trekking in ladakh & zanskar

The fascinating mosaic created by the wondrous natural wealth of Ladakh and Zanskar offers you numerous trails that traverse this absorbing hi-altitude desert region. High mountain passes, towering barren mountain ridges, deep river valleys with yawning canyons, vast sweeping plateaux sustaining incredibly beautiful wild flowers co-existing with the normal shrub and remarkable wind sculpted rock hills make this a trekkers paradise. It is here in this captivating land that Tsarap Adventures Zanskar offers you great treks and adventures.

Chadar Trek: 15 Days The word " Chadar " means " white sheet or blanket ". And that's what it appears like when you walk over the white frozen Zanskar river. This trek though a demanding one gives you all the thrills of a great adventure. Temperatures can plummet to as low as -30° and even though you walk through amazing landscape you have to be prepared for a really cold experience of course kept warm by glowing fires which we light up each evening at camp...
TT 1: Likir 3500m / 11,480ft - Temisgam 3200m / 10,500ft: 3 Days A two hour drive gets us to Likir on the Leh - Srinagar Highway situated on the banks of the Likir Tokpo. The trail goes through stunning moonscape, valleys and sparkling streams and crosses two passes affording excellent views of the Zanskar ranges. The trek ends at Temisgam a prosperous village with green fields and white washed houses.
TT 2: Likir 3500m / 11,480ft - Khaltse: 6 Days This small village on the Leh - Srinagar highway is basically an extension of the Likir - Temisgam trek with the same mesmerising landscape.
TT 3: Lamayuru 3450m / 11.320ft to Alchi 3150m / 10,340ft over Tar La pass: 5 - 6 Days 124 Kms. west of Leh on the Leh Srinagar highway stands the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery. The trail goes along a stream below this awesome Gompa to Wanla village from where it continues over the Prinkiti La at 3700m / 12,410ft and the 5200m / 17,060 ft high Tar La. Excellent views and quaint villages on the route.
TT 4: Sabu - Khalsar in Nubra Valley: 7 Days

It's a 3 hour walk to Sabu village with its stately poplar trees. From here the trail heads uphill and crossing a sturdy bridge goes through lush pastures and then beside a sparkling stream. The Digar La at 5250m / 17,220ft has to be crossed before emerging into the picturesque Nubra Valley. An extremely scenic trail giving you views of towering snow clad mountains, vast plateaus and the Shyok river valley.

TT 5: Stok - Martselang: 5 Days

This enchanting trail heads south east from Stok and goes over the Shang La at 4950m / 16,236ft and along the periphery of the Markha valley towards the charming village of Martselang close to the main Manali - Leh highway and the small hamlet of Karu.

TT 6: Spituk 3200m / 10,500ft to Stok: 3 - 4 Days

This trail by passes the track to the popular Stok Kangri peak and traverses arid terrain and a few streams and crossing the Stok La 4800m / 15,750ft heads down to Rumbak village and then finally to the Spituk village and its famous monastery. Scenic trail with good views all around of the Ladakh ranges.

TT 7: Markha Valley Trek: 8 - 10 Days

The trail starts from Spituk village and heads towards the Markha village through some of the most scenic areas in Ladakh. A portion of the Hemis High Altitude National Park [4400 Sq.Kms] falls within this route and you are likely to spot Bharal or Blue Sheep and colourful birdlife and certainly the hyperactive marmots. Two passes over 4800m / 15,750ft are crossed besides a few stream and rivers forded as the trail offers you spectacular views of valleys and towering snow clad mountain peaks.

TT 8: Markha Valley - Stok Kangri Expedition: 13 Days

The Stok Kangri a relatively easy mountain peak climb towers at 6250m / 20,506ft and is ideal for the amateur mountaineer and the seasoned trekker. Ice axes and crampons are essentials on this expedition. The trail winds through quaint villages giving you glimpses of the simple Ladakhi lifestyle. A few streams have to be crossed on this trail before you reach the base camp and start the attempt of this glorious peak.

TT 9: Lamayuru - Shang: 12 Days

This trans Ladakh trail starts from Lamayuru and winding through river valleys, gorges and pastures lies sandwiched between the Stok and Ladakh mountain ranges. Going from west to east, the trail affords views of mountain peaks and picturesque villages. The trail finally ends at Shang Sumdo with its typical farmhouses and gurgling irrigation channels flowing through a green inviting meadow. From here Karu on the main highway is a mere 8 Kms.

TT 10: Lamayuru - Darcha: 21 Days

This trail goes through an awesome landscape and involves the crossing of 7 mountain passes and walking through deep river valleys and meadows besides craggy mountain slopes. This is one of the popular trails and gives you interesting views of the typical Zanskari villages and way of life. This trek after crossing the Shingo La at 5100m / 16,278ft emerges into the Lahaul valley of Himachal Pradesh from where its day's drive to the popular hill resort of Manali.

TT 11: Lamayuru - Padum: 11 Days

This is the first part of the Lamayuru Trek to Darcha with 6 passes to be crossed before you reach Padum. Close by is also the spectacularly located Phuktal monastery within an enormous cave. Excellent views of the Zanskar ranges.

TT 12: Nubra Valley (Sabu - Nubra - Phyang): 13 Days

This fascinating trek through the arid region of Leh into the fertile Shyok and Nubra valleys further north gives you insights into two different landscapes. Far to the north you can see the spread of the gigantic Karakorum mountain ranges glistening in the sun, while before you the green patches of the Nubra villages come as welcome relief in an otherwise stark and barren land. This is a circular trek over the Digar La and then back to Phyang near Leh by crossing the Lasirmou La.

TT 13: Lato - Tso Moriri: 15 Days

This trail goes through the pasture regions of Rupshu valley and the periphery of the Changthang plateau to emerge on the shores of the beautiful Tso Moriri lake ringed by rolling golden brown hills. The cobalt blue lake 65 Kms in circumference is one of the largest water bodies in the Rupshu region.

TT 14: Rumtse - Tso Moriri: 9 Days

This equally scenic trail through stark yet beautiful mountains skirts the brackish Tso Kar laTT and then heads on to the larger Tso Moriri laTT. Each day of the trail offers you enthralling views of the surrounding landscape including the sweeping shrub carpeted Changthang plateau home to a number of wild life species including the Tibetan Wild Ass (Kyang), Tibetan Wolf, colonies of marmots and picas, and the ingenious snow leopard. It is here also where the nomadic ChanTTa tribe wander grazing their flocks of Chigu goats.

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