Total Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days (Ex Leh)
Maximum Altitude: 3500 m. / 11,400 ft.
Grade: Moderate to Challenging
Best Season: January to February
Accommodation: Hotel/Guesthouse in Leh; Organized Campsite
Food – On trek: All meals included
Distance: 55-60 Kms.
Altitude 11,500 ft. Keep your woollen cap and gloves handy at Airport.
Orientation & Briefing of the trek at 12:00 noon (Mandatory)
Check in Hotel (10:00 am)
Bring a copy of ID proof and 2 photographs. If Foreigner, a copy of passport and visa.
Network is available (only post-paid)
ATM is available.
Visit of any very high altitude place or pass is not advisable.
Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited.
Spend the day in the room itself to acclimatize. (Sufficient time would be given for visiting market and
nearby places) Spend the day in the room itself to acclimatize to the high altitude. This is absolutely
necessary and is most important for the days ahead. Overnight in the hotel
Situated at an altitude of 3500m, the day will be spent soaking in the sights and sounds of Leh while
at the same time, getting the body acclimatized to the oxygen levels. The Shanti Stupa and Leh
market square will give you a good feel of the surroundings and the people. Get outside to stay
acquainted with the temperature. Explore market and get your any missing stuff from the market
Medical Check-up Day/Acclimatization Day. You can go around for sightseeing, but going at high
altitude pass is not recommended. You need to perform your medical check-up in LEH as per new
Govt regulations. You need to be physically fit for this trek.
Leh – Chilling – Bakula – Gyalpo (Drive/3-4 hrs & Trek/2 hr)
11,500ft to 10,390ft. Stay in tent.
We start off from Leh and head out towards the start point of our trek at Gyalpo. En route, we will
pass Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus rivers just
before Nimu. Once past Chilling, we arrive at Bakula. You will commence 2 hour trek till Gyalpo. We
take our first baby steps on the frozen river, so be prepared for some slips and falls! Walking in
gumboots too will take a while, so be patient as it’s only your first day for long trek. We start off along
the left bank, past the cascading waters of the Zanskar river and frozen waterfalls until we set up
camp at Gyalpo. Our camp site is on a piece of flat land high above, giving you a stunning view of
bend of the river.
10,390ft to 10,760ft. Stay in tent.
Rising early would have its perks as the sun comes out from behind the mountains and lights up the
valley. It will also help your body get used to the cold. Aching bones, if any, will be sorted by some
scrumptious breakfast as the Zanskar comes to life with the rising sun. A relatively easy day of
walking past higher waterfalls will get you to Tibb Cave, which lies at the intersection of two valleys.
An evening walk down any one of them can make for good exploration.
10,760ft to 11,100ft. Stay in tent.
It’s the most eagerly awaited day, especially because en route Nyerak – the first village of Zanskar –
is a stunning frozen waterfall. While the ones you have seen so far are from high up, this one is also
several feet in length which makes it one of the most picturesque sights on the trek. Just ahead of it is
Nyerak, and while we camp by the river, a short walk early next morning will take you back to
civilization for the first time in almost a week. At Nyerak, you can treat yourself to some goodies from
the local shop and interact with the residents there, who are more than happy to indulge in a good
11,100ft to 10,760ft. Stay in tent.
After four days of walking on ice, you will now be an expert. So feel free to look around and soak in
the surroundings. There’s a good chance of spotting Ibex and Bharal a Blue Sheep on the high
slopes, and if you’re lucky, even a snow leopard walking along the ridge. Also look out for birds such
as Lammergeyers and Choughs sailing high above the valley. It’s the longest day of the trek through
narrow gorges, which means climbing up a short distance by the bank of the river in places where a
solid walking surface is unavailable.
10,760ft to 10,500ft. Stay in Guest house.
Way back is tiring at the same time very interesting. After 5 days in this chilling region you get use to
this environment. Snap shots of your favourite place, lying on the bed of ice, sharing your experience
are the memories of trek.
We make our way back along the same way that we came, giving you the opportunity to soak in the
sights that you probably missed. Trekkers along the way are sure to check with you on the route
ahead, so be prepared to play guide and share your experiences.
Price: INR 22,500/- + GST 5 % per Person (Indian National).
Good trekking shoes.
UV rays protected sunglasses.
Torch/ Head torch.
Sunscreen/ SPF 40-70
Medicines that you usually use.