Lamayuru-Darcha Trek

Destinations: Ladakh/Zanskar
Trip Duration: 25 Days
Best Time: July to Mid Sept
Grade: Challenging
Altitude: 5090 mts / 16592 ft
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Lamayuru-Darcha Trek

Day by Day Details Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi meet the assistant at the air port and transfer to the hotel, in the afternoon start half day old and new Delhi tour, overnight in hotel.

Day 2 - Fly Leh 3500m

We are up early to board the spectacular flight to Leh, crossing the main Himalayan Barrier to the capital of Ladakh, Tashi Namgyal's 15th century Himalayan capital at 3500m. The clear high air will catch at the throat when we arrive, and now we start the serious business of acclimatization; and eating, as after we settle into our hotel we have a long leisurely breakfast. It will take your body a few days to adjust to this high altitude. It is important to drink plenty of (non-alcoholic) liquids. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: City tour.

Morning after the breakfast start the city tour visiting Samkar monastery, Shanti Stupa and Leh palace, lunch in the hotel, in the afternoon explore the Leh market, dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Full day excursion.

Today we will visit the first palace of the Ladakh, Shey palace which is 17km from Leh, then followed by Thiksay and Himes monastery, evening return to Leh, Dinner and overnight in hotel.


Day 04: Lamayuru to Wanla (3250m) 2-3 hrs.Walk down along the stream towards east and then after 20 minutes cross the stream near the Chorten. Walk along another stream towards southward and then east up to the Prikiting La (3700m). After the pass you reach down the river in the Shillakung valley. The trail to the right also leads to Zangskar via Snigutse La. Take the right trail with chorten and Mani wall. Cross the river and the campsite is reached passing through the houses near the second bridge and tented restaurant. Stay in Wanla.

Day 05: Wanla to Hanupatta (3970m) 6-7 hrs.Cross the river and the stream and walk along the road eastward. The trail splits into two, one going to the left leading towards Alchi and Sumda Chanmo. Cross the bridge and walk along the road for sometimes. After crossing another bridge, the trail enters into a Hanupatta gorge, which is very dangerous for ponies. Cross the first bridge and walk ignoring the second bridge, passing through a stupa the gorge turns into a narrow valley. The Hanupatta is reached after an easy ascent. Stay in Hanupatta.

Day 06: Hanupatta to Photoksar (4050m) via Sirsirla (4850m) 6.7 hrs. Walk along the stream crossing the tributaries and then stream to the left. Walk up to Sirirla (4850m). Walk along the stream leading to the Photoksar village. The campsite is just before the village across the stream. Stay in Photoksar.

Day 07: Photksar to SingayLa base (4300m) - 8 hrs.Walk down leaving the village and the stream on your left side. On the way comes a few Pulu (harders shelter), after crossing the stream the trail starts going up to the base of Singayla. Pitch the tent after a few minutes walk from the herders shelter. Stay in Singayla.

Day 08: Singayla base to Lingshet (3950m) 5-6 hrs.Start walking up to Singay La (5050m). Walking down the pass the trail goes to your left, which goes to Yulchung Nerags. Take the right trail to the same direction and you are reached Kyukpa la (4430). Leaving Kyukpala again take the right trail to the same direction down to a hamlet. Cross the stream and walk upwardsto Margola (4500m). The Lingshet village is reached after the descent of the pass. The Campsite near the School. The monastery is above the village on the left hand side. Stay at Lingshet.

Day 09: Lingshet to Snyertse (3800m) 8 hrs. Walk down the stream through the fields and an easy acsent starts after crossing the stream. Reach Hanumala (4800m) from where you can have the view of Lingshet.Walk down along the stream and the Campsite is near the tree. Stay in Snyertse.

Day 10: Snyertse to Hanamur (3450m) 06 hrs.Cross the stream and walk upward for sometimes leaving the stream to your left. After a curve start walking up to the stream, crossing the bridge, the steep ascent takes you to Parfila (3950m). Walk down to the Zangskar River and the trail leads along the river till Hanamur, which has herderer shelters. The camp is near the field and the river. Hanamur has only two houses. Stay in Hanumar.

Day 11: Hanamur to Pishu 4-5 hrs.Walk along the Zanskar River passing through Pidmo. Overnight in the camp.

Day 12: Pishu to Karsha (3650m) 4 hrs. Walk along the Zanskar river towards Karsha passing through Rinam village. Camp near the stream near the monastery. Visit Karsha monastery and overnight in the tent.

Day 13: Karsha to Padum (3610m) 2 hrs. Walk towards Padum crossing the river and Padum is reached after passing through Pibiting village adjacent to Padum. Check in Hotel Ibex and visit Sani and Stakrimo monastery. After the Hot Lunch Overnight in the hotel.

Day 14: Rest at Padum (3610m)

Today is the rest day and you can visit monasteries of Sani and Staskrimo. After the Lunch at your leisure. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 15: Padum to Raru (3800m) 5-6 hrs.

Walk along the rough road along the Lungnak River. Passing through Bardan Gonpa and Mune village. The campsite is near the bridge. Stay in Raru.

Day 16: Raru to Pepula (3750m) 5 hrs.

Cross the river and along the river with many ups and owns. And the Pepula is reached near the stream. Campsite is near the teashop.

Day 17: Pepula to Purne (3775m) 4-5 hrs.

Cross the stream and walk up to the next bridge near Tantse. Cross the Lungnak river and walk to wards north for Purne, where you have to camp.

Day 18: Purne to Phuktal (3900m) to Purne 5 hrs

. Walk towards Phugtal Monastery and walk back to the Camp at Purne. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 19: Purne to Sking (4000m) 6-7 hrs.

Walk towards south and cross the same bridge. Walk southward passing through yal. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 20: Sking (Hing or Kargyak) to Lhakhang (4450m) 6 hrs

. Walk towards Kargyak and the camp site is just across the bridge. Overnight in the camp.

Day 21: Lhakhang to Ramjak (4300m) via Shinkunla 6-7 hrs.

 Again walk along the river and the ascent starts after a few miles walk. Reach Shinkunla (5090m) top and other side of the pass is little bit difficult. Arrive Ramjak passing through Chumik Nakpo. The Campsite is near a Mani wall. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 22: Ramjak to Palhamo (3700m) 5-6 hrs.

 Walk towards the same direction along the stream and after sometimes cross the river, and you are reached near a teashop. The campsite is after crossing the bigger stream. Overnight in the Camp.

Day 23: Pal Lhamo to Darcha Sumo (3300m) 3-4 hrs.

Today is the last day with short walk passing through the villages of Chika and Rarik villages. From where the motor able road starts and it takes you to Darcha Sumdo & drive to Manali.

Day 24: Manali – Delhi 
Day at leisure. In the evening drive to Delhi by AC directly from Manali to Delhi. Enroute stop for Lunch. Late evening you will be in Delhi. Overnight At hotel in Delhi.

Day 25: Delhi –Departure
Transfer to the airport to catch flight for Delhi. On arrival at Delhi take a guided sightseeing tour. By evening drive to international airport to catch onwards flight

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