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Lamayuru to Darcha Trek

Ladakh
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Duration

18 Day 17 Night

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

The ancient Buddhist kingdom of Zanskar is hidden deep within the western reaches of the good Himalayas. for many of the year the high passes are inaccessible due to snow, making the frozen Zanskar River the sole way of transport by walking. Villages nestling high on cliffs, the greenest fields where peas and buckwheat are grown and ancient monasteries are just a few of the attractions on this spectacular trek. Zanskar is documented for its many and high passes and ever changing landscape, the very best of them being Singe La, the Lion pass at 5090m.On the fifth day one will reach Lingshed, One can end the trek in Padum after ten days or continue all the thanks to Darcha for a 20 days adventure.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Leh – Photoksar via Lamayuru (5 hrs drive):

We leave Leh within the morning for Photoksar via Lamayuru by jeep. Along the way, we'll encounter a number of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh. The monasteries in Lamayuru, Likir and Alchi are truly worth visiting for his or her age and history. it's great ride after Lamayuru as we pass may great scenic places. We follow the wide Spong Valley up for a few time before we cross the river and begin on the long and gradual ascent to Sir Sir la (4850m). From the highest of the pass there are great views of the most Zanskar range also as our next pass, Singge La (5090m). We reach the village of Photoksar (4200m), enclosed in green fields and situated among mountain cliffs. The trail towards Sumdo disappears within the deep gorge right down to the proper of the village. We make our comfortable camp for the night on the brink of the village and luxuriate in a well-deserved rest.

Day 2

Photoksar – Base of Singe La (5- 6 hrs):

After crossing the tiny pass of Bumiktse La (4200), we enter into the broad and plush Photang valley. a mild trail leads us through this enjoyable landscape, where the villagers keep their yaks and horses grazing. one among the foremost fascinating things about the Zanskar trek is that the ever-changing landscape. whenever you switch a corner or cross a pass, a replacement world will appear ahead of you: the deepest gorges, the greenest fields, the majestic Zanskar River giving formations and life. Slowly we ascend towards our camp at the bottom of Singe la (4600 m).

Day 3

Base of Singe la – Gongma via Singe La (6-7 hrs):

A gradual ascend will lead us to Singge la (5090m), meaning the ""Lion Pass."" The previous couple of hundred meters are steep, but the highest of the pass presents a rewarding view. From the pass a steep descend for few hundred meters. We follow the trail high above the Zanskar River, the mountains having taken a greener and gentler formation, before ascending gradually to Kiupa la (4400 m). From the pass the trail down is steep zigzag to the village of Gongma (3840m).

Day 4

Gongma- Lanang via Lingshed (6- 7 hrs):

From Gongma we climb up the gentle trail to the Margum la (4400m) from where we will see Lingshed an hour approximately away. The monastery is founded by the Gelugpa order and provides home to around 60 monks. The village itself is opened up over an enormous area, enclosed in green fields of barley. After visiting monastery of Lingshed we'll continue towards Lanang.

Day 5

Lanang- Zingchen via Hanumur la (6-7 hrs):

A steep and long ascent will take us to the pass of Hanumur la (4950m). Once there, the views north to Singe la and therefore the snowcapped peaks of the Ladakh range are spectacular. From the pass it's a simple descend for an hour before a steep descend right down to Snertse. Just above Snertse, there's a herders' camp, and sometimes fresh cheese, milk and curd are available here. Down within the riverbed it's possible to travel looking for fossils, and therefore the locals sometimes show a pleasant collection of what they need found. When the Indian plate slammed into the stationary mass of Asia some 50 millions years ago, the good Himalayas were formed. The Zanskar range consists of layers of sediments from the ocean bottom while the Ladakh range consists of granite, born within the immense heat generated by the friction between the 2 plates. After resting for a short time at Snertse we'll continue towards Zingchen, where we will take a shower in Oma Chhu river.

Day 6

Zingchen- Hanamur via Parfi la (4- 5 hrs):

In the early morning we head for our last pass before Padum, Parfi la (3950m), juniper covered trail zigzagging up to the pass. This area is additionally home to the Himalayan bruin , also as blue sheep. From the pass we descend right down to the banks of the Zanskar River and to the village of Hanamur (3380m), which can be our camp for tonight.

Day 7

Hanamur- Pishu (4-5 hrs):

This is a comparatively level stage along the Zanskar River. On the way we'll pass Pidmo (3420m), alittle village with a couple of families. it's another 2-3 hours journey to Pishu, (3470m) which may be a scenic village located on the side of the Zanskar River. Hanamur, Pishu and Pidmo along side Tsazar and Honia on the opposite side of the river, constituted the previous kingdom of Zangla. the doorway to Pidmo is marked by an extended mani wall and chortens, from where we discover our thanks to a grassy campsite.

Day 8


Pishu – Padum (6-7 hrs):

We have another quite easy day before us along a dry, dusty jeep road. From Pishu the trail results in Rinam (3550 m), following the banks of the Zanskar River. Arriving at Karsha (3600m) we will visit the famous monastery. Karsha monastery: Karsha monastery is one among largest monasteries of the Gelukpa sect, founded round the 10th century A.D. and with 140 resident monks. it's situated on a hillside with a powerful view of the whole valley. After visiting the monastery we continue towards Padum (3531m), the capital of Zanskar and a serious trade center within the valley.

Day 9

Padum – Raru (6 hrs):

We will follow a dusty jeep road until Raru, which has been built recently, passing by the villages of Shila and Bardan, the last one being documented for its monastery also as for its huge and beautifully engraved prayer wheels. From Bardhan it'll take another few hrs along the Tsarap River before entering a plateau and therefore the village and monastery of Mune. it's another 40 min walk to our camp at Raru (3900 m).

Day 10

Raru- Pepula (5-6 hrs):

From Raru the trail follows a flat ground before descending steeply to the banks of the Tsarap River. Thereafter the trail follows the river resulting in our camp at Pepula (3850 m).

Day 11

Pepula- Purne (5-6 hrs):

From Pepula the trail can at places be quite tricky for the horses. Along the trail there are many ups and downs, and that we will cross some small side rivers resulting in the villages of Surle and Char. We follow the valley to the confluence of the Tsarap and Kargyak Rivers, and can then cross a bridge and climb up to the village of Purne (3700m), where we'll find our campsite.

Day 12

Dayhike to Phuktal Monastery 3850m (4 hrs):

Phuktal monastery is that the most spectacular situated gompa in Ladakh, clinging to some limestone cliffs with the most auditorium carved out of an enormous cave and with the monks' white residences scattered down the hillside. The monastery belongs to the Gelukpa order (yellow hat order) and is made around a sacred spring which flows all year, even within the winter when other springs freeze. Inside the monastery there's an inscription to Cosma de Koros (Hungarian historian), one among the primary Europeans to go to the Zanskar region and therefore the first to translate the Buddhist texts from Tibetan into English. After visiting the monastery we'll return to Purne to spend the night.

Day 13

Purne - Tetha (2 hrs):

We recross the bridge across the Kargyak River within the morning and follow the trail to the settlement of Yal. A steep ascent then leads us to the large , fertile plateau of the whitewashed village of Tetha (3950), where we'll find our campsite.

Day 14

Tetha - Kargyak (5 hrs) :

It is a mild walk today and that we soon enter the village of Karu, marked by chortens. Stone walls line the track, protecting the fields from pack animals. Below the village of Tanze, we cross the bridge, and from here it's another 5km to the village of Kargyak, (4050m) the very best permanent settlement within the Zanskar region. Our campsite for the night are going to be by the riverbed.

Day 15

Kargyak - Lakhang (4- 5 hrs):

In the morning, we walk across yak grazing pastures, with a thick blanket of edelweiss, towards the impressive rock monolith referred to as the Gumburanjan. Further we'll reach the shepherds encampment of Lakang (4470m). Our campsite tonight has great, panoramic views of Himalayas Range!

Day 16

Lakhang - Ramjak via Shinkul La (7-8 hrs):

We start our day with a steep climb, before the trail crosses an alpine tract resulting in the bottom of the Shinkul la. A river crossover a torrent that flows from the glacier north of the pass will presumably give us wet boots. From here the ascent to Sinkul la (4980m) follows a trail across snowfields or scree, after season. Rock cairns and prayer flags will greet us at the highest of the pass and therefore the refore the view is impressive with 6000m peaks defining both Himalayas and the Baralacha Ranges. From here there's a steep descent to the valley floor. After a while we'll reach our camp at Ramjak (4290m).

Day 17

Ramjak- Zanskar Sumdo (5-6 hrs) and drive to Keylong

Our trail today leads us through boulder fields, across several streams and meager grazing pastures to Palamo (3600m). we'll meet our vehicle at Zanskar Smdo to drive us to Keylong. The road is lined by many dhabas and a campsite. Reach Keylong and overnight at Keylong.


Day 18

Drive to Manali ( 4-5 hours):

Drive to Manali after breakfast. Trip finishes at arrival in Manali. you'll take a car or we will arrange it for you from kelong to Manali."Day 14 :
Tetha - Kargyak (5 hrs) :

It is a mild walk today and that we soon enter the village of Karu, marked by chortens. Stone walls line the track, protecting the fields from pack animals. Below the village of Tanze, we cross the bridge, and from here it's another 5km to the village of Kargyak, (4050m) the very best permanent settlement within the Zanskar region. Our campsite for the night are going to be by the riverbed.

Day 17

Ramjak- Zanskar Sumdo (5-6 hrs) and drive to Keylong :

Our trail today leads us through boulder fields, across several streams and meager grazing pastures to Palamo (3600m). we'll meet our vehicle at Zanskar Smdo to drive us to Keylong. The road is lined by many dhabas and a campsite. Reach Keylong and overnight at Keylong.

Day 18

Drive to Manali ( 4-5 hours):

Drive to Manali after breakfast. Trip finishes at arrival in Manali. you'll take a car or we will arrange it for you from kelong to Manali."

Included/Excluded

  • Road transportation from Leh to Leh by car.
  • Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.
  • All meals (Day 1 Lunch to Day 18 Lunch)
  • All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress. Kitchen, Dining and toilet tent
  • Permits and Entrance fees.
  • Good English speaking guide, cooks and porters, mules.
  • Accommodation and Meals in Leh.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • All alcoholic beverages and private expenses.
  • Good down sleeping bags are often provided at a further cost of Rs.200 per day.

Durations

11 Days or More

Tour's Location

Ladakh

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