Darcha - Padum (Shingo La) Trek

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Custom Departure| 18 Days

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Highest Altitude: 5090 M

Difficulty: DemandingHiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

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.

DAYS 1-5

  • 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.

DAYS 6-11

  • 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.

DAYS 12-16

  • 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

Overnight Hotel.

  • Day 16: Drive Kargil to Leh (3500m) 7-8 hrs

Overnight Hotel.

  • Day 17: Free day
  • Day 11: Fly Leh – Delhi
  • All travel by road as applicable in a non ac vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tea houses / hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • Hot and cold drinks at the teahouse where the stay is
  • Professional guide fee
  • One shower/day/person where possible
  • All trekking arrangements with india’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 12kg/person
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
  • Any Flights
  • Sleeping bag
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water/ hot drinking water/wifi
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Porterage above 12kg chargeable at INR 1500/day
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – Personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance


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