A High and Wild Trek Across the Remote Valleys of Ladakh’s ‘Little Tibet’
- Traverse the Kingdom of Zanskar
- Remote trekking in little-visited valleys
- High passes & wild landscapes
- Dramatic countryside of vivid color
- Traditional Zanskari villages
- Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries
- Picturesque and quiet campsites
- Experience a taste of nomadic life
In 1974 Ladakh became accessible to foreign visitors and this high and wild Buddhist region still captures the imagination of adventure travelers. Geographically, Ladakh is a western extension of the Tibetan Plateau. Buddhism was brought to Ladakh by Guru Rimpoche and this colorful religion is still practiced throughout Ladakh and Zanskar. A number of parallel mountain ranges, including the Great Himalaya Range, divide this territory and provide the setting for a wealth of excellent trekking routes, usually involving high pass crossings. Our route passes through scattered villages and grazing settlements with a tapestry of irrigated fields of barley and potatoes and, along with many hill-top Buddhist monasteries, add dramatic color to this otherwise arid environment.
Our recently revised and incredibly improved Zanskar Traverse begins with an exciting flight to the frontier town of Leh in the upper Indus Valley. We then take a scenic overland journey, along the Leh-Manali Highway, to the starting point of our unique Zanskar route. At Gatta Loops we will meet our support crew and horse team and begin our epic walk, following the snaking Tserap Chu River into ancient Zanskar. Our little-traveled route will offer challenges in the form of swift river crossings, plentiful pass crossings and high elevation campsites in remote settings and offering access to remote villages.
Zanskar, the ‘Copper Valley’, is also a photographer’s dream. Each day provides expansive mountain panoramas, picturesque farming villages and pastel colored landscapes. This is one of the most visually stunning experiences in the Himalaya!
The Zanskar Traverse in Ladakh (Camping Trip) is part our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. Our Classic Treks are led by an experienced, English-speaking Sherpa Guide and full support crew. In addition to our listed group date, we are also able to arrange this trek starting on any day of the week during the months of June through September for groups of 2 to 8 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1: Welcome to New Delhi, India!
Day 2: Fly from Delhi to Leh, Ladakh. Hotel.
Day 3: Sightseeing in and around Leh. Hotel.
Day 4: Overland travel to Gya Lhato. 13,100 feet / 4,000 meters. 2 hour drive.
Day 5: Drive to Gata Loops & trek to Tsokmetsik. 13,450 feet / 4,100 meters. 3 hour hike.
Day 6: Trek to Satak. 13,530 feet / 4,125 meters. 6 hour hike.
Day 7: Trek to Marshun. 13,100 feet / 4,000 meters. 6 hour hike.
Day 8: Trek Marshun to Skulti. 14,450 feet / 4,406 meters. 7 hour hike.
Day 9: To Thanglak. 13,840 feet / 4,220 meters. 5 hour hike.
Day 10: Rest and exploration to Shade Village.
Day 11: Trek to Shaling Village. 14,040 feet / 4,280 meters. 6 to 7 hour hike.
Day 12: To Salang Taktak. 14,070 feet / 4,090 meters. 5 to 6 hour hike.
Day 13: Trek to Doksa. 14,715 feet / 4,290 meters. 4 to 5 hour hike.
Day 14: Stongde Village. 12,515 feet / 3,815 meters. 7 to 8 hour hike.
Day 15: Stongde exploration & resupply for upcoming days.
Day 16: Stongde to Zangla. 11,810 feet / 3,600 meters. 5 hour hike.
Day 17: To Honya. 11,810 feet / 3,600 meters. 4 hour hike.
Day 18: Namtse La to Pharkunsa. 13,055 feet / 3,980 meters. 6 to 7 hour hike.
Day 19: Tarti La Base Camp. 14,105 feet / 4,300 meters. 6 hour hike.
Day 20: Across the Tarti La to Nerak. 12,170 feet / 3,710 meters. 7 to 8 hour hike.
Day 21: Trek to Yulchung. 12,795 feet / 3,900 meters. 5 hour trek.
Day 22: Lamayuru Monastery & Leh. 3 hour drive. Hotel.
Day 23: Fly to Delhi and depart.