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Trekking in Zanskar

The most elevated part of the Ladakh region Zanskar provides interesting and challenging treks and safaris to the trekkers and seekers both. The valley is best approachable by jeep from Kargil (which is second largest town in Ladakh region) and the road runs through the Suru Valley, across the Pensi La to Padum. A visit to the King of Zangla will heighten your visit to the valley.



Hemis - Zangla Trek (20 Days / 08 Days Trek)


This trek starts from Hemis and end at Zangla. This trek route leads through some most isolated mountain regions. Crossing three beautiful passes in route. Crossing the rivers ChangChu and ZunlingChu in three days approximately 170 times. Due to high river rapids, this is feasible only after mid-august till September.


Day 01 : Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel. Afternoon Delhi sightseeing.


Day 02: Delhi - Leh (3500 mt)

Early morning transfer to domestic airport for fly to Leh.Arrive Leh, transfer to hotel. Day is free to acclimatize you with the altitude of Ladakh. Evening, explore Leh city market. Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500 m)


Days 03: Drive Leh – Matho – Stok – Leh

After breakfast, drive to Stok (14 km). In Stok, visit the royal palace, constructed by the King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825 AD. After visit Stok, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. This monastery was built by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in 13th century. After visiting Matho, drive back to Leh. Overnight at hotel in Leh.


Day 04: Drive Leh – Phyang – Spituk – Shanti Stupa & Samkar

Morning drive to Phyang via visiting Spituk monastery. Spituk monastery picturesquely founded on hill top by Lama Od-lde in 11th century. After visit spituk drive to Phyang. Leave highway by turning right then your first glance is Phyang monastery, visit the monastery. History says that this monastery was founded by King Tashi Namgyal 460 years ago. After visit Phyang monastery drive back to Leh. Afternoon, visit Shanti Stupa (Peace Stupa) and Samkar monastery in Leh as both are 2 km from Leh main market but in different direction. Overnight at hotel in Leh.


Day 05: Drive Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis - Shang Sumdo (2½ hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive Leh to Shansumdo via visiting Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Enroute you pass across charming villages of Indus valley. After 14 km drive, halt at Shey (the ancient capital of Ladakh). Visit the Palace and temple where you find big copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha followed by visit to the Gelugpa sect of Thiksey monastery, founded on hill top by Lama Sherab Zangpo 450 years ago. This monastery houses one of the biggest Maitreya Buddha sculpture (Future Buddha). After visit Thiksey monastery start drive to Hemis. Hemis monastery, the biggest and the most famous Drukpa monastery of Ladakh, built in the early 17th century. After the visits Hemis continue drive to Shangsumdo by entering in valley at Martselang. Martselang is entry point of Hemis National Park that accommodates as many as high altitude different kinds of wild animals. Overnight at Camp in Shangsumdo village. (3650 m)


Day 06: Trek Shang Sumdo - Chuskyurmo (3/4 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, start your first day trek. During trek you pass through small village Chokdo on your left then continue up by several small river crossing. Continue trek up gradually with enjoying the magnificent colors, shapes and rock formations of the valley, as far as Chuskyurmo (salty water). Overnight at Camp in Chuskyurmo. (3990m)


Day 07: Trek Chuskyurmo – Lartsa (4/5 hrs)

After breakfast, continue your trek to Lartsa. During the trek, you enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Overnight at Camp in Lartsa. (4450 m)


Day 08: Trek Lartsa – Kongmaru-la (5260 m) - Nimaling – Thochungtse (7 hrs)

Start trek right from the camp, follow the path and ascend gradually up towards the top of pass. From the top of the pass, spectacular view of Kangyatse massif peak (6400 m), stunning chain of mountain of Zanskar and Karakoram ranges. Cross the pass then easy descent to the summer pasture land of Nimaling, where you find shepherds with their animals like Sheeps, goats, cows and Yaks. Pass this charming pastureland meadow and continue downward enjoying the awesome view of landscape and enchanting Kangyatse peak on your left. Overnight at Camp on meadow. (4240m)


Day 09: Trek Thachungtse – Yakrupal (6/7 hrs)

Today trek is easy as you trek through the remote Langthang valley. Langthang valley is also summer pastureland of villagers of Markha where you find sheep, donkeys, yaks and horses. Morning after breakfast, follow the route and continue along the valley down until it divides, cross the river over a wooden bridge and follow the valley to the left along the Langthang Chu upstream River. The River has the tendency of rising by late afternoon due to snow melting in the mountains. Therefore, an early start is recommended, as you have to cross the river several times. Nice and greenery campsite. Overnight: camp near the river. (4650m)


Day 10: Trek Yakrupal – Zalungkarpo-la (5197 m) – Tilat Sumdo (7 hrs)

After breakfast, continue up along the upstream river and the scenic valley towards the top of the pass. You have easy and gentle trek as far as top of the pass. From the top of the pass, you enjoy the specular and awesome view of valley and enchanting mountains of Zanskar range on one side and on the other side, the plateau of Changthang stretching far into Tibet. Cross the pass and gently descend down. This trek path and several river crossing lead you to the right bank of the Changchu River and the camping site of Tilat Sumdo. Across the Tilat Sumdo, afternoon, explore around and enjoy the delightful some of the isolated gorges nearby. Overnight at Camp in Tilat Sumdo. (3850 m)


Day 11: Trek Tilat Sumdo – Base of Charcharla (8 hrs)

After breakfast, cross the ChangChu river right from the camp and enter into awesome narrow valley. From this point onwards, you have several crossing of river, after then the valley narrows and crossing of river becomes much easier. Finally you reach near the intersection of two streams. Overnight at Camp in Charcharla base (4400 m)


Day 12: Trek Base of Charchar La – Charchar-la (4915 m) - Zangla Sumdo (6-7 hrs)

After breakfast, continue adventurous trek to Zangla Sumdo. During the trek, you pass across several impressive and enthralling gorges. Ascend gradually to the top of Charchar la (4950 m). From the pass, take pleasure of awesome view of the magnificent mountains of main Himalaya. Cross the pass and descend steeply along glacial steps towards the base of the pass. Cross the magnificent canyon towards the left and continue as far as the intersection along the stream to the large river. Overnight at camp in Zangla Sumdo. (3800m)


Day 13: Trek Zangla Sumdo – Zangla (5 hrs)

After breakfast, continue easy trek with several crossing of downstream river into the Zulung valley. Then, the route goes up gradually as far as Zangla. After then gently descend down towards zangla village. Overnight at Camp in Zangla.(3480 m)


Day 14: Drive Zangla – Stongde – Karsha - Padum

After breakfast start drive to Padum. Enroute visit Stongde village. Visit beautiful picturesque Stonde monastery built on hill top by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. After visit stonde monastery, continue drive to Karsha. Visit Karsha monastery, the largest of the entire monastery in Zanskar. Karsha monastery, beautifully built on hill top by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrap. After the visit Karsh continue to Padum. Overnight at Hotel in Padum.(3590m)


Day 15: Drive Padum - Sani – Bardan – Zongkul – Padum

Morning after breakfast, drive to Sani. Sani monastery located in the middle of field and houses. After the visit Sani, continue drive to Zongkul monastery and then drive to Bardan monastery. After visiting Bardan, drive back to Padum. Overnight at Hotel in Padum.


Day 16: Drive Padum – Rangdum – Kargil (245 km)

After breakfast drive to Kargil (245 km). You have long journey but drive along zanskar valley and Suru valley provide you spectacular and awesome view of landscape, magnificient mountain peaks, stunning Drang Drung Glacier and astonighing view of highest mountain peak in the region Nun(7035 m) and Kun(7180 m). Enroute, visit Rangdum Monastery. This monastery is physically located in the Suru Valley and culturally it is part of Zanskar. After visit Rangdum monastery, drive to Rangdum village where you take some refresment and then continue drive to Kargil. Arrive Kargil, overnight at hotel in Kargil. (2900 m)


Day 17: Drive Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayuru – Alchi- Leh.

After breakfast, drive to Leh along the Leh - Srinagar highway via visiting 11th century Lamayuru monastery, 2nd century Mulbek chamba and 1000 years old famous ancient Alchi Monastery. You pass across many beautiful and charming villages of Ladakh. Arrive Mulbek and visit 9m high rock curved statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha). After the visit continue drive to Leh via crossing Photo-la. Overnight at Hotel in Leh. (3500m)


Day 18: Leh

Day Free.(3500 m)


Day 19: Flight Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to Airport for fly to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi. (239m)


Day 20: Departure

Morning, after breakfast visit Old and New Delhi. Late evening, transfer to IGI Airport for return flight.


Note: This trek is feasible only after mid-August till September end.


Cost with Upper Class Guesthouse

Cost with A - Category Hotels


02 to 03 Pax

€ 1114 per person

02 to 03 Pax

€ 1214 per person

04 to 06 Pax

€ 1001 per person

04 to 06 Pax

€ 1097 per person

07 to 09 Pax

€ 906 per person

07 to 09 Pax

€ 988 per person

10 to 12 Pax

€ 836 per person

10 to 12 Pax

€ 919 per person

Single Supplement will be

€ 87

Single Supplement will be

€ 161


Included: Upper Class Guesthouse with Bed & Breakfast

Included: A class Hotels with Breakfast & One meal (Lunch or Dinner)


Cost Includes :

  • Hotel or Guest House: Neat & Clean in Central Delhi and Kargil with Bed & Breakfast.
  • Hotel or Upper Class Guest House in Leh.
  • All ground transportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
  • All ground transportation in Ladakh by non air-conditioned jeep.
  • All camping / trekking arrangements such as:-
  • Food (During Trekking and Campings)
  • Two men tent with mattress
  • Kitchen/mess tent with utensils
  • Cook & Helpers
  • Pack ponies for luggage
  • Camping fee
  • Trekking bag for protection of your personal luggage.
  • Local English speaking guide in Delhi & Ladakh.
  • Entry fee to monasteries / monuments in Ladakh only.

Cost Does not Includes :

  • International/ Domestic Flights
  • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi.
  • Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
  • Insurance and medical evacuation.
  • Tips, hard & soft drinks, mineral water, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
  • Entry fee to mounments in Delhi.
  • Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head "Cost includes".

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