Among the Indian Himalayan Trek the Traverse Zanskar valley Expedition is considered one of the most exclusive treks in north India. One of our oldest and most popular treks in the western Himalayas, this is an epic four-week journey that crosses from the lush, green foothills of the Kullu valley to the high-altitude desert of Ladakh. The relatively tough and challenging route requires stamina, but provides unforgettable experiences and a wonderful array of cultural and natural splendour.
During the trek witness the isolated villages and its oasis, ancients monasteries perched on the top of the villages, appreciate the spectacular extensive lunar landscape & high passes. Traversing the deep gorges with its rivulets that drain the farm land mingle with the people living in the valley. Zanskari are welcoming people,they grows one crop a year and lives with their domestic animal known as Yak & Pashmina goats.
Depart for Manali.
Drive along the Beas River upstream through several villages to the Rohtang pass (4050 m). Downhill drive to Gramphu and passport check point at Koksar. Reach Keylong, the tribal dist. Headquarter. Arrive at Jispa and Darcha; continue drive through the last villages of the valley (Rarick and Chhika). Finally the camp is visible on the right bank of Zanskar Chhu, overnight stay in Camp
Gradual walk through the boulders and meadows; shepherds from the Kangra valley can be seen with their flocks. Easy stream crossing camping site are available on both side of the river, overnight stay in Camp at Zanskar Sumdo
Day begin with Short climbing upward the Shingola along with tributary of Zanskar chhu, after while gradual walk in the narrow valley through meadows of wild flowers, campsite on the foot of Shingola where night gleams by the snowy mountains, overnight stay in Camp at Chummik Marpo
Day 05 Path leads over moraines, ice chilled stream may have to crossed, over snow and glacier, suddenly prayer flags can be seen flattering over the pass. Descend to the Zanskar valley, before arriving at campsite one have to walk through KargyakChhu, beautiful campsite on the bank of LhakhangChhu, overnight in Camps
Easy trek beside the right bank of KargyakChhu and foot of the Gumboranjom tower; a chilled stream has to be crossed. An opportunity to see closely the herds of yaks and Marmots whistling around the meadow and plays hide and seek. Long series of Mane wall and Chhorten are a symbol to reach Kargyak village, it houses a small Gompa on the top of village, overnight stay in Camp.
Trail goes through Tanze, Kuru, Testa and Yal, villages Farmers can be seen cultivating their fields with melodious song of Zanskar. Reached Purni, situated on the confluence of the Tsarap and KargyakChhu, overnight stay in Camp
Today trek to Phuktal to visit Phuktal Monastery which is around 2 hrs. Walk one way, later trek back to the camp site.
PhuktalGompa: Built around a natural cave believed to have been visited by important sages, scholars and translators beginning around 2,550 years ago, the present PhuktalGonpa of the Gelug lineage was established in the early 14th century by JangsemSherapZangpo, a disciple of GelugfounderTsongkhapa
Day 8 head Back till bridge, and follow the confluence and continue by the left bank of Tserap river to Cha, Surley till Pipula situated on the bank of river Tserap.
Overnight Camp at Pipula
Rise up Early and start your sunny trail beside the river to Photogenic Ichhar village which is located opposite of the trail, visit the village and Gompa at the top of the village.Head towards the camp site at a short distance which is located beside the lake where people stock the water for irrigation. Overnight at Camps at Ichar
Leave early in the morning, visit MuneGompa and Bardan & Kagyupa monasteryis famous for its prayer wheels. Reach Padum which is the administrative headquarter of Zanskar sub-division of Kargil district, Overnight stay at camp in Padum
From Padum head toward Karsha Monastery, a beautiful Gelugpa monastery dating from the XVth century, in common with the Likkirgompa in Leh and KamolingGompa, Overnight camp site at Rinam out of the village
Day 12 is a Flat trail beside the Zanskar River.
Visit Zangla village ancient capital of Zanskar, ruins of the castle and Nunery can be visited;Thankas and Statues has been shifted in a family house in the village. After visiting this village back to the beautiful camp site of Pishu
Day 13 is Moranic track leading up and down, Crossing a bridge over stream, colourful Chorten appear before arriving in the village, explore the Pidmo village. 2 hours walk till the campsite in Hanumil.
The Trail on Day 14 goes through cliffy track, graduel climb to the Parfila, Steep zigzag descend to the riverside and refresh yourself beside the river under Willow shrub. Again dusty and sunny trail will lead to the campsite; occasionally one can see the Ibex (Mountain goat) grazing on the slope in front of the camp.
Gradual ascend through gorges, later valley get widen. Reach at the top which provides extensive view of the rugged Himalayan Mountains layered one after one. Long descend to Lingshed,Establish the camp and visit monastery of (Gelugpa sect).
Have breakfast and proceed for a One hour easy climb to the Murgumla, enjoy the view around, easy descend along the slope to the beautiful Nieraq valley, after passing Gongma and Skiumpata villages steep ascent to the Kuba-la (3800 mtrs) and easy walk to the campsite at Murgum la
Day 17 Start a Two hours walk to reach at the top of Singee la (5000 m ). Short descend to the broad valley, herds of Yak can be seen, Several times cross rivers, later reach at Phutoksar a Splended village at the base of a huge mountain wall, campsite out of the village at Phutoksar
Day 18 is a Easy walk in the beginning and then a steep climb take you Sirsila (4900 m).Descend to the river bank, farmers can be seen cultivating their fields(Mainly Peas and Barley etc.) Camp site located before the village on the bank of stream in Hanupata.
Cross the village, steep gorgeous path cut in to the rocks, getting out from the gorge and arrive at Franjila village. Pleasant walk through the villages till Wanla. Monastery can be visited at the top of the hill, overnight stay in Camp at Wanla
Go up to the Shilacong and cross the bridge, follow the broad Chorten then narrow and dry gorge up to the Pritink la, Again descend and cross the small stream, climb to the village of Lamayuru. After visiting the monastery, drive to Leh through Indus valley via Alchi, overnight stay at hotel in Leh
Today visit Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Monasteries.
Shey palace: built in the sixteenth century AD. The monastery enshrines the Du Khang with an almost 10 meter high gilder copper statue of Lord Buddha.
Thiksey Monastery: is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh.
Hemis Monastery: is revered as the largest monastic institution in Ladakh. The monastery has more than 200 branches with more than 1,000 monks in the Himalayan region. It is the wealthiest monastery in India and famous for its rich collection of ancient remnants like the statue of Buddha made of copper, stupas made of gold and silver. Monastery also has sacred Thangkas, murals and various artifacts. Rest of the time will be at leisure to do your personal activities or walk around Leh market on your own, overnight stay at hotel in Leh.
Early Morning Proceed to Manali