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Classic Zanskar Trek

Zanskar Ladakh: Padum to Lamayuru and Ripchar Valley Trek - into remote Kingdom of Zanskar

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Region: Zanskar, Ladakh,
Total Day: 12
Trek Days: 10
Grade: Strenuous
Maximum Elevation: (5060mt.) Sengge – la

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Leh – Kargil. Drive.
Day 02: Kargil – Padum. Drive.
Day 03: Padum — Karsha (3,320 m) 4/5 hrs. trek.
Day 04: Karsha — Pishu (3660m) 5 hrs. trek.
Day 05: Pishu – Hanumil (3650m) 5/6 hrs. trek.
Day 06: Hanumil - Perfila (4650m.)-Snertse (3940m.) 6 hrs. trek.
Day 07: Snerste - Hanuma-La (4800m.) - Lingshed (4100m.) 7/8 hrs. trek.
Day 08: Lingshed – Base Camp Sengge - La (3,990 m) 6 hrs. trek.
Day 09: Base camp- Sengge –La (5060m.) - Photoksar (4400m.) 6/7 hrs. trek.
Day 10: Photoksar – Sir sir-La (4965m.)- Hanupatta (4070m.) 5/6 hrs. trek.
Day 11: Hanupatta – Wan-La (3470m.) 5/6 hrs. trek.
Day 12: Wanla – Prinkiti -La (3930m.) - Lamayuru (3750m.) – Leh , 4/5 hrs. trek. 4 hrs drive.

Trek Cost: USD       Per Person.


Cost Includes:

  • Camping gears: 2 men tent twin sharing basis, kitchen tent, dining tent, mattresses.
  • Staff:  Guide, Cook, kitchen helper.
  • Horse man, trekking mules/pony.
  • Food: we serve Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and local cuisine, Packed lunch or hot lunch.
  • first aid kit.
  • All camping fee along the trek.


Cost excludes:

  • Leh – Delhi flights fare.
  • Transportaion by jeep or bus.
  • Hotel accommodations in Leh, Kargil, Padum, Lamayuru.
  • Sleeping bags.
  • personal laundry, tips.
  • mineral water, alochol beverages
  • Medical and or personal insurance.
  • Helicopter evacuation. Or Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as landslides, bad weather and road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control


Detailed trek itinerary

Day 01: Leh – Kargil: Drive to Kargil by Jeep or Bus.

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Day 02: Kargil – Padum , Drive by jeep or bus.
Passing through the beautifull village in Suru valley we drive through the base of Nun Kun peaks (7’150m.). and crossing the plains arrive at Rangdum gompa. climb to Pensi-la (4’402m.). And we drive along the Doda river. A vast stretches of solitary all along the route. Evening arrive at Padum. Overnight stay in hotel or camp.

Day 03: Padum — Karsha (10,890 ft/3,320 m) 4/5 hrs. trek.

Trek towards Pipiting, a dusty plain towards the Doda river .A new bridge over the Doda river, cross it and walk up to wards Karsha Monastery. Visit the Monastery, which is of Gelukpas section, and have a good view of the valley. Karsha is the biggest Monastery in Zanskar region, having 150 monks of the yellow section. Camp at Karsha.

Day 04: Karsha — Pishu (3660m.) 5 hrs. trek.
Walk along the left bank of Zanskar River. Above Rinam, small stream an shelter formed by the rocks. See the Thongde monastery on the right side of Zanskar River. Trail further will take you to the Pishu village. A very attractive campsite below the village of Pishu.

Day 05: Pishu – Hanumil (3650m.) 5/6 hrs. trek.
Continue left bank, some times along the river. A bridge Before Pidmo, then another 2hours to the campsite of Hanumil.

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Still continue on the left bank of the Zanskar River. Cross Small stream on the left, the trail leads away from the edge of the Zanskar and the up to the foot of pass. Steep and difficult climb to perfi-la (4560mt.), after pass steep descent to Uma –Chhu River, cross bridge and up to 500mt.On sandy slope, then one and half hour to the campsite of Snertse.

Day 07: Snerste - Hanumala (4800m.) - Ling shed (4100m.) 7/8 hrs. trek.
Very long gradual ascent to the pass of Hanuma-la (4800m.) through gorges 2and half hour to reach the pass from the camp. A 1000mt. Long descent towards, then another 250m.   Climb to small pass, from pass easy walking to the campsite of Lingshed

Day 08: Lingshed – Gazo or Base Camp Sengge - La (13,090 ft/3,990 m) 6 hrs. Trek.
1 hour easy climb to Netoski–La (4475m.). Look out the view Nerag, on the other bank of Zanskar River. Gradual descent to the villages of Gongma and Skiumpata. Cross small stream and hour steep climb to pass of Kuba-la94520mt.) Slowly climb to the campsite of Gazo or foot of Sengge –la.

Day 09: Base Camp Sengge-La - Sengge–La (5060m.) - Photoksar (4400m.) 6/7 hrs. trek.
From camp 2 hours steep climb to sengge-la pass, (5060m.) easy going down to the valley and cross another ford. Short climb to Bhumiktse-la (4520mt.) descent towards Photoksar, a beautiful villages at the base of huge mountain wall, cross the bridge and camp near the stream.

Day 10: Photoksar – Sir sir-La (4965m.)- Hanupatta (4070m.) 5/6 hrs. trek.

Long ascent of the sir sir-la (4965mt.) then easy descent to the river, cross the river by bridge and walk along the left bank. Camping before Hanupatta village.

Day 11: Hanupatta – Wanla (3470m.) 5/6 hrs. trek.
Continue along the left bank until entering the gorges. Cross the small bridge then a natural bridge again to the left side, come over a bridge and until reaching a good bridge across the Yapola.  Three hours to Phenjila (a small village). Walk along the right bank until reaching village of Wanla. Cross the Bridge and to the camping place.

Ladakh villageDay 12: Wanla – Prinkiti - La (3930mt.) - Lamayuru (3750m.) – Leh , 4/5 hrs. trek. 4 hrs drive. Walk up to Shillakong along the right bank and cross the bridge come to left bank until reaching a Chorten (Stupa) then follow a dry and narrow gorge going up to Prinkiti-La 93930mt.) Walk down and cross Small River and towards the village of Lamayuru. Lamayuru has a famous ancient monastery. Monastery is Oldest in Ladakh regions and has big library of Buddhist literature. The trek terminates here and from here Leh is 120km. By luxury bus/or by taxi to Darcha Pickup from Lamayuru to Leh Included. Lamayuru – Leh drive by jeep. Drive 120 kms, overnight stay in hotel.

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