Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Places to Visit: Delhi – Leh – Ladakh – Kargil – Padum – Karsha – Pishu – Hanumil – Snertse – Hanuma La – Lingshed – Base of Sengge La – Photoksar – Sirsir La – Hanupatta – Wanla – Lamayuru
This trek commences from Padum the main town in the Zanskar valley. On the drive to Padum we have to halt overnight at the predominantly Muslim town of Kargil after which a diversion off the main Leh-Srinagar highway leads into the breathtaking land of Zanskar.
Day 01: We welcome you on your arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and escort you to your hotel where you stay overnight.
Day 02: Take the morning flight to Leh and check into your hotel.
Afternoon free to wander around the bazaars and relax. A couple days in Leh is strongly advised due to the high altitude.
Day 03: We visit the ancient monasteries of Shey with its enormous state of Buddha and Thikse one of the most important Gompas in central Ladakh which has some beautiful wall paintings besides gilded statues of the Buddha. In the afternoon we drive down to the famous Hemis Gompa in a secluded grove of poplars. Return to your hotel for the night.
Day 04: Drive by Jeep from Leh to Kargil-3700m / 12, 138 ft.
Midway on the main Leh-Srinagar highway. Check into a comfortable hotel for the night.
Day 05: After breakfast drive south on a bifurcation on the road from Kargil to Padum located at 3600m / 11,808ft in the heart of the Zanskar region. Camp near Padum.
Day 06: Padum – Karsha – 3600m / 11,808ft. – 3 hours
Day 07: Karsha – Pishu – 3470m / 11,382 ft. 5 hours.
The trail goes along the Zanskar river to the small hamlet of Pishu.
Day 08: Pishu – Hanumil – 3380m / 11,086ft in 5 hours.
A leisurely walk along the right bank of the Zanskar river takes us to Rinam village offering excellent views of the mountains. The trail continues over a large plateau to the small hamlet of Hanumil. Camp.
Day 09: Hanumil – Parfi La – 3950m / 12,956ft ft. to Snertse – 3850m / 12,628ft. 6 hours.
The undulating trail gives you impressive views of the Zanskar gorge as it climbs steadily towards the Parfi La pass the first of eight passes on the route. We walk across a steep ridge and descend to our campsite at Snertse with its small makeshift shepherd huts.
Day 10 : Snertse – Hanuma La – 4950m / 16,236ft to Lingshed – 4000m / 13,120ft. 6 hours.
A steep climb later we reach the pass with its excellent views of Lingshed and the stark ribbed terrain of the Zanskar and Ladakh mountains ahead. Later as we approach Lingshed we cross yellow coloured valley with strangely shaped hills. As we near the end of our days trek we stop over to visit the village monastery. Camp.
Day 11 : Lingshed – Base of Sengge La – 4550m / 14, 924ft. 6 -7 hours.
The trail ascends towards the pass and we visit the Skimpata and Gongma villages on the way. Camp at the base.
Day 12 : Base Camp of Singge La -over the pass – 5050m / 16,564 ft. to Photoksar -4200m / 13,776ft. 6 hours.
The trail goes through spectacular views of the surrounding mountains as we descend to the Photang river and then crossing green barley fields and reach the picturesque Photoksar village above a clear stream. Camp.
Day 13 : Photoksar – Sirsir La – 4850m / 15,908ft to Hanupatta – 3760m / 12,332ft. 6 hours.
The trail now gradually climbs towards the Sirsir La where three Chortens mark the pass with a gigantic cedar tree decked with prayer flags.
Day 14 : Hanupatta – Wanla – 3250m / 10,660ft. 5- 6 hours.
The narrow trail crosses a magnificent gorge displaying incredible colours on the rock faces and then goes on towards Phenjila village with pretty apricots trees growing on the slopes around. A little ahead is the campsite at the pretty village of Wanla with its 11th century Gompa on a hillside.
Day 15: Wanla – Lamayuru – 3420m / 11,217ft. 4 hours.
The trail now goes through a dry gorge and ascends to the Prinkiti-La at 3726m / 12,221ftand then gradually descends to the dramatically located 16th century Lamayuru monastery.
Day 16: We drive to Leh – 3500m / 11, 480ft. and check into a hotel.
Day 17: Catch the early morning flight to Delhi
Where you have the day free after checking into your hotel.
Day 18: An extra day at leisure to explore the modern and old cities of Delhi.
Late evening transfer to the International airport to catch your flight to your next destination.