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Trek from Rangdum to Lamayuru, Ladakh
Woman crossing a bridge, trek from Rangdum to Lamayuru, Ladakh

Rangdum to Lamayuru trek via Kanji La

Duration: 7 days
Difficulty: level 3
Distance: 94 km
Max elevation: 5246m
Elevation gain / loss: +3724m / -4385m

This trek is perfect for those who want to get off the beaten path. The trek goes through isolated valleys and crosses 3 high altitude passes. During the last 2 days, the trail passes through charming villages tucked away in the mountains.

Rangdum to Lamayuru trek via Kanji La map Rangdum to Lamayuru trek via Kanji La elevation profile, altitude gain loss
Rangdum to Lamayuru trek via Kanji La in Ladakh

Itinerary

Day 1: Rangdum - Junction

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

- visit the monastery of Rangdum before starting the trek
- easy walk along the river, a few river crossings before reaching the junction
Rangdum - Junction of Kanji La and Pikdong La

Day 2: Junction - Kanji La - River Kong Nullah

Time: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 10.8 km
Elevation gain / loss: +977m / -966m

- follow the trail to the left of the gorge and climb gradually to the Kanji La
- there is a spectacular view of the Nun-Kun peaks from the pass
Junction - Kanji La - River Kong Nullah

Day 3: River Kong Nullah - Kanji

Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 12.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +0m / -427m

- walk along the river, the scenery gets impressive with soaring rock walls and colourful mountains
- homestay can be arranged in Kanji
River Kong Nullah - Kanji

Day 4: Kanji - Yokma La - Shillakong

Time: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 11.8 km
Elevation gain / loss: +924m / -672m

- from Kanji, cross the bridge and follow the left bank of the river along a beautiful gorge
- cross the Yokma La and descend to Shillakong
Kanji - Yokma La - Shillakong

Day 5: Shillakong - Nyigutse La - Hanupatta

Time: 8-9 hrs
Distance: 18.9 km
Elevation gain / loss: +992m / -1382m

- steep climb to cross the Nyigutse La and follow the trail to the village of Hanupatta
- homestay is available in Hanupatta
Shillakong - Nyigutse La - Hanupatta

Day 6: Hanupatta - Wanla

Time: 5 hrs
Distance: 17.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +0m / -569m

- walk down along the river, the trail passes through the village of Phenjila before reaching Wanla
- homestay possibility in Wanla
Hanupatta - Wanla

Day 7: Wanla - Prinkti La - Lamayuru

Time: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 9.1 km
Elevation gain / loss: +592m / -369m

- follow the gorge and cross the Prinkti La
- visit Lamayuru monastery
Wanla - Prinkti La  - Lamayuru

Getting to / from the trek

- Rangdum is 350 km from Leh and you can drive there in one long day
- it takes 3 hours to drive from Lamayuru to Leh (115 km)

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.