Trans Zanskar trekking tour is for the adventurers and takes you to the rugged terrain of Ladakh.
Leh Ladakh Tour
Destination: Delhi - Bilaspur - Mandi - Manali - Darcha - Palamo - Zanskar - Sumdo - Chuminakpo - Lukung - Kurgiakh - Shi - Purne - Phugtal - Gyalbokh - Raru - Mone - Padam -Karsha - Rinam - Pissu - Hanumil - Parfila - Snertse - Hanumi La - Lengshed - Foot Of Shinge La - Photoskar - Sisir La Hanupatta - Shilla - Lamayuru - Leh - Agra
Duration: 29 Days/ 28 Nights
Day 01: Delhi
At your arrival in Delhi, you will be received by our representatives who will assist you with the arrival formalities. You will check-in to a hotel where after relaxing for a while, you will be taken on a tour of the city during which you will visit the Red Fort, Jama Masjid which is India's biggest mosque, Raj Ghat, Shantivan, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, India Gate and Laxmi Narayan Temple. Furthermore, you will also drive past some important buildings such as President House and the Parliament House.
Day 02: Delhi - Bilaspur
You'll be driven to Bilaspur, which is situated 400 kms away from Delhi. Bilaspur is famous for its art, tradition and culture. Situated at the heart of Himachal Pradesh, it is one of the major tourist destinations in India. Our executive will receive you at Bilaspur and will help you check in to a hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 03: Bilaspur - Mandi - Manali
You will be driven to Manali which is a famous hill station of India. On your way to Manali you will come across another famous tourist spot Mandi, which literally means market. Turning back the pages of history, you will find that the place was an important stopover on the Salt Route to Tibet. En route, you would also visit Bajaura Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is embellished with wonderful carving in stone and sculptural decorations some of which, unfortunately had been mutilated, probably in an invasion in 1769-70.
Day 04: Manali - Darcha
From Manali, we drive to Darcha which is further 180 kms away. Darcha is a hamlet with a total population of 298. It has only basic amenities and the tourists who visit Darcha stay in temporary shelters and tents, but the view of the mountains and terrains from here is heavenly. From Darcha, you move further to Rohtang Pass and camp overnight in a tent.
Day 05: Darcha - Palamo
After having a sumptuous breakfast, get geared up for day five marks the start of the adventurous and thrilling trekking expedition. You will keep on trekking for a while, till you reach another hamlet. Further moving on a footpath you will come across a beautiful gorge. After passing the gorge you will enter into a camping site, where you will spend the rest of the day and night in a tent.
Day 06: Palamo - Zanskar - Sumdo
You will continue your trekking following the course from the camping site. You will follow the track on the left side of the river passing through the rocky path with big boulders and moraines. You will cross streams more than once though as there is no straight path on either side of the stream. After a while, you will reach Zanskar Sumdo the camping site for the night. You'll camp there overnight.
Day 07: Zanskar - Sumdo - Chuminakpo
Continue the trekking regimen until you reach the cliff of the mountain. Thereafter, you will cross a rope bridge hanging over a mountain river to start a steep climb up. Continue to climb up for a short while, followed by a trek on a narrow valley until you reach Ramjak, which is a small meadow. You will be camping overnight at Chuminakpo, which is a little further from Ramjak.
Day 08: Chuminakpo - Lukung
You'll be climbing a zigzag track through the moraine, ice and snow up to Shingo-La this morning. Thereafter, you will descent through steep path through ice and snow. As the path is too steep, mules and horses won't be available. As you decline from the steep path, you will reach a small meadow, Lukung, wherein you would eventually camp overnight.
Day 09: Lukung - Kurgiakh - Shi
This would be an exciting day, for you would get an opportunity to trek both uphill and downhill. You will cross a bridge over a river and follow a path with a mass of fallen rocks. Besides the river, you will visit a number of streams and rope bridges during your trekking regimen. You will also pass beneath the face of Gumburanjon peak, which is a famous spot for trekkers and rock climbers. You will camp in a tent for overnight stay.
Day 10: Shi - Purne
The day is solely reserved for trekking as you will spend most of the time trekking throughout the day. After breakfast, you will continue on the right side of the river along an easy path. On your trekking regimen, you will pass a number of small villages that boast of spectacular mountain views and diverse cultures. You will climb up the gentle slope towards the village Jal and thereafter steep descent towards a bridge for Purne. You will stay at the tent overnight.
Day 11: Purne - Phugtal - Gyalbokh
The day is reserved to visit Pughtal Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in Zanskar and spectacularly located. You'll pass through a narrow valley and the splendid gorge. Crossing over the bridge, you will come to a small plateau sprinkled with chortens and religious banners. Soak in the visceral bliss for later during the day you would be taken back to Purne. Further trekking up on the left bank of Tsarap River after crossing the bridge, you'll reach Gyabokh, the overnight campsite.
Day 12: Gyalbokh - Raru
A super duper adventurous day ahead, day twelve gives you a chance to conquer the difficult terrains of Himalayas. These stretches are difficult for the mules and horses to traverse. After trekking for a while you will reach a small plateau from where you can have a look at the beautiful and mesmerizing view of the mountain ranges. From here, you will descend into a hamlet named Raru, which will be your camping site for the night.
Day 13: Raru - Mone - Padam
From Raru, you will further trek down to a small motor-able road, trekking on which you will reach a small village called Mone. Mone is a small village with just the basic amenities and quite low population, but the place is rich in cultural heritage and tribal handicrafts. Trekkers visit a Buddhist Gompa there and get blessings from the monks for rest of the trek. Further you will visit Bardan Gompa which is situated on mountain plateau. After it you will arrive at Padam the capital of Zanskar where two rivers Doda and Tsarap join to form Zanskar River. You will camp overnight here.
Day 14: Padam
Finally, after the tiring days of trekking and mountaineering comes a relaxing day of the tour. Day fourteenth is totally at your discern; so you can do whatever you please. You can either laze around or spend the day sightseeing important sites or can tour the city's monasteries. Furthermore, you can shop for souvenirs or handicraft items and traditional Leh apparels.
Day 15: Padam - Karsha - Rinam
You will leave Padam and head towards Pipiting. Through Pipiting you will follow a dusty plain path which leads to Doda River. Crossing the bridge on Doda River, you would eventually reach Karsha Monastery, which dates back to the 16th century. It is one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Zanskar. From here, you will trek downhill on a plain path to Rinam where you will camp overnight.
Day 16: Rinam - Pissu
Post breakfast starts another episode of trekking. On this day, you would be trekking on easy yet hot and dusty stretches. You will be exploring the banks of Zanskar and after following it for quite some time you will trek along a small stream where after a while you will reach a small shelter formed by rocks. You can relax for a while here and afterwards you will be camping here for overnight stay.
Day 17: Pissu - Hanumil
After the breakfast early in the morning you will be following the left bank of the Zanskar River. The path along the river is quite easy to trek, at times you will be forced to leave the bank and tread the rest of trekking path across the moraine plateau. After trekking during the day you will stay in a tent overnight.
Day 18: Hanumil - Purfila - Snertse
From this day, the trekking path takes away from Zanskar River. Don't get gloomy, for you will be climbing up to Parfi-La, which is one of the most popular destinations of Leh. After relaxing for a while here you will descend towards the Oma-Chu River. Cross the Oma-Chu River with the help of a bridge and after it climb up a sandy slope for half a kilometer to reach the sheepfolds of Snertse.
Day 19: Snertse - Hanumi La - Lengshed
You will trek a long gradual ascend towards Hanumi-La. After the long trek to the top of Hanumi-La, you will descend down for about a 1000 mts and climb uphill again about 400 mts along the mountainside. After crossing a small pass you just need to descend an easy path to Lingshed. Upon reaching Lingshed, relax for a while and enjoy the weather and the scenic beauty of the place. You will camp in Lingshed overnight.
Day 20: Lingshed - Foot of Shinge La
After breakfast in Lingshed you will leave the place and climb to Murgam-La. Afterwards, you will pass an escarpment after which you will trek downhill for a while. You will be treading further downhill towards the villages named Gongma and Skiumpata. You will relax here for a while then later you will trudge a steep climb to Kiupa-la. Upon reaching Kripa-La, you will trek along the mountainside to reach the Foothill of Shinge-la where you will camp overnight.
Day 21: Foot of Shinge La - Photoskar
After finishing breakfast you will tread a long climb to Shinge-La and then later, descend to a broad valley. After Shinge-la you will be trekking a gentle climb towards Bhumiktse-la; during the trek you can view the magnificent scenes of the mountains and valleys. After reaching Bhumiktse-la, you will descend towards Photoskar, which is as small but splendid village. You will be camping at Photoskar for an overnight stay.
Day 22: Photoskar - Sisir La Hanupatta
The day starts with a gentle climb up to a large chorten where you will witness meditating Buddhists. Thereafter, you will trek uphill to Sisir-La. Later during the day, you will trek downhill till you reach the banks of Hanupatta River. By the river is situated a small village of the same name. You will be camping at the Hunapatta Village for the overnight.
Day 23: Hanupatta - Shilla
During the day, you will be trekking down from Hanupatta on a slope till you reach a gorge and a bridge which spans the junction of two rivers. Later, you will tread a rocky path to reach Phenjilla which is one of the less traveled paradises of India. After Phenjilla the path for trekking is rather smooth, you will be trekking a motor-able road to Wanla where you will be camping in tents for the overnight.
Day 24: Shilla - Lamayuru - Leh
This will be the last day of trekking. You will pass many famous trekking spots. While trekking you will pass the Shilla village to cross Prinkiti-la, which is another likely destination for mountain climbing. Later during the day, you will trek a long way to reach Lamayuru. You will be visiting the famous monastery and will later on drive to Leh.
Day 25: Leh
You will be visiting a number of old Buddhist monasteries, namely Shey, Tikse and Hemis, each one of which is a piece of art, as the carvings and paintings on the walls and ceilings are incomparable. Hemis is the most important Gompa in Ladakh. It is also much renowned worldwide for the Hemis Festival. Later during the day, you will drive back to Leh where you will be staying at a hotel overnight.
Day 26: Leh - Delhi
After having breakfast at the hotel early in the morning, you will be driven to the airport from where you will board a flight to reach Delhi. As soon as you reach Delhi, you will be received by our representative at the Delhi Airport, who will help you with the arrival formalities. After the formalities at the airport, the representative will drive you to a hotel where you will stay for rest of the night.
Day 27: Delhi - Agra
After having breakfast at the hotel you will be driven to the next tour destination, Agra, which is situated 210 kms from Delhi. While on your route to visit the Taj Mahal, you will be visiting Sikandara Fort, which is the last resting place of Emperor Akbar. Later you will visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, which was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. The Taj Mahal till date is the symbol of eternal love on the banks of the Yamuna River. Next, you would be taken to Red Fort and the famous tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, who was the father-in-law of the emperor Jahangir. You'll be staying at a hotel overnight.
Day 28: Agra - Delhi
After having breakfast, at the hotel you will be driven back to Delhi. Our representative will receive you when you reach Delhi. You will be escorted to a hotel where you will stay overnight. Nothing major is planned for the day, so you can spend it as you like.
Day 29: Delhi
The tour finally ends on the twenty-ninth day when you would be driven to the international airport. From Delhi IGI Airport, you will be boarding flights to your respective destinations.