Padum the head quarter of Zanskar Sub Division provides the facility of the refilling of fuel and food provision etc. One can arrange pony, porters and guide for the trek and can visit the Karsha monastery and Stakrimo monastery while in Padum
1st Day: ARRIVE DELHI. Where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
2nd Day: DELHI TO LEH by air.
3rd Day: LEH TO PADUM
4th Day: PADUM TO RARU 7 hours. The trek goes on to the south east of Padam and the trekkers have to follow the jeepable road almost for 15 km from here in Lungnak valley. They should follow upstream of Zanskar River. The valley promises one of its beautiful villages on both side of the river. There are bridges to cross the mountain streams. The village of Raru provides a fairly big camping site at the lower end of the village. Drinking water is available at a bit distance.
5th Day: RARU TO CHA 7 hours. The trail almost goes to the South East of the Village having several ups and downs. There are several small but peculiar villages enroute. Each village has a small monastery . A person of these villages looks very cheerful. To your right on the other side of river is the village of Cha. One may camp there near the bridge, again you have to descend down into the deep canyon for water.
6th Day: CHA TO TESTE 8 hours. The trail descend down and ultimately the ascend of the trail reveal you a tri -junction of the ranges and the trail branchesoff. The trail which descends down takes you to a wooden bridge. On crossing the bridge here comes Purney village and at a distance of an another hour walking, lies the famous cave monastery of Phuktal. The trail runs on the right side of Zanskar river. There are several villages enroute. One can see Yaks near the mountains of Testa. The upper end of the village provides a beautiful camping site free of charge.
7th Day: TESTE TO KARGIAH 8 hours. Your trail still follow the river up stream. The mighty river turns into a mountain stream here and the trekkers have to ford the same twice or thrice. You can see Yaks in a every village enroute. Just before the village of Kargiah a lake with clear water exists which adds to the beauty of the valley. Kargiah is very cold during late autumn and early spring. Camping can be done in the heart of the village.
8th Day: KARGIAH TO LAKHANG PULU 8 hours. The windy place needs courage to fight the wind because it always flow to the opposite direction. Now hundreds of Yaks and Dzos can be seen enroute. The mountain stream has to be crossed to your right. During summer one must try to cross the stream early in the morning when the water is low. A steep climbing leads your way to a mountain abode here, accommodation should be taken in one of those abodes. The climate is very cold here . Woollen clothes and good sleeping bags with sleeping mats recommended.
9th Day: LAKHANG PULU TO ZANSKAR SUMDO 8 hours. One should start the trek very early while the Shingkunla has lot of snow . 3 hours of hard climb take you to the peak of Shingkunla 5100 Metres. On the other side one can see a lake of blue water or the transit camp for the migrating water dwellers. The descend being a bit steep changes of skipping from the snow covered route is there. It may take you another 3 or 4 hours of descending upto the last border of Jammu and Kashmir State Zanskar Sumdo. The other side of river is the territory of Himachal Pradesh State. The Himachal Pardesh border provides a green camping place.
10th Day: ZANSKAR SUMDO TO DARCHA SUMDO 7 hours. Right from the camping site the route passes through sandy and among boulders which creates a lotof problem for the beast of burdens. The mountain ranges are green a tress can be seen frequently. Trails takes you to the other side of river now your trail has some trees by its side the first village of Himachal Pardesh is Chaka very small village and the second village is Rari. The villages being adjacent to each other the both are named as Chaka- Rari. A rough jeepable road leads you to the village of Darcha at a Tri Junction. Here your trek comes to an end. Next morning very early a Bus can take you to Manali in one day 7 hours drive. The shopkeeper should be consulted about the timing of the Bus service because it is subject to change.
11th Day: MANALI TO DELHI.