Zanskar trek from Rangdum to Padum

list of treks

 

Duration: 9 days
Difficulty: level 4
Distance: 128 km
Max elevation: 5019m
Elevation gain / loss: +4163m / -4628m

 

The first part of this trek, between Rangdum and Lingshed, follows a seldom used path through isolated valleys of Zanskar. After visiting the fascinating Lingshed gompa, you will head to Padum, the capital of the region. On the way, you will pass through many charming villages where you will discover the everyday life of the Zanskari people and their unique culture.

 

 

 

Zanskar trek from Rangdum to Padum map

 

 

Zanskar trek from Rangdum to Padum elevation profile, altitude gain loss

 

 

Zanskar trek from Rangdum to Padum in Ladakh

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Rangdum - Junction

 

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 13.2 km
Elevation gain / loss: +239m / -0m

 

- visit the Rangdum gompa before you start the trek
- follow the river up to the junction, you will need to cross the river several times

 

 

Rangdum - Junction of Kanji La and Pikdong La

 

 

Day 2: Junction - Pikdong La - Dibling

 

Time: 8-9 hrs
Distance: 20.3 km
Elevation gain / loss: +752m / -1114m

 

- the climb to the Pikdong La is long and the pass is visible only at the end
- from the pass, enjoy the views of the Zanskar mountains and the Nun-Kun peaks
- the descent to Dibling village is steep and fast

 

 

Junction - Pikdong La - Dibling

 

 

Day 3: Dibling - Lingshed Sumdo

 

Time: 3 hrs
Distance: 9.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +0m / -203m

 

- after an hour walk from Dibling village, enter the gorge leading to Lingshed Sumdo. You will need to cross the river several times

 

 

Dibling - Lingshed Sumdo

 

 

Day 4: Lingshed Sumdo - Lingshed

 

Time: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 11.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +974m / -797m

 

- the climb to Barmi La is long but quite easy
- visit the beautiful monastery of Lingshed. Belonging to the Gelugpa order, it is home to more than 60 monks
- homestay possibility in Lingshed

 

 

Lingshed Sumdo - Lingshed

 

 

Day 5: Lingshed - Hanuma La - Snertse

 

Time: 7-8 hrs
Distance: 17.8 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1119m / -1253m

 

- walk through Lingshed village and move towards the Hanuma La
- you will have a spectacular view from the pass

 

 

Lingshed - Hanuma La - Snertse

 

 

Day 6: Snertse - Purfi La - Hanamur

 

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 12.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +610m / -938m

 

- cross the Purfi La and walk along the Zanskar river up to Hanamur village

 

 

Snertse - Purfi La - Hanamur

 

 

Day 7: Hanamur - Pishu

 

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 15.4 km
Elevation gain / loss: +141m / -150m

 

- follow the Zanskar river
- walk through Pidmo, a tiny village with a few households, before reaching the village of Pishu
- homestay can be arranged in Pishu

 

 

Hanamur - Pishu

 

 

Day 8: Pishu - Karsha

 

Time: 5-6 hrs
Distance: 16.9 km
Elevation gain / loss: +251m / -0m

 

- walk to the village of Karsha
- visit the Karsha gompa, the biggest in Zanskar
- homestay can be arranged in Karsha

 

 

Pishu - Karsha

 

 

Day 9: Karsha - Padum

 

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

 

- easy walk to Padum, the capital of Zanskar
- possibility to drive from Karsha to Padum
- homestay is available in Padum

 

 

Karsha - Padum

 

 

Getting to / from the trek

 

- Rangdum is 350 km from Leh and you can drive there in one long day
- Padum is 450 km from Leh and it is usually covered in two days with an overnight stay in Kargil

 

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.

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