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High villages and nomads of Changthang
This trekking tours explores high villages and high passes of Spiti and Zanskar. A frequented but very less trekkers still finding this magnificient trails that had been used by Lahaulis for centuries to trade with Pashmina wools from Chanthang regions. Potala adventurers will take you through this yet another trails that connect Spiti with Zanskar.
We will have encounter with Gaddi sheperds along the route and cross passes above 5200 m. Our trek will end up at Miyar valley leaving behind the valley of flowers.
We drive back to Manali.



Trip Length 26 days,
Grade : Strenuous,
Maximum Elevation: 5300 m.
Best season : End June to September End.

Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi.
Day 02: Fly New Delhi to Leh.
Day 03: Leh acclimatisation.
Day 04: Leh.
Day 05: Drive Leh to Karzok. 
Day 06: Trek to kyangdom
Day 07: Trek to Manechan
Day 08: Trek to Kun Tso
Day 09: Trek to Pangpo la - Thungchung Kiri
Day 10: Trek to Lamaguru
Day 11: Trek to Sarchu Sarai
Day 12: Trek to Debni
Day 13: Trek to Chumik Marpo
Day 14: Trek to Phirtse la - Zingchen
Day 15: Trek to Tanze
Day 16: Trek to Purne
Day 17: Trek to Phuktal monastery
Day 18: Trek to Vipula
Day 19: Trek to Raru
Day 20: Trek to Padum
Day 21: Visit Thongde Zangla
Day 22: Visit Sani Karsha drive to Rangdum
Day 23: Drive to Kargil Lamayuru
Day 24: Drive to Alchi Leh.
Day 25: Leh
Day 26: Fly back to New Delhi.

26 days Cost Includes:

Hotel accommodation at 3 star basis New Delhi, Manali and Leh.

Transportation by jeep Leh - Karzok, Padum - Ringdom, Ringdom - Lamayuru and Leh.

Sight seeing as per itinerary.

Flight ticket Leh – New Delhi.

All meals: bed tea, break fast, packed lunch, hot drinks, snacks, dinner.

Staff: Guide, cook, helpers, trekking mules/horse.

All trek gear and accessories,

Camp fee and national park fees.


Cost excludes:

Sleeping bags, Alcohal, personal laundry,

Personal insurance. Entrance fee at monasteries. Tipping.



20 days Cost includes:

Jeep Transportation Leh - Karzok, Padum - Lamayuru - Leh.

Sight seeing as per itinerary.

All meals, staff, trek gear and accossories, trekking mules.  camp fee.


Cost excludes: 

Hotel accommodation,

sleeping bag, alcohol,

personal laundry, insurance,

High villages and nomads of Changthang detailed trek itinerary


Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi.


Day 02: New Delhi - Leh.
Today after breakfast an early flight to Leh. We drive to domestic airport and fly to Leh. Upon arrival in Leh we drive to hotel. . Late afternoon visit Leh palace and bustling bazaar of Leh.


Day 03: Leh Acclimatisation
Today we visit local sight seeing in around Leh. Shey, Thiksey, Hemis and Stok palace are the major and important sites that should not be missed to visit.


Day 04: Leh-Khardungla
Today after breakfast we drive to Khardung la pass. Highest mountain motorable pass in the world.


Day 05: Leh - Karzok 240 kms
Today after breakfast a fantastic day for drive over 2nd highest mountain pass in world Taglang la. We pass through plains of changthang where nomadic herdsman roam with pashmina sheeps. Before Karzok we cross via tsokar salted lake. Afternoon arrive at Karzok village situated west bank of Tsomoriri lake. We visit Karzok monastery and meet with Changpa nomads.


Day 06: Karzok - Kyangdom 6-7 hrs trek
Today after breakfast we leave Karzok village behind, following the west bank of Tsomoriri lake and overlooking and Chamser and Lungser Kangri dominating entire region on the east shore of lake. Yet another superb mountain peak of Mentok I and Mentok II can be obtain good view from the shore of the lake.  We arrive at Kyangdom where a huge channel of stream coming from Phirste phu joins in this lake. Wild Kyang can be seen roaming around Kyangdom. Another great view of Gya peak on the southern end.


Day 07: Kyangdom - Manechan
Today we will leave our lovely campsite of kyangdom ( means realms of Kyang ) will ass that roam around the lake all the year  We follow the delta plains and enter in small valley which runs untill Thelakong la pass. We climb short after leaving camp and having a great view of Tsomoriri lake, we take a time to shot this faboulus landscape and continue along the left bank of river. We cross river at several places. We cross the  temporaray settlements of  changpa nomads of karzok area. and finally camp before crossing of Manechan la pass.


Day 08: Manechan -Kun Tso
We leave the main valley behind and trek on pebbles plains, you can find dramatic changes in landscape that we have trekked earlier 2 days. Landscape changes to black and brown. Although is long trek on the pebbled ground. This trail is yet less often now use by many trekkers. Only in ancient time people from Lahaul or Lahaulis or Garjapa use to make pashmina trade with Karzok nomads.
We pass Kiangshisa.  and continue along the phirtse phu nallah to wonderful campsite of Kun Tso lake, with great look of sunsets.


Day 09: Kun Tso - Pangpo la - Thungchung Kiri
Today after breakfast we leave KunTso behind and start gently climb to Pangpo la.  Panoramic view all around of Zanskar range and Khating peak. We descend down to malung nallah and continue trek along the left bank of nallah. We camp at Thung Chung Kiri.


Day 10: Thungchung Kiri - Lamaguru
Today after breakfast we trek along the malung nallah that we may cross several times. Get yourself ready for day in water. A nice clean stream with green pebbles in stream. A wonderful day with splash fun.


Day 11: Lamaguru - Sarchu bridge
After breakfast we continue trek along the nallah and cross stream for several times. We stop for lunch and afternoon arrive at bridge on same stream that connects to Leh and Manali highway.
We camp here for the next day to cross river in low flow.


Day 12: Sarchu bridge - Debni

Today after breakfast we trek along the Manali - Leh national highway. We could find changes in landscape from deserted mountain to semi desert with high pasture land. We pass Sarchu Sarai, which is check point between border of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. We find place to cross Tsarap river taking its course from Baralachala pass. We cross the river and join the trail which leads us to Phirtse la pass. Ovenight camp at Debni.


Day 13: Debni - Chumik Marpo

An early start is recommended due to the crossing of Khamerup stream. After about 2 ½ hours you arrive at a broad river of Khamerup, cross it, this originates from the glacier of Phirtse-la Crossing small Phirtse-la, where extensive views are a delight.


Day 14: Chumik Marpho – Phirtse la (5’350m.) - Zingchen (4’440m.)

An early start to avoid the snow turning softens the Phirtse la is advised. After half an hour cross-grassy flat land. Now after crossing a wide steep slope on a ride, descent to stream. Go up the opposite slope and reach Phirtse-la (5’350m.) Steep descent on un-even ground with patches of ice and at the base of the slope. Now trail enters in the phirtse Chu valley, 2 hours walking in the valley arrive at the campsite of Zingchen.


Day 15: Zingchen - Tanze

The path leads away from the river, gradually up the slope. First view of rocky escarpment. Further on, a pass with cairn and pasture. Fantastic view of Zanskar valley and the first village after Darcha. By passing behind a rocky bridge follow steep gorge. Cross a stream. Then arrive Tanze village. Monastery in ruins a bit higher up. Over night camp in Tanze.


Day 16: Tanze - Purne (3’965)

A short distance beyond Tanze, there is a small bridge across to the left bank. Slight rise leading to Kuru village. Arrival in Testa beautifull village the path continues downwards near the river. Walk along the left bank, and then climb to Yal. Crossing village descent towards a bridge, which you cross to Purne for overnight halt.


Day 17: Purne - Phuktal monastery (4’055m.) - Purne, 6 hrs.

Go up the right bank of the Tsarap River in to the splendid gorges. Cross a bridge in good condition. Walk for few minutes. A leads to a small plateau sprinkled with Chortens (stupas) and praying flags. From here see the most spectacular sight in the tradition of Gelukpa (Yellow section). Visiting Phuktal return back by the same route to Purne.


Day 18: Purne - Vipula (3865mt) 5/6 hrs.

From Purne come back to the bridge, cross the bridge and then go up the left bank. Frequent small canyons of pudding stones. Pass a bit above a hanging bridge, which leads to the village of Cha. 2hours later reach Kheydang, a small village in a poplar grove. Carry one until Gyalbo teashop. Pass below the village of Surle. The trail is still not good Finally reach the campsite of Vipula near teashop


Day 19: Vipula - Raru (3960m) 6 hrs.

Long way to Large bridge which leads to Ichar village. Gradual climb before coming to a major tributary (bridge), then to the campsite of Raru. Camp near the lake


Day 20: Raru - Padum (11,580 ft/3,530 m) 5/6 hrs.

From the camp cross a beautiful plain covered with flowers. Watch the monastery of Mune. Go down a steep incline to the main trail. After two hours, arrive at Burdan Gompa, a Kargyudpa Monastery famous for its prayer wheel. Several beautiful villages on the right bank of Tsarap River. A dusty trail will take you to the sub-headquarter of Zanskar regions, Padum.


Day 21: Visit Thongde - Zangla
Today after breakfast in Padum, We drive to Thongde village and its monastery situated above top of small hill. A manificient view of Padum region, Confluence of Doda and Tsarap river to form greated Zanskar river can be seen from Thongde monastery. Thongde is also site for some international charity project linking with child care and education. After we pass through villages to visit great site of Zangla. An ancient kingdom of Zangla fort can be seen ruin at the top of hill. We explore the local life and visit some house and return back to Padum for overnight stay.


Day 22: Visit Sani - Karsha - Rangdum 4100m. 160kms.
Today after breakfast in camp we visit to Sani gompa located close to Padum. Visiting and exploring temple we drive to Karsha gompa, one of the main monastery in Zanskar. We drive to Ringdom gompa crossing Pensi la. overnight camp in Ringdom.


Day 23: Rangdum - Kargil-Lamayuru gompa
Today after breakfast in magnificient landscape of Rangdum we drive to Kargil following the Suru river inhabited by majority of muslim population. We Pass Saspol and many other beutiful village along the route and arrive and Lamayuru. one of the ancient monastery in Ladakh region.


Day 24: Lamayuru - Alchi -Leh, Drive.
Exploring this lunar landscape around Lamayuru monastery and main temple of Lamayuru today we drive to Alchi, yet another important monastic complex in Ladakh region. We drive to Leh and transfer to Hotel. Late afternoon explore around Leh bazaar.


Day 25: Leh
Today rest and relax in Leh.


Day 26: Leh - New Delhi.
Early morning fly back to New Delhi and fly back home.





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