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Bharmour Udaipur Padum Trek

 

 

Trekking Zanskar

 

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, transfer to nearby hotel.

 

Day 02: Delhi – Pathankot by Train

Morning, post breakfast, half day sightseeing of Old and New Delhi. Late afternoon, transfer to railway station for overnight train to Pathankot. Dinner and overnight in Train.

 

Day 03: Arrive Pathankot then drive to Chamba (119 km)

Arrive Pathankot, transfer to Chamba via Khajjar. Overnight stay at hotel.

Chamba: According to history , Chamba region had Kolian tribes in the 2nd century BC, the area formally used to ruled by the Maru dynasty, starting with the Raju Maru from around 500 AD, ruling from the ancient capital of Bharmour, which is located 75 kilometres from the town of Chamba. In 920, Raja Sahil Verma shifted the capital of the kingdom to Chamba, following the specific request of his daughter Champavati. From the time of Raju Maru, 67 Rajas of this dynasty have ruled over Chamba until it finally merged with the Indian Union in April 1948, although Chamba was under British suzerainty from 1846 to this time. It has a large number of ancient temples and palaces and celebrates two popular Jatras (fairs), the "Suhi Mata Mela" and the "Minjar Mela", which last for several days and involve music and dancing. Chamba is also well known for its arts and crafts, particularly its Pahari paintings, which originated in the Hill Kingdoms of North India between the 17th and 19th century and its handicrafts and textiles.

 

Day 04: Drive Chamba – Bharmour - Hadsar (78 km)

Post breakfast, Leave hotel for Bharmour. En-route you drive across Rakh, Durghati and other charming villages. Visit old temples and other building of old capital of Chamba. Overnight stay at camp. (2130m)

 

Day 05: Trek Hadsar – Kugti (6/7 hrs)

Morning,post breakfast, commence your first day adventurous trek to Kugti, the route is along the Budhi stream with many ups and down through green forest. Overnight stay at Camp. (2640m)

 

Day 06: Trek Kugti – Duggi Caves (5/6 hrs)

Leave the camp after breakfast for Duggi. Continue the trek amidst the green valley and panoramic view of surrounding valleys and spectacular landscape. Visit Kartic temple at Keling is worth a visit. Marvelous Kailash peak is also visible from here. Overnight at Camp (3354m)

 

Day 07: Trek Duggi Caves – Alyas (7/8 hrs)

After breakfast start trek to Alyas. Today you have strenous day but with woderful landscape. At Kudi there is a big grassy plateau and a stone hut. Overnight in Camp (3600m)

 

Day 08: Trek Alyas – Khardu (5/6 hrs)

Leave camp after breakfast for Khardu with gradual ascent to a steep pass and then steep descent as far as we reach at campsite. Overnight at Camp (2550m)

 

Day 09: Trek Khardu – Rashil (5/6 hrs)

Leave camp after breakfast for Rashil. today the route is rough trek over stones and loose boulders. Overnight stay at Camp in Rashil opposite to Shansha village. (2950m)

 

Day 10: Drive Shansha - Udaipur

After breakfast take jeeps to drive Udaipur. Post Lunch, visit temple and local village. Overnight stay at hotel/ guest house.

 

Day 11: Trek to Chamrat (5-6 hrs)

Leave Udaipur after breakfast follow the road, which is recently constructed, through the narrow gorge making the entrance to the miyar valley. Cross the wooden bridge from Charmet and continue on the left bank the valley. The village Chamet is with Mani wals and prayer flags is the first village of the Miyar Valley, on the way visit the monastery of the Karpat. Ovenight stay at camp. (2090m)

 

Day 12: Trek Chamrat – Urgos (6hrs)

Breakfast with enchanting view of the valley then continue trek along the clear route that leads through beautiful flowered meadows , Peas and millets fields before re crossing the Miyar.Cross the Miyar river over well constructed bridge towards the village of charpat. Continue gently up as far as Urgos where you find the confluence of valleys leading to the massif peak Menthosa (6443mts). Good across the meadow. Overnight at camp in Urgos village. (3060m)

 

Day 13: Trek Urgos – Tharang (6-7 hrs)

Leave the camp after breakfast to Tharang. The highlights of the day are charming village and awesome view of landscape and view breathtaking huge towering mountains. Continue trek with gentle walk down towards the river floor where you find a bidge. Cross the bridge and continue further 2kms after then you come across charming village Khanjar in the valley on left. The trail passes through wild alluvium admirer before a gradual ascent for 200m, to the highest Tharang. Gently climb up to a beautiful camp site with several magnificent snow clad peaks of Chenab valley. Overnight at camp. (3800m)

 

Day 14: Trek Tharang – Gumbha Nalla (6-7 hrs)

Today trek is little bit strenuous and challenging. Morning after breakfast, gradually ascend up over the rich grazing pasture. Yak flocks of Zanskar may be seen nearby Tralasuma- pass. From campsite of Gumbha Nalla, you enjoy the glimpses of stunning enormous mountain Peaks of Mighty Himalayas. Overnight at camp. (3880m)

 

Day 15: Trek Gumbha Nalla – Camp-1st (6-7 hrs)

Post breakfast with awesome view of landscape, continue trek gently ascending up to the shepherd's camp across the beautiful meadoe locally known as Khaigot. Pass pastureland to open meadows along upstream river crossing. Good and nice campsite with wonderful landscape heading to zanskar. Overnight at camp. (3950m)

 

Day 16: Trek Camp-1st – Camp-2nd (7 hrs)

As usual after breakfast, resume you trek to Camp-2nd. Far flung attractive view of Miyar Glacier, long from the camp but you have optional route. You walk across the terminal moraine to the left side of the glacier. Trail turning ups and downs along the increasingly distracted trail. Adventurous and challenging terrain during the trek till the confluence with side glacier. Ultimately you reach at campsite. Overnight at camp in Camp-2nd. (4500m)

 

Day 17: Trek Camp-2nd – Kangla-la (5400m) - Camp-3rd (7 hrs)

Magnificent views of down valley with Menthosa (6443m) from the head of the glacier, a large snow field curves to the east side to the bank of pass. Ascend slowly up from the snow clad area to the pass. Long ascent to Kangla Pass enclosed by rock cliff to the north and snow wall to the south. Enjoy the Awe inspiring exhilarating view of surrounding enormous overwhelming mountains. Cross kangla Pass, easy descent down as far as camp near the confluences of two streams. Overnight at camp (4700m)

 

Day 18: Trek Camp-3rd – Bardan (5hrs)

After breakfast, you follow the trail on the right side of the valley and continue easy trek down in the valley, several crossing of streams and beautiful landscape of the valley. You pass across rocky platitude, and then the trail descends steeply through charming meadows and boulders fields. Keeping Tenasa Tokpo (small River) on your right, continue easy descent along with downstream river which flows through grassy meadows. Continue further for two hours above the Tsarap river till you reach at Bardan village. Overnight camp with campfire. (3770m)

 

Day 19: Drive Bardan – Padum - Sani Gompa - Zongkul Monastery - Padum

Morning post breakfast, visit Bardan monastery then drive to Padum (The capital of Zanskar ) along the left of downstream Tsarap river. Arrive Padum, some refreshment then drive to Sani to visit the most famous monastery wherein you visit the sacred statues of Buddhas and Boddhisattavas. This monastery located and picturesquely built in the middle of field and houses. After the visit, proceed to Zongkul monastery. On the way you enjoy the view of beautiful and charming villages of Zangskar valley. Later drive back to Padum. Evening, enjoy walking in and around the market of Padum. Overnight in Padum. (3590m)

 

Day 20: Sightseeing tour in Zanskar valley (Karsha and Stongde monasteries)

Morning after breakfast, Karsha (Pair of White i.e., Outer white and Inner white) is 7km form Padum. Visit Gelugpa sect and largest monastery of Zanskar. The monastery picturesquely built on hill top with imposing view of enchanting valley and river, by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrap (the translator of Zanskar). From the monastery, take pleasure of awesome and spectacular view of the capital of zanskar (Padum) and its surrounding mountains. After the visit continue drive to Stongde village. Visit the beautiful monastery built on hill top overlooking the spectacular valley, by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. Approximately 60 monks are residing in this monastery. After the visit, drive back to Padum. Afternoon, explore Padum. Overnight stay at hotel.

 

Day 21: Drive Padum – Rangdum – Kargil (245km)

Today you drive Padum to Kargil (245km). You have long journey but drive along zanskar valley and Suru valley provide you spectacular and awesome view of landscape, magnificient mountain peaks, stunning Drang Drung Glacier and astonighing view of highest mountain peak in the region Nun(7035m) and Kun(7180m). En route, visit Rangdum Monastery. History says that Gelek Yashy Takpa built this picturesque monastery on hill top about 200 years ago. This monastery is physically located in the Suru Valley and culturally it is part of Zanskar. From the monastery, you have wonderful panoramic view of landscape and Randum village. After the visit, drive to Rangdum village where you take some refresment and then continue drive to Kargil. you drive through the several beautiful and charming villages (inhabitants are almost Muslim) . Arrive Kargil. Overnight at hotel in Kargil. (2900m)

 

Day 22: Drive Kargil – Mulbek – Lamayuru – Alchi – Leh (225 kms)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Leh via visiting Mulbek chamba (Rock curved statue of Maitreya Buddha), 11th century Lamayuru monastery and 9th century Alchi monastery. Spectacular and magnificent view of landscape with beautiful mountains like pillar in the blue sky. You pass across many beautiful and charming villages of Ladakh. Arrive Mulbek and visit 9m high rock curved statue of Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha). After the visit continue drive to Leh via crossing Photo-la. Overnight at Hotel in Leh. (3500m)

 

Day 23: Sightseeing tour to Stok Palace – Matho Monatery – Shanti Stupa – Samkar Gompa

After breakfast, drive to Stok via Choglamsar by crossing a bridge on the river Indus. In Stok, visit the royal palace of present king and queen which constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas and old statues. After visiting Stok Palace, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. Visit Matho monastery built by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in 13th century. The famous two oracles (known as Rongtsan), who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery, still make appearance during the festival of the monastery. After visiting Matho, drive back to Leh. Afternoon, visit Shanti Stupa and Sankar Monastery in Leh. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

 

Day 24: Full Day Excursion tour to Shey Palace – Thiksey Gompa – Hemis Monastery

After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drives. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal built this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built in 14th century. Here you visit the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace wherein you visit big copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

 

Day 25: Flight Leh to Delhi

Early morning transfer to Airport to take flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Delhi. (239m)

 

Day 26: Departure.

Morning, post breakfast then visit Old and New Delhi. Late evening, transfer to International Airport to take return flight.

 

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