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Lamayuru to Darcha trek is one of the most famous treks which connect Ladakh (Leh), Zanskar (Padum) and Himanchal (Darcha). Lamayuru to Darcha Trek is challenging trek since 7 passes have to cross among which Shingo-La (5090 m) is the highest one and is suitable for adventure seekers. Lamayuru to Darcha trek is different and involves the memorable experience of the unexplored land of Lamayuru and Zanskar regions. 

Start from the Lamayuru, the trek begins by visiting the oldest monastery in Ladakh, Lamayuru monastery and end in the Darcha of Himalanchal region. Lamayuru to Darcha Trekking trail passes through isolated and unexplored villages, offers the chance to visit most famous and remote monasteries, goes along and crossing several rivers, gorges and shepherds pasture lands, adds adventure by climbing beautiful snow covered passes with magnificent panoramic views of great Himalayan ranges. In gist, this trek offers almost all the experiences that Ladakh has to offer. 



Upon arrival at Delhi International Airport or railway station meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. After check into the hotel, our representative will brief the program shortly. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Delhi. 

Early morning after breakfast drive to Delhi airport and fly to Leh. Upon arrival at Leh Airport, our representative will meet you and transfer to the hotel. Room check-in is followed by the welcome drink. After lunch, you can take rest for acclimatization or can visit Leh Market, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. Overnight in Leh. 

After breakfast, we drive towards Lamayuru, en route visit Liker and Alchi Monasteries. After then continue to Lamayuru. Upon arrival visit oldest monastery of Ladakh, Lamayuru monastery and explore the village. Overnight in camp or guest house.

Today is our first trek day. After breakfast, we get ready and walk down along the stream for some time and gradually ascend to the Prikiting La (3750). From the top, we will enjoy the wonderful view of surrounding mountains. After then we gradually descend down along the gorge till Shilla Village and then to Wanla. Evening relax or can go for exploring Wanla Gompa. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast, we take an easy walk following left bank of the river crossing the Tarklak village till we met the junction. We take a right-hand side from there and follow the river. The trail becomes more challenging ahead to reach Hanupatta. We have to pass through the narrow gorge and cross the bridges where great care has to be taken for walking and especially for heavily laden ponies. Finally, we reach Hanupatta. Overnight in camp. 

Today we have to cross the Sirsir La. After breakfast, early in the morning we begin the trek following the river and the valley for some time. After then we ascend the steep trail to Sirsir La from where we can have a beautiful view of Zanskar range as well as the pass the Singge La (5090 m). After crossing the pass, we follow the stream that leads us to the campsite in the Photoksar village. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast, we walk down the village and then start easy ascend to the small pass of Boumiktse La (4200m) and after then we reach the wide valley Lush Photang. Passing through the pasture land, enjoying the scenic beauty, crossing the small streams we again ascend the Sengge La or the Lion pass (5090 m). From the top, we descend down to the Singge La base. Overnight in camp.

Today we walk above the Zanskar River where the hills take greener and gentler formations and cross the Kyukpa La (4430m). We descend from the pass following the deep zigzag trail to the Skyumpata village. From here we again climb up an easy way to the Margum La (4400m) and descend down to Lingshed village. We camp just by the monastery which belongs to the order Gelugpa and dwellings around of 60 monks. Overnight in camp. 

Today is a long walking day but easy. After breakfast, we walk down the stream through the green fields passing some up and down curves. From here we ascend the Hanuma La (4800m) and have the first and good view of Lingshed valley. We descend down along the stream and finally reach the Snyertse. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast, we begin the journey crossing the stream and ascend the small pass Parfi La (3950m). From the pass, we can see the beautiful view of the valley, Oma Chu River. Today we may encounter with wildlife, the majestic bear, Himalayan blue sheep and other species. From the pass, we descend down to the Zanskar River and follow the trail along it to the Hanamur village. Overnight in camp. 

Today is easy and comparatively short trek day. After breakfast, we trek along the plain and barren of Zanskar River to the Pishu village passing through the Pidmo village. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast, we walk along the Zanskar River and reach the Rinam Village situated on the river bank. From there we can have an attractive view of the beautiful monastery of Tongda. We continue to the Karsha and set the camp on river bank just below the Karsha Monastery. We spend rest day by exploring the village and visiting Karsha monastery which was founded in 10th century AD and is located on the hillside with an attractive sight of the full valley. It is the largest monastery of the Gelukpa sect in Ladakh. Overnight in camp. 

Today is short and easy trek day and also offer adequate time to visit religious monuments in Pipiting village and in Padum. After breakfast, we walk easy but dusty path to Pibiting village and then continue to the Padum. Padum is a headquarter of Zanskar region and centre of activities of the valley. We can purchase local food and items, and can visit Sani and Stakrimo monasteries around Padum. Today we spend a night in the hotel and refresh ourselves.   

Today is our rest day. We can spend the day either recharging our energy and relaxing whole day or exploring Padum and monasteries around. Overnight in hotel. 

Today after breakfast we walk full day on the road in parallel to and upstream the Zanskar River. On the way we can see the Bardan Gompa located just above the river. It is associated with the Drukpa order of monastery and famous for its beauty. After then we reach Mune village and visit Gompa over there. From Mune we walk ahead for few hours and reach at Reru village. Overnight in camp. 

Today we follow many up and down traverse along the river. After crossing the main tributary beyond Reru, it’s a small walking distance before a slow drop to the main valley. After that we follow the river and reach at Ichar village. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast we trek towards Purne crossing the streams many times, through deep gorge, passing small villages. The trail from Ichar is quite tricky for horses and passing through the wonderful gorge adds thrill. From Char village we follow the north path and reach at Purne village. Overnight in camp. 

Today we visit Phuktal Monastery. After breakfast we follow the right side of the river Tsarap passing through grand gorges. After short walk we come across a small plateau and reach at Phuktal Gompa. It is on the cliff, with the chief assembly half curve hanging out of the caves. It is one of most famous monasteries in Ladakh region founded in 11th century. After visiting monastery we trek back to camp. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast we start trek passing the bridge in the gorge and then walk along the right bank of the river passing through Tetha village and Tangzen village. From here we climb gently to reach Tabley. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast we ascend to the Kurgiakh (4050 m) which is the peak enduring settlement in the Zanskar area. From there we climb up the majestic rock tower, Gumburanjon cliff and then reach at the amazing yak grazing pasture land which is known as Lakung. Overnight in camp.

Today is quite hard trek day as we have to cross the Shingo La and it takes great energy. After good breakfast, early morning we walk along the river for few miles and then ascend to Shingo la which takes few hours to reach at top. From the top we enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Himalaya’s ranges. We descend steep path which is little bit difficult. Passing through the shepherds’ huts at Chumik we reach at Ramjak. Overnight in camp. 

After breakfast we continue the trek along the stream on same direction. The trail is easy and flat till the Zanskar Sumdo. After then the steep path lead us to the Palamo. Overnight in camp.

Today is the last day of our trek. After breakfast we begin short walk passing through the villages of Chhika and Rarig, and amazing gorge path we finally reach at motorable road. From there we drive to Darcha Sumdo and then to Manali. Overnight in Manali.

Early morning we drive from Manali to Delhi. We enjoy the good scenery and landscapes during drive and the road passes through many towns and cities. After 12 hours long and scenic drive we finally reach Delhi. Overnight in a hotel at Delhi.

After breakfast you are free till departure. If time permits you can do shopping nearby. Our representative will transfer you to the airport on time for onward journey. 


    Price Includes:

    • All transportation by Toyota Qualis, Innova or Scorpio
    • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Delhi, Leh and Manali at 3 star hotel with breakfast
    • Accommodation during the trek is in tent or guesthouse.
    • All meals during trek
    • Two men tent, Kitchen and dining tents.  
    • Kitchen equipments. 
    •  Stool, Table and mattresses.  
    • Food veg and non-veg. 
    • Cook, helper and guide. 
    • Horsemen and horses for luggage 
    • Permit, Monument entrances, wildlife fees and camping charges
    • All government taxes and service charge

    Price Excludes:

    • International airfare
    • Delhi to Leh airfare
    • Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing.
    • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
    • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
    • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated).
    • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond the control.

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Annapurna round trek was well organized by Raj from BDEx. Gide Amrit Pandey is very skilled and intelligent. Weather on the trek was rather different so we were about ready to turn back from Pissang. Nevertheless next day was clean and we immediately decided to continue. Finally we did Thorang La 5416 m. On the way we saw many people coming back because of deep snow. I am happy that we were lucky to pass Thorang La on second day after it was opened. Many thanks for the trip to BDEx and my guide!!!

Mikhail Grevtsev

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