Start and end in New Delhi! With the Trekking tour The Great Crossing of Zanskar, you have a 28 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 8 other destinations in India. The Great Crossing of Zanskar includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
In and around New Delhi"Namaste! : your driver welcomes you at New Delhi airport and drives you to your hotel. Without waiting, set out to explore the great Indian capital by taxi or tuk-tuk. Take the opportunity to visit the must-see monuments of New Delhi: the Jama Masjid Mosque and the Red Fort, from the Mughal era. Stroll through the alleys of Old Delhi, through the heart of the spice market and taste your first Indian specialties. At the end of the day, return to the hotel to rest before your early morning departure the next day 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 & breakfast at 3500m.
This free day is important to acclimatize well before the start of your trek in the Himalayas. Take this opportunity to discover the charm of the small town of Leh and go visit the many monasteries of the Indus Valley. Take a trip to the monastery of Matho, perched on a rocky promontory on the left bank of the Indus. It houses a unique new museum of Tibetan art, an ideal introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. On the right bank of the Indus, the Thiksey Monastery is notable for its imposing architecture, reminiscent of Potala Palace in Lhasa. Return to Leh at the end of the day. Night at the bed & 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
A day of rest before continuing on the southern part of the route for the great crossing of Zanskar. We take this opportunity to explore the culture of the surroundings. The charming village of Karsha is dominated by its monastery. Clinging to the cliffs and overlooking the Padum Valley, it is one of the most important monasteries in Zanskar. This monastery of the Gelugpa Zanskar School houses about 150 monks and a monastic school under the tutelage of Dalai Lama's brother. During the harshest winter months, the monastery and the region are completely cut off from the world. Campsite at 3600 meters.
After breakfast, you join the vehicles that lead you Reru village from where you continue trekking in Zanskar. Sani Gompa dominates the valley that leads to Kargil. Visit the monastery then make a quick stop in Padum, the capital of Zanskar, inhabiting both Buddhist and Muslim population. This important trading town is connected by a track to Kargil, then Leh. You take the road towards Reru, at 3791 m and located at the foot of a beautiful waterfall. On the way, visit the monasteries of Bardan and Mune. In the evening, your local team makes delicious momos, the typical stuffed ravioli of Tibet. Ascent: +300 m 4h drive to the camp
This morning, you cross the small village of Reru and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. You then take a path alternating between ascents and descents without much difficulty. Going along the steep banks of the Tsarap River, you leave the narrow gorge and join the village of Tsetang. The view of the landscape of Zanskar is magnificent. You cross the small bridge of Ichar and continue on a gradual climb of several hours to reach the village of Kelbok where you set up your camp for the night. Camp at 3,830 metres / 7h walk
In and around PurneThis morning, you cross the small village of Reru and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. You then take a path alternating between up and down without much difficulty. Going along the steep banks of the Tsarap River, you leave the narrow gorge and join the Tsetang village. The view of the landscapes of Zanskar is magnificent. You cross the small bridge of Ichar and continue through a gradual climb of several hours to reach the Kelbok village where you set up your camp for the night. Ascent: +300 Camp at 3830 m / 7h walk
In and around TangtseAfter breakfast, follow the path along the Kargyak Chu River. The path is bordered with red, white and yellow chortens and stone manis. You cross through the fields of barley and pea and potato crops. The valley widens, the landscapes change radically from previous days. The atmosphere is serene in the villages crossed by Jal, Teta or Kuru. The peasants greet you with a warm "Julley Julley". In the villages, you share a glass of chang, the thirst-quenching barley beer. Ascent: + 200m Camp at 4100 m / 5-6h walk
Today, you go for a long day of trek with a steep slope. You leave the Kargyak Chu valley and the classic route leading to Darcha by the Shingo La pass. To avoid the road under construction between Lahaul and Zanskar, you go to the Phirtse La pass, on the other side of the valley. The atmosphere is different, the places you cross serve as the summer pastures to shepherds. You discover the typical landscapes of Zanskar: steep gorges and mountain pass. You cross the Toden La Pass at 5000 m before descending gradually to reach the small river and finally reach Zingchen. Ascent: + 200m Camp at 4300 m / 5h walk
After a good breakfast, you leave for a daunting challenge: cross the highest pass of the trek, the Phirtse La, culminating at 5450 m altitude. The climb is tough but worth the effort; the spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks is a real treat. You stop to admire the beauty and immensity of the infinite spaces of Zanskar and Lahaul. On the opposite side, you start a long descent through the scree slopes to reach a large valley and the river. You set up the camp in the summer pastures of Chumik Marpo. Ascent: +1250 m - Descent: -500m Camp at 4900 m / 8-9h walk
You leave early from your camp for a long day of trekking in Zanskar. You walk along the river that you will cross several times. Some passages require the help of a rope when the current and the water level are too high. You then continue on the left bank of the Lingti Chu River. The mountainous landscape now gives way to vast plains, pastures of nomads Gaddis from Himachal Pradesh during the summer season with their herds. Installation of the camp at Umlong. Camp at 4710 m / 6h walk
In and around SarchuEarly this morning, you begin your long descent to the plateau of Sarchu at 4290 m. On the way, you cross several torrents before arriving in Himachal Pradesh, a region frequented during the summer season by shepherds and international tourists. In Sarchu, you say goodbye to your muleteers and take the road to Tso Kar Lake. The road from Manali to Leh is spectacular and crosses several high mountain passes. You reach the Changtang region, the Tibetan highlands. On this vast wilderness, you may have the chance to see herds of wild asses, the kyangs. You set your camp near Tso Kar Lake. Descent: -500m Camp at 4500 m / 3-4h walk
Enjoy waking up at the shores of Tso Kar Lake. You then enjoy breakfast in an exceptional setting, in front of the unique colors of the immense Tibetan plateau. Then, departure by car to reach the Indus Valley. You cross different passes, including the Taglang La at 5330 m. Take the time to stop en route, have a nice cup of tea at the roadside bistros and admire the beauty of each panorama. On this ancient salt route between India and Tibet, large caravans of yaks used to stroll in the region. Pass through Rumtse before reaching, through the narrow gorges, the rich Indus valley and its monasteries. End of the day in Leh. Night at the bed & breakfast at 3500m.
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 a very early breakfast in front of Stok Kangri before heading to Leh Airport with your driver. The flight to New Delhi takes you over the Himalayan range again, offering an unforgettable show. You will be greeted at Delhi Airport by your private driver and driven to your hotel. Relax at your hotel away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For the more adventurous, why not visit the must-see sites of the Indian capital- In the south of the city, stroll through the Lodhi Gardens, visit the Lotus Temple or go to the great Qtub 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. Why not treat yourself to a moment of relaxation during an Ayurvedic massage- Based on the principle of rebalancing the energies of the body, this treatment is recommended after a trek in Ladakh. You have your private driver available for your additional visits. Visit 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