Potala Adventurers Himalaya - Our India Treks

  • One of the least explored trekking route and mythical journey in 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 or 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 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.

     

  • Our new and updated trekking route in Ladakh & Zanskar, which will take you to one of the remotest part of Indian Himalaya. With passes over 5000m and through canyons & gorges, you will pass through many villages along the way and meeting with locals at their homes that is 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 for

    Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing. We drive to Lamayuru enroute vising Likir and Alchi gompa. Crossing 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 highest pass in this trek after Phirtse la 5450m, we descent to sumdo and long ascent to Pikdong la to remote village of Shade. From Shade you follow the Oma chu to base of Hanuma la to large plains of Zanskar at Padum, here you will have oppurtunity to visit number of sights. Along the Tsarap River to one of most spactacular sight of our trek to Phuktal and finally exploring the high villages of Southern Zanskar we climb to our last pass to vast plains of Sarchu. Where our trek ends. Instead of going back to Leh, you will drive on Leh - Manali highway to hill resort town of Manali. A couple of days to relax at this hill station before making final departure to Delhi.

    Four weeks in Ladakh Zanskar - The Indian Himalayas & true Himalayan trekking experience.

  • Embark on a magical 17 days Zanskar Trek which takes us around most of the Zanskar region reaching the 5,500m, we cross the highest pass on our trip Phirtse la pass at 5540m. Potala Adventurers 20 days Zanskar Trek is a great introductory trek for experiencing the Zanskar region. If we want a shorter trek but the same route, we may cut off this trek at Zangla 10 days. Depending on your travel schedule.

  • The magnificient Stok Kangri 6153 m. situated on the southern skyline of Leh. Clearly visible from Leh, the capital of Ladakh. Stok Kangri is an ideal peak for those seeking first 6000m. in Indian Himalaya. Declared a open trekking peak by Indian mountaineering foundations. Anyone  physically fit can find this Stok Kangri like dream experience come true. From the summit stunning views of Karakoram range, ladakh range and zanskar range. During clear sky K2 even can be seen at far distance.
    First two days at Leh set aside for acclimatisation, you visit the colourful gompas located along the Indus river. Instead of taking the shortest route we take the Choksti route from west of Stok Kangri. This approach gives us little more time to acclimatize. We climb very steeply out of Choksti village. Crossing the Skyangs la (4900m) near Palam peak (5380m) descent to Ganda La (4800m) in to Rumbak valley. Rumbak valley also known for home of elegent Snow Leopard and across Stok La to base camp. Making Choksti a starting point, the first four days set for pre summit acclimatisation trek that guaranteed you all reach Stok Kangri summit. Stok Kangri climbing is not technically difficult but straight forward. A steep climb after crossing glacier located on the south ridge to summit with a magnificent view of the Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range. August September months when most of snow on mountains of Ladakh melts and rarely used of crampons. Stok Kangri remains one of most popular trekking peak in Indian Himalayas. And most important is that there are many pre summit acclimatisation trek options. 

  • Spiti valley is located on the Tibetan border enclosed on the South East by Tibet, North West by Ladakh, and West by Lahoul and Kullu. Geologically and archeologically Spiti valley is a living museum. Spiti valley is high altitude cold desert and in its lunar landscapes are still stretches, where every other rock is fossils. Spiti valley is formed by the Spiti River, which rises on the slopes of Kunzom pass (4’551 m) and ends at the river confluence with Pare-Chu near Sumdo. The length of the valley is about 150km. Enroute Spiti River receives the water of many streams: Guindi Nala, Parilungbi Chu, Pin River and Lingti River. There are two routes to Spiti valley, one over Rohtang-pass (3’978m/13’050ft) and Kunzom pass and other via Shimla, Rampur and Kinnaur.
    Spiti was once a part of the West-Tibetan Kingdom of Guge in the early 17th century. Guge became fragmented and Spiti, along with Lahoul, came under Ladakhi rule. A vital link of Great Trans Himalayan trade route from Lhasa to Kashmir and Spiti – Literally “The middle country” – found itself locked between the mountain range and International border, now a part of Himalayan tribal sub-division of Lahoul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh.
    Today more and more travellers, tourists, trekkers, geologists and researchers are discovering this wonderful and last inhabitable world.

     

     

  • Zanskar traverse is one of the classic trekking tours of the Himalayan region. Two nights at Manali 2050m and next two days of visits to the Chandra Bhaga Valley / Chenab and the day of trekking between Gahar and Stod valley in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, allows good acclimatization at an altitude between 3000 to 3500m, before starting the big trek from Sarchu to Kanji. This trek takes us from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh Ladakh Valley through Zanskar and the Himalayan high passes. Many monasteries, villages and breathtaking landscapes all along the route. The complete crossing of Zanskar from south to north. Seventeen days of walking in the heart of fabulous landscapes of immensity and roughness, four mountain passes, spectacular monasteries with almost medieval rhythm. The Zanskari  villages, cut off from the world eight months a year by the cold, the altitude and the snow. In order to avoid walking on a road for two days on the historical course of the Shingo La pass, we take the pass of Surichan La 5660m. Which is the favorite pass of Zanskari herdsman living in Kurgiakh, Sking, Thangso and Shanka villages

    . It remains easier, superb and offers the opportunity to stay in the upper Lungnak Valley allowing us to see more beautiful villages of Zanskar that are Sking and Kargyak, the famous sacred mountain of Gumburanjon and the extraordinary landscapes of the end of the valley of Zanskar. The magnificence of the route and its purpose, crossing the Himalayan range, have made it one of the great classics of trekking.

    The mythical course in the Himalayas: 17 days of walking with passes over 5,000 meters that connects Sarchu to Kanji. 25 years and still going on since we put our first step in Zanskar in Sept 1994.

     

  • 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 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 glacier crossing, the the trail runs through steep scree to the small pass, which provides 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. Easy trail along the left banks of Pin River to Mudh (3820m), the last village in the Pin valley. With extreme difference in climate, Pin valley is much more rugged and barren than the Parvati valley. This cold desert valley with its snowy crags, cliff, jagged rocks and other fossils make Pin valley a unique geological lab. Pin valley national park is home of 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 Chamurthi pony, known for its fast, sure footed on mountain terrain, moves safely on ice and well adapted to cost and harsh environment.

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

  • There are 4 passes that connects Pin valley with Kinnaur and Kullu i.e. Bhaba pass, Shakarog Khango,

    Lartsaway and Pin Parvati pass. To the southwest lies the Bhaba pass which connects Pin valley with Bhaba valley of Kinnaur. Its named also Tari Khango and its more popularly known as the Bhaba pass. Spitian people has long been used this pass as a trade route between 2 valleys. Especially the requirement of timber to the Spitian house building. The geographic contrast between these two valleys is evident after descending to the lush green meadows of Bhaba carpeted in wild flowers, while Pin valley is situated in high cold desert region of Spiti and it remain moist during summer time and having a high winter snowfall. Numbers of plant species can be found in the valley, it is declared as a Pin valley national park in the year 1987, known as land of Ibex and Snow Leopard. Though rare in sightings these rare animal, but its a prime time to visit Pin valley in winter when these rare species descend to low altitude. The Chamurthi horses are the pride of Pin valley people and are one of a kind among highland horses. During the summer months the yaks roam free in the vast pastures of Pin valley. Buchens of this valley are the only remaining sects permorming ancient rituals.

  • " 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 since 1997. 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 wide range of trekking and overland trips in Indian Himalaya for short and long holiday seekers. All of our treks are unique in its, own speciality and planned carefully to benifit 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 includes: Zanskar traverse, Parang la & Nomads of Rupshu, Nubra valley, Markha valley & Stok-Kangri Ascent

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  • The ancient Indians called the Beas River as Vipas or Arjiki while the ancient Greeks called it as Hyphasis. The current name Beas is regarded as formed from Vyas who is the author of Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, however, some scholars in Himachal Pradesh call this river as Vipasha.
    Beas Kund - Beas so named after Rishi (Sage) Beas and Kund is Hindi word for the tiny pond. This tiny lake of Beas Kund situated at the higher and upper valley of Solang. Which is the heart of winter and summer games in Manali.
    It’s an ideal base camp for climbing nearby peaks Shitidhar, friendship and Ladakhi peak. The West side of Beas Kund is magnificent peak of Hanuman Tibba 5990m, which access through the tiny pass of above this lake.

  • Hamta  Pass 4268m trek is most beautiful trek around Manali and can be done by anyone reasonably fit. Hamta pass lies on beautiful Pir Panjal range and is a small corridor between Lahaul and Kullu valley of Himachal Pradesh. Hamta pass is frequently used by Shepherds of the lesser Himalayan region. Seeking for high altitude grassland in the dry cold desert of Lahaul during summer time. Numbers of wild flowers, varieties of herbs can be found at the altitude between 3000 to  3800m. 
    Setting off from Manali we drive to Sethan village 2700m and continue to Panduropa - Jobri. Our starting point of the trek. Setting off from Jobri first we cross the ford on Jobri nallah originating from Deo Tibba massif. The route from Chikka to Jobri passes through the forest of Deodar, Oak, walnut and Birch tree. A gradual climb to Jwara and Balu ka ghera. Balu ka ghera is better known for Bear's den or Bear's circle. Can see only during May end to mid-June. Final ascent leads through boulder and scree to the pass. Spectacular view of Indrasan 6221m and Deo Tibba 6001m only can have on a clear sky. Crossing river near Shea goru camp we descend to the river bed and follow the left bank of Chandra River to Chatru. Where out trek ends. Finally 3 - 4 hrs drive back to Manali crossing Rohtang pass. With a magnificent view of Manali and Solang valley while descending to Kothi. 

  • Bhrigu Lake 4150m trek is a best short trek to do in Manali. The trail along the Vashisht ridge presents a spectacular view of Pir Panjal mountain range and its peaks rising above 6000m. Bhrigu Lake is located at the top of this ridge at an altitude of 4150m. This ridge lies in the middle of Hamta valley to the East, Solang & Beas River valley to the West. Bhrigu Lake Trek can be done starting from May to Mid of November. But it's not advisable to do during the period of monsoon especially in August when the entire ridgeline covers with thick clouds which can result in losing the trail.
    Setting off from Manali you drive to Kulang, The tiny settlement of Kulang village is 2 km before Palchan and 2 km after Nehru Kund on the Manali - Rohtang highway. The starting point of a trek to Bhrigu Lake. The first one and half day trek through Deodar forest on gentle slopes to Moridugh.
    The Panduropa (Pandu refers to Pandavas, Ropa locally means Field used for cultivation) generally once Pandavas stayed at this place. Its 4-5 hours of ascent to reach Bhrigu Lake, the trail goes along the west ridge lines and present a spectacular view of Pir Panjal mountain peaks. To the Northwest Hanuman Tibba, Shikhar Beh, Friendship peak, to the West Kalihani pass, To the East Inderkila, Indrasan and Deo Tibba

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

  • Located on Pir Panjal range and the extreme west of Manali, this Saurkundi pass 3950m and Khanpari lies at an altitude of 4025m, 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 Bhangal village of Kangra district. During summer to late Automn this area is mainly inhabited by Shepherds and this pass is frequently used by them to go rain shadow of high grassland. Apart from Sheperds route this area has one of the best trekking route in Manali region. Spectacular view of Great Himalayan Range and snow clad peak rising above 6000m i.e. 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 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 beneathe 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 Rhododendro, Birch pave on the way and wild flowers all around. Arriving at dome of Khanpari to have spectacular 360 degree view of 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 elegent Deo Tibba 6001 m, situated southeast of Manali town and above Jagatsukh village on the Pir Panjal range of Himalaya. A favorite trekking route to the base of this peak goes through Duhangan valley. It takes 3 days to reach base camp located near a glaciated lake called Mini Chandertal which is close to the glacier that falls of South East face of Deo Tibba. The North East Ridge is clearly visible from crossing the Hamta pass. Deo Tibba (6001m) and Indrasan (6200m) peak dominates the entire region. Today the Deo Tibba slopes are known worldwide for its heli-skiing.

     

  • Kalihani pass 4830m located on Pir Panjal range and the extreme west of Manali, And this Khanpari tibba lies at an altitude of 4025m, 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 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.

  • A comfortable trek, the route is full of panoramic views along thick forest and alpine plateau to the Piang Neru base of Deo Tibba 6001m (West Face). 

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