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Kanji Darcha Trek

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Kanji to Darcha Trek (29 Days / 19 Days Trek)

This beautiful trek starts from Kanji to Darcha takes nearly 19 days walking. During this trek you have cross as many as 10 passes. The highest pass in this trek is Nigutse-la at the altitude of 5100m. During this trek you will come across many village and beautiful monasteries like Lingshed Karsha, Stongde, Sani, Phugtal, Barden, Muney.


Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, Transfer to nearby hotel for few hours.


Days 02: Flight Delhi - Leh

Early morning transfer to domestic Airport to board flight for Leh. Arrive Leh, transfer to hotel. Day free to get you fully acclimatize with the altitude of Ladakh. Overnight in Leh. (3500 m)


Days 03: Drive Leh – Matho – Stok – Leh

After breakfast drive to Stok via Choklamsar by crossing a bridge on the river Indus. In Stok, visit the royal palace of present king and queen which was constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you'll 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 monastery. After visit Matho, drive back to Leh. In the evening visit Shanti Stupa and Samkar Monastery in Leh. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.(3500 m)

Days 04: Drive Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Leh

After breakfast, drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds 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 School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace. Overnight at Guest House in Leh. (3500m)

Days 05: Drive Leh – Alchi – Lamayuru - Kanji (170km)

Today you have amazing and spectacular view of mountains and confluence of Zanskar and Indus River, beautiful villages
Morning after breakfast, drive on Leh-Srinagar highway to Lamayuru, enroute visit Alchi, situated at a distance of 68 Km from Leh. Alchi monastery was built by great Lama Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo (The great translator) 1000 years ago and is considered to be the most famous and largest among the entire monastery built by him. After the visit, continue drive to Lamayuru which is 58km from Alchi. Lamayuru monastery was constructed by Arahat Nimagung in between 10th and 11th century. History says that in the 11th century the Mahasidha Naropa visited this place and the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen inside the monastery. After the visit continue your journey to Kanji, still 40 km drives. Arrive Kanji. Overnight at camp in Kanji village. (3850m)

Day 06: Trek Kanji – Kanji Dok (3/4hrs)

Morning after breakfast, you explore the village and attract with the innocent villagers. About 15 houses. After then you start your first day trek with easy trek along the right side of upstream river. After the easy walk for 2hrs, you have gentle ascent and then you arrive at small hamlet where you find the campsite. The view of the valley and its stunning mountains from here is indescribable. Enjoy the scenic beauty of nature of Himalayan mountains. Overnight at camp. (4100m)

Day 07: Trek Kanji Dok – Yogma-la (4720m) – Shillakong (5/6 hrs)

Leave camp after breakfast. While enjoying the morning sunshine you ascend towards the Yogma-la (4720m) right from the camp. From the top of the pass you have spectacular view of landscape. After enjoying few minutes at the top you have gentle descent and then you arrive at the camp. (4300m)


Day 08: Trek Shillakong – Nigutse-la (5100m) - Urtsi Dok (5/6hrs)

Morning after the breakfast, continue the trek by following the well defined and clear trek route on the left bank of the river. En-route amazing and beautiful landscape. After few hours of trek, you reach at the top of the Nigutse-la ( 5100m ). At the top of the pass, you will find yourself top of the world and get the stunning and enchanting view of unforgettable landscape with different mountains of Himalayan range. Cross the pass and then descend in beautiful lost valley opening on an immense plain where you find many animals like sheeps, goats and yaks etc. Overnight Camp. (4500m)


Day 09: Trek Urtsi Dok – Sirsir-la (4805m) – Photoksar (4/5 hrs)

Today you have to cross the river so it is advisable to carry some extra stock in your bag so that you may not get wet. As usual after breakfast, continue the trek with ascending the ridge right from the camping. Follow the clear path on rolling ridge and from here you see the Sirsir-la pass. Descend down in towards the river below. Cross the river and then start ascending straight towards the pass Sirsirla(4805m). Enjoy the view of wonderful valleys and its landscape. Gentle and easy descend by following the good trek path to Photoksar (A remote isolated charming village). Evening explore the village. Campsite before the village near the river. Overnight at Camp. (4210m)

Day 10: Trek Photoksar – Boumitse-la (4200m) – Base of Singey-la (7hrs)

After breakfast, continue trek. Today you have to cross one easy pass. Right from the camp, start ascend for few meter and then continue along the clear path.beatiful view of village Photoksar and surrounding mountains and gorge. Carry on ascending up to top of Boumitse-la, From the pass you can directly see the Singela Pass which is about more than three hours trek from this point. Until the base of Singe-la, you have to cross several small streams so advisable to carry extra pair of stockings in case you get wet. Overnight in camp at base of Singe-La. (4400m)


Day 11: Trek Base of Singe-la – Singe-la (4960m) – Kyukpa-la (3850) – Skyumphatta.

Right from the camp, start ascending up to top of Singe-la. It is easy to ascend but 1200m before the top, it is steep ascend in zigzag. From the pass, the route descends steeply to a loose boulder strewn area. This is called Champado Gongma. Continue along the right side of the valley, clear path up to village Skyumphatta. Beautiful and awesome view of landscape of the valley. Follow the beaten track to the Kyukpa-la Pass (3850m), easy ascend. Easy descend from the pass about 300m. and cross a clear water stream. Camp near of above the stream. Overnight: Camp at Skyumphatta village. (4000m)


Day 12: Trek Skyumpatta – Lingshed – Hanamu-la Base (7 ½ hrs)

From Skyumpatta follow the trail and start ascending the Netuksila pass. It is a long ascent and advice to carry enough water as you could not find water until the camp. From the pass again follow the well-defined route to Lingshed. Visit the Lingshet monastery which is very interesting with the old statues. Lingshed monastery is constructed on the top of hill by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo (the translator). The deity can be viewed once in a year 15th day of 4th Tibetan month. After visit Lingshed, continue towards the Hanamu-la Base by crossing the small bridge. Pass the village by ascending along the right side. Overnight at camp. (4000m)


Day 13: Trek Hanamu-La Base – Hanamu-La (4700m) – Zingchen (7 ½ hrs.)

After breakfast, start to climb the pass which is in Zig-Zag. Arrive at top of the pass, you have a wonderful view of Landscape. Cross the pass and continue descending for 20 minutes and there is good and flat area to have Lunch. After having Lunch, continue descending. After descending steep, you eventually reach near a river, cross the river and arrive at camp. Overnight at camp in Zingchen. (3410m)

Day 14: Trek Zingchen – Parfila (3900m) – Hanamur village (6 hrs)

Start the trek along the downstream of the river up to the Stupa from where you start to 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. (3410m)


Day 15: Trek Hanamur – Pidmo – Pishu –Zangla (5/6 hrs)

From here the route is following the Right Bank of the Zanskar River until the village of Pishu On the way you pass through the village Pidmo and Pastureland. Here you may find some Yaks and domestic animals. Cross the Zanskar River over a bridge and then you arrive at camp on the grassy meadow near the bank of the Zanskar River. Overnight at camp (3430m)


Day 16: Drive Zangla – Karsha – Stongde – Shilla

Today you have full day culture tour around Padum by drive. Morning after breakfast, drive to Stongde village. Visit beautiful picturesque monastery built on hill top by Lama Marpa 950 years ago.Approximately 60 monks are residing in this monastery. After the visit, continue drive to Karsha (Pair of White i.e., Outer white and Inner white). Visit Karsha monastery. This monastery is the largest of all the monastery in Zanskar and this monastery (Gonpa) was first founded by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrap (the translator of Zanskar). From the monastery, you have amazing and spectacular view of the capital of zanskar (Padum) and its surrounding mountains. After visiting the monastery, if time permits then you visit the capital of Zanskar (Padum). Explore Padum and visit the Market after then continue drive to Shilla. Overnight Camp in Shilla village. (3650m)


Day 17: Trek Shilla – Raru (5/6 hrs)

After breakfast, continue trek along left bank of river till Muni. En route visits Bardan monastery. Continue the journey along left bank till we reach at Bridge. Cross the river and continue along the right bank of the River up to Raru village. Overnight at Camp. (3700m)


Day 18: Trek Raru – Kalbock (6 ½ hrs)

After breakfast, continue trek by crossing river over Bridge at Raru village. Well define ancient trek path with amazing and spectacular view of landscape. You arrive at small charming village. Pass the village and then cross the river towards right over a long wooden bridge. Continue along the bank of river up to Tsetang. After one hour reach Pipula where you find a Tea Shop.Refresh yourself and then continue with gentle climb till you reach Kalbok. Overnight Camp before houses.(3850m)


Day 19: Trek Kalbock – Purney (4/5 Hrs)

After breakfast, Leave camp and continue along left side of River below. Continue trek along the left side of the river till you reach near a bridge, cross the bridge and after ten few minutes you arrive at Purney village, a beautiful and charming village with few houses. Have Lunch at Purney and enjoy the beauty of nature. Overnight at camp in Purney.(3850m)

Day 20:Trek Purney – Phugtal – Purney ( 5/6 hrs)

Morning after breakfast,Follow the clear trek route and continue up along the left bank of River Tsarap for more than ½ hrs. todayyou come across and pass through beautiful gorge. Continue up in the gorge and you find bridge. Cross the bridge then gentle ascent from from where you see the Pukhtak monastery. The picturesque monastery wonderfully built on the rock cliff with a large Cave (Natural big Cave), by great Lama Changsem Sherap Zangpo. After the visit, trek back to Purney. Overnight Camp in Purney.(3850m)

Day 21: Trek Purney – Kargyak (7/8 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, continue back towards the bridge, after crossing the bidge, gentle climb up till you reach Yal village. Continue trek along the right side of the valley. On the way, you pass through beautiful and charming villages with wonderful landscape and its surrounding awesome mountains. Pass Tetsa village, Kuru village and continue along left bank of river till you cross a bridge.Cross the river and then continue along the right bank of river till Kargyak Village. (Last Zanskar village on this trek) Overnight at camp in Kargyak.(4180m)


Day 22: Trek Kargyak – Pankeya (5/6 hrs)

Continue along right bank of river for ½ hrs till you reach Gombo Ranjon. Keep on trek till you cross the stream towards Tea shop. Climb for 25 minutes then continue up till you reach at Camp. Overnight at Pankeya (4700m)


Day 23: Trek Pankeya – Shingo-la (5090m) – Zanskar Sumdo (7/8 hrs)

Today you have to cross water stream several times so it is advisable to carry extra slipper in your bag so that you may not get wet. From the camp, moderate climb up to the Shingola Pass (5090m.) and it takes about three hours to reach at the top of the pass Shingo-la (5080m).shingo-la is last pass of your trek and from the top of the pass beautiful and awesome panoramic view of landscape and mountain peaks. Cross the pass,then easy descent,several times small River crossing , till you reach Zanskar Sumdu for overnight Camp.(4100m)


Day 24: Trek Zanskar Sumdo – Pal-Lhamo (5/6 Hrs)

Today you have easy trek on flat terrain.As usual morning after breakfast, you cross small river and then continue trek along the right bank of the River till you reach Palamo. Beautiful camping site with clean water. Overnight at camp.(3650m)


Day 25: Trek Pal-Lhamo – Rarik(3hrs) then drive to Manali (185kms /8-10 hrs)

Continue along the road, cross the river over bridge then carry on trek till we reach Rarik. At Rarik village, Jeeps will be waiting for you take to Manali. Arrive Rarik then drive to Manali. Overnight at Hotel.(2050m)


Day 26: Manali.

Day is at complete leisure or in the afternoon explore Manali city. Overnight at Hotel.(2050m)


Day 27: Drive Manali – Chandigarh (305kms /10hrs)

Morning, after breakfast, drive to Chandigarh for overnight stay at Hotel.


Day 28: Chandigarh - Delhi by Train (4hrs)

Early morning breakfast. Drive to railway station for shatabadi express train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and transfer to for few hours hotel. Afternoon visit Delhi (Old and New) by late evening transfer to international airport.


Day 29: Departure.


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No. of Pax

Cost with Guesthouse

Cost with A- Category Hotels

02 to 03 Pax

€1480 per person

€1720 per person

04 to 06 Pax

€1280 per person

€1490 per person

07 to 09 Pax

€1155 per person

€1345 per person

10 to 12 Pax

€1075 per person

€1270 per person

Single Room Supplement



One Tour Leader Compliementary on Paying for 10-12 Pax

One Tour Leader Compliementary on Paying for 10-12 Pax

Included: A class category guest house with Bed & Breakfast

Included: A class category hotels with Breakfast & One meal (lunch or dinner)

Rates are valid till December 2015.


Cost Includes :

  • Hotel or Guest House: Neat & Clean in Central Delhi with Bed & Breakfast.
  • Hotel or Upper Class Guest House in Leh.
  • All ground tranportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
  • All ground transportation in Ladakh by non air-conditioned jeep.
  • All camping/trekking arrangements such as:-
  • Food (During Trekking and Campings)
  • Two men tent with mattress
  • Kitchen/mess tent with utensils
  • Cook & Helpers
  • Pack ponies for luggage
  • Camping fee
  • Trekking bag for protection of your personal luggage.
  • Local English speaking guide in Delhi & Ladakh.
  • Entry fee to monasteries / monuments in Ladakh only.


Cost Does not Includes :

  • International/ Domestic Flights
  • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi.
  • Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
  • Insurance and medical evacuation.
  • Tips, hard & soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
  • Entry fee to mounments in Delhi.
  • Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.


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