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Kanji - Zangla Trek (via Yulchung Nyerak)

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Kanji to Zangla via Nyerak (21 Days / 9 Days Trek)

This Adventurous Trek starts from Kanji ends at Zangla. Kanji Village altitude is 3850m and it comes in Kargil District. The village has 20 families main occupation being farming. One can acquire different trek routes from Kanji being easy accessible with Leh-Srinagar Highway. During this trek we come accross 7 passes. The highest pass during this trek is Nigutse-la which is 5100m.


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 take 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 – Shanti Stupa - Samkar

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 in Leh.

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 hotel in Leh.

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) – Yulchung - Nyerak (7hrs)

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 easy track and on the way you find a junction. One goes straight towards Lingshed and another goes down towards Yulchung village that you see below. Take left handside and then descend down in zig-zag clear path. Pass the beautiful village Yulchun and continue trek with gentle climb to cross the small easy passChuchokhuri-la (3970m). Cross the pass then steep zigzag descent till zanskar River. Cross the River over a wooden bridge and then begin to climb towards Nyerak village. Arrive Nyerak. Overnight at Camp in Nyerak village (A small and charming village). (3750m)


Day 12: Trek Nyerak – Labar-la (4800m) - Pangat-la (3900m) – Pharkunsa(6/7hrs)

Morning after breakfast, continue climb to cross the Labar-la pass. It seems difficult to climb but slowly and steadily it becomes easy. So continue slowly and steadily to reach at the top of Labar la. From this point you have spectacular and magnificent view of landscape. After crossing the pass, continue gentle climb towards the Pangat-la (3900m). From the top of Pangat-la You have awesome panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and wonderful landscape. Cross the pass, easy descent down till you reach near a river. Cross the river and then continue trek down along the downstream. Again cross the river towards right and then you arrive at beautiful campsite. Good campsite in the middle of willow trees near the river. Overnight at camp. (3730m)


Day 13: Trek Pharkunsa – Zangla Sumdo (6/7hrs)

As usual morning after breakfast, continue trek along with the river. Today you have to wade in the river for several meters so it is advisable to carry extra shoes in your bag. After then continue easy trek along the valley up to the campsite. Good campsite near the river. Overnight camp. (3650m)


Day 14: Trek Zangla Sumdo – Namtse-la (5000m) – Honya – Zangla (5/6hrs)

After the breakfast, continue trek with gentle climb towards a small and easy pass. Cross the pass and then easy trek path towards Namtse-la. Continue up along the valley till you reach at top of the pass.From the top of the pass you have enchanting and magnificient panoramic view of landscape. Cross the Namtse-la Pass and then easy descent till you reach at Honara.On the way your first glance will be zangskar river, Pidmo village and motor road. Descend down till foot of the mountain. From Honara you trek on motor road for a kilometer and then you arrive at Campsite across the meadows near zanskar River. Overnight at camp in Zangla. (3430m)


Day 15:Drive Zangla – Karsha – Stongde – Padum

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 the visit explore Padum (The capital of Zanskar). Overnight in Padum. (3590m)


Day 16: Drive Padum- Sani – Bardan – Zongkul – Padum

Morning after breakfast, 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 and then continue drive to Bardan monastery. On the way you have the view of beautiful and charming villages of Zangskar valley. After visiting the Bardan village, drive back to Padum. Evening enjoy walking in and around the market of Padum. Overnight in Padum.

Day 17: Drive Padum – Rangdum – Kargil (245km / 10hrs)

Today you drive Padum to Kargil (245km). You have long journey but enroute you have unforgettable, enchanting and awesome view of landscape of Suru valley and its surrounding magnificient mountain peaks. As usual, morning after breakfast, drive to Kargil. Enroute visit Rangdum monastery and cross Pentse-la (4400m). After crossing the Pentse-la pass. You continue drive and then your first glace will be 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 find some restaurants. Take some refresment and then continue drive to Kargil. You have the view of highest mountain peak in the region Nun(7035m) and Kun(7180m) and you pass across several beautiful and charming villages (inhabitants are almost Muslim) of Kargil Distric. Arrive Kargil. Overnight stay at hotel in Kargil. (2900m)


Day 18: Drive Kargil – Mulbek – Leh (225kms / 7hrs)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Leh via visiting Mulbek chamba (Rock curved statue of Maitreya Buddha). Today you drive on Srinagar- Leh highway till Leh. Spectacular and magnificien view of landscape and its 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. After the visit continue drive to Leh via crossing Photo-la. Arrive Leh. Overnight at Hotel in Leh. (3500m)


Day 19: Leh

The day is free for Rest or Shopping. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.


Day 20: Flight Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to Airport to take flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Post Lunch, sightseeing of Old Delhi and New Delhi. Late evening, transfer to International Airport to board return flight for your home country.


Day 21: Departure



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