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The Great Zanskar Trek

Crossing the whole of Zanskar from north to south ranks among the world's most amazing treks. Cut off by snow from the rest of the world for over 8 months of the year, Zanskar is one of those legendary places crying out to be visited.

You will spend 18 days trekking and crossing four high mountain passes, in the midst of awe-inspiring scenery, a striking mix of bare mountainside and green villages. Within this isolated enclave, the Zanskaris are still almost completely self sufficient and live under the protection of the monasteries, which are usually perched high up on rocky crags or cling onto spectacular cliffs.

The length of the journey, the high altitude and the isolation mean this trip requires real commitment.

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26 days
5 to 30 July 2015, 19 to 13 August 2015, 2 to 27 August 2015, 16 to 10 August 2015, 23 to 17 September 2015, July to September

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start from £1534 / person
  • From $ 2070/ person based on 4 participants
  • From $ 2680/ person based on 2 participants

  • From $2075/ person (Departure guaranteed from 1 traveller. The price is guaranteed from 4 travellers)
  • Airport pick-up and briefing - Transfers and transportation as per the program in private vehicle with English speaking driver (price includes its housing and meals) - The flight Delhi – Leh (daily prices are subject to change at the time of booking depending on the availability) - The assistance of a local team team : English speaking Ladakhi guide, cook (and cooking helpers for large groups), muleteers - The transport of collective and individual equipment: pack animals carry the group and individual equipment for camping and cooking - Accommodation: in a hotel in Delhi, a guest house in Leh and Manali and camping during the trek (3 man tents for 2 people) - Meals : Full board only during the trek, except main meals in Delhi , Leh and Manali, so you can choose your own selection of restaurants and menus (we will give you a booklet ‘Our Recommendations’, upon arrival in Delhi) - Group pharmacy
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Your tailor-made trip - Ladakh - Zanskar

Day 1

Arrive in Delhi

Airport pickup and transfer to central Delhi. Free afternoon. Overnight in hotel near airport.

Day 2 

Flight Delhi - Leh

(3500 m) A very early flight from Delhi to Leh takes you over the great Himalayan range. Transfer to hotel in Leh. First experience of "Little Tibet" and the altitude. Spend the afternoon relaxing. Due to the altitude (3,500 m), you are advised to get plenty of rest on arrival. Overnight in guest house*.

Day 3

Indus Valley

(3500m) Visit the eastern part of the Indus valley: Tikse, Chimre, Hemis. Return to Leh at end of day. Night in guesthouse* Tikse: this amazing architectural complex of the Gelukpa order was built in the 15th century. It covers an entire hillside half way between Leh and Hemis. A hundred odd monks live there. Hemis: this is situated in a valley that joins the left bank of the Indus. Today, Hemis is the biggest monastery in Ladakh, with 500 monks. It was founded in 1602 by a monk of the Kagyupa order.

Day 4

Leh – Lamayuru – Wanla

5h – 130km

Drive west along the Indus valley to Faryok camp. Visit the Phyang and Alchi monasteries. Then take the road to Lamayuru. Visit the monastery enroute to Wanla. Night in camp.

Day 5

Wanla – Hannupatta (3900m)

4h walk + 2h road

First day of your trek. A very beautiful stretch walking beside the rockface in deep gorges, bright with colour until Wanla village via the pass Prinkti La (3900m). Then transfer to Hanupatta. Camp near Hanuppatta village (3900 m).

Day 6

Hanupatta - Photoksar (4250 m)

5 - 6 hour walk

Day 7 

Photoksar - Base of Sengge La (4500 m)

5 - 6 hour walk

Day 8

Base of Sengge La - Skiumpatta (3840 m)

6-7 hour walk

Cross 2 passes, Kiupa (4200 m) and Murgum La (4100 m), walking through a landscape of bare rock. Steep descent at Skiumpatta, where we camp above the village.

Day 9 

Skiumpatta - Lingshed – Base fo Hanuma La BC (3800 m)

6-7 hour walk

Steep descent to Lingshet and visit the monastery. Short trek up to the camp at the foot of the impressive Hanuma La.

Day 10 

Hanumal La – Snertse (3600m)

6 hour walk

We start to climb the Hanumal La (4700m). Descend into narrow, stony valley. Continue downhill to the small Snertse campsite (3600 m). Overnight in campsite.

Day 11 

Snertse - Hanumil

5 hour walk

(3500 m) TREK The descent continues to a torrent which we cross by means of a hanging bridge. There is then a steep climb to Parfi La (3900 m). Camp in Hanumil village (3600 m).

Day 12 

Hanumil - Pishu

4 hour walk

(3500 m) TREK Climb the Zanskar valley where we pass a succession of monasteries and villages. Camp in the beautiful village of Pishu (3600 m).

Day 13 

Pishu – Karsha - Padum

1h road

Short stretch today. A major project to open up the Zanskar has nibbled away the trek path. So we will traverse this road by jeep. We will take this opportunity to take a break and visit the Padum Valley. En route, we will visit the Thongde and Karsha monasteries. Night in guest house with a well-deserved shower!

Day 14 

Padum – Sani – Yichar (3950m)

2h road

Because the mules neeDay 2 days to make the journey, we continue on the road by jeep to reach the fortified village of Yichar. En route, we stop at Sani to visit the monastery. We reunite with our mule team. Camp overnight.

Day 15

 Yichar - Tsetang

4 hour walk

(3850 m) Trek. Short day's walk along the river. Camp overnight.

Day 16 

Tsetang – Purne (3950 m)

4/5 hour walk

The Tsarap valley narrows. We cross several small villages before reaching Purne (3950 m). Camp overnight.

Day 17 

Purne - Phuktal - Purne

4-5 hour walk

(3950 m)

Day 18 

Purne - Trangtse (4000m)

4/5 hour walk

Trek : Steep climb over Purne. From here we follow the river as the valley widens. The landscape changes completely. You will leave the gorge to find fields and crops. You cross Kargyak Chu then climb to the village of Trangtse. Camp overnight.

Day 19 

Trangtse - Gumburanjon (4450m)

7-8 hour walk

Trek: The climb continues in totally desert landscapes. Very nice view of the Gumburajon. Crossing fords after the pastures of Lakong. Camp at the foot of the beautiful Gumburanjon.

Day 20 

Gumburanjon – Foot of Shingo La ABC

4-5 hour walk

Trek : With Gumbaranjon in focus, we will gradually climb to a plateau with grazing yaks. Camp at the foot of the Shingo La.

Day 21 

: Foot of Shingo La - Shingo La - Ramjak (4200 m)

6 to 7 hour walk

Trek : Long climb (but that normal now!) on a moraine to Shingo La (5100 m), our last pass. We leave the Zanskar to enter Himachal Pradesh, in the Lahaul region. Steep descent until the Ramjak camp (4200 m).

Day 22 

Ramjak - Zanskar Sumdo (3750m) - Keylong

4/5 hour walk + 5h road

The stage leads us to the camp of Zanskar Sumdo (3750 m) where you leave the team. Transfer by jeep to Keylong. Night in guest house.

Day 23 

Keylong – Manali (2000 m)

5 hour walk

After breakfast, take the road to Manali. We cross the Rothang La pass (3900 m), which marks the border between the Himalayan range to the north, dry and inhabited by Buddhists, and the south where the majority of the population is Hindu and the land is generously soaked by monsoon rains. Overnight in guest house* in the old village of Manali.

Day 24


(2000 m) Day at leisure in Manali. Many options for walks or drives round Manali. Overnight in Guest house*. We suggest a drive to the market town of Naggar (30 Km). Have lunch and visit temple and castle. On the way back, call in at several villages and temples remarkable for their architecture which is a mixture of dry stone and wood, sometimes sculpted, and covered with a roof made of large flat stones

Day 25 

Manali - Delhi

Free day in Manali. At the end of the day board a deluxe coach for Delhi.

Day 26 

Delhi - international airport

Arrive in Delhi during the morning. Day at leisure. We keep on a single room in the hotel in the afternoon to leave our things and have a shower before the late evening transfer to the airport. Shanti Travel says 'au revoir'

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