalayan Royle Pika, bearded vulture, golden eagle, lynx, and Tibetan wolf. The Pin area is conserved as a national park since 1987. The main attraction of Pin valley is the Chamurthi pony, known for its fast, sure-footed-on mountain terrain, moving safely on ice, and is well adapted to cost and harsh environment.

    Due to the southern edge of the main Himalayan range, during summer monsoons often at the foothills determine the weather, which brings rain and snow around the pass. Mudslides at Pin valley can cause unpleasant surprises during the monsoon, which brings the Pin valley cut off from the main Spiti valley.  The best time to go for this trek remains is from mid-June to mid-July and from the third week of August to the end of September. But be careful after the third week of September, when frozen monsoon tails can bring huge snowfall at the main Himalayan range.
    The picturesque village of Mudh,  where the trek ends are surrounded by barley fields. From here, a jeep safari into the Spiti valley offers opportunities to visit the sights of Spiti i.e. Kungri, Tabo, Dhankar, Lalung, Langza, Comik, and Kee - Kibber, before returning to Manali.

  • " The Lake district of Garhwal " Sahastra tal at an altitude of 4560m, is situated in Between Bhagirathi valley in the west and Bhilangana valley in the East.  The word 'Sahastra' meaning 'a thousand' in Sanskrit, It is also the modification of the local Garhwali word 'Sahasyu' which means seven. The topmost and the largest lake on the Bhilangana side is referred to as Darshan tal. The other seven being - Pari tal, Arjuna tal, Bhim tal, Draupadi tal, Gaumukhi tal (or Vishnu tal) and Lam tal. 

    From Kush Kalyan plateau a high ridge continues towards north and several high altitude small and medium lakes are found on both side of the ridge. Sahastra Tal is situated at the head of this ridge. This less frequented trail offers grazing pastures, lush green alpine meadows (Bugyals), High Himalayan ranges and peaks including Banderpunch, Black Peak/Kalanag, Jaonli, Draupadi Ka Danda along with Gangotri range. The walk over far flung alpine meadows of Kush Kalyan and Kyarki Bugyal is a delight to any trekker. The panorama of Western Garhwal range awaits at Kyarki Khal.

    Khatling is a lateral glacier at the source of river Bhilangana with Sahastratal at the west and Masartal at the east. The Valley of Bhilangana offers panoramic view of Jogin group (6466 mts.), Kirti Stambh (6402 mts.) and Meru. The entire trek passes through thick forests and beautiful lush green meadows in the beginning. Later, it crosses two passes above 17,000 ft. and negotiates glaciers moraines and a snow patch. This is strenuous and physically challenging high altitude trek.

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Welcome to Potala Adventurers Himalaya. Potala Adventurers is a place where you can have unique info, filled with our regional knowledge on trekking in Ladakh & Zanskar, Lahaul-Spiti & Kinnaur, Kullu & Manali, Garhwal & Eastern Kishtwar regions of Indian Himalayas. Potala Adventurers is a small trekking company, organizing treks and a varieties of customized trips in Indian Himalayas. We offer a wide range of trekking and overland trips in the Indian Himalaya for short and long holiday seekers. All of our treks are unique in its, own specialty and planned carefully to benefit maximum visits of places of the area that you are visiting upon. We will be happy to share our experiences of our Himalayan regions; its culture, history, tales, nature, brilliant landscapes, and native people. Our programs include: Zanskar traverse, Parang la & Nomads of Rupshu, Nubra valley, Markha valley & Stok-Kangri Ascent

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  • Beas Kund - Beas so named after Rishi Sage Vyas and Kund is the Hindi word for a tiny pond. This tiny and high-altitude alpine lake of Beas Kund at an altitude of 3,700 meters / 12,139 feet is situated at the higher and upper valley of Solang, located at the North end of Manali and at the foot of Mt. Shitidhar, Ladakhi, and Friendship peak.
    It’s an ideal base camp for climbing nearby peaks Shitidhar, Friendship, and Ladakhi peak (5,345 m). The Westside of Beas Kund is a magnificent peak of Hanuman Tibba 5,990m, which access through a tiny pass above this lake. The entire area is surrounded by spectacular peaks and Glaciers around Beas Kund. Our Beas Kund trek starts from Dhundi at a distance of 8 km from Solang Nala, Solang which is a popular destination for skiing in winter and summer outdoor activities. Setting off from Dhundi the trail goes along the stream upward to Beas Kund and Seven sisters peak, Hanuman Tibba, and Friendship peak remain insight throughout the trek.
    Beas Kund trek offers a spectacular view of the snow-capped mountains all around.
    An easy trek for all ages.

     

     

  • Bhrigu Lake is located at the East of Rohtang pass and above the Gulaba slopes. Situated at Pir Panjal eastern end mountain range and at an altitude of 4170 m / 13681 feet above sea level. With a panoramic view of Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, the Great Himalayan range, and numbers of peaks rising above 6000m.The closest 6000m peak nearby are Deo Tibba, Indrasan, Maker Beh, and Shiker Beh. And most mesmerizing peaks that remain insight are Hanuman Tibba and Seven Sisters peaks.
    Bhrigu lake opens up to mesmerizing natural vistas that showcase an endless alpine carpet of meadows, streams that carry crystal clear water along the winding paths, and sweeping vistas of magnificent snow-capped mountains.  
    This tiny lake is known to locals as "Bhrigu". The lake is named after Maharishi Bhrigu and it has a great religious significance to locals, especially of Vashisht and nearby villages.
    Our classic 3 days Bhrigu lake trek sets out at Gulaba 23 km from Manali and ends at Vashisht village. With many trails to Bhrigu, our trekking route changes based on snow conditions. May until mid-June either one can start from Gulaba - Rola kholi - Bhrigu lake and back to Gulaba. The other route which involves more ascending starts from Kulang - Mori dugh - Bhrigu lake - back to Mori dugh and Kulang. In our classic Bhrigu lake trek, you will have the opportunity to spend two nights at a different camp, which will give undoubtedly more natural views of Manali.

    For those who are speed trekkers, we offer you a Bhrigu lake trek in one day. The route for Bhrigu lake in one day is Gulaba - Raoli khoi - Bhrigu lake - back to Gulaba 10 to 12 hours.
    Bhrigu lake trek is one of the favorite short treks in Manali. An ideal weekend trekking in Manali for both beginners as well as experienced hikers.

     

  • From Jagatsukh we follow one of the best alpine walks with an untiring gradient to Sarotu thach (Thach – meadow) and Raudi Khodi. Crossing the wonderful alpine plateau a breath-taking view of Deo Tibba appears with magical suddenness. Piang Neru at about 12000 feet where lateral moraines of the PiangNeru glacier come to an end. Finally easy descent to Chikka at Hamta nallah and along the rock wall to Chachoga heights to Chadiyari village.

  •  All year round  
    Day hikes in Manali. Manali day hikes are for those who want to enjoy a brilliant walk on the outskirts of Manali town. Starting from a 2000m the day treks goes up to 4000m thus gaining a 2000m altitude in a day. All-day hikes start early morning. After the end of the trek, some require transportation to get back to Manali, and some start at Manali and end at Manali. The day hiking tour allows its participants to enjoy the beautiful green forests, above tree line meadows, and spectacular view of Pin Pannjal and the Great Himalayan range.

  • Kalihani pass 4820m located on Pir Panjal range and the extreme west of Manali, And this Khanpari tibba lies at an altitude of 4020m, is one of the best and perfect spot to view Beas River valley at once. To the West lies Kalihani pass at an altitude of 4830m Connecting remote Bara Bangahal village of Kangra district. During summer to late Autumn, this area is mainly inhabited by Shepherds and this pass is frequently used by them to go rain shadow of high grassland. Apart from Sheperd's route, this area has one of the best trekking routes in the Manali region. Spectacular view of Great Himalayan Range and snow-clad peak rising above 6000m Indrasan 6220m, Deo Tibba 6001m to the East and Maker Beh 6068m, Shikar Beh 6200m to the North and looking down the beautiful Kullu valley are main characteristics of this trek.

    Setting off from near Hadimba we climb gently through the thick forest of Cedar and Oak. Climbing up through the Manalsu River valley the gentle slopes and lush green meadows of Lamadugh appears. Later trek beneath the ridge of Khanpari Tibba (4,025m) we arrive at a place from where Indrasan (6,220m.) And Deo Tibba (6,001m.) peaks can be seen. One can see the full view of Manali town and upper Kullu valley. Continue going upward through brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron, Birch pave on the way, and wildflowers all around. Arriving at the dome of Khanpari to have a spectacular 360-degree view of the Great Himalayan Range to the East, Dhauladhar to the West, and Pir Panjal to the North. Keep your attention towards wildlife to see Monal, Fox, and Bear.

  • The elegant Deo Tibba 6001m. is located east of Manali, above Jagat Sukh village. The Southeast ridge is clearly visible from while crossing of Hamta pass. Deo Tibba and Indrasan Peak 6200m dominate the entire region East of Manali. The surroundings of Deo Tibba above 3500m. provide the finest skiing and heli-skiing slopes known worldwide today. We start our expedition from an ancient village of  Jagatsukh to Chikka, which is at an altitude of 10200 feet. The further crossing of Seri and to Tenta - our base camp for the Deo Tibba climb. We will go for camp I and via Piton ridge climb Deo Tibba. 
    Superb 6000m summit in Kullu valley, approach to the base with short trek & view of GH range and its peak

     

     

  • There are two fascinating treks South and North side of Deo Tibba. In this trek, we take the trail that goes North of Deo Tibba at Piang Neru, from where it provides a more clear view of Deo Tibba peak situated at an altitude of 6001m in the Eastern Pin Panjal range of the Himalayas. Lush green meadows carpeted with wildflowers as well as herbal plants grow abundantly here. A comfortable trek, the route is full of panoramic views along thick forest and alpine plateau to the Piang Neru. Piang Neru nullah or Jobri nullah is a principal tributary of the Hamta nullah.

    From Jagatsukh/Banara we follow one of the best alpines walks with an untiring gradient to Sarotu Thach (Thach – meadow), Jogi dug, Rauli Kholi. Crossing the wonderful alpine plateau a breath-taking view of Deo Tibba appears with magical suddenness. Piang Neru is at about 3700 meters where lateral moraines of the Piang Neru glacier comes to an end. We walk to the source of Jobri nullah, just beneath the Deo Tibba peak on rocky terrain and glacier. Finally, we make our way through Marhi which is a favorite area of Shepherds, and the final descent to Jobri.

  • Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes - it can be reached from Parbati valley crossing over the 3180 metres Rashol pass and via Naggar over the 3600 metres beautiful Chanderkhani pass. For the outsiders, there is a long list of do's and don'ts to be followed in the village. The people are friendly but outsiders are told to keep distance and not to touch anything in the village. Malana is divided into two - upper Malana (dhara beda) and lower Malana (sor beda). Kanashi, the language of Malana, does not resemble any of the dialects spoken in its neighbourhood but seems to be a mixture of Sanskrit and several Tibetan dialects. Two important festivals are celebrated in Malana. One called Badoh Mela is celebrated in August and the other called Fagdi mela in February.

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