DARCHA PADUM TREK
|Duration: 17 Night / 18 Days
|Destinations: Leh - Ladakh
A wonderful trek crossing several passes and three different regions- if you want to satisfy yourself completely and want to have the pleasure & experience of doing several treks in Himalaya just in one, come and explore superb western Himalayan trek- Darcha- Lamayuru. It has everything.
As per our information and experience, we firmly say that Darcha- Lamayuru (sometimes trekkers break this trek at Padum to save time and reach Leh or Srinagar via Kargil) used to be the king of trekking routes in 1980s and 1990s. Everyone wanted to go on this route. Reasons were simple and obvious- Darcha is in Lahoul which is still a forbidden land, then one crosses Shingo La or Phirtse La and enter into Zanskar region, visiting monastery like Phuktal could be a charm but the entire landscape enroute is amazingly striving. Zanskar is a place of absolute virginity, well distinguished Buddhist practices and striking landscape. The trek takes one into Leh through Wanla and Lamayuru, Uletopko and Alchi, and in Leh, the opportunity to visit several monasteries is always a quest.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi:
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive from Delhi to Manali:
After breakfast drive to Manali on arrive chick in to hotel and dinner overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Drive from Manali to Darcha [3400 m]:
Transversing past Rohtang pass, you will be driven away from Manali to Darcha. After 140 km drive on a jeep, you enter Darcha amidst the gorgeous backdrops. In the evening you set a campsite and overnight at your camp tent after dinner.
Day 04: Trek from Darcha to Chalang Tokpo [3580 m]:
After breakfast following an easy and comfortable trail, you begin trekking away from Darcha towards Chalang Tokpa. It normally takes 5-6 hours to reach your camp site at Chalang Tokpo. After dinner, you overnight at your camp tent.
Day 05: Chalang Tokpo to Ramjak:
Shortly after breakfast, you resume your trek. Basking in the grandeur of nature, you reach Zanskar Sumdo at an elevation of 3750 m. 7-8 hours of trekking eventually concludes on reaching your camp site in Ramjak. You spend the night at your camp tent.
Day 06: Ramjak to Chumikanakpo :
Heading away from the campsite in Ramjak, you ascend towards Chumikanakpo. After trekking for 5-6 hours, Chumikanakpo springs into picture. Resting the journey to a halt, you camp at a superb location. After meals you overnight at your camp tent.
Day 07: Chumikanakpo to Lakong [4470 m]:
Unlike the previous day you take on a little challenging route. After breakfast, you follow the trail that meanders through several ascents to Shingo La which is at an elevation of 5100m. From here onwards, you begin descending towards Lakong. It normally takes 7-8 hours to trek up to 4470 meters. After meals, the trek concludes with an overnight stay at your camp tent.
Day 08: Lakong to Kurgiak [4060 m]:
You have to follow the trail that paves to Kurgiak. As you enter Zanskar after several descents, you will observe a pleasant diversity in the landscape. 6-7 hours of trek eventually ends on arriving at your camp site in Kurgiak at an altitude of 4060 meters. Once again you spend the night at your camp tent.
Day 09: Kurgiak to Purne [3745M]:
You continue descending further away from Kurgiak early in the morning after breakfast. It usually takes 5-6 hours to reach Purne. Your camp tent will be put in place at a superb location where after meal you can grab your well earned sleep.
Day 10: Excursion to Phugtal Gompa [3850m]:
In the morning after breakfast you advance towards Phugtal Gompa, the most dotted gompa in Ladakh. On following the left bank of the Tsarap River and crossing a bridge, Phugtal Gompa can be sighted on the limestone cliff. Inside the Gompa you can see that an enormous cave has been built into its main assembly hall. After excursing through this religious site, you head back to Purne with ultimate spiritual rejuvenation. Back in Purne, you overnight at your camp tent after meal.
Day 11: Purne to Itchar :
Leaving behind Purne you have to transverse along rock-laded trail. En route, you cross Char, Hanumi and Surle villages. At last, 5-6 hours of trek ends on reaching your campsite in Itchar at an elevation of 3650 meters. Once again you have sleep inside your camp tent.
Day 12: Ichar to Mune [3750 m]:
The trek starts immediately after breakfast. You have to walk for 5-6 hours to reach your destination Mune. Upon arriving at an elevation of 3750m you camp at a superb location, enjoy delicious meals and overnight at your camp tent.
Day 13: Mune to Padum [3560 m]:
Shortly after breakfast, you journey towards Padum for 5 - 6 hrs. Padum is the old capital of Zanskar. After meals, you spend the night at your camp tent.
Day 14: Drive from Padum to Ringdom Gompa [4100 m]:
You will be driven from Padum to Ringdom Gompa shortly after breakfast. You get to explore the religious and cultural richness of the Gompa. After the visit, you camp at a nearby superb location, enjoy meals and then sleep inside your camp tent.
Day 15: Ringdom to Kargil [3700 m]:
From Ringdom you will be further driven to Kargil. Then, you will be transported to your hotel in Kargil where you can rest, have your meals and sleep well.
Day 16: Kargil to Leh [3505 m]:
Early in the morning you will be taken to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At an altitude of 3505 meters, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will escort you to your hotel in Leh.
Day 17: Fly from Leh to Delhi:
Soon after early morning breakfast, you will board a flight back to Delhi where you will be chauffeured to your hotel by our staff.
Day 18: Departure:
You will be driven to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure that you will leave Delhi with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Trip End.