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Kanji Zangla Trek

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Kanji to Zangla Trek (22 Days / 10 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 9 passes. The highest pass during this trek is Nigutse-la is 5100m.


Day 01: Arrive Delhi

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


Day 02: Flight Delhi – Leh

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



Day 03: Drive Leh – Matho Monastery – Stok Palace– 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 Samkar Monastery in Leh. Overnight at stay at hotel in Leh.


Day 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 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 Guest House in Leh.


Day 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. After that 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. Overnigh 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 (7 hrs)

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 (4200m). 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 (6/7 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 – 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, on hill top with spectacular and imposing view of the Zanskar valley, 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 17: Drive Padum- Sani – Bardan – Dzongkhul – 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 Dzongkhul 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. (3590m)


Day 18: 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 Zanskar valley, Suru valley and its surrounding huge towering magnificient mountain peaks. As usual, morning after breakfast, drive to Kargil. Enroute visit Rangdum monastery. You cross one pass Pentsi-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 at hotel in Kargil. (2900m)


Day 19: Drive Kargil – Mulbek – Leh (225 kms / 7hrs)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Leh via visiting Mulbek Chamba (9m High Rock curved statue of Maitreya Buddha). Today you drive on Srinagar- Leh highway as far as 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 by afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh.


Day 20: Leh

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


Day 21: Flight Leh – Delhi

Early morning transfer to Airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Late evening transfer to International Airport to board flight for your home country.


Day 22: Departure


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Cost with Guesthouse

Cost with A- Category Hotels


02 to 03 Pax

€ 1123 per person

02 to 03 Pax

€ 1257 per person

04 to 06 Pax

€ 1036 per person

04 to 06 Pax

€ 1170 per person

07 to 09 Pax

€ 923 per person

07 to 09 Pax

€ 1058 per person

10 to 12 Pax

€ 858 per person

10 to 12 Pax

€ 986 per person

Single Supplement will be

€ 91

Single Supplement will be

€ 126


Included: A class category guest house with Bed & Breakfast

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


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, mineral water, 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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