Jhunglam trek from Hemis to Padum

list of treks

 

Duration: 10 days
Difficulty: level 4
Distance: 141 km
Max elevation: 5260m
Elevation gain / loss: +4782m / -4895m

 

This trek starts from the famous Hemis monastery, crossing the Kongmaru La to reach the Markha valley. From Tachungtse, you will leave the Markha valley behind and follow a seldom used and demanding path leading to Zangla village and the beautiful Zanskar valley.

 

 

 

Jhunglam trek from Hemis to Padum map

 

 

Jhunglam trek from Hemis to Padum elevation profile, altitude gain loss

 

 

Jhunglam trek from Hemis to Padum in Ladakh

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Hemis - Martselang - Shang Sumdo

 

Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 10.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +283m / -281m

 

- after visiting Hemis gompa, one of the richest and largest gompas in Ladakh walk towards Martselang and Shang Sumdo
- there is a possibility to drive from Hemis to Shang Sumdo by jeep

 

 

Hemis - Martselang - Shang Sumdo

 

 

Day 2: Shang Sumdo - Lartse

 

Time: 5-6 hrs
Distance: 11.0 km
Elevation gain / loss: +914m / -0m

 

- the trail goes along the river in a magnificent valley
- walk through the villages of Chokdo and Chuskurmo before reaching Lartse

 

 

Shang Sumdo - Lartse

 

 

Day 3: Lartse - Kongmaru La - Tachungtse

 

Time: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 11.9 km
Elevation gain / loss: +686m / -904m

 

- climb the Kongmaru La which offers superb view of the Kang Yatse peak
- descend to Nimaling where you find villagers with their livestock and walk further down to Tachungtse

 

 

Lartse - Kongmaru La - Tachungtse

 

 

Day 4: Tachungtse - Yakrupal

 

Time: 5-6 hrs
Distance: 15.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +545m / -313m

 

- pass through the remote Langthang valley to reach Yakrupal

 

 

Tachungtse - Yakrupal

 

 

Day 5: Yakrupal - Zalung Karpo La - Tilat Sumdo

 

Time: 8-9 hrs
Distance: 25.6 km
Elevation gain / loss: +556m / -1488m

 

- cross the Zalung Karpo La and enjoy the spectacular view of Zanskar range and Changthang plateau
- after are several river crossings, a long trail following the Changchu river leads to Tilat Sumdo

 

 

Yakrupal - Zalung Karpo La - Tilat Sumdo

 

 

Day 6: Tilat Sumdo - Charchar La Base Camp

 

Time: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 17.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +706m / -0m

 

- cross the Changchu river and enter into a beautiful narrow valley
- there are several river crossings on the way, follow the canyon until Charchar La base camp

 

 

Tilat Sumdo - Charchar La Base Camp

 

 

Day 7: Charchar La Base Camp - Charchar La - Zangla Sumdo

 

Time: 5-6 hrs
Distance: 11.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +595m / -1187m

 

- walk through spectacular gorges and cross the Charchar La
- steep descent to Zangla Sumdo

 

 

Charchar La Base Camp - Charchar La - Zangla Sumdo

 

 

Day 8: Zangla Sumdo - Zangla

 

Time: 3 hrs
Distance: 7.2 km
Elevation gain / loss: +170m / -338m

 

- short and easy walk to reach Zangla and the Zanskar valley
- Zangla has a small hilltop palace-fortress which can be visited
- homestay possibility in Zangla

 

 

 Zangla Sumdo - Zangla

 

 

Day 9: Zangla - Karsha

 

Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 18.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +250m / -210m

 

- cross the bridge over the Zanskar river near Pishu village
- the trail ascends gradually to Karsha, passing through the village of Rinam
- visit Karsha monastery, the largest and most important monastery in Zanskar, rising almost vertically on a mountainside above the village
- homestay possibility in Karsha

 

 

Zangla - Karsha

 

 

Day 10: Karsha - Padum

 

Time: 3 hrs
Distance: 11.2 km
Elevation gain / loss: +77m / -174m

 

- short and easy walk to Padum, the capital of Zanskar
- possibility to drive from Karsha to Padum
- homestay can be arranged in Padum

 

 

Karsha - Padum

 

 

Getting to / from the trek

 

- it takes one hour to drive from Leh to Hemis (40 km)
- Padum is 450 km from Leh and it is usually covered in two days with an overnight stay in Kargil or Suru valley

 

It is worth taking some extra time to stop and visit the highlights in the area, check the Zanskar and Indus valley tour for more details.

 

 

All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences and abilities. Please contact us for more information.