ZANSKAR KARGIL DARCHA KEYLONG LEH TREKKING TOUR
Duration: 20 Days / 19 Nights
Destinations: DELHI / LEH / LAMAYURU / KARGIL / RANGDUM / PADUM / ZANGLA /KARSHA / PADUM/MONE / ISHAR / PIPULA / SURLE / PURNE /PHUGTAL / PURNE / KURGIAKH / LUKUNG / SHINGO LA / CHUMINAKPO /ZANSKAR SUMDO / DARCHA / KEYLONG / MANALI / KULU / DELHI
This is a part of the classic trekking tour of the region. This tour is made for people who like culture and trekking. While in Leh we visit some beautiful monasteries. On our way of trekking we visit Pughtal, precariously made monastery in a rock cut. Trekking is comparatively much easier unlike in Lamayuru/Padam except when we cross Shingo La (5050 m).
Note: This might not be for everyone, but for those of you who are seeking a new challenge in their hiking careers can join this Trekking and Hiking Tour.
Weather During Trekking
The weather during high altitude trekking can be extremely dangerous for a hiker. You should take care to track the weather before you hit the trail, and have a plan in case of inclement weather erupts when you are in the middle of your hike. The weather can change anytime and the team should be prepared for any kind of natural calamity.
About General Conditions
High Altitude Trekking is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature and enjoy the beautiful world around you but This may be the biggest danger on the trail especially high altitude trekking in the Himalayas. Many people underestimate the amount of water they need when engaged in a vigorous activity. At an altitude one looses more water than then at lower altitudes while breathing because of the dry air. Due to the lower temperatures people don’t feel like drinking water and end up being dehydrated.
Best Season July till mid September
Day 01 DELHI
Arrival in Delhi, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Afternoon sightseeing of the Old and New Delhi.
Day 02 DELHI/LEH
Early morning transfer to the national airport and flight to Leh. After arriving, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Afternoon we walk to the Kings Palace and the Tsemo monastery.
Day 03 LEH
We visit Hemis, Shey, Tikse, and Spituk Monasteries and Choglamsar village.
Day 04 LEH/LAMAYURU TOUR
Start of our overland drive tour with bus or jeeps, enroute visit of 2 Gompas, Likir and Alchi, a beautiful monastery. Overnight in tents.
Day 05 LAMAYURU/KARGIL TOUR
First we visit the famous monastery of Lamayuru, then further drive over Mulbekh, where we can see the Maitreya Relief, to Kargil. Overnight in a simple hotel.
Day 06 KARGIL/RANGDUM TOUR
Drive on a difficult road to Rangdum. We visit the monastery. Overnight in tents.
Day 07 RANGDUM/PADUM TREK
Drive over Pensi La (4401 m) to Padum. Overnight in tents.
Day 08 PADUM/ZANGLA/KARSHA/PADUM TREKKING
Drive with the bus to Zangla to go up to the ruins of the Castle, from where you will have a nice view. The Castle temple has Thankas, wood figures and Kashmiri bronze figures. Come back to Thongde to see the Monastery Castle Marpa Ling, above is the Tshokang and the Maitreya temple. Further to the hanging bridge near Karsha, where we cross the river. Visit Karsha Gompa, the biggest monastery in Zanskar and back.
Day 09 PADUM/MONE TOUR
High over the Lingti valley we see the Bardan Gompa, with its famous prayer wheel (180 cm high). After visiting further to Mone. Possible to camp opposite monastery.
Day 10 MONE/ISHAR/PIPULA TREKKING TOUR
Along the Lingti river we reach Ishar and later Pipula our camp place.
Day 11 PIPULA/SURLE/PURNE TOUR
Again along the Lingti river we trek to Surle and nearby by Purne we will have our camp for 2 nights.
Day 12 PURNE/PHUGTAL MONASTERY/PURNE TOUR
Today we visit Phugtal monastery, it is a one day trip. This monastery is beautiful, placed in a huge cave.
Day 13 PRUNE/KURGIAKH CAMPING
At 4000 mts we will have today our camp place, it is the first time that we have reached at this attitude. Overnight in Camps.
Day 14 KURGIAKH/LUKUNG (GOMBORANGAN) TREK
The scenery is changing, it is from now on very rocky and we have to cross several times some rivers. Today our camp at 4600 mts. The view will be breathtaking and unforgettable. Overnight in Tents.
Day 15 LUKUNG/SHINGO LA/CHUMINAKPO TREKKING
Slowly we waked up from Padum at 3600 mts and today with the Shingo La at 5050 mts. 2 hrs first we have to walk up and after the pass 2 hrs down. Later we reach the Chuminakpo alm at 4600 m.
Day 16 CHUMINAKPO/ZANSKAR SUMDO/CAMP
Descent now to the Lahaul valley, about after 7 hrs we reach our camp place but only after traversing a river near Zanskar Sumdo.
Day 17 CAMP/DARCHA/KEYLONG TREKKING TOUR
Again 4-5 hrs walk to Darcha, it is our last trekking day, then drive to Keylong, 2-3 hrs. O/N in camp or simple hotel.
Day 18 KEYLONG/MANALI TOUR
We drive over the Rotang pass to Manali, the main town in the Kullu valley. After arrival check-in at hotel.
Day 19 MANALI/KULLU/DELHI TOUR
Short drive from Manali to Kullu, then flight to Delhi. After arrival transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Day 20 DELHI/DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and flight back.