Hiking holiday Manali – Lamayuru 29 Days

Crossing the valley of Zanskar in the Indian Himalaya is a major trek. To reach the starting point we will pass from the fertile valley of Kullu to the tribal region of Lahoul. Your trek starts from Darcha, crossing 8 passes. That brings us into the Zanskar valley, which is cut off from the rest of the world for about 7 to 8 months of the year.

During the trek led by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader, we will explore isolated villages as well as ancients monasteries. Some are perched at the high points of villages like at Karsha and some are in caves like Phuktal. We will appreciate the expansive lunar landscape and the deep gorges with rivulets that drain the fields. We will meet the welcoming inhabitants of this harsh valley who are famous farmers. The trek ends in the valley of Indus and we will be transferred by vehicle to Leh the capital of Ladakh
Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival at Delhin (237m)
Day 02: Delhi to Manali  (2050m)by Tourist Bus 9-10 hours
Day 05: Acclimatization in Dacga
Day 06: Darcha – Palamo, pull start 4.5 hours
Day 07: walk to Sumdo 3.5 hours
Day 08: Acclimatization in Sumdo or hikung
Day 09: Sumdo to Ramjak, Shingo La BC 5-6  hours
Day 10: Shingo La BC to Lakang Sumdo, 6-8 hours
Day 11: walk to Kargiakh 5-6 hours
Day 12: Kargiakh -Purne 5-6 hours
Day 13: Trip to Phuctal Gompa 5-6 hours
Day 14: Ichar (3700 m) 5-6 hours
Day 15: Ichar Reru (2-3 hours) and continue by jeep over Bardan Gompa Padum to (3650 m)
Day 16: Padum  rest  visit village
Day 17: by jeep from Padum to Karsha and from there to Pishu 4-5 hours
Day 18: Pishu Hanumil 4-5 hours
Day 19: Hanumil – Snertse(3742 m)  6-5 hours
Day 20: Snertse – Lingshod (3966 m) 7-8  hours – (1580 m)rise / fall (1356 m)
Day 21: Lingshod – La Sengge BC (4417 m) high, 5-6 hours
Day 22: Sengge-La BC – Photaksar ( 4195 m) 7- 8 hours
Day 2:3 Photaksar – Sniougoutse BC 4-5 hours
Day 24: the Sniougoutse La 4-5 hours
Day 25: Foot Sniougoutse La-Shilla 3-4 hours
Day 26: Shilla Lamayuru-(3524m)Leh 3-4 hours
Day 27: Leh ladakh  rest day (3524m)
Day 28: Leh – Delhi (237m)
Day 29: Departure from Delhi (237m)

Important Information:

Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.


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Day 01: Arrival at Delhin (237m)

Our valuable guests will be received by representative of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition at the international airport of Delhi and transfer to the hotel. Guests are to look for the Display board that reads: HIMALAYAN VACATION TREKS AND EXPEDITION Pvt Ltd.

Day 02: Delhi to Manali by Tourist Bus 9-10 hours    

 By luxury tourist bus we drive in 10 to 12 hours to Manali. The route takes you all the way through and past the enormous green hills of Himachal Pradesh. Manali is located at 2000 meters and we stay in a very pleasant hotel in the middle of big forests of cedar trees in Manali.

Day 03: Manali resting day (2050m)

Manali is encircled by greatly forested mountain slopes. The many wooden houses and busy bazaars give this place great charm. Manali is situated at the altitude of 1900 meters and offers after the oppressive heat of Delhi a benevolent, temperate climate. Today time to walk through the town. And the great markets at ease The valley has a rich Hindu tradition which is reflected in several beautiful temples. There are various possibilities for walks and excursions. Manali is a great fun town with a huge multiplicity of people: horse men from the neighborhood, Ladakhi, Tibetan, Lahauli etc. All this against an atmospheric backdrop of cedar forests and snow-covered mountains. We meet with our staff from Nepal that will guide the rest of the trip us.The rest of the day you leave. Time enough also to the town to see. You can visit a Buddhist monastery, take a look at the bazaars, relax on the veranda of the fantastic hotel or take a stroll to the slightly elevated “Old Manali”. You can get used to the altitude here.

Day 04: Manali to Darcha  4-5 hours drive

With guides, cook, supplies and tents in the jeeps, we go now towards the beginning of the trek. If everything goes well it about 9 hours on the 4000 meter (usually snowy) high Rohtang Pass which gives access to the area located in the semi monsoon district Lahaul. Here begins Buddhist area which can be seen from chorten and prayer flags. Top of the pass you already have a beautiful view of sharp peaks around. Keylong is a nice town halfway between where we also make a short stop. In Darcha we make camp. It is 3350 meters high here and it shows.

Day 05: Acclimatization in Darcha

This acclimatization we spend on a walk in the area where we can advance up a little more.

Day 06: Darcha – Palamo, pull start 4.5 hour

We walk above the river valley to the west on the first day of the trek of 10 days to Padum. Our horses, instead of porters, arrive from Manali to continue to travel to Padum and Lamayuru with us. These loyal animals carry the group luggage (camping and cooking equipment and food) and the participants’ baggage (up to 12 kg per person). We pass the last two Lahaul-villages and then we head into the wilderness. About 3 hours walk to the next camp at the bridge at about 3700 meters.

Day 07: walk to Sumdo 3.5 hours

Sometimes the trail goes through clayey slopes, steeply and then again it is a piece of flat, along the river. Crossing of a glacier stream is also on the programme today. Sometimes this is easy but sometimes a very slow to safely get through. The icy, rushing water We camp at the bridge where the path to the Shingo-la turn right from the main valley road at about 4000 meters.

Day 08: Acclimatization in Sumdo or hiking

Acclimatize with possibly a day hike. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will make arrangement for the hike and visit to the several places in Sumdo.

Day 09: Sumdo to Ramjak, Shingo La BC 6 hour

Although we are now reasonably acclimatized you this day (and the next) yet well find that you get above 4000 meters. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staffs guide you carefully, precisely on this trek, because you cannot descend to 4000 meters. Easier after the Shingo-la We would therefore like to know as sure as possible that everyone is sufficiently accustomed to the altitude. The trek itself is initially quite steep. The upper part of the valley is quite wide and the green pastures beside the river we find sheep, goats with their herders. Camping on a beautiful green spot between high mountains. 4650 meters.

Day 10: Shingo La BC to Lakang Sumdo, 6-8 hour

Today we cross the Shingo la about 5100 meters is not nothing. It is about 4 hours to the top of the lock lets Jerde only. The pace is low. We walk along moraines and glacier lakes. On top we have a fantastic view of the sharp peaks of Lahaul behind us and for us we get a bit of a taste of Zanskar. You can already see the red-black colored perpendicular valley slopes. The descent is usually what slipping and sliding through snow until we eventually get some drier ground underfoot. Ropes and crampons are not needed here. We descend until we reach a river and we camp at 4300 meters on the upper reaches of the Kargiag Chu in a beautiful mountain meadow.(Chu is water or river in Tibetan or Zanskari). There are incredibly many types of flowers in the immediate vicinity of the camp including many edelweiss.

Day 11: walk to Kargiakh 5-6 hours

Today our day begins with a crossing of a river and then we walk along the river quite a bit right down to the first village Kargiakh. The whole day is governed by a hundred meters high very striking rock. Around us diving regularly Himalayan marmots on and off again. We hear their high alarm cry from various corners of the valley.
Before we reach the village we can see a few Buddhist constructions the chorten as a sign that we really have ended in Tibetan areas. The houses are white with flat roofs on a layer of wood, as winter stock and insulation.  Sometimes we get underway for people who are here herding their yaks, and of whom we can try. A cup of butter tea which for the first time is often not so tasty. We camp at Kargiakh on the River (4000 meters).

Day 12: Kargiakh -Purne 5-6 hours

Today we walk through a populated part of this valley, we pass a four-odd villages and maybe we can a get permission to get into a cottage somewhere inside to see how these wonderful people usually live. The landscape is formed by open valleys with very sparsely vegetated slopes. The villages have fields with irrigation. Tsampa (roasted barley flour) is the daily costs, most blended with, now familiar salty butter tea. The path goes up and down and a little more down. We camp at a house: Purne (3800 meters)

Day 13: Trip to Phuctal Gompa 5-6 hour

Walking to the rock wall pasted Phuctal monastery will be really exciting trip. Along vertical reddish cliffs, the path is created and leads along the raging river. Just before the monastery we have an ancient suspension bridge to cross. A little further we suddenly see the monastery lie. We take a look inside being guided by one or more monks. There is a sacred source of water supply which one is insured. There is some dimly lit, dank room with thangkas `s prayer (prayer cloths), all kinds of Buddhist images and musical instruments.

Day 14: Ichar (3700 m) 5-6 hours

This quite long day leads through deep valleys along the river. Sometimes high then right along the shore. In sheltered places you can find lots of wild roses and the rocks are yellow and black. Under the charming village Ichar we make camp and we need money to pay camping here when putting the residents our place underwater.

Day 15: Ichar Reru (2-3 hours) and continue by jeep over Bardan Gompa Padum to (3650 m)

Today we leave the camp early in the morning. After about 2 hours walk, we arrive at the village of Reru at the end of the canyon, for some, a relief that there will be seen a little more air. One of the guides will have been already gone to this place to get jeeps because from here we go by jeep to Bardan Gompa, a gem of a monastery built on top of the top of a rock. From this monastery we drive to Padum, the capital of Zanskar, otherwise we do not have to imagine. Too much Padum is located in the plain where the Lingti and Doda rivers meet each together to flow ahead jointly. Zanskar is a typical “road head” town, in the small center with some shops and a lot of junk and empty fuel barrels. Here ends a road from Kashmir.

Day 16: Padum  rest  visit village

We can experience the Karsha festival in Padum if we are by the 3rd week of June. Similarly, if we are here by 1st week of June, the Sani festival takes place. A Tibetan Buddhist monastery festival is always worthwhile. It is a colorful event with mask dancing, singing groups, clowns and often a market around it. Lovely to wander here and there in Padum. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition leader will make arrangement for visit to the several places in Padum.

Day 17: by jeep from Padum to Karsha and from there to Pishu 4-5 hours

Again today, we travel by jeep. First to the not far from Padum located Karsha Gompa. An impressive experience to visit the rock walled monastery. We some time wander through this large complex and contact with the monks. From here we go by jeep further Pishu. The campground is located in a green oasis, surrounded by sand hills in the lower zone and higher we see the high mountains with jagged rocks and here and there covered with snow. If we are in time we can visit a small nunnery in Pishu.

Day 18: Pishu Hanumil 4-5 hour

Today is an easy day varied landscape still along the Zanskar. Here and there beautiful eroded rock sculptures. Hanumil has two abandoned houses with a small campsite.

Day 19: Hanumil – Snertse(3742 m)  6-5 hours

Today we walk through a beautiful trail and very surprising landscapes. The first 2 to 3 hours going up and down. At the start of the Zanskar gorge traverse the path along a steep wall that opens into the river. We need to be very careful today because there is a steep climb to a beautiful view point, before the route branches off towards Purfi-La (3950 meters). In the long serpentine path winds to the top of the pass. On top of a surprisingly out of sight in the depths where Grandma Chu makes its way to the Zanskar. Frenzied rock walls with many colors. After Purfi-La is a steep descent to the Oma-Chu where we have lunch. We still need 400 feet to the ridge and then another about 100 meters down to the pitch. On the ridge we see the pitch already. A nice place in a small valley, with a Coke tent and a stream where you can wash up nicely.

Day 20: Snertse – Lingshod (3966 m) 7-8  hours – (1580 m)rise / fall (1356 m)

From Snertse we walk up the valley that opens through a narrow rocky gorge. Even then we cross a permanent snow bridge where we need extra attention because we have to be halfway to the right. We cross the mainstream and some tributaries several times over, just without sandals. Then walking to the pass another 500 meters up, 2 ½ hours. The Hanuma-La is about 4750 meters in altitude. From the pass we have a beautiful view over the valley and we see the Singge La (5000m). In the north we see the gompa of Lingshod (or Lingshet). The descent is steep, with sharp bends. We have lunch at 4000 meters and then we pass a small step (the Chapskang-La 4195 meters). For the village on a river and all the way through the village to the camp at the gompa.

Day 21: Lingshod – La Sengge BC (4417 m) high, 5-6 hours

From Lingshod we walk straight up to a pass (4321 meters) full of chortens and prayer flags. This is not the Netuke-La (Margun-La). After a small decrease and a steep climb we come top of the pass (4419 meters) from Lingshod less than 2 hours. After about half an hour we pass a stream at about 200m above the village Skyumpata. This is like a small green oasis in the vast desert tan. After crossing a stream, at about 4000 meters, begins a steep climb to the pass at 4460 meters. After 3/4 hours we reach the first Singge-La BC at 4417 meters. There is a second BC where we can reach in about an hour’s walk. If all goes well there we are going to run tomorrow.

Day 22: Sengge-La BC – Photaksar ( 4195 m) 7- 8 hours

From BC in 3 hours to the Sengge-La (4970 meters). Quite steep. Beautiful views of the Zanskar Range. We descend a short steep slope to a wide valley. Here and there a side, there are several paths. Ultimately we reach the western shore, but the door wading is not really difficult. We have lunch somewhere along the river and go up to the Bumikse-La (4423 meters). It goes up and down. In 1 and half hours we descend to the camp along the river, just beyond the village.

Day 2:3 Photaksar – Sniougoutse BC 4-5 hours

Photaksar is a very small beautiful village in a massive mountain. There are quite vast meadows. Right through to the north we can see the red peaks at the Sniougoutse La, another pass. The landscape is vast and again especially after the first front passenger, we get into an enchanting landscape of gray golf courses with pointed cathedrals of sandstone. If the river is not fordable, we bypass a lot to a bridge. That means we need to spend extra hour and a half for walk.

Day 24: the Sniougoutse La 4-5 hours

Just before the newly loom the most strange shapes on, it’s just sand blasted kath dragons, in warm yellow and maroon and we walk, we void, feel towards the pass (5110 meters) on the top we are suddenly very close to the snow. Then the steep decline.

Day 25: Foot Sniougoutse La-Shilla 3-4 hours

When we are in the gorge of the Shilla, we cross the river over 30 times. Due to Rising River warmed by melt water we leave as early as possible. Sometimes the river on the day hardly without a rope about stabbing later! In the village of Shilla we stand under trees in a cornfield under the trees by the river. It is an incredibly beautiful ride through the narrow gorge. It is not precise to indicate how many hours we will have to cross the gap. Needed That depends on the water off. But count on a total duration of about 6 hours.

Day 26: Shilla Lamayuru-Leh 3-4 hours

The close and hot Prinkiti La (3725 meters), walk in 3-4 hours to Lamayuru. If we’re on the La Prinkiti we enter a new world and Lamayuru is beautiful and at the foot of a hill, above the majestic monastery towers. From the monastery we have a gigantic view of the ocean floor came up. From Lamayuru we go by jeep to Leh, the capital of Ladakh.

Day 27: Leh ladakh  rest day (3500m)

A day at leisure in Leh. We can go for shopping or spend the time on our own.

Day 28: Leh – Delhi (237m)

Today we fly back to Delhi. During the one-hour flight we fly over countless summits and snowy ridges until the mountains make for Great Plains. In Delhi we go to a not far from the airport hotel. Participants who wish to visit some of the highlights of Delhi on our own.

Day 29: Departure from Delhi (237m)

Today we fly back to our home country. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Leader will make arrangement to drop our valuable guests to the airport from the hotel.