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Discover Darcha- Padum Trek 12 Dyas



Towards the western end of the Himalayas a series of continuous mountain ridges, comprising scores of 6000 metre (20000 foot) peaks forms an effective barrier between the Indian provinces of Lahaul and Ladakh. Linking these contrasting mountainous regions is a trekking route that provides one of the great challenges of the Indian Himalaya. Transferring by train and car from Delhi, we pass through the lush Kullu Valley and cross the Rohtang Pass (3980m) to reach the start of our trek at Darcha. From here, we head north across the Shingo La  (c.5100m./16000ft.) into the ancient kingdom of Zanskar, famous for its hardy inhabitants and starkly beautiful landscape. En route, we encounter a succession of isolated villages and several wonderful Buddhist monasteries, notably at Phuktal, Lingshet and Lamayuru. As a finale to what is unquestionably one of the world’s classic trekking experiences, there is also time to explore the fascinating Ladakhi capital of Leh10176115_768666953157425_3441089672263916373_n

Darcha— Padum –Kargil- Leh

Darcha – Padum by the Shinkun-la this is one of the classic hiking tours of the region. In the summer of 1985, it was possible to find fresh supplies all along the route except just before and just beyond the Shinkun-la. It is advisable to spend 2 and 3 days at Darsha first to become acclimatized. The best period is from July to October. Allow 9 days.

Detailed Itinerary

Duration: 11Night/12 Days

Day:01 Manali—Darcha(3300m) – Phalamo . (3600m) 148 kms, ( 6-7 hrs).Afterbreakfast by four wheel drive vehicles and start climbing up to the first pass of the many on this tour, Rohtang pass (3980meters) to Darcha and Phalamo. First day you have to walk 2 hrs, from the road to camp. Follow the track until the last hamlet then a good footpath. Pass a spectacular gorge. Continue along the left bank, then cross a first ford .Good camp 2 hour beyond the ford, groves.  Over night at camp.
Day:02 Phalamo – Ramjak, (3860m) 6-7hrs. Continue on the left bank until reaching a second (major) ford then goes up the right hand valley. There are good paths on both sides of the stream, but both are hard going. Camp at Ramjak in small meadow, spring.
Day:03 Ramjak -Shinkun-la – base camp at the Chumiknakpo (4640m), 7-8hrs. From the camp, climb moderate slopes to the foot of pass, several easy stream crossing. The ground flattens out and path zigzags through a moraine as far as the Shingo-La (5100m). The descent is steep fallen rocks. Cross a final firn to reach the first meadows. Cross several easy streams, then go down an escapement towards a small plateau. Nice view of the Gumburanjon. Good camp between two streams.  Camp.
Day:04 Camp at the Chumiknakpo over Shingo-la (5090m)    -Lakang, (4470m      6hrs. Climb down a mass of fallen rocks, then cross several streams. After one hour, you pass beneath the face of the Gumburanjon, then an easy descent towards Kargyak (4100m) on the right bank, no problem. Two hours after Kargyak, you reach Table .Good camp.
Day:05 Lakang —-Kargyak : (4050m) in 6h. A gradual descent along the Kurgiak river, lined with mani walls. On the way, we will come across a few Doksas, where yaks are kept in summer time. Camp near the Village Kargyak.
Day:06 Kargyak – Purne, (3950m), 6hrs. From Table , continue on the right bank along an easy path.1/2 hrs before Tanze you cross in front of a narrow gorge where the route joins up with Hiking tour Darsha – Padum by the Baralacha and Phirtse-la. Tanze is a small village, gompa in ruins a bit higher up. A short distance beyond Tanze, there is a bridge across to the left bank. Monotonous going across moraine terrain. Slight rise leading to Kuru, major village of livestock breeders. Afterwards, an excellent path leads steadily lower. Arrival in Teta (3.5hrs) beautiful village. The path continues downward near the river. Stay on the left bank, then climb gentle slope up to Jal. Next comes a steep descent towards a large bridge which you cross to get to Purne. You can either set up camp somewhere before the house, or pay Rs.50 per tent on an adjacent lot. Watch your things.
Day:07 Purne –Phuktal (3850m), -Purne, 4hrs. Leave the horse in Purne. Go up the left bank of the Tsarap into splendid gorges. After 1.5hrs, cross a bridge in good condition (in 1985).Fifteen minutes later you arrive at a small tributary to the Tsarap, beautifully clear water cascading down. A ledge leads to a small plateau sprinkled with chortens and religious banners. From there, you can see the Phuktal monastery, one of the most spectacular sights in Zanskar. Phuktal belongs to the tradition of the Gelupas (yellow hats).The spring that gurgles deep in the cave is still out of bounds to women. The Hungarian historian Cosma de Koros stayed here over the winter of 1825-26.It is possible to find food and lodging at the monastery.
Day:08 Purne -Ichar, (3650m) 5-6 hrs. From Purne, go back down, cross the bridge, and then go up the left bank. The trail that overhangs the Tsarap is sometime tricky and hard going. Frequent small canyons of pudding -stones. Pass a bit above a hanging bridge which leads to the village of Cha. Two hours later, you arrive at Kaydang, a small village in a popular grove. Carry on until Hamuni (tea shop).Pass below the village of Surle. The trail is still not good, several stretches difficult for the horses. Arrive at a large bridge which leads to Ichar. Veru good camp. Interesting fortified village
Day:09 Ichar -Mune (3900m), 5hrs. Cross back over to the left bank, then a gradual climb before coming to a major tributary (bridge). Gradual descent down towards Reru, then quite a beautiful plains covered with flowers (july) as far Mune. Possibility to camp opposite monastery.
Day:10 Mune -Padum (3600m), 5hrs. From the monastery, go down a steep incline to the main trail. After two hrs, you arrive at Barden Gompa, a Kagyupa monastery famous for its prayer wheel (180cm). From Bardah, a dusty road suitable for motor traffic leads to Padum without difficulty. Several quite beautiful villages on the opposite bank Padum (3650m): possibilities for fresh supplies uncertain (only rice, tsampa, sugar, tea and sometimes kerosene), several hotels, a restaurant (1985).Passport control .Camping possibilities 1 km down the road to Kargil.
Day:11 Padum – Kargil (3700m) by bus. 234km. 10 to 11 hrs, Drive from Padum to Kargil,  by local bus / Taxi ( on your cost)Overnight at Kargil.
Day:12 Kargil – Leh (3500m) by bus. 230km. 9 to 10 hrs. Drive from Kargil to Leh,  Bus  or Taxi on your cost .Overnight at Leh hotel.

Total cost Per Person : 4500 INR

Cost includes: 1) Taxi Service from Manali to Darcha. 2) Trekking Equipments( two men tent+ sleeping bag+ carry mattes+ kitchen tent+ toilet tent , Dining tent , Chair , table etc. 3) Staff. (English Speaking Guide cum cook. Mules or Porter). 4) Meal for all.  Breakfast/ Lunch/ dinner during the trek. 5) Camping Charges. 6) First aid medical kit

Cost doesn’t includes: 1) Personal nature expenses, like alcohol  etc. 2) Hotel accommodation. 3) Tips. 4) Entry fee Museum.. Etc… 5) Air/ Train /Bus Tickets.

 Note: – All Programs are subject to change due to Political reason, Natural Calamities, Serious Sickness, and special Reasons. Strikes, civil strife, natural disaster or ground transport, or events amounting to force majeure, this will naturally limit our liability. If such events occur before the departure date, we will do our best to make alter- native arrangements.

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