Overview

Darcha in Lahaul is a small village located on the bank of Bhaga river, at an altitude of 3360 meters. The major inhabitants of this village are Himalayan tribes. This area has been mentioned in the book 'Rough Guide to India' as "a solitary collection of dry-stone huts and dirty tent camps."

The famed Darcha Lamayuru trek is a trip that joins the remote topography of Himachal Pradesh with the ancient shades of Indo – Tibetans in Lamayuru at Ladakh. Ladakh is a Tibetan settlement, historically and culturally. The monasteries and villages in this region have been unchanged since ancient times. Its ancient monasteries and villages have remained unchanged over the centuries. Even if Zanskar had only got a handful of Gompas and settlements that lie within striking distance of the road or hidden away in the remote valleys, it offers glimpses into Tibetan Buddhism and the colorful lifestyles of this isolated region. The trail moves through a huge barren land and cascade of snow-fed ranges, high altitude mountain passes, and picturesque villages. The journey further boards upon the attractive area of mountain lakes where you can encounter different kinds of Himalayan wildlife, including migrating birds and many endangered animals.

Similarly, this trekking trip to Lamayuru from Darcha travels across various high passes such as Shingo la 5,090 at meters, Parfi la at 3,950 meters, Hanamun la at 4,800 meters, Sengge la at 5,060 meters, Sirsir la and Prinkti la. You will also cross through massive rivers such as Chandra, Bhaga, Tsarap, Doda, Zanskar, and Indus. The Darcha Lamayuru trek goes further into the remote monasteries and gompas. The major gompa incudes Sani Gompa, Mani Gompa, Bardan Gompa, Karsha Gompa, Lingshed Gompa, and Lamayuru Gompa.

 

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Ground transfer in a private vehicle
  • All government and service taxes as per itinerary
  • All entry fees for places mentioned in the itinerary

What's excluded?

  • All personal expenses including additional drinks, additional meals
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Entry fee not mentioned in the itinerary

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Arrive at Delhi

Upon your arrival at Delhi airport, our airport representative will welcome you and escort you to the respective hotel. On the way, he/she will give you a brief explanation of your further trip.

Day Two:

Delhi to Manali

We will enjoy sightseeing in Delhi for half a day. We will visit places like Red Fort (Built in 1648 by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan), Shantivan, and Raj Ghat (Cremation Sites of Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi), Akshar Dham Temple, India Gate (War Memorial Arch). Then, in the evening, we will make our way to Manali via AC Luxury Volvo Coach. Today, we will cover the distance of 510km traveling, and we will be traveling for about 13 hours. Overnight at the hotel in Manali.

Day Three:

Manali

We will reach Manali by morning. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and rest for the day. In the evening, we will explore the Mall Road. Then, enjoy the delightful dinner and spend the night at Manali. Overnight at the hotel in Manali.

Day Four:

Manali to Darcha

After enjoying the breakfast in Manali, we will drive towards Darcha. We will pass through Rohtang Pass (3980 meters). Rohtang Pass is a gateway to gorgeous regions, including Spiti, Lahaul, Pangi, and Zanskar Valleys. We will be driving for around eight hours through Lahaul Valley. And have dinner and spend the night at the camp. We will cover a distance of 147 kilometers from Manali to Darcha and drive for approximately eight hours.

Day Five:

Darcha to Pa-Lhamo

After having breakfast, we will begin our trek to Pa-Lhamo. On the way to Leh, we will pass through Darcha, the last village before reaching Pa-Lhamo. Darcha is the place from where the Darcha to Padum trek begins. Today onwards, our trekking trip begins. The initial trek is an easy trek for about 3 to 4 hours. Following the trail, we will reach the final village, and then the path becomes even more comfortable. We will pass a beautiful gorge. Today, we will spend the night in a tent.

Day Six:

Palermo to Zanskar Sumdo

Continuing the trek on the same trail, we follow the path on the left side of the river that passes through a rock-strewn way with big rocks. The trail then crosses a couple of streams to reach Zanskar Sumdo. This place is a great campsite. We will spend the night in a tent. We will travel for around 6 hours.

Day Seven:

Zanskar Sumdo to Chuminakpo

Today, we will be hiking up on the high mountainside. Firstly, we will cross the river via a hanging bridge and then ascend steeply for about an hour. Then, we will follow the trek on a narrow valley until you reach Ramjak, which is a small compound. From here, we will walk to Chuminakpo, where we will have dinner and spend the night at camp. We will be walking for approx. Six hours.

Day Eight :

Chuminakpo to Lukung

Climbing up through the winding trail, we move through the moraine and snow until we reach a small grassland. Then, we will descend a bit, close to the river, Lukung, where we will spend the night at camp. We will be walking for approx. Eight hours.

Day Nine:

Lukung to Kargyak Shi

We will be moving up and down through a smooth but long trail. Crossing the bridge, we move to the other side of the river and follow the path with the mass of collapsed boulder. On the way, we will cross several streams and travel through the Gumboranjom Peak. Eventually, we will reach Kargyak Shi and then camp for dinner and overnight stay. We will be walking for approx. Eight hours.

Day Ten:

Kargyak Shi to Purne

The trekking today lasts for more than eight hours. After breakfast, we will follow the trail on the right side of the river. Then, we will continue the trek through an easy path. We will also pass through few villages along the route like Tanze, Table, Jal, and Kuru. Kuru is the most famous hamlet of livestock breeders. Rising gradually up the gradient in the Jal Village, we then gently descend towards a beautiful bridge to reach Purne. We will camp in Purne for dinner and overnight stay.

Day Eleven:

Purne to Phuktal to Gyalbokh

Today, we will pay a visit to Pughtal Gompa. Pughtal Gompa is one of the oldest monasteries in Zanskar, and it is located in a magnificent spot. Moving through a narrow valley, and some beautiful gorge, we cross some bridges and reach a small plateau full of chortens and prayer flags. From here, we can see one of the most beautiful spectacles of the Pukhtal Monastery erected in a cave. The monastery belongs to the legends of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hats). The monastery is like a honeycomb, designed like a cock beneath a massive cave. The monastery also is home to seventy monks. There is a cave over the monastery where lies a water hole. The hole's water level does not decrease even after taking out any quantity of water from there. The water is also famous as having recovering powers. So, we will return to Purne and trek up on the left bank of Tsarap River after crossing the bridge. Then, ascending a bit, we will reach Gyalbokh village, our destination for the day. We will be walking for approx. Six hours.

Day Twelve:

Gyalbokh to Raru

We will move through a steep path, which is tough even for horses and mules. We will climb through a steep path before reaching a small plateau. Then, we descend steeply towards Ruri village where we will spend the night in tents. We will be walking for approx. Six hours.

Day Thirteen:

Raru to Mone to Padum

Departing from Raru, we will walk towards Mone. After walking for about an hour, we will reach a small village named Mone. At Mone, we will visit a Gompa. Then, walking for a couple of hours, we reach Bardan Gompa, standing at the mountain plateau. Eventually, we will reach Padum. Padum is the capital of Zanskar, where two rivers Tsarap and Doda meet to form the Zanskar river. Spend the night in the camp. We will be walking for approx. Seven hours.

Day Fourteen:

Padum

Today, we will take a rest and explore the region. Overnight and dinner in tents.

Day Fifteen:

Padum to Karsha to Rinam

From Padum, we will walk towards Pipting. Following the dusty plains towards the Doda River, we arrive at a bridge. Then, we pass the bridge to reach the Karsha Monastery. Karsha Monastery was constructed around the 16th century. After that, we trek down the plain path to reach Rinam. Overnight stay in tents. We will be walking for approx. Seven hours.

Day Sixteen:

Rinam to Pissu

Today, the trail to Pissu is relatively more comfortable. We will trek through the banks of the Zanskar River. The trek through the banks of Zanskar River us often dusty and hot. There is a small shelter formed by the boulders. Following the trail, we reach Pissu, which is our final destination for the day. We will be walking for approx. Six hours.

Day Seventeen:

Pissu to Hanumil

Moving through the trail on the left bank of Zanskar River, we reach Hanumil within approximately six hours of trekking. The route beside the river is quite easy. We will be walking for approx. Six hours.

Day Eighteen:

Hanumil to Purfila to Snertse

The track from Hanumil leads to the Zanskar River. We will climb up the Parfi La and then move steadily through a slope to reach the Oma Chu River. We will cross the Oma Chu River via bridge then ascend further 500-meter through a sandy hill to reach the sheepfolds of Snertse. We will be walking for approximately seven hours.

Day Nineteen:

Snertse to Hanumi La to Lingshed

The path from Snertse to Hanumi is a long ascend. After we reach the top of Hanumi La, we climb down about a kilometer. Then, climb for 400 meters up along the mountainside. After this, we will pass over a small pass to drop down to Lingshed, where we will spend the night in tents. We will be walking for approx. Eight hours.

Day Twenty:

Lingshed to Foot of Shinge La

Ascending steadily one hour from Lingshed, we reach Murgum La at an elevation of 4200 meters. Then, we pass a cliff and move along the hill. Then, we will descend steeply towards the villages of Skiumpata and Gingma. From here, we will walk steadily to Kiupa La and then ascend slowly along the mountainside to reach the Foot of Shinge La.

Day twenty-one:

Foot of Shinge La to Photoskar

From the foot of hinge La, we climb gently for a couple of hours to reach Shinge La (5050 meters). Then, we will descend to a wide valley. After that, there is a steep ascend towards Bhumiktse La and move downhill towards Photoskar. Photoskar is a pleasant village lying at an altitude of 3750 meters. We will be walking for approx. Seven hours.

Day Twenty-two:

Photoskar to Sisir La to Hanupatta

Leaving Photoskar, we climb through a steep path to a vast Chorten. Then, we will climb a long slope to reach Sisir La. After that, we drop down an easy way to the river and then finally to Hanupatta Village, where we will have dinner and spend the night in tents.

Day Twenty-three:

Hanupatta to Shilla

Departing from Hanupatta, we descend the hill until we reach the gorge and then bridge at the intersection of two rivers. We will be walking through a few easy and few tight trails of fallen boulders to reach Phenji La. From Phenji La, the trail is accessible through vehicles up to Wanla. We will be walking for approx. Six hours.

Day Twenty-four:

Shilla to Lamayuru to Leh

Today is the last day of our trekking trip. We will leave from the Shilla village and travel to Prinkti La to reach Lamayuru. At Lamayuru, we will sightsee around the monastery and then drive to Leh. Leh is the final destination for the day. We will spend the night at a guesthouse in Leh.

Day Twenty-five:

Leh to Delhi

After having some delicious breakfast, we will transfer you to Delhi airport at the scheduled time of your flight.

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