A trek through the dramatic landscape of Ladakh takes you to the numinous Zanskar through a route
where you can rarely find Westerners. To start the journey from the point which is just 4 hours by car
from Leh, you will move through an isolated road till you reach the Padum to Lamayuru junction in
Day 1 : Leh - Kanji village (3.800 m), 6 hours drive
On the first day, you drive from Leh to Kanji where you stay overnight. Kanji, a village with 20 families can be accessed through the village of Hemiskot which lies on the Srinagar-Kargil- Leh highway. The village is situated at an altitude of 3.875 m, and is also the starting of Kanji la and Shilakong gorge treks.
Day 2 : Kanji campsite (3.800 m) - to base of Kanji-La (4.350 m), 6 hours
To start off the trek, you will be made to adapt the surroundings by walking South from Kanji through the Barkley fields from where you ascent to the base camp through the meadows.
Day 3 : Base Kanji la - Kanji-la (5.271 m) - Junction of Kanji-La & Pingdon-La (4.370 m), 7 hours
After ascending, you will be made to take a long descent till you reach a rocky campsite which is the escape route to Rangdum gompa.
Day 4 : Juntion to base Pingdon la (4.579), 4 hours
The day passes while walking through a river that flows from Pingdon-la with an afternoon spent resting at camp.
Day 5 : Base Pingdon la - Pingdon la (5.029 m) alias Pudzong-la - Dibling (4.700 m), 7 hours
Climb through the snowy path to Pingdon-la alias Pudzong-la which offers a picturesque view of the snowcapped Zanskar range. Move through the zigzag rocky path to the valley from where the 900 meters descent to a bushy area starts. Continue moving through the valley’s left side till you catch the sight of the river entering through your left. Continue for an hour till you reach village Dibling with Shangri-la setting, the most isolated village of Zanskar. The main monastery is just above this village and you can easily walk to see the figurines of deities of Buddhism. You will camp here for the day.
Day 6 : Dibling – Lingshed sumdho (3.680 m) - Base Barma la (3.890 m), 8 hours
On leaving the village this morning, follow the newly built footpath through the narrow and rocky lane. This path will take you to a gorge with panoramic scenery where you will be surprised to see giant rocks and also the horses crossing the river. Cross the river either on foot or by climbing on a horse to be on the safe side. Enjoy the course passing through the beetling cliffs with choughs with pigeons soaring great heights. Here, while nearing Lingshed, you will be able to spot people and small markets.
On reaching Lingshed Sundho, enter a gorge coming in from the left to leave the valley of Oma Chuand walk up to the base of Barma-la. Here you will camp at 3.680 m. or may be higher at 3.900 m amidst the snowy mountains.
Day 7 : Base - Barma la (4.694 m) - LingshedGompa (3.900 m), 6-7 hours
From here, it is just over three hours to the pass which encompasses an easy gradual path until the last 300 meters which is a little steeper. Move higher; carefully amidst the narrow slippery path of snow peaks till you reach the pass which is broad and engulfed with chorten and prayer flags. The path reaches from Padumand then drops down and gradually ascends to reach the monastery and the camp site. Here you will be able to use clean toilets and also get some stuff from the mini shops located nearby.
Day 8 : Lingshed (3.900 m) to the foot of Sengi-La (4.700 m) via Murgum-La (4.370 m) and via Kiupa-La (4.430 m), 6 hours
Get ready to climb two passes in a single day today. The day starts with an easy climb of 4 hours up to the first pass. On reaching the first pass Murgum-La 4.370 m (14.330 ft), you will have awonderful view of the valley of Nierag. From here start climbing towards the villages Gongma 4.000 m and Skiumpata 4.060 m from where you climb steeply towards the summit of the Kiupa-la 4.430 m (14.530 ft). Continue towards next pass Sengi-La 4.430 m (14.534 ft).
Day 9 : base of Sengi-La (4.700 m) to Photokasar (4.130 m) via Sengi-La (4.900 m) and Bumiktse-La (4.200 m), 7 hours
Climb steeply for 2 hours to the highest pass from where the summit view of Sengi-La 4.900 m (16.070 ft) is spectacular. After a short slope leading to a broad valley, you will come to the second pass Bumiktse-La 4.200 m (14.430 ft) from where a descent takes you to Photoksar 4.130 m (13.550ft).
Day 10 : Photoksar - Leh
From here, the car will pick you up to Photoksar.