Southern Zanskar Tour

Duration : 18 Nights / 19 Days

Destination Covered : New Delhi, Manali, Darcha, Spiti

Price (Starting From) : On Request

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  • Southern Zanskar Tour

Tour Detail

Area: Ladakh Himalaya
Best season: Mid June - September
Grade: Challenging
Altitude: 5080 mts.
Zanskar, inaccessible for centuries, is unlike anywhere else on earth: A high arid land with fortress-like Buddhist monasteries steeped in myth and rich in imagery. It is also a world where the only way to travel is on foot or by pony. This trek takes us from the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh into the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, where we visit the remarkable cave gompa of Phugtal. The people, the scenery and the challenge make this a truly unique adventure.
Most of the visitors travel to the remote parts of Zanskar region for trekking. Numerous trails wind their way north from Padum to Central Ladakh, west of Kishtwar and south to Neighboring Lahaul - all along hard hikes that involve strenuous ups and downs. The two main routes leading in to Zanskar, despite the region's isolation are those from Kargil and from Manali to Padum.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi - Manali (2050 M)

In the evening, we will drive to Manali by AC Volvo Coach at 18:00 hrs for an overnight journey.

Day 2: Manali (2050 M)

On arrival in Manali by morning, we will transfer you to pre-booked hotel at Manali. Rest of the time is free for leisure or you can take a tour to major attractions of Manali like Hidimba Devi temple, Vashisht Hot Springs, Club house, etc. An overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 3: Manali - Darcha (3400 M) 180 kms / 5-6 hrs

After breakfast in the morning, we will drive along the Beas River upstream long the true left bank through various villages to the Rohtang pass (4050 m). Down the hill, we will drive to the Gramphu and passport check point at Koksar. On reaching Keylong, the tribal dist. headquarter, which is about 35 kms a head campsite at Darcha.
Enjoy camping near the river at Darcha followed by an overnight stay in the tent.

Day 4: Darcha - Zanskar Sumdo (3640m, trek 7-8 hrs)

Today, we will for a short drive to Darcha and from there to Rarig, our trekking beginning point. Thereafter, we will move up the Barai Nullah (river) valley passing Palamo village with their characteristic flat-topped dwellings. We will cross various side streams and a boulder field to reach our campsite. Enjoy an overnight stay in the tent.

Day 5: Zanskar Sumdo - Acclimatisation day

The day is free to rest and acclimatize with the changed weather conditions. You can go for short walks in this remote and barren for restless souls. An overnight stay in the tent.

Day 6: Zanskar Sumdo - Chuminakpo (4500 m) 7.30 hrs

Today, we will go for trekking high up on the mountain side. Firstly, we will be crossing 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 we will reach Ramjak, a small meadow. Thereafter, we will reach to Chuminakpo (4800 m). An overnight stay in the tent.

Day 7: Chuminakpo - Lahkhang (4300 m) over Shingo la (5090 m) 7-8 hrs

We will follow the path leads over moraines, snow and glacier. On the way, prayer flags can be seen flattering over the pass. Descend to the Zanskar valley, before arriving at campsite one have to wade through Kargyak Chhu, beautiful campsite on the bank of Lhakhang Chhu. An overnight stay in the tent.

Day 8: Lukung - Kargyak (4060 m) 5 hrs

Today, we will go for an easy trek beside the right bank of Kargyak Chhu and foot of the Gumboranjom tower; a chilled stream has to cross. The trek will give you an opportunity to see closely the herds of yaks, Marmots are whistling around the meadow and plays hide and seek. Long series of Mane wall and Chhorten are a symbol to reach Kargyak village, which houses a small Gompa on the top of village. An overnight stay in the tent.

Day 9: Kargayak - Purni (3800 m) 6 hrs

The day is fix to follow the trail that goes through Tanze, Kuru, Testa and Yal. On the way, villages farmer can be seen cultivating their fields with melodious song of Zanskar. On arrival at Purni, situated on the confluence of the Tsarap and Kargyak Chhu, be ready to enjoy a night stay in the tent.

Day 10: Purni - Phugtal Gompa (3850 m) - Purni (3950 m, trek 4- 5 hrs)

In the morning, we will climb next to the Kargyak River through a gorge to the Tsarap River to get entry to the stunningly located Phuktal Gompa (3850m). The monastery is perched on the mountainside and is quite an impressive sight. It was built around a sacred spring and was visited by the Hungarian, Csomo de Koros, one of the first Europeans to visit Zanskar in the 1820's. After spending some time at the Gompa, we will return to our campsite at Purne for an overnight stay in tents.

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