• Summary of Darcha Padum Trek

    Max Altitude: 5090 Mts.
    Best Time: June - Sep
    Difficulty: Tough

    Located on the bank of Bhaga river, Darcha in Lahaul at an elevation of 3,360 meters is a small village that is mostly inhabited by the Himalayan tribes. It is well mentioned in the book ‘Rough Guide to India’ as "a lonely cluster of dry-stone huts and dingy tent camps". The popular Darcha Lamayuru trek is a journey that connects the remote terrains of Himachal Pradesh with the ancient hues of Indo – Tibetans in Lamayuru at Ladakh. The trail passes through a wide barren landscape and cascade of snow fed ranges, high altitude mountain passes and quaint villages.

    Further, it embarks upon the beautiful vicinity of alpine lakes where one can get acquainted with the wild whispers of several Himalayan wildlife, which includes migrating birds endangered animals. Interestingly, this rugged trekking tour to Lamayuru from Darcha will also travel across different high passes including Shingo la 5,090 at meters, Parfi la at 3,950 meters, Hanamun la at 4,800 meters, Sengge la at 5,060 meters, Sirsir la and Prinkti la. The trekking routes also require crossing magnanimous rivers like Chandra, Bhaga, Tsarap, Doda, Zanskar and Indus. The Darcha Lamayuru trek goes deep into the far-flung monasteries and gompas and the major attractions are the Sani Gompa, Mani Gompa, Bardan Gompa, Karsha Gompa, Lingshed Gompa and Lamayuru Gompa.

  • Complete Daywise Itinerary

    Day 01: Arrive Delhi
    where you will be met and transfered to your hotel. (Hotel B&B).

    Day 02: Delhi - Manali (Drive)
    Morning breakfast at hotel and later drive to Manali. Arrive Manali in the late evening and check in at hotel for overnight stay.
    Overnight: Hotel.

    Day 03: Manali
    After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing tour of Manali. Visit the famous Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple and Vasistha hot water spring, Jagatsukh and Tibetan Monastery. Take a stroll on the Mall road of Manali. Return to hotel for overnight stay.
    Overnight: Hotel.

    Day 04: Manali - Darcha (3400 M) 180 kms/5-6 hrs
    In the morning after breakfast drive along the Beas River upstream long the true left bank through the several villages to the  Rohtang pass (4050 m). Down hill drive to the Gramphu and passport check point at Koksar. Reach Keylong the tribal dist.headquarter, 35 kms a head campsite at Darcha. We will camp near the river at Darcha. Overnight in the tent. Overnight: Tents.

    Day 05: Darcha - Palemo (3600m) in 5h 
    Get ready for your day one trek to Palemo. After 30 minutes walk check post is established,  visit the tiny hamlet and continue high over the Zanskar Chhu River through the last village of the valley (Rarick and Chhika) after few hour walk camp site is visible on the right side of the Zanskar Chhu (river). Overnight: Tents.

    Day 06: Palemo - Zanskar Sumdo (3860m) in 5h.
    Gradual walk through the boulders and meadows, shepherds from the Kangra valley can be seen with their flocks. We also have to cross streams twice or thrice enroute. Arrive Zanskar Sumdo (4000 M), a good camping ground for the overnight in the Tent. Overnight: Tents.

    Day 07: Zanskar Sumdo - Chumi Napo (4640m) in 5h.
    Early morning trek from Zanskar Sumdo to Chumi Napo. The route leaves the valley and starts climbing up quite steeply towards the Shingo La pass. Today it's trekking high up on mountain side. First cross the river by a hanging bridge and then steep climb up
    for about an hour and then follow the trek on a narrow valley until you reach Ramjak, a small meadow. Thereafter to Chuminakpo (4800 m). Overnight: Tent.

    Day 08: Chumi Napo - Shingo La (5090m) - Lakham (4470m) in 6h.
    Path leads over moraines, ice chilled stream may have to crossed, over snow and glacier, suddenly prayer flags can be seen flattering over the pass. Descend to the Zanskar valley, before arriving at campsite one have to wade through Kargyak Chhu, beautiful campsite on the bank of Lhakhang Chhu.
    Overnight: Tent.

    Day 09: Lakham - Kurgiak (4050m) in 6h.
    Easy trek beside the right bank of Kargyak Chhu and foot of the Gumboranjom tower; a chilled stream has to cross.  An opportunity to see closely the herds of yaks, Marmots are whistling around the meadow and plays hide and seek.  Long series of Mane wall and Chhorten are a symbol to reach Kurgiak village, it houses a small Gompa on the top of village.
    Overnight: Tents.

    Day 10: Kurgiak - Tetha (3950m), in 7h.
    The trail is now boarded by meadows of flowers and barley fields. Shortens are spread all the way and highlight the religious fervour of the Zanskaris. Overnight: Tents.

    Day 11: Tetha - Purni (3700m), in 2h.
    We visit Phuktal monastery (3850m), perched on the side of an impressive cliff. (4h return journey from Phuktal monastery to Purni.
    Overnight: Tents.

    Day 12: Purni - Ichar (3650m) in 4h.
    Morning breakfast at camp and later we proceed for Purni. It is about 04 hours trek tyo Purni.  Upon arrival we set up the campsite for the overnight stay at Purni. Overnight: Tents.

    Day 13: Ichar - Mune (3900m), in 5h.
    The trail goes up and down along the Tsarap river. On arriving at Mune, we will visit its monastery.
    Overnight: Tents.

    Day 14: Mune - Padum (3600m) in 6h.
    En route we visit Bardan monastery, one of the most important in the area. Overnight in Padum.
    Overnight: Tents.

    Day 15: Padum - Kargil (3700m) by bus.
    After breakfast drive to Kargil. On arrival in Kargil check in to your pre-booked hotel. Wash, change and relax. Have dinner and stay overnight stay at the hotel. Overnight: Hotel.

    Day 16: Kargil - Leh (3500m / 229 Km) 
    After breakfast check out the hotel and start drive to Leh. Arrive Leh and check in at hotel. In the evening take a walking tour to see the colourful market of Leh town. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel.

    Day 17: Leh - Delhi (Flight)
    Early morning transfer to Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi and meet tour representative and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Overnight: Hotel.

    Day 18: Delhi Departure
    In time departure to international airport of Delhi to board the flight to you onward destination.

    Tour and Services Ends here.

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