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<< Indian Himalayas >> << Adventure Travel Activities >> << Adventure Travel Jammu & Kashmir >> << Zanskar Trekking>>

Padum/Zanskar (3531m) in the Kargil sub-division of Ladakh is located between the Great Himalayan Range to the S and the Indus Valley to the North two rivers, flowing towards each other along the northern flank of the Great Himalaya, meet in the broad plain of Padum. They become the Zanskar river which flows off northwards through a gorge in the Zanskar range, to meet the Indus at Nimo. This T-shaped complex of valleys is Zanskar, opened to motor traffic only in 1980 when a road was built via the Suru Valley and Rangdum and over the Penzi-la. The Great attractions are the Buddhist culture, beautiful monasteries, awe-inspiring barren mountain and the twin peaks for Nun (7135m).

Zanskar Trek - (Padum to Lamayuru)  Hotels in Leh-Ladakh

DAY-1

Delhi
Arrive Delhi met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY-2

Delhi/Leh (Flight)
Transfer to domestic airport in time to board flight for Leh (3531 m). Leh is situated on the banks of the river Indus. Arrive and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY-3

Leh
Morning sightseeing for half day tour of Leh palace, Leh Gompa and bazaar. Excursion to Spituk, Phyang and Shankar Gompas. Overnight stay in hotel.

DAY-4

Leh/Kargil(Jeep)
Morning drive 230 kms to Kargil (3440 M) which is also the half way point of Srinagar Leh highway. It is also the second largest town after Leh in Ladakh. Arrive and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY-5

Kargil/Rangdum (Jeep)
Morning drive to Rangdum (7-8 hours approx.).
Rangdum is an elliptical expanded plateau surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier encrusted rocky mountains on the other. Visitors to Zanskar generally prefer to break the grueling, 240 Km-long rough road journey for an overnight halt here. Overnight stay in tents.

DAY-6

Rangdum / Padum
Morning drive to visit Rangdum Gompa proceed to Padum
Trekking in Padum or Padam, the capital of Zanskar region, opens up several outlying villages and monasteries, which form the nucleus of the region. This hard but very rewarding trek takes one from Padum to Zangla.  As on the Padum- Lamayuru Trek and is only recommended for the second half of August because from Zangla to Markha many crossings have to be made over large rivers. Padum (3505 m) is the present day administrative headquarters of the region. (7-8 hours approx.). Padum is the capital town of Zanskar. Overnight stay in tents.

DAY-7

Padum / Karsha (Trek)
Morning We will start your first day's trek to Karsha (3610 M) by covering approx. 7 kms in 3-4 hrs crossing the Doda river. A 15th century Gelupa Monastery (popularly known as Karsha Gompa) Dominates the scene. overnight stay in the tents.

DAY-8

Karsha/Pishu (Trek)
Morning We will start trekking to Pishu (3665 M) by covering approx. 13 km in 4-5 along the river Zanskar. Arrive and overnight stay in tents.

DAY-9

Pishu/Hanumil (Trek)
Morning drive will start trekking to reach Hanumil (3960 M) by covering approx, 14 km in 4-5 hrs through Pidmu after continuing to the left bank of river Zanskar. Overnight stay in The tents.

DAY-10

Hanumil/Purfi La/Snertse (Trek)
Morning drive will start trekking to reach Snertse (3745 M/15 kms). After crossing a steep and difficult climb to the pass, Purfila (3900 M). From the pass it is a steep descent upon Omachu river and from there it is about one km climb upto a wonderful Campsite at Snertse. Overnight stay in the tents.

DAY-11

Snertse/Hanumala/Lingshet (Trek)
Lion's pass which is also the highest pass on this trek. First the climb is through the terminal Moraine and then through the long Glacier. The climb is not steep but the Descent through the steep Glaciers a little difficult. Proceed to Photoksar via another pass called Boumitse La (4200 M). The day is quite long and Tiring, 7-8 hours approx. Photoskar village is a town of clusters of Homes, Green Fields, and a Gompa above in a dark brown cut crop. Overnight stay in the tents.

DAY-12

Lingshet / Foot of Shingla
Early morning start trekking to the base of Singla, 6-7 hrs approx. Overnight in camp.

DAY-13

Foot of Shingela / Shingela / Photoksar (Trek)
Early morning start climb up the Shingela Pass (5230 M) which takes about 2 hours. Shingela means the lion's pass which is also the highest pass on this trek. First the climb is through the terminal Moraine and then through the long Glacier.

The climb is not steep but the Descent through the steep Glaciers a little difficult. Proceed to Photoskar village is a town of clusters of Homes, Green Fields and a Gompa above in a dark brown cut crop. Overnight stay in tents.

DAY-14

Photoksar/Sirsir La/Hanupatta(Trek)
Morning start trekking (6-7 hours approx.) to reach Hanupatta (3770 M) after crossing Sirsir La (4230 M). The climb to the pass is steep but the descent is gentle. Arrive and overnight stay in tents.

DAY-15

Hanupatta/Wanla or Shila (Trek)
Morning start trekking (6-7 hours approx.) to reach Wanla (3645 M). Wanla is a small town with its Maroon and white Monastery Perched above the town on a knife edged ridge. Arrive or proceed to Shila (about 30 minutes easy walk which is another nice camping site) and overnight stay in tents.

DAY-16

Wanla/Lamayuru/Saspol (Trek/Jeep)
Morning will start trekking (4-5 hours approx.) to reach Lamayuru (3510 M). Lamayuru Gompa is one of the most impressive and well maintained monasteries in Ladakh. Arrive and visit Monastery. Proceed to Saspol by jeep. Overnight stay in tents.

DAY-17

Saspol / Leh (Jeep)
Morning after breakfast visit Alchi Gompa. Return to camp for lunch. After drive to Leh via Likir Gompa (62 kms). Arrive and overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY-18

Leh
Full day excursion to Hemis, Thiksey, Shey monasteries. Overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY-19

Leh/Delhi (Flight)
Transfer to domestic airport in time to board flight for Delhi. Arrive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

DAY-20

Delhi/Onward
Full day sight-seeing tour of Old and New Delhi. Await transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.

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