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Miyar Kang La, Phuktal & Shingo La 14 nights 15 days

The Miyar Valley, located in the Indian part of the Great Himalaya Range, stretches for over 100 km from Udaipur to the Kang La pass. The locals - the Tharanga people - are mainly shepherds and farmers much like the Gaddis but follow a curious mix of Hindu/Buddhist religion.
It is the westernmost of the Lahul valley's on the watershed between the Lahul & Zanskar in Ladakh, it's known for its profusion of wild flowers and medicinal herbs especially during July and August and its breathtaking landscape of quaint villages and rolling meadows which are replaced by glaciers and big rock walls as you move deeper into the valley. In recent years the valley has also attracted a lot of climbing teams (Teams from Slovenia, Poland, Italy, US, UK & India and Spanish too, It is hosts hundreds of peaks that are, by Himalayan standards, accessible and low in altitude, with very few exceeding 6000 m. As a result, Alpine-style routes are possible here that have a technical standard not normally seen in the Himalaya. The wealth of climbing possibilities here led Chris Bonington to dub it as “the Yosemite of India”;
Famous peaks in the area are: Menthosa 6443mtrs / 21260ft is the largest peak in the area. For trekkers the Udaipur (Urgus roadhead) -Kang La -Padum (zanskar traverse) is quite popular another viable option is to link up the Chandra Valley and Miyar via the Taralumsa pass. Another interesting option would be the crossing of the Poat La pass which would link up the Kishtwar Region to the Miyar Valley.


Region: Lahoul, Miyar valley, Zanskar.

Total days: 21 ex New Delhi to New Delhi.

Total days: 14 nights 15 days Ex Manali to Manali.

Grade: Strenuous.

Maximum elevation: 5450m.

Best Season: July to September

Kang la – Phuktal & Shingo La - Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi (230m).

Day 02: Drive or Fly to Kullu - Manali (2040m).

Day 03: Manali

Day 04: Drive to Rohtang la pass (3,978m) – Udaipur (2650m) - Chamrat (2,090m).

Day 05: Trek to Urgos (3,250m).

Day 06: Trek to Khanjar.

Day 07: Trek to Tharang (3,450m).

Day 08: Trek to Gumba nallah (3,900m).

Day 09: Trek to camp I (4,200m)

Day 10: Trek to Camp II (4750m).

Day 11: Trek to Kang la (5450 mtrs. ) – Camp III (4800m).

Day 12: Trek to Burdan.

Day 13: Trek to Purne 3775m. 4-5 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Phuktal 3850m. – Purne

Day 15: Trek to Kargyak 4050m, 6-7 hrs.

Day 16: Trek to Lakhong 4450m, 5 hrs.

Day 17: Trek to Ramjak 4300m. 7-8 hrs.

Day 18: Trek to Palhamo 3700m, trek 3-4 hrs. Drive Manali 6 hrs.

Day 19: An extra day to accommodate trek or travel requirements.

Day 20: Drive of Fly to New Delhi.

Day 21: Fly home.

14 nights 15 days Ex Manali – Manali, PRICE INCLUDES:

·         Transportation to and fro as per itinerary.

·         All trekking and camping gears.

·         All meal: We serve Indian, Tibetan, local and continental cuisine.

·         Staff: Guide, kitchen boy, cook and porters.

·         Medical first aid supplies.



·         Personal insurance, hotel accommodations at Manali.

·         International and domestic flight fare: Leh – Delhi or Delhi - Kullu.

·         Personal tipping to staff.

·         Any unforeseen cost arise by natural hazards ie. Road blocks – that cause extra lodging and boarding beyond tour programme.

Miyar -Kang la, Phuktal & Shingo La - detailed  itinerary


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 to Manali.


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 camp.


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, overnight camp.


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) 6-7 hrs

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, Overnight hotel.


Day 19: An extra day to accommodate trek or travel.

Day 20: Manali - New Delhi.


Day 21: Fly home.




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