Day 01: Arrival
in New Delhi.
Day 02: Fly
Delhi – Leh. Acclimatize and visit Stok, Matho, Spituk, Shanti Stupa, Sankar
and Leh palace.
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.
Drive to Alchi - Lamayuru 3510m - Wanla 3250m - Hanupatta 3760m.7-8 hrs.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
22: Fly home.