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Trekking - Kanji - Sarchu (Diagonal Zanskar)

Kanji - Sarchu (Diagonal Zanskar)


Diagonal Zanskar trek is toughtest route of trekking in Ladakh and Zanskar. In these route you have to cross 8 high passes and two days of river crossing. This route is known as wild and isolated trek.

Detailed Day Wise Itinerary

  • Day 1. Kanji to Kanjila Base. (4300 m) 5 hrs

    Today is the first day trek of your long trek. Morning after breakfast you will start your trek with guide. Today is easy day trek. On the way you will cross some water. There are oppourtunity to visit nomadic camp. Walk along Kanji valley before you reach to the base of Kanji la Pass. Camp at this side of the base of Kanji pass. 

  • Day 2. Kanjila Base to Kanjila base 4300 m (via Kanjila 5150) 6 hrs

    Today you will cross the first pass of your trek. It will be a hard day via crossing Kanjila. You have to start early in the morning because there are long way to climb. It will take around 3 hours to reach at the top of pass. From the top you will see the beautiful Nun Kun peak, Ladakh range and zanskar range. After the you will have long decent till the river bank of Rangdum river. Overnight camp at the bank of Rangdum River. 

  • Day 3. Kanji la base to Dipling (3900 m) via Pitzongla pass (5020) m 6 hrs

    Morning after the breakfast crossing the river walk right side of valley to three hours. From their trun to Pidzongla pass. view of Bipling valley .from pass long walk down till Dipling village.just before village nice camp side near stream river.  it is now only a two hour descent to the valley some 900m/3,000 feet below. Leaving the pass, snow slopes and then rocks lead to a gulch down which the zigzag path brings you out past fantastic rock walls and towers on either side to the wide valley. We should say here also that the views from the Pudzong La are superb – snowy peaks in every direction, though it may be cold and windy and you may wish to hurry on. The camp is amongst an area of clumpy small trees and bushes with fabulous views. Ahead and framed at the end of the valley is a distant pointed rock peak. It chance  we saw wolf tracks early on in the day. Overnight camp.

  • Day 4. Dipling to Lingshed Sumdoo (3800 m) 5 hrs

    Leaving camp, you stroll easily down the left-hand side of the valley past some deserted houses and some unworked fields before coming to the river entering from the left. Here you have the choice of either wading across (carrying your dry walking boots, obviously) or perhaps riding across on a horse, if one can be made available from the pack animals. Another hour from here brings you to the pretty village of Dibling where there are some 14 houses and a gompa. The monastery, as with virtually all Ladakhi villages, sits above the village and it is well worth the walk up to have a look around. It is a Yellow Hat temple, whose main figures are Shakyamuni Buddha, Chenrizig, Maitreya (Buddha of the future), and Zongkhapa (founder of the Gelukpa Yellow Hat Sect).  Leaving the village, you follow a relatively newly-built footpath and after a while some parts of the path are exposed. One the way you have to walk along the dipling the and cross the river several times. After that you will camp on a lovely area overlooking the river below next to a river coming in from the left. The Ladakhi word for river junction is “sumdo”, hence this is the first sumdo which is base camp of Barmila pass. Overnight camp.

  • Day 5. Lingshed Sumdoo to Lingshed (4000 m) via Barmila (4660m) 5.5 hrs

    It is just over three hours to the pass and an easy gradual path until the last 300 metres which is a little steeper. There are one or two places where you would not want to slip on the narrow path!
    Looking back, the views are inspiring – ranges of snow peaks. As you get higher, the trail turns to the left and then again to the right. The pass itself is broad, with a chorten and prayer flags. It is such a thrill to get to the pass and look down into the valley containing the village and monastery of Lingshed, and the peaks marching off into the far distance. It is a long and hot descent, but the views go on improving of Lingshed and its wonderful monastery.
    You now drop right down past houses and fields to climb back up again to reach the monastery and the camp site just above that. You will feel pretty flaked out by the time you get to camp. Overnight camp.

  • Day 6. Lingshed to snetse (3753 m) via Hanumala ( 4716 m) 6 hrs

    After breakfast, follow the route that rises steeply in Zig-Zag to the pass Hanamu-la. Begining strenous but the top will provide reward you with wonderful and enchanting landscape. Cross the pass and follow path that descent down as far as river. Cross river over wooden bridge and further few meters trek takes you at campsite. Overnight at camp near river in Zingchen. 

  • Day 7 Netse to Hanamul (3414 m) via Parfila (3911 m) . 6 hrs

    Start the trek along the downstream of the river up to the Stupa from where you start climb to the Parfila. Cross the pass, here on top of the pass, you have a amazing and lovely view of Landscape. You will see for the first time the Zanskar River on your left. The camp is another two hours in the tree grove of Hanamur village. Overnight at camp. 

  • Day 8. Hamanur to Pishu (3407 m). 5 hrs

    From here the route goes across the Right Bank of the Zanskar River and on the way you pass through the village Pidmo and Pastureland. Here you may find some Yaks and domestic animals. After  that you will continue till Pishu village. At Pishu the camping is at beautiful place. 

  • Day 9. Pishu to Stongday (3600 m) 4.5 hrs

    It will be aeasy day trek along the bank of Zanskar river. You will cross the bridge of Pishu and continue to Stongday. On the way you will visit Tsazar and shilingskid village. You will camp near the Stongday Monastery. From Monastery you will find beautiful view of Central Zanskar.  Evening you will get fresh vegetable and fruits. Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 10. Stongday to Salangtaktak (4277 m) via Stongdela ( 5150m) 6 hrs

    The day trek starts with the climb. It’s an uphill walk to cross Stongday-la.  It is not so steep to climb stongde la. But it is long. It will take almost 4 hours to reach at the top. You will arrive at the top around at 1 Pm . Some times you will found snow at the top of pass depending on the weather.  Today again there is a good of chances of seeing wild animals.  From the top of pass you will found megnafic views.  
      After you decend till the camp called Doksa. Doksa means the camp were the nomadic people settle for seasonally.  On the way there are big Yaks belong the Stongde villagers. The decend to camp is easy with beautiful landscape. You will camp near a Doksa (shepherd hut).

  • Day 11. Salangtaktak to Mola Sumdo (4199m) 5 hrs

    This day will be one of the most memorable days of the trek. Because You have to cross the stream several times while walking along the valley. After twenty minutes walk from the camp you will start cross the stream. The water is so cold because of the weather as well as the narrow valley. In the valley are some up and down also. There are many plants also.  You have to cross the stream for 8 to 10 times. You will be in the valley for four hours by crossing the stream side by side.  After that you will climb up little and then continue to the camp. Today the camp is beautiful with spring water and nice scenery. In these route there are very less people and tourist, It is mostly possible to meet local people from Shade and Stongde. Overnight in the camp. 

  • Day 12. Mollasumdo to Thangtak (4077 m) 5 hrs.

    Today again you will walk along the valley. Now you will see different landscape as before.  You will walk by some up and down. At some part you have to walk along the bank of little river. You have to cross the little rive before Shade and continue by little climbing to main road. And you will also see very old moviable bridge of Shade. After 45 minutes walk from that you have to turn left to enter the beautiful shade village. At that point it look like artificial gate by rocks. After 15 minutes walk from tha you will arrive at Shade village. The village is very isolated in Himalaya. During these season people are busy in harvesting, collecting their potatoes, collecting the grass for animals. People are impress by seeing tourist because there are very people coming from outside. After that you will back to camp decending from Shade willage and you will see one family village with little monastery called Thangtak. Then you will continue to camp near the river. Overnight in the camp. 

  • Day 13. Thangtak to Phuktal Monastery (3987 m) 5 hrs

    This is the day you will visit the famous Phuktal monastery. Morning after breakfast you will cross the little river and continue to phuktal. Usually it is possible to see snow leopard in this ways. After 1 hour walk from the camp you will meet Tsarap river. You will follow the Tsarap river till Phuktal Monastery. On the way there are some up and down ways. The ways are good because it was repaired last year only. On the way you will find  Shukpa whch is local incense.  Phuktal Monastery is famous for its structure. It is built in a cave on the side of Soft Rock Mountain. The monastery is built by Changsem Sherap Zangpo, disciple of Gyalwa Tsongkhapa, the founder of Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in the Monastery. 

  • Day 14. Thangtak to Base Nyalokongtse. (4253m) 3.7 hrs

    It will be a easy day trek along the valley of Nyalokongtse. You will climb along the way to Nyalokongtse. On the way there is only one place were you can find water. You will camp there. After there are not possible to get drinking water. Overnight Camp. 

  • Day 15. Base Nyalokongtse to Hormoche (3923 m) via Nyalokongtse (4835 m) & Gotungtala (5152 m) . 7.5 hrs

    Today will be the longest day trek of your whole trek . You have to start very early in the morning. It will take almost 4 hours to arrive at the first pass called Nyalo kuntse 4430 mtrs, after that continue to the second pass Gothurstatar la 4620 mtrs.  In between these two pass you will find a beautiful view of a lake.  The landscape are totally different. From  the top of  pass you will have long decent till shun village. This day usually people see wild animals like Fox, ibex, olf etc. You will arrive at the camp late . Shun is a old village but now days people are migrated to Chumik gyasa. Overnight in the camp near a small monastery. 

  • Day 16. Hormoche to Satak (4011) 5 hrs

      Morning after breakfast as usual you will start your trek, You will see the shun village on the otherside of the Tsarap River. The village is enough big but you will find nobody there. There is also a Nunnery which is near to our camp.  After half an hour of trek you have to cross a little river. After that all the way are good with pasture and some up and down. In the evening you will camp at Satak village. Satak is village of one house but nowdays there are no people staying they are migrated to Chumikgasa. You will find the fields without cultivated.  Overnight in the camp. 

  • Day 17. Satak to Tsokmetsik (4079m) 5 hrs

    This is the day with  some up and downs till Tsokmetsek. You will find a small bridge on the way. And the landscape look very beautiful. Now you will feel easy to walk and there are not much climb up like big passes. And you are physically and mentally use to it.  You will arrive at the camp called Tsokmetsek. There are many plants around the camp. Tonight you will enjoy the fire camp with staffs. Overnight in the camp 

  • Day 18. Tsokmetsik to Brandinala (4277 M) 5 hrs

    Today is easy walk following the narrow valley passing through stream river and bushes and gradually up to camp. Just before cam you will meet Leh-Manali National Highway. Evening you will have party of last night of trek. Overnight Camp. 

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