Trekking at Zanskar, Ladakh

Ravers Expeditions
  • 17 days
  • Tough
  • 4.9
  • Hilly

Trekking at Zanskar, Ladakh By Ravers Expeditions


Highest Altitude: 5150 mts / 16895 ft

Route : Delhi - Manali - Jispa - Zanskar - Shingo la - Purne - Padam - Kargil - Leh

Our "special" yearly feature drives through most of western Ladakh, monasteries, palaces, villages, hikes and travel to one of the most surreal places on the planet. The trip begins with a flight over the Himalayas into the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. We spend a couple of days in Leh town acclimatizing at 11,000 feet above sea level and visiting the ancient monasteries, palaces and villages around Leh. We then drive west of Leh past the town of Kargil and travel south into the valley of Zanskar, one of the coldest inhabited places on earth. Starting the trip on the Stod river, we begin our self contained multi-day river adventure down the spectacular and scenic Zanskar river gorge. Ladakh is the highest altitude plateau region in India (much of it being over 3,000 m), incorporating parts of the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges and the upper Indus River valley. The mountain ranges in this region were formed over a period of 45 million years by the folding of the Indian Plate into the stationary landmass of Asia. While the Himalayas were formed from the base material of the Indian plate, the Zanskar Range consists of layers of sediment from the ocean floor, and the Ladakh Range of granite was born of the immense heat generated by the friction between the two plates. In Ladakh, the suture zone between the continental masses runs a little to the south of the Indus Valley. The drift continues and is the cause of the frequent earthquakes in the Himalayan region. Crossing the Himalayas by the dip of the Zoji-la, the crest-line of the range remains at a relatively modest level, the highest peaks near the pass being little more than 5000–5500 m above sea level. South-east of Zoji-la the scale increases, reaching a climax in the mighty massif of Nun-Kun, with two summits over 7000 m. The Suru and Zanskar valleys form a great trough at the foot of the northern, heavily glaciated flank of the Himalayas, while opposite rise the mountains of the Zanskar range. The Suru River forms the western and northern boundary of the Zanskar range. The Suru, after receiving the combined waters of the Dras and Shingo Rivers a short distance north of Kargil, joins the Indus at Marol in Baltistan, which is now on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control. Rangdum Monastery and the attendant village of Julidok is the last inhabited region in the Suru valley; it is also the destination of the nomadic herdspeople called Bakarwals, who trek up every summer from the Jammu region. From Rangdum the valley rises to 4400 metres at the Pensi-la, the gateway into Zanskar. Kargil, the only town in the Suru valley, was an important staging post on the routes of the trade caravans before 1947, being more or less equidistant, at about 230 kilometres from Srinagar, Leh, Skardo, and Padum. Rangdum, though on the northern side of the Pensi-la, is regarded as socially and culturally part of Zangskar rather than of Suru.


  • Day 1

    Arrive Delhi Upon arrival at Delhi airport met our representative & transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

  • Day 2

    Delhi - Leh Take the morning flight for Leh.

  • Day 3

    Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis On this day you will go sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.

  • Day 4

    Leh - Mulbek In the morning after breakfast drive to Mulbek via Kargil. The drive takes you over the Fotu La. On arrival set out camp for overnight stay

  • Day 5

    Mulbek - Rangdum In the morning drive to Ramela via Panikar and Prakachik. One can see the views of magnificent twin peaks of Nun & Kun. On arrival set out camp for overnight stay.

  • Day 6

    Ringdom - Padum (5 hours) In the morning we will drive up to Padum. Enroute we will cross Peni La and from here one can find the magnificent view of the Zanskar range. Dinner and overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 7

    Padum - Zangla (20 kms/7 hours) In the morning we will set out for our day one trek up to Zangla. Enroute we will cross the Tsarap River Bridge & the Karsha Gompa. Overnight stay in tents.

  • Day 8

    Zangla - Sumdo Village (9 kms/3 hours) After breakfast trek up to Sumdo village. After few hours of trek we will enter on Zulung valley. On arrival set our camp for overnight stay.

  • Day 9

    Sumdo Village - Camp Site (16 kms/6 hours) Today we will trek through the Cha Cha La. One can see the beautiful views of the Himalayan Range. Camp for overnight stay

  • Day 10

    Campsite - Tilat Sumdo (17 kms/7 hours) After breakfast trek up to Tilat Sumdo. In this day we can find some wild life. The route is full of thrill & adventures. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

  • Day 11

    Campsite - Tilat Sumdo (17 kms/7 hours) After breakfast trek up to Tilat Sumdo. In this day we can find some wild life. The route is full of thrill & adventures. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

  • Day 12

    Base of Rubang la - Markha Valley (17 kms/ 6 hours) Today we will cross the Rubang La (5020 mts/16465 ft) and finally reach one of the most popular valley in Ladakh region, Markha valley. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

  • Day 13

    Markha Valley - Thochuntse (12 kms/5 hours) This day we will trek the part of the Zanskar gorge. After few hours we will cross the Markha river. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

  • Day 14

    Thochuntse - Nimaling (7 kms/3 hours) The Nimaling Plains & the Mani walls and Chortens that dot the trail. Also a side trip to the base of the Kangyaze peak (6000 mts) is possible.

  • Day 15

    Nimaling - Sumdo (18 km/7-8 hours) In the morning trek to Sumdo. Enroute we will cross the Kongmaru La, highest pass on the trek, we can see the entire Ladakh and Indus Valley. Dinner and overnight stay in camp.

  • Day 16

    umdo - Hemis - Leh (10 kms/3 hours) In the morning we will trek up to Hemis Monastery. On arrival at Hemis, visit the monastery and later drive to Leh. Overnight stay in guest house.

  • Day 17

    Leh - Delhi Morning take a flight for Delhi.


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