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Zanskar (Ladakh) India Trek Tour (21 days)

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Trip Code: NETE-IN-ZLTR1

  • Trip Type Camping Trek
  • Duration 21 days
  • Grade Strenuous
  • Max.Altitude 4990m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land & Flight
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Zanskar (Ladakh) Trek

Zanskar (Ladakh) Trek

The Zanskar (Ladkah) India Trek Tour is an epic journey through some of the most remote and spectacular areas of Ladakh and Zanskar. It is a treat for both newcomers to the Sikkim Himalaya and veteran trekkers alike.
 
The trek combines the best of the Himalayas - the classic villages and fascinating culture of central Zanskar with the vivid history and colorful, living gompas (monasteries) of Ladakh.

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 Trip code: NETE-IN-ZLTR1
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 21 days
 Trip Type: Camping Trek
 Trip Grade: Strenuous
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 4990m.
 Trip Start: Delhi
 Trip Ends: Delhi
 Best Season: SEP-OCT-NOV
MAR-APR-MAY
JUN-JUL-AUG
 Transportaion: Land & Flight
 Meals: 3 times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Accommodation in Delhi
Lodge or Camping during Trek

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Arrive Delhi. Meet our representative and transfer to the Hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.

Drive to Airport for Delhi/Leh flight.
 
On arrival Leh you will be met on arrival. Leh is at an altitude of 3480m. We recommend that the rest of the day is spent resting to help adjust to the altitude. Stay overnight at hotel in Leh.

At leisure in Leh.
 
Again you will take it easy today and your guide can show you around town. Leh is very Tibetan in many respects; the national dress, 'stove-pipe' hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence. The Royal Palace which dominates the town is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming frenetic rush of Delhi. Don't try to do too much on this first day! Visit the palace, poke around the bazaars, and if you're feeling really keen and strong, walk out to one of the villages just to the north. Stay overnight at hotel in Leh.

Full-day sightseeing with guide and car to the 3 famous monastries of Upper Indus valley, Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. Stay overnight at hotel in Leh.

Drive to Lamayuru via Alchi monastry, 5 hours.
 
The Lamayuru monastry is the oldest in Ladakh. Alchi monastry has a magnificent mural built by Lama Rinchen Zangpo. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Lamayuru to Wanla, 4 hours over Pritik-la 3950 meters. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Wanla to Hanupatta, 6 to 7 hours.
 
After crossing the bridge of  Wanla river, you follow on its right side the rough vehicle road until you reach Hinju, Ursi and then Phanjila. Then, cross the river over a small bridge. After that, turn west up the Spang Nala and continue on the gently rising trail to the large village of Hanupata with its gompa. Stay overnight in river camp.

Trek from Hanupatta to Photoksar over Sirsir-la (4990m), 7 to 8 hours.
 
The trail follows the Spang Nala and then up its narrow valley. As you reach the top of Sirsir-la (4 800 metres) you will have a nice view to the Singge-la and Zanskar mountains. The descent is steep at first, then more gently to Photang river. Follow it downstream until Photoksar village after having crossed the river. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Photoksar to Yulchung – Nerag (4480m), 7 to 8 hours.
 
Today you will climb two passes, the bumiktse-la ( 4 200 metres) and after that the highest pass of this trek, the Singge-la ( 5 040 metres), both easy climbs. On top of the latter you have a fantastic view to the Zanskar mountains! There is a steep descent to the next camp above the village of Yulchung-Nerag. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Yulchung - Nerag to Lingshed 4 to 5 hours.
 
First cross the small Kiupa-la (3 900 m) and descend steeply to the villages of Skiumpata and Gongma. From here you have to cross another pass, the Murgum-la (4 100 metres) before you easily reach Lingshed, the largest village in the trans Singge-la region. Visit the monastery that belongs to the Gelukpa school of Buddhism. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Lingshed to Snytse 6 to 7 hours.
 
On top of Hanuma-la (4 700 metres) you can see Lingshed and its monastery very clearly. Trek easily down and follow a narrow valley to reach Snertse, continuing the steep and difficult trail to Zingchan near the Oma-chu river and cross the bridge. Here you enter in the Zanskar region. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Snytse to Hanumil  6 to 7 hours.
 
Start with a steep climb to Parfi-la (3 900 metres). On its edge you will find chortens and prayer flags. A steep descent will bring you toward the raging Zanskar river. From here the trail is easy walking to the attractive village of Hanumil. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Hanumil  to Pishu  5 to 6 hours.
 
Today you do not have to cross any passes! Follow the Zanskar river on the right side and arrive, after only two hours, in Pidmo village. Here you cross the bridge and walk toward Pishu. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Pishu to Karsha  5 to 6 hours.
 
You first make a little detour before discovering the longest hanging bridge, which spans the 55 metres over the Zanskar river and leads you to Zangla. Pass Rinam village and continue on very dusty river banks. Here it is often very hot! Yet, the first sight of the largest monastery of Zanskar valley soon will come into view. The camping site is situated just below the willow garden of Karsha monastery which you will visit in the afternoon. Stay overnight in camp.

Trek from Karsha to Spadum 3 to 4 hours.
 
After the crossing of the Stod (or doda) river, you head toward Pibiting and finally reach Spadum. In the afternoon, you will visit of the small market. Stay overnight in camp.

Free day in Spadum to explore and a security day in case you are delayed due to some reason. Stay overnight in camp.

Drive from Spadum to Kargil, 295 kms/12 hours. Stay overnight in hotel.

Drive from Kargil to Leh 230 kms/ 8 hours, en-route visit Mulbek village with a large statue of Buddha. Stay overnight in hotel.
 

Relax in Leh.
 
You will have a chance to relax in the relative luxury of Leh, and do any last sightseeing and exploring. There will no doubt be a chance to have a final celebration with your guide and crew before the flight tomorrow. Stay overnight in hotel.

Fly to Leh to Delhi. Our representative will take you to Leh airport for your flight back to Delhi. Stay overnight in hotel.

Drive from hotel to Delhi Airport . Fly back to Home


SERVICE INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

The price includes the following services:
  • English Speaking guide
  • Porters and other staff
  • Private ground transportation throughout the tour
  • Travel Permit
  • Accommodation in hotels during the tour in 3 star hotel in twin sharing basis, breakfasts.
  • Sighseeing tour
  • Monastries entry fees.
 
 
The price does not include:
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepal re-entry visa
  • Flights wherever applicable
  • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter
  • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.

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