Day 1: Delhi – Leh
Fly from Delhi to Leh. On arrival at Leh ( 3,521 m) , transfer to hotel. Because of the altitude, activities are kept to a minimum for the first couple of days. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Leh Hotel.
Day 2 : In Leh
After breakfast at leisure, sight seeing trip of Spituk monastery, which is about 8 km from Leh. This monastery standing on a hill with three chapels was founded in the 11th century and is the seat of the head lama of the Yellow Hat sect. Return to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Leh Palace. Overnight at Leh Hotel.
Day 3: Around Leh
Drive to Hemis monastery visiting enroute Shey Palace and Thiksey Monastery. On return optional rafting trip from Karu to Choglamsar on the Indus River. Overnight at Leh Hotel.
Day 4: Leh – Kargil
Drive from Leh to Kargil (2740m), located on the bank of River Suru. Kargil was an important trading post on the Srinagar – Leh route. The drive is spectacular dotted with monasteries, bare plateaus and different hued bare hills. Overnight in camp set up en route.
Day 5: Kargil to Padum Drive
Drive from Kargil to Padum, the capital of the Zanskar valley.This valley was opened up for tourism even later than the rest of Ladakh but in a short while became very popular with trekkers. Overnight in camp set up en route.
Day 6: Padum to Reru trek
Trek from Padum to Reru. About 4 easy hours along the Tsarap Lingti river. Visit Bardaan and Mune monasteries en route.Overnight in camp set up en route.
Day 7: Reru-Bipul trek
Trek from Reru to Bipul. About 6/7 hours. Fairly long, but easy trek. Overnight in camp set up en route.
Day 8 : Bipul – Purni trek
About 5/6 hours of easy walk to Purni, a quaint little village. Overnight in camp set up en route.
Day 9: Purni – Phuktal – Purni
From Purni, walk to Phuktal monastery, carved out of the mountainside. The monastery has about 30 monks in residence. The visit takes about 5 hours. Overnight in camp.
Day 10: Purni – Kargyak
Today’s 7 to 8 hour trek goes through villages to Kargyak, the last of the villages of the Zanskar region. Overnight in camp.
Day 11: Kargyak – Lhakhang
Today is a 7 to 8 hour long but easy flat walk from Kargyak to Lhakhang. We have to cross a river before reaching Lhakhang. Overnight in camp.
Day 12: Lhakhang – Sumdo
The six-hour trek today involves the ascent to Shingkum la (5100 m) which is steep but the descent on the other side is gradual and easy. Overnight in camp at Sumdo village.
Day 13: Sumdo – Palmo
Today’s trek takes about 7 hours. Gradual descent upto Zanskar Sumdo. From Zanskar Sumdo to Palmo is a 3-hour easy trek. Overnight in camp.
Day 14: Palmo – Darcha -Manali
An easy 3-hour walk from Palmo to Darcha. Meet waiting jeeps at Darcha and drive to Manali. Overnight at Manali hotel.
Day 15: At Manali
At leisure in Manali. Sightseeing and walk through the bazaar.Overnight at Manali hotel.
Day 16: Fly Manali – Delhi
What to Bring Along
- Good walking shoes (not new)
- Small knapsack
- Long trousers
- Rain gear (Poncho)
- Lockable duffel bag
- Track pants & T-shirts
- Personal medical kit and toiletries
- Warm clothes for evenings, early mornings
- Sun shade/ cap
- Sun block lotion
- Retainers for prescription glasses/ sun glasses
- Water bottle
- Musical instrument/ reading/ writing material
- Your Spirit of Adventure and sense of humour!