Lamayuru Kanji La Circuit Trek - 12 Days

Kanji la trek or Lamayuru circuit trek, Nanga Parbat and K2 view

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Review

Trip Introduction
An exceptionally remote trek takes us completely off the beaten track. We trek through a very remote country in the mystical kingdom of Ladakh Zanskar. We gradually make our way through the mountains of Ladakh, crossing numerous passes and a series of gorges and pass beautiful villages. Continue to follow along the turquoise river of Oma Chu, go gently exposed in the canyon route, eventually reaching the Dibling village, one of the most remote villages of Ladakh. 

Trip Facts 
Activity
- Trekking & hiking, Region: Ladakh, India Difficulty Level - Strenuous, Max Altitude - 5250 meters, Max sleeping altitude - 4400 meters, Lowest trek altitude - 3850 meters, Trip Length - 16 days Delhi to Delhi, 12 days Leh to Leh, 10 days of Trekking, 11 nights of Camping, Best time - Mid Aug to mid-Oct

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
:  Drive Leh - Wanla - Sirsir La (4805 m) 5-6 hrs, Trek to Photoksar (3900 m) 2-3 hrs.
Day 2:  Trek to Boumitse La (4400 m) - base of Singey La (Sengge La (4400 m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 3:  Trek to Singey La/Sengge La (4950 m) - Yulchung (3900 m)
Day 4:  Trek to Lingshed (3900 m)
Day 5:  Trek to Barmi La (4600 m) – Lingshed Sumdo, 6-7 hrs
Day 6:  Trek to Dibling (4000 m) 5-6 hrs
Day 7:   At Dibling
Day 8:  Trek to Base Pikdong la (4200 m), 5 hrs
Day 9:  Trek to Pikdong La (5020 m) – Kanji Sumdo (4300 m), 7 hrs
Day 10:  Trek to Kanji La (5250 m) - Kanji La North Base Camp (4350 m), 7-8 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Kanji (3850 m) 5 -6 hrs
Day 12: Drive to  Lamayuru - Leh.

SIMILAR PACKAGE - KANJI LA  LAMAYURU  CIRCUIT  TREK
OUTLINE TRIP ITINERARY
Day   1  - Arrival Delhi, flight to Leh. Acclimatize
Day   2  - Leh 3600 m - acclimatize - visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.
Day   3  - Leh acclimatize - Visit Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Matho, Stok
Day   4  - Leh to Alchi - Lamayuru (3,510 m), 6-7 hrs
Day   5  - Trek Prinkiti la - Shilla (3,400 m), 4-5 hrs
Day   6  - Trek Shilla gorge (4,030 m), 6-7 hrs
Day   7  - Trek Yogma la (4,650 m) - Kanji (3,850 m), 7 hrs
Day   8  - Trek to Junction of 3 valley Kong, Klamar, Chelung Togpo (4050 m), 5-6 hrs
Day   9  - Trek to base Kanji-La (4800 m), 5-6 hrs. 
Day  10 - Trek to Kanji-la (5271 m) - Junction of Kanji-La & Pikdong-La (4370 m) 7 hrs.
Day  11 - Trek to base Pikdong la (4579 m), 5-6 hrs. 
Day  12 - Trek to Pikdong La (5029 m) - Dibling (4000 m), 7 hrs. 
Day  13 - Trek to Lingshed sumdo (3680 m) - Base Barmi la (3890 m), 8 hrs. 
Day  14 - Trek to Barmi la (4694 m) -Lingshed (3900 m), 6-7 hrs. 
Day  15 - Trek to Yulchung
Day  16 - Trek to Sengge la (4,960 m) - base (4,400 m)
Day  17 - Trek to Photoksar
Day  18 - Drive to Leh
Day  19 - Flight to New Delhi.

SIMILAR TRIP - 21 Days
Day 01: Arrival Delhi, fly to Leh. Acclimatize – visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.
Day 02: Leh acclimatize: Visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Matho - Stok - Leh
Day 03: Drive Leh - Wanla - Sirsir La 5-6 hrs, Trek to Photoksar (3900 m) 2-3 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Boumitse La (4400 m) - base of Sengge La (4400 m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Sengge La (4950 m) - Yulchung (3900 m)
Day 06: Trek to Nyerak (3710 m)
Day 07: Trek to Takti La (4950 m) - Pharkunsa (3980 m).
Day 08: Trek to valley camp (3700 m)
Day 09: Trek to Namtse la (4500 m) - Zangla doksa River camp (3600 m), drive to Padum
Day 10: At Padum
Day 11: Drive to Pishu, Trek to Hanumil
Day 12: Trek to Perfi La- Snertse
Day 13: Trek to Hanumil - Lanang
Day 14: Trek to Barmi La (4600 m) – Lingshed Sumdo
Day 15: Trek to Dibling (4000 m)
Day 16: Trek to base Pikdong la (4300 m).
Day 17: Trek to Pikdong la (5000 m) -Kanji sumdo (4300 m). 6-7 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Kanji la (5150 m) – Riverkong (4300 m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Kanji. 5-6 hrs.
Day 20: Drive to Lamayuru - Alchi - Leh.
Day 21: Fly Delhi and onward flight back to home.

"Good support on all various aspects. 4 season tent to keep me warm all night. Provide sleeping bag and thick mattress; provide rope carabiner for Umasi La glacier travel. Morning bed tea and hot water for washing. Gas stove are in good condition. Its play an important role to prepare a hot meal after a long trek. Porters are helpful for helping me to some obstacle on river crossing, glacier crossing. Folding chair, toilet paper, pass message to my family during trek where std is not available. Driver Raj is very experienced and knowledgable on the Manali - Paddar valley. To make us a safe trip. Arranged bus ticket from Delhi to Manali. I have to carry only my day bag during trek which i enjoyed. Always choose the best spot for set my tent, client came first. This is my third time of joining Potala Adventurers - achieves the objective with happy memories. I am looking forward to next adventurous holiday with Potala Adventurers in the near future. "
Mr Stanlay - Singapore - 16 September (Umasi La - Kanji La combined trek)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Leh - Wanla - Sirsir La (4805 m) 5-6 hrs, Trek to Photoksar (4400 m) 2-3 hrs.
Leaving Leh on Leh - Srinagar highway to Wanla and upto Sirsir la. Its 6-7 hrs of drive and acclimatize trek, from pass gentle and easy descend by following the good trek path to Photoksar an isolated and charming village. Evening explore the village. Campsite before the village near the river. Overnight at Camp. (4210m)

Day 2: Trek to Boumitse La (4400 m) - base of Singey La (Sengge La (4400 m), 7-8 hrs.
Right from the camp, start ascend for few meter and then continue along the clear path.beatiful view of village Photoksar and surrounding mountains and gorge. Carry on ascending up to top of Boumitse-la, from the pass you can directly see the Singey la Pass which is about more than three hours trek from this point. Continue to climb on a high pasture land on photang valley, where villagers of Photokars keep their yaks, dzo, and horses for grazing. At final stage we climb steep to Singey la 5060m the 2nd highest point of our trek. Sengge in Tibetan means lion. So its lion pass, the view and formations of pass appears like lion, from pass a panoramic view of Zanskar range, next 1 hrs of steep ascent to base camp.

Day 3: Trek to Singey La/Sengge La (4950 m) - Yulchung (3900 m)
Right from the camp, start ascending up to top of Singe-la. It is easy to ascend but 1200m before the top, it is steep ascend in zigzag. From the pass, the route descends steeply to a loose boulder strewn area. This is called Champado Gongma. Continue along the right side of the valley, clear path up to village Skyumphatta. Beautiful and awesome view of landscape of the valley. Follow the beaten easy track and on the way you find a junction. One goes straight towards Lingshed and another goes down towards Yulchung village that you see below. Take left handside and then descend down in zig zag clear path.

Day 4: Trek to Lingshed (3900 m)
Leaving Yulchung this morning we head to Lingshed, which is 500 meters above Yulchung. We follow the small trail that leads north out of the village, ascending through pasture. Now climbing steeply into canyon, we will have to cross the newly bridge motor able. We cross small passes enroute to Linghsed.

Day 5: Trek to Barmi La (4600 m) – Lingshed Sumdo, 6-7 hrs.
Leaving main trail we climb to Barmi la pass and descend through narrow gorge to Lingshed Sumdo. There are some river crossing involve short before arrival of Lingshed Sumdo.

Day 6: Trek to Dibling (4000 m) 5-6 hrs.
We follow Oma Chu River to Dibling and numbers of time main River and side streams to be cross. At some stretches its tricky to find way. Keeping our pace on the valley floor continue to Dibling.Dibling is one of the remotest village in Ladakh and inhabitants of this village often visit Lingshed.

Day 7: Rest day at Dibling
Explore Dibling village and visit local house.

Day 8: Trek to Base Pikdong la (4200 m), 5 hrs.
After exploring the village we continue to our campsite short after crossing the bridge in large open meadows and crossing stream short before the Dibling Doksa to our campsite.

Day 9: Trek to Pikdong La (5020 m) – Kanji Sumdo (4300 m), 7 hrs.
Today leaving camp steep ascent to Pikdong la. Gradual descent after pass in a narrow gorge. Crossing of stream at several points and need to find out the way. Short climb to a ridge and high above the River we follow a well define trail to Kanji Sumdo. We cross 2 river close to Kanji Sumdo.

Day 10: Trek to Kanji La (5250 m) - Kanji La North Base Camp (4350 m), 7-8 hrs.
We follow a small trail to the junction and here we will have first view of Nun and Kun which remains in sight during our climb to Kanji la pass. The more we go up the better appreance of peak rising in Great Himalayan Range. Some of known and famous peaks are Hagshu, Doda and Brahma.It is long climb through rocky morain to the pass. On a clear sky one can have a clear view of Nanga Parbat to the west and K2 to the North. A tricky descent short after pass which consist of loose rocks than on a small glacier. A resting place which points towards the view of K2 peak. So high range of zoom and camera is must for this trek to enjoy the view of Karakorum peaks. Continue descent to campsite.

Day 11: Trek to Kanji (3850 m) 5-6 Hrs.
Today   trekking along the stream and which passes through narrow gorge to the large open field. We will meet with Yaks, Dzo which signifies arrival of Kanji village. Explore the village Overnight camp.

Day 12: Kanji to Lamayuru - Leh, 6-7 hrs.
Leaving early drive to Lamayuru and continue to Leh.

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
  • 11 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: Qualified climbing guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.
  • Goods and services tax.
  • First aid medical kit.

What is not included in the Price
×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh.
×     Hotel in Leh.
×     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.

"Good support on all various aspects. 4 season tent to keep me warm all night. Provide sleeping bag and thick mattress; provide rope carabiner for Umasi La glacier travel. Morning bed tea and hot water for washing. Gas stove are in good condition. Its play an important role to prepare a hot meal after a long trek. Porters are helpful for helping me to some obstacle on river crossing, glacier crossing. Folding chair, toilet paper, pass message to my family during trek where std is not available. Driver Raj is very experienced and knowledgable on the Manali - Paddar valley. To make us a safe trip. Arranged bus ticket from Delhi to Manali. I have to carry only my day bag during trek which i enjoyed. Always choose the best spot for set my tent, client came first. This is my third time of joining Potala Adventurers - achieves the objective with happy memories. I am looking forward to next adventurous holiday with Potala Adventurers in the near future. "
Mr Stanlay - Singapore - 16 September (Umasi La - Kanji La combined trek)

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