Darcha to Lamayuru22 Nights , 23 Days ( LDK/Trk-DL )
At first we will start our journey with a drive through the green hills of Manali, tucked away in Himachal Pradesh, and continue over the Rohtang Pass to Lahaul, where we begin our trek froma place called Darcha. The glaciated Shin Kun La (pass, now a black glacier) is the gateway to Zanskar, 'the land of white copper'....Best Time: June to Sept.
Day 1: Manali to Darcha drive 7 to 8 hrs.
Drive early in the morning from Manali passing through Rohtang pass, kalong etc and reach Darcha. O/N at Darcha (camp).
Day 2: Darcha to Palamo easy walk 4 hrs.
We will start our journey with an easy walk into the valley. Trail passing by the village of Chika and Rarik , the last village of Lahaul and Spiti . O/N at camp,
Day 3 : Palamo to Zanskar Sumdho 4 hrs.
Leave early in the morning We cross the river by a hanging pulley and today you will start to climbing toward Shingola (5,097 m). O/N at Temze pholong
Day 4 : Zanskar Sumdho to Chumik Nakpo 4,640 mt 6 hrs.
Leave in the morning after breakfast toward chumik nakpo the base camp of shinggo la, the trail follow the left side of the stream which is coming from the top of shinggo la over night at camp 4640 m.
Day 5 :Chumik Nakpo to Lhakang 4,432 mt 6 to 7 hrs.
Today we will be crossing the shingo la pass(5,097 m), the first and last passes between Darcha to Padum. The Prayer flags flapping in the wind mark the Shingo La pass, surrounded with fascinating views of the glaciers. An easy traverse of a glacier takes us to the valley and to the Lakhang yak pastures. O/N at Camp.
Day 6 : Lhakang to Sking 6hrs.
A gradual descent along the river stream, lined with mani walls passing by the first village of Zanskar namely Kargyak. On the way, we will come across a few Doksas, where yaks are kept in summer time. O/N at Camp
Day 7 : Sking to Purney 6hrs.
Today, the trail is now boarded by meadows of flowers and barley fields. Stupas are spread in all the way, which show the faith= and respect of the people of Zanskar towards their religion. O/N at Camp
Day 8 : Purney to Phuktal Monastery and back to Purnay 5 hrs.
Today, we will visit the Phugtal monastery which is one of the wonder of Zanskar and is built in the cave. We will carry our pack lunch and will return the same day back to Purney. O/N at Camp
Day 9 : Purney to Pepula 5 to 6 hrs.
Itís about 5-hourís walk along the Zanskar River. The trek through the gorge has the river accompanying you all the way passing by the village of kelbok . Reach Pepula for camping. O/N at Camp.
Day 10 : Pepula to Raru 5 to 6 hrs.
It is a wonderful walk through the village of Ichar. Further along, after crossing the river, you get to Raru.6 hrs wal, once you arrive at raru the taxi will pick you to Padum enroots visit Mune and Bardan Gompas. Mune monastery is a fine example of the traditional Tibetan architecture whereas the Bardan monastery is built on the huge rock along the river. O/N at Hotel or Guest house.
Day 11 : Rest and explore the capital city of Zanskar.
Day 12 : Padum to Karsha Monastery drive then to pishu walk 5 to 6 hrs .
Take the taxi till karsha to visit the monastery and to start the trek further. Karsha is the largest and the most important monastery in the Zanskar region. It lays North of Padum, towards Yalang and can be reached after crossing the Doda River (Stood River). The monastery, which is picturesquely built on a rock high above the Doda River, can be seen from a distance. The monastery houses more than 150 yellow hat monks, who are headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. The monastery was built in the 15th Century and contains beautiful statues of Buddha, Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Avalokiteshwara. It also contains a big library. On the way to the monastery, one passes the Chamber Ling temple, which dates back to the 11th Century. After visiting the monastery, trek till Pishu to camp. O/N at Camp
Day 13 : Purney to Pepula 5 to 6 hrs.
An easy-going walk along the right bank of the river takes us to Rinam village. We continue to the tiny hamlet of Hanumil. O/N at camp
Day 14 : Hanumil to Snertse via Purfi la 3,950 mtr 6hrs.
The path now leads away from the Zanskar River, up to the plateau, then to the foot of the Purfi La pass 3950 m. The climb to the pass is steep and difficult. After the pass, the descent is rather sudden and equally steep, until you reach the Oma Chu River. Walking further and after crossing a bridge, you will reach the campsite Snertse. O/N at Camp
Day 15 : Snertse to Lingshed via Hanuma La 4,950 mtr.
The ascent to the Hanuma La pass (4950 mtrs) goes through gorges and then passes a sheep fold. Distance of a kilometre of steep descent after the pass and a climb for half a kilometre will bring you to the campsite. O/n at Camp
Day 16 : Lingshed to Foot of Sengge La 4,700mtr via Murgum La 4,370 mtr 6 hrs..
This is the first of two days you will have pass two passes in one day. The day starts with an easy climb of 4 hours up to the first pass. When you reach the first pass of the day Murgum-La 4.370 m (14.330 ft) you will have a wonderful view of the valley of Nyerak, on the other bank of the Zanskar. The gentle descent toward the villages Gongma 4.000 m and Skiumpata 4.060 m. Start the very steep climb gradually along the mountain side up to the summit of the Kiupa-la 4.430 m (14.530 ft). Continue to the foot of the next pass Sengi-La 4.430 m (14.534 ft). O/N at camp.
Day 17 : The foot of Singge La to Phoktoksar via Singge la .
The foot of Sengi-La (4.700 m) to Photokasar (4.130 m) via Sengi-La (4.900 m) and via Bumiktse-La (4.200 m), 7 hours. The steep here is claimed to be the highest , takes you 2 hours. The views from the summit of Sengi-La 4.900 m (16.070 ft) is spectacular. Then a short slope leads into a broad valley. It is an easy going then gentle climb towards the second pass Bumiktse-La 4.200 m (14.430 ft). The descent leads you to the pretty village Photoksar 4.130 m (13.550 ft). It is a splendid village at the base of the hung mountain walls. There is abandoned monastery 20 minutes above the village. O/N at Camp (Optional:Car can pickup you in Photoksar if you want to dis continue the trek).
Day 18 : Photoksar to Hanupatta.
From the village it is a gentle climb up to a large chorten. The ascent to the pass is long. The last third of the pass is steep. From the Sirsir-La 4.800 m (15.740 ft) you can look back to the Sengi-La. It is an easy descent to the river. Cross the foot bridge and follow the long descent in to a stony valley. There is a good campsite a short distance before the village of Hanupatta 3.830 m (12.560 ft). O/N at Camp
Day 19 : Hanupatta to wanla.
From the attractive village of Hanupatta continue across the slope until entering the gorges. The gorge is spectacular and makes interesting walking. There are several caves. At the junction of the river there are a chorten and religious banners. A natural bridge cross the river Yapola. Pass some easy and some difficult stretches until you reach the road head. You can stop here and have a lift by jeep to Wanla and Leh. Or walk on the road to the village of Phanjila after 3 hours. From this village you can turn on the lamayuru to chilling trail. The next village you pass is Wanla 3.200 m (10.500 ft). Wanla is a pretty village with an old gompa high up on crag and makes a pleasant place to stop. O/N at camp (Optional:Jeep can pick up us in Wanla).
Day 20 : Wanla to Lamayuru via Prinkit la 3,720 mtr.
If you go up the Shillakong Valley along the right bank and cross it than you arrive in the village Shilla. Pass the village, go to broad chorten then follow a narrow and dry gorge as far as the pass Prinkiti-La 3.720 m (12.140 ft). From the summit you look over the complicated terrain of the Zanskar Mountains. It is an easy descent. Cross the river and go towards the monastery of Lamayuru, the most photographed in Ladakh. O/N at Hotel.
Day 21 : After breakfast visit Lamayuru Monastery and then drive to Leh 4 hrs.
After the breakfast, visit the Lamayuru monastery. Drive to Leh afterwards after visiting the famous Alchi temple. O/N at Hotel in Leh
Day 22 : Leisure and souvenir day with evening Cultural program.
Day 23 : Leh to Delhi departure.