Classic Zanskar Trek: Lamayuru to Darcha
21 day trek is along the most popular route in Zanskar that
traverses it from Darcha in Himachal Pradesh to Lamayuru on the
Leh-Srinagar road. This is a highly recommended first trek through
25 days New Delhi to New
Delhi, 20 days trekking.
Day 01 : Delhi - Leh
Tranesfer to airport for Fight to Leh.
Meeting and assistance upon arrival. Transfer to Hotel. Day free for
acclimatisation. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Acclamatise - Sightseeing
Post breakfast it is advised to take a tour of some of the famous
Gompas (Monasteries) around Leh.
Gompa : 17 kms from Leh enroute to Hemis
Gompa, the Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the Indus
valley from its vantage point atop a hill. There are several temples
and wall paintings of the Buddha. Close by is the summer palace of
the old Raja of Leh. This monastery is 800 years old with statues
made of silver and gold.
Shey Gompa: This monastery has a large 7.5 m
copper statue of Buddha plated with gold.
Hemis Gompa : 40 kms from Leh, built in 1630,
it is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. It is not visible from the
road as it is located in a side valley. Hemis has the largest thanka
in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years (next in 2004). It
celebrates an annual festival attended by people from all over the
provinces who come to join in the celebrated mask dances. Packed
lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 : Leh - Lamayuru
After breakfast drive to Lamayuru. Visit the Lamayuru monastery
which is a major landmark on the old silk route. Legend behind this
monastery is that Lamayuru village was once filled by a lake which
was drained by sage Naropa to permit the foundation of the
monastery. The monastery belongs to the old Tibetan schools the
Kargyupa / Drukpa school. Lunch, dinner and overnight in tents /
Day 04 : Lamayuru -
Wanlah (03 hrs) After breakfast in camp trek to Wanla .
It is an easy ascent after crossing the river upto the Prinkit La
(3726mts). Pass the village of Shilla following a narrow and dry
gorge and reach Wanla. Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in
Day 05 : Wanlah -
Hanupatta (05 hrs) Trek to Hanupatta after breakfast.
Walk begins with a flat section. Cross onto the right bank before
Phenjilla. At the junction of the rivers, chorten and religious
banners can be seen. Continue across the slope to reach Hanupatta.
Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in trekking tents.
Day 06 : Hanupatta -
Photoksar (07 hrs) Breakfast in camp. Trek to Photoskar. Long
ascent into the stony valley. Cross the river and walk up to Sisir
La (4800mts) after which it is a long descent to Photoskar
(3750mts). Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 07 : Photoksar - Foot
of Sengge La (07 hrs)
After breakfast trek to foot of the Sengge La with packed lunch.
Ascend to the Bumiktse La (4200mts) after which is a gentle slope
into the broad valley. A short climb to the Sengge La (5000mts) and
then a steep descent till the foot of the Sengge La. Camp here for
the night. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 08 : Foot of Sengge
La - Lingshet (06 hrs) Breakfast in camp. Begin trek to Lingshed.
After Kiupa La (3850mts) is a steep descent to the villages of
Gongma and Skiumpata (3840mts). It is a wonderful landscape with a
view of the valley of Nierag on the other bank of the Zanskar. Reach
Lingshed after crossing the Murgum La (4100mts). Camp near the
monastery. Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 09 : Linghet - Rest
At leisure for exploring around, resting and photography.
Day 10 : Lingshet -
Snertse (06 hrs) After breakfast trek to Snertse .
From Lingshed it is an easy ascent to the Hanuma La pass (4700mts)
then a long gradual descent to the sheepfolds of Snertse. Packed
lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 11 : Snertse -
Hanumil (06 hrs) Trek to Hanumil after breakfast.
From the Oma Chu river is a steep ascent to the Parfi La (3900mts)
and a sharp descent to the foot of the pass. Walk up to the plateau
taking the path that leads towards the edge of the Zanskar to
Hanumil. Packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 12 : Hanumil - Pishu
Breakfast in camp.
Easy walk to Pishu (05 hrs) sometimes along the river and sometimes
across the morainic pleatue. Camp below the village of Pishu. Packed
lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 13 : Pishu - Karsha
Cross Rinam above which is a small stream and shelter formed by the
rocks. Easy stretch along the banks of the Zanskar river to Karsha.
It is a beautiful Gelukpa monastery dating back to the 15th century.
Packed lunch. Dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 14 : Karsha - Padum
After breakfast trek to Padum with packed lunch. Cross the Doda
river, walk through a dusty plain to Pipiting and then Padum. Visit
the local monasteries / Gompas in the evening. Camp for dinner and
Day 15: Padum - Mune
An easy five hour trek to the Mune Village via the Bardan Gompa
which houses the famous 180 cms. Tall prayer wheel. Camp overnight
Day 16: Mune - Ichar (3-4
Cross a beautiful plain covered in flowers till the Reru village,
cross over a bridge over a tributary of the Tsarap river. A gradual
descent till the main Tsarap river where you will cross over to the
right bank. Arrive at the fortified Ichar village and camp for
overnight. Overnight in camp.
Day 17: Ichar - Purne (5
Cross over the Ichar bridge and walk over a tricky trail till the
village of Surle. Follow the Tsarap river on a lightly marked and
loose rubble trail till Cha village. Cross the bridge at the village
and walk through a series of small canyons of pudding stones till
you descend down to the river and after crossing a small bridge walk
till the Purne village and set up camp for overnight.
Day 18: Purne - Phugtal
Walk up the left bank of the Tsarap into splendid gorges. After 11/2
hours, cross a small bridge and walk till a small but crystal clear
tributary of the Tsarap. From here you will get your first view of
the spectacular Phuktal Monastery. Belonging to the Gelugpa sect the
monastery is the most famous in Zanskar. After visiting the
monastery we return to the camp in Purne for overnight.
Day 19: Phugtal Gompa -
Cross the bridge at Purne and climb up towards the village of Teta.
Descend steeply till the village of Kuru, famous for livestock
breeders. Walk till Tanze village and then walk another 11/2 till
Day 20: Table -
Camp (4 hrs) A two hour walk till Kargyak ( 4100 Mts) Pass beneath
the Gumburanjon Massif and cross a multitude of small streams before
you climb steeply up a face of fallen rocks before you arrive at the
camp site. Overnight in camp.
Day 21: Gamburanjan
Camp-Shingo La-Rumbak (5 hrs)
Cross over a small plateau before undertaking a steep and icy climb
till the Shingo La pass (5090 Mts) Walk down a zig zag moraine and
cross over several small streams before reaching the Rumbak meadow.
Day 22: Rumbak - Palamo
A long six hours walk along the left bank of the valley will bring
you to a nice camp site.
Day 23: Palamo - Darcha
A five hour walk will bring you to the village of Darcha also the
Day 24: Darcha - Manali
Drive seven hours from Darcha - Manali. Overnight in hotel.
Day 25: Manali - Delhi.
Fourteen hours drive via Chandigarh to Delhi. (Alternatively one can
from Kullu to Delhi).
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