Takeover Point: Manali
Season: May to October
Grade : Moderate
1: Takeover from AIRPORT - Most
international flights lands in night- we provide
takeover from airport and shift to hotel. Take
rest. If you are coming from DOMESTIC FLIGHT-
you can reach CHANDIGARH same day.
2: Reaching CHANDIGARH - In moderate
traffic of DELHI- it can take 5-6 hrs in reaching
CHANDIGARH. Chandigarh is modern and planned city
of INDIA. Do have a visit in evening at internationaly
famous ROCK GARDEN,ROSE GARDEN and SUKHNA LAKE.
3: Reaching MANALI- We start travel after
breakfast and very soon we find ourselves in VALLE
OF GODS- this is famous KULLU VALLEY.
4: Rest Day - We suggest you to take
local walking in mountain as this willhelp you
in getting acclimitized to mountain air.
5: Traveling to KEYLONG
28 kms .
Darcha is the last inhabited village of Lahaul
on this route. It serves as base camp for hiking,
trekking and mountaineering expeditions. Campsite
is available on the left bank of Barsi river.
Mules/pack animals can be arranged at this place.
Lot of bargaining.
Trek along Manali- Leh highway. Scenery becomes
desotaete. PWD rest house at Patseo.
12 kms One may follow the road or take
short cuts. The sceneary resembles monoscape.
Upto Shaur the road is metalled. From there follow
the unmetalled road on the right bank upto Purthi.
Forest rest house is available there. The trek
becomes greener from Udaipur onwards. Good patches
of conifer forests and alpine meadows can be seen
Day 10: Purthi-Cherri/Sach Khas,
Just for a km or so follow the right bank of the
river till you reach the bridge across Chenab
or Chandrabhaga. Now onwards the track is along
the left bank. Just short of Sach Khas there is
a bridge across the river. If you plan to stay
in the rest house at Cherri, cross it to reach
the right bank. Otherwise continue journey.
11 : ZingZingbar (4150m)-Kinlung Sarai (4460m),
Follow the highway to cross Baralacha La. Baralacha
La is a double pass to the east and south. The
lower pass at 4891 m in twice as high as the highest
mountain in Australia and more than Mont Blanc--the
highest mountain in Europe. Just below 16000 feet
is a blue water tarn, the Suraj Taal. From top
follow the left bank of the Yunam river. Lingo
Plain starts from Kinlung. Kinlung offers good
campsite with pastures and a brook.
12: Kinlung Sarai-Debni,
At Kinlung leave the bridge on the fight. Continue
along the right bank of Lingti Chhu. The route
continues over the plain into the valley, then
gradually uphill towards the Phirtse La. The valley
is sandy. After fording some side streams and
up and down walking you reach Debni. Choose campsite
on the basis of available water.
13: Debni-Chhumik Marpo,
Cross four canyons and ford the river. After the
plateau the valley narrows and the track is along
mountainside. Cross Kamirup and Trukker rivers
to camp foot of the pass.
14: Chhumik Marpo-Western slope camp,
It is difficult to find the trail. Once in the
grassy patch, will locate it without mistake.
Fine walk over Phirtse-La, 5435 m Climb down is
steep. At the end of the slope, continue on the
path that leads to the river. Go over to the left
bank and camp in the wide open area some 50 m
above the river.
The path leads away from this river. The gorges
make going difficult for animals. Another minor
pass is crossed to reach the first inhabited village
in the Zangskar valley since Darcha. Also refer
Keylong to Padum Over Shinkun La..
Follow the right bank for 2 hrs to reach table.
Another half hour's walk brings you to a small
village Tanze. A short distance from Tanze, cross
the bridge to follow the left bank. Before village
Karu, once again there is some climb but beyond
Karu an excellent path gently leads to the beautiful
village of Teta. Teta was the seat of Teta Thakur
during the reign of Zangskar king. There is a
ruin of a fort believed to be of the king of Zangskar.
Follow the left bank. Pass village Jal followed
by steep descent towards a bridge which you cross
to reach Purne. Leave horses in Purne and climb
into the splendid gorges of Tsarap river. About
2 hrs. trekking brings you to a ledge which leads
to the small plateau on which the famous Phulktul
monastery is built. This gompa is "like a
honey comb, cut into a rock under a giant grotto..."
The gompa was founded by Gangsam Sherap. In the
caves over the monastery there is a water hole
Whose water level never changes. This gurgling
Spring is out of bounds to women. You may also
see the stone tablet left by the Hungarian historian
Alexander Cosma de Koros who stayed at the gompa
over the winter of t825-1826. The gompa belongs
to the Gelukpas, the yellow hats.
From Purne go back down, cross the bridge and
follow the left bank. The trail over hangs Tsarap
and is hard going. Leave behind the villages of
Cha, Kaydang, Hamuni and Surle. Then cross a big
bridge to reach Ichar. Way to Ichar is difficult
for trekkers and horses. Good campsite.
Gradually climb to a major tributary. Descent
down to Reru. From Reru the trail becomes rich
in flowers upto Mune. Camp opposite Mune gompa.
One trek from this village leads to Pangi valley
From the gompa climb down a steep incline to the
main track. Two hrs. trek brings you to Bardan
gompa a kagyud-pa gompa famous for its 180 cm
high mani prayer wheel. From this place a dusty
motorable road leads to Padum (3650 m) Bardan
gompa was founded by Shabdru, who also founded
Hemis gompa in Ladakh and later went to Bhutan.
Padum is the administrative headquarters of Zangskar.
Palace of the king of Zangskar is in ruins destroyed
by the Dogras.
21: Reaching LEH
22: Fly out from LEH to DELHI