Trekking at Diagonal Zanskar, Ladakh

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Trekking at Diagonal Zanskar, Ladakh By Djule Adventure


Highest point: kanjila 5150 meters

Grade: Moderate to Challanging

Attraction places: Leh, Alchi, Lamayuru, Kanji, Kanjila, Pidzongla, Dipling, Lingshed, lingshed Monastery, Mourgumla, Yulchung, Nerak, labarla, Namtsela, Zangla, Zangla Nunnery,Staonde, Stongde monastery, Stongdela, Doksa, Rivercrossing, Shade, Phuktal, Nyalokongtse pass, Gotungtse pass, Shun, Satak, Tsokmetsek, Tsokar, Taklanglapass.


  • Day 1

    Arrival Leh. Djule Adventure representative will Wel-Come you at Leh Airport and Drop you to Guest House Board. After that you will have a good sleep after a long fly. Rest of the day rest. Overnight in the guest house.

  • Day 2-3-4

    Rest in leh for acclimatization and trek preparation.

  • Day 5

    Drive Leh to Kanji (6 hrs) 140 km. Morning after breakfast you will drive to Kanji village. On the way you will visit Alchi and Lamayuru Monastery. You will have the lunch in a restaurant in Khaltse village.

  • Day 6

    Kanji – Kanji-la Base 6-7 hrs. Today is the first day trek of your long trek. Morning after breakfast you will start your trek with guide. Today is easy day trek. On the way you will cross some water. There are oppourtunity to visit nomadic camp. Walk along Kanji valley before you reach to the base of Kanji la Pass. Camp at this side of the base of Kanji pass.

  • Day 7

    Kanji-la base – Kanji-la (5150mtrs) Base 5-6hrs. Today you will cross the first pass of your trek. It will be a hard day via crossing Kanjila. You have to start early in the morning because there are long way to climb. It will take around 3 hours to reach at the top of pass. From the top you will see the beautiful Nun Kun peak, Ladakh range and zanskar range. After the you will have long decent till the river bank of Rangdum river. Overnight camp at the bank of Rangdum River.

  • Day 8

    Trek Sumdo - via pikdongla (4895m) - Dipling village. Morning after the breakfast crossing the river walk right side of valley to three hours. From their trun to Pidzongla pass. view of Bipling valley .from pass long walk down till Dipling village.just before village nice camp side near stream river. it is now only a two hour descent to the valley some 900m/3,000 feet below. Leaving the pass, snow slopes and then rocks lead to a gulch down which the zigzag path brings you out past fantastic rock walls and towers on either side to the wide valley. We should say here also that the views from the Pudzong La are superb – snowy peaks in every direction, though it may be cold and windy and you may wish to hurry on. The camp is amongst an area of clumpy small trees and bushes with fabulous views. Ahead and framed at the end of the valley is a distant pointed rock peak. It chance we saw wolf tracks early on in the day. Overnight camp.

  • Day 9

    Trek Dipling villages to Somdo 3870mtr. 5 hrs trek Leaving camp, you stroll easily down the left-hand side of the valley past some deserted houses and some unworked fields before coming to the river entering from the left. Here you have the choice of either wading across (carrying your dry walking boots, obviously) or perhaps riding across on a horse, if one can be made available from the pack animals. Another hour from here brings you to the pretty village of Dibling where there are some 14 houses and a gompa. The monastery, as with virtually all Ladakhi villages, sits above the village and it is well worth the walk up to have a look around. It is a Yellow Hat temple, whose main figures are Shakyamuni Buddha, Chenrizig, Maitreya (Buddha of the future), and Zongkhapa (founder of the Gelukpa Yellow Hat Sect). Leaving the village, you follow a relatively newly-built footpath and after a while some parts of the path are exposed. One the way you have to walk along the dipling the and cross the river several times. After that you will camp on a lovely area overlooking the river below next to a river coming in from the left. The Ladakhi word for river junction is "sumdo", hence this is the first sumdo which is base camp of Barmila pass. Overnight camp.

  • Day 10

    Cross Barmila pass 4680mtrs and Trek to Lingshed 4010mtrs 7 hrs It is just over three hours to the pass and an easy gradual path until the last 300 metres which is a little steeper. There are one or two places where you would not want to slip on the narrow path! Looking back, the views are inspiring – ranges of snow peaks. As you get higher, the trail turns to the left and then again to the right. The pass itself is broad, with a chorten and prayer flags. It is such a thrill to get to the pass and look down into the valley containing the village and monastery of Lingshed, and the peaks marching off into the far distance. It is a long and hot descent, but the views go on improving of Lingshed and its wonderful monastery. You now drop right down past houses and fields to climb back up again to reach the monastery and the camp site just above that. You will feel pretty flaked out by the time you get to camp. Overnight camp.

  • Day 11

    Cross the Murgumla pass 4310mtrs, cross the Kiupala pass 4465 mtrs and continue to Youlchung. 7hrs. The path winds its way from the monastery, climbing steadily under huge rock walls to a chorten which you reach after 30 minutes. Great views of the whole valley from here, and then you continue to climb to another large chorten, which is not actually quite a pass, and it is an hour or so from camp to this point. So it is only about an hour and a half to the Murgum La and from here you look down into a deep valley with a small hamlet at the bottom and a steep mountainside blocking the way forward. Look closely, and you will see the path zigzagging straight up this to the Kiupa La Pass. The village, or hamlet, at the bottom is Kyumpata. First though, you have to drop right down to the river, 4,040m/13,254ft. This is three to three and a half hours from Lingshed. Just before reaching the river, there is a nice little shelter with a small shop attached. Having crossed the river, you then start the long haul over the Kiupa La Pass. Take it slowly, you've got plenty of time. . It is almost like a secret path and brings you out above the village of Yulchung. Coming down towards Yulchung, you see only one large house standing above a patchwork of fields, and above it there is a small temple built near the top of a pile of rock which clearly drops into a gorge on the other side. Overnight camp.

  • Day 12

    Trek Youlchung to Base camp Labarla 4700mtrs via Nerak village 3680 mtrs and Zanskar River Physically, this must be one of the hardest days on the trek, but one that will also give you one of the greatest senses of achievement. The day starts easily, traversing above the fields to the large house ahead of you. As you get close to the house, you come into view of the other houses that comprise Yulchung. They are equally magical. You may well indeed get invited into the large house which is a truly beautiful example of a typical Ladakhi village farmhouse. It has a particularly impressive shrine room, and large kitchen. Behind the house, the path rises easily to a col which looks down into a dizzying gorge. Your path undulates along a broad "shelf" of rolling hillsides which are basically the top of your side of this stupendous gorge. The path takes you to a small pass, the Chuchokhuri La (4,005m/13,140ft). It is about an hour and a half to here. There now follows a steep descent to the Zanskar River far below, and the path is a series of zigzags virtually all the way down. As you get lower, you will be able to see the river which is a very pretty colour of turquoise blue, twisting its way through its own gorges. You come to the ancient wooden cantilevered bridge high above the river which is crossed. It is actually only about 2¾ hours from camp to this point. You now have the big climb in front of you! It takes approximately an hour to get to the village of Nyerak and actually the main village is just below a small temple. From here, you just have to grit your teeth, put yourself on autopilot, and trek slowly upwards. It is one of those paths where you think the camp must be after the next rise, only to find that it isn't. Console yourself with the thought that it will make things so much easier tomorrow to start from a high camp. At one point you follow a disused watercourse, and an even better consolation is to stop, turn round and admire the absolutely fantastic views back the way you have come from Yulchung. Overnight camp.

  • Day 13

    Trek Base Labarla to Namtse Sumdo 3810 mtrs via Labarla pass 4925 mtrs 7 hrs You are now heading down into the depths between imposing rocky mountains, scree slopes on either side, made all the more dramatic by the feeling complete remoteness. You head over a small pass wondering what might be on the other side as the impending cliffs look like they will block the way forwards. Reaching this pass, mountains with gigantic contorted strata lay ahead and there is a steep narrow descent between two unusual white cliffs. It looks like the gods have literally torn the two cliffs in half. It takes a little under four hours to be between the jaws of these two cliffs. Having passed through, you find yourself suddenly out of the mountains and into a sharp valley with a river running in its flat base. There are the usual stunted willow and bushes, and on either side there are eroded conglomerate strata very often shaped as pinnacles with large improbable boulders perched on the tops of the pinnacles. You wander happily down the valley to find even more weird pinnacles the further down you go.

  • Day 14

    Cross Namtselapass 4465 mtrs decend to Honia 3525 mtrs 6 hrs. Another wonderfully interesting day. It is a steep little pull up out of the camp to a tiny "pass". This takes less than ten minutes. Beyond stretches a delightful small valley no more than three or four hundred yards across. Again, grand scenery – giant cliffs. It is stony underfoot nearly all the way down and care needs to be taken as there is potential for ankle twisting in this section. So, it is about 3½ hours to the pass and now it is about 3 hours down to the road, including a brief stop for lunch. As you get closer to the bottom of the gorge, there are phenomenally impressive 1,000 – 1,500 ft high vertical walls on the right. Honia is a place with one house and a lot of stone-built yak pens. Just as you get out of the gorge, there is a well-built wolf/bear trap. Quite suddenly, in fact, you come out of the confines of the gorge, and the Zanskar valley and river is spread out below. You have arrived at the Kingdom of Zanskar! After so long in remote and uninhabited country, it is a bit of a shock to see a road again.. Overnight camp in Honia.

  • Day 15

    Trek Honia to Zangla . 4 hrs This day you can start little because of short day trek and easy day trek. Today is the trek almost on flat till Zangla. There is also road till Zangla and also to Stongde Monastery. On the way you can visit Nunnery of Zangla Village, In the monastery you can have tea with the Nuns. There are almost 50 nuns in the monastery including the young and olds Nuns. You can visit the small nunnery school at zangla and visit the important prayer rooms of the monastery. Next to the Nunnery you will found the beautiful Zansla village. There are around 80 habitents in the village. During the end of September you will found the people are busy in their thesearing . People will found their thesearing with the animals like yak , female yak , Horse , Zoo, Zomo etc. After 15 minutes walk from Zangla you will Camp on a beautiful meadow. Overnight in the camp

  • Day 16

    Zangla - Stongday 5-6hrs. Today again you will walk along the road till Stongde Monastery. In the morning you will see few school bus moving around and also public bus service to Padum. And trek is also flat till Stongde village and atlast you will climb to Stongde Monastery. From the Stongde Monastery you will found a very beautiful secenary of Stongde vllage, Karsh village and monastery and village like Rinam, Tsazar, Chiling skit, Kumik and many village around padum. Though there is a road from Zangla to Stongde but you will seldom see vehicles moving. From Zangla to stongde you will cross the village like Tsazar and Chiling skit , were also people are busy with thesearing . Visit Stongdey Monastery in the evening. Overnight in the camp near monastery.

  • Day 17

    Rest in Stongday.

  • Day 18

    Stongday - Stongdey-la (4850mtrs) – Doksa. 6-7hrs. The day trek starts with the climb. It's an uphill walk to cross Stongday-la. It is not so steep to climb stongde la. But it is long. It will take almost 4 hours to reach at the top. You will arrive at the top around at 1 Pm . Some times you will found snow at the top of pass depending on the weather. Today again there is a good of chances of seeing wild animals. From the top of pass you will found megnafic views. After you decend till the camp called Doksa. Doksa means the camp were the nomadic people settle for seasonally. On the way there are big Yaks belong the Stongde villagers. The decend to camp is easy with beautiful landscape. You will camp near a Doksa (shepherd hut).

  • Day 19

    Doksa - Shaling 6-7hrs. This day will be one of the most memorable days of the trek. Because You have to cross the stream several times while walking along the valley. After twenty minutes walk from the camp you will start cross the stream. The water is so cold because of the weather as well as the narrow valley. In the valley are some up and down also. There are many plants also. You have to cross the stream for 8 to 10 times. You will be in the valley for four hours by crossing the stream side by side. After that you will climb up little and then continue to the camp. Today the camp is beautiful with spring water and nice scenery. In these route there are very less people and tourist, It is mostly possible to meet local people from Shade and Stongde. Overnight in the camp.

  • Day 20

    haling – Shadey - Thangtak 6-7hrs. Today again you will walk along the valley. Now you will see different landscape as before. You will walk by some up and down. At some part you have to walk along the bank of little river. You have to cross the little rive before Shade and continue by little climbing to main road. And you will also see very old moviable bridge of Shade. After 45 minutes walk from that you have to turn left to enter the beautiful shade village. At that point it look like artificial gate by rocks. After 15 minutes walk from tha you will arrive at Shade village. The village is very isolated in Himalaya. During these season people are busy in harvesting, collecting their potatoes, collecting the grass for animals. People are impress by seeing tourist because there are very people coming from outside. After that you will back to camp decending from Shade willage and you will see one family village with little monastery called Thangtak. Then you will continue to camp near the river. Overnight in the camp.

  • Day 21

    Thangtak - Phuktal 6-7 hrs. This is the day you will visit the famous Phuktal monastery. Morning after breakfast you will cross the little river and continue to phuktal. Usually it is possible to see snow leopard in this ways. After 1 hour walk from the camp you will meet Tsarap river. You will follow the Tsarap river till Phuktal Monastery. On the way there are some up and down ways. The ways are good because it was repaired last year only. On the way you will find Shukpa whch is local incense. Phuktal Monastery is famous for its structure. It is built in a cave on the side of Soft Rock Mountain. The monastery is built by Changsem Sherap Zangpo, disciple of Gyalwa Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in the Monastery.

  • Day 22

    Phuktal – Tarktal 6-7 hrs This day you will go back to Thangthak through the same ways.

  • Day 23

    Trek Thanthak - via Nyalo kuntse la 4430mtrs via Gothurstatar la 4620mtrs, Hormotse Today will be the longest day trek of your whole trek . You have to start very early in the morning. It will take almost 4 hours to arrive at the first pass called Nyalo kuntse 4430 mtrs, after that continue to the second pass Gothurstatar la 4620 mtrs. In between these two pass you will find a beautiful view of a lake. The landscape are totally different. From the top of pass you will have long decent till shun village. This day usually people see wild animals like Fox, ibex, olf etc. You will arrive at the camp late . Shun is a old village but now days people are migrated to Chumik gyasa. Overnight in the camp near a small monastery. (4300m)

  • Day 24

    Hormoche – Satak 5-6 hrs. Morning after breakfast as usual you will start your trek, You will see the shun village on the otherside of the Tsarap River. The village is enough big but you will find nobody there. There is also a Nunnery which is near to our camp. After half an hour of trek you have to cross a little river. After that all the way are good with pasture and some up and down. In the evening you will camp at Satak village. Satak is village of one house but nowdays there are no people staying they are migrated to Chumikgasa. You will find the fields without cultivated. Overnight in the camp.

  • Day 25

    Trek Satak to Tsokmetsek 6 hrs. This is the day with some up and downs till Tsokmetsek. You will find a small bridge on the way. And the landscape look very beautiful. Now you will feel easy to walk and there are not much climb up like big passes. And you are physically and mentally use to it. You will arrive at the camp called Tsokmetsek. There are many plants around the camp. Tonight you will enjoy the fire camp with staffs. Overnight in the camp 4220mtrs.

  • Day 26

    Trek Tsokmesik to Brandinala. 4/5 hrs {4200 mtrs} Today is easy walk following the narrow valley passing through stream river and bushes and gradually up to camp. Set up about 4450 mtr.

  • Day 27

    Drive brandinala to Leh. 4 hrs Morning after breakfast you will drive to Leh. On the way you will cross Thaglangla (world second highest motorable pass). You will drive on the highway of Leh-Manali. You will arrive at leh around midday. The Lunch will be at a good restaurant in leh. Overnight in the Guest house in Leh.

  • Day 28

    rest in Leh.

  • Day 29

    Fly back to Europe.


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