Zanskar Trek - Following the Tsarap Chu

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Custom Departure | 18 Days

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Group Size: 8-16 persons

Exploratory trek in Ladakh ! Tsarap river carries glacial affluents from the Rupshu plateau and runs for a few kms along the Manali Leh highway north of the Baralacha Pass before taking a tortuous course through the mountains flowing in the north-west direction. It abruptly turns south through a gorge which at places is as narrow as 3 metres. It flows past the great Phuktal gompa which is constructed within a huge cave in the cliff face, parts of monastery cling precariously to the sheer wall taking advantage of every little projection. It joins the Kargiakh flowing from Shingo-La to form Lugnak which again for much of its length is narrow, rocky and forbidding – the name Lugnak indeed means “dark gorge”. Very little is known about the trail along the Tsarap which at many places has to be crossed on rope bridges. The trek finishes at Karsha outside Padum, the heart of Zanskar.

  • Day 1: Board the overnight train departing Delhi at 11:20 pm.
  • Day 2: Drive Kiratpur Sahib to Manali 8 hrs.
  • Day 3: Drive Manali to Darcha 6 hrs.
  • Day 4: Drive Darcha to Sarchu 4 hrs.
  • Day 5: Trek to Tsomichik
  • Day 6: Trek Tsomichik – Manali
  • Day 7: Trek Manali – Chhomo Gompa
  • Day 8: Trek Chhomo Gompa – Yaytah
  • Day 9: Trek Yaytah – Phuktal
  • Day 10: Rest Day
  • Day 11: Trek Phuktal – Ichar – Pang Pepul
  • Day 12: Drive / trek to Padum.
  • Day 13: Karsha. Camp.
  • Day 13: Drive Karsha to Kargil.
  • Day 14: Drive Kargil to Leh.
  • Day 16-17: In Leh. Rest / Sightseeing
  • Day 18: Fly Leh – Delhi


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  • All transfers as per the itinerary (Leh airport to Leh airport)
  • Accommodation
  • Guided sightseeing of monasteries for half day at Leh with an English speaking guide.
  • Transport and return to Leh at the end of the trip by bus/jeeps.
  • Camp and kitchen equipment, fuel and food for the duration of ice trek.
  • Guide, cook and Zanskari porters for the duration of trek. We cater for carrying up to 20 kilos of personal baggage per member including the sleeping bag.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • 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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An Experienced Team

Our team of guides has years of experience of travel throughout the Indian Himalaya, from running rivers to leading treks – from the barren Zanskar to the tropical rainforest of Arunachal Pradesh. They speak English, have completed graduate school, are current with First Aid and CPR certification and form the most experienced guiding team in the country today.

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