Trekking through Markha valley of Ladakh in India involves crossing over two high passes, Gandala (4980 m) and Gongmaru-la (5100 m)
Trekking in Ladakh and Zanskar
Explore Zanskar Trek-Ladakh, Northern India. This Himalayan summer takes place in northern India’s Ladakh region, known as ‘Little Tibet.’ Zanskar lies south of the Indus valley and north of the Great Himalayan Range; its boundaries are loosely defined by the drainage basin of the Stod, Zanskar, Lungnak, Tsarap, and Kargyak rivers. Rich in traditional culture and breathtaking landscape, it remains a draw for trekkers who can put up with strenuous mountain days or long uncomfortable bus journeys to get to these isolated valleys.
Day 01: Arrive in Delhi, relax, and catch up on sleep.
Day 02 to 03: A long day’s drive in a comfortable vehicle takes us through the plains of the Himalayan foothills and middle ranges.
Day 04: After lunch, we take our vehicle to Keylong (3300 m) via the Rohtang Pass (4000 m)
Day 05: Leaving Keylong after breakfast, we head northwest into the Lahaul valley after crossing the 3978-m/13050-foot high Rohtang Pass.
Day 06: Palemo – Zanskar Sumdo – 3860 m/12660 feet, 5 – 6 hours
Day 07: Zanskar Sumdo – Chumik Nakpo – 4640 m/15219 feet, 5 hours
Day 08: Chumik Nakpo – Shingo La (5090 m/16,695 feet) to Lakhang – (4470 m/14662 feet), 6 hours
Day 09: Lakhang – Kargyak – 4050 m/13284 feet, 6 – 7 hours
Day 10: Kargyak – Teta 3950 m/12956 feet, 7 hours
Day 11: Teta – Purne – 3700 m/12136 feet, 2 hours
Day 12: Purne – Ichar – 3650 m/11972 feet, 4 hours
Day 13: Ichar – Mune (3900 m/12792 feet) to Shilla (3600 m/11808 feet), 5 hours
Day 14: Shilla – Karsha – 3600 m/11808 feet, 6 hours
Day 15: Karsha – Pishu – 3470 m/11382 feet, 5 hours
Day 16: Pishu – Hanumil – 3380 m/11,086 feet in 5 hours
Day 17: Hanumil – Parfi La (3950 m/12956 feet) to Snertse (3850 m/12628 feet), 6 hours
Day 18: Snertse – Hanuma La (4950 m/16236 feet) to Lingshed (4000 m/13120 feet), 6 hours
Day 19: Lingshed – Base of Sengge La – 4550 m/14924 feet, 6 -7 hours. The trail ascends towards the pass, and we visit the Skimpata and Gongma villages on the way. Camp at the base.
Day 20: Base Camp of Singge La, over the pass (5050 m/16564 feet) to Photoksar (4200 m/13776 feet), 6 hours
Day 21: Photoksar – Sirsir La (4850 m/15908 feet) to Hanupatta (3760 m/12332 feet), 6 hours
Day 22: Hanupatta – Wanla – 3250 m/10660 feet, 5- 6 hours
Day 23: Wanla – Lamayuru – 3420 m/ 11217 feet, 4 hours
Day 24: We drive to Leh- 3500 m/11480 feet and check into a hotel
Day 25: Free day for rest, massage, witness Ladakh festival if it is in September.
Day 26: Fly to Delhi and tour ends
- ‘A’ class hotel in Leh
- All meals throughout the tour
- Experienced regional leader or Hire Raj
- Pack animals on the trek
- Trek permit
- Park fees
- Staff insurance
- Sightseeing as indicated
- International airport taxes
- 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)
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 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 properly 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.