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Ladakh Trek

Trip Facts

Country:

India

Area:

Ladakh

Activities:

Trek

Grade:

Moderate

Season:

 

Altitude:

 

Duration:

07 days

Accommodation:

Lodge & Hotel

Transportation:

Drive In / Fly Out

Group Size:

2 - 15 pax

Enjoy trekking in Ladakh, it is a miniature version of Tibet, the people are Tibetan in their in their culture and religion, and there are many Tibetan refugees. Only where rivers, running from faraway glaciers or melting snow, carry water to habitation do you find plant life-hence the moonland laber, since Ladakh is as dry as the Sahara. But most of all there are the delightful Ladakhis, friendly as only Tibetan people can be and immensely colorful.

General Advice: Without a hat and or sunscreen you'll have sunburn and a peeling nose in hours. A spell in Manali is a good halfway acclimatisation, but people who fly straight from Delhi to Ladakh may feel very uncomfortable for few days.

For Manali and Srinagar to Leh: Sonamarg is the last major town in Kashmir, shortly before you climb up over the Zoji La pass (3529 metres) and enter the Ladakh region.

Zoji La: The other passes get less snow because they are across the Himalaya and in the mountain rain shadow. The road up the pass is breathtaking and there are times when you'll wonder if you were sane to make this trip.

Drass: In winter, Drass is noted for its heavy snowfall and extreme cold. The buses stop here and tourists have to register their names and passport numbers.

Kargil: Already you are in a region where irrigation is virtually important.

Around Leh: There are fine views over the Indus from the gompa. There is an interesting little village below the gompa. The road is only open is spetember and October - it takes the whole summer for the snow and ice to melt for that brief time. Nearby, a bridge crosses the Indus to Stock and a rougher road to Hemis.

Beside the car park is the small Zan-La Temple. It's easy to get there by car or jeep, but on public transport you will have to spend the night at the monastery as it is not easy to bust out there, walk the six km up from the river to the gompa, see it, walk back down and get back to Leh in one day. The festival takes two days and features elaborate mask dances and crowds of eager spectators. Both lie in the restricted zone but tourists are allowed to visit them. Stagna, on the west-bank road, has a gompa too.You can reach it by crossing the Choglamsar bridge, but the last few km must be made on foot.

Zanskar Treks: A jeep road has now reached all the way from Kargil to Padum, the capital, and although is not open all the time, it has opened the area up to more outside influence. You can make number of interesting ones either down the valley or out of it to Ladakh, Kashir or Himachal Pradesh.

Padum: It's on the southern part of a wide fertile plain where two rivers join to from the Zanskar River. Around Padum: Since horses cannot cross the rope bridge from Padum, this is the first place on this side of the river where they can be hired for treks further afield to places like Lamayuru. On the final day you can cross the river directly by ferry or continue down to the wooden Tungri Bridge and double back to Padum.

Tungri-zongkhul Gompa Round Trip: This four day trek arround Padum takes you to the Sani and Zongkhul gompass by following the route up towards the Muni La, then cutting across to the base of the Umasi La. Treks in Ladakh And Zanskar: Srinagar is the best place to purchase surpplies but you will not find trekking gear like you do in Kathmandu, Nepal. Remember to take your garbage out with you; many areas are already becoming fouled with trekkers' rubbish.

Kargil to Padum: When all bridges are open the route is accessible from early June to late October. On the last day's walk from Phe to Padum you cross the river and pass by the Sani Gompa, one of the most important in Zanskar.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01 : Kargil to Namsuru

Day 02 : Namsuru/Pannikar/Parkutse you cross Baralacha La, a double pass where even the lower side is higher than Europe's highest mountain and twice the height of Australia's highest.

Day 03 : Parkutse/Parkachik/Yuldo/Rangdum Gompa

Day 04 : Rangdum Gompa to Pensi La

Day 05 : Penis La to Abran

Day 06 : Abran to Phe.

Day 07 : Phe to Padum.

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