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Classic Zanskar Traverse: Lamayuru – Darcha 15 nights 16 days



Region: Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul, Kullu Manali

Activities: Trekking, walking, camping

Trip Length: 22 days New Delhi to Delhi

Trip Length: 16 days Leh to Manali or Leh to Leh


Trekking days: 14

Grade: Moderate to strenuous

Max. Altitude: 5090m

Best Season: Mid June to Mid October 

Price Start From: $1350

Group size

min 2 -max 12  

What is included in 16 days trip Leh to Manali


1.     13 nights camp with all camping facilities and 2 nights’ hotel accommodation on MAP

2.     2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Nordic walking sticks.

3.     All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

4.     Transportation to and from per itinerary

5.     Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse.

6.     Medical first aid support.

7.     All camping fees along the trail.


What is not included


1.     Rest of Hotel accommodation in Leh .

2.     Personal insurances.

3.     Mineral water and soft drinks.

4.     Entrance fee at monasteries.

5.     Personal tipping to staff.

6.    Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip schedule

Here is a chance for hardiest trekker, 14 to 20 kms of rough tough and wonderful views every day for 3 weeks. You and your group will be led among Western Himalayas premier long distance footpath. Which links Darcha in Lahoul with Padum in Zanskar and Lamayuru in Ladakh. At several points you will visit : Phuktal monastery which is built under a huge cave, Sani gompa, Mani gompa, Burdan gompa, Karsha gompa, Lingshed gompa and Lamayuru gompa. You will reach as high as 5100 mtrs , the path crosses several passes Shingo la 5100 mtrs, Perfi la, Hunuma la 4800 mtrs, Sengge la 5060 mtrs, Sirsir la and Prinkiti la. As you cross old pack horse trail, sheperds track, and ancient route. The route crosses rivers of Chandra, Bhaga, Tsarap, Doda, Zanskar and Indus

Highlights of this trip
  • Stunning gorges and canyons
  • Camps in peaceful locations
  • Remote villages and its adventurous trail
  • Meeting with locals
  • Ancient fort and trekking in remote area


Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi.

Day 02: Fly Leh. Acclimatize – local sight- seeing.

Day 03: Leh acclimatization: local sight –seeing.

Day 04: Leh – Alchi - Lamayuru (3510m) – Wanla (3250m) -Hanupatta 3760m.7-8 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Sirsir La - Photoksar (4200m), 6-7 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Base camp Sengge la 7-8 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Sengge la – Lingshed 5-6 hrs.

Day 08: Trek to Snertse 6-7 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Perfi la (3950m)-Hanumil (3380m), 5-6 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Pishu (3450m), 5 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Karsha 93600m), 5 hrs.

Day 12: Drive to Padum (3500m) – Raru (3800m)

Day 13: Trek to Vipula (3750m)

Day 14: Trek to Purne (3775m), 4-5 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Phuktal (3850m) – Purne

Day 16: Trek to Kargyak (4050m) 6-7 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Lakhong (4450m) 5 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Shingo la (5090m) -Ramjak (4300m), 7-8 hrs.

Day 19: Trek to Zanskar Sumdo, Drive to Manali 6 hrs.

Day 20: Drive to New Delhi.

Day 21: An extra day to accommodate trip schedule.

Day 22: Fly home.


Day 19: Drive to Leh over Taglang la.

Day 20: Leh,

Day 21: Fly Leh - New Delhi, 

Day 22: Fly home   



Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi.

Day 02: Fly Delhi – Leh. Acclimatize and visit Stok, Matho, Spituk, Shanti Stupa, Sankar and Leh palace.

Today after arriving in Leh airport. Transfer to hotel and after breakfast drive to visit Stok via Choklamsar. We cross a bridge on Indus River. In Stok we visit the Royal Palace of present kind and queen which was constructed by the kind Tsepal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you”ll find great collection of ancient royal ornament. After visitng Stok Palace, drive to Matho village, 10 kms from Stok. Visit Matho monastery built by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in 13th century. The famous two oracles (known as Rongtsan), who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery still make appereance during the festival of the monastery. After visiting Matho we drive back to Leh to visit Shanti Stupa, Samkar monastery, Leh palace and evening explore the colourful local market. Overnight in Hotel.



Day 03: Leh acclimatize: Visit Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 04: Drive to Alchi - Lamayuru 3510m - Wanla 3250m - Hanupatta 3760m.7-8 hrs.

Today after breakfast at Leh, we drive to Alchi monastery, situated at a distance of 67 kms from Leh. Its monastery built on lowlands rather than on a hilltop as others are, in order to protect from enemies. The chortens around Alchi gompa contains numerous wall murals of Rinchen Zangpo, who has built this monastery. Alcho monastery has vast collections of wall paintings, and wood sculpture. We continue to drive to Lamayuru gompa, oldest monastery in Ladakh, founded by Indian scholar Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in 11th century. Lamayuru host mask dance festival (Yuru Kabgyat) during 17th and 18th day of fifth months of the Tibetal Lunar calendar. It belongs to red hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism; monastery is rich with Thankas and wall paintings.

Leaving Wanla, we cross the bridge; we follow the dusty trail towards Phenjila 3410m. Arriving at Phenjila where left hand valley trails goes towards Konzke la to Chilling. We enter to valley where it started to become narrow and narrow with rock walls rising above 1000m. We trek on a deep gorge, continue along the river. After crossing a small bridge, we turn west to Spang nala and climb gently towards the village of Hanupatta.

Day 05: Trek to Sirsir La (4850m) .- Photoksar (4200m), 6-7 hrs.

Today leaving Hanupatta we climb gradually along the spang nala towards Sirsir la 4850m. Just before Sirsir la right hand trails that goes to Shilakong and yogma la. From pass magnificient view of Zanskar Mountains and Sengge la pass itself, next 2-3 hrs of trek to Photoksar village. From pass us descent steep towards Photang River. Continue along the river until picturesque village of Photosar. Beautiful campsite.visit village and discover around.

Day 06: Trek to Base camp Sengge la 7-8 hrs.

Today after crossing the stream we climb to Bumiktse la 4200m. Continue to climb on a high pasture land on photang valley, where villagers of Photokars keep their yaks, dzo, and horses for grazing. At final stage we climb steep to Sengge la 5060m the 2nd highest point of our trek. Sengge in Tibetan means lion. So its lion pass, the view and formations of pass appears like lion, from pass a panoramic view of Zanskar range, next 1 hrs of steep descent to base camp for overnight camp.

Day 07: Trek to Sengge la (5060m) – Lingshed 5-6 hrs.

Leaving base camp or Gazo behind us trek high above Zanskar River and descend to small pass of Kiupa la 4520m. Than steep descent to small stream, next gradual ascent to cross small villages of Skiumpta and Gongma 3840m, Leaving village behind we cross Netoski la 4475m. There is a great view of Nyerak far across Zanskar River, now we descent slowly to Lingshed and great monastery of Ligshed itself.


Day 08: Trek to Snertse 6-7 hrs.

Today after breakfast we walk along the green fields of Lingshed. Later long ascents towards Hunuma la pass 4800m. From top of pass panoramic view of Lingshed, Sengge la and Ladakh Mountain range. This pass is connecting point between Ladakh and Zanskar, than descent deep inside hanging valley until campsite of Snertse.


Day 09: Trek to Perfi la 3950m.-Hanumil 3380m, 5-6 hrs.

After Snertse long descent towards Oma tokpo, crossing the oma tokpo long ascent towards Perfi la 3950m. It’s the last pass between Lamayuru – Padum. From top we will be rewarded with great view of Zanskar Mountains and could visible the Hanumil from pass. Last patch we trek along the Zanskar River to village of Hanumil and overnight camp.


Day 10: Trek to Pishu 3450m, 5 hrs.

Today after breakfast we follow the left bank of Zanskar River on relatively level path. We cross the village of Pidmo 3420m. Small village located beside Zanskar River. We cross the bridge on small stream and continue towards the village of Pishu for next 2-3 hrs of trek. Pishu is beautiful village situated left banks of Zanskar river.

Day 11: Trek to Karsha 3600m, 5 hrs.

Today leaving Pishu behind us, we trek on leveled path. Ruin fort and ancient kingdom of Zangla can be seen along the way, the next patch of our trek on river banks where usually it’s hot during a sunny day. We cross the Rinam village 3550m. After Rinam the great and spectacular sight of our trek can be profitable with Karsha monastery, the largest monastery in Zanskar region. It belongs to Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The lovely campsite of Karsha situated between willows tree. We visit monastery afternoon. Explore the village and meet people.

Day 12: Drive to Padum 3500m - Raru 3800m, 5-6 hrs.

Leaving Karsha we drive to Padum crossing over the Doda River. Continue to trek to Padum. Headquarter of Zanskar region. We explore the Padum market. Leaving Padum we trek along the Tsarap tchu and enter in Lungnak valley. The day drive is on dusty trail usually a foundation of road to Darcha over Shingola pass. We follow this dusty trail up to Raru village. Enroute we pass Barden monastery and Mune village, a good campsite beside small lake at Raru. Late afternoon visit Raru village.


Day 13: Trek to Vipula 3750m, 4-5 hrs.

Today after breakfast continues to our trek we descend down to Tsarap tchu and cross wooden bridge. Continue to trek along the river to Vipula, enroute magnificient view of Ichar village. Vipula is small tea shop. We camp nearby river in a narrow valley.

Day 14: Trek to – Purne 3775m, 4-5 hrs.

Today leaving Vipula behind we continue to trek along the river. Trail goes through some impressive gorges. Ascending to villages of Tsetang, Surle above the trail we arrive at the confluence of Tsarap and Kargiak River. We cross the river by bridge and climb short to Purne village and campsite.

Day 15: Trek to Phuktal 3850m. – Purne

Today is a great day to see one of most stunning sight of Zanskar. We follow the trek towards Phuktal gonpa along the left bank of Tsarap River. We cross the river by bridge and trail goes along the right bank of river. We will have first impressive view of Phuktal by climbing short ridge, the most spectacular sight in Zanskar and our trek. Main temple built inside huge cave and rest of monastery houses built on rock cliff. The monastery was founded by Changsems Sherab Zangpo. We visit this great monastery and retrace back to campsite at Purne.

Day 16: Trek to Kargyak 4050m, 6-7 hrs.

We trek back to same bridge that we have cross a 2 days before. We climb gently to Yal village. We pass beautiful village of Testa 3900m and Karu. We cross the river just before Tangtse village. Continue to trek along the right bank of Kargiak River we arrive at Kargyak village, one of the highest villages in Zanskar region.


Day 17: Trek to Lakhong 4450m, 5 hrs.

Today leaving Kargyak village behind, a well-defined trail leads us to Gomburangjom peak. An impressive summit along the trail is magnificent. The valley ends and the doksa of Kargyak people can be seen as dotted on terrain. This area is high pasture land for yaks, dzo and sheep. We cross the stream and camp at Lakhong.

Day 18: Climb to Shingo La (5090m) – Ramjak 4300m, 7-8 hrs.

Today we climb towards Shingo la pass or Shinkun la 5090m, the highest point of our trek. Right after camp we climb gently on high pasture terrain to base camp, next patch of trek over rock fields and glacier. Top of Shingo la prayer flags and mani stones are telling story of those people cross over years back. With impressive view back to Zanskar side the valley we trek and summits rising above 6000m of Great Himalayan range. We descend down on glacier and snow patches. We cross Chumik Nakpo and finally arrive at the campsite of Ramjak.

Day 19: Trek to Zanskar Sumdo, Trek 1-2 hrs. Drive to Darcha 3300m -Keylong –Manali (1940m) 6-7 hrs

Today after Ramjak, we cross bridge at Zanskar Sumdo 3860m. We follow the right bank of river, enroute some tributary to cross. Short after Palhamo we cross the river and climb up to join the main trail that leads to Chika Rarik 3430m villages. Our Jeep will be waiting for us here and we drive to Darcha. At Darcha Sumdo there are numbers of small tea shops. After refreshing and checking in at Darcha check point, we drive to Keylong, headquarter of Lahaul and Spiti. Enroute we pass Jispa and Gemur village. At Stingri we enter in Ghar valley and continue drive to Rohtang pass to Manali, Overnight hotel.

Day 20: Manali - New Delhi.

Day 21: An extra day to accommodate trip schedule.

Day 22: Fly home.



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