In this trek we visit one of the most popular and beautiful
region of ladakh which we called ZANSKAR. Zanskar is known
as a land of religion and has greatest concentration of
Gompas in Ladakh, outside the Indus valley. The important
ones are Sani, Karsha and Thonde in the central plain,
Bardan and Phugtal
just off the Padum Darcha trail .Zanskar has two rivers
flowing towards each other along the northern flank of
the Great Himalayas, meet in the broad plain of Padum.
They become the Zanskar river which flows off northwards
through a gorge in the Zanskar range. On this trek we
have cross pass of Shingola which is 5090 Mtrs. During
last day of this trek one can drive to Ladakh or Srinagar
Day 01: Manali
Darcha 8/9 Hrs
Leaves Manali and climbs upto the Rohtang pass and
then winds down into the Lahaul valley. Overnight in tents.
Day 02: Darcha
Chhalang Topko 6/7
passing two villages arrive at Chalang Tokpo 3580 Mtrs.
Overnight in tents.
Day 03: Chhalang
Topko Zanskarsumdo - Ramjak
After a major for ascending the valley on the right
there are good but hard paths on the both sides of the
stream. Arrive at Ramjak a small meadow. Overnight
Day 04: Ramjak
Easy walk towards the stream flowing from Shingola
and arrive Chhumikanakpo 4060 Mtrs. Overnight in
Shingola Lakong 8/9
Today is harder zig-zag path leads to Shingola pass
(5090 Mtrs) another one hour is Lakong (4450 Mtrs).Overnight
Day 06: Lakong
Kurgiakh/Table (4000 M)
6/7 Hrs. Trek
Passing beneath the face of the Gomborangoo descent
easily towards Kugiakh on the right bank. Either camp
at Kugiakh or continue for another two hour upto Table
. Overnight in Tents.
Day 07: Kurgiakh/Table
Purne (3745 M) 6/7
After half an hour walk from Table is Tanza on the
right bank, now cross in front of a narrow gorge and arrive
at the junction where the trekking route from Darcha via
Baralachala joins.Tanza is a small village with a Gompa
in ruins on highest elevation. Overnight in Tents.
Day 08: Purne
Phuktal Gompa Purne
4/5 Hrs. Trek
Phuktal monastery is like a honeycomb, cut into a rock
under a gignantic grotto and has more than 70 Monks. The
library three large and one small prayer room etc and
the grave of Gangsem Sherap Sampo who founded Phuktal.
In the cave over the monastery there is a hollow in rock
the water level of which never reduces even after taking
out any amount of
water from there. Water is said to have healing powers. There
is also a stone tablet left by Alexander Cosmo de Koros
an Hugaraian who explore Tibet
and lived in this monastery in 1826-27.
Overnight in Tents.
Day 09: Purne
Ichar 5/6 Hrs.
After crossing small canyons of pudding -stones which
leads to char village. After 2 hrs is Kaydang a village
in a power grove. The trial is rough and difficult for
horses at Hamuni and Surle after crossing a large village
arrive at Ichar, green oasis in the monotonuus grey-brown.
Overnight in Tents.
Day 10: Ichar
Mone 5/6 Hrs.
After descending towards Reru and crossing a plain
with wild flower (flowering in July-Aug) Overnight in
Day 11: Mone
Padam (3650 M) 5/6
After short walk cross Tema and reach Charmocha Kore
camping ground. It goes on the past to large rock where
from Bardan Gompa is visible. Bardan Gompa is famous for
its giant wheel (1.8 Mtrs high) this Gompa was founded by Shabdru
who also found Hemis Monastery and continue walk to Padam
which is capital of Zanskar valley. Overnight
Day 12: Padam
Day at Padam and visit around the town. Overnight in
Day 13: Padam
Rangdom (150 Kms) 6/7
After breakfast leave for Rangdom 5/6 Hrs drive from Padam. On the way we visit Sunni Gompa.
After crossing Penzila pass 4401 Mtrs we reach Rangdom
and visit the Gompa. Overnight in Tents.
Day 14: Rangdom
Kms) 6/7 Hrs. drive
Today we drive close to Nun and Kun peaks and visit interesting villages
Parkachan and Panikar
arrive Kargil in the evening. Overnight
Day 15: Kargil
From here one may take Ist option drive to Leh or 2nd
option to Srinagar.
stages on the same program
Manali Darcha Patseo Baralacha La Sarchu Lingti Ground
Phirtsela Tanza Purne
Phuktal Purne Ichar- Mone - Padam