Overview

There are many trekking tracks in the Ladakh region and Zanskar that cover various mountain passes, remote villages, ancient monasteries, deep gorges, and spots of lush green meadows. The Trans-Zanskar Expedition is one of the longest and challenging tracks in the Trans- Himalayan that takes roughly one month to cover a whole stretch from Darcha at 3400 meters to Leh at 3500 meters. We will be passing through more than ten mountain passes and a contrasting countryside scattered with traditional shades. Trekking in the Ladakh-Zanskar region allows you to familiarize with rough landscape perched high above the Himalayan vistas viewing the spots and colors of ancient civilization and partake traveling days accompanied by the Indo-Tibetan lifestyle.

The Trans Zanskar Expedition is an excellent combination of ancient magnificence and colorful art, creating a huge gallery and highlighting ancient monasteries like the Karsha, Lingshed, Sani, Bardan, and Phuktal. Besides, the trail climbs up to the stunning high mountain passes such as Shingo La, Parfi La, Shengi La, Hanumil La, Bumiktse La, SirSir La, and Prinkti La. This trekking package of 26 to 27days enables you to acquaint the ancient and robust lifestyle isolated in distant villages, including Table, Tanze, Kuru, Jal, Raru, Mone, Padam, Photoskar, Hanupatta, and Shilla.

Moreover, the Trans Zanskar Expedition offers the spectacular panorama of the distant shining peaks covered in snow. Besides, the erratic climate conditions, roughness, and length of the trek makes it one of the toughest treks of Ladakh. The trek begins from Darcha, then follows Palamo, Zanskar Sumdo (4000 meters), Lukung at 4400 meters, Kurgiakh, Shi, Gyalbokh, Raru at 3700 meters, Purne at 3650 meters, Chimnakpo at 4800 meters, Mone, Padam, Pissu, Hanumil, Rinam, Lengshed, Photoskar, Hanupatta at 3450 meters, Shilla and Lamayuru. Then, traverse past the oldest monastery in Phugtal, the Phugtal Monastery, of the Gelugpas (Yellow Hats).

Trip highlights

What's included?

  • Three-course meals
  • Accommodation
  • Equipment if necessary
  • Porters and Mules
  • Transportation
  • Qualified Field Staff
  • Professional Trekking Guide

What's excluded?

  • Medical insurance
  • Any added expense that may arise due to unforeseen events like transportation delays, roadblocks, landslides, etc
  • Any food or drinks other than included in the itinerary
  • Expense not mentioned in the 'Included' section

Itinerary Show all

Day One:

Delhi Arrival

On your arrival at Delhi International Airport, our airport representative will welcome and escort you to the hotel. On your way to the hotel, he/she will give you a brief explanation of your trip. Today, you will spend the night at a hotel in Delhi.

Day Two:

Delhi to Manali (2050m)

After breakfast, we head out for a sightseeing tour of Delhi. We will visit the Red Fort. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built this Fort in 1648 AD. Then, we will visit the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India, Rajghat, the black marble platform built in the cremation spot of the “Father of India,” Mahatma Gandhi, and Shantivan, the cremation site of Jawaharlal Lal Nehru. Likewise, we will pay a visit to Humayun Tomb, India Gate- a gate built as the memorial for martyrs of World War I and the Afghan War. Also, we will visit Laxmi Narayan Temple, then pass through the President House, the Parliament House, and various government buildings. Around evening, we will drive to Manali via AC Volvo Coach.

Day Three:

Manali

We will arrive at Manali in the morning. The Volvo will directly transfer you to the hotel. After checking in, you can rest at the hotel. The rest of the time in Manali is free for leisure activities. So, you can take a tour of major attractions of Manali such as ashisht Hot Springs, Hadimba Devi temple, etc. 

Day Four:

Manali to Darcha (3400m)

After breakfast, we will drive beside the Beas River upstream towards the left bank past several villages to the Rohtang pass (4050 m). Below the hill, we will travel to the Gramphu and passport checkpoint at Koksar. Eventually, we will reach a campsite at Darcha. We will spend the night in the camp near the river at Darcha.

Day Five:

Darcha to Palermo (3600m)

Today, our trip on foot begins. We will take our earliest trek trip to Palermo. After walking for half an hour, we will reach a check post. Here, we will visit the tiny hamlet and then continue the trek high over the Zanskar Chhu River passing through the last village of the valley, Rarick, and Chika. After a few hours of walk, we will notice a campsite on the right side of the Zanskar Chhu river.

Day Six:

Palamo to Zanskar to Sumdo (4000m)

Walking gradually through the boulders and meadows, we will reach the Kangra Valley, where we can witness shepherds with their flocks. Along the route, we will cross streams a couple of times. On reaching Zanskar Sumdo (4000 M), a beautiful campsite, we will set our camp there and spend the night in the tent.

Day Seven:

Zanskar Sumdo to Chuminakpo (4500m)

Today, we will hike high up on the mountain valley. Firstly, we will cross a river via a suspension bridge. Then make an ascend through a steep trail for about an hour and then follow the trek on a slender valley until we arrive at Ramjak, a small meadow. After that, we will trek to Chuminakpo, where we will spend the night in the tent.

Day Eight :

Chuminakpo to Lhakhang(4300m) over Shingo La (5090m)

Following the path over moraines and ice-chilled streams, we will move towards Lhakhang. We might cross over snow and glacier while watching the fluttering prayer flags over the pass. Then, we will descend to the Zanskar Valley. We have to walk through Kargyak Chhu before arriving at the campsite. We will spend the night on the beautiful campsite on the bank of Lhakhang Chhu.

Day Nine:

Lukung to Kargyak (4060m)

In the morning, we will walk on an easy trail beside the right bank of Kargyak Chhu. Then, on the base of the Gumboranjom tower, we should cross a chilled stream. Today’s trek allows you to witness a herd of yaks and Marmots whistling around the meadow and playing hide and seek. We will come over a long series of Mani walls and chorten right before reaching Kargyak Village. Kargyak village has a small gompa on the top of the town.

Day Ten:

Kargyak to Purni (3800m)

Today, we will walk through the path that goes through Tanze, Kuru, Testa, and Yal. En-route, we can see farmers cultivating their fields, singing the melodious song of Zanskar. Finally, we will reach Purni that lies in the confluence of the Tsarap and Kargyak Chhu.

Day Eleven:

Purni to Phugtal to Gyalbokh

Today, we will visit one of the oldest monasteries in Zanskar, Phugtal Gompa. This monastery is famous for its stunning location. After that, we will move through a narrow valley and the splendid gorge. Then, we will pass through the bridge and reach a small plateau dotted with Chorten and praying flags. From here, we can witness one of the most remarkable sights of the Phugtal Monastery built in a cave. The monastery belongs to the folklore of the Gelugpas (Yellow Hats). Afterward, we will return to Purni and trek further up on the left bank of Tsarap River. After crossing the river, we will reach Gyalbok village, where we will spend the night.

Day Twelve:

Gyalbokh to Raru (3700m)

Today’s path is difficult even for horses and mules. So, we will climb slowly before reaching a small plateau. Then, we drop down gradually towards Raru village, our destination for the day.

Day Thirteen:

Raru to Mone to Padum

We will trek through an easy trail today. After hiking for an hour, we will arrive at a small village called Mone. Here, we will visit the Gompa. Then, we will visit the Bardan Gompa, located on the mountain plateau. Finally, we will reach the capital of Zanskar, Padum. Herem two rivers, Doda and Tsarap, join to form Zanskar River. 

Day Fourteen:

Padum

This day is free for leisure and acclimatization.

Day Fifteen:

Padum to Karsha to Rinam

Departing from Padum, we will head towards Pipiting. From here, we follow a dusty plain towards the Doda River and come to a bridge. Crossing the bridge, we reach Karsha Monastery that dates back to the 16th century. Karsha Monastery is the largest and the wealthiest monastery of Zanskar. Further, we will trek down on the flat track to reach Rinam, where we will spend the night.

Day Sixteen:

Rinam to Pishu (3400m) via Zangla

We will be walking through a plain path alongside the Zanskar River. Today, we will visit the former capital of Zanskar, the Zangla Village. Moreover, we will visit the remains of the castle and Nunnery, a small Gompa in the village. After touring this village, we move to the beautiful campsite of Pishu for an overnight stay in the tent.

Day Seventeen:

Pishu to Hanumil (3550m)

Our track today leads to many ups and downs. We will cross a bridge over the stream. Right before arriving at Pidmo village, we will visit a beautiful chorten. After that, we will walk for a couple of hours until we reach the Oma-Chu River. 

Day Eighteen:

Hanumil to Snertse (4200m) over Parfila (3900m)

We will walk away from the Zanskar River. We will ascend to the Parfila then drop down a steep path to reach the Oma-Chu River. Along the way, we will cross over the bridge, and climb up a 500 meters’ sandy hill to arrive at the sheepfolds of Snertse.

Day Nineteen:

Snertse to Hanumil La to Lingshed (3800m)

Following through the gradual trail upwards, we will reach Hanumil- La. After reaching the peak of Hanumil-La, we will descend on a steep path for about 1000 meters. Then, we will climb about 400 meters up along the mountainside. After the climb, we will cross a small pass and then descend an easy trail to Lingshed.

Day Twenty:

Lingshed to the base of Shinge- La

We will ascend gradually for one hour to reach Margum La (4200m), then pass a mountain to go along the slope. After, we descend gently towards the village of Gongma and Skiumpata. Further, we will make a steep ascend to Kiupa-la (3850 m). Then, we will climb along the mountainside to the base of shinge La.

Day twenty-one:

Base of Shinge La to Photoskar

We will climb for about a couple of hours to the peak of Shinge La(5060m). Then, we descend to a wide valley. From here, we will take an easy climb towards Bumiktse La (4200m) and descend towards Photoskar, a gorgeous village.

Day Twenty-two:

Photoskar to Sisir La to Hanupatta

Today, we will begin the trek from Photoskar. From Photoskar, we will ascend a gentle trail to a big Chorten. Then, we will climb up to Sisir La at an elevation of 4990 meters. After that, we will take an easy descent to the river and village Hanupatta (3450 m). 

Day Twenty-three:

Hanupatta to Shilla

We will trek down the hill until we enter the gorge and the bridge at the intersection of two rivers. After that, we will walk through a few easy and some challenging trails of fallen rocks until we reach Phenji La. After that, we will trek on the road with motor access towards Wanla. 

Day Twenty-four:

Shilla to Lamayuru to Leh

Today is the last day of the trekking of our trip. We will pass the Shilla village to cross Prinkti La at the height of 3726 meters, to reach Lamayuru. Further, we will visit the monastery and then drive to Leh (3500 m). 

Day Twenty-five:

Leh to Shey to Thiksey and Hemis

Today, we will go on a sightseeing trip of some ancient monasteries in this area. From Leh, it takes about 15 kilometers to reach Shey Gompa. Here, the kings of Ladakh used the place as the summer palace. Deldan Namgyal built the Shey Palace at the beginning of the 17th century. Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa is the chief attraction in Shey. We will also visit the Thiksey Gompa, near to Shey. This is one of the most beautiful monasteries in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa clan. Then, we will visit Hemis, one of the most famous and largest monasteries in Ladakh that belongs to the Drukpa clan, built in the early 17th century.

Day Twenty-six:

Leh to Delhi

We will transfer you to the Leh airport to catch the early morning flight to Delhi. The rest of the day is for your leisure.

Day Twenty-seven:

Delhi Departure

Transfer to the international airport from where you can board the flight for your destination.

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