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Trip Fact

Trip Duration 22 Days
Destination India
Trip Grade Challenging
Activity Trekking
Max. Altitude 4100m.
Accomodation Camping
Transportation Aeroplane / Tourist Bus
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
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(Darcha to Padum)

Zanskar trekking is a challenging Himalayan adventure trek in an exotic land of ancient kingdoms, high mountain passes and unforgettable landscapes, villages with a bit of exploratory trekking thrown in for good measure. A journey through Leh-Ladakh and Zanskar, once part of the Kingdom of Western Tibet which is a journey back through the centuries to a time when nomads transmigrated from one pastureland to another, and traded their salt and wool barley and staples with the people of the lowlands. The people of the lowland are typically and culturally rich in the villages and seen their living life style.

We can find while we were there that Tibetan Buddhist lamas, cliff-side monasteries, grazing yaks and lively, traditional villages add a sense of the otherworldly to our journey through Ladakh and Zanskar. The region, once explored by the old explorers in search of better trade, a route to forbidden Lhasa and unimaginable wealth, some days challenges us with high passes to cross and rivers to negotiates, and rewards is with a taste of 'old Tibet'. Our trek passes through the small Kingdom of Yulchung, a time barely remembered by the villagers, and continues across the Zanskar River gorges and through the canyons and spires of 'Bear Valley' to reach the ancient Kingdom of Zangla, the upper reaches of Zanskar. White-washed villages, ruined forts and dramatically perched Gompas await all of us, and we spend a few days trekking between them, tented camping in wonderful sites during the trek en route.

Our trek will be finish with a spectacular twenty two day exploratory route west from Stongde Gompa to Brandy Nala, where our jeeps await us to drive us to Himachal Pradesh and our Hotel tucked away in the green hills of Manali from where continue drive take us to Delhi.

Detail Itinerary

Departure Detail

Start Date End Date Price Season Status Booking
01 April, 2020 22 April, 2020
Spring Available Book Now
01 July, 2020 22 July, 2020
Autumn Available Book Now

Trek Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Van, Hiace, Jeep, Bus or, Train. (Airport/Hotel/Airport, trekking pick up and drop).
  • Domestic flight ticket: Leh – Delhi and local airport departure taxes.
  • Hotel accommodation in Delhi, Manali and Leh with Bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • All 3 delicious major meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (provide continental food) and accommodation in tented camp during the trek en-route. Kitchen tent,
  • (Single, roomy Marmot and Big Agnes tents (double for couples), and our famous 'Tibetan Festival 'Kamzang' expedition-style trekking Tent' as a dining tent, Toilet tent, staff tent, Table, chairs and Kitchen utensil etc.)
  • Fresh coffee and gourmet teas prepared by our expert cook while on trek.
  • 1 Professional equipped English speaking trekking guide, 1 special trekking Cook, Kitchen boys (local staff), necessary Sherpa and Horse Portering.
  • Life insurance for all support crews and their daily wages.
  • Per member 15 Kg. luggage allow while in the trekking.
  • Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
  • All Official taxes and service charge.

Cost Doesn't Include:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Delhi, Manali and Leh (Ladakh).
  • Personal trekking gears as well as sleeping bags or equipment rental.
  • Laundry, tipping and other items of a personal nature.
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • All Drinks: Alcohol and bottled except tea and coffee.
  • India Visa fees.
  • Airfare: to & from your country.
  • India entry, re-entry visa fees and international airport departure taxes.
  • Personal travel health insurance. 
  • Tips: Allow approx $ 230 for meals and tips for the crews.

Spring Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Delhi/Chandigarh/Manali by Train and transfer to railway station for supper fast train to Chandigarh.-3 hours . Arrive Chandigarh, meet upon arrival and drive straight to reach Manali (1920M) by covering 338 kms. Arrive Manali and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Manali - Morning at leisure. Afternoon proceed for half day city tour. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 04: Manali-Darcha (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drives 140 kms to reach Darcha (3400M) via Rohtang pass. Spend some time at the pass to enjoy the beauty around. Continue to reach Darcha by late afternoon. Overnight stay in tents camp.

Day 05: Darcha/Chalang Tokpo Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Chalang Tokpo (3580M) in about 5-6 hours. This day's trek is eassy and Gradual all the way. Overnight stay in tents camp.

Day 06: Chalang Tokpo/Zanskar Sumdo/Ramjak Trek - Morning after breakfast start an easy trekking to Zanskar Sumdo (3750M). Proceed to Ramjak., total trekking time is approx. 7-8 hours. Overnight stay in tents camp.

Day 07: Ramjak/Chumikanakpo Trek - Morning after breakfast starts trekking to reach Chumikanakpo (4060 in about 5-6 hours. Climb steeply immediately after the Campsite and then climb gradually up to Chumikanakpo. Arrive and overnight stay in tented camp.

Day 08: Chumikanakpo/Shingola/Lakonng Trek - Morning after an early breakfast start trekking 16 Kms to reach Lakong (4100M) by crossing Shingo La 5100m). The climb to the pass is not difficult but climbing down is quite steep through the Glacier. The day is quite long and Tiring, 7-8 hours approx. Arrive and overnight stay in tented camp.

Day 09: Lakong/Kurgiak Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Kurgiak (4060 M) by covering approx. 14 Kms, 6-7 hours approx. Now you will find the difference in the features of the mountains as you are in Zanskar, Arrive and overnight in stay tent camp.

Day 10: Kurgiak/Purne Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Purne (3745M) trek for about 5-6 hours. Arrive and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 11: Purne/Phuktal Gompa/Purne Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking for an excursion to Phutkal Gompa which in one the most impressive Gompas in Ladakh by covering approx 14 kms. Return back to purne and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 12: Purne/Ichar Trek - Morning after breakfast, cross small Canyons of Pudding stones, which leads to Char village and passing Hanumi and Surle villages. Arrive at Ichar, 5-6 hours approx. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 13: Ichar/mone Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Mone (3650 M) 5-6 hours approx .Arrive and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 14: Mone/Padum Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Padum (3560 M), 5 - 6 hrs approx. Padum is the old capital of Zanskar. Arrive and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 15: Padum/Ringdom Gompa (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drive to reach Ringdom Gompa (4100 M) by covering approx. 140 kms. Upon arrival visit Ringdom Gompa. Overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 16: Ringdom/Kargil (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drive to reach Kargil (3700 M) by covering approx. 160 kms. Arrive and check into Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 17: Kargil/Saspol (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drive to reach Saspol by covering 168 kms. En-route visits Lamayuru Monastery. Arrive and check into Riverbanks camp for overnight stay.

Day 18: Saspol - Leh (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast visit Alchi Gompa. Return to camp for lunch. Proceed to Leh (62 kms) en-route visit Likir Gompa. Arrive at Leh in the evening for overnight stay in hotel.

Day 19: Leh - Morning after breakfast proceed for sight-seeing of Leh. Visit Leh Palace, Leh Gompa and Bazaar. Pm: Visit Spituk and Phyang Gompas. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 20: Leh - After breakfast leave for full day excursion to Shey, Tiksey and Hemis Gompas. Return to hotel in the afternoon. Even free for shopping etc. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 21: Leh – Delhi flight then transfer to Hotel.

Day 22: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

Autumn Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Delhi/Chandigarh/Manali by Train and transfer to railway station for supper fast train to Chandigarh.-3 hours . Arrive Chandigarh, meet upon arrival and drive straight to reach Manali (1920M) by covering 338 kms. Arrive Manali and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03: Manali - Morning at leisure. Afternoon proceed for half day city tour. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 04: Manali-Darcha (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drives 140 kms to reach Darcha (3400M) via Rohtang pass. Spend some time at the pass to enjoy the beauty around. Continue to reach Darcha by late afternoon. Overnight stay in tents camp.

Day 05: Darcha/Chalang Tokpo Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Chalang Tokpo (3580M) in about 5-6 hours. This day's trek is eassy and Gradual all the way. Overnight stay in tents camp.

Day 06: Chalang Tokpo/Zanskar Sumdo/Ramjak Trek - Morning after breakfast start an easy trekking to Zanskar Sumdo (3750M). Proceed to Ramjak., total trekking time is approx. 7-8 hours. Overnight stay in tents camp.

Day 07: Ramjak/Chumikanakpo Trek - Morning after breakfast starts trekking to reach Chumikanakpo (4060 in about 5-6 hours. Climb steeply immediately after the Campsite and then climb gradually up to Chumikanakpo. Arrive and overnight stay in tented camp.

Day 08: Chumikanakpo/Shingola/Lakonng Trek - Morning after an early breakfast start trekking 16 Kms to reach Lakong (4100M) by crossing Shingo La 5100m). The climb to the pass is not difficult but climbing down is quite steep through the Glacier. The day is quite long and Tiring, 7-8 hours approx. Arrive and overnight stay in tented camp.

Day 09: Lakong/Kurgiak Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Kurgiak (4060 M) by covering approx. 14 Kms, 6-7 hours approx. Now you will find the difference in the features of the mountains as you are in Zanskar, Arrive and overnight in stay tent camp.

Day 10: Kurgiak/Purne Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Purne (3745M) trek for about 5-6 hours. Arrive and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 11: Purne/Phuktal Gompa/Purne Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking for an excursion to Phutkal Gompa which in one the most impressive Gompas in Ladakh by covering approx 14 kms. Return back to purne and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 12: Purne/Ichar Trek - Morning after breakfast, cross small Canyons of Pudding stones, which leads to Char village and passing Hanumi and Surle villages. Arrive at Ichar, 5-6 hours approx. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 13: Ichar/mone Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Mone (3650 M) 5-6 hours approx .Arrive and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 14: Mone/Padum Trek - Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Padum (3560 M), 5 - 6 hrs approx. Padum is the old capital of Zanskar. Arrive and overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 15: Padum/Ringdom Gompa (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drive to reach Ringdom Gompa (4100 M) by covering approx. 140 kms. Upon arrival visit Ringdom Gompa. Overnight stay in tent camp.

Day 16: Ringdom/Kargil (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drive to reach Kargil (3700 M) by covering approx. 160 kms. Arrive and check into Hotel for overnight stay.

Day 17: Kargil/Saspol (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast drive to reach Saspol by covering 168 kms. En-route visits Lamayuru Monastery. Arrive and check into Riverbanks camp for overnight stay.

Day 18: Saspol - Leh (Jeep) - Morning after breakfast visit Alchi Gompa. Return to camp for lunch. Proceed to Leh (62 kms) en-route visit Likir Gompa. Arrive at Leh in the evening for overnight stay in hotel.

Day 19: Leh - Morning after breakfast proceed for sight-seeing of Leh. Visit Leh Palace, Leh Gompa and Bazaar. Pm: Visit Spituk and Phyang Gompas. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 20: Leh - After breakfast leave for full day excursion to Shey, Tiksey and Hemis Gompas. Return to hotel in the afternoon. Even free for shopping etc. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 21: Leh – Delhi flight then transfer to Hotel.

Day 22: Last minute, transfer to airport for onward journey.

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