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ZANSKAR TREK

Zanskar region of Ladakh, is best known as the Buddhist kingdom in the western Himalaya with Padum as its administrative center. For most of the year the high passes of Zanskar are inaccessible because of snow, making the deep gorge of the frozen Zanskar River the only way of transport by walking. With snowcapped mountain top, villages nestling high up on the cliffs, ancient monasteries and sparking rivers, Zanskar is a perfect trekking destination for worldwide tourists. This trekking adventure of Zanskar valley takes you through the heartland of Zanskar. You will be passing through the dramatic landscapes and visit charming villages and ancient monasteries. The other important feature of this trek is the lovely high meadows camp sites on the cold and dry desert land.

Other feature that makes this trek a special one is that it includes lovely high meadow camp sites on the cold and dry desert land, the thrill of passing through high passes and the joy of spying snowcapped peaks amidst stunning scenery. Not to forget the Buddhist monasteries and picturesque villages replete with irrigated fields of barley and potatoes. Even chances to encounter with the people of Zanskar make this journey a unforgettable one.

Facts

Region: – Ladakh (Leh)

Duration: – 10 Night / 11 Days

Grade: – Moderate to Difficult

Max Altitude: – 5090 m

Best Time: – July – September

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 high passes above 4000
  • Lingshit and Karsha Monastery
  • Padum and Kargil Town
  • Interaction with locals and insight into their lifestyle
  • Highest point 5400m

DETAILED ITINERARY

We pick up you from Leh airport on your arrival at Leh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to acclimatize. In the evening take a walking tour in the local Leh market.

 

Overnight: Hotel

Enjoy the Cultural and natural beauty of Leh toad as you are going to visit some of the most important tourist places in Leh. In the morning after breakfast you will drive to visit Shey Palace or Gompa, later visit Thiksey monastery, & Hemis Gompa.

Return back to hotel and relax. In the evening visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa.

Overnight: Hotel

After breakfast, we jump into our jeeps and head for Photoksar, start point of our trek and one of the most picturesque villages in Zanskar. On our way to Photoksar we pass Spitok Gompa and Basgo, a 500 year old World Heritage Monument situated spectacularly above the Indus, if we have time, we’ll stop for a visit. After driving for about 5 hrs we reach Wanla and visit its ancient monastery, built on a mountain top flanked by two shattered tower remnants of a now-destroyed 14th-century fortress. After visiting the Wanla Monastery we continue towards Photoksar on a recently built dirt road that crosses over the 4900 m Sirsir La and winding down to the village.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camp / Homestay

After crossing the small pass of Bumiktse La (4200), we enter into the broad and lush Photang Valley. A gentle trail leads us through this enjoyable landscape, where the villagers keep their yaks and horses grazing. One of the most fascinating things about the Zanskar trek is the ever-changing landscape. Every time you turn a corner or cross a pass, a new world will appear in front of you: the deepest gorges, the greenest fields, the majestic Zanskar River giving formations and life. Slowly we ascend towards our camp at the base of Singge La (4600 m).

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camp

A steep ascend will lead us to Singge La (5090m), meaning the “Lion Pass.” The last few hundred meters are steep, but the top of the pass presents a rewarding view. From the pass a steep descend for few hundred meters. We follow the trail high above the Zanskar River, the mountains having taken a greener and gentler formation, before ascending gradually to Kiupa La (4400 m). From the pass the trail down is steep zigzag to the village of Gongma (3840m).

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camps

From Gongma, we climb up the gentle trail to the Margum La (4400m) from where we can see Lingshed an hour or so away. The monastery is founded by the Gelugpa order and gives home to around 60 monks. The village itself is spread out over a big area, enclosed in green fields of barley. After visiting monastery of Lingshed we will continue towards Lanang.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camps

A steep and long ascent will take us to the pass of Hanumur La (4950m). Once there, the views of north to Singge La and the snow capped peaks of the Ladakh range are spectacular. From the pass it is an easy descend for an hour before a steep descend down to Snertse. Just above Snertse, there is a herders’ camp, and sometimes fresh cheese, milk and curd are available here. Down in the riverbed it’s possible to go hunting for fossils, and the locals sometimes show a nice collection of what they have found. When the Indian plate slammed into the stationary mass of Asia some 50 millions years ago, the Great Himalayas were formed. The Zanskar range consists of layers of sediments from the ocean floor while the Ladakh range consists of granite, born in the immense heat generated by the friction between the two plates. After resting for a while at Snertse we will continue towards Zingchen, where we can take a bath in Oma Chhu river.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camps

In the early morning we head for our last pass before Padum, Parfi La (3950m), juniper covered trail zigzagging up to the pass. This area is also home to the Himalayan brown bear, as well as blue sheep. From the pass we descend down to the banks of the Zanskar River and to the village of Hanamur (3380m), which will be our camp for the night.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camps

This is a relatively level stage along the Zanskar River. On the way we will pass Pidmo (3420m), a small village with a few families. It is another 2-3 hours journey to Pishu, (3470m) which is a scenic village located on the west side of the Zanskar River. Hanamur, Pishu and Pidmo together with Tsazar and Honia on the other side of the river, constituted the former kingdom of Zangla. The entrance to Pidmo is marked by a long mani (stone plate) wall and chortens (Buddhist saint’s tomb), from where we find our way to a grassy campsite.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camps

We have another quite easy day ahead of us along a dry, dusty jeep road. From Pishu the trail leads to Rinam (3550 m), following the banks of the Zanskar River. Arriving at Karsha (3600m) we can visit the famous monastery. After visiting the monastery we continue towards Padum (3531m), the capital of Zanskar and a major trade center in the valley.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camps

We begin our safari toward Kargil, passing Sani monastery (6 kms) turning west, crossing the Doda River at Dhungri, we will drive along the right bank of River. Further ride will lead us to the beautiful valley covered with comprehensive green patches. Between Padum to Aksho, we will come across few small villages of Dhungri, Phay and Hamuling. Here we can see slowly leaving Zanskar valley and Drang Drung Glacier beside the Penzila. In the middle of the valley, next we can see Rangdum monastery situated on a rock hill. Then come the villages of Shakar, Parkachik and Panikhar. Before reaching the Panikhar about 12 kms at Thangbu village, we can have an incredible photographic view of Nun (7135 m) and Kun (7080) mountains before reaching Kargil.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camps

Today will be our last day to travel before coming back to Leh, passing some of the most beautiful monasteries and villages of Sham.

 

Dinner & Overnight: Camp

 

In the morning departure transfer to Leh airport to Airport.

Inclusions

Road transportation from Leh to Leh by car

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking

All meals (Day 1 Lunch to Day 10 Lunch)

All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress. Kitchen, Dining and toilet tent

Permits and Entrance fees

Good English speaking guide, cooks and porters, mules

Exclusion

Accommodation and Meals in Leh

Personal Insurance

All alcoholic beverages and personal expenses

Good down sleeping bags can be provided at an additional cost of Rs. 200 per day

FAQ –

  1. Who is the trek meant for?

The level of this trek leans towards difficult, which naturally demands commendable physical fitness, stamina, and cardiovascular endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key here, which helps you better adjust to the high altitude and lower oxygen levels during the trek.

2 -Which is the best season to attempt this trek?

Mid-July to September is the ideal season for the trek, as the expansive greenery is at its peak, and the extremities of winters are eliminated. You might want to avoid trekking during the monsoons though.

3 – How to reach Leh?

By Air: You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport.

By Road: You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route.

4 – What things are needed to be carried?

Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick-dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp/torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.

5 – What is the best time to do this trek?

The best time to this trek is from July – September.

6 – What is the minimum age to join this trek?

The minimum age to join this trek is 15 Years.

7 – How far is Padum from Leh ?

Padum is 450 km from Leh and it is usually covered in two days with an overnight stay in Kargil or Suru valley.