13 Day 12 Night
The trek starts from Hemis monastery (one of the richest monastery in Ladakh). It enters in famous Markha valley and Zanskar via Junglam, which is open just for a month. In summer this route is closed thanks to water crossing and in winter heavy snowfall.
Leh / Hemis / Shang Sumdo / Kongmaru la / Zalungkarpo la / Zangla / Padum
Delhi — Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatisation)
Take the morning flight for Leh from Delhi. On arrival at Leh met our representative and transfer to pre booked hotel/Guest house for relax and acclimatisation. this is often necessary for getting acclimatised at high altitude. Evening one can visit the colour full market of Leh. Overnight within the hotel/guesthouse.
Leh — Shey — Thiksey — Hemis
On today you'll go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries during this area. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It wont to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are many Stupas and Gompas built round the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal within the beginning of 17th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is that the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa. Thiksey Gompa, on the brink of Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is taken into account to be one among the foremost beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Leh — Hemis — Shang Sumdo 3700 mts/12135 ft (48 kms/2 hrs)
Early morning you'll drive to Hemis by jeep, visit the Hemis Gompa and begin trekking to Shang Sumdo crossing Martselang Bridge, then ascent up valley along the river, crossing it several times before reaching Shang Sumdo. Overnight within the tent
Trek Shang Sumdo — Base of Kongmaru La (4800 mts/15750 ft)
The route follows through a shocking landscape of red rocks along the slope, then along river till Chuskyurmo (sour water), on through gorges of small rivers many of which require to be crossed before camp is formed for the night at the bottom of Kongmaru la Pass.
Base of Kongmaru La — Langthang Chu River (4375 mts/14350 ft)
Before descending to a high mountain pasture at Nimaling (4700m), we must ascent steeply up to Kongmaru la Pass (5150m), offering a gorgeous view of the northern face of Kang Yatse Peak (6400m). From Nimaling up, cross a ridge, then descent to a gorgeous valley, cross river, on up again, following a rocky slope up to Konga Ngonpo (5090m), then descend along a really steep route before reaching a campsite near Male.
Langthang Chu — Zalung Karpo La (5200 mts/17056 ft)
After crossing an outsized stream and a moraine, valley divides an hour later. Continuing to our right, the route goes up and down before reaching Zalung Karpo La. From here you'll see the incredible view of Zanskar range, Rupsu Valley and K2 range. Camp on the opposite side of the pass.
Zalung karpo la — Tilat Sumdo
Start descending from the camp towards the most stream. After an hour reach Kharnak Sumdo, a valley coming from the north (route directly north results in Rabrang La, 5000m.) Follow the gorge, crossing a stream several times before reaching Tilat Sumdo along a rocky route.
Tilat Sumdo — A North camp (4450 mts/14596 ft) — Chhar Chhar La (4950m)
Just after Tilat Sumdo camp, cross Khurna River, continues on its Right Bank , past couple side valleys. Four hours later because the valley narrows, decamp .
A North camp Chhar Chhar La — Zangla Sumdo
Follow the narrow gorge, past several narrow side gorges, eventually leaving the stream. The route follows gently up to the highest of Chharchhar La, 4950m. From top follow stream right down to Zangla Sumdo.
Zangla Sumdo — Zangla — Padum (35 kms drive)
Continuing down from Zangla Sumdo along the stream, the trail reaches the wide expanse of the Zanskar Valley, with great views of the Zanskar River and therefore the villages of Pishu and Pidmo on the opposite side of the river.
Sightseeing around Zanskar
The day is for relax and sightseeing. Visit Zhungkhul Monastery, Sani Castle Stongde and Karsha monasteries. Overnight stay in guest house.
Padum — Kargil (225 kms/8-9 hrs)
After early breakfast leave for Kargil enroute visiting Giant Maitreya Buddha at Mulbekh. reach Kargil by evening for overnight stay.
Kargil — Leh (Via Lamayuru)
Post breakfast we drive to Leh enroute visiting Lamayuru, Belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is that the Singey Lhakhang built by the founding father of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. After visiting Lamayuru we proceed further to Leh enrote visiting Ridzong Gompa, referred to as the paradise for Meditation. Upon arrival in Leh you'll met by our representative and sign up at our hotel for overnight stay.