Gushaini, Teh. Banjar, Dist. Kullu, HP

A trek into the Zanskar range


A unique itinerary avoiding the new roads under construction

Zanskar is where the word "trekking" carries all its meaning. Long hiking days, loneliness, amazing landscapes, andn also unforgetable encounters with the local community, exceptional fauna and flora, and everything else due when trekking the Himalayas : Glaciers, high peaks, raging rivers, canyons and so on.

You will cross 8 passes during the trek and will have to cross many wild rivers in the bottom of the valleys. You will surely meet herds of yaks, this mythical animals who share their lives with the locals.

Your guide will help you identifying the flora and perhaps observe some wild mammals like the Ibex, the Blue Sheep, the Tibetan Wild Ass, or perhaps some endangered species like the Snow Leopard.

Zanskar trek features

Duration of your trek  

Day-min : The minimum number of days required for the trek (from Leh to Leh)
Day-max : The maximum number of days you can spend on this trek. Prolonged itinerary can be discussed with our team.
AWTD : Average walking time per day (<3 : easy, 3 to 5 : moderate, >5 : strenuous)

Altitudes of your trek  

Min : Minimum altitude of your trek.
Max : Maximum altitude of your trek.
Ascent : The total ascending difference of altitude on the trek.
Descent : The total descending difference of altitude on the trek.

Difficulty of your trek  

Stamina : The physical effort involved during your trek. Rated from 0 (easiest) to 100 (most strenuous). If you have an average fitness you can consider all the treks up to 50. See here for more details
Technical : Difficulty of your trek in terms of exposure to danger and required experience.
  0 to 20 : No difficulties,
  20 to 40 : Walking on good mountain trails,
  40 to 60 : Some walking on difficult mountain trails (steep slopes, rocks, etc.),
  60 to 80: You are exposed to some dangers (void, snow, falling rocks, etc.),
  80 to 100 : Experience required (please inquire).
Overall : Average between Stamina and Technical rating.


5 hours


3400 m
5110 m
7200 m
7600 m



Zanskar trek map

map of the zanskar trek

Trek itinerary in short

The trek starts from an unusual village : Kanji. This is to avoid the more classic start which suffers now from new road constructions. This involve to pass a quite challenging pass, the Nyugutse La. Then we join again the classic itinerary, visiting some of the most beautiful villages of Ladakh : Photoksar, Lingshed and Hanumil.

Zanskar trek, best time to go

Best time to trek into Zanskar is from May to September.
You can also consider January and February for the famous Chadar trek on the frozen Zanskar river.
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Our Zanskar trek itinerary

Features Description
  No walk

  under tents

Our taxi take you in the morning from your hotel or guesthouse. We drive towards Lamayuru.
On the way we can visit the monasteries of Likir and Alchi.
After crossing Lamayuru we turn left into the Kong valley where lies Kanji.
We reach our today destination after crossing an impressive gorge.
Night under tent.

Features Description
  4 to 5 hours

  +880m / -600m

  under tents

The trek starts !
We will follow the river flowing from the Yokma La. The Zanskar atmosphere moves you from the beginning.
Be happy, for this first day of trek you will cross the first pass. Yokma La (4700 m) offers a great view of the Zanskar range.
After the pass we have a steep descent to the meadows of Shilakong where we have our second camp.

Features Description
  6 hours

  +900m / -450m

  under tents

A quite strenuous day today !
The Nyugutse La (5000m) is not known from most of the trekkers because it is not on an usual route.
The way to the pass is a direct climb through the full gradient of the slope which is quite steep on the last stretch.
After the pass we have a regular descent going through amazing mountain formations rich in red color.
Arrival and camp at Spangtang Chen.

Features Description
  4 to 5 hours

  +400m / -650m

  under tents

The day starts with a short descent to the river Yapo La.
Then we have again a steep climb towards the Sisir La at 4800 m.
Then we have a comfortable descent to the awesome village of Photoksar.
Enjoy the village life in this unique environment. The sunsets at Photoksar are just stunning.
Night under tent.

Features Description
  4 to 5 hours

  +450m / -130m

  under tents

We start with the small pass Boumitse La (4400m) that we reach in 90 minutes.
The pass is followed by a gentle descent which leads us to the river coming from the Singge La pass.
We follow the river up to the base camp at about 4570m. Camp.

Features Description
  6 hours

  +850m / -1050m

  under tents

We continue climbing to the Singge La (4973m), the pass of the Lion, on a gentle slope. The pass offers us again a memorable time with its amazing view of the surrounding peaks.
The flowery grasses add even more colors to the colorful stratum of the Zanskar.
Then we go down to the village Skyumpata (also called Gongma).
Night under tent.

Features Description
  6 hours

  +810m / -930m

  under tents

We start the day with a climb to Margum La (4420 m).
Then we go down to the village of Lingshed and its monastery(gompa).
After the visit of the monastery we get to our camp set up in between fields of barley with an amazing vista.
Night under tent.

Features Description
  4 hours

  +560m / -340m

  under tents

Today we need to reach the campsite (4017 m) located just below the Hanuma La that we will cross on the next day.
We leave the Lingshed village in the morning.
It starts with a short climb followed by the crossing of a small valley.
Descent to the camp.
Night under tent.

Features Description
  5-6 hours

  +840m / -1180m

  under tents

A longer day today, so we start early.
There is a steady climb to reach Hanuma La (4750 m). Stunning view from the pass.
We descent via a valley that becomes a gorge until we reach the village of Snertse.
Night under tent.

Features Description
  5 hours

  +730m / -845m

  under tents

Shortly after Snertse, there is an amazing view of the Parfi pass and the entire valley of the Oma Chu.
Going down to the river and crossing it on a locally made bridge.
We climb to the pass. Be alert, you have good chances to spot wildlife on this stretch.
We descent to the village Hanumil where we spend the night.
Night under tent.

Features Description
  5 hours

  +540m / -480m

  in a guesthouse

On the last day of the trek we will follow the Zanskar river up to Padum.
On the way you will enjoy many awesome rock formations and you will see the life of the locals when crossing their tiny villages.
Their traditional agriculture is the same since centuries.
We stop walking at the village Pidmo from where we will continue to Padum in a taxi.
Night in a guesthouse.

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