North of the Great Himalayan range, amongst a tangled knot of jagged mountains, lies a rugged and fascinating land, the once independent kingdom of Zanskar. Sandwiched between the Indus Valley and the main crest of the Indian Himalaya, this remote and inaccessible setting, well guarded by snowy mountain passes, has kept alive an archaic form of Tibetan Buddhism which flourishes in chain of far-flung monasteries, most of which occupy spectacular fortified locations, high on rocky ridges in isolated valleys
1st Day: ARRIVE DELHI. Where you will be met and transfered to your hotel.
2nd Day: DELHI TO LEH BY AIR.
3rd Day: A WHOLE DAY AT LEISURE IN LEH. You can visit some of the most famous and oldest monasteries of Ladakh (15th and 17th century), Thikse, Shey and Hemis and take a walk to the colorful bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.
4th Day: LEH TO KARGIL.
5th Day: KARGIL TO PADUM.
6th Day: PADUM TO KARSHA. Walking 2 hrs. There is a monastery at Karsha belonging to 10th century.
7th Day: KARSHA TO PISHU. Walking 4-5 hrs. Karsha 3600m, gradual ascending to village Rinam 3350m. Pishu is at 3470m.
8th Day: PISHU TO HANUMIL. Walking 4-5 hrs. Trail skirts around Zhanskar River and usually a level walk. Pidmu 3420m is about halfway. Hanumil 3380m is all about few houses.
9th Day: HANUMIL TO SNERTSE. Walking 5 hrs. Steady upwards to Purfi La 3950m, Coming to Zhanskar River and then steep ascending and descending and again 400m climb for Snertse 3850m. This is a shepherd settlement.
10th Day: REST DAY ( HIGH PASS).
11th Day: SNERTSE TO HANUMAN LA TO LINGSHET. Walking 5-6 hrs. Gradual ascending to Hanuman La 4950m. Descending is steep.Do visit Lingshet monastery which is very old and is close to the era when Budhism was being established in this area.
12th Day: LINGSHET - BASE SINGGE LA. Walking 5-6 hrs. Gradual ascending to Netuke La 4280m. There is one more 400m climb of Khyupa La 4300m. It then gradually ascends to base of Singge La 5050m.
13th Day: SINGGE LA TO PHOTAKSAR. Walking 5-6 hrs. Climbing steep scree to negotiate Singge La. Gradual descending to Photaksar 4200m but requires patience as one gets too tired by the end of day.
14th Day: REST DAY (HIGH PASS).
15th Day: PHOTAKSAR TO SISIR LA TO HANUPATTA. Walking 6 hrs. Gradual ascending to Sisir La 4850m. Spectacular view back of Zhanskar Range. Hanupatta 3760m is gradual descending.
16th Day: HANUPATTA TO WANLAH. Walking 5 hrs. Gradual descending, Wanlah 3250m is a small village.
17th Day: WANLA TO LAMAYURU. Walking Time 3-4 hrs.> Gradual and wet day as some of the trek goes through watery and vegetative growth.
18th Day: TRAVEL TO LEH.
19th Day: FLY TO DELHI.