Zanskar trek is an epic journey through some of the most remote and spectacular areas of Ladakh and Zanskar. It is a treat for both newcomers to the Indian Himalaya and veteran trekkers alike.
Trek Region: Ladakh – Indian Himalayas.
Best Season for trekking : June to September
Total Duration: 24 Days
Trekking days: 18
Trek grade: Moderate to strenuous
Max altitude: 5020 m
Detailed Itinerary: –
Day 01: Arrive Delhi – Meet on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: Delhi – Leh – Early morning fly to Leh. Enjoy orientation walk of Leh bazaar in the afternoon.
Day 03: Leh – Enjoy full day sightseeing of monasteries of Indus valley (including Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Gompa and Shey Monastery)
Day 04: Leh – Hanupatta (5-6 hour drive, 2 hr trek) – Drive to Alchi in the morning (3-4 hr.). Visit Alchi monastery. Drive on to Lamayuru (1 hour). Visit Lamayuru monastery. Drive further up to Wanla (1 hour) and trek for 2 hr. to reach Hanupatta. Overnight in the camp.
Day 05: Hanupatta to Photoskar (6 hr. trek) – Begin trek after breakfast. It is a gradual ascend towards Sirsir La (4500 m). Then descend down to Photoskar village. Overnight in the camp
Day 06: Photoskar to Yulchung (6 hr. trek) – Today begin a gradual ascend to Singala la (5500 m). This is the highest point of your trek. You will have spectacular views from this point. Continue trekking to Yulchung. Overnight in the camp.
Day 07: Yulchung to Lingshed (5 hr. trek) – Today’s trek will be a winding train crossing two minor passes with plenty of ups and down. Arrive Lingshed village and camp overnight. Time permitting, visit the Ligshed Monastery.
Day 08: Lingshed – Nyetse (6-7 hr. trek) – Begin trek after breakfast. It will be a gradual ascent to Hanumala pass (5000 m). You get excellent views from this pass. Later descend to Nyetse. Overnight in the camp.
Day 09: Nyetse – Hanamur (6 hr. trek) – Today’s trek is a steep climb with many ups and down to Parfila pass. Continue trekking to Hanamur – the first village with only four houses! Camp overnight.
Day 10: Hanamur – Pishu (5 hr. trek) – After breakfast begin the trek. Today’s trek will follow Zanskar River until you arrive Pishu village – with about 30 houses. You will camp beside Zanskar River
Day 11: Pishu to Karsha (5 hr. trek) – Continue trekking beside Zanskar River until you reach Karsha monastery. Karsha is the oldest monastery in Zanskar. You will camp beside the monastery.
Day 12: Karsha to Padum (3 hr. trek) – Today morning you will do a three hours trek to Padum village. Padum is the headquarter of Zanskar region. Afternoon visit Padum market. Overnight in the camp.
Day 13: Padum – Raru (5 hr. trek) – Today’s trek is a walk along Tserap River until you reach to Raru Village. You will visit beautiful Barden gompa and Mune gompa en route. Overnight in the camp.
Day 14: Raru to Surle (5 hr. trek) – You will continue trekking along Tserap River until you reach Surle village. You will enjoy a dinner with local family. Overnight in the camp.
Day 15: Surle to Purne (4 hr. trek) – Today’s trek is a gentle walk of 4 hours along Tserap River until you reach Purne. Overnight in the camp.
Day 16: Purne – Phuktal – Purne (4 hr. trek) – Enjoy an excursion to Phuktal, about 2 hours walk each way, to see spectacular monastery. It is an amazing monastery which is built on a bridge between two cliffs. You can spend few hours here, have tea and snacks. Return back to Purne. Overnight in the camp.
Day 17: Purne – Testa (4 hr. trek) – Today’s trek is a 4 hours walk to Testa village. Overnight in the camp.
Day 18: Testa – Kargiak (6 hr. trek) – Today’s trek is through villages of Kuru, Tanzay and Raltak to reach Kargiak. This is the last village of Zanskar. Overnight in the camp.
Day 19: Kargiak – Lakhang (5 hr. trek) – Today’s trek is through a beautiful valley full of flowers. You will pass by a sherpherd camp to reach Lakhang. You will camp at the base of Shingula pass.
Day 20: Lakhang – Chumik Nagpo (5 hr. trek) – Today’s trek is a gradual ascent of about 2 hours to reach Shingula pass (5300 m). Then a gradual descent to reach Chumik Nagpo. Overnight in the camp.
Day 21: Chumik Nagpo – Palamo – Manali (6 hr. trek/ 5 hr. drive) – Today you leave Zanskar and enter Himachal Pradesh. About a 6 hours trek will take you to Palamo. You will be met and driven to Manali.
Day 22: Manali – Day at leisure.
Day 23: Manali – Delhi – Early morning, drive to Chandigarh railway station to board train to Delhi.
Day 24: Depart Delhi for onward destination.