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Darcha - Padum (Shingo La) Trek

  Duration : 18 Days
Destination : Delhi - Nalagarh - Manali - Darcha - Palamo - Zanskar Sumdo - Chuminakpo - Lakong - Kargyak - Testa - Purne - Phuktal Gompa - Purne - Ichar - Mune - Padum - Kargil - Leh - Delhi.
Location : Ladakh
Grade : Demanding

One of the popular treks leading to the Zanskar valley. The trek takes one through the many Zanskar villages and various monasteries therein. A slow ascent up to the pass and then a steep descent to the Tsarap river brings one right into the heart of the Zanskar. The trail follows the river most of the way.

Day 01: Drive Delhi to Nalagarh (270m) 5-6hrsNalagarh Fort
Overnight in Nalagarh Fort, a heritage property.

Day 02: Drive Nalagarh to Manali (2050m) 6-7 hrs
Nalagarh is the gateway to all the destinations in Himachal. Drive on the busy highway to reach Manali in the Kullu valley. Spend the evening visiting the old temples and the busy market. Overnight Hotel.

Day 03: Manali to Darcha (3300m) 6-7 hrs
The drive from Manali to Darcha goes over the Rohtang Pass and into the Trans-Himalayan terrain of the Lahaul valley.

Day 04: Darcha to Palamo (3350m). 5-6 hrs
Follow a small trail till Rarik and then a trail to camp at Palamo. Camp.Book Your Tour
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Day 05: Palamo to Zanskar Sumdo (3600m). 5-6 hrs
Cross a glacial stream and continue along a fairly level trail to Zanskar Sumdo where we cross the river by pulley. Camp across the river.

Day 06 : Zanskar Sumdo to Chuminakpo (4050m). 6-7 hrs
Zanskar SumdoClimb steeply for about 45 mins. And then follow a fairly level trail to Ramjiak (4290m). Continue traversing the scree slopes to camp at Chuminakpo (base of Shingo La).Camp.

Day 07: Chuminakpo to Lakong(4470m) via the Shingo La (5100m) 6-7 hrs
Start early in the morning for the climb to the Shingo La following a path up a scree slope with some snow (if early in the season). Descend to camp by the river at Lakong Camp.

Day 08: Lakong to Kargyak(4050m) 6-7 hrs
Follow a path to the base of Gumburonjon (5900m), a huge rock face revered by the locals. Continue to camp near Kargiakh village the first Zanskari settlement. Camp.

Day 09: Kargyak to Testa (3950m) 4-5 hrs
Easy level trail passing mani walls and chortens past the village of Kuru and down to camp below Testa village. Book Your TourCamp.

Day 10: Testa to Purne.(3700m) 4-5 hrs
Continue down towards the river. Climb gently to Jal and descend steeply to a bridge which you cross to get to Purne. A short Day. Camp.

Day 11: Purne to Phuktal Gompa to Purne 6-7 hrs
Excursion to Phuktal Gompa (3850m), one of the most spectacu¬lar sights in Zanskar. This monastery dates back to the early 12th century and is built in a cave. Return to camp at Purne.
Day 12: Purne to Ichar (3650m) 2-3 hrs
Cross the river again for a 2 hr walk to Kaydang, a small village. Go past the village of Surle to camp at Ichar, an interesting fortified village Camp.

Day 13: Ichar to Mune (3750m) 5-6 hrs
Climb gradually before descending to the village of Raru and follow a lovely path to Mune. Camp.

Day 14: Mune to Padum (3500m) 5-6 hrs
From Mune monastery, we descend to the main trail. Arrive at Bardan monastery 2 hrs later. This monastery is famous for its 180cm prayer wheel. Follow a dusty path till Padum. Camp/Rest House.

Day 15: Drive Padum to Kargil (2180m) 9-10 hrs
Overnight Hotel.
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Day 16: Drive Kargil to Leh (3500m) 7-8 hrs
Overnight Hotel.

Day 17: Free Day in case of bad weather/flight cancellations.

Day 18: Fly Leh - Delhi

Note :- For ardent adventure-seekers, the trip from Padum to Leh can be made in rafts (4 Days till Nimo) and a short drive to Leh.
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