Start and end in New Delhi! With the Trekking tour In the Heart of Zanskar, you have a 20 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 6 other destinations in India. In the Heart of Zanskar includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around New DelhiPrivate transfer from Delhi Airport to your hotel in Delhi. Delhi - Indias capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then that what constitutes Delhi today, is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern Delhi saw Lalkot built in the mid-11th century, Siri established by Allauddin Khilji, Tughlakabad, and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks followed by the city of the Lodis and then came Shahjahanabad, capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan. New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind, the distinction between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. But wherever the visitor goes he will invariably confront the citys past. Take a city tour by taxi or tuk-tuk to visit some of Delhis must-see monuments. Lose yourself in the alleys of Old Delhi, in the middle of the spice market, the Great Mosque - Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, dating back to the Mughal era. At the end of the day, return to your hotel to rest before your early journey the following morning to Ladakh, nicknamed Little Tibet. Night at the hotel in Delhi. . Start point Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Airport Rd., New Delhi, Delhi, India
In and around LehPrivate transfer from your hotel to Delhi Airport. Domestic flight from Delhi to Leh, one of the most beautiful flights in the world. Upon your arrival at Leh airport, your driver will take you to your bed and breakfast where you will be welcomed by our Shanti Travel team. You spend your first day in Leh to take some rest and acclimatize to the altitude. Remember to stay well hydrated and do minimum physical efforts. Private transfer from Leh Airport to Leh. Night at the Bed and breakfast at 3500m.
Free day to acclimatize and discover the charm of Leh. This day of acclimatization is necessary for the smooth running of your trip, to start your trek in good conditions. The city of Leh, dominated by its royal palace, was an important crossroads of trade and civilization. There is a great diversity in architecture, art, religion and the faces of the inhabitants. Stroll the streets of Old Bazaar and Old Town, taste your first local specialties and do some shopping. Local crafts are rich with different influences, discover the pashminas, these wools of cashmere renowned throughout the world. Take this opportunity to explore the charming little town of Leh and visit the beautiful monasteries of the Indus Valley. The Monastery of Matho, perched on a rocky hill, contains a unique museum on Tibetan art. On the other side of the Indus, the imposing Thiksey Monastery stands out for its architectural style, which resembles that of the Potala Palace in Lhasa. Return to Leh at the end of the day for a good night's sleep before leaving for Zanskar. Night at the Bed and breakfast at 3500m.
Today, you leave Leh by car towards the west of the Indus Valley to reach the starting point of your trek in Zanskar. En route, you visit the magnificent Lamayuru Monastery, perched on a rocky outcrop. At the heart of the majestic lunar mountains, you can admire the breathtaking view of the valley. Your driver will then take the newly built road to Kanji by crossing the Photo La pass. On-site, you will meet your local team, including the cook, the mule driver and his flock who will accompany you during your trekking tour in Zanskar. Camp at 3850 m.
Today is a big day! After breakfast at the camp, you start your first trekking day on the mythical route of the great crossing of Zanskar. Start by exploring the small village of Kanji, meeting the villagers. Once your trekking team is ready to go and the loads are on the mules, you all hike together towards the hamlet of Kanji Dok. You walk along the right bank of a stream and continue in a green valley contrasting with the aridity characteristic of Ladakh. Walking is easy and rather short to reach Shila Kong where you set up the camp. Ascent: +700 m Descent: -450m Camp at 3900 m / 5h walk
This morning, you take your first steps on a small plateau before climbing to Dumbur Dhoksa. You cross a small stream before following a gentle slope to the Yokma La Pass at 4700 m. From the top, the view of the surrounding landscape is breathtaking. You continue your hike in Zanskar by heading into a beautiful valley to set up camp in an idyllic setting where sheep, goats, and yaks graze. The wide open spaces of Ladakh-Zanskar are home to unique wildlife: famous snow leopard, ibex, Tibetan antelopes, marmots, and many bharal, the Ibex of the Himalayas. Ascent: +800 m | Descent: -600m Camp at 4100 m / 7h walk
This morning, you leave for a long day of trek in the heart of Zanskar. After crossing a river, you climb to reach the Sniuguste La Pass at 5140 m. At the top, your local guide sings "Ki, ki so, so larghyalo! "The gods are conquerors, the demons are vanquished". You all thank the deities together by hanging colourful prayer flags. The landscapes of Ladakh-Zanskar unfold before you to infinity. The descent is then by a steep path to Manechen. You then set the camp with your local trekking team and spend an amazing evening in an enchanting setting. Ascent: +800 m - Descent: -700m Camp at 4370 m / 8h walk
In and around PhotoksarFrom the camp, you cross the river and start a long and gradual climb in sumptuous mineral landscapes to the Sisir La pass, at 4850 m. The steep descent of about an hour is followed by a torrent crossing. You reach more pleasant slopes that lead to the splendid village of Photoksar at 4390 m, located at the foot of huge rock faces dominated by the Chomo Tang at 6000 m. Photoksar, bordered by vast fields and supported by fairy chimneys, is an unusual place in Zanskar. Installation of the camp not far from the village. Ascent: +250 m - Descent: -650m Camp at 4150 m / 7h walk
You wake up early in the morning for a day of easier trek to refuel for the next day and cross the Sengge La pass at 5090 m. You start your trek past small streams and reach a vast plateau of pastures. Then continue towards Bhumiktse Pass at 4200 m and enter the Photang Valley. In this huge valley, you come across villagers who keep their yaks and horses in the pasture. They will certainly offer you a cup of famous salted butter tea, the local drink. You spend the night at base camp at the foot of Sengge La. Ascent: +500 m - Descent: -50m Camp at 4290 m / 7h walk
Early in the morning, you set for a long climb to cross the Sengge La pass at 5090 m, nicknamed "the lion's pass". This is undoubtedly, the most difficult day of your trip to Zanskar. At the top, you are rewarded with an extraordinary view of the Himalayan range. During the descent, the mountains become greener and softer. You cross the Kiupa La pass at 4400 m and follow a steep path that goes down to the Gonna village at 4100 m. You reach your camp, all tired, but proud to have accomplished this difficult day of trek. Ascent: +550 m - Descent: -850m Camp at 4100 m / 7h walk
After a long gradual climb to a first pass, the Margum La at 4100 m, you reach the Lingshed village in the heart of a mineral landscape. You explore its splendid monastery and discover the mediation room where the monks gather every morning. It is possible to meet Amchi, a local natural healer who uses medicinal plants. Passed on from generation to generation, the practice of this medicine dates back more than 2500 years. You continue your way by crossing a small pass, the Chapskang La at 4200 m, to reach the camp set at the foot of Hanuma Pass La at the confluence of two rivers. Ascent: +600 m - Descent: -550m Camp at 3840 m / 8h walk
This morning, you start with a steep climb to the Hanuma La pass at 4710 m. You then go down into a long desert valley before reaching the last steep part to the foot of Parfi La at 3390 m. The verdant valley contrasts with the arid mountains and the wild rocks of the peaks. On your way, you come across many chortens, Buddhist stupas and manis, stone walls on which religious mantras are inscribed. You then walk along a stream through gorges before reaching Snertse. You set up the camp a little further down in Zingchen. Ascent: +650 m - Descent: -1320m Camp at 3390 m / 6h walk
The day begins with the climb to the Parfi La pass at 3900 m, taking good laces on the side of the mountain in the middle of the juniper trees. You enjoy the serenity of the place where only the wind makes the multicolored prayer flags twirl. What a magical place to have a picnic lunch break! You then go down along the famous Zanskar River, which joins the Indus to the north. You reach the Hanumil village at 3425 m where you set up the camp for the night. Ascent: +600 m - Descent: -700m Camp at 3900 m / 6h walk
In and around ZanskarToday you go for a day of easy trek. The path climbs quietly along the Zanskar River. A long wall of prayers and stupas mark the entrance to the small village of Pidmo, where you meet the inhabitants occupied in the field work. The villages Pishu and Pidmo, as well as the two villages of Tsazar and Honia, shaped the former Zangla Empire. You stay on the left bank of the Zanskar River and you set up your camp near the Pishu village. You enjoy your afternoon to relax after the efforts of the past few days. Descent: -100m Camp at 3500 m / 5h walk
In and around KarshaThis morning, before going on a trek, you make a tour to the Pishu convent. The walk then takes you along the Zanskar River, on one of the most beautiful parts of a trek in the Himalayas. The path climbs gradually to Rinam at 3550 m. From here you have a magnificent view of Tongde Monastery on the opposite bank. You leave the Zanskar River behind you, where its two tributaries, the Doda and the Tsarap, meet. You arrive near Karsha village and set up the camp below the village. Ascent: +200 m Camp at 3600 m / 7h walk
In and around KargilYou say goodbye to your local team including the muleteers as your trek to Zanskar ends this morning in Karsha. This region, completely cut off from the world during the winter, is accessible only a few months in a year by the route connecting Padum to Kargil. You take the road to reach Kargil, the second largest city in the area after Leh. Back to civilization, you can enjoy walking around the city. Night at the hotel. 6H drive Night at the hotel in Kargil.
In and around AlchiPrivate transport from Kargil to Leh. This morning you take the road towards the Indus Valley. You cross Ladakh from West to East to reach Leh. The road is long, but you think back to the highlights of this trek as you watch the landscape unfold before your eyes. You take the time to drink a cup of tea at the roadside bistros. Then you make a stop at Alchi Monastery, the oldest and most emblematic of the Indus Valley. Dating from the 10th century, Gompa Alchi is home to artistic treasures of Buddhism and the Hindu religion. End of the day in Leh. Night at the Bed and breakfast at 3500m.
Last day in Ladakh. Today, you enjoy your last day to rest and stroll. Why not do some shopping- Stroll the old bazaar to discover local Tibetan or Kashmiri handicrafts, ideal for finding souvenirs to take back to your loved ones. Take a trip to Sankar Monastery, in the heights of Leh, then have lunch in one of our good locations in Leh. At the end of the day, meet our Ladakh-based expert during the summer season to discuss your trip together. Share one last amazing evening on the top of the world facing Stok Kangri. Night at the Bed and breakfast at 3500m.
Enjoy an early morning breakfast in front of the mountains before leaving for Leh Airport with your driver. The flight to Delhi takes you back over the Himalayas and offers an unforgettable show. Your driver welcomes you att Delhi Airport and takes you to your hotel in the city center. Relax by the pool away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or for the brave - venture outside to visit some of the must-see sites in the Indian capital. Stroll through the south of the city, discover the Lodhi Gardens, the Lotus Temple or go to the great Qutub Minar. Night at the hotel in Delhi.
Depending on the schedule of your international flight, choose how you will enjoy your last moments in India. Treat yourself to a moment of well-being during an Ayurvedic massage. Based on the principle of rebalancing the energies of the body, this treatment is very popular after a trek in Zanskar. Your driver is available for your additional visits. Head to India Gate, the gateway to India, the equivalent of the Arc de Triomphe or the incredible Humayun Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Depending on the time of your flight, your driver will take you to the airport. End of our services.End point Terminal 3, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Airport Rd., New Delhi, Delhi, India