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Padum To Martselang

Trek code.5 : Padum To Martselang

Duration:9 days- (Highest attitude 20,506 ft/6,250m)

Getting there  by air direct flight Delhi to leh , Chandigarh to leh and Jammu to leh or by road delhi to Chandigarh , Jammu, Kashmir by kargil or by Himachal Pradesh  two or three days driving take the traveller to padum.

Best time: June to sept. : The Landscape of Ladakh has been compared to the bleak surface of the moon.  But its ecosystem is remarkably vital. Research over the last two decades hav proved that Ladakh is the last refuge for the snow leopard and related prey species in India. The good news s that some trails take the wildlife enthusiast close to the wildlife. The trail takes you through a stretch remote even by lofty Ladakhi standards. Its is an excellent place for viewing wildlife. With not less than sixty river crossing, the trek also provides moments of the great adventure.

Day.01)  Reach Padum by road from Kargil or on the trail from Darcha. A short drive on a drit track takes you to zangla, the erstwhile capital of Zanskar,thirty-five kilometres away from the headquarters.The Trial climbes through the village to the right bank of the Zangla stream.In around five hours you reach the campsite of Zumlung Sumdo(12,400ft/3,780m)

Day.02) The climb begins just after the confluence on the left of the valley, a three hours climb takes you on a gradual slope till the trail meets the zumling stream The trail reaches the campsite at Taaktok Sumdo (13,900 ft/4,237 m) The hill across the side stream is an excellent spot for viewing the ibex Another animal not very difficult to sight is the blue sheep.

Day.03)  Follow the Zumling Downstream after leaving camp. The hills on either side are coverd with willow; that makes it difficult to move on the trail, forcing to cross the river occasionally Cross it to reach the campsite of Tilut Sumdo (12,500 ft/ 3,810 m) on ledge just above the camp. This day the trek is through a gorge and you habe to look straight up to see the sky.

Day.4-5) Follow the Khurna up stream on its right bank. The trail shifts to the left bak with forty –five minutes as the river comes down to hit against the mountain and swerves left. The corssing is very difficult. The trail climbs steeply through the gorge and its,s a bit of a scramble when it disappears. Take the right stream up for three hours to reach the campsite. Rest the next day; explore the meadows for ibex and bharal.

Day.6 ) leave the campsite early to cross the Zalung Karpo la later in the morning. The trail climbs up the valley as it curves right and reaches the confluence of the streams descending from the rubarung and Zalung Karps Passes.The ascent leads to the Zalung Karpo la( 21,00 ft/6,400 m) and beyond that across the Indus, are the ladakh range and Eastern Karakorams. Behind you are Nun and Kun Climbing down a broad valley, a steep descent takes you to the campsite on Langtang Chu (14,200 ft/4,328m0

Day.07) Leave the campsite after breakfast and hour  you rach a mane wall  where the trail bifurcates.  Take the one going up, climbing steepy to the west ridge of the kang Yurze with carrns and flags that mark the Konka Wangpo La at (16,667 ft/ 5,080 m) Climbing andcrossing the streams you reach Nimaling meadow at the base of the Kangmaru La. This is one of the laregest high altitude pastures in Ladakh

Day.08)  In the morning after breakfast  leave the campsite and long switchback take you to the top of Kangmaru La (16,706 ft/5,200 m)  the pass of red clay. There are ochre and maroon-coloured hills around. A sharp descent takes you down to head of the Martselang stream- another great area for viewing blue sheep. A long walk through a dramatic gorge and then an open valley takes you to the campsite at Shang Sumdo.

 Day.09)  After leave the campsite , a short walk along the Martselang stream takes you to Indus’s banks Alternatively vehicles and be brought up to Sumdo for the drive to Masterlang over rough road. You have fared well on a tough trek and may be seen some reare wildlife too. Time now to reflect over those cold river crossings next toa warm life back to leh and ladak

Support service:  Basic food provisions and pack ponies and mules can be arraged at Padum. No other facilities are available on the trail. Be self-contained for the trip;food and camping provisions, a guide be provided by travel agent

What To Be Bring : Good shoes, Warm Cloths, Rain Proof jacket, Two extra pairs of Cloths, Personal Medicine, Torch Light, Small knife, Camera(Optional), Sun Screen Lotion, Sun Glass, Small bag Day sack.

Does not Include :-  Your Insurance, Air Tickets, Bus/Taxi Till Manali /Starting point, Donations, Personal Expanse, hotel stay .(on demand)

Note: - All Programs are subject to change due to Political reason, Natural Calamities, Serious Sickness, and special Reasons.

Cost Per person 150 US $

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