North of the Great Himalayan range, amongst a tangled knot of jagged mountains, lies a rugged and fascinating land, the once independent kingdom of Zanskar. Sandwiched between the Indus Valley and the main crest of the Indian Himalaya, this remote and inaccessible setting, well guarded by snowy mountain passes, has kept alive an archaic form of Tibetan Buddhism which flourishes in chain of far-flung monasteries, most of which occupy spectacular fortified locations, high on rocky ridges in isolated valleys. Lovely high meadow camp sites and dry desert land, high passes and snow-capped peaks stunning scenery, Buddhist monasteries and picturesque villages with their irrigated fields of barley and potatoes, and fascinating encounters with the Zanskari people turn a trek in this area into an unforgettable experience.
Leh 3524 M
After landing in Leh you will check into your hotel and have a rest as you need acclamatization at this hight. In the evening have a look at the local market
Leh - Lamayuru (3420M) 3-4 Hours Drive
We leave Leh in the morning for Lamayuru and reach Lamayuru just about lunch time. After lunch you can spend the day exploring the ancient monastery and to prepare for the next day.
Lamayuru - Wanla (3250 M) 3-4 Hours
We pack our small backpacks & set off for this first day of our adventure. A gentle trail leads up to the small pass of Prinkti La (3750m) before heading down to the village of Shilla and the last 3 km to Wanla (3250m).Here we set up camp for the night and spend the afternoon relaxing in the sun or exploring the Gompa in Wanla, before we gather around for a good dinner.
Wanla -Hanupatta (3760 M) 5-6 Hours
An easy walk towards Phansila (3410m) will lead us to a beautiful valley. . We camp close to the river, just after the village of Hanupatta where we have a great view down the valley.
Hanupatta - Sirsir La (4850 M) - Photoskar (4200M) 6 -7 Hours
We follow the river and the wide valley up for some time before we cross the river and start the long and gradual ascent to SirSir La. From the top of the pass we can get panoramic view of the main Zanskar range. We spend the night close to the village and enjoy a well-deserved rest.
Photoskar - Singge La (5090 M) - Foot of Singge La 7-8 Hours
After crossing the small pass of Bumiktse La (4200) this morning, we enter the broad and lush Photang valley. Slowly we ascent towards Singe La, or the "Lion Pass". The last few meters are steep, but will give u an incredibly rewarding view on the top. From the pass it is an easy walk down to our camp site.
Foot of Singge La - Lingshed (4400 M) 4-5 Hours
We follow the trail high above the Zanskar River; the mountains take a greener and gentler formation, before we descend from Kiupa La (4400 m) down the steep zigzag trail to the village of Gongma (3840m) and Skiumpata. From here we climb up a gentle trail to the Margum La (4400m). The campsite in Lingshed is just by the monastery belonging to the Gelugpa order
Lingshed - Snertse via Hanuma La (4950 M) 7-8 Hours
A long day, we walk through the green fields of Lingshed early in the morning. It takes some ups and downs before we reach the base of the Hanuma La, from where we start climbing the many steep zigzags that lead to the top of the pass. After descending into the valley we will camp for the night. at Snertse campsite.
Snertse - Hanumil (3380M) via Purfi La (3950 M ) 4-5 Hours
Today we head for another pass: Parfi La .A short walk after Snertse, there is a wonderful lookout from where we can see the pass and down the valley, the Oma Chu River. After crossing the pass we walk down to the bank of the Zanskar River and follow it all the way to the village of Hanumil (3380 m), where we will camp for the night.
Hanumil - Pishu (3470 M) 4-5 Hours
We will start with an easy walk on plain and barren land along the Zanskar River and follow it all the way to Pishu (3470 m), passing Pidmo (3420m), an exotic landlocked hamlet of 8-9 families leading a simple traditional life. Our day will end at a lush green camp site with a spring situated nearby where we can quench our thirst.
Pishu - Karsha(3600 M) 4-5 Hours
From Pishu the trail ascends gradually to Rinam (3550 m.) along the bank of the Great Zanskar River. We will have a view of the stunning monastery of Tongde. Once reaching Karsha we can reinvigorate ourselves at the bank of Zanskar River.
Karsha - Padum (3531 M ) 2-3 Hours
Our trail begins with the crossing of the bridge, where we inhale fresh air to gear up for a trip to the capital of the Zanskar valley. It is a high time to have a good rest on this short day before we begin a drive back to Leh.
Padum - Kargil (234 kms) 8-10 Hours Drive
We drive towards Kargil, passing Sani monastery (6 km ) after turning west and cross the Doda River at Dhungri .We will be driving along the right bank of the River. We will check in our hotel at Kargil and have a good rest for the night
Kargil - Leh (230 kms) 8-10 Hours Drive
We will leave Kargil early in the morning and have our breakfast on the way. We will reach Leh in the afternoon and will check in our hotels.
Depart from Leh
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