Padum to Lamayuru or Padum to Kanji Trek - 15 Days

A great Himalayan summer trek in the heart of remote Zanskar. Trekking off the road. Remote villages & its adventurous trail. 

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Review

Trip Introduction
Zanskar traverse
is one of the classic trekking tours of the Himalayan region. A night at Manali 2050m and next-day visits to the Chandra Bhaga Valley / Chenab and the day of trekking between Gahar and Stod valley in Lahaul & Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, allows good acclimatization at an altitude between 3000 to 3500m, before starting the trek from Padum to Kanji. This trek takes us from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh Ladakh Valley through Zanskar and the Himalayan high passes. Many monasteries, villages, and breathtaking landscapes all along the route. The complete crossing of Zanskar from south to north. Ten days of walking in the heart of fabulous landscapes of immensity and roughness, mountain passes, spectacular monasteries with almost medieval rhythm. The Zanskari villages, cut off from the world six months a year by the cold, the altitude, and the snow.
The new road across Shinkun La will take us to the Southern Zanskar. Driving below the famous sacred mountain of Gumburanjon and the extraordinary landscapes throughout this trip in Zanskar and Ladakh. We pass by beautiful villages of Kurgiakh, Sking, Thangso, Testa, Punrey, Raru we arrive at Padum.

Trip Facts
Region: Ladakh Zanskar, Grade: Moderate to strenuous, Max. Altitude: Nigutse La 5100 m, Max sleeping altitude: 4500 m, Lowest trekking altitude: 3100 m, Group Size: Min 2, Max 10, Trip Length: 17 Days Delhi to Delhi, 14 Days Manali to Leh, 10 Days of Trekking, 10 Nights of Camping, Best Season: Mid June to Mid Oct.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01
: Arrive Manali (2050m)
Day 02: Manali – Atal Tunnel Rohtang – Keylong (3,080 m), 4 Hrs, Acclimatize hike 3 Hrs. Drive Jispa (3,300 m)
Day 03: Drive to Shinkun La (5060 m) - Padum ( 3600 m)
Day 04: Drive to visit Karsha (3,750 m) - Thongde - Zangla (3,500 m) - Pishu (3500m)
Day 05: Trek Pidmo - Hanamur (3650m).
Day 06: Trek Parfi la (3,900 m) - Zingchen (3,360 m) - Snertse (3,800 m).
Day 07: Trek Hanuma La (4,800m) - Base Lanang (4,000 m)
Day 08: Trek Lingshed (3,900 m)
Day 09: Trek Netoski la (4,475 m) - Skiumpata (4,000 m) - Yulchung (3950m)
Day 10: Trek Sengge-la (4,950 m) - Base (4,400 m)
Day 11: Trek Bumitse la (4,400 m) - Photoksar (4200m).
Day 12: Trek Sirsir la (4805m) - Spangthang / Urtsi Dok (4500m).
Day 13: Trek Nigutse la (5100m) - Shilakong (4300m)
Day 14: Trek Yogma la (4720m) - Kanji (3850m), drive to Fotu La (4100m) - Lamayuru (3500m)
Day 15: Drive Lamayuru - Alchi (3200m) - Likir - Leh (3500m)

Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Manali (2050m)
To help with acclimatization before we start trekking you spend the day in Manali at just over 2000 meters. This is a very popular tourist town and you visit some of its famous sights while you are here.

Day 02: Manali – Atal Tunnel Rohtang – Keylong (3,080 m), 4 Hrs, Acclimatize hike 3 Hrs. Drive Jispa (3,300 m)
Starting trip from Manali, at the head of the lush green Kullu valley. The road slowly winds up to the Atal Tunnel Rohtang, which is now a new 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, which will take us less than 4 hrs. and we set off for a half day hike in this fabulous landscape. Finishing hike at Yurnad or Mangmoor, we drive to Jispa for overnight stay.

Day 03: Drive to Shinkun La (5060 m) - Padum ( 3600 m), 8-9 Hrs.
The new road across Shinkun La will take us to the Southern Zanskar. Driving below the famous sacred mountain of Gumburanjon and the extraordinary landscapes throughout this trip in Zanskar and Ladakh. We pass by beautiful villages of Kurgiakh, Sking, Thangso, Testa, Punrey, Raru we arrive at Padum.

Day 04: Drive to visit Karsha (3,750 m) - Thongde - Zangla (3,500 m) - Pishu (3500m)
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 Sani gompa and finally to
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 05: Trek Pidmo - Hanamur (3650m).
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 06: Trek Parfi la (3,900 m) - Zingchen (3,360 m) - Snertse (3,800 m).
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 the bridge and up  500 meters on the sandy slope, then one and a half hour to the campsite of Snertse.

Day 07: Trek Hanuma La (4,800m) - Base Lanang (4,000 m)
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 the connecting point between Ladakh and Zanskar. Soon after the pass its 800 meters long descent to the campsite of Lanang also known as Hanumil base.

Day 08: Trek Lingshed (3,900 m)
Today we take a short walk to Lingshed village and spend the 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 the village.

Day 09: Trek Netoski la (4,475 m) - Skiumpata (4,000 m) - Yulchung (3950m)
Leaving Lingshed we climb to Netoski la (4,475 m). We descend gradually to the villages of Gongma and to the campsite of Skiumpata. and continue to Yulchung village.

Day 10: Trek Sengge-la (4,950 m) - Base (4,400 m)
Leaving Yulchung gradual climb to pass of Sengge-la (4,950 m).  Sengge la is also called Lions pass, due to the pass and surrounding mountains making the shape of a Lion. To the south great view of Yulchung and across the Zanskar river the Nyerak. An easy descent from the pass down to the valley and arriving at lonely stupa where our camp is set.

Day 11: Trek Bumitse la (4,400 m) - Photoksar (4200m).
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 12: Trek Sirsir la (4805m) - Spangthang / Urtsi Dok (4500m).
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 13: Trek Nigutse la (5100m) - Shilakong (4300m)
Leaving camp arrive at the 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 14: Trek Yogma la (4720m) - Kanji (3850m), drive to Fotu La (4100m) - Lamayuru (3500m)
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 village in this part. Arrive at Kanji and campsite is just below the village. Explore the village and meet with locals.
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 Tibetal 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 15: Drive Lamayuru - Alchi (3200m) - Likir - Leh (3500m)
Contine to drive to Alchi monastery, situated at a distance of 68 kms from Leh. Its monastery built on lowlands rather than on a hilltop as others are, in order to protect from enemies. The 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.

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Manali - Keylong - Jispa - Padum (first part), Padum - Karsha - Pishu (2nd part), Kanji - Lamayuru - Leh (3rd part) by private car.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Manali (CP plan bed+ breakfast)
    3 nights' hotel accommodation on MAP plan (Bed + breakfast+ dinner) at Jispa, Padum, Lamayuru
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Leh (CP plan bed+ breakfast)
  • 10 nights trekking accommodation in 3 men 4 season tent for two. Includes sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent / Kitchen tent, stool, chair, toilet tent. And other trekking gear: A pair of trekking poles & safety gears.
  • All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
  • Support staff: Trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking muleteer with his horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee.
  • GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable.
  • First aid medical kit.

    What is not included in the Price

×     Domestic flight Leh - Delhi.
×     Hotel in New Delhi and rest of 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.


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