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Umasi La 5342m - Kanji La 5270m - 22 Days   Padder - Kishtwar - Zanskar - Ladakh

An adventurous trek over Great Himalayan range

Highlights

  A challenging trek over rarely crossed Umasi la - Umasi La The Southern entrance to Zanskar

  Glacier trek and Stunning mountains - mesmerizing Kishtwar Shivling

  Superb camps in peaceful location

  Remote and beautiful Paddar - The Sapphire land

  Cross the Great Himalayan Range

  Blue poppies and wild flowers - scenic drive along the Chenab River

 

2016 Dates

  30 August - 17 Sept, 19 days

 

Cost - On Request

  Max booking 6

 

Trip Leader

  Local Zanskari


22 days Price Includes
16 days of trek, 14 nights camp with all camping facilities and 6 nights hotel
OUTDOOR CAMP GEAR: 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, dining tent, toilet tents, Trekking poles.
MEAL: All meals we serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
TRANSPORTATION: Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip
SUPPORT STAFF: Well English speaking trained local guide, cook, camp helpers and  trekking mules or Sherpa porters.
Medical first aid support.
 
Price Excludes
Hotel accommodation in Delhi
Personal insurances.
Mineral water and soft drinks.
Entrance fee at monasteries.
Personal tipping to staff.
Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

Description

The Greater Himalayan Range is a most formidable barrier between Zanskar and the valleys to the south, a natural frontier for more than just the sides of the valleys. It is a frontier for the monsoon which is broken up on the peaks and exhausted before it reaches Zanskar. Consequently either side has its own distinctive vegetation and climate. It is a frontier for the inhabitants who are racially, culturally and religiously worlds apart. It is a frontier which marks differences in the very mountains themselves

- by Luke Hughes

Unlike the others high passes Kang La, Poat La, Shingo La. The Umasi La also is the Southern entrance to Zanskar, situated at Great Himalayan Range in between Kishtwar and Zanksar. This trek offers one of the spectacular route.
Setting off from Gulabgarh we follow a well define trail through Oak and conifer forest and pass numbers of beautiful villages with traditional Paddari home i.e. Garh, Kundel, Chishoti, Jashail etc. Crossing Machail the Buddhist culture starts to appear which has a close links with Zanskari for centuries. After Suncham we trek beneath the Kishtwar Shivling and camp in beautiful vast alpine meadows. Taking on left steep ascent towards hanging valley through boulder, rocks, moraine and then long glacier to beneath the huge rock which has a huge cave mostly used by Paddari and Zanskari people for a overnight shelter for next day early crossing of Umasi La pass.  After crossing large ice and snow field arrival at tiny corridor - Umasi La pass at the edge of rock wall. Steep descent through loose rocks and moraine to long glacier to the natural bridge. Than long descend along the stream and crossing it to Dzonkhul gompa road head finally. You will be driven to Ating and Padum.

TRIP FACTS

Regions: Ladakh, Zanskar, Padder - Kishtwar

Best Season: Mid July to mid September

Trip Length: 19 days Ex Manali - Leh, 22 days Ex Delhi to Delhi

Trek Grade: Moderate to

Max. Elevation: 5342m

Cost and info

OUTLINE TRIP ITINERARY
Day 01: Arrive Delhi, Drive to Manali/Flight to Kullu Manali airport.
Day 02: Manali

Day 03: Manali - Rohtang pass (3978m) - Udaipur - Sach - Kilar, 10 hrs.
Day 04: Kilar - Gulab Garh (1850m), 4 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Kunhel (2200m) - Chishot (2400m) 7-8 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Hamur - Machail (2750m), 6-7 hrs
Day 07: Day Trip to Losain - Gorna - Dangel - Dharlang valley
Day 08: Trek to Jashail -Suncham (3200m) - Suncham doksa (3400m), 6-7 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Khachey Phangsa 5 hrs
Day 10: Trek to Ruhar base Umasila (5000m), 7-8 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Umasila (5342m / 17300ft) - Gwara, 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Dzonkhul, 5/6 hrs, drive to Padum (3600m) 1 hr
Kanji La Trek
Day 13: Drive to Zangla (3500m) - Pidmo (3430) 2 hrs, trek to Hanumil (3400) 2 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Perfi La (3910m) - Zingchen (3500m) - Snertse (3800m), 7-8 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Hunuma La ( 4750m) - Lanang (3600m), 7-8 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Lingshed Sumdo, 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Trek to Dibling (4000m), 7 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Pikdong La (5020m) – Kanji Sumdo (4300m), 7 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Kanji La (5250m) - Kanji La North Base Camp (4350m), 7-8 hrs
Day 20: Trek to Kanji (3850m) 5 hrs, Drive to Leh, 5 hrs
Day 21: Leh
Day 22: Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to Home


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Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Delhi, Drive to Manali/Flight to Kullu Manali airport.
Day 02: Manali
Day 03: Manali - Rohtang pass (3978m) - Udaipur - Sach - Kilar, 10 hrs.
Leaving early from Manali through one of the most scenic route to Rohtang pass and along the Chandra Bhaga River to Kilar.

Day 04: Kilar - Gulab Garh (1850m), 4 hrs.
Short drive through one of the remotest part of Himalaya .

Umasi La Trek
Day 05: Trek to Kunhel (2200m) - Chishot (2400m) 7-8 hrs
Leaving Gulabgarh, we drive 4 kms and follow a remote route through dense forest of Oak and Cedar to Kunhel. It is well define trail that leads to Garh and along the right bank at first than crossing bridge to the left and final bridge near Kunhel village. We climb gently to a large river bed short before Chishot our first campsite.

Day 06: Trek to Hamur - Machail (2750m), 6-7 hrs
Along the left bank of Liddrari nallah to Hamur village, one of beautiful village with traditional Paddari house.  A short before Hamur bridge then along the right bank to Machail.

Day 07: Day Trip to Losain - Gorna - Dangel - Dharlang valley
Today trek to three villages situated across the river and at the foot of Agyasol peak.  As well enter in Dharlang valley to explore the area.



Day 08: Trek to Jashail -Suncham (3200m) - Suncham doksa (3400m), 6-7 hrs
We are now in Buddhist Paddar area and has left the Hindu dominance of South Paddar.  We climb through alpine pasture to Jashail village, which consist of only two or three house.  The trail pass through the Suncham which is last village in this valley. Continue gradual climb then arrival of a large alpine valley set beneath the peak of Kishtwar Shivling. We camp in the meadows of Suncham and share some time with Bakarwal sherpherds who lives in this valley during summber time with their flocks of sheep and goat.

Day 09: Trek to Khachey Phangsa
Short after the camp river crossing, which comes from the the valley leads to Hagshu pass. Now river crossing will take place every other day except only the day we cross Umasi La pass. After hours of walking on vast river bed we finally climb through boulders with an ill defined trail to the hanging valley coming from North.  Khachey Phangsa campsite provides spectacular view of Kishtwar Shivling.

Day 10: Trek to base Umasila (5000m), 6 hrs
Now starts of ill defined trail upto Gwara camp which is located otherside of pass in Zanskar. Short after camp an hour of walking, we cross the river and climb steep to the foot of glacier. Difficult route through boulders and long walk through large Haptal glacier field to the moraine, then steep climb for 2 hours to the base camp which is underneath the huge rockwall. The Paddari and Zanskari uses this rock shelter for next morning crossing the challenging Umasi La pass.

Day 11: Trek to Umasila (5342m / 17300ft) - Gwara, 6-7 hrs
It will be cold start next morning, at first we walk along the edges of large glacier than long traverse through lager glacier field where we have to negotiate with crevasses and find out the best route to the pass. The Umasi La pass is a small corridor in the cliff wall set in high mountain. From pass view of glacier field all around. We descent steep to broad glacier through narrow gully with loose rocks and there is chances of accident especially at this stretch, so by taking precaution we descent by 2 people at one time. After descending we walk through broad glacier which lasts for an hour to Gwara campsite.

Day 12: Trek to Dzonkhul, 5/6 hrs, drive to Padum (3600m)
We follow the stream and after crossing natural rock bridge descend to valley floor and head upto Dzonkhul. Short before Dzonkhul we cross river and to road head. Our vehicle will be waiting for us here and we drive to Ating and Padum

Kanji La Trek
Day 13: Drive to Zangla (3500m) - Pidmo (3430) 2 hrs, trek to Hanumil (3400) 2 hrs
Leaving Padum today we drive to visit Karsha - Zangla and continue to the bridge near Pidmo village starting point of our next trek. Leaving Pidmo we trek high above the river to Hanumil which lasts for 2-3 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Perfi La (3910m) - Zingchen (3500m) - Snertse (3800m), 7-8 hrs
From Hanumil long walk along the Zanskar River then steep ascent towards the Perfi La pass. Steep down to Zingchen and crossing Oma Chu river to small pass which lasts for 2 hours and arrival of Snertse campsite.

Day 15: Trek to Hunuma La ( 4750m) - Lanang (3600m), 7-8 hrs
We trek through narrow canyon which lasts for hours and hours. After arriving at pass spectacular 360 degree view all around overlooking the Lingshed. The descent is steep to campsite of Lanang.

Day 16: Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Lingshed Sumdo, 6-7 hrs
Leaving main trail we climb to Barmi la pass and descend through narrow gorge to Lingshed Sumdo. There are some river crossing involve short before arrival of Lingshed Sumdo.

Day 17: Trek to Dibling (4000m), 7 hrs
We follow Oma Chu River to Dibling and numbers of time main River and side streams to be cross. At some stretches its tricky to find way. Keeping our pace on the valley floor continue to Dibling.
Dibling is one of the remotest village in Ladakh and  inhabitants of this village often visit Lingshed. After exploring the village we continue to our campsite short after crossing the bridge in large open meadows.

Day 18: Trek to Pikdong La (5020m) – Kanji Sumdo (4300m), 7 hrs
An early start today and long day ahead for us. Leaving camp we cross stream short before the Dibling Doksa and climb a never ending pass of Dibling. Gradual descent after pass in  a narrow gorge. Crossing of stream at several points and need to find out the way. Short climb to a ridge and high above the River we follow  a well define trail to Kanji Sumdo.  We cross 2 river close to Kanji Sumdo

Day 19: Trek to Kanji La (5250m) - Kanji La North Base Camp (4350m), 7-8 hrs
We follow a small trail to the junction and here we will have first view of Nun and Kun which remains in sight during our climb to Kanji la pass. The more we go up the better appreance of peak rising in Great Himalayan Range. Some of known and famous peaks are Hagshu, Doda and Brahma.
It is long climb through rocky morain to the pass. On a clear sky one can have a clear view of Nanga Parbat to the west and K2 to the North.  A tricky descent short after pass which consist of loose rocks than on a small glacier. A resting place which points towards the view of K2 peak. So high range of zoom and camera is must for this trek to enjoy the view of Karakorum peaks. Continue descent to campsite.

Day 20: Trek to Kanji (3850m) 5 hrs, Drive to Leh, 5 hrs
Today is our last day of trekking along the stream and which passes through narrow gorge to the large open field. We will meet with Yaks, Dzo which signifies arrival of Kanji village. After exploring the village for an hour we drive to Leh.
Trip Ends


Day 21: Leh
Day 22: Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to Home

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