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Across Zanskar

Duration : 23 Nights / 24 Days

Best time : June to Sept.

Grade : Moderate to Strenuous.

Max alt : 5200 Mtrs.

Over view :
Your journey will begin from Manali driving over Rohtang Pass leaving Pine forest behind and enter the rugged mountain of Lahul and Zansker, cross over Kongmaru la than enter into Padum the capital of Zansker than slowly traverse through high passes into Lamayuru one of the most ancient Monastery in Ladakh, From here you will be driving along the Indus river to Leh, the capital town of Leh, Once it used to be a melting pot for central Asian traders.

Day 1 : Pick-up from Manali (6,430ft/1,960m) Drive to Darcha (3350 mts)-148 Kms Approximately 8 hour drive time.
Today we drive northwards over the spectacular Rohtang Pass (13,370 ft.) and into the Buddhist land of Lahaul. Beyond the reaches of the monsoon, it is an area more akin to the high altitude desert of Tibet than the alpine scenery we have left behind. Following the Chandra River towards Keylong, the capital of Lahaul, This journey is on rough roads, but the spectacular scenery fully makes up for any discomfort. Stop for lunch in Keylong. Beyond Keylong we drive to Dacha (approximately 2 hours drive time) Camp in Darcha and meet the rest of the camp crew.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 2 : Trek to Palamo (3720m) approximately 4 hours journey.
A gradual decent past village hamlets brings us to the small village of Chikka. We camp on a meadow.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 03 : Trek to Zanskar Samdo (3860m) approximately 4 hours journey.
We follow the river bank and cross over a suspension bridge before reaching our campsite.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 04: Trek to chumik nakpo (4670m) Approximately 6 hours journey. There is gradual ascent along the Shingo Chu River before we climb up towards the high peaks of the Zanskar range of Mountains and camp at the base of the Shingo La pass.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 05 : Trek to Lakhng Via Shingo La Pass (Shingola 5050m) (Lakhong 4400m) (approximately 7 hours journey)
This is a demanding days walk up-to the Shingo La pass, gateway to the Zanskar valley. After crossing this pass we decend down into Zanskar and camp in Lakhong.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 06 : Trek to Kargiah (4150m) (approximately 6 hour journey)
Early this morning you will cross over the Shingo River and walk along grassy meadows. Camp in Kargiah.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 07 : Trek to prune (3660m) approximately 7 hour journey.
You finally meet the main Zanskar valley and pass through the villages of Tabla and Testa before a steep descent takes us to a further bridge that you cross to your campsite at Purne. There are a couple of shops in Purne selling soft drinks, chocolate and a few other items.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 08 : Rest day at Purne Visit Phuktal Monastery (approximately 1.5 hours Journey)
You walk up a very deep and impressive gorge with a fast flowing river to this remarkable and remote monastery. The 500 hundred year old Gompa is built literally on the side of a cliff. Here you can visit the inner temples and see a stone tablet left by the Hungarian,

Alexander Csoma de Koros, one of the first explorers in Tibet, 1826-27. Day 09 : Trek to Phebula 3680m (approximately 4.5 hours journey)
We are treated to fine views on our walk upto Galbok village as we follow along the main river bank until we reach our campsite in Phebula.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D) Day 10 : Trek to Raru 3620m (approximately 5 hours journey)
The valley deepens and takes on the proportions of a gorge. You pass some small hamlets: Cha, Kaydang (with a small teashop) and on to Hamuni, then continue past the village of Surle and on towards Ichar where you cross the river on a new strong metal bridge. The fortified village of Ichar is about a 30-minute walk away and is well worth a visit, as it is perhaps the most beautiful of the villages on the way to Padum, the capital township. You then walk through more magnificent gorge scenery and with further small monasteries to visit. You camp overnight by a small lake behind Raru village.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 11 : Trek to Padum 3500 mts (approximately 6 hrs)
After breakfast trek to Padam. Padam is a Sub-divisional Head Quarter of Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir. Visit Bardan Gompa, one of the oldest gompa in the region. Trek ends here o/n camp.

Once the capital of the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, Padum (3505 m) is the present day administrative headquarters of the region. With a population of nearly 2000, Padum can be described as the most populous settlement of Zanskar, otherwise a very scarcely inhabited valley. Incidentally, it is only in Padum that there is a community of Muslims constituting nearly half the township's population, its origin in the area dating from mid 17th century. Lately, Padum has become a famous as a major trekking base and a popular tourist destination.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 12 : Trek to Karsha 3550m (approximately 5 hours journey)
Before reaching Shila, which is marked by a high waterfall, you pass Mune Gompa and come to Bardan Gompa, an impressive monastery sitting on top of a rocky outcrop in the middle of the gorge. The building was erected in the early 1600s on the orders of Nawang Namgyal, the first ruler of Bhutan, who was given various lands in Ladakh to further his Drukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, by the ruler of Ladakh at that time. The valley, which you have walked down for the past few days now, opens out into the much wider Lunak Valley and you reach Padum, the capital of Zanskar. Today, as you approach Padum you will be walking on a jeep track.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 13 : Trek to Pishu 3630m (approximately 5.5 hours journey)
From Karsha the trail descends across the plains to the village of Rinam, and then follows the banks of the Zanskar River to Pishu. This allows time in the afternoon to cross the famous twig bridge of Zangla.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 14 : Trek to Hanamur 3540m (approximately 5 hours journey time)
The village of Pidmu is about half way, and there is a campsite down by the river below the village of Hanuma. Hanuma, Pishu and Pidmu on the west side of the river, together with Chazar and Honia on the other side, constitute the tiny Kingdom of Zangla.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D) Day 15 : Trek to Nyertse 3950m (approximately 6 hours Journey time)
A difficult stage for horses, which may have to be unloaded as the trail winds steadily up towards the Parfi La. From the pass there is a steep 500m decent down the Juniper covered hillside to the Jingchan Tokpo. The bridge over the Jingan Tokpo marks the boundary between Zanskar and Ladakh. It also marks the start of a steady climb to the small shepherd settlement of Nyatse.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 16 : Trek to Lingshet 3800m (approximately 6/7 hours journey time)
The trail from Nyetse gradually ascends the valley, which follows a tributary of the Jingchan Tokpo. The climb to the pass (4800m) should take 4 hours. From the pass there are clear views to the Singge La and the main Zanskar range, while the sight of the Lingshet Monastery can be appreciated in the valley below. The decent to Lingshet is steep and it will take 3 hours to reach the village.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 17 : Rest Day
Time to relax and explore nearby Visit Lingshet Monastery

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 18 :Trek to Base of the Singge- la Pass (Approximately 6 hour journey)
The trail from Lingshet winds over two minor passes, the Netsuke La and Khyupa-la, with plenty of ups and downs. The campsite at the base of the Singge La Pass is on a rocky ledge.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D
Day 19 : Trek to Photasker 4200m ( approximately 7 hour journey time)
The climb up the steep screed slope takes at least 2 hours. Frozen waterfalls from the limestone cliffs form an impressive sight above the trail. The Singge La is 5100m high. From the pass Photasker can be reached in 4 hours and the village supports two small monasteries that are serviced by monks from Lamayuru Monastery.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 20 : Trek to Honupatta (3650m) approximately 6.5 hours journey time.
From Photasker it is tiring haul to the Sirsa-La (4800m) but the views are good. The trail down to Honupatta follows across a barren ridge down to the valley floor. The time from the pass to the village is 3 hours.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 21 : Trek to Wanla 3600m (approximately 6 hour journey)
From Honupatta the trail descends gradually to the confluence of the Photang River. Here the trail enters a gorge and there are no river fords, except by bridge, before reaching the village of Pangge. Beyond here the trail gradually descends the valley, to the village and monastery at Wanla. Camp Wanla

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 22 : Trek to Lamayuru via Prinkiti La Drive to Leh (3850m)
From Wanla, we follow the Shilakung valley upstream for 2kms to the turnoff leading up the gorge to the Prinkiti La. The entrance is marked by prayer flags and small chortens. The decent to Lamayuru from the pass takes about 1 hour. Arrive Lamayuru and after lunch drive to Leh (approximately 150kms - 3 hours drive time). Arrive Leh Overnight at Hotel

Overnight stay at hotel (B, L, D)
Day 23 : Free day at Leh
Full day free at Leh for own activities

Overnight stay at hotel (B, L, D)
Day 24 : Depart Leh
On time departure transfer to Leh Airport