Zanskar – Following the Tsarap Chu


Exploratory trek in Ladakh ! Tsarap river carries glacial affluents from the Rupshu plateau and runs for a few kms along the Manali Leh highway north of the Baralacha Pass before taking a tortuous course through the mountains flowing in the north-west direction. It abruptly turns south through a gorge which at places is as narrow as 3 metres. It flows past the great Phuktal gompa which is constructed within a huge cave in the cliff face, parts of monastery cling precariously to the sheer wall taking advantage of every little projection. It joins the Kargiakh flowing from Shingo-La to form Lugnak which again for much of its length is narrow, rocky and forbidding – the name Lugnak indeed means “dark gorge”. Very little is known about the trail along the Tsarap which at many places has to be crossed on rope bridges. The trek finishes at Karsha outside Padum, the heart of Zanskar.

Day 01:
Board the overnight train departing Delhi at 11:20 pm.

Day 02:
Drive Kiratpur Sahib to Manali 8 hrs.

Day 03:
Drive Manali to Darcha 6 hrs.

Day 04:
Drive Darcha to Sarchu 4 hrs.

Day 05:
Trek to Tsomichik.

Day 06:
Trek Tsomichik – Manali .

Day 07:
Trek Manali- Chhomo Gompa.

Day 08:
Trek Chhomo Gompa – Yaytah.

Day 09:
Trek Yaytah – Phuktal.

Day 10:
Rest day.

Day 11:
Trek Phuktal – Ichar – Pang Pepul.

Day 12:
Drive / trek to Padum.

Day 13:
Karsha. Camp.

Day 14:
Drive Karsha to Kargil.

Day 15:
Drive Kargil to Leh.

Day 16-17:
In Leh.

Day 18:
Fly Leh – Delhi.

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Location: Leh
Duration: 18 Days
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