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Zanskar & hidden Valley of HimalayaIncredible Phuktal gompa and alpine meadows

About The Route

One of the most beautiful trek with diverse culture and religions, starts by exploring Indus valley ornamented by ancients monasteries. Further to Surru valley dominated by highest mountains of Zanskar named Nun – Kun, valley is inhabited by Muslims cummunties in General, you will appreciate spell bounding view of Darung- Drung glacier, Reaching Padum is bustling hamlet. Trek start from Reru, toward south of Zanskar valley, people living in Zanskar is Buddhist. Numbers of monasteries will be visited including that of Phuktal hooked in cliffy cave. Few crops grow their due to harsh climatic conditions. They are cut off from rest of the world for more than half of the year. Second part of this trek is completely alpine with its vast plateau and pasture land which is reached by crossing the Phirtsela (5450mtrs) pass, here shepherds lives in summer with their live stock. At the end of the trek you will be transferred to Manali by taking stunningly beautiful route linked between Manali- Leh.

Here land scape and culture changes dramatically from barren to semi desert and to lush green valley of Kullu also named “ valley of God “ housing numbers of Hindu temples possesses different architectural example.


Day 1: Arrival at Delhi and connecting flight to Leh

Day 2: Visit monastery of Shey, Thiksey & Hemis

Day 3: Leh to Kargil -230km (7/8hrs drive)

Day 4: Kargil to Rangdum (3700m) -126km (5hrs)

Day 5: Rangdum to Padum (3670m) via Karsha (3600m) 110km 4-5hrs

Day 6: Padum to Reru (3700m)- Ichar-6hrs. Trek-1

Day 7: Ichar to Purni (3800m) 6-7hrs. Trek-2

Day 8: Purni – Phugtal & Return to Purni – 4hrs. Trek-3

Day 9: Purni to Tangse (4000m) 4hrs. Trek-4

Day 10: Tangse – Jhinchen, the base of Phirtse la (5490m) 6hrs. Trek-5

Day 11: Jhinchen to Chhumik Marpo (4750m) over Phirtse la pass (5490m) 7-8hrs. Trek-6

Day 12: Chhumik Marpo – khamirap to Lingthi (4200m) 6-7hrs. Trek-7

Day 13: Lingthi to Sarai Keylong (44m) 5-6hrs. Trek-8

Day 14: Keylong Sarai to Manali over Rohtang Pass (3980mtr)

Day 15: Manali to Delhi via night Volvo bus. 570km (14hrs)

Day 16: Arrive in Delhi and evening transfer to international airport.


Day 1: Arrival Delhi & Fly to Leh

Arrive Delhi & report for domestic airport. Fly to Leh over majestic Himalaya, you will be landing on 3500m, on arrival in Leh airport our colleague will transfer you to hotel, to be better acclimatize you will relax till mid-day, after lunch in hotel acclimatization walk to visit Shanti Stupa dominates entire Leh town, Royal Palace built by 5th Dalai lama in 17th century is look like little Potala of Lhasa , stroll in the Bazar and night in hotel.

Altitude gain –3284m

Altitude down—60m.

Day 2: Visit Monasteries of Hemis- Thiksey and Shey

Leave early to visit the Hemis Monastery, A mass of splendid architecture built by the inveterate royal architect Singe Namgyal in 1630. the monastery belongs to Drukpa sect of Buddhism. Thiksey, A majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. In the entry there are painting of protective deities and the great masters of the sect.

Drive to Shey, once the capital of Upper Ladakh before being supplanted by Leh, monastery housed rich murals painting, well restored and represent the 18 arhats (disciples of Buddha who attained enlightenment), Back to Leh & evening at leisure, night in hotel.

Altitude gain –-120m

Altitude down–120m

Day 3: Leh to Kargil 7-8hrs. 230 kms.

Drive to Kargil, enroute visit Alchi monastery, Among the many temples, caves and stupas built in Ladakh. Alchi choskor is the largest and most famous of all of them, built by Rinchen Zangpo about 990 years ago. Monastery house valuable mural painting and Thangkas. Next stop at Lamayuru, one of the ancient Monastery magnificently perched on the hill. Before Buddhism penetrated in the region this site was known as a center for Bon religion, en route short stop at Malbec is said to consist of two gompas, one Drukpa and one Gelugpa, is the famous for enormous Chamba Statue carved into the rock face. Evening reached at Kargil town inhabitants by Muslims (both Shea and Sunni communities) is situated at bank of Suru river. Night hotel.

Altitude gain –-400m

Altitude down–850m

Day 4 : Kargil to Rangdum (3700m) 126 kms, 5h

Driving through the Suru valley, one of the most beautiful and the difficult terrain of the Suru –Kartse area. The lonely route goes along vast stretches of uninhabited land and close to the glacier of Nun- Kun which provide the magnificent view of the Himalayan peaks of Zanskar range including Nun- Kun. The broad edelweiss carpeted meadow of Rangdum (Juldu) is surrounded by the massif of the Zanskar range and dominated by the Rangdum gompa. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –-420m

Altitude down–250m

Day 5: Rangdum to Padum via Karsha (3600m) 110 kms. 4-5 h.

After crossing the seemingly endless plain, visit 11th century monastery of Rangdum belonging to the Gelugpa sect. Continue over the Pensila (4400m) that provides stunning beauty of Drung- Drung glacier and Zanskar mountain range.

Here inhabited places are the narrow ravines of the Zanskar river. Fierce wind blows from Central Ladakh and trees are scanty even in the villages and the crops ripen with difficulty. Enter in the valley of Zanskar traversing several villages aside the Doda river.

Visit Karsha monastery belongs to Gelugpa order “the Yellow Hat” built high on ridge dominate the valley, monastery attributed to Padmasambhava is embellished with exquisite paintings, cloth painting and relics. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –-600m

Altitude down–500m

Day 6: Padum to Reru (3700m) – Ichar 6 hrs. Trek-1

Drive to Reru, enroute visit Bardan monastery situated a top belongs to the Drukpa order of Buddhism, next is Mune gompa belongs to the Gelugpa order housing about 20 monks, Reach at Reru, meet the pony man and here the adventure start with easy trail through Reru village and farm land, cross the bridge over Tserap river, follow gradual and easy path for about 3 hours to reach at Camp site. Late afternoon, visit the village and Gompa a top. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –-250m

Altitude down–50m

Day 7: Ichar to Purni (3800m) 6-7hrs. Trek-2

It’s a bit long day, descend to the river bed, then follow the Tserap passing by tinny villages of Abnop, Dorzong and oasis. from the confluence of Lungnak Sangpo and Tserap keep your left down to Purni where a beautiful camp site with tiny hamlet is located. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –-290m

Altitude down– 90m

Day 8: Purni – Phugtal, return to Purni (3800m) 4hrs. (round trip) Trek-3

Leave early morning, trail goes beside Tserap river to visit the Phugtal monastery suspended in a cliff over Tserap river. The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Buddhist tradition (Yellow hat), which was founded in the 11th century. It has the collection of Dukhang tangkas and fresco. Water source flows into the cave is sacred. Meet monks and afternoon return to Purni. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –-220m

Altitude down–180m

Day 9: Purni – Tangse (4000m) 4hrs. Trek-4

A short walk till bridge over Lungnak Sangpo, take a steady climb to join the main trail of trek, after a short walk reach to Yal villages, cross a clear water stream to Testa, now trail goes through farms where farmers can be seen cultivating the peas and Barley. Further a gravel terrain will bring you to Tangse village, explore the village. Night in camp.

Altitude gain —430m

Altitude down— 60m

Day 10: Tangse – Jhinchen, the Base of Phirtse la (4700m.) 6 hrs. Trek-5

Follow the trail towards Karygyak, now leave the trail and bifurcates to the left through the gorge by a winding path until you reach on a green meadow. Enjoy the spectacular Panorama of the colored rocks, take a steady trail to the base camp. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –700-m

Day 11: Jhinchen- Chhumik Marpo (4750m) over Phirtse pass (5450m) 7-8 hrs. Trek-6

Long day begins with a steep climb on the moraine and beside the hanging glacier to reach the Phirtse la which offers an extensive panorama of the snowy peaks and colorful mountains around. After a while take a long descent to the camp site located on the meadow where the shepherds of Tanje and Kargyak lives with their herds of yaks, sheep and goats. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –-750m

Altitude down–700m

Day 12: Chhumik Marpo – Khamirap – Lingthi (4200m) 6-7 hrs. Trek-7

Easy walking begins on a rocky trail, through lush meadows down to the river bed of Lingthi, cross it before the day temperature rises which can increase the river flow due to high melting rate of glacier. Now take scenic gradual path, several rivulets have to be crossed, during summer shepherd of (Kangra) Himachal Pradesh are found here with their flocks. Campsite on the beautiful place on the confluence of Lingthi and Yemen river opposite of Sarchu plateau. Night in camp.

Altitude down–550m

Day 13: Lingthi – Sarai Keylong (4400m) 5-6hrs. Trek-8

The trail goes upward to the Yumen flows, follow the Lingthi plateau . One can observe the varieties of wildflowers. Cross a steam before campsite near the Manali-Leh high way not far from Baralachala pas. Night in camp.

Altitude gain –-200m

Day 14: Keylong Sarai to Manali over Rohtang-la (3980m)

Take scenic road of Leh –Manali over Baralachala (4800m) by accompany of hanging glaciers, Pristine mountain ranges, through several villages of Lahoul, Passport required for checking at Jispa and at Koksar. Snake curved road to the Rohtang pass (3950 m) providing a magnificent view of surrounding Himalayas. Long descend of 51 kms, traversing fields of wild flower and cascading waterfall accompany you till Manali (2000m) night in hotel.

Altitude gain –-520m

Altitude down–2400m

Day 15: Manali – Delhi by night bus – 570 km – 14 hours

Visit the temple of Manu at old Manali, The Hadimba Devi temple is famous for its association with the Mahabharata temple, Shiva temple and monastery in town are main attraction, afternoon at 4-5 o’clock transfer to bus station to board your comfortable night bus to Delhi, It is an air-condition confortable bus hence we request you to keep at least one pull over or one polar jacket with you to avoid to getting cold. On the way you will have diner stop in local restaurant. Night in bus.

Day 16: Arrive in Delhi.

Morning between 8h-10h arrive in Delhi, Transfer to hotel, later half day sight seen to visit old Delhi by rickshaw ride to explore the spice market, Visit Grand mosque and red fort, evening after dinner transfer to the airport and board the flight to your onward destination. End of services. Check in from 12 noon onward.


Price per person : Based on Minimum 4 persons.

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Cost for less than 4 persons

Cost per person—- €1765 based on 3 persons
Cost per person—- €2140 based on 2 Persons

Formed groups: If the proposed dates doesn’t suite to those who are already formed group of individuals, families, friends, club or corporates, we can tailor their trip for the date that match to their holidays schedule for the suitable period when your trip can be conducted.

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary.
  • Airport / Railway Station & Bus Stand transfer
  • Flight Ticket Delhi-Leh
  • AC Volvo bus ticket from Manali – Delhi
  • English speaking local Guide
  • Twin sharing specious tent & foam mattress
  • Dinning tent for 4 person onward, 2/3 person will eat in kitchen tent.
  • All meals, during trekking-lunch will be served as packed
  • During the trek transport by jeep/pony, mule or porter
  • Kitchen team with all necessary items
  • Camping fee / permit
  • Medical box with oxygen cylinder

Cost Exclude

  • International flight ticket
  • Monument fees.
  • Visa and airport tax.
  • Insurance
  • Rescue expanses
  • Beverages and personal expenses.
  • Medical expenses and evacuation.
  • Tipping

Some important notes:

Please take sneakers to cross the mountain river and walking stick.

A part of trek will leads in to the south of Zanskar valley and the second part is completely alpine with pasture land where one can spot the shepherds (in summer) with their herds.

During the trek the highest altitude is .5450m. Whereas while transfer from end of the trek you will cross 4800m high pass.

The walking hours are varies from one person to other sub their physic and sub to climatic conditions.


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All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the company.

1: 60 days or more before departure:

The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charge for train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

2: 40 Days before departure:

The agency will refund the 50% of paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charges of train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services.

3: Less than 30 days before departure:

The agency will be obliged to withhold the full amount of the deposit paid by the customer. In this case, the customer must inform their insurance as soon as possible and provide as much documentation to support the cancellation of trip. It is therefore h3ly advised to take out cancellation insurance to cover such expenses.

In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, In that case you are requested to keep patience and co-operate with the situation, while travelling to rural and isolated area replacing vehicle can take time due to lac of communication.

It is very much possible that Pony / Mule can disappear during the night when get scared by wild animal such as snow leopards and wolf and can be impossible to trace out, in that case getting new team of pony / horse cannot immediately arranged. You can loose one or more days to get arranged mode such of transport. In case unavailability of pony / horse tour itinerary can be curtailed or changed completely from the trekking to cultural tour for the remaining days. We need your co-operation to understand the present situation and contribution to cover extra expanses occured due to such circumstance.

The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather condition, flight cancellations, war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation, flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot.

Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip.

It is h3ly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and cancellation charges:

Accommodation is based on 3 star category in Delhi, Neat and clean local standards of hotels will be provided in Leh/ Kargil and Manali . While trekking you will be assisted by kitchen with with all necessary items including to men spacious tent, mattress, dining tents from 4 persons onward, toilet tents and all necessary items.

Our chef will prepare verities of Indian, Chinese and Continental vegetarian and non vegetarian meals, Chefs on trek are used to cook for the western guest and pay their attention to dose the spice, Breakfast and dinner will be served at camp, lunch is always packed, Afternoon snacks is served with hot beverages as of tea and coffee.

While driving, sub. to the number of person in group, for 2-4+ guide Toyota Innova, for more than 5 persons Tempo travelers or mini bus. All vehicle will be air-conditioned, except in hilly area air-condition of any vehicle can not be regularly used due to steep uphill drive, So you have to co-operate with.

While trekking logistic will be transported by mule or Ponies, you are requested to not carry more than 15 kgs as domestic airline limit the weight till 15 kgs. Exceeding 15kgs of weight will result the surcharges as per the airline law, even excess baggage’s will increase the weight on animal back which we should understand and respect the limit.

you will use road for sight seen and to reach at the starting point of trek and from the end of the trek to Mananli. But still you can face land slide due to unusual rainfall in Ladakh-Zanskar and I Himachal Pradesh , can be blocked for few hours or for a day. you may miss the places expected to visit, or will visit the unexpected places, to regulate the situation the team at the spot will do the best possible at the moment.
Warm jacket type of gore axe or else, Pull over, Trek suite, Raincoat, trekking shoes, Sneakers for river crossing, Camp shoes, Gloves, pairs of warm socks + normal socks, Sunglasses / Spare glasses or contact lenses, Sun hat + cap, sun cream, stick to protect the lips, long and short sleeves Shirts- Loose trousers, breathable water proof over , trousers , Washing kit, toilet kit, A small sewing kit, Safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, Camera with spare memory cards and batteries, battery Charger , day sac, water bottle, pair of gaiters , walking sticks if one required, personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Sleeping bag (-10/-15°C ) small pillow if you required , A light towel, a role of toilet paper, a plastic bowl for shaving ( for men, a large plastic bag to protect your clothing inside the bag, wet tissue paper, fanny pack to keep safely your important doc as passport, insurance paper, credit cards, money, Multifunctional knife, lighters, wooden pencils and pen, string of 4-55 meters to dry the clothing or other purpose, English –Hindi dictionary to learn the important words to greet and to communicate with locals and a note book can be useful to engrave your memory in it .