North of the Great Himalayan range,
amongst a tangled knot of jagged mountains, lies a rugged and fascinating
land, the once independent kingdom of Zanskar.
between the Indus Valley and the main crest of the Indian Himalaya,
this remote and inaccessible setting, well guarded by snowy mountain
passes, has kept alive an archaic form of Tibetan Buddhism which flourishes
in chain of far-flung monasteries, most of which occupy spectacular
fortified locations, high on rocky ridges in isolated valleys.
Lovely high meadow camp sites and dry
desert land, high passes and snow-capped peaks stunning scenery, Buddhist
monasteries and picturesque villages with their irrigated fields of
barley and potatoes, and fascinating encounters with the Zanskari people
turn a trek in this area into an unforgettable experience
01 Arrive Delhi, where
you will be met and transfered to your hotel. (Hotel B&B)
Day 02 Delhi - Leh (3500m) by plane.
Day 03 Visit Leh
A whole day at leisure in Leh. You can visit some of the most famous
and oldest monasteries of Ladakh (15th and 17th century), Thikse,
Shey and Hemis and take a walk to the colorful bazaar. Overnight at
Day 04 Leh - Kargil (3700m) by bus.
Day 05 Kargil - Padum (3600m) by bus.
Day 06 Padum - Karsha (3600m) in
A pleasant walk through fields. On the way we will visit Pepiting
monastery and the Karsha Gompa--one of the most important in Zanskar
and dating back to the 15th century. We have beautiful panoramic vistas
of the full Himalayan range.
Day 07 Karsha - Pishu (3470m) in
We progress along the Zanskar river.
Day 08 Pishu - Hanumil (3380m) in 5h.
An easy-going walk along the right bank of the river takes us to Rinam
village. We continue to the tiny hamlet of Hanumil.
Day 09 Hanumil - Purfi La (3950m) -
Snertse (3850m) in 6h.
Up and down over a steep path.
Day 10 Snerstse - Hanuma La (4950m)
- Lingshet (4000m) in 6h.
After a steep climb we reach the Purfi La pass, from where the panorama
towards the Ladakhi and Zanskari ranges is quite impressive. Visit
of Lingshet monastery.
Day 11 Lingshet - Camp before Singue
La (4550m), in 6h.
We start a long and gradual ascent to the Netuke La pass (4280m),
where we have a wonderful view towards the Nierag valley. The trail
then descends shortly to reach Skimpata and Gongma villages, then
climbs steeply to reach the second pass, Khyupa La (4300m).
Day 12 Camp before Singue La - Singue
La (5050m) - Photoksar (4200m) in 6h.
An amazing spectacle of hanging icefalls. We descend towards the Photang
river and progress through barley fields.
Day 13 Photoksar - Sirsir La (4850m)
- Hanupatta (3760m) in 6h.
Photang valley turns into a gorge labyrinth, which forces us to make
a detour via Sirsir La pass. Three shortens mark Hanupatta and its
giant hundred-year-old cedar, flanked by colorful prayer flags.
Day 14 Hanupatta - Wanla (3250m) in
We head down towards the Photang valley and climb up to the Panjila
pass(3410m). We finally descend to Wanla and visit its tiny monastery.
Day 15 Wanla - Lamayuru (3420m) in 4h.
Visit of the monastery at Lamayuru, which is the biggest in western
Ladakh and was built in the 16th century on the site of a much older
temple. The gompa is very well kept and famous for its many colorful
Day 16 Lamayuru - Leh (3500m) by bus.
Day 17 Leh – Delhi by plane. (Hotel B&B)
Day 18 At leisure in Delhi. Safety day for your international flight. (Hotel B&B)
Day 19 Transfer to airport and fly back home.