27 days New Delhi to New Delhi, 20 days trekking.
01 Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi you will be picked up from the airport
and will transfer to hotel for overnight stay.After breakfast we will
visit Old and New Delhi. Afternoon will be free
New Delhi is the Capital of India is the fastest growing
large city in India, rapidly catching up the colonial cities of Bombay
and Calcutta in size, and long since eclipsing them in political
importance. In some are it
remains a spacious garden city, tree-lined and with beautiful parks.
Delhi today is essentially 4 cities, spreading over the remains
of nearly a dozen earlier centers, which once occupied this vital
The oldest is now know as Old Delhi or Shah Jahanabad built by
the Mughal Emperor Shah in the first half of the 17th
century. Focusing on the
great imperial building of the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, this old
City is a dense network of narrow alleys and tightly packed markets and
houses, Muslim, Sikhs and Hindus living side by side.
02 Delhi/Manali drive
Leave Delhi early morning for Manali. Today it will be long day drive
10/12 hrs. Arrive Manali
overnight in hotel.
Free for acclimatizing. Overnight in Hotel
Leave after breakfast for Darcha. Enroute
we will stop at Rothang Pass. Arrive
Darch Overnight in Camp ( trekking point )
Darcha/Zanskar Sumdo (
3960 mt 14 kms )
From today we will start trekking.
Leave camp after breakfast follow the track until the last
hamlet, then a good footpath. Pass a spectacular gorge.
Continue along the right bank till we reach Zanskar Sumod.
Camp near the river bank.
06 Zanskar Sumdo/Ramjak
3910 mt. 12 kms )
Leave camp after breakfast, cross the bridge then goes up the right hand
valley. There are good
paths on both side of the stream, but both are hard going till we reach
Ranjak a small meadow,
Ramajk Shingo la ( 5050 mt. ) Lakang
4510 mt. 14 kms ) ( 6/7 hrs )
From the camp, climb moderate slopes to the foot of the Pass.
Several easy stream-crossing ( 4 hours ).
The ground flattens out and the path zigzags through a moraine as
far as the Shingo la ( 5090 mt. ) The descent is steep and dangerous
for horses ( ice and some fallen rocks .Camp near the stream.
08Lakang / Kargyak (
4180 mt. - 19 kms - 6 hrs)
Leave camp after breakfast cross the river to reach the first meadow.
Cross several easy streams, nice view of Gumburanjon. Climb down
a mass of fallen rich. After
one hour, you pass beneath the face of the Gumburanjon, then an easy
descent towards Kargyak ( 4100mt. ) first
Zanskar village on this trek.
Camp before the village near the bridge. Evening visit the
3840 mt 24 kms - 7/8
Leave Camp after breakfast, continue on the right bank along an easy
path 2 hrs before Tanze, you
cross in front of a narrow gorge where the route joins Phirtse-la. After
crossing continue till we reach Tanze a small village, gompa in ruins a
big higher up. A short
distance beyond Tanze, there is a bridge across to the left bank. Monotonous going across morainic terrain.
Slight rise leading to Kuru, major village of livestock breeders.
Afterwards, an excellent path leads steadily lower.
Arrival in Teta ( 3 hrs ) beautiful village.
The path continues downward near the river.
Stay on the left bank, then climb gentle slope up to Yal.
Next comes a steep descent towards a large bridge which you cross to
get to Purne.
Phuktal Kalbok ( 3920 mt. 18 kms including visit of Puktal - 7hrs )
Leave horses in Purney where they will go straight to Kalbok for
overnight. Go up the left
bank of the Tsarap into splendid gorges.
After 1 ½ hours, cross a bridge.
Fifteen minutes later, you arrive at a small tributary to the
Tsarap, beautifully clear after cascading down.
A ledge leads to a small plateau sprinkled with chortens and
religious banners. From
there, you can see the Phuktal monastery,
one of the most spectacular sights in Zanskar.
Phuktal belongs to the tradition of the Gelupas ( Yellow Hats ).
The spring that gurgles deep in the cave is still out of bounds
to Women. The Hungarian historian Cosma de Koros stayed here over the
winter of 1825/26. After visit return back to Puktak, go back down,
cross the bridge, then go up the left bank. The trail that overhangs the Tsarap is Sometimes tricky and
hard going. Frequent small canyons of pudding-stones. Pass a bit above a hanging bridge which leads to the village
of Cha . Fifteen minutes
later we will reach Kalbok
3830 mt. - 19 kms - 8hrs )
Leave camp after breakfast, continue the trek on the left bank of river
till we reach Kaydang in 2 hours, a small village in a poplar grove.
Carry on until Hamuni. Pass
below the village of Surle .
The trail so still not good, several stretch difficult for the horses.
Arrive at a large bridge which leads to Ichar,
then a gradual climb before coming to a major tributary ( bridge )
Gradual descent down towards Raru.
Camp near small water reserve.
3710 16 kms - 6 hrs )
Leave camp after breakfast continue the trek till we reach Mune.
Visit Mune monastery. After
visit go down a steep incline to the main train.
After two hours, you arrive at Bardan. Today we will trek on the newly
constructed road while leads towards to Spadam which is still under
construction. Bardan Gompa
a Kagyupa monastery famous for its prayer wheel ( 180 cm high ).
From Bardan, a dusty road till we reach Chilla ( 1 hours before
Spadam, Padam is not good place to camp, we we don't get good drinking
water and good camping )
Chilla Spadum - Karcha ( 3700 mt. 12 kms - 5 hrs )
Leave camp after breakfast, continue the trek till we reach Spadum.
The district headquarter of Zanskar. Visit the Spadum the buy
fresh supplies. Leave
Spadum head towards Pipiting, then a dusty plain towards the Doda river
till we reach bridge. Cross
the bridge camp near the bridge .
14 Karcha/ Pishu
3550 mt. 21 kms - 7 hrs )
Leave camp after breakfast then climb towards Karcha.
Visit Karcha monastery dates from the XVth century. After visit
easy stretch on the often hot and dusty bank of the Zanskar river.
Above Rinam, small
stream and shelter formed by the rocks.
Attractive campsite below the village of Pishu.
3570 mt 17 kms - 5 hrs )
Continue left bank. Easy
going sometimes along the river, sometimes across the morainic Plateau.
A bridge before Pidmo,
then another 2 hours until Hanumil. Good campsite.
Day 16Hanumil- Parfi-la Snertse (
3820 mt 16 kms - 7 hrs )
Still on a good and easy path. 4\3/4 hour beyond Hanumil, small stream
on the left. Tak on a supply of water. The path leads away from the edge
of the Zanskar, up to the plateau, then to the foot of the pass.
Steep and difficult climb for the animals as far as the Parifi-la
( 3940 mt, 4 hours ) Rather steep descent until reaching the Ona-Chu
river. Good bridge, then up
a 500 meters sandy slope. Wonderful
lookout. Then along the
slope as far as the sheepfolds of Snertse.
17 Snertse Hanuma la
Base of Hinuman-la (4040
mt. 16 kms - 7 hrs )
Long gradual ascent towards the Hanuma-la.
Through gorges first, then easier.
After 2 hours, pass a sheepfild.
A further 2 ½ hours to reach the summit of the Hanuma-la ( 4700
mt ) A 1000 mt. Steep
descent till we reach Camp ( this camp the before the Lingshed village )
Base of Hinuma-la / Lingshed
( 4080 mt 4 kms - 2 hrs )
Leave Camp after breakfast for Lingshet climb 300 meter along the
mountainside. From this
small pass, easy descent towards Lingshet ( about 3800 mt. ) Campsite
near the monastery. Reach
camp at lunch time. After
lunch visit monastery.
Day 19 Lingshed/foot of the Sengge-la
( 4430 mt 20 kms - 7
Easy climb of Ύ to 1 hour up to the Murgum-la ( 4100 mt. ).
Continue climbing, pass an escarpment then go along the slope.
Wonderful landscape, view of the valley of Nierag, on the other
bank of the Zanskar. Gentle
descent towards the villages of Gongma ( 3840 mt ) and Skiumpata.
Then very steep climb as far as the Kiupa-la ( 3850 mt ).
Then climb gradually along the mountainside up to the foot of the
20Foot of the Sengge-la/Photoksar (
4220 mt.- 26 kms - 8 hrs )
Rather steep climb to the Sengge-la taking from 1 ½ to 2 hours ( 5000
mt. ) then a short slope leads into a broad valley.
Easy going (one ford ) then gentle climb towards the Bumiktse-la
( 4200 mt ), beautiful view. Descent towards Photoksar ( 3750 mt ) Splendid village at the
base of huge mountain walls. Abandoned
gompa 20 minutes away above the village.
Photoksar/Base of Sirsir-la
4530 mt 14 kms - 7 hrs )
From the village, gentle climb up to a large chorten ( 1 hour ), then
long ascent of the Sirsir-la. The
last third is steep. Pass
is situated at 4800 mt. Easy descent to the river. Camp near the bridge.
Day 22 Base of Sirsir-la/Hunupatta/Chorten
( 5 hrs )
Leave camp after breakfast then long descent into a stony valley till we
reach Hanupatta. From
Huntupatta continue the journey across the slop until entering the
gorges. Camp at the river Junction of the rivers, Chorten and religious
banners on the flat. Camp
near the Chorten
mt. 14 kms - 5 hrs )
Leave camp pass a ridge, then go down until reaching a good bridge
across the Yapola. Then,
some easy, some difficult stretches ( fallen rocks ) until Phenjilla.
A little beyond the village, cross again onto the left banks
(bridge) Then on a flat to Wanla. Beautiful gompa.
Day 24 Wanla/Lamayuru ( 3700
mt. 11 kms - 3 hrs )
Go up the Shillakong along the Right Bank, cross it (bridge), then
arrive in Shilla. Pass the
village, go to a broad chorten then follow a narrow and dry gorge as far
as the Prinkiti-la ( 3726 mt ). Easy
descent, then pass an escarpment. Cross
the river and go towards the village of Lamayuru. Short climb towards
the monastery, which is the most, photographed in Ladakh.
After visit take Jeep/car for Leh.
It will take 4/5 hrs drive to reach.
Arrive Leh overnight in hotel.
Full day free. Pax can do
optional full day visit of Hemis/Shey and Thiksey monastery.
Overnight in Leh
- the former palace of upper Ladakh before Leh was established, this
site commanded an important vantage over the Indus valley.
Since 1834 however, after the royal family moved to Stokh, much
of the palace and fort fell into disrepair; even the marshland
immediately below was once a clear lake.
Thiksey - one of the most imposing monasteries in the Indus valley,
Thiksey was part of the original Delgupta order in the 15th
century. The monks
quarters stretch right the way along the hillside beneath the main
assembly hall. The library
at Thiksy is supposedly one of the finest in Ladakh and a multi -
denominations Gompa has recently been constructed - proof indeed of the
continuing vitality of Buddhism in Ladakh.
Hemis - the position of Hemis monastery lying in a small isolated
valley south of the Indus, belies its importance.
As headquarters of the Drukpa (Old Buddhist) order, it
administers monasteries throughout the whole Ladakh - from the Indus to
the Zanskar valley and from the Markha to the Sumdah valley.
Hemis was established at the behest of Senge Namgyal in the early
17th century and since than has enjoyed the patronage of the
royal family of Ladakh. It
provides monks as caretaker for royal monasteries at the Basgo, Leh and
After early breakfast transfer to Leh airport for flight to
Delhi. Arrive Delhi
transfer to hotel . Few
rooms will be provided for Wash & Change.
Late evening transfer to airport for homeward flight.