Duration: 15 Days
Best Season: 15 August to October
Max. Altitude: 5200 mts/17050 ft
Routes: Leh – Hemis – Shang Sumdo – Kongmaru la – Zalungkarpo la – Zangla – Padum
The trek starts from Hemis monastery (one of the richest monastery in Ladakh). It enters in famous Markha valley and Zanskar via Junglam, which is open only for a month. In summer this route is closed due to water crossing and in winter heavy snowfall.
Day 01: Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi airport met our representative and then transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
Take the morning flight for Leh from Delhi. On arrival at Leh met our representative and transfer to pre booked hotel/Guest house for relax and acclimatisation. This is necessary for getting acclimatised at high altitude. Evening one can visit the color full market of Leh. Overnight in the hotel/guesthouse.
Day 03: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.
Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery
is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to
the Gelukspa order.
Day 04: Leh – Hemis – Shang Sumdo 3700 mts/12135 ft (48 kms/2 hrs)
Early morning you will drive to Hemis by jeep, visit the Hemis Gompa and start trekking to Shang Sumdo crossing Martselang Bridge, then ascent up valley along the river, crossing it several times before reaching Shang Sumdo. Overnight in the tent
Day 05: Trek Shang Sumdo – Base of Kongmaru La (4800 mts/15750 ft)
The route follows through a stunning landscape of red rocks along the slope, then along river till Chuskyurmo (sour water), on through gorges of small rivers many of which need to be crossed before camp is made for the night at the base of Kongmaru la Pass.
Day 06: Base of Kongmaru La – Langthang Chu River (4375 mts/14350 ft)
Before descending to a high mountain pasture at Nimaling (4700m), we must ascent steeply up to Kongmaru la Pass (5150m), offering a beautiful view of the northern face of Kang Yatse Peak (6400m). From Nimaling up, cross a ridge, then descent to a beautiful valley, cross river, on up again, following a rocky slope up to Konga Ngonpo (5090m), then descend along a very steep route before reaching a campsite near Male.
Day 07: Langthang Chu – Zalung Karpo La (5200 mts/17056 ft)
After crossing a large stream and a moraine, valley divides an hour later. Continuing to our right, the route goes up and down before reaching Zalung Karpo La. From here you can see the incredible view of Zanskar range, Rupsu Valley and K2 range. Camp on the other side of the pass.
Day 08: Zalung karpo la – Tilat Sumdo
Start descending from the camp towards the main stream. After an hour arrive at Kharnak Sumdo, a valley coming from the north (route directly north leads to Rabrang La, 5000m.) Follow the gorge, crossing a stream several times before reaching Tilat Sumdo along a rocky route.
Day 09: Tilat Sumdo – A North camp (4450 mts/14596 ft) – Chhar Chhar La 4950m)
Just after Tilat Sumdo camp, cross Khurna River, continues on its right bank, past couple side valleys. Four hours later as the valley narrows, break camp.
Day 10: A North camp Chhar Chhar La – Zangla Sumdo
Follow the narrow gorge, past several narrow side gorges, eventually leaving behind the stream. The route follows gently up to the top of Chharchhar La, 4950m. From top follow stream down to Zangla Sumdo.
Day 11: Zangla Sumdo – Zangla – Padum (35 kms drive)
Continuing down from Zangla Sumdo along the stream, the trail reaches the wide expanse of the Zanskar Valley, with great views of the Zanskar River and the villages of Pishu and Pidmo on the other side of the river.
Day 12: Sightseeing around Zanskar
The day is for relax and sightseeing. Visit Zhungkhul Monastery, Sani Castle Stongde and Karsha monasteries. Overnight stay in guest house.
Day 13: Padum – Kargil (225 kms/8-9 hrs)
After early breakfast leave for Kargil enroute visiting Giant Maitreya Buddha at Mulbekh. Arrive at Kargil by evening for overnight stay.
Day 14: Kargil – Leh (Via Lamayuru)
Post breakfast we drive to Leh enroute visiting Lamayuru, Belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. After visiting Lamayuru we proceed further to Leh enrote visiting Ridzong Gompa, known as the paradise for Meditation. Upon arrival in Leh you will met by our representative and check in at our hotel for overnight stay
Day 15: Leh – Delhi
Transfer to the airport for the spectacular flight across the main chain of the Himalaya to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi transfer to international airport to catch your onward flight.