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Padum to Darcha Trek

Key Information

Per Person

Himalaya trekking experience for experienced hikers

Go through one pass that is above 5000 meters, rare for Ladakh, which literally means land of high passes. There are many villages and campsites along the way, which makes it convenient for a camping trek. The only day of high-altitude trekking takes place when you go over Shingo La (5091 m). It is better to start from the Ladakh side as it gives you ample time to acclimatize to the altitude.


Day 01: Fly to Leh. Take a leisurely walk around the main Bazaar to help with acclimatization.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Hemis, Shey, and Thikse Monasteries

Day 03: Drive to Kargil; overnight hotel

Day 04: Drive to Padum

Day 05: Padum – Shilla

Day 06: Shilla Camp – Reru, 5 hours

Day 07: Reru – Changpa Tseta 6-7 hours

Day 08: Changpa Tsetan – Purne, 4 hours

Day 09: Purne – Phugtal – Purne, 4-5 hours

Day 10: Purne – Kargyak, 6-7 hours

Day 11: Kargyak – Shingo La Base, 6 hours

Day 12: Shingo La Base – Shingo La – Ramjak, 7 hours

Day 13: Ramjak – Pal Lhamo

Day 14: Drive to Manali

Day 15: Drive to Delhi; tour ends

Cost Includes:

  • ‘A’ class hotel in Leh
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Experienced regional leader or hire Raj
  • Porters or pack animals on the trek
  • Trek permit
  • Park fees
  • Staff insurance
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Sightseeing as indicated

Cost Excludes:

  • International airport taxes
  • Visas
  • All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Transfers outside of the tour program
  • Travel insurance (you must buy insurance)
  • Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tips at your discretion)
  • Domestic flight Leh – Delhi- Leh (book early for cheaper airfare)

Trek FAQ

Am I too young or old?
Most of our clients, from 3 years old to some in their 70s, have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.

Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.

Do I need a visa?
All foreign nationals who want to enter India need to possess a valid international travel document such as a passport with a valid visa that is obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. All visa applicants are requested to apply for the Indian visa online by filling the online application form.

The duly signed hard copy of the completed application form is to be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission or Post. The instructions to fill the form and appointment scheduling can be seen at the Instructions for Regular Visa Application. The applicant is required to bring the referral number and the required documents on the scheduled date of the interview.

The status of the visa application can be checked on the link for Visa Enquiry. The applicants are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission for detailed information about the Indian visa.

What should I bring on a trek?
Being correctly equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip. Please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.

Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will be able to offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.

If you have more questions, please check the FAQ section or contact us