This day commences from Manali. In Manali, we will have chance to stroll around it for acclimatization. Thereafter, we will visit Hadimba Temple, a Manu Temple. Stay at night in a hotel of Manali.
Depart after an early breakfast, and then reach to Gulaba by cab. Start trekking to Rohilikhoi – a six kms trek. Overnight stay follows at camps in Rohilikhoi.
An early morning drive of 5-6 hrs will bring us to Panduropa. Take breakfast, and then start trekking to the Brighu Lake. From here, we will explore one of the holy lakes in Kullu Valley. Thereafter, move down to Panduropa. Overnight stay here is in the camps.
After breakfast, we will walk down to a village called Vashisht. Then we will proceed further towards Manali town by cab.
Pick up from Manali after lunch and drive to Jobra. Trek from Jobra to Cheeka. Camp at Cheeka. 2 hours easy ascent 9800 ft to 10,400 ft.
Trek from Cheeka to Balu Ka Gera. 4 hours easy ascent
Trek from Balu Ka Gera to Shea Goru crossing Hampta Pass. 8-9 hours Easy to moderately steap ascents followed by a sharp descent
Trek from Shea Goru to Chatru. 4 – 4½ hours of downhill trek. Easy with some tricky sections
Pick up at Chatru’s road head and drive to Manali. Arrivel at Manali approx 3-4 pm.
Mcleodganj to Triund (2875): 9km
Triund – Lahes Cave (3700m): 7km
Lahes cave – Inderhara pass (4300m)
Drive Delhi to Manali.
Manali to Ganachalani
Ganachalani to below Chanderkhani Pass
Across Chanderkhani Pass to Dadru
Dadru to Malana
Malana to Jari and drive to Kullu
Drive Delhi to Manali.
Manali-Solang Nala-Acclimatization Day.
Trek to Dhundi (9000 ft) 9 kms trek alongside river Beas up to Dhundi Camp. Overnight in tents.
Trek to Bakarthatch (10800 ft). Overnight in tents.
Trek to Beas Kund (11500 ft). Overnight in tents.
Trek to View Mt.Hanuman Tibba and back to Bakarthatch. Overnight in tents.
Trek back up to Solang Base.
Trek to Manali- Free time for the participants to visit Hadimba Devi, Monastery, Mountaineering Institute at Manali. Departure by Bus to Delhi by 4 pm.
Arrival at Delhi around 8 am.
In the early morning hours we will go by jeep to Spituk, where horses will be waiting to carry our equipment. The trek will begin along an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region, so water and sunscreen are absolutely vital! After plodding through the shattered land we will enter the lush Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus. Further into the valley lies our campsite, in the two-house hamlet of Zingchen (meaning ‘big field’).
Today we will enter Hemis National Park where we may be fortunate to glimpse wildlife. The National park homes snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare. After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley leading to the village of Rumbak. Here we will stop at a tented teahouse run by women from the village. After a cup of warm tea we will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range.
After a light breakfast, we will begin our 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep, marmots and arghali roaming the hills around. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as well. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle, once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar.
Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During peak season a number of tented teahouses will be open for refreshment. Markha (3800m) is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.
The Markha valley trail continues pass old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which proudly perches upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforded our first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m), where we will make camp.
Today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.
After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from here we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The descent is quite steep, but will gradually level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). Camp overnight in Shang Sumdo.
We will enjoy a pleasant 2-hour walk along a jeep road to Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up. On the way to Leh, it will be possible to visit some of the great monasteries of Ladakh such as Thikse, Hemis and Shey
Drive Delhi to Manali.
Trek Manali – Lamadugh (5 hrs)
Trek Lamadugh – Khanpari pass (3600m) – Dohra Nalla (6 hrs)
Trek Dohra Nalla – Sangohar (base of Kali Hani) (5/6 hrs) .
Trek Sangohar – Kalihali pass (4800m) – Gaddi Gote (8 hrs).
Trek Gaddi Gote – Lamba Phad (4 hrs).
Trek Lamba Phad – Soony (5 hrs).
Trek Soony – Bara Bhangal (6 hrs).
In Bara Bhangal.
Trek Bara Bhangal – base of Thamsar pass (6/7 hrs).
Trek Base – Thamsar pass – Panihartu (6/7 hrs).
Trek Panihartu – Raj Gundha (6 hrs).
Trek Raj Gundha – Bir (6 hrs)
Drive Bir – Dharamsala (50 km)
Visit Mac Leod Ganj
Drive Dharamshala to Delhi
Departure from your home city on an overnight flight to Delhi.
Arrival at Delhi, India. O/N stay in Hotel.
Delhi – Chandigarh (Shatabadi Express) and transfer to Manali by bus
Manali (excursion) visiting old Manali village, Hadimba temple, exploring the town and shopping.
As we start our journey, leaving the lush green countryside of Manali towards Rohtang Pass (3,978 Mts.). Rohtang Pass – Few places on the Earth can mark so dramatic a change in landscape as the Rohtang Pass. To one side, the lush green head of Kullu Valley and to the other, an awesome vista of bare, chocolate – colored mountains, hanging glaciers and snowfields that shine in the dazzlingly crisp light. On the Valley floor, we drive through the field of potato and peas, dotted by Lahauli Villages, and we encounter the local inhabitants working in the fields. After crossing a bridge at Tandi, the meeting point of Chandra and Bhaga Rivers, which later becomes Chenab, These Rivers originate from Baralacha La, and flows all the way into the plains of Punjab. From Tandi, the road crosses the River on a bridge and veers North along the Bhaga Valley to Keylong – The district head quarters of Lahaul and Spiti. Keylong is quite a busy town, as it is the only big market in Lahaul Region. There is a Hospital, Collage, Court and other Government offices. As we move further towards Darcha, we see along the River many villages with Buddhist prayer flags and Stupa’s and the landscape also embodies more desert look. In a way this is the beginning of, what we are going to experience and see for the next 21 days.
An early start after the breakfast to Palahmo. Slowly the landscape changes its appearance, rocks assume human like forms. It is flat easy walk to the last villages of Lahaul, Chhika and Rarik. On the way we meet nice friendly people of this region. From here another stretch of walk along the River (Barai Nallah) to Palahmo. There is a small temple on the edge of a gorge dedicated to the local Goddess Paldan Lahmo, from this the place has got its name. Standing on the top of the gorge, it is wonderful site to see the tremendous energy with which the water moves through this gorge. After crossing a man made bridge over the Gorge we reach the Camping site.
Today’s walk is all along the River (Barai Nallah). The trail winds through the boulders and a small stream crossing ARE involved on the way to get to the campsite. A beautiful campsite on the banks of the River (Barai Nallah).
We enter into another valley after crossing a bridge. Comparing to the previous walks, today’s walk is bit hard, as we climb to more than 800 Mts. in high altitude conditions. But to compensating the fatigue, it is a tremendous landscape around; there are summits of 6000 Mts. and more all around you. This is a pure alpine region. Finally we reach the campsite, Chumiknakpo, which in local language means black spring.
One has to be prepared for the steep as well gradual ascent to the top of the Shingo La. When you reach on the top, here you will be exactly in the heart of the Great Himalayas, at the foot of high summits. To the other side lies completely different World; this is the beginning of mountain desert. In the local language Zanskar means ‘White Copper’ Entering Zanskar, the first sight we catch, is of a Mammoth granite rock, magnificently standing in the middle of the Valley. Zanskar have a legend that this is not a sheer rock, instead a monastery, where monks live and pray. During the Tibetan New Year the lucky few can hear, low drumbeats and also see tiny lamps, glimpsing on the rock. This rock is known as Gumburangjon. Lakhang (Camp site) is at the foot of Gumburangjon. Campsite is splendid.
Today we walk through the plains of Zanskar, admiring its lunar landscape, the rocks assume different colors and this mixed with the infinite blue of the sky, makes the atmosphere, a divine one. The walk is all the way along the Kargiak Chu (stream). As we reach Kargiak, the first village of Zanskar, we meet the friendly and warm people of Zanskar. Camp at Kargiak.
We track all along the Kargyak Chu stream. After crossing the Thangse Bridge, we keep walking on the left bank of the Stream till we reach Testa Village, quite a big village as comparison to other villages in Zanskar. From here we pass through quite a few more hamlets to get to Purne, a small hamlet on top of a hill. With three to four houses, belonging to the same family. This is a resting point for trekkers from both sides, this makes it a very commercial center in the middle of this isolated land. You can get from Coke to a bottle of beer here, though the prices are almost triple. And below there is a confluence point of Kargyak Chu and Sarap Chu (Chu in local language means river or water) which now becomes Sarap Chu or Zanskar River and would accompany us throughout our Journey in Zanskar. This river is in fact used by the local people of Zanskar to travel to Leh and other far Villages in the winters when it freezes and the thick layer of ice on the top, makes it what is famously called as Chader (Blanket) Route. In the recent times this is getting very famous among the travelers around the World.
Around two hours walk on a rocky track takes us to the famous Phuktal Monastery. Phuktal Monastery – The imposing and honeycomb monastery of Phuktal is a rare sight and is unmatched in its sublime grandeur. The monastery has been etched out of a composite mountain and has a massive cave. Yellow capped monks, who are hospitable, dominate the monastery and visitors are welcome. Inside the cave there is water hole, whose water remains constantly at the same level. One should not forget to take torch to view magnificent old paintings and thankas in the dark rooms of the Monastery. We return to Purni by afternoon.
We track through the Gorge, along the Zanskar River, we get to a small Hamlet of Gyalbok. Located in the middle of the Gorge on a hill. This is a very beautiful track. We camp at Pipula along the River Zanskar.
Another stretch of trek through the middle of the Gorge and our sincere companion, the Zanskar River flows along. After crossing the Bridge on Zanskar River we get to another very beautiful Village of Zanskar ‘Ichar’. Village is located on a rock to the right bank of Zanskar River. This village houses a small but beautiful Monastery and has a school as well, one of the schools in Zanskar which really works. We spend bit of time, meeting the inhabitants of this beautiful village and visiting the Monastery then continue our walk towards Raru. During this walk, there is a possibility of finding some wild life, herds of Ibex, if this is one of your lucky days. We cross another Bridge to reach Raru, another big Village in Zanskar, now connected with road to Padum. The camping is on a beautiful grassy patch along a small lake made by collecting the water from the glacier streams flowing down the mountains by the villagers for irrigating their fields.
Walking further, we pass through the Mune and Bardan Gompa. Mune monastery is the finest example of the traditional Tibetan architecture where as the Bardan monastery is built on the huge rock on the banks of the river Zanskar, the location of the monastery is incredible, it rises right from the edge of cliff. All the way walking on the dusty road, soon the wide plains of Zanskar are visible and finally we reach Padum.
One and a half hours trek through the flat plain, takes us to Karsha Monastery – The largest and most important monastery in the Zanskar region, it lies North to Padum towards Yalang and can be reached after crossing the Doda river (Stode river). The monastery that is picturesquely built on a rock high Above the Doda River can be seen from a distance. The monastery houses more than 150 yellow capped monks who are headed by younger brother of Dalai Lama. The monastery was built in 15th century and contains beautiful statues of Buddha, Shakiyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Avolokeshwara. The wall paintings are very attractive and depict the life of Buddha and his disciples and number of Buddhisatavas. It also contains a big library. There is also a nunnery in the Monastery. On the way to monastery one passes the Chamba Lin temple. Which dates back to 11th century. During the prayer ceremony, the atmosphere is very mesmerizing, as all the senior monks perform the prayer, completely involved in the mantras (holy texts). Of all the monasteries in Zanskar, this monastery is more organized and disciplined. From Karsha , we continue through the vast plain towards Rinam. We camp at though windy but beautiful campsite along a stream.
Easy stretch on the bank of the Zanskar river till we get to camp at Pishu Village. Attractive campsite, below the village of Pishu. After fixing the camp one can visit Zangla. Crossing the Bridge to the right, Zangla, in the olden days served as a Capital of Zanskar. One can see the ruins of the Castle, on top of the Zangla Village. Village has a monastery and Drogsa ( place to keep the cattle’s), where there are nuns. Friendly nuns are very hospitable and would always welcome the tourists for a cup of tea, butter tea or curd and yogurt. We retreat back to the camp for evening tea.
Continue through left bank of the River. Easy going sometimes along the river and sometimes cross the moraine plateau. A bridge before Pidmo (another beautiful village), then another two hours until Hanumil, a hamlet of two houses from the same family. This is our last night in Zanskar. The camp is splendid.
Still on a good and easy path 3-4 hours beyond Hanumil small stream on the left. Take on supply water. The path leads away from the edge of the Zanskar, up to the plateau. Here we bid good bye to our companion, Zanskar River. Then to the foot of the pass. Steep and difficult climb for the animals as far as the Parfi-la (3,900 Mts.). Rather steep decent until reaching Oma-Chhu River, local boundary between Zanskar and Ladakh. Good bridge and then up a 500 Mts. sandy slope. Wonderful scenario and possibility of finding Ibex herds grazing or resting on the rocks. Then along the slope as far as the sheepfolds of Snertse (tent- restaurant).
Long gradual ascent towards the Hanuman-La through gorge. After two hours, we pass through a sheepfold. A further two-three hours to reach the summit of Hanuma-La (4700 Mts.). Pass offers a magnificent view of the various ranges of the mountains such as Markha, Stok, Zanskar, Nun & Kun. A 100 Mts. steep descent, then towards Lingshed. This is an interesting walk, the Village seems to be very close but to get there it takes very long, each time, we think we are there, it moves away, almost like a mirage. Eventually we get there and the campsite is near the Villages monastery (Gelugpa).
Easy climb of about one hour up to the Margum-La (4100 Mts.). Climbing continuous for an escapement and then go along the slope. Wonderful landscape, view of valley of Nierag, on the other bank of Zanskar. Gentle descent towards the villages of Gongma (3840 Mts.) and Kiupa-la. Then very steep climb as far as the Kiupa-la. Then climb gradually along the mountainside up to the foot of Shingi-La for overnight stay.
A steep climb to the Shingi–La, taking 2hrs., then a short slope leads into a broad valley as we walk ahead, the valley stretches wider. Easy going and gentle climb towards the Bumitse-La for a beautiful view. Decent towards Photoksar, splendid village at the base of huge mountain walls. Abandoned Gompa 20 minutes away above the village. Overnight camp at a very beautiful site.
From the village gentle climb up to a large Chhorten, then long ascent of the top of the Sirsir-La, the climb get steeper in the end of the ascent. Pass is situated at 4900 Mts. easy descent to the river. Cross onto the left bank by bridge. Then long graduals walk into a stony valley. Good campsite a short distance before the village of Hanupatta.
From Hanupatta, continue across the slope until entering the tremendous gorge, following a path into the rocks to avoid difficult fords, a beautiful stream flows along. As the gorge comes to an end there is a junction of streams. Chhorten and religious banners on a flat Part of the ridge, and then go down until reaching a good bridge across the Yalopa. Then some easy and some difficult stretch (fallen rocks) until Phenjilla. A little beyond the village, cross again onto the left bank by bridge. Then on a flat way to Wanla. A beautiful Gompa welcomes you here. Walk through the gorge is unforgettable. Walking through it, as we look towards sky, all we see is massive rocks and then complete blue of the sky.
Go up the Shill-Kong along the Right Bank, cross it then arrive in Shilla village. After passing this village you go to a broad Chhorten then follow a narrow and dry gorge as far as the Prinkti-La (3726 Mts.). Easy decent followed and then pass an escarpment. Cross the river and go towards the village of Lamayuru. Short climb towards the monastery, which is the most photographed in Ladakh. From here we drive to Leh, this drive takes around 4.30 Hrs. During this we pass through many villages of Leh and from the road at Nimu Village we can see the confluence of River Indus and River Zanskar.
Arrive Chandigarh/ Manali (300 kms/ 9 hrs)
In Manali – Today we take a preparatory cum acclimatization trek.
Manali / Manikaran/ Pulga 2290 m (100 kms)
Pulga / Khirganga 2960 m (10 kms trek)
Khirganga / Tunda Bhuj 3285 m (18 kms trek)
Tunda Bhuj / Thakar Kuan 3560 m (16 kms trek)
Thakar Kuan / Pandu Bridge 3700 m (12 kms trek)
Pandu Bridge / Mantalai Lake 4116 m (15 kms trek)
Mantalai Lake / Camp I 4573 m (12 kms trek)
Camp I / Camp II over Pin Parvati Pass 5319 m (12 kms trek)
Camp II / Chinpatta Maidan 3955 m (14 kms trek)
Chinpatta Maidan / Mud 3811 m (15 kms trek)
Mud / Sagnam 3650 m (16 kms trek)
Sagnam / Tabo enroute visiting Gungri, Lalung, Dhankar Monasteries. (40 kms)
Tabo / Kaza visit Tabo monastery (48 kms)
In Kaza – visit Ki monastery & Kibber 4205 m (21kms)
Kaza / Manali 2050 m (200 kms/ 10 hrs)
In Manali – Day free for independent activities.
Manali / Chandigarh (300 kms/ 9 hrs)
Arrive Delhi / Chandigarh / Manali (560 kms/ 14 hrs)
In Manali – Today we take a preparatory cum acclimatization trek
Manali / Sethan 3000 m (12 kms trek)
Sethan / Juara 3600 m (10 kms trek)
Juara/ Shiagouru 3600 m (10 kms trek)
Shaigouru / Chatru 3360 m (8 kms trek)
Chhatru / Chhota Dara 3690 m (17 kms trek)
Chhota Dara / Batal 3960 m (17 kms trek)
Batal / Chandertal 4270 m (16 kms trek)
In Chandertal – Rest, relax and enjoy the charming scenery
Chandertal / Tokpo Gangma 4400 m (12 kms trek)
Tokpo Gongma / Tokpo Yongma 4640 m (10 kms trek)
Tokpo Yongma / Baralachala 4883 m 8 kms long pass (10 kms trek)
Baralachala/ Zingzingbar 4270 m (18 kms trek)
Zingzingbar / Darcha/ Keylong 3340 m (52 kms/ 3 hrs)
In Keylong – visit Trilokinath, Mrikula Devi temple at Udaipur in Pattan valley.
Keylong / Manali 2050 m (115 kms/ 6 hrs)
In Manali – Day free for independent activities
Depart Manali/ Chandigarh / Delhi