The popular Darcha Lamayuru trek is a journey that connects the remote terrains of Himachal Pradesh with the ancient hues of Indo – Tibetans in Lamayuru at Ladakh. Involving crossing many high passes and villages it capture the essence of Himalayas. The trek is an absolute delight for those who revel in adventure and challenges of nature. Starting at Darcha it continues through various magnificent passes, wide barren landscapes , cascades of snowy ranges, quaint villages, and much more right up until the magnificent Lamayuru, home to one of the oldest monasteries of Ladakh. The journey also encounters some wild whispers of several Himalayan wildlife, which includes migrating birds endangered animals.
Lamayuru has a well deserved reputation of being one of the most challenging and rewarding trek and is popular amongst both foreign and domestic trekkers. The itinerary has been well planned to give you a break from strenuous climbs while giving you all the possible excitement. You will have plenty of time to explore in this 23 day long itinerary and experience all of Ladakh. It will leave you pleasantly exhausted and in love with Ladakh.
Mountain Passes crossed
Adventure Trek Highlights
Total Duration : 23 Nights/24 Days
Region : Manali,Lahaul, Zanskar
Maximum Altitude : 5090 m/ 16800 ft.
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
Best Season: July to September
Day 1: Arrive Delhi(For Foreigners)
Arrive Delhi. Today we will arrive at the connecting town which is Delhi, our representative will pick you up from the airport and drop you at your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Relax in your hotel or explore the many sights of Delhi: India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Lodhi Gardens and many more.
Overnight at hotel, Delhi
Day 2: Reporting at Naggar Nature Base Camp
Reporting – Acclimatization – Orientation & Briefing of the trek – Trek Preparation & Window shopping
Naggar is an ancient village just outside of Manali. Relax at our camp and become acclimatised to the altitude. This day you will prepare for your trek with some light walking. You’ll have enough time to explore the market and surrounding areas.
Overnight in Nature Camp/Hotel
Day 3: Manali to Darcha
Today we will reach Darcha. The route will take you across Rohtang Pass (3980 meters), which is a doorway to spectacular regions like Spiti, Lahaul, Pangi and Zanskar Valleys. We will be stopping at Rohtang pass for a great photo opp. It will take 8-hours to drive through Lahaul Valley, reaching Darcha in the evening.
Overnight at camp, Darcha
Day 4: Darcha to Zansker Sumdo
The first day of our trek. We’ll leave Darcha in the morning before crossing the bridge high above the Bhaga River and continuing to Zansker Sumdo (3580 m).
Our overnight stay in camp, Zansker Sumdo
Day 5: Zansker Sumdo to Ramjak
Today we leave Zansker Sumdo onto the next mountain village Ramjak. Today we will cross several streams and boulder fields, followed by picturesque grazing pastures, commonly used by the local shepherds before we finally reach Ramjak (3750m).
Overnight at camp, Ramjak
Day 6: Ramjak to Shinkun la
Wake up early and get ready for one of the most beautiful sights during our trek: Sinkuk La Pass, among one of the highest pass in the valley. Today we will be climbing uphill through the snow field or scree and crossing Shinkul La Pass. (5090 m). From here there is a steep descent to the Lakhang valley before we reach our campsite (4450m). We will find a good campsite between two streams flowing aside.
Overnight at camp, Gumburanjon
Day 7: Gumburanjon to Table
As we go down from Shinkul La Pass we will lose some altitude day by day making the walk much easier. Pass fallen rocks, scree, before crossing several streams. Don’t be surprised if you spot a few soaring cranes along the way. After an hour, you pass beneath the face of the Gumburanjon, then an easy descent towards Kargyak(4100m). It’s an easy two-hour trail connecting Kargyak to village Table, where we will set up camp for the night.
Overnight at camp, Table
Day 8: Table to Purne
From Table, continue on the right bank of Kargyak River along an easy path to reach Tanze. Tanze is a small mountain village with an ancient gompa. As we pass by the village Tanze we cross a bridge and climb towards Kuru before reaching Teta. The path continues downward on the left bank of the river. To a gentle slope up to Jal, another village this day. Next comes a steep descent towards a large bridge which you cross to get to Purne.
Overnight at camp, Purne
Day 9: Purne to Phuktal and return to Purne.
Today we will leave all our luggage and enjoy our visit to Phuktal monastery, one of the most spectacular sights in the Zanskar Region. Phuktal belongs to the tradition of the Gelupas. Phutkal has a main assembly hall carved out of a huge cave clinging to limestone cliffs built around a sacred spring which flows all year even in in winters when other springs freeze. Inside the monastery there is an inscription to Cosma de Koros a Hungarian historian, one of the first Europeans to visit the Zanskar region and the first to translate the Buddhist texts from Tibetan into English.
Overnight at camp, Purne (3650m)
Day 10: Purne to Ichar
As we leave Purne, we will trace few steps back and cross the bridge to make our way to next village. The trail is considered as demanding. Cross a hanging bridge which leads to the village of Cha. Two hours walk from Cha, we arrive at Kaydang, a small village in a poplar grove. Carry on and pass Cha and then another village Surle. We will work as a team and pass this technical day leading to the village of Ichar.
Overnight at camp, Ichar (3550m)
Day 11: Ichar to Mune
As we leave Ichar we’ll gradually climb until a major tributary bridge. Crossing the bridge comes a short descent toward Reru village, before reaching the village of Mune (11300f) where we setup our campsite. Approximately five hours trekking. Mune Monastery is a fine example of the Traditional Tibetan architecture and there is a amazing spot nearby where we setup our camp for the night.
Overnight at camp, Mune
Day 12: Mune to Padum
A steep incline towards Bardan Gompa a Kagyupa monastery famous for its large prayer wheel. Soon the wide plains of Ladakh are visible and finally we reach Padum (3531m), the capital of Zanskar and a major trade centre. The most civilized yet beautiful village we’ll visit so far.
Dinner at a restaurant and overnight at camp, Padum
Day 13: Padum
Spend the day at rest. Explore this high altitude mountain village. As you walk around, you will see the habitat and daily life practises and learn some amazing hack they use to survive at this altitude and environment.
Dinner at a restaurant and overnight at camp, Padum
Day 14: Padum to Karsha
An easy day after a break, we leave Padum and head towards Pipiting, crossing a dusty plain towards the Doda river. Today we will visit The Karsha monastery. Home to over 150 yellow capped monks who are headed by a younger brother of Dalai Lama. The monastery was built in the 15th century and contains beautiful statues of Buddha, Shakyamuni, Tsongkhapa and Avolokeshwara. On the way to the monastery one passes the chamber Ling temple, which dates back to 11th century.
Overnight at camp, Karsha (3650m)
Day 15: Karsha to Pishu
Easy stretch on the often hot and dusty bank of the Zanskar river. Before Pishu, make a little detour to see the longest hanging bridge over Zanskar (55m).
Overnight at camp, Pishu (3580m)
Day 16: Pishu to Hanumil.
An easygoing walk along the river, continuing for another two hours until we reach Hanumil, a most beautiful campsite (3750m).
Overnight at camp, Hanumil
Day 17: Hanumil to Parfi-la
We leave our beautiful campsite following a trail zigzagging up to the foot of the Parfi La pass. A steep and difficult climb for the horses as far as the Parfi-la (3900m) will take approximately four hours. This area is also home to the Himalayan brown bear, as well as blue sheep. Soon after crossing the pass we take a gradual steep descent until we reach the Oma-Chu River.
Overnight at camp, Parfi-la
Day 18: Snertse to Hanuma-la
Long gradual ascent towards the Hanuma-la (4700m). After two hours, pass a sheepfold where we can try some fresh milk and cheese. It’ll take a further two-and-a-half hours to reach the summit, once here, the views north to Singe la and the snow-capped peaks of the Ladakh range are spectacular. A 1000m steep descent, then a 300m, climb along the mountainside. From this small pass, easy descent towards Lingshed (3800m) campsite near the monastery.
Overnight at camp, Lingshed
Day 19: Day’s rest at Lingshed
Spend a well-earned day’s rest at your campsite. You can explore the Lingshed monasteryor the surrounding village.
Overnight at camp, Lingshed
Day 20: Lingshed to Sengge-La
Easy climb up to Murgum-la (4100m), pass an escarpment then continue along the slope. Wonderful landscapes and views open up of the valley of Nierag. A gentle descent towards the villages of Gongma (3840m) and Skiumpata. Then very steep climb as far as the Kiupa-la (3850m), then gradually along the mountainside up to the foot of Sengge-la.
Overnight at camp, Sengge-La
Day 21: Foot of the Sengge-La to Sengge-la and Photoskar
A rather steep climb to the Sengge-la (5000m) also called as Lion Pass, then a short slope leads into a broad valley, followed by an easy going climb towards the Bumiktse-la (4200m). Descend towards Photoksar (3750m), a splendid village at the base of huge mountain walls enclosed in green fields and situated among mountain cliffs with an abandoned gompa 20 minutes away.
Overnight at camp, Photoskar
Day 22: Photoskar to Sirsir-La and Hanupatta
From the village, a gentle climb up to a large chorten (Buddhist shrine), then the long ascent of the Sirsir-la. The last third is a steep pass situated at 4800m. From the top of the pass we get the most rewarding views of the main Zanskar range, before a long descent into a stone valley to reach village of Hanupatta.
Overnight at camp, Hanupatta
Day 23: Hanupatta to Wanla.
From Hanupatta, continue across the slope until entering the gorges. A new path cut into the rocks avoids the difficult fords. At the junction on the rivers, Chorten and religious banners on the flat. We pass a ridge and then go down until we reach a bridge across the Yapola, before some patchy stretches until Phenjilla, approximately 3 hours. A little beyond the village, cross again onto the left bank before setting up camp at Wanla (3650m).
Overnight at camp, Wanla
Day 24: Wanla to Lamayuru.
As we leave the last village of our magnificent journey to Lamayuru from Darcha, we make our way crossing Shilla Village. Pass the village and follow a narrow and dry gorge as far as the Prinkiti-la (3726m). Crossing the village we will reach our final destination: Lamayuru (3600m). Here we will spend some time at the monasteries, Lamayuru, Likir, and Alchi are truly worth visiting for their age and history.
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