Shingo-la is a mountain pass in India, on the border between Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. There is a shallow lake or pool 20m below the pass. The pass is on a long-distance footpath linking Zanskar and Lahaul, used often by locals and trekkers alike.
- Day 1: Drive Delhi to Nalagarh (270m) 5-6hrs
Overnight in Nalagarh Fort, a heritage property.
- Day 2: Drive Nalagarh to Manali (2050m) 6-7 hrs
Nalagarh is the gateway to all the destinations in Himachal. Drive on the busy highway to reach Manali in the Kullu valley. Spend the evening visiting the old temples and the busy market. Overnight Hotel.
- Day 3: Manali to Darcha (3300m) 6-7 hrs
The drive from Manali to Darcha goes over the Rohtang Pass and into the Trans-Himalayan terrain of the Lahaul valley.
- Day 4: Darcha to Palamo (3350m). 5-6 hrs
Follow a small trail till Rarik and then a trail to camp at Palamo. Camp.
- Day 5: Palamo to Zanskar Sumdo (3600m). 5-6 hrs
Cross a glacial stream and continue along a fairly level trail to Zanskar Sumdo where we cross the river by pulley. Camp across the river.
- Day 6: Zanskar Sumdo to Chuminakpo (4050m). 6-7 hrs
Climb steeply for about 45 mins. And then follow a fairly level trail to Ramjiak (4290m). Continue traversing the scree slopes to camp at Chuminakpo (base of Shingo La). Camp
- Day 7: Chuminakpo to Lakong(4470m) via the Shingo La (5100m) 6-7 hrs
Start early in the morning for the climb to the Shingo La following a path up a scree slope with some snow (if early in the season). Descend to camp by the river at Lakong Camp.
- Day 8: Lakong to Kargyak(4050m) 6-7 hrs
Follow a path to the base of Gumburonjon (5900m), a huge rock face revered by the locals.Continue to camp near Kargiakh village the first Zanskari settlement. Camp.
- Day 9: Kargyak to Testa (3950m) 4-5 hrs
Easy level trail passing mani walls and chortens past the village of Kuru and down to camp below Testa village. Camp.
- Day 10: Testa to Purne (3700m) 4-5 hrs
Continue down towards the river. Climb gently to Jal and descend steeply to a bridge which you cross to get to Purne. A short day. Camp.
- Day 11: Purne to Phuktal Gompa to Purne 6-7 hrs
Excursion to Phuktal Gompa (3850m), one of the most spectacular sights in Zanskar. This monastery dates back to the early 12th century and is built in a cave. Return to camp at Purne.
- Day 12: Purne to Ichar (3650m) 2-3 hrs
Cross the river again for a 2 hr walk to Kaydang, a small village. Go past the village of Surle to camp at Ichar, an interesting fortified village. Camp.
- Day 13: Ichar to Mune (3750m) 5-6 hrs
Climb gradually before descending to the village of Raru and follow a lovely path to Mune. Camp.
- Day 14: Mune to Padum (3500m) 5-6 hrs
From Mune monastery, we descend to the main trail. Arrive at Bardan monastery 2 hrs later. This monastery is famous for its 180cm prayer wheel. Follow a dusty path till Padum. Camp/Rest House.
- Day 15: Drive Padum to Kargil (2180m) 12 hrs
- Day 16: Drive Kargil to Leh (3500m) 7-8 hrs
- Day 17: Free day
- Day 11: Fly Leh – Delhi
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