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October 19, 2015

Challenging Trek in India (17 days Darcha to Pudum in Zanskar)

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Darcha – Padum Trek

Area               :Ladakh                                

Altitude         :5090 mts / 16700 ft          

Grade             :Moderate to Challenging

Duration       :17 Days                              

Season           :June – Oct


Darcha – Padum Trek

Area               :Ladakh                                

Altitude        :5090 mts / 16700 ft          

Grade            :Moderate to Challenging

Duration      :17 Days                              

Season          :June – Oct                         

Darcha Padum trek takes you along the fascinating journey from Darcha in Himanchal Pradesh to Padam in Zanskar. Prior to trekking, you get an unbeatable experience with an insider’s perspective while sightseeing Manali. Temples impart a unique timelessness to the charming town of Manali giving plenty of time to soak up its atmosphere and get complete acclimatization for trekking. Thereafter, the trek connects you to the incredible trekking adventures; the trail transverses through Chalang Tokpa, Ramjak, Chumikanakpo, Lakong, Kurgiak, Purne and finally to Padum. En route, you will encounter great diversity of landscapes, lovely unspoilt pastoral mountain scenery, pristine villages and indigenous people. Further ahead, you have to journey through Ringdom Gompa and Kargil to arrive in Leh. With insightful sightseeing tour around Leh you conclude your trip. Throughout the tour, we maintain high level of comfort and safety.


Day 01 : Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi, where you will be met and transfered to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02 : Delhi – Manali  drive 560km/12hrs

Day 03 : Manali – Darcha by Jeep

Early morning drive from Manali to Darcha. Arrive Darcha and overnight in Camp.

Day 04 : Darcha – Palemo (3600m) in 5h trek

Leave Darcha, We start our journey with an easy walk into the valley. En route, we will visit the Chika and Rarik monasteries.Overnight stay at camp

Day 05 : Palemo – Zanskar Sumdo (3860m) in 5h trek

We cross the river by a hanging pulley. Overnight at Zanskar Sumdo in camp

Day 06 : Zanskar Sumdo – Chumi Napo (4640m) in 5h trek

Early morning trek from Zanskar Sumdo to Chumi Napo. The route leaves the valley and starts climbing up quite steeply towards the Shingo La pass.Overnight stay at camp

Day 07 : Chumi Napo – Shingo La (5090m) – Lakham (4470m) in 6h trek

Prayer flags flapping in the wind mark the Shingo La pass, surrounded with fascinating views of the glaciers. An easy traverse of a glacier takes us to the valley and to the Lakham yak pastures.Overnight stay at camp

Day 08 : Lakham – Kurgiak (4050m) in 6h trek

A gradual descent along the Kurgiak river, lined with mani walls. On the way, we will come across a few Doksas, where yaks are kept in summer time.Overnight stay at camp

Day 09 : Kurgiak – Tetha (3950m), in 7h trek

The trail is now boarded by meadows of flowers and barley fields. Shortens are spread all the way and highlight the religious fervour of the Zanskaris. Overnight stay at camp

Day 10 : Tetha – Purni (3700m), in 2h trek

We visit Phuktal monastery (3850m), perched on the side of an impressive cliff. (4h return journey from Phuktal monastery to Purni). Overnight stay at camp

Day 11 : Purni – Ichar (3650m) in 4h trek

Morning after camp breakfast we will trek to Ichar. Overnight stay at camp

Day 12 : Ichar – Mune (3900m), in 5h trek

The trail goes up and down along the Tsarap river. On arriving at Mune, we will visit its monastery.Overnight stay at camp

Day 13 : Mune – Padum (3600m) in 6h trek

En route we visit Bardan monastery, one of the most important in the area. Overnight in Padum Guesthouse

Day 14 : Padum – Kargil (3700m)  drive 10 hrs by bus or by private vehicle

Drive from Padum to Kargil, Overnight  stay at Kargil hotel.

Day 15 : Kargil – Leh (3500m) by bus or by private vihicle

Drive from Kargil to Leh, Overnight at Leh hotel.

Day 16 : Leh – Delhi  fly

Very early morning transfer to airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival Delhi pick-up and guided city sightseeing. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 17 : At leisure in Delhi

Day free for personal shopping . Ontime  transfer to airport for your international flight.

Trip ends here

Price:7-12 Pax

(US$)    Per Person Twin Sharing

Price:4-6 Pax

(US$)   Per Person Twin Sharing

Price:2-3 Pax

(US$)   Per Person Twin Sharing

1445 Using B category Hotels 1510 Using B category Hotels 1560 Using B category  Hotels
1785 Using A category Hotels 1820 Using A category Hotels 1875 Using A category Hotels


Cost Includes

  1. Standard Hotel  Accommodation on BB basis.
  2. Full board while on the trek

accommodation will be provided in tents on double sharing and single basis. Our tents

are 4 season dome tents (Keltay) with lots of space for personal luggage. We will be

putting up a dining tent and a toilet tent to make your camping comfortable.

  1. Meals: In Hotel only breakfast will serve. While on trek all meals will

be provided. The meal will be mix of Indian, Chinese and continental.

  1. Professional and experienced English speaking local trekking guide
  2. Mules/Porters: For carrying camping equipment like tents, carry mat, camping stool,

rations, vegetables and some amount of personal gear of the clients  bag not

weighing more than 15 kgs).

  1. Transport: Toyota Innova/Toyota Qualis/Tavera/Force Traveler
  2. kitchen staff would accompany the group



  • Air fare domestic (Leh-Delhi) & International To/from Delhi
  • Enroute meal
  • Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.• Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Travel insurance
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