Zanskar Photoksar Trek12 Nights , 13 Days ( LDK/Trk-Zns )
Ladakh is very much famous not only just as jee safaris or family trip destination but also famous as an adventurous place to do rafting, Biking, cycling and most of all the Trekking. Although we have unnumbered places to do trekking, one of the unique and challenging one is to trek from Zanskar to Leh after passing many high passes. So this trek is one of the trek you would include in your life time adventurous trip and be experienced and achieved.Best Time: June to Sept.
Day 1: : Arrival at Leh Airport. You will be escorted to the Hotel by our Company representative.
Coming straight to the altitude of min 3,200 m from a much lower place can cause some health problems. So to avoid that, we suggest our guest to take complete rest for a day to get acclimatized. Later there will be a briefing of the program by the agent or by the company representative. O/N in Hotel
Day 2:: Dive to Hemis and Thiksey monastery and have lunch at Chamba restaurant at Thiksey. Drive to Stok palace after the lunch.
Second day is good to get out doing some sightseeing because you are already acclimatized. So we will start by visiting Hemis and Thiksey monastery at first and then Stok palace after a hot lunch at Chamba restaurant. O/N in Hotel
Day 3 : Driver from Leh to Kargil/ Shargol 5 Hrs Drive
Today we will drive at around 8:00am in the morning and on the way we will visit the Lamayuru Monastery and Drive up till Kargil / Mulbek. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 4 : Drive from Kargil to Padum in Zanskar (3,400m) 10Hrsdrive.
Today is a long day so we have to leave early in the morning. The scenery is very beautiful as you will pass through the Lush green Suru valley and later you will enter the Zanskar Valley on the way you will see the twin peaks of Nun and Kun both of the peak are above 7,000mt. As you enter the Zanskar valley it will be more Rocky and you will pass through the lush green Rangdum valley and later you will have post lunch at Rangdum and drive to Pentze la pass and see the magnificent long DrangDrung Glacier. On your arrival in Padum you will stay at Padmalinga home stay and guest house.
Day 5 :Padum (3.550 m) to Hanumil (3.450 m), 2 hour walk + 2h drive
Drive to Karsha 3.600 m (11.811 ft). In the village Karsha 3.600 m (11.811 ft) is the largest monastery of Zanskar with about 140 resident monks. The beautiful monastery gives you a good few to the Great Himalaya range. There is also a nunnery on the hill to the west of the main monastery. Visit Stongde Gompa and Zangla. Later drive to Hanumil village for camping.
Day 6 :Hanumil (3.480 m) to Snertse Pulu (3.770 m) via Parfi-La (3.900 m), 6 hours
This is the first hard day because you have to climb the first pass. From Hanumil you continue on a good and easy path for 2 hours. Take a supply of water from the small stream because the path leads away from the edge of the river Zanskar. The river cuts an impressive path east and the north through the mountains. For 2 month in winter the river becomes the improbable “Chaddar” trade route to Nimu, when temperatures dip so low that the Zanskar people can venture on foot along its frozen surface ( Winter Chadar trek).
You go up to the plateau and then to the foot of the pass. It is a steep and difficult climb on a sandy slope as far as the Parfi-La 3.900 m (12.790 ft). This is the first of 8 passes you cross on your way to Lamayuru in the next 6 days. Rather steep descend until reaching the river Oma-chu. You cross the bridge and go up a 500 metres sandy slope. Enjoy the wonderful lookout. The slope leads you to the hutof SnertsePulu 3.770 m (12.370 ft).
Day 7 : Snertse Pulu (3.779 m) to Lingshed (3.900 m) via Hanuma-La (4.700 m), 7 hours
The long gradual ascent leads towards the second pass Hanuma-La. After 3/4 hours you pass a sheep fold. It takes you further 2 hours to reach the summit of the Hanuma-La 4.700 m (15.410 ft). The descent is for 1 km a steep zigzag trail. After that you ascend 300 m along the mountain side. From this small pass it is an easy descent towards Lingshed. The campsite is near the monastery of the village of Lingshed 3.900 m (12.790 ft).
Day 8 :Lingshed (3.900 m) to the foot of Sengi-La (4.700 m) via Murgum-La (4.370 m) and via Kiupa-La (4.430 m), 6 hours
This is the first of two days you have to climb 2 passes in one day. The day starts with an easy climb of 4 hours up to the first pass. If 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 Nierag, 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).
Day 9 : 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 rather steep claim to the highest pass of the trek takes you 2 hours. The views from the summit of Sengi-La 4.900 m (16.070 ft) are 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 a abandoned monastery 20 minutes above the village.
Day 10 :Drive Back from Photoksar to Alchi village (Leh) on the Way you Visit the Alchi Monastery
Driver from Photoksar towards Leh. Reach Alchi village in 5-6 hrs. Rest in the Hotel/Guest House and stay Overnight.
Day 11 : Alchi to Leh .
In the morning visit the famous Alchi temple after the breakfast.Drive back to Leh for hot lunch and rest. Overnight at Hotel
Day 12 : Leh (leisure day)
Its a free day do shopping or explre the city by self. Cultural show in the evening. Overnight at Hotel
Day 13 : Departure to Delhi
Morning, transfer to the Leh airport for your flight to Delhi. It is a spectacular flight of one hour by around noon you reach to your Delhi hotel. If time allows, we can also organize a small sightseeing of the city.