Manali - Darcha - Padam Treak

Places to Visit: MANALI - DARCHA - RAMJAK - CHHUMIKANAKPO - LAKONG - KURGIAKH - PADAM-KARGIL - LEH/SRINAGAR

Duration:14 Nights / 15 Days

In this trek we visit one of the most popular and beautiful region of Ladakh which we called zanaskar. zanskar is known as a land of religion and has greatest concentration of Gompas in Ladakh, Outside the Indus valley. The important ones are Sani, Karsha, and Thonde in the central plain, Bardan and Phugtal just off the Padum - Darcha trail. Zanaskar has two rivers flowing towards each other along the northern flank of the Great Himalayas. Meet in the broad plain of Padum. They become the Zanskar River which flows off northwards through a gorge in the Zanskar range. On this trek we have cross pass of Shingola which is 5090 Mtrs. During last day of this trek one can drive to Ladakh or Srinagar by Jeeps/Coach.

ITINERARY

DAY 01: MANALI - DARCHA 8/9 HRS DRIVE

Leaves Manali and climbs upto the Rohtang pass and then winds down into the lahaul valley. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 02: DARCHA - CHHALANG TOPKO 6/7 HRS. TREK

After passing two villages arrive at Chhalang Topko 3580 Mtrs. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 03: CHHALANG TOPKO - ZANSKARSUMDO - RAMJAK

After a major for ascending the valley on the right there are good but hard paths on the both sides of the stream. Arrive at Ramjak a small Meadow. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 04: RAMJAK - CHHUMIKANAKPO 7 HRS. TREK

Easy walk towards the stream flowing from Shingola and arrive Chhumikanakpo 4060 Mtrs. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 05: CHHUMIKANAKPO - SHINGOLA - LAKONG 8/9 HRS. TREK

Today is harder zigzag path leads to Shingola pass (5090 Mtrs.) another one hour is Lakong (4450 Mtrs.). Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 06: LAKONG - KURGIAKH / TABLE (4000 M) 6/7 HRS. TREK

Passing beneath the face of the Gomborangoo descent easily towards Kugiakh on the right bank, either camp at Kurgiakh or continue for another two-hour upto table. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 07: KURGIAKH / TABLE - PURNE (3745 M) 6/7 HRS. TREK

After half an hour walk from Table is Tanza on the right bank. Now cross in front of a narrow gorge and arrive at the junction where the trekking rout from Darcha via Baralachala joins. Tanza is a small village with a Gompa in ruins on highest elevation. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 08: PURNE - PHUKTAL GOMPA - PURNE 4/5 HRS. TREK

Phuktal monastery is like a honeycomb, cut into a rock under a gignantic grotto and has more that 70 Monks, The library three large and one small prayer room etc. and the grave of Gangsem Sherap Sampo who founded Phuktal. In the cave over the monastery there is a hollow in rock the water level of which never reduces even after taking out any amount of water from there. Water is said to have healing powers. There is also a stone tablet left by Alexander Cosmo de Koros a Hugaraian who explore Tibet and lived in this monastery in 1826 - 27. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 09: PURNE - ICHAR 5/6 HRS. TREK

After crossing small canyons of pudding - stones which leads to char village. After 2 hrs is Kaydang a village in a power grove. The trial is rough and difficult for horses at Hamuni and Surle after crossing a large village arrive at Ichar, green oasis in the monotonous grey - brown. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 10: ICHAR - MONE 5/6 HRS. TREK

After descending towards Reru and crossing a plain with wild flower (flowering in July - Aug). Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 11: MONE - PADAM (3650 M) 5/6 TREK

After short walk cross Tema and reach Charmocha Kore camping ground. It goes on the past to large rock where from Bardan Gompa is visible. Bardan Gompa is famous for its giant wheel (1.8 Mtrs high) this Gompa was founded by Shabdru who also found Hemis monastery and continue walk to Padam which is capital of Zanskar valley. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 12: PADAM

Day at Padam and visit to around the town. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 13: PADAM - RANGDOM (150 KMS) 6/7 HRS DRIVE

After breakfast leave for Rangdom 5/6 Hrs drive from Padam. On the way we visit Sunni Gompa. After crossing Penzila pass 4401 Mtrs we reach Rangdom and visit the Gompa. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 14: RANGDOM - KARGIL (135 KMS) 6/7 HRS. DRIVE

Today we drive close to Nun and Kun peaks and visit interesting villages Parkachan and Panikar arrive Kargil in the evening. Over night stay at the Tent.

DAY 15: KARGIL - LEH/SRINAGAR

From here one may take IST option drive to Leh or 2nd option to Srinagar. Here our service ends.