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ZANSKAR VALLEY TREKKING (LADAKH)

DURATION:15 NIGHTS / 16 DAYS DESTINATIONS:DELHI–LEH-DARCHA-KARGIL–LEH-DELHI MAXIMUM ALTITUDE 4060 MTS/ 13315 FT BEST TIME-JULY– OCT

Introduction

Zanskar valley is considered together of the foremost adventurous and a desirable one. Zanskar is reached by road and by trek in summer. If you blow over road, it takes two days to reach to Padum.Leh-kargil (235kms) and kargil-zanskar (230kms) just about 465 Kms. Zanskar valley is located south west of Leh and south East of Kargil. The road from Leh to kargil is well designed with mettle road and from 0.5 way between Kargil and Zanskar, the tract is kind of rough and filled with glorious flora fauna sights. The landscapes are fantastic with completely different shapes and colours of the mountains, rocks and boulders. One can even have the chance to examine the big glacier on the way. you’ll be able to additionally rest and luxuriate in the cool breeze of this exotic region. Its distinctive high passes and therefore the valleys, crystal clear streams and green meadows are terribly attractive, particularly to nature lovers. There are several trekking routes within zanskar itself.

DAY O1: Delhi – Leh

The flight up to Leh. This surely is one of the most sensational scheduled flights in the world, taking you right over the top of the Greater Himalaya before dropping down in a series of steep turns, to land at the small military airport at Leh. Flight time is about 1 hour. You will be met on arrival and driven through Leh to check into your Hotel. Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 ft and therefore we recommend that the rest of the day is spent resting as it will be necessary to adjust to the altitude.


Overnight Stay in Kidar /Snow view hotel.

DAY 02: In Leh.

Again we will take it easy today and your guide can show you around town. Leh is very Tibetan in many respects; the national dress, ‘stove-pipe’ hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence. The Royal Palace which dominates the town is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming frenetic rush of Delhi. Don’t try to do too much on this first day! Visit the palace, poke around the bazaars, and if you’re feeling really keen and strong, walk out to one of the villages just to the north.

Overnight Stay in Kidar /Snow view hotel.

DAY 03: Sightseeing In Indus Valley (Self-Driven With Motor Bike)

Today we will spend a full day visiting many of the important places in the wide Indus valley. This will certainly include Shey (the Palace of the old Ladakhi kings), Thikse (a large monastery which contains a three-storey-high statue of Chamba, the Buddha of the future), and Hemis (the largest monastery in Ladakh). At the latter, ask to see the temple in the rear, which houses the Buddhas that have ‘spoken’ in the past.

SHEY PALACE (15 KM FROM LEH) The old summer palace of the kings of Ladakh was built about 550 years ago by Lhachen Palgyigon, the first king of Ladakh. It stands next to the remains of a larger construction on the east side of a hill which runs south-east towards the Indus. From the palace you can see over the fertile Indus plain north-east to Tikse Gompa and over the Indus to the Zanskar mountain range. The old Shey palace has the largest golden Buddha statue in Ladakh in its gompa. The statue is worked out of gold and gilded copper sheets, stands 12 meters high and has blue hair. It was erected by King Dalden Namgyal in the middle of the 17th century. The most important moment in the construction of such a figure is when the eyes are painted in and the statue can ‘see’. No artist or monk would dare to look the Buddha in the eye so the pupils are painted over the artist’s shoulder, with his back to the idol.

THIKSE GOMPA (17 KM FROM LEH) The 500-year-old Thikse monastery, perched on a hill high above the Indus, has the largest contingent of monks in Ladakh. On the right of the entrance to the main courtyard a new chapel houses an enormous 15 meter high seated Buddha figure. About 100 yellow-cap monks belong to the gompa. If you get there by 6.30am you can witness the daily morning prayers, but there are also prayers closer to noon, preceded by long, mournful sounds from the horns on the roof.

HEMIS GOMPA (45 KM FROM LEH) Hemis Gompa is famous far beyond the borders of Ladakh for its Festival. This takes place every year with mask dances on the 9th to 11th day of the fifth Tibetan month. Hemis also has a gigantic thangka, one of the largest in the world, which is only displayed to the public every 12 years at the Festival. Hemis Gompa is the largest and one of the most important in Ladakh quite apart from its annual festival. It was founded about 350 years ago by Stagtshang Raschen, who was invited to Ladakh by King Singe Namgyal.


Overnight Stay in Kidar /Snow view hotel.

DAY 4: Drive To Temisgam On The Way Visist

Liker Gonpa
Likir (the Naga-Encircled) around 53km west of Leh belongs to the Gelukspa Order. The Alchi Monastery is also a branch of Lekir. Lama Durwang Chosje founded this monastery in 1065 A.D. during the reign of king Lhachen Gyalpo, which was named ‘Klu-Khil-GA-Ladan-Dar-Rgyas-Ling’ and a monastic festival, Likir Dosmochey takes place on the 28th & 29th day, of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar. Alchi Choskor
Alchi Choskor “Religious Enclave” is 69 km. west of Leh, the most famous and largest of all the Gonpa built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. He appointed four families to look after Choskor, as there was no monastic community introduced, then in the 15th century Choskor was taken over by the Lekir Monastery since then Choskor is being taken care of by Lekir Monastery. The monastery comprises of Dukhang (Assembly Hall), Sumtsek Lhakhang (three tier) the Lhakhang Soma (New Temple), Jamyang Lhakhang (Munjushri Temple), Lotsava Lhakhang (Translator Temple) and Kangur Lhakhang. The Sculptors and Wood carvers are said to be brought from Kashmir around in 11th Century.
Overnight at Namra hotel.

DAY 05: Temisgam- Lamayuru –Hanupata

After Breakfast we depart Lamayuru Monastery
The Lamayuru “Yungdrung” Gonpa is remarkably built on a sand stone, around 125kms. west of Leh, on the Leh Srinagar highway. Lamayuru belongs to the Drigunpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The history of the monastery begins with the visit of Arahat Nimagung to this place, when there was merely a lake here. It is said that Arahat made a prophecy that “a monastery will come up at this spot” and he made offerings (prayer with grains of corn) to the Naga spirits. The corns mixed with the earth and formed in the shape of Swastika (Yungdrung), later it came to be known as Yungdrung Monastery. The Great Translator Rinchen Zangpo constructed a temple here in eleventh century. Naropa also visited Lamayuru and meditated here. Gelukspa or Kadampa school of Tibetan Buddhism initially looked after Lamayuru, but later; it was taken over by Digungpa Order. Itsmonastic festival is called “Yuru Kabgyat”, takes place on 17th and 18th of 5th month of the Tibetan Calendar. After Lamayur drive to HUNPA CAMP
Overnight at the Camp.

DAY 06: Hanupata To Photoksar Over Sirsir La (7 To 8 Hours)

The trail follows the spang nala and then up its narrow valley. As you reach the top of sirsir la (4 800 metres) you will have a nice view to the singge la and zanskar mountains. The descent is steep at first, then more gently to photang river. We follow it downstream until photoksar village after having crossed the river


Overnight at the Camp.

DAY 07: Photoksar To Yulchung-Nerag (7 To 8 Hours)

Today we will climb two passes, the bumiktse la ( 4 200 metres) and after that the highest pass of this trek, the singge la ( 5 000 metres), both easy climbs. On top of the latter we have a fantastic view to the zanskar mountains! There is a steep descent to our next camp and we will overnight above the village of yulchung-nerag.
Overnight at the Camp.

DAY 08: Yulchung-Nerag To Lingshed To Hanuma La (7 To 8hours)

We first cross the small kiupa la (3 900 m) and descend steeply to the villages of skiumpata and gongma. From here we have to cross another pass, the murgum la (4 100 metres) before we easily reach lingshed, the largest village in the trans singge la region. We will visit the monastery that belongs to the gelukpa school of buddhism. We camp and overnight near lingshed gompa.


Overnight at the Camp.

DAY 09: Base Hanuma La To Zingchan Oma Chu (6 To 7 Hours)

On top of hanuma la (4 700 metres) we can see lingshed and its monastery very clear. We trek easily down and follow a narrow valley to reach snertse, continuing the steep and difficult trail to zingchannear the oma chu river and cross the bridge. Here we are in the zanskar region. We camp and overnight at the bridge of zingchan omachu.
Overnight in the Camp.

DAY 10: Zingchan Oma Chu To Hanumil (6 To 7 Hours)

We start with a steep climb to parfi la (3 900 metres). On its edge you will find chortens and prayer flags. A steep descent will bring us toward the raging zanskar river. From here the trail is easy walking to the attractive village of hanumil. We camp and overnight in hanumil.
Overnight in the Camp.

DAY 11: Hanumil To Pishu (5 To 6 Hours)

Today we do not have to cross any passes! We follow the zanskar river on the right side and arrive, after only two hours, in pidmo village. Here we cross the bridge and walk toward pishu. This is a nice camp and we overnight in pishu.
Overnight in the Camp.

DAY 12:Pishu To Kharsha (5 To 6 Hours)

We first make a little detour before discovering the longest hanging bridge, which spans the 55 metres over the zanskar river and leads us to zangla. We pass rinam village and continue on very dusty river banks. Here it is often very hot! Yet, the first sight of the largest monastery of zanskar valley soon will come into view. The camping site is situated just below the willow garden of karsha monastery which we will visit in the afternoon.
Overnight in the Camp.

DAY 13: Kharsha To Padum (3 To 4 Hours)

After the crossing of the stod (or doda) river, we head toward pibiting and finally reach padum. In the afternoon, we will visit of the small market.
Overnight in the Camp.

DAY 14: Padum – Kargil

the drive will take 9 hours including stop on the way for photo and lunch. It will be a long but exciting passing though the base of Nun and Kun mountain.
Overnight in the Camp.

DAY 15: Kargil – Leh

the drive will take 9 hours including stop on the way for photo and lunch. It will be a long but exciting passing though the base of Nun and Kun mountain.
Overnight Hotel D zojila.

DAY 16: Leh - Delhi

Drive from Kargil to Leh, We shall transfer to the airport for the spectacular flight across the main chain of the Himalayas to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi, you shall be transferred to international airport to catch your onward flight…

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STANDARD HOTELS (3*& GUEST HOUSES) HOTEL AURA DE ASIA OR SIMILAR, DELHI HOTEL AMAR OR SIMILAR, AGRA VESTA INTERNATIONAL OR SIMILAR, JAIPUR TOUR COST USD 600 PER PER’S
DELUXEHOTELS (4*&HERITAGE) HOTEL AURA DE ASIA OR SIMILAR, DELHI HOTEL AMAR OR SIMILAR, AGRA VESTA INTERNATIONAL OR SIMILAR, JAIPUR TOUR COST USD 800 PER PER’S
DELUXEHOTELS (5*&HERITAGE) HOTEL AURA DE ASIA OR SIMILAR, DELHI HOTEL AMAR OR SIMILAR, AGRA VESTA INTERNATIONAL OR SIMILAR, JAIPUR TOUR COST USD 1499 PER PER’S
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