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Lamayuru to Dharcha

Towards the western end of the Himalayas a series of continuous mountain ridges, comprising scores of 6000 metre (20000 foot) peaks forms an effective barrier between the Indian provinces of Lahaul and Ladakh. Linking these contrasting mountainous regions is a trekking route that provides one of the great challenges of the Indian Himalaya. Transferring by train and car from Delhi , we pass through the lush Kulu Valley and cross the Rohtang Pass to reach the start of our trek at Darcha. From here, we head north across the Shingo La (c.5100 mtrs./16000 ft.) into the ancient kingdom of Zanskar , famous for its hardy inhabitants and starkly beautiful landscape. En route, we encounter a succession of isolated villages and several wonderful Buddhist monasteries, notably at Phuktal, Lingshet and Lamayuru. As a finale to what is unquestionably one of the world’s classic trekking experiences, there is also time to explore the fascinating Ladakhi capital of Leh.

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

On arrival meeting and assistance at the Airport followed by the traditional welcome by garlanding and then escorted transfer to your hotel. Rest of the Day is leisure. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi – Manali

In the morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel. Then transfer to Bus Terminal to catch the bus for Manali. Upon arrival at Manali check in at hotel, overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Manali - Darcha

In the morning after breakfast, check out from the hotel, transfer to local bus terminal to catch the Bus for Darcha . Arrive Darcha and overnight in Camp.

Day 4: Darcha - Pallamo (3600m) in 5hrs.

Leave Darcha, We start our journey with an easy walk into the valley. En route, we will visit the Chika and Rarik monasteries.

Day 5: Pallamo - Zanskar Sumdo (3860m) in 5hrs.

We cross the river by a hanging pulley. Overnight at Zanskar Sumdo.

Day 6: Zanskar Sumdo - Chumi Nakpo (4640m) in 5hrs.

Early morning trek from Zanskar Sumdo to Chumi Nakpo. The route leaves the valley and starts climbing up quite steeply towards the Shingo La pass.

Day 7: Chumi Nakpo - Shingku La (5090m) - Lakham (4470m) in 6hrs.

Prayer flags flapping in the wind mark the Shingku La pass, surrounded with fascinating views of the glaciers. An easy traverse of a glacier takes us to the valley and to the Lakham yak pastures.

Day 8: Lakhang - Kargyak (4050m) in 6hrs.

A gradual descent along the Kargyak River , lined with mani walls. On the way, we will come across a few Doksas, where yaks are kept in summer time.

Day 9: Kargyak - Tetha (3950m), in 7hrs .

The trail is now boarded by meadows of flowers and barley fields. Shortens are spread all the way and highlight the religious fervour of the Zanskaris.

Day 10: Tetha - Purni (3700m), in 2hrs.

We visit Phuktal monastery (3850m), perched on the side of an impressive cliff. (4h return journey from Phuktal monastery to Purni).

Day 11:  Purni - Ichar (3650m) in 4hrs.

Day 12: Ichar - Mune (3900m) , in 5hrs.

The trail goes up and down along the Tsarap River . On arriving at Mune, we will visit its monastery.

Day 13: Mune - Padum (3600m) in 6hrs.

En route we visit Bardan monastery, one of the most important in the area. Overnight in Padum.

Day 14: Padum- Karsha (3600m) in 3hrs.

A pleasant walk through fields. On the way we will visit Pepiting monastery and the Karsha Gompa--one of the most important in Zanskar and dating back to the 15th century. We have beautiful panoramic vistas of the full Himalayan range.

Day 15: Karsha - Pishu (3470m) in 5hrs.

We progress along the Zanskar River .

Day 16: Pishu - Hanumil (3380m) in 5hrs.

An easy-going walk along the right bank of the river takes us to Rinam village. We continue to the tiny hamlet of Hanumil.

Day 17: Hanumil - Purfi La (3950m) - Nertse (3850m) in 6hrs.

Up and down over a steep path.

Day 18: Nerstse - Hanuma La (4950m) - Lingshet (4000m) in 6hrs.

After a steep climb we reach the Purfi La pass, from where the panorama towards the Ladakhi and Zanskari ranges is quite impressive. Visit of Lingshet monastery.

Day 19: Lingshet - Camp before Singe La (4550m), in 6hrs.

We start a long and gradual ascent to the Netuke La pass (4280m), where we have a wonderful view towards the Nierag valley. The trail then descends shortly to reach Skimpata and Gongma villages, and then climbs steeply to reach the second pass, Khyupa La (4300m).

Day 20: Camp before Singe La - Singue La (5050m) - Photoksar (4200m) in 6hrs.

An amazing spectacle of hanging icefalls. We descend towards the Photang River and progress through barley fields.

Day 21: Photoksar - Sirsir La (4850m) - Hanupatta (3760m) in 6hrs.

Photang valley turns into a gorge labyrinth, which forces us to make a detour via Sirsir La pass. Three shortens mark Hanupatta and its giant hundred-year-old cedar, flanked by colorful prayer flags.

Day 22: Hanupatta - Wanla (3250m) in 5hrs.

We head down towards the Photang valley and climb up to the Panjila pass (3410m). We finally descend to Wanla and visit its tiny monastery.

Day 23: Wanla - Lamayuru (3420m) in 4hrs.

Visit the monastery at Lamayuru, which was build in the 16th century and it is the oldest monastery in ladakh . The monastery is very well kept and famous for its many colorful wall paintings.

Day 24: Lamayuru - Leh (3500m)

Early in the morning you will be taken to Leh, the capital of Ladakh by Bus. At an altitude of 3505 meters, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River . Our staff will escort you to your hotel in Leh. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 25: Leh - Shey - Thiksey – Hemis - Leh

On this Day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.

Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17'Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.

Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.

Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17'Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 26: Leh – Delhi - Departure

Early in the morning check out from the hotel, then transfer to Domestic airport to catch the flight for Delhi . Upon on arrival at Delhi , transfer to IGI airport to catch the flight to your onward destination.