Best season : June to September Total duration: 13 days Trek : 10 days Nature of trek : Hard Highest point : Singay la (5050 m)
Drive to Lamayuru (04/05 hrs and trek to Phenjilla (05/06 hrs). We leave Leh in the morning for Lamayuru. Along the way, we come across some of the oldest and most famous monasteries in Ladakh, founded around 11th century by Lotsawa Rinchen Sangpo Lamayuru, Likir and Alchi offer truly memorable visits on account of their age and history. After reaching Lamayuru (3420m) we will spend the day exploring the ancient monastery and to prepare for the next day. O/N in Camp.
Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Hanupata (3770 M) by covering appox 12 kms . A gentle climb upto a large chorten and then a long ascent to the pass. Overnight stay in tents
Morning after breakfast trek to reach Photoksar (4200m) via Sirsir-la (4850m). Today the trail is a slow and steady ascend and to the last point to Sirsir-la, it is quite Steep. From the top you can view the range of Singela and Photoksar village. From the top you will follow a steep descend till the other base and then an easy walk down till the camp. Over night in the tent
After crossing the small pass of Bumiktse La (4200) this morning, we enter the broad and lush Photang valley. A gentle trail leads us through this beautiful landscape, where villager graze their yak/dzo and horses. One of the most fascinating things about the Zanskar trek is the ever-changing landscape. Every time you turn a corner, or cross a pass, a new world appears in front of you. Passing through the deepest of gorges and meandering through the greenest of fields, the majestic Zanskar River assume a fascinating form and life of its own. With color and shadows changing with the sun, one never gets bored! Slowly we ascent towards Sengge La, or the “Lion Pass ”. The last few meters are steep, but will give u an incredibly rewarding view on the top. From the pass it is an easy walk down to our camp site. O/N in Camp.
We follow the trail high above the Zanskar River; the mountains take a greener and gentler formation, before we descend from Kiupa La (4400 m) down the steep zigzag trail to the village of Gongma (3840m)and Skiumpata. From here we climb up a gentle trail to the Margum La (4400m), from where we can see Lingshed an hour or so away. The campsite in Lingshed is just by the monastery belonging to the Gelugpa order and housing around 60 monk .The village itself is spread out over a big area, enclosed in green fields of barley. O/N in Camp.
From the Oma Chu river is a steep ascent to the Parfi La (3900m) and a sharp descent to the foot of the pass. Walk up to the plateau taking the path that leads towards the edge of the Zanskar to Hanumil. Overnight at camp.
From Lingshed it is an easy ascent to the Hanuma La Pass (4700m), then a long gradual descent to the sheepfolds of Snertse. Overnight at camp.
In the early morning we head for our last pass before Padum, Parfi La (3950m). A short walk after Snertse there is a wonderful point from where we can see the juniper covered trail zigzagging up to the pass, as well as down the valley to the Oma Chu River. This area is also home to the Himalayan brown bear, as well as blue sheep. From the top of the pass we walk down to the banks of the Zanskar River and to the village of Hanumil (3380m), which will be our camp for tonight.
This is a relatively level stage along the Zanskar River. On the way we will pass Pidmo (3420m), a small village with a few families. It is another 2-3 hours journey to Pishu, (3470m) which is a scenic village located on the west side of the Zanskar River. Hanumil, Pishu and Pidmo together with Chazar and Honia on the other side of the river, constituted the former kingdom of Zangla. The entrance to Pidmo is marked by a long mani wall and chortens, from where we find our way to a grassy campsite. O/N in Camp.
We have another quite easy day ahead of us along a dry, dusty jeep road. From Pishu the trail ascends gradually to Rinam (3550 m), following the banks of the Zanskar River. Arriving at Karsha (3600m) the afternoon can be spent visiting the monastery. Karsha monastery: Karsha monastery is one of largest monasteries of the Gelukpa sect, founded around the 10th century A.D. and with 140 resident monks. It is situated on a hillside with an impressive view of the entire valley. O/N in Camp.
From Karsa, we will follow a dusty road to Pipiting village. Padum (3531m) is the capital of Zanskar and a major trade center in the valley. O/N in Camp.
Drive to Kargil (230 kms). Early morning drive to Kargil 10 hrs over the PENSILA PASS. En route visit the image of Maitriya Buddha near the Sanku village. Arrive late in the evening to the comforts of a hot shower & a hotel bed. Overnight will be at hotel.
Drive to Leh enroute visit Alchi (235 kms). Post breakfast we drive to Alchi enroute visiting Lamayuru, Belongs to Dripung Kagyu (Red Hat) like Phyang. The oldest structure in Lamayuru is the Singey Lhakhang built by the founder of Alchi Lotsava Rinchen bzangpo in 11th century. After visiting Lamayuru we proceed further to Alchi enrote visiting Ridzong Gompa, known as the paradise for Meditation. O/N in hotel.
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