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Manali – Shingo La – Padum – Lamayuru

Months: Early July to end September
Number of Days: 13Nts / 14 Days
Maximum Altitude: 5450
Grade: Moderate - Strenuous

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Day 1: On arrival at Delhi airport we meet you and transfer you to your pre-reserved hotel. The morning is free to relax. In the afternoon we take on a half day old Delhi city tour. See the Red Fort, the mosque known as Jama Masjid both built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan many centuries ago and stroll along the narrow backstreets selling mouth watering kebabs and pilaffs. (Optional as you may want spend the day relaxing in your hotel). Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 2: We leave Delhi early after breakfast and drive to the city of Chandigarh where we arrive by early afternoon. Check into your pre-reserved hotel and then after lunch visit the famous 25 acre Rock Gardens known for its unusual figures and sculptures created out of industrial and urban waste items. We then take you to the famous Rose Gardens Asia's largest rose garden, spread over 30 acres of land where you get to see over 50,000 rose-bushes with 1600 species of this delightful flower. We then return to your hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 3: We leave after a leisurely breakfast and drive through the foothills into Himachal Pradesh and passing a few towns and numerous villages arrive at the hill resort of Manali by late afternoon. On arrival we check you into your pre-reserved hotel. In the evening take a stroll along the Mall Road the main shopping area and if you prefer dine out at one of the finer restaurants in town. Try Chopsticks for authentic Chinese, The Mayur for excellent Indian cuisine and the Khyber for North West Indian food and Sagar for vegetarian food from Gujarat and Punjab. Return to your hotel for the night.

Day 4: Manali – Darcha 3400m – 8 - 9 Hours drive.
Drive from Manali to Darcha on the Manali – Leh Highway crossing the 13,050ft high Rohtang Pass, over the Pir Panjal range. Descending into the Lahaul valley we drive beside the Chandra River and then turn right at the confluence of the Chandra and Bhaga Rivers. We reach the small settlement of Darcha by evening and check into out camp for the night.

Day 5: Darcha – Chalang Tokpo 3580m (4-5 hours)
From Darcha we follow the track above the Zankar rivulet until we reach the small hamlet of Chalang Tokpo. On the way we pass a spectacular gorge and then continue along the left bank later crossing a stream. We set up camp by late afternoon.

Day 6: Chalang Tokpo - Zankar Sumdo 3850m - Ramjak (6-7 hours)
A day of gradual climbing as we continue on the left bank till we reach a wide stream which we ford crossing over to the right side of the valley. Walking along these well defined tracks is a bit tough but very scenic. By afternoon we reach a beautiful meadow at Ramjak and camp near the freshwater spring.

Day 7: Ramjak - Shingo La – Lakhang - (8-9 Hours)
Leaving our camp after an early breakfast we ascend on moderate slopes to the base of the Shingo La pass after crossing several streams. Soon the ground levels out and we make progress on zigzag moraine filled incline till we reach the Shingo-la at 5090m / 16,797ft. Panoramic views of the Zanskar and Ladakh ranges to the north can he had from the saddle of the pass with numerous prayer flags fluttering wildly in the breeze. A steep descent takes us onto the first meadows of Zanskar a lovely sight. After crossing quite a few narrow streams we emerge onto a small plateau from where the towering stand alone rocky pinnacle of Gumburanjon can be seen clearly. We set up camp near a couple streams.

Day 8: Lakhang 4450m - Gumburanjon - Table (6 Hours)
Leave the camp early in the morning and then climbing down a boulder strewn slope and crossing several streams we pass below the imposing Gumburanjon rock peak and descend to the first village of Kargiakh at 4100m with its lush green fields of barley and peas. We continue on to the village of Table where we setup camp for the night.

Day 9: Tabley - Purne 3750m (6 Hours)
Our trail continues on the right bank of the stream till we reach a gorge where the trail coming up from the Baralacha la meets our track. From here a short walk takes us to the small Tanze village. The trail becomes slightly rocky as we ascend towards Karu a large village of livestock breeders from where it's a slight descent to the scenic Teta village. However we continue on to a bridge and reach Purne village by early evening and set up camp.

Day 10: Purne - Ichar (5-6 Hours)
Leaving Purne we again cross a bridge over the Tsarapchu and crossing a few canyons and passing the trail leading to the famous Phuktal Cave Monastery head on to the village Ichar. We set up camp near the village after crossing a bridge.

Day 11: Ichar - Mune 3660m (5 Hours)
The trail again crosses over to the left bank of the Tsarapchu and after ascending to a bridge descends gently to the Reru village from where we cross a vast plain carpeted with wild flowers to reach Mune village. We set up camp below the small monastery above the village.

Day 12: Mune - Padum 3560m (5 Hours)
The trail leads downhill and after joining the main track we walk for two hours before reaching the imposing Bardan monastery with a huge prayer wheel 180cm in height. From here a jeepable track leads us into the headquarters of Zanskar the relatively larger village of Padum. We set up camp for the night a bit beyond the village.

Day 13: Padum - Karsha - Pishu (7-8 Hours )
Leaving Padum we head north across a dusty plain towards the Doda River where we cross a bridge and ascend to Karsha village at 3160m with its ancient 15th century monastery. We continue from Karsha beside the dusty banks of the Zanskar River and by pass a trail leading to the impressive Zangla monastery. From here an easy trail leads to our campsite below the village of Pishu at 3650m.

Day 14: Pishu – Hanumill (5 Hours)
The trail climbs along a steep incline and a slope of moraine to reach a bridge near the small Pidmo village. We cross over to the right bank of the Zanskar River and reach our campsite near the small hamlet of Hanumil at 3960m. We set up camp here for the night.

Day 15: Hanumill - Parfi La - Snertse (6 hours)
The trail is much easier today and after crossing a small stream ascends to a plateau - the base of the Parfi la – 3900m. From here a steep climb uphill takes us to the pass from where an equally steep descent takes us to the banks of the Oma-Chu River. We cross a bridge and then climb up a sandy slope to our beautiful campsite at Snertse 3745m .

Day 16: Snertse - Hanuma La - Lingshed (7 Hours)
A four hour steady ascent through gorges leads us to the 4750m high Hanuma La from where a descent of about 1300 metres takes us down to the Lingshed village. We set up camp near the ancient Gelugpa monastery.

Day 17: Lingshed - Foot of the Sengge La (6 hours)
It's a long day as a seven hour walk takes us to the base of the Singe la where surprisingly we find a small tented café selling tea and snacks. On the trail you can see the village of Nierag on the opposite banks of the Zanskar River and continuing we descend to Gongma village and then climb up to the base of the Singe La where we set up camp.

Day 18: Base of the Sengge La - Photoksar (7 hours)
We start on a steep climb to the Singe La (Lion Pass) at a height of 5000 metres from where we head downhill into a broad valley. From here the trail goes steadily up a slope towards the Bumitse La pass – 4200m from where you get spectacular views of the Ladakh and Zanskar mountains. After descending we reach Photoksar village at 3750m surrounded by towering mountains. We camp beyond this village for the night.

Day 19: Photoksar - Sirsir La - Hanupatta (6 hours)
Our climb today leads past a large chorten from where another steep ascent takes us to the 4800m Sirsir La. Good views. From the pass we head downhill on a steep slope into a valley scattered with stones and boulders. Continuing on this trail we soon reach the Hanupatta village where we camp for the night.

Day 20: Hanupatta - Wanla (5 hours)
Our trek continues on a slope towards a few gorges from where we take a path to a junction of the rivers passing a chorten and fluttering prayer flags. From here it's a gentle descent to a bridge and cross it to emerge into a stony field with rocks. Continuing on a few strenuous stretches we ascend to the Phenzi la. From here a descent leads us to the quaint Wanla village with its white washed Gompa with deep maroon windows and doors. We set up camp near this village for the night.

Day 21: Wanla - Lamayuru (3 hours)
Today's trek takes us across the river and to the village of Shila. Passing it we reach a large Chorten from where we follow a narrow dry gorge till we reach the Prinkiti la at 3726m. After a gentle descent we cross the river once again and climb up to the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery. After exploring this ancient monastery and having lunch we board our waiting Jeep to drive about 4 hours back to Leh which we reach by early evening and check into a pre-reserved hotel.

Day 22: In the morning after breakfast visit the Leh Palace a prominent landmark of Leh then visit the recently built Shanti Stupa on a hill overlooking Leh before strolling around the main bazaar. After lunch we drive west to visit the Spituk and Phyang Monasteries both ancient and housing priceless manuscripts, scriptures, gilded images, wall paintings and intricately painted thangkas. We return to the hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 23: Today we head south east on the Leh Manali road and visit the Shey and Thiksey monasteries. Then after lunch stop briefly at the Stok Palace and Museum with its interesting display of old weapons, musical instruments and royal clothing and household items. It also has a priceless thangka collection. We then head to the oldest and wealthiest Gompa in Ladakh the Hemis Monastery. Located in a side valley amidst a rocky ravine, Hemis is famous for its mask dances and annual festival besides its enormous thangka that is displayed only once every 12 years. We return to the hotel for dinner and the night.

Day 24: We drive you to the airport early in the morning to board your flight to New Delhi.

Other Treks around Himachal
S. No. Treks Days
1.

Manali – Bhaba Pass – Kinnaur Valley Trek

15
2.

The Manali- Miyar Valley Trail into Zanskar

19
3.

Manali –Shimla Trek via Jalori Pass

11
4. Manali Chandratal Lake 11
5. Manali – Shingo La – Padum (Zanskar) 11
6. Manali – Baralacha La – Phirtsela pass – Padum 12
7. The Pin Parvati Trail 14
8. Manali Bara Banghal Trek 15
9. Manali - Kaza - Parang La – Tso Moriri – Leh Trail 18

 


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