Trekking & Hiking in Ladakh Zanskar

Destination

Djuley - Welcome to Ladakh & Zanskar

Zanskar at a height of between 3,500 and 7,000m. It consists of the country lying along the two main branches of the Zanskar River. The first, the Doda, has its source near the Pensi La (4,400m) mountain-pass, and then flows south-eastwards along the main valley leading towards Padum, the capital of Zanskar. The second branch is formed by two main tributaries known as Kargyak River, with its source near the Shingo La (5,091m), and Tsarap River, with its source near the Baralacha-La. These two rivers unite below the village of Purne to form the Lungnak River (also known as the Lingti or Tsarap). The Lungnak river then flows north-westwards along a narrow gorge towards Zanskar’s central valley (known locally as gzhung khor), where it unites with the Doda river to form the Zanskar river.

For locals and trekkers alike, the Shinkun La is technically one of the easiest 5000m passes in Indian Himalaya, involving no glacier trekking nor steep climbs. “The Shinkun La, the main route into Zanskar from Lahaul, is an unpleasant pass.

The Zanskar River then takes a north-eastern course until it joins the Indus in Ladakh. High mountain ridges lie on both sides of the Doda and Lingti–kargyak valleys, which run north-west to south-east. To the south-west is the Great Himalayan Range which separates Zanskar from the Kisthwar and Chamba basins. To the north-east lies the Zanskar Range, which separates Zanskar from Ladakh. The only outlet for the whole Zanskar hydrographic system is thus the Zanskar River, which cuts the deep and narrow Zanskar Gorge through the Zanskar range. These topographical features explain why access to Zanskar is difficult from all sides. Communication with the neighbouring Himalayan areas is maintained across mountain passes or along the Zanskar River when frozen. The easiest approach leads from Kargil through the Suru valley and over the Pensi La. It is along this track that in 1979 the first and only road in Zanskar was built to connect Padum with the main road from Srinagar into Ladakh.

One of the first Tibetologists to spend an extended period in the region was Alexander Csoma de Koros, who spent over a year living in the region in 1823. After being integrated into the newly formed state of India in 1947, Zanskar and the neighbouring region of Ladakh were both declared restricted areas and only opened to foreigners in 1974

TREKKING IN LADAKH ZANSKAR
Ladakh Zanskar Traverse - 27 Days

Ladakh Zanskar Traverse - 27 Days

Our new and updated trekking route in Ladakh & Zanskar, which will take you to one of the remotest parts of Indian Himalaya..

Lamayuru Kanji La Circuit - 12 Days

Lamayuru Kanji La Circuit - 12 Days

An exceptionally remote trek takes us complete off the beaten track. We trek through very remote country in the mystical..

Lamayuru to Chilling Trek - 7 Days

Lamayuru to Chilling Trek - 7 Days

This trek takes you through beautiful rural villages surrounded by green barley fields, apricot trees, and high mountains. Remote ..

Lamayuru to Padum Trek - 15 Days

Lamayuru to Padum Trek - 15 Days

A magical 10 days Ladakh Zanskar Trek which takes us around most of the remote Zanskar region reaching upto the 5,100 m..

Lamayuru to Stok Trek - 9 Days

Lamayuru to Stok Trek - 9 Days

On this trip we will learn the landscapes, culture and people of Ladakh. Our 9 days trek starts at Lamayuru. We drive along the..

Lasermo La Nubra Valley - 9 Days

Lasermo La Nubra Valley - 9 Days

Lasermo la located at Nubra valley. Nubra means Ldumra - the valley of flowers, situated 150 km North of Leh city and just ..

Markha Valley Home Stay - 5 Days

Markha Valley Home Stay - 5 Days

Homestay trek in Ladakh gives you an opportunity to experience the local village life of Ladakhi. Homestay trek in Ladakh..

Markha Valley Trek - 6 Days

Markha Valley Trek - 6 Days

Markha Valley is one of the most famous treks of Ladakh Region. Markha valley remains one of the most popular trekking route..

Padum to Lamayuru Trek - 15 Days

Padum to Lamayuru Trek - 15 Days

A great summer Himalayan trek in the heart of remote Zanskar. Trekking off the road & car transfers to avoid walking on the road..

Rumtse to Tsomoriri Trek - 9 Days

Rumtse to Tsomoriri Trek - 9 Days

This demanding and Challenging Trek takes us to the land of Changpa nomads living in vast high plateau of Changthang. It focuses..

Rumtse to Kibber Trek - 21 Days

Rumtse to Kibber Trek - 21 Days

Tsomoriri surrounded by snow capped of 6000 m peaks, We follow the ancient nomadic routes along the Pare chu River valley..

Zanskar Wild & Remote - 28 Days

Zanskar Wild & Remote - 28 Days

Setting off from Leh after 2-3 days of well acclimatizing. We drive to Sarchu crossing the Taglang la 5268 m on Leh - Manali highway..

Grande Traversee Du Zanskar - 23 Days

Grande Traversee Du Zanskar - 23 Days

A mythical itinerary adapted for good acclimatization, The authentic villages of the Zanskar Valley. Road transfers to avoid ..

Zanskar The Hard Way Trek - 28 Days

Zanskar The Hard Way Trek - 28 Days

Setting off from the remote village of Kanji, we trek along the river to high pass of Kanji la. If weather is clear you can see K2..

Zanskar Darcha to Lamayuru - 28 Days

Zanskar Darcha to Lamayuru - 28 Days

Here is a chance for hardiest trekker, 14 to 20 km of rough tough and wonderful views every day for two weeks. You and..

MOUNTAINEERING IN LADAKH
Chalung Trek - 17 Days

Chalung Trek - 17 Days

The Chalung or Kula is a mountain in the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh region. Located in the Rupshu region..

Kang Yatse II 6240 m - 13 Days

Kang Yatse II 6240 m - 13 Days

The Kang Yatse II 6240m or Kang Yatze located at the East end of the Markha valley region of Ladakh just above Nimaling plains..

Stok Kangri 6153 m - 13 Days

Stok Kangri 6153 m - 13 Days

Ladakh trekking peak, Pre summit superb acclimatization trek, Indus valley sight-seeing, Rumbak valley the snow leopard home..

Stok Kangri & The Markha - 15 Days

Stok Kangri & The Markha - 15 Days

The magnificent Stok Kangri 6153 meters situated on the southern skyline of Leh. Widely seen from Leh and nearby is an ideal peak..

Mentok Kangri 6262 m - 14 Days

Mentok Kangri 6262 m - 14 Days

Located at the western shore of turquoise Lake Tso Moriri, Mentok Kangri is an exciting new trekking and climbing holiday for those..