Southern Zanskar Trek

Trek LocationArea: Himachal and Ladakh Himalayas

Trek DurationDuration: 19 Days (6 days travel/13 days trekking)

Trek SeasonBest Season: Mid June - September

Trek GradeGrade:

On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.

AltitudeAltitude: 5526 mts.

Trekking DistanceTotal Trekking: 115 K.M

About Southern Zanskar Trek

Zanskar had stayed inaccessible for centuries and the place is unlike anywhere else on earth: A high arid land with fortress-like Buddhist monasteries steeped in myth and rich in imagery. It is also a world where the only way to travel is on foot or by pony. This trek takes us from the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh into the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, where we visit the remarkable cave Gompa of Phugtal. The people, the scenery and the challenge make this a truly unique adventure.

Southern Zanskar Trek

Most of the visitors travel to the remote parts of Zanskar region for trekking. Numerous trails wind their way north from Padum to Central Ladakh, west of Kishtwar and south to Neighboring Lahaul - all along difficult trail that involves strenuous ups and downs. The two main routes leading in to Zanskar, despite the region's isolation are those from Kargil and from Manali to Padum.

Southern Zanskar Trekking Tour Highlights

  • Pass through two gigantic 5000metre high mountain passes
  • Camp along one of the scenic mountain lakes like Moon Lake
  • Experience the real adrenaline rush of crossing one of the inaccessible regions in India, Zanskar
  • Visit the architecturally marvelous Phuktal Monastery

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time for Zanskar Trek is between Mid-June and September of the 2nd week of October (depending on weather conditions)

In Mid June and July: During these months, one can enjoy cascading waterfalls and beautiful glaciers in the Lahaul and Zanskar valley. The benefit of visiting in during these months is that there will be very less to no rain.

In August, September till mid October: The snow starts melting in May and new plants start to prosper till August giving the opportunity for witnessing Zanskar in one of its most beautiful period.

Where is the Southern Zanskar Trek?

The Southern Zanskar can be reached via Lahaul Valley by crossing the Shingo La (5090m).One has to walk through the Lahaul Valley to Darcha and then further to Rarig, a prosperous farming village; Zanskar Sumdo, where there is a raging Barai Nallah. After crossing the Barai Nallah by Cable Bridge, we trek to Shingo La base camp, which further leads to Southern Zanskar Region.

How to Reach?

Nearest Airport: The Kullu Manali airport at Bhuntar Town (about 50 km south of Manali and 10 km south of Kullu town) is the nearest airport, which has flights to Delhi and Chandigarh.

Nearest Railway Station: Jogindar Nagar is the nearest railway station (lies 166 km from Manali). The other rail heads are at Chandigarh and Pathankot.

By Road: Manali is well connected by road with Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Dharamsala and Chamba/Dalhousie. Regular buses ply between these stations. It is connected with Leh during July to October.

Southern Zanskar Trek (Detailed Itinerary)

Day 01: Delhi - Manali (2050 M)

In the evening, board the AC Volvo Coach at 18:00 hrs for an overnight journey to Manali.

Day 02: Manali (2050 M)

On arrival in Manali in the morning, we will transfer to the pre-booked hotel. Rest of the time is free for leisure activities or you can even take a tour to major attractions of Manali like Hadimba Devi temple, Vashisht Hot Springs, Club house, etc. An overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03: Manali - Darcha (3400 M) 180 kms/5-6 hrs

Post breakfast, we will drive along the Beas River towards the Rohtang pass (4050 m). Down the hill, we shall drive to the Gramphu and to passport check point at Koksar. On reaching Keylong, we shall set our camp at Darcha.

Day 04: Darcha – Zanskar Sumdo (3640m, trek 7-8 hrs)

Today, we shall take a short drive to Darcha and from there to Rarig, which is our trekking beginning point. Further, we will move up the Barai Nullah (river) valley passing through Palamo village. We shall cross various side streams and a boulder field to reach our campsite. Overnight stay in the tent.

Day 05: Zanskar Sumdo – Acclimatisation day

The day is kept free for acclimatization. We may go for a short walk. An overnight stay in the tent.

Day 06: Zanskar Sumdo – Chuminakpo (4500 m) 7.30 hrs

Today, we shall go for trekking on the mountain side. Firstly, we will cross the river by a hanging bridge and then climb up for about an hour and then follow the trek on a narrow valley to reach Ramjak, a small meadow. Overnight camping at Chuminakpo (4800 m).

Day 07: Chuminakpo - Lahkhang (4300 m) over Shingo la (5090 m) 7-8 hrs

In our trekking today, we will follow the path leads over moraines, snow and glacier. On the way, view the prayer flags that flutter near the Shingo pass. We then will descend to the Zanskar valley by wading through Kargyak Chhu. Overnight stay in the tents near beautiful campsite on the bank of Lhakhang Chhu.

Day 08: Lukung - Kargyak (4060 m) 5 hrs

Today, our trek will be an easy one beside the right bank of Kargyak Chhu and foot of the Gumboranjom tower. The trek will give us an opportunity to see the herds of yaks and groups of Marmots whistling and playing around the meadow. We will further be trekking towards Kargyak, where from a distance we would be able to witnesss the long series of Mane wall and Chhorten. An overnight stay in the tent.

Day 09: Kargayak - Purni (3800 m) 6 hrs

Our trek today will be through Tanze, Kuru, Testa and Yal to Purni. On arrival at Purni, situated on the confluence of the Tsarap and Kargyak Chhu, we shall set our camp. Overnight stay in the tent.

Day 10: Purni – Phugtal Gompa (3850 m) - Purni (3950 m, trek 4- 5 hrs)

Post breakfast today, we will trek along Kargyak River through a gorge to the Tsarap River to get entry to the stunningly located Phuktal Gompa (3850m). The monastery is perched on the mountainside and is quite impressive architecture wise. After spending some time at the Gompa, we will return to our campsite at Purni for an overnight stay in tents.

Day 11: Purni – Tanze (3850m, trek 4 hrs)

Today, we shall go back to Tanze. It is a short walk and one will get enough time to rest. Enjoy an overnight stay in tents.

Day 12: Tanze – High Camp (4800m, trek 7-8 hrs)

Our trek today will be from Tanze High Camp via Phitse La. Initially we will walk through a gorge and then the trail will open to a wider plateau. We shall camp near the base of the pass in order to easily climb the pass next day. An overnight stay in tents.

Day 13: High Camp – Phitse La (5526m) – Lingti Camp (4700m, trek 7-8 hrs).

Today's trek will be short but will involve steep climb to the pass. The final ascent is up a scree slope that leads to Phitse La (5250m). We might also take a short detour climb to a small ridge that offers excellent views of the Zanskar range. The descent is also steep and crosses scree slopes before opening to a meadow at Chumik Marpo. We will continue descending to a narrow gorge to the main Lingti valley. On arrival at Lingti Valley, we will camp near a side stream of the Lingti.

Day 14: Lingti Camp – Tsarap Camp (4400m, trek 4-5 hrs)

Post breakfast, we shall follow the Lingti River to a confluence where we have camps set up. Our trekking trail will cross several ridges dotted with juniper and marked with prayer flags or Mani walls and through meadows used by Gaddi shepherds of Ladakh. We may have to cross streams at several places. An overnight stay in the camp.

Day 15: Tsarap Camp - Kilong Sarai (4600m, trek 3-4 hrs)

Today, we shall walk in the lower meadows, where the valley widens out. We might also get a view of the Leh-Manali highway from a far distance. We will enjoy our camp today at a grassy field at Kilong Serai.

Day 16: Keylong Sarai – Keylong

Today, we shall drive to Keylong, the head quarter of Lahaul valley. On arrival in Keylong, check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 17: Keylong – Manali

Early in the morning, we will drive towards Manali through a very interesting road. On arrival in Manali, check-in at the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 18: Manali - Delhi (Drive 580 kms/12-13 hrs)

The day is free to relax. In the evening, we will catch AC Volvo coach for Delhi. Overnight journey.

Day 19: Arrive Delhi

We shall arrive Delhi by morning at 08:00 hrs and proceed for the onwards destination.

Tour & Services End.

Things to Carry for Southern Zanskar Trek

Things to Carry while Trekking
  • Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
  • Sunglasses, Light gloves
  • Sleeping bag
  •  Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Daypack
  • One liter water bottles wide mouthed
  • Trekking Boots
  • Water purification/filter
  • Camp shoes/sneakers
  • Walking stick/Trekking pole
  • Cotton socks
  • Note book with pens and pencils
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Lip balm
  • Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Camp towel/towel/sarong
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • Personal toiletries
  • T-shirts
  • Personal medicines
  • Underwear
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Trekking pants
  • Energy bars
  • Thermal tops
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermal bottom
  • Extra passport photos
  • Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Wind- and rain-gear with hood
  • Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
  • One pair cotton trousers or shorts
  • Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)

Booking Terms and Conditions:

Please read the booking terms as set out with your agreement with Tour My India Pvt. Ltd. A Noida based Tour operator herein called TMI. For More Click Here...

When to book Southern Zanskar Trek?

You should book Southern Zanskar Trekking two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.

Who will carry my backpack?

There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.

What will be the weight of the backpack?

Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.

Where to meet us?

Our pick up and drop point for Southern Zanskar Trek is at Leh airport. From airport, our guide will pick you and then assist you through the expedition.

How we run the trek?

We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.

What is the batch size?

Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.

What is minimum age required for Southern Zanskar Trek ?

Southern Zanskar Trek is tough trek with a maximum altitude of 18125ft (5526m), so the minimum age required is 15 years..

What will be the minimum temperature during Southern Zanskar Trek?

Between the months of July and September the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and the day time is sunny with temperature ranging between 15 and 25 Degree Celsius.

How long we trek during Southern Zanskar Trek ?

We plan our treks in a way that after 6 – 7 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 10 - 15kms per day of trekking is required.

How monsoon affects the Southern Zanskar Trek ?

Southern Zanskar Trek is only conducted during the monsoon season: July, August and September. However, monsoon doesn't affect this trek as there are no rains in Ladakh area.

Can I take Diamox?

Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.

What will happen if a trek is extended because of landslides or any other reasons?

If we have to extend the trek due to the reasons which are beyond our control then additional charge may apply for hotel stay and food.

What kind of shoes will be required?

Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500, Hi-Tec Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.

What kind of food is served during the trek?

We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Thukpa, local dishes etc.

Is it safe to drink water from the stream?

Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.

Which vehicle do we use for transportations?

Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.

Are your fixed departures dates are definite?

We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.

How do you deal with emergency situation?

Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.

How to book the trek

Register for the trek and we will send you the details of the booking procedure.

Fixed Departure 2019

21 Jun 2019 28 Jun 2019 05 Jul 2019
12 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019
01 Aug 2019 08 Aug 2019 15 Aug 2019
22 Aug 2019 29 Aug 2019 06 Sep 2019
13 Sep 2019 20 Sep 2019 27 Sep 2019

Updated Soon

Updated Soon