LADAKH ZANSKAR CHUMINAKPO DARCHA TREKKING TOUR INDIA
Duration: 29 Days / 28 Nights
Destinations: DELHI / BILASPUR / MANDI / MANALI / DARCHA / PALAMO / ZANSKAR SUMDO /CHUMINAKPO / LUKUNG / KURGIAKH/SHI / PURNE / PHUGTAL / GYALBOKH / RARU /MONE / PADAM / KARSHA / RINAM / PISSU / HANUMIL / PURFILA / SNERTSE /HANUMI LA / LENGSHED / SHINGE LA / PHOTOSKAR / HANUPATTA /SHILLA / LAMAYURU / LEH / DELHI / AGRA / DELHI
The most spectacular trek of Ladakh and Zanskar . Seven Passes to cross, two of them over 5000 m. Incomparable scenic beauty of Himalayan waste land dotted with monasteries like Pughtal which is cut out of rock . We learn how hard life Zanskari people live who even in severe winter do not like to leave their homes. In This tour we also included visit to Agra (Taj Mahal) so that the travellers have some wonderful memories of eternal Taj Mahal along with the adventure experience of Trekking on some highest peaks of Himalaya.
Best Season July till mid September
Day 01 ARRIVE DELHI
Arrival in Delhi and transfer to Hotel. Combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi visiting Red Fort built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan , Jama Masjid , one of the largest mosques in India, Raj Ghat and Shantivan , the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Lal Nehru, Qutab Minar built in 1199, Humayun Tomb, India Gate(War Memorial Arch), Laxmi Narayan Temple and then pass through the government buildings, the President House and the Parliament House. Overnight at Delhi Luxury Hotel.
Day 02 DELHI/BILASPUR TOUR(673 M)
Morning after breakfast Drive 400 Kms/7-8 hrs to Bilaspur. Overnight in simple hotel.
Day 03 BILASPUR/MANDI/MANALI (2050 M)
Morning after breakfast Drive 180 kms/3-4 hrs to Manali via Mandi which is the gateway to Kullu valley. Mandi means market . It was an important junction on the salt route to Tibet. Enroute we also visit Bajaura Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Temple is embellished with wonderful carving in stone and sculptural decorations some of which , unfortunately has been mutilated, probably in an invasion in 769-70. Overnight in Hotel or Guest House.
Day 04 MANALI/DARCHA TREKKING (3400 M)
Morning after breakfast Drive 180 kms/5-6 hrs to Darcha over to Rotang Pass(3980 m). Overnight in Tent.
Day 05 DARCHA/PALAMO TREKKING TOUR
We start our trekking today. First day its an easy trekking of 3-4 hrs, follow the track until the last hamlet then good footpath and pass a spectacular gorge. Overnight in Tent.
Day 06 PALAMO/ZANSKAR SUMDO TOUR
Continue trekking and follow the track on the left side of the river passing through the rocky path with big boulders and moraines. We also have to cross streams twice or thrice enroute. Arrive Zanskar Sumdo (4000 M), a good camping ground for the overnight in Tent. (5-6 hrs).
Day 07 ZANSKAR SUMDO/CHUMINAKPO TREKKING
Today its trekking high up on mountain side. First cross the river by a hanging bridge and then steep climb up for about an hour and then follow the trek on a narrow valley until you reach Ramjak , a small meadow . Thereafter to Chuminakpo (4800 m). Overnight in Tent. (5-6 hrs).
Day 08 CHUMINAKPO/LUKUNG TREKKING
Climbing zigzag up through the moraine, ice and snow up to Shingo-La (5090 m). Thereafter descent is through the ice and the snow which is steep and dangerous for the horses and the mules till you reach small meadow. Lukung (4400 m) is further down near the river (7-8 hrs). Overnight tent.
Day 09 LUKUNG/KURGIAKH/SHI TREKKING
Its long and easy trekking up and down. Crossing over the bridge we go to another side of the river and follow the path with a mass of fallen rock. Besides this we cross several streams and also pass beneath the face of Gumburanjon peak. Overnight Tent. (7-8 hrs)
Day 10 SHI/PURNE TREKKING TOUR
Morning on Board, Long day of about 8-9 hrs trek. After breakfast continue on the right side of the river along an easy path. We pass through some villages such as Table, Tanze, Kuru, and Jal. Kuru is a major village of livestock breeders. Climb up the gentle slope is the village Jal and thereafter steep descent towards a good bridge for Purne (3650 m). Overnight in Tent.
Day 11 PURNE/PHUGTAL/GYALBOKH
Today we visit Pughtal Gompa, one of the oldest monastery in Zanskar and spectacularly located. Passing through a narrow valley and the splendid gorge we cross the bridge and come to an small plateau sprinkled with chortens and religious banners. From here we see one of the most spectacular sight of the Pughtal Monastery built in a cave. The monastery belongs to the tradition of the Gelugpas (Yellow Hats). Back to Purne and further trekking up on the left bank of Tsarap river after crossing the bridge. Arrive Gyalbokh village. Overnight in tent.(6-7 hrs).
Day 12 GYALBOKH/RARU TREK (3700)
Several difficult stretches for the horses and mules. A gradual climb before coming to small plateau and the gradual descending towards to Raru village. Overnight in Tent. (6-7 hrs)
Day 13 RARU/MONE/PADAM TREK
Its an easy trekking down on motorable road. After an hour’s trekking we come to a small village called Mone. Visit a Gompa there. Further enroute after two hours is Bardan Gompa , situated on mountain plateau. Arrive Padam (3650 m), the capital of Zanskar where two rivers Doda and Tsarap join to form Zanskar river. Overnight in Tent. (6-7 hrs)
Day 14 PADAM TOUR
Day free for leisure and relax. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 15 PADAM/KARSHA/RINAM TREKKING
From Padam head towards Pipiting and follow a dusty plain towards the Doda river and reach bridge. Cross the bridge to reach Karsha Monastery dating back to the 16th century. It is the largest and the most wealthy of all monasteries in Zanskar. Further trekking down on the plain path is Rinam. Overnight in Tent. (6-7 hrs)
Day 16 RINAM/PISSU TREKKING
Today we trek through the easy stretches often hot and dusty through the bank of Zanskar river and a small stream and shelter formed by rocks. Overnight in Tent. (5-6 hrs)
Day 17 PISSU/HANUMIL
Follow left bank of Zanskar river. Easy going along the river , sometimes across the morainic plateau. Overnight in Tent. (5-6 hrs)
Day 18 HANUMIL/PURFILA/SNERTSE TREK
Now onwards the path leads us away from Zanskar river. Climb up to Parfi-La (3950 m) and then steep descend until reaching the Oma-Chu river . Crossing over the bridge and further climb up a 500 m sandy slope we reach the sheepfolds of Snertse. (6-7 hrs)
Day 19 SNERTSE/HANUMI LA /LENGSHED TREKKING
Long gradual ascend towards Hanumi-La (4877 m) . Reach the top of Hanumi-La and then steep descent about 1000 meters. Again climb about 400 meter up along the mountain side, cross a small pass and then easy descent to Lingshed (3800 m). Overnight in Tent. (7-8 hrs0
Day 20 LINGSHED/FOOT OF SHINGE LA TREK
Gradual one hour climb to the Murgum-la (4200 m) then pass an escarpment, go along the slope. Gentle descent towards the villages of Gongma and Skiumpata. Steep climb to Kiupa-la (3850 m) and then gradual climb along mountainside to the foot of Shinga-la . Overnight in Tent.
Day 21 FOOT OF SHINGE-LA/PHOTOSKAR TREK
About one to two hours steep climb to Shinga-la (5060 m) and then descending to a broad valley. Again gentle climb towards Bhumiktse-la (4200 m) and descending towards Photoskar (3750 m) , a splendid village. Overnight in Tent. (7-8 hrs)
Day 22 PHOTOSKAR/SISIR LA /HANUPATTA
From Photoskar it’s gentle climb up to a large chorten, then long ascent of Sisir-la (4990 m). An easy descent to the river and village Hanupatta (3450 m). Overnight IN Tent. (6-7 hrs)
Day 23 HANUPATTA/SHILLA TREK
Trek down the slope until entering the gorge and the bridge at the junction of the two rivers. Some easy some difficult stretches of fallen rocks until Phenjilla. Afterwards its trekking on motorable road up to Wanla (3245 m). Overnight in Tent. (5-6 hrs)
Day 24 SHILLA/LAMAYURU/LEH
Last day of our trekking. We pass the Shilla village to cross Prinkiti-la (3726 mt) to reach Lamayuru (3 hrs). Visit monastery and drive to Leh (3500 m). Overnight in hotel.
Day 25 LEH SIGHTSEEING
Morning after early breakfast Visit Shey, Tikse and Hemis monasteries. Hemis is the most important Gompa in Ladakh, famous for Hemis Festival. Drive back to Leh for the Overnight.
Day 26 LEH/DELHI
Early morning transfer to the airport for flight to Delhi. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 27 DELHI-AGRA TOUR
Drive 210 Kms/5 hrs to Agra, the city of Taj Mahal. Enroute sightseeing of Sikandra Fort housing the tomb of Emperor Akbar. In Agra we visit Taj Mahal built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaj Mahal. Construction is believed to have taken 22 years to built Taj Mahal. Red Fort on the banks of river Yamuna and Itmad-Ud-Daula. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 28 AGRA/DELHI
Later return back to Delhi. Day at leisure and overnight at Hotel.
Day 29 DELHI/DEPARTURE
Morning after breakfast Transfer to the International Airport to catch a flight to onward destination.