Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi (230m).
Arrival at IGI airport New Delhi, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: New Delhi – Manali (2040m).
Today after breakfast transfer to airport, fly New Delhi – Kullu Manali or drive overnight deluxe bus
Day 03: Manali
Sight-seeing in around Manali or preparation for the expedition.
Day 04: ManaliI – Rohtang la pass (3,978 m) – Udaipur (2650m) - Chimrat (2,090m).
Drive 145 km. (7/8 hrs): the journey starts from Manali, at the head of the lush green Kullu valley. The
road slowly winds up the Rohtang-la pass (3’978m.), the first of the high passes, then down into the Lahoul valley.
The landscape changes dramatically, the greenery being replaced by barren hillsides, where the village with their bountiful
fields of barley, peas and potatoes, stand out in stark contrast. On entering Lahoul the Buddhist influence is visible in
the many monasteries crossed on the way. The people here have distinct Tibetan features. Today we drive along the Chenab River.
On the way we visit famous Trilok Nath temple and Mrikula Devi temple at Udaipur. From Udaipur follow a road, which has recently
been constructed, through the narrow gorge making the entrance to Miyar valley. Cross the wooden bridge before Chamrat and
continue on the true left bank of the valley. The village of Chamrat is with Mani walls and prayer flags, is the first village
in the Miyar valley, on the way visit gompa at Karpat.
Day 05: Chimrat - Urgos (3,250m), 5/6 hrs.
Trail leads through flowered meadows and peas and millet fields before re-crossing the Miyar River on a well-constructed
bridge to the village of Karput. Urgos is at the confluence with the valley leading to the Mt. Menthosa (6,443m), overnight
Day 06: Urgos - Khanjar.
Day 07: Khanjar - Thargang (3,450m) 4/5 hrs.
Now gentle walk down to the river floor, a newly constructed bridge to be cross, further 2 km on the true
left side of the valley, to the village of Khanjar (3450m), also the last police check post. The trail crosses a wide alluvian
fan before a gradual ascent to the highest settlement of Tharang. 200 m climb to a beautiful campsite, with numerous snow-clad
peaks far side of Chenab valley.
Day 08: Thargang – Gumba nallah (3,900m), 6 hrs.
Now gradual ascent over rich grazing pasture, yak herder from Zanskar can be seen nearby Taralasuma pass.
From camp at Gumba Nullah, you gain glimpses of some of the 6,000 m peaks of the Himalayas.
Day 09: Gumba nallah – camp I (4,200m)
From camp 2 hrs treks to the shepherds camp locally known as Khai got 4100m. Further to an open meadows than
crossing some side streams., with a comfortable base before heading to Zanskar.
Day 10: Camp I – Camp II (4750m) 6/7 hrs.
Miyar glacier, which is 28 km long, from camp at the snout glacier there is choice of route. Walk across
the terminal moraine to the left side of the glacier, route tiring ups and downs along and increasingly ill-defined trail.
Demanding terrains for the first 7/8 kms untill the confluence with a glacier flowing from the East side,
easy going from here with a gradual ascent over smooth black ice. An occasional well exposed crevasses to negotiate. Camp
just above the confluence with the side glacier, there is 3 passes and the center one is the actual pass.
Day 11: Camp II – Kang la (5450 m) – Camp III (4800m), 7/8 hrs.
A magnificent views down the valley to Menthosa 6443m. At the head of the glacier, a large snow field curves
to the East side to the base of the pass. 250 m ascent from the snowfield to the pass is not hard. Better to rope up to crossing
crevasses, than 1.5 kms long Kang la pass enclosed by rock cliff to the north and snow walls to the south. After crossing
Kang la pass camp near the two confluences of the 2 streams.
Day 12: Camp III - Burdan, 5 hrs.
Now follow the true right side of the valley. After crossing the many side streams and grassy campsites,
2/3 km down the valley. Arriving at rocky plateau, trail descends steeply in places through meadows and boulder fields. Tenasa
Tokpo remains on the right bank, it flows down to a grassy meadow above the Tsarap River. Continue for 2 hrs to reach Burdan,
Day 13: Burdan – 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. Arriving at the confluence of Tsarap and Kargiak rive. We cross the
river by bridge and climb short to Purne village and campsite.
Day 14: Purne – Phuktal 3850m. – Purne
Today a great day to visit one of the fantastic view 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 15: Purne – 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 village in Zanskar region. Overnight camp beside river.
Day 16: Kargyak – Lakhong 4450m, 5 hrs.
Today leaving Kargyak village behind well defined trail to Gomburangjom peak. An impressive summit along
the trail is magnificient. The valley ends and the doksa of Kagyak people can be seen as dotted on terrain. Its lovely high
pasture land for yaks, dzo and sheep. We cross the stream and camp at Lakhong.
Day 17: Lakhong – Ramjak 4300m. 7-8 hrs.
Today we climb towards Shingo la pass or shinkun la 5100m. 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 Himalayn range. We descend down on glacier and snow paches. We cross
Chumik Nakpo and finally arrive at the campsite of Ramjak.
Day 18: Ramjak – Palhamo 3700m, Trek 3-4 hrs. Drive to Darcha 3300m -Keylong –Manali (1940m)
Today after Ramjak we descent to cross the bridge and arrive at Zanskar Sumdo 3860m. We follow the right
bank of river. Enroute some tributary to cross. An easy walk to Palhamo campsite. Beautiful campsite. Short after camp we
cross the river and climb up to join the main trail that leads to Chika Rarik 3430m villages. Along the road till we descent
down to reach Darcha. The main village of Darcha itself located far across Bhaga river. 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,
Day 19: An extra day to accommodate trek or travel.
Day 20: Manali - New Delhi.
Day 21: Fly home.