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Darcha to Padum Trekking Tour

Duration : 19 Days

Darcha Trekking TourWhile our Lamayuru to Darcha trek continues from Padum to Lamyauru this one terminates at Padum from where you take surface transport to Leh via the sprawling town of Kargil.

Day 01: We welcome you on your arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and escort you to your hotel where you stay overnight.

Day 02: A long days drive in a comfortable Jeep takes us through the plains then the Himalayan foothills and middle ranges to the picturesque hill resort of Manali where you check into a hotel for the night.

Day 03 : Leaving Manali after breakfast we head north west into the Lahaul valley after crossing the 3978m / 13, 050 ft high Rohtang Pass. We reach our destination at Darcha a small settlement which is also the starting point for treks into Zanskar. Overnight.

Day 04: Darcha - Palemo 3600m / 11,808 ft. 5-6 hours. We being our trek and head uphill into a valley stopping over at the Chika and Rarik monasteries. Camp overnight.

Day 05 : Palemo - Zankar Sumdo - 3860m / 12,660ft. 5 - 6 hours. Today the trail reaches a river which we cross by a trolley. the trail leads over rocky terrain to our campsite for the night.

Day 06 : Zanskar Sumdo - Chumik Nakpo - 4640m / 15,219 ft. 5 hours. The trail goes uphill steeply to the base of the Shingo La pass. Camp overnight.

Padum Trekkig TourDay 07 : Chumik Nakpo - Shingo La - 5090m / 16,695 ft. to Lakhang - 4470m / 14,662 ft. 6 hours.
The steep climb is rewarding as once upon the saddle of the Shingo La with its colourful prayer flags fluttering in the stiff breeze, the views of the expansive snow covered Zanskar and Ladakh mountains are stunning. Walking down an easy glacier we reach the green grazing meadows of Lakhang. Camp.

Day 08 : Lakhang - Kargyak - 4050m / 13,284 ft. 6 - 7 hours. After a gradual descent we walk along the Kargyak river passing a few Mani walls. We camp outside the village of Kargyak in green pastures.

Day 09 : Kargyak - Teta 3950m / 12,956 ft. 7 hours. This enchanting trail goes through flower strewn meadows and fertile fields of barley. There are a number of Chortens all along the route. We reach our campsite by evening.

Day 10 : Teta - Purne - 3700m / 12,136 ft. 2 hours. A side trek leads us to the spectacular Phuktal monastery perched at 3850m / 12,628ft on a craggy hill with a yawning cave. This takes about four hours after which we return to our campsite at Purne.

Day 11 : Purne - Ichar - 3650m 11,972 ft 4 Hours.
This easy trail along the valley floor takes us to the small village of Ichar with its white washed houses standing out amidst a brown arid landscape. Camp.

Day 12 : Ichar - Mune - 3900m / 12,792 ft. to Shilla 3600m / 11,808 ft. 5 hours. The trail follows the Tsarap river winding up and down till we reach our campsite. On the way we divert a bit to visit the enchanting Mune and Bardan monasteries. Camp at Mune.

Day 13 : Mune- Padum - 3600m / 11,808ft.The trail winds through the famous Bardan Monastery and reaches Padum the main town of Zanskar by evening. Camp.

Day 14 : Padum - Karsha - Padum - 3600m / 11,808ft. 5 hours. The trail leads out on this one day excursion to the monasteries of Pepiting and Karsha. Karsha scenically stretched on a hillside dates back to the 15th century is the largest and most important monastery in the region. Excellent panoramic views of the Ladakh ranges can be had from this Gompa. Return to Padum by evening. Camp.

Day 15 : Padum to Kargil (3700m / 12,136ft) by Jeep. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.

Day 16 : Drive from Kargil to Leh (3500m / 11,480ft). Overnight in a hotel.

Day 17 : Catch your early morning flight to Delhi and on arrival check into a hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 18: Entire day free to explore Delhi and its ancient monuments. Late night / early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

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