Zanskar Traverse Darcha Lamayuru Trek - 22 Days

Zanskar Trek, Remote villages & adventurous trail, Ancient fort and monasteries, Stunning gorges and canyons, Meeting with locals

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews

Trip Introduction
Here is a chance for hardiest trekker, 14 to 20 km of rough tough and wonderful views every day for two weeks. You and your group will be led among Western Himalayas premier long distance footpath, which links Darcha in Lahaul with Padum in Zanskar and Photoksar in Ladakh. At several points, you will visit Phuktal monastery which is built under a huge cave, Mani gompa, Burdan gompa, Karsha gompa and Lingshed gompa. You will reach as high as 5100 meters, the path crosses passes i.e. Shingo la 5100m, Perfi la, Hunuma la 4800m, Sengge la 5060m. As you cross old packhorse trail, shepherds track, an ancient route. The route crosses Rivers of Chandra, Bhaga, Tsarap, Doda, Zanskar and Indus

Zanskar traverse is one of the classic trekking tours of the Himalayan region, the first day 5 hrs. Drive to Keylong, than to Jispa, Darcha (3,360 m) over Rohtang pass (3,978 m) the gateway to Lahaul, Spiti, Pangi and Zanskar valleys. While acclimatizing slowly and doing a hike in around Keylong, we start our trekking tour from Palamo. We cross Shingo La pass (5,090 m) to get into Zanskar. Many ancient gompas on the way: Phuktal gompa which is built under a huge cave and it provides one of the fantastic views. Karsha gompa is biggest in the Zanskar region. Enroute we pass shepherds with their flocks of sheep and climb beautiful snow covered passes with panoramic views of the Great Himalayan range. Trek terminates at Photoksar and we drive to Leh which is 6-7 hrs of a spectacular short drive along the Yapola river gorge and finally 5 to 6 hrs along the Indus river.

Outline Trip Itinerary
Day 1
: Arrive Delhi, drive to Manali (2050 m)
Day 2: Manali
Day 3: Drive Manali – Atal Tunnel Rohtang – Kyelang (3,080 m)
Day 4:  Acclimatize trek Kardang - Lapchang - Satingri, Drive Jispa (3,650 m)
Day 5: Jispa to Zanskar Sumdo (4,000 m) drive, acclimatize trek to Kuddu.
Day 6: Trek Chhumik Nakpo (4,670 m).
Day 7: Trek Shingo la (5,090 m) - Lakhong (4,500 m).
Day 8: Trek Kurgiak (4,140 m)- Sking (4,100 m)
Day 9: Trek Purne (3,800 m).
Day 10: Trek Phuktal (3,900 m) - Cha (3950m) - Anmo (3800 m)
Day 11: Drive Raru (3,800 m) - Padum (3,600 m)
Day 12: Padum - Karsha (3,750 m) - Thongde - Zangla - Pishu (3,500 m)
Day 13: Trek Pidmo - Hanamur (3650 m).
Day 14: Trek Parfi la (3,900 m) - Zingchen (3,360 m) - Snertse (3,800 m).
Day 15: Trek Hanuma La (4,800 m) - Base Lanang (4,000 m)
Day 16: Trek to Lingshed (3,900 m) -
Day 17: Trek to Netoski la (4,475 m) - Skiumpata (4,000 m)
Day 18: Trek to Kiupa la (4,420 m) - Sengge-la (4,950 m) - Base (4,400 m)
Day 19: Trek Bumitse la (4,400 m) - Photoksar (4200 m).
Day 20: Drive to Wanla (3250 m) - Lamayuru (3500 m)
Day 21: Lamayuru - Alchi (3200 m) - Leh (3500 m).
Day 22: Morning flight to Delhi, Evening flight back home.

Kanji - Lamayuru Extension
Day 19
: Trek Bumitse la (4,400 m) - Photoksar (4200m).
Day 20: Trek to Sirsir La (4805 m) - Spangthang/Urtsi Dok (4500 m)
Day 21: Trek to Snigutse La (5100 m) - Shilakong (4300 m)
Day 22: Trek to Yogma La (4820 m) - Kanji (3850 m)
Day 23: Drive to Fotu La (4100 m) - Lamayuru (3500 m)
Day 24: Drive to Leh (3500 m)
Day 25: Leh
Day 26: Leh
Day 27: Morning flight to Delhi, evening flight back to home.

Namaste , Julley and warm greetings.
"Thank you Prem and our trekking team: guide Sherab, Cook - Ravi, helper - Phurba and pony man Disu. We trekked in 1999 from Darcha to Lamayuru (with Potala Adventurers) and now in 2016 with our 3 children, aged 7,11 and 13. We enjoyed trekking in Zanskar/Ladakh from Kelang Sarai to Photoksar. Sherab and the team took great care of the children and although at time there were challenges for the  children. They had a wonderful experience. Many thanks !."
Mrs Louise K (family of 5) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - 26th Sept

"Ravi cooking was very good and delicious. I liked his cakes. Disu riding horse was very lovely and well behaved. The sight were very nice."
Miss Elsa - aged 7 yrs, AUSTRALIA

"Thanks POTALA adventures for an amazing trek. It was a great fun and an interesting experience. I was expecting to find it a lot harder but our expert guide helped us every inch of the way !. I was amazed at the incredible skills of our cook Ravi and his helper Phurba, who cooked delicious food on a kerosene stove. They even made a few cakes !! Our horseman Disu was superb at getting the horses to behave. He was also very strong and fast, so even though he left after us he always beat us to camp, and when we arrived the tents were already up. The views were also breath taking !!"
Mr Owen - aged 13 - AUSTRALIA - 26th Sept

Darcha - Lamayuru trek -- Zanskar Traverse -- Across Zanskar Himalayas --
Trip: Darcha – Lamayuru – Leh.
 I’d like to thanks  our guide Pritam for the excellent trek. He is a very good guide. Always in a good mood. He was helpful in all situations. During all the trip everything was really very fine.  Thanks for him Zanskar Ladakh trekking was a real pleasure.
Dorota - Poland - 30 June - 19 July

POTALA ADVENTURERS
Trip: Darcha – Phenjila – Leh
"
All service given to us clients have been to my  fill pleasance, my expectation have been fulfilled means
The kitchen was very good and always considering our special wishes
The guide organized a good team work with the staff and also made short and agreeable advise of us clients.  He has a good skill in leading people. This was showed also by a good atmosphere in the group, in the staff and also he always made good contact with people we met.
The routing was also very nice and the guide always knew very well where to go, where we are and how much time the hike still takes.
Special wishes from our side have been considered like watching the final world’s football cup. Also I got good information about nature – culture.
I would recommend Potala Adventurers to other people and look back on a impressive time.
 Judith ( Switzerland ) -30 June - 19 July

Ladakh Zanskar: Lamayuru - Darcha trek / 21 days
"From 16th July till 5th of August we did great Zanskar trek organise by Potala Adventures. Not only the trek was amazing, the crew cook, guide and horseman were brilliant and absolutely professional. whole  3 weeks through Zanskar was an unforgettable adventure".
Mr. Bar Edelbacher & friend. AUSTRIA. August

Trekking Padum to Lamayuru - Zanskar Ladakh
" We had a splendid trip in Zanskar!!  We are very thankful to Sanjay, who did a splendid job and also Tashi cooked wonderfull! We hope we can come back sometimes.  Warm greeting ",
Stefan and Els.  Belgium.  September

Darcha Lamayuru Trek Across Zanskar Himalaya and Stok- Kangri Ascent (6153 m). "The team  we are perfectly satisfied of the trek and its organisation. The team was quite efficient and also very kind scrupulous and mindful of everything. We appreciate to have realised all that was planned and respected the schedule. The landscape were beautiful and we like also the visit of monasteries.   We were glad also to notice that it was possible discuss alternating possibilities for the part of the itinary and that they were studied careful (like possibilities of making Stok-kangri ascent at Stok valley ). We had a feeling of good communication with our team and it was very pleasant.   I also congratulate also for the good quality and varous cooking. So our trek was perfact  and we had a marvellous of Ladakh and Zaskar".  From Pierre and Ginette, Bruxelles, BELGIQUE. July , August

Darcha Lamayuru Across Zanskar Himalayas  
" Overall, the trek went very well, spectacular scenery, fascinating gompas, a look at rural life. Karma cooked excellent food throughout, even when the supplies i.e. vegetable, ran low, as we were unable to buy supplies in Padum ( due to circumtances at Kargil ). He structured the trek, to avoid very long, difficult days, assisted with river crossing and was very helpful. Vilati is an excellent and efficient pony man. He treated the animals well when unwell and particularly impressed with getting over Shingo La so early in season (May). Also to Prem for assisting up until this stage over pass and for cleaning up campsite it was very good to see this attitude to the environment 5 sacks of other begs as rubbish at Zanskar Sumdo. Tsering did an excellent job thanks also for assistance with translating throughout .
From : Anthony  & Luise, Australia. 25 June -16 June

Darcha Padum trek   
"The Darcha Padum trek is wanderful and not too strenuous, other than Shingo La pass. Tashi was a friendly guide, keeping up good humour in the group. Very nice. They all cooked up dhal, soups, samosas etc and the hot chocolate went down a treat. Nurbu , the helper was excellent, very helpful and friendly. And the horseman too were good members of the group, horses and luggage arrived safely every evening. Thankyou". 
Joel, Britain

Trek : Darcha - Padum
En résumé : génial
"Nous avons fait ce trek avec « Tifaine » et Carlson » , respectivement guide et cuisinier. Ils sont tous charmants, plein d’attention. Le trek n’est pas très dur pour les gens entrainés. Pour moi l’enfer (parfois). Je vous recommande donc vivement cette agence."
Gilles et Christophe, 24 August

Darcha Lamayuru Trek 
"At first I had no intention of using a trekking agency to backpack from Darcha to Lamayuru. 20 minutes in the Potala Adventurers office changed my mind. They are by far the friendiest agency in Manali. Our on the trail they provide more of an experience then I could have hoped for. Urgen and crew are an exceptional choice of the villagers you pass through, especially if you want a chilled pitcher of Chang at the end of the day. All in all, highly recommended. The only choice if you ask me".
Ryan D, San Francisco, USA. 29 Juy

Darcha - Lamayuru trek   
1."We would have no hesitation in recommending Potala Adventurers for wilderness trekking during our 22 days using them we found then to be honest, reliable and professional. I am sure anybody using their services will not leave them disappointed".  
Michel & Catherine, Glasgow. SCOTLAND.

2." A great trek with great scenery and beautiful campspots. We were throughly spoiled with excellent food, excellent camping and excellent cards games. We were all looked after by the Potala team and I hope to trek with them again one day. Wonderful". 
Catherine . SCOTLAND

LAMAYURU TREK 
"Done 22 day trek with Tenzin. He had unlimited strenth to keep the motivation going. Especially on the high passes. We had tea / coffee brought to us in bed every morning and we got fed like kings. Also Tenzin (horse man) carried our guitar on his back for 10 days which we were very grateful. For all in all we had a very great time and hopefully I will come back and do it again".
 J. Mcneill. SCOTLAND. 24 Augusut

Trek From Darcha to Padum
"I was so happy to be in the same group as Thomas and Ulike and get to know Tempa their cooker. He served different kinds of food everyday and also let us taste it. Ill think he must be the best cooker in your company. He also have a very nice attitude and make everybody feel very welcome. He is a very good, warm friendly interesting man. We all would like to see again".
From Anne Baitl, NORWAY. 28 August

Darcha Padum Trek Zanskar Himalayas
"Tashi was always very cheerful and positive during the trek and handy with the beedies when they were needed. His cooking is very tasty and filling. Norbu was a great helper always working very hard and doing his best to please everyone. He was also very friendly and bouncy. Top marks to a great helper he should go far. I dont really know anything about horses but the horseman seemed to do their jobs well, although their singing needs improvement".
Christop, Britain, 6 August

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Delhi, drive to Manali (2050 m)
Arrive at Delhi Indira Gandhi international airport. Pickup by private car drive to Manali. Leaving Delhi drive 4-5 hours journey to Chandigarh, watching the changing scenery roll by. Chandigarh is almost the end of the line, located at the point where the Indian plains meet the foothills of the Himalaya. You continue your journey into the mountains, following the Beas River to enter the Kulu Valley, one of the most picturesque valleys in the Indian Himalaya. The road winds its way past pine-clothed mountain slopes giving glimpses of snow capped peaks, and through small settlements with their fields of rice and maize and little walled orchards. Eventually, you reach the upper part of the Kulu Valley and arrive at the popular tourist resort of Manali. Manali is approximately 300km from Chandigarh and the journey will take us around 7 hours. We check into hotel.

Day 2: Manali
To help with acclimatisation before we start trekking you spend the day in Manali at just over 2000 metres. This is a very popular tourist town and you visit some of its famous sights while you are here. You can visit the colourful Hadimba Temple, the medieval wooden palace at Naggar with its own art museum and enjoy a soak in the Vashisht hot springs. It is also fun to walk around the sprawling bazaar. a day for final preparation before leaving to Zanskar

Day 3: Manali – Atal Tunnel – Kyelang (3,080 m), drive 5 to 6 Hrs.
Starting trip from Manali, at the head of the lush green Kullu valley. The road slowly winds up the Atal Tunnel Rohtang now, is the gateway Lahoul and Spiti Pangi and Zanskar valley. The landscape changes dramatically, the greenery being replaced by barren hillsides, where the village with their bountiful fields of barley, peas and potatoes, stand out in stark contrast. On entering Lahoul the Buddhist influence is visible in the many monasteries crossed on the way. The people here have distinct Tibetan features. Today we drive along the Chenab & Bhaga River to Keylong check in to hotel and short hike to Shishur gompa 2 hours.

Day 4: Acclimatize trek Kardang gompa (3300m) - Lapchang - Satingri (3150m), 5-6 Hrs, Drive Satingri to Jispa (3,300 m) 45 minutes.
Today acclimatize hike to Kardang gompa, from Keylong we descend to Bhaga river and climb steadly to Kardang gompa, impressive view of Bhaga valley also known and Gharja. After visiting the gompa gentle descent to Lapchang village and descend to Gumling and from here on a well defined path to Satingri crossing small villages of Mangun, Kyor. Arrive at Satingri than drive to Jispa for overnight stay.

Day 5: Jispa to Zanskar Sumdo (4,000m) drive 2 Hrs, acclimatize trek to Kuddu.
Leaving Jispa, drive to Darcha and continue to Chikka Rarik than along the river to Zanskar Sumdo. Today we do final acclimatization hike, before entering in Zanskar valley. A proper acclimatization must be needed before crossing the Shingo la to enter Zanskar.

Day 6: Trek Chhumik Nakpo (4,670 m). 6 Hrs
Today leaving Zanskar Sumdo we cross the second ford then go up the right hand valley following the stream, which comes from Shingo la. Streams in Himalayas should be cross carefully even if they look small, camp in the small meadow.

Day 7: Trek to Shingo la / Shinkun la (5,090 m) - Lakhong (4,500 m), 7 - 8 hours
Today leaving early gradual ascent to Shingo la, the highest point of our trek at 5,090 meters. An eventful day for those who have never climbed to this height. Soon after camp trail goes through rock fields and glacier. From the camp, climb moderate slopes to foot of the pass. Top of Shingo la pass there are prayer flags and mani stones are telling story of those people cross over years back. With impressive view to Zanskar side the valley we trek and summits rising above 6000 m of Great Himalayan range. Today the road has open up this pass and its officially open for public. Walk over the glacier and fallen rocks. A long descent to Pankeya and further to Lakhong we reach at the valley floor. Lakhong is high pasture land for yaks, dzo and sheep, where domestic animals are kept during summer time and produce cheese, butter for winter stock. Finally reach Lakhong camp beside small stream.

Day 8: Trek Kurgiak (4,140 m)- Sking (4,100 m), 6-7 Hrs
Cross the stream and come to the right side of stream. Walk on a mass of fallen rocks, then cross a small stream. After one hour, you pass beneath the face of the Gomborangjum, then an easy descent to the first village of Zanskar region Kargyak.

Day 9: Trek to Tangze (4,000 m) - Testa - Purne (3,800 m), 7 - 8 hours
Leaving Kyin along the right bank of Kurgiak chu on a well define trail to Lakhong. We pass the Karu, Testa and Hal village. We descent to a small bridge near Purney and pass series of stupas to reach Purney campsite. Purney is situated at the confluence between Tsarap and Kurgiak.

Day 10: Trek Phuktal (3,900 m) - Cha (3950 m) - Anmo (3800 m), 8 Hrs.
Leaving early today from Purney to Phuktal and to reach at gompa during morning prayer time. Its a two hours hike to Phuktal also called Phukthar. We depart early from Purney on a well defined trail along the left bank of Tsarap River. Short before Phuktal we cross Tsarap river by bridge. This monastery is built under a huge cave and it belongs of Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
There is a stone tablet which serves as a reminder of the stay of Alexander Csoma de Koros at Phuktal, while he worked on the first English-Tibetan dictionary between 1826 and 1827, when he explored Ladakh.
After spending two hours at Phuktal we retrace back to bridge, from here we take trail that goes to Cha. Gentle climb for an hour and descent to Cha village. Passing Cha continue to Anmo village. A short before Anmo there is small gompa which you will visit.

Day 11: Drive Raru (3,800m) -Padum (3,600 m) 2 Hrs
We drive to Padum from Anmo for 2 hrs, enroute passing Raru and you visit Bardan gompa. You take shower and wash clothes this day and visit the Padum market while the crew will be busy buying fresh vegetables for our next part of trek.

Day 12: Padum - Karsha (3,750 m) - Thongde - Zangla - Pishu (3,500 m)
Today is the day to explore the important sights in around Padum. At first you drive to Karsha, one of the biggest monastic complex in Zanskar region, After Karsha we visit Thongde, which is built on hill top by Lama Marpa and its more than 950 years old finally drive to visit Zangla fort and to our camp is beside Zanskar River on a large meadows at Pishu.  

Day 13: Trek Pidmo - Hanamur (3650m). 6 Hrs
Leaving camp, trek along the Zanskar river for 45 minutes and cross a large bridge and pass beneath the Pidmo village. Passing through the fields of barley, short ascend than along the left bank to the campsite of Hanamur.

Day 14: Trek Parfi la (3,900 m) - Zingchen (3,360 m) - Snertse (3,800 m). 7-8 Hrs
Today after breakfast 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 river, steep ascent to Parfi-la (3900m. Its a long and steep descent to Oma Chu River - Oma means milk in Zanskar and Chu is for water, so simply Oma Chu is "white water or milky water". Arriving at Zingchen you cross bridge and up  500 meters  on sandy slope, then one and half hour to the campsite of Snertse.

Day 15: Trek Hanuma La (4,800m) - Base Lanang (4,000 m), 7-8 Hrs.
Leaving camp long and gradual ascent to the pass of Hanuma-la (4800m.) through gorges for four hours to reach the Hanuma la. Spectacular view of Lingshed, Sengge la and Nyerak from the Hanuma la. This pass is connecting point between Ladakh and Zanskar. Soon after the pass its 800 meters long descent to campsite of Lanang also known as Hanumil base.

Day 16: Trek to Lingshed (3,900 m), 4-5 Hrs
Today we take short walk to Lingshed village and spend afternoon exploring this wonderful village. After Lanang short ascent to small pass than an easy trail to Lingshed village. Visit the monastery and explore local life at village.

Day 17: Trek to Netoski la (4,475 m) - Skiumpata (4,000 m)
Leaving Lingshed we climb to Netoski la (4,475 m). We descend gradually to the villages of Gongma and to the campsite of Skiumpata.

Day 18: Trek to Kiupa la (4,420 m) - Sengge-la (4,950 m) - Base (4,400 m). 7-8 Hrs.
Leaving Skiumpata gradual climb to pass of Kiupa-la (4,420 m) and long and finally steep climb to Sengge-la (4,950 m).  Sengge la is also called Lions pass, due to the pass and surrounding mountains making shape of a Lion. To the south great view of Yulchung and across the Zanskar river the Nyerak. An easy descent from pass down to the valley and arriving at lonely stupa where our camp is set.

Day 19: Trek Bumitse la (4,400 m) - Photoksar (4200 m). 4-5 Hrs.
Leaving an early from camp today we will have a long drive ahead to Leh. Short descent to Bhumiktse-la (4,400 m) towards Photoksar, Photoksar is a beautiful village at the base of huge mountain wall. Arriving at Photoksar, our vehicle will be waiting for us here.

Day 20: Drive to Wanla (3250 m) - Lamayuru (3500 m)
We drive to Sirsir la - Hanupatta - Wanla and further to Lamayuru. You will spend night at homestay in Lamayuru to experience the Ladakh culture and visit monastery.

Day 21: Lamayuru - Alchi (3200m) - Leh (3500m).
Today drive to Leh along the Indus river. Enroute we visit Alchi and Likir gompa. Arrive in Leh and check into hotel and evening explore local bazaar.

Day 22: Morning flight to Delhi, Evening flight back home.
Early flight to Delhi and evening flight back to home.

KANJI - LAMAYURU EXTENSION
Day 19: Trek Bumitse la (4,400 m) - Photoksar (4200 m). 5 Hrs
Leaving an early from camp today we will have a long drive ahead to Leh. Short descent to Bhumiktse-la (4,400 m) towards Photoksar, Photoksar is a beautiful village at the base of the huge mountain wall. Arriving at Photoksar, our vehicle will be waiting for us here.

Day 20: Trek to Sirsir La (4805 m) - Spangthang/Urtsi Dok (4500 m), 5-6 Hrs
Leaving Photoksar gentle and easy ascent by following the good path to Sirsir la. Enjoy the wonderful view of Photang and Photoksar valley. From Sirsir la its easy descent to the campsite of Urtsi dok.

Day 21: Trek to Snigutse La (5100 m) - Shilakong (4300 m), 6-7 Hrs
Leaving camp you arrive at an immense plain where you will find many animals grazing in the area like sheep, goats, yaks, and dzos. After crossing tiny gully with a wonderful pillar of rocks starts ascending to Snigutse la. View from top of the pass is stunning and enchanting. Easy descent to the campsite of Shilakong.
A small doksa can be found here, where sheep kept during summer time.

Day 22: Trek to Yogma La (4820 m) - Kanji (3850 m), 6 Hrs.
After Shilakong camp, its two hrs of gently climb to Yogma la. The first view of Kanji valley can be seen from here. Descent to the small hamlet where you will meet with Kanji people. Now along the left bank of the stream to Kanji. One of the most spectacular villages in this part. Arrive at Kanji and campsite is just below the village. Explore the village and meet with locals.

Day 23: Drive to Fotu La (4100 m) - Lamayuru (3500 m)
Stunning view along the way to Lamayuru. The road goes through spectacular gorge after Kanji. Its a short drive to Lamayuru. Arriving at Lamayuru, explore the 1000 years old complex. Oldest monastery in Ladakh, founded by Indian scholar Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in the 11th century. Lamayuru host mask dance festival (Yuru Kabgyat) during 17th and 18th day of fifth months of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. It belongs to red hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism; monastery is rich with Thankas and wall paintings. Lamayuru monastery was constructed by Arahat Nimagung in between the 10th and 11th century. History says that in the 11th century the Mahasidha Naropa visited this place and the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen inside the monastery.

Day 24: Drive to Alchi (3200 m) - Likir - Leh (3500 m), 6-7 Hrs
Continue to drive to Alchi monastery, situated at a distance of 68 km from Leh. Its monastery built on lowlands rather than on a hilltop as others are, in order to protect from enemies. The Stupas/Chortens around Alchi gompa contains numerous wall murals of Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, who has built this monastery. Alchi monastery has vast collections of wall paintings and wood sculpture. Continue to Likir and than to Leh.

Day 25: At Leh -Visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Matho - Stok - Spituk
Visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes a 90-minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in the 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in the 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive to Matho monastery built by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in the 13th century. The famous two oracles (known as Rongtsan), who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery still make an appearance during the festival of the monastery and Stok visit the Royal Palace of present kind and queen which was constructed by the kind Tsepal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you”ll find a great collection of ancient royal ornament and finally drive back to Leh to visit.

Day 26: At Leh - Visit Leh palace, Tsemo Gompa - Shanti Stupa

Day 27: Morning flight to Delhi, evening flight back to home.
Early flight to Delhi. Drop at Leh airport, flight to Delhi and onward flight back to home.

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Manali to Leh.
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation at CP plan (2x Manali, 1x Leh)
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation at MAP plan (1x Manali, 1x Jispa, 1x Padum, 1x Lamayuru)
  • 14 or 17 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.
  • All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
  • Support staff: well English, Zanskari - Ladakhi speaking local trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
    Camping fee,  trekking permits.
  • Goods and services tax.
  • First aid medical kit.

What is not included in the Price
×     Domestic flight   
×     New Delhi airport to Manali transfer (Booking of private car on request), Leh airport transfer.   
×     Hotel in Delhi
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver.
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

Namaste , Julley and warm greetings.
"Thank you Prem and our trekking team: guide Sherab, Cook - Ravi, helper - Phurba and pony man Disu. We trekked in 1999 from Darcha to Lamayuru (with Potala Adventurers) and now in 2016 with our 3 children, aged 7,11 and 13. We enjoyed trekking in Zanskar/Ladakh from Kelang Sarai to Photoksar. Sherab and the team took great care of the children and although at time there were challenges for the  children. They had a wonderful experience. Many thanks !."
Mrs Louise K (family of 5) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - 26th Sept

"Ravi cooking was very good and delicious. I liked his cakes. Disu riding horse was very lovely and well behaved. The sight were very nice."
Miss Elsa - aged 7 yrs, AUSTRALIA

"Thanks POTALA adventures for an amazing trek. It was a great fun and an interesting experience. I was expecting to find it a lot harder but our expert guide helped us every inch of the way !. I was amazed at the incredible skills of our cook Ravi and his helper Phurba, who cooked delicious food on a kerosene stove. They even made a few cakes !! Our horseman Disu was superb at getting the horses to behave. He was also very strong and fast, so even though he left after us he always beat us to camp, and when we arrived the tents were already up. The views were also breath taking !!"
Mr Owen - aged 13 - AUSTRALIA - 26th Sept

Darcha - Lamayuru trek -- Zanskar Traverse -- Across Zanskar Himalayas --
Trip: Darcha – Lamayuru – Leh.
 I’d like to thanks  our guide Pritam for the excellent trek. He is a very good guide. Always in a good mood. He was helpful in all situations. During all the trip everything was really very fine.  Thanks for him Zanskar Ladakh trekking was a real pleasure.
Dorota - Poland - 30 June - 19 July

POTALA ADVENTURERS
Trip: Darcha – Phenjila – Leh
"
All service given to us clients have been to my  fill pleasance, my expectation have been fulfilled means
The kitchen was very good and always considering our special wishes
The guide organized a good team work with the staff and also made short and agreeable advise of us clients.  He has a good skill in leading people. This was showed also by a good atmosphere in the group, in the staff and also he always made good contact with people we met.
The routing was also very nice and the guide always knew very well where to go, where we are and how much time the hike still takes.
Special wishes from our side have been considered like watching the final world’s football cup. Also I got good information about nature – culture.
I would recommend Potala Adventurers to other people and look back on a impressive time.
 Judith ( Switzerland ) -30 June - 19 July

Ladakh Zanskar: Lamayuru - Darcha trek / 21 days
"From 16th July till 5th of August we did great Zanskar trek organise by Potala Adventures. Not only the trek was amazing, the crew cook, guide and horseman were brilliant and absolutely professional. whole  3 weeks through Zanskar was an unforgettable adventure".
Mr. Bar Edelbacher & friend. AUSTRIA. August

Trekking Padum to Lamayuru - Zanskar Ladakh
" We had a splendid trip in Zanskar!!  We are very thankful to Sanjay, who did a splendid job and also Tashi cooked wonderfull! We hope we can come back sometimes.  Warm greeting ",
Stefan and Els.  Belgium.  September

Darcha Lamayuru Trek Across Zanskar Himalaya and Stok- Kangri Ascent (6153 m). "The team  we are perfectly satisfied of the trek and its organisation. The team was quite efficient and also very kind scrupulous and mindful of everything. We appreciate to have realised all that was planned and respected the schedule. The landscape were beautiful and we like also the visit of monasteries.   We were glad also to notice that it was possible discuss alternating possibilities for the part of the itinary and that they were studied careful (like possibilities of making Stok-kangri ascent at Stok valley ). We had a feeling of good communication with our team and it was very pleasant.   I also congratulate also for the good quality and varous cooking. So our trek was perfact  and we had a marvellous of Ladakh and Zaskar".  From Pierre and Ginette, Bruxelles, BELGIQUE. July , August

Darcha Lamayuru Across Zanskar Himalayas  
" Overall, the trek went very well, spectacular scenery, fascinating gompas, a look at rural life. Karma cooked excellent food throughout, even when the supplies i.e. vegetable, ran low, as we were unable to buy supplies in Padum ( due to circumtances at Kargil ). He structured the trek, to avoid very long, difficult days, assisted with river crossing and was very helpful. Vilati is an excellent and efficient pony man. He treated the animals well when unwell and particularly impressed with getting over Shingo La so early in season (May). Also to Prem for assisting up until this stage over pass and for cleaning up campsite it was very good to see this attitude to the environment 5 sacks of other begs as rubbish at Zanskar Sumdo. Tsering did an excellent job thanks also for assistance with translating throughout .
From : Anthony  & Luise, Australia. 25 June -16 June

Darcha Padum trek   
"The Darcha Padum trek is wanderful and not too strenuous, other than Shingo La pass. Tashi was a friendly guide, keeping up good humour in the group. Very nice. They all cooked up dhal, soups, samosas etc and the hot chocolate went down a treat. Nurbu , the helper was excellent, very helpful and friendly. And the horseman too were good members of the group, horses and luggage arrived safely every evening.
Thankyou". 
Joel, Britain

Trek : Darcha - Padum
En résumé : génial
"Nous avons fait ce trek avec « Tifaine » et Carlson » , respectivement guide et cuisinier. Ils sont tous charmants, plein d’attention. Le trek n’est pas très dur pour les gens entrainés. Pour moi l’enfer (parfois).
Je vous recommande donc vivement cette agence."
Gilles et Christophe, 24 August

Darcha Lamayuru Trek 
"At first I had no intention of using a trekking agency to backpack from Darcha to Lamayuru. 20 minutes in the Potala Adventurers office changed my mind. They are by far the friendiest agency in Manali. Our on the trail they provide more of an experience then I could have hoped for. Urgen and crew are an exceptional choice of the villagers you pass through, especially if you want a chilled pitcher of Chang at the end of the day. All in all, highly recommended. The only choice if you ask me".
Ryan D, San Francisco, USA. 29 Juy

Darcha - Lamayuru trek   
1."We would have no hesitation in recommending Potala Adventurers for wilderness trekking during our 22 days using them we found then to be honest, reliable and professional. I am sure anybody using their services will not leave them disappointed".  
Michel & Catherine, Glasgow. SCOTLAND.

2." A great trek with great scenery and beautiful campspots. We were throughly spoiled with excellent food, excellent camping and excellent cards games. We were all looked after by the Potala team and I hope to trek with them again one day. Wonderful". 
Catherine . SCOTLAND

LAMAYURU TREK 
"Done 22 day trek with Tenzin. He had unlimited strenth to keep the motivation going. Especially on the high passes. We had tea / coffee brought to us in bed every morning and we got fed like kings. Also Tenzin (horse man) carried our guitar on his back for 10 days which we were very grateful. For all in all we had a very great time and hopefully I will come back and do it again".
 J. Mcneill. SCOTLAND. 24 Augusut

Trek From Darcha to Padum
"I was so happy to be in the same group as Thomas and Ulike and get to know Tempa their cooker. He served different kinds of food everyday and also let us taste it. Ill think he must be the best cooker in your company. He also have a very nice attitude and make everybody feel very welcome. He is a very good, warm friendly interesting man. We all would like to see again".
From Anne Baitl, NORWAY. 28 August

Darcha Padum Trek Zanskar Himalayas
"Tashi was always very cheerful and positive during the trek and handy with the beedies when they were needed. His cooking is very tasty and filling. Norbu was a great helper always working very hard and doing his best to please everyone. He was also very friendly and bouncy. Top marks to a great helper he should go far. I dont really know anything about horses but the horseman seemed to do their jobs well, although their singing needs improvement".
Christop, Britain, 6 August 

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Trip Facts
Region
: Lahaul, Zanskar, Ladakh
Trip length: 22 or 27 days Delhi to Delhi
19 or 22 Days Manali to Leh
14 or 17 days of trekking, 14 or 17 nights of camping
Grade: Moderate to strenuous
Max. Altitude : Snigutse La 5100m
Best Season: Mid June to Sept. end
Group Size: Min 2, Max 6