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ZANSKAR SHUN SHADAY TREKKING

Destination Covered: Leh | Lamayuru | Kanji | Lingshed | Zanskar | Shun shaday |Barandinala
Days: 24

Shun Shaday trek is one of the most Challenging trek which is not just a trek but also offers you with occasion to discover ancient Monasteries of Ladakh and Zankar, Buddhist Monks &typical Himalayan Villages.This trip takes you through some of the important regions as it starts from Ladakh, goes through Zanskar and ends in Himachal Pradesh.

3 Important regions in this trek:

Ladakh:
The land of passes takes you to discover some of it's important monasteries like Alchi; worldly known for it's ancient Persian arts and paintings, Lamayuru for it's moonland escape.
Zanskar:
is the treasure house of Buddhist monasteries and known for it's typical villages. Westerners are fantasize for it's virgin beauty and untouched tradition.
Himachal Pradesh:
This is very different from Ladakh&Zanskar as Himachal is touched by monsoon and all around is lush green pine trees where as other two regions are arid & wild .

Day 01: Leh to Delhi

Airport our representative would assist you at the Airport & transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at Leisure & Acclimatization.

Day 02: Leh

Sightseeing East Indus Valley (Shey,Thiksay,Hemis)

Day 03:Leh to Kanji (140km/6hrs walk)

Morning after breakfast you will drive to Kanji village. On the way you will visit Alchi and Lamayuru Monastery. You will have the lunch in a restaurant in Khaltse village.

LAMAYURU:

The Lamayurumonastery was originally founded by the famous Indian scholar, Naropa (956-1041 AD). Allegedly, he caused a lake to dry up which had previously filled the valley. However, the oldest surviving building at Lamayuru is a temple called Seng-ge-sgang which is attributed to the famous monk-builder, RinchenZangpo. During the time when General Zorawar Singh, invaded Ladakh from Kashmir, the monks smuggled all the valuable works of art out of the monastery and hid them in the mountains until the invaders went back to Kashmir. They then brought them back to the monastery and are there to this day. Lamayuru belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism, and in the past housed up to 400 lamas. Today there are about 50 lamas living here. In the 16th century Ladakh's king, JamyangNamgyal, was cured of leprosy by a lama from Tibet. In gratitude, the king gave the gompa to this lama and also bestowed other privileges. No taxes were to be collected, and the area surrounding the monastery was declared a sanctuary where no-one could be arrested. This is why today Ladakh still refers to Lamayuru as Tharpa Ling, "THE PLACE OF FREEDOM".

ALCHI:

The temples here are among the most important in the whole of Ladakh. They were built by the great translator, RinchenZangpo (958-1055 AD). The wall paintings are some of the oldest surviving in Ladakh, and it also has some massive statues of Buddha, which show Kashmiri influence in their artistic style. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is quite fantastic to think that these incredible temples have survived a thousand years and escaped destruction by ravaging armies and the occasional Himalayan earthquake. In the evening you will meet the trekking staff like horseman, cookhelpers. Overnight inCamp.

Day 04: Kanji to Kanji la Base (5250mtrs/6-7hrs. walk)

Today is the first day trek of your long trek. Morning after breakfast you will start your trek with guide. Today is easy day trek. On the way you will cross some water. There is opportunity to visit nomadic camp. Walk along Kanji valley before you reach to the base of Kanji la Pass. Camp at this side of the base of Kanji Pass.

Day 05: Kanji-la base - Kanji-la Base (5150mtrs/5-6hrs.)

Today you will cross the first pass of your trek. It will be a hard day via crossing Kanjila. You have to start early in the morning because there are long way to climb. It will take around 3 hours to reach at the top of pass. From the top you will see the beautiful Nun Kun peak, Ladakh range and Zanskar range. After that you will have long decent till the river bank of Rangdum River. Overnight camp at the bank of Rangdum River.

Day 06: Trek Sumdo - via Pudzongla (5020m) to Dipling village.

Morning after the breakfast crossing the river walk right side of valley to three hours.From their trun to Pudzongla pass. View of Dipling valley from pass long walk down till Diplingvillage. And just before the village you will see nice camp side near Stream River. It is now only a two hour descent to the valley some 900m/3,000 feet below. Leaving the pass, snow slopes and then rocks lead to a gulch down which the zigzag path brings you out past fantastic rock walls and towers on either side to the wide valley. We should say here also that the views from the Pudzong La are superb - snowy peaks in every direction, though it may be cold and windy and you may wish to hurry on. The camp is amongst an area of clumpy small trees and bushes with fabulous views. Ahead and framed at the end of the valley is a distant pointed rock peak. It chance we saw wolf tracks early on in the day. Overnight in camp.

Day 07: Trek Dipling village to Sumdo(3870mtr. /5hrs. walk)

Leaving camp, you stroll easily down the left-hand side of the valley past some deserted houses and some unworked fields before coming to the river entering from the left. Here you have the choice of either wading across (carrying your dry walking boots, obviously) or perhaps riding across on a horse, if one can be made available from the pack animals. Another hour from here brings you to the pretty village of Dibling where there are some 14 houses and a gompa. The monastery, as with virtually all Ladakhi villages, sits above the village and it is well worth the walk up to have a look around. It is a Yellow Hat temple, whose main figures are Shakyamuni Buddha, Chenrizig, Maitreya (Buddha of the future), and Zongkhapa (founder of the Gelukpa Yellow Hat Sect). Leaving the village, you follow a relatively newly-built footpath and after a while some parts of the path are exposed. One the way you have to walk along the dipling the and cross the river several times. After that you will camp on a lovely area overlooking the river below next to a river coming in from the left. The Ladakhi word for river junction is "Sumdo", hence this is the first Sumdo which is base camp of Barmila pass. Overnight in camp.

Day 08: Cross Barmila pass (4640mtrs.) and Trek to Lingshed 4010mtrs. /7hrs.walk)

It is just over three hours to the pass and an easy gradual path until the last 300 meters which is a little steeper. There are one or two places where you would not want to slip on the narrow path! Looking back, the views are inspiring - ranges of snow peaks. As you get higher, the trail turns to the left and then again to the right. The pass itself is broad, with chortenand prayer flags. It is such a thrill to get to the pass and look down into the valley containing the village and monastery of Lingshed, and the peaks marching off into the far distance. It is a long and hot descent, but the views go on improving of Lingshed and its wonderful monastery. You now drop right down past houses and fields to climb back up again to reach the monastery and the camp site just above that. You will feel pretty flaked out by the time you get to camp. Overnight in camp.

Day 09: Cross the Murgumlapass(4370mtrs.), and Kiupala pass (4450mtrs.) and continue to Youlchung. (7hrs. walk)

The path winds its way from the monastery, climbing steadily under huge rock walls to a chorten which you reach after 30 minutes. Great views of the whole valley from here, and then you continue to climb to another large chorten, which is not actually quite a pass, and it is an hour or so from camp to this point. So it is only about an hour and a half to the MurgumLa(4370mtrs.) and from here you look down into a deep valley with a small hamlet at the bottom and a steep mountainside blocking the way forward. Look closely, and you will see the path zigzagging straight up this to the Kiupa La Pass. The village, or hamlet, at the bottom is Kyumpata. First though, you have to drop right down to the river, (4,040m/13,254ft.). This is three to three and a half hours from Lingshed. Just before reaching the river, there is a nice little shelter with a small shop attached. Having crossed the river, you then start the long haul over the Kiupa La Pass. Take it slowly; you've got plenty of time. . It is almost like a secret path and brings you out above the village of Yulchung. Coming down towards Yulchung, you see only one large house standing above a patchwork of fields, and above it there is a small temple built near the top of a pile of rock which clearly drops into a gorge on the other side. Overnight in camp.

Day 10: Youlchung to Base camp Labarla(4700mtrs.) via Nerak village(3470mtrs.) and Zanskar River.

Physically, this must be one of the hardest days on the trek, but one that will also give you one of the greatest senses of achievement. The day starts easily, traversing above the fields to the large house ahead of you. As you get close to the house, you come into view of the other houses that comprise Yulchung. They are equally magical. You may well indeed get invited into the large house which is a truly beautiful example of a typical Ladakhi village farmhouse. It has a particularly impressive shrine room, and large kitchen. Behind the house, the path rises easily to a col which looks down into a dizzying gorge. Your path undulates along a broad "shelf" of rolling hillsides which are basically the top of your side of this stupendous gorge. The path takes you to a small pass, the Chuchokhuri La (4,005m/13,140ft). It is about an hour and a half to here. There now follows a steep descent to the Zanskar River far below, and the path is a series of zigzags virtually all the way down. As you get lower, you will be able to see the river which is a very pretty color of turquoise blue, twisting its way through its own gorges. You come to the ancient wooden cantilevered bridge high above the river which is crossed. It is actually only about 2 hours from camp to this point. You now have the big climb in front of you! It takes approximately an hour to get to the village of Nyerak and actually the main village is just below a small temple. From here, you just have to grit your teeth, put yourself on autopilot, and trek slowly upwards. It is one of those paths where you think the camp must be after the next rise, only to find that it isn't. Console yourself with the thought that it will make things so much easier tomorrow to start from a high camp. At one point you follow a disused watercourse, and an even better consolation is to stop, turn round and admire the absolutely fantastic views back the way you have come from Yulchung. Overnight in camp.

Day 11: Cross the Murgumlapass(4370mtrs.), cross the trek Base Labarla to NamtseSumdo(3810mtrs.) via Labarla pass(4925mtrs. /7hrs. walk)

You are now heading down into the depths between imposing rocky mountains, scree slopes on either side, made all the more dramatic by the feeling complete remoteness. You head over a small pass wondering what might be on the other side as the impending cliffs look like they will block the way forwards. Reaching this pass, mountains with gigantic contorted strata lay ahead and there is a steep narrow descent between two unusual white cliffs. It looks like the gods have literally torn the two cliffs in half. It takes a little under four hours to be between the jaws of these two cliffs. Having passed through, you find yourself suddenly out of the mountains and into a sharp valley with a river running in its flat base. There are the usual stunted willow and bushes, and on either side there are eroded conglomerate strata very often shaped as pinnacles with large improbable boulders perched on the tops of the pinnacles. You wander happily down the valley to find even more weird pinnacles the further down you go.
All of a sudden, you come to a very narrow gorge and there is a steep rock step to clamber up. This is possible for horses, but really it is advisable that they take the route through the river which lies below you. Your path is occasionally one of those ones that is very narrow where you need to place one foot in front of the other carefully. Some places you can look down on the horses in the river below. Further on the horses pass through an incredible canyon, barely one animal-width, with completely vertical sides. It is, maybe, 200 yards long and an incredible natural feature. The river, of course, flows through it. Your path takes you over the top and, coming down the other side; you traverse past some amazing slabs of rock: smooth, flat, gigantic, coming straight out of the earth. A little further on from this is a place where stone steps have been built up a short cliff. It may be possible to get the baggage animals up these steps without unloading them, though it may be necessary to unload and manhandle their baggage past this point. It is not an easy place. Finally, you leave the electric gorges and pass down the valley, avoiding if you can, the temptation to stop at one or two of the possible sites before NamtseSumdo. It is a long day, but the adrenalin and excitement should keep you going. Overnight in camp.

Day 12: Cross Namtse la pass(4430mtrs.) descend to Honia(3525mtrs./6hrs. walk)

Another wonderfully interesting day. It is a steep little pull up out of the camp to a tiny "pass". This takes less than ten minutes. Beyond stretches a delightful small valley no more than three or four hundred yards across. Again, grand scenery - giant cliffs. It is stony underfoot nearly all the way down and care needs to be taken as there is potential for ankle twisting in this section. So, it is about 3 hours to the pass and now it is about 3 hours down to the road, including a brief stop for lunch. As you get closer to the bottom of the gorge, there are phenomenally impressive 1,000 - 1,500 ft high vertical walls on the right. Honia is a place with one house and a lot of stone-built yak pens. Just as you get out of the gorge, there is a well-built wolf/bear trap. Quite suddenly, in fact, you come out of the confines of the gorge, and the Zanskar valley and river is spread out below. You have arrived at the Kingdom of Zanskar! After so long in remote and uninhabited country, it is a bit of a shock to see a road again. Overnight camp in Honia.

Day 13: Honia to Zangla .(4hrs. walk)

This day you can start little because of short day trek and easy day trek. Today is the trek almost on flat till Zangla. There is also road till Zangla and also to Stongde Monastery. On the way you can visit Nunnery of ZanglaVillage, In the monastery you can have tea with the Nuns. There are almost 50 nuns in the monastery including the young and olds Nuns. You can visit the small nunnery school at zangla and visit the important prayer rooms of the monastery. Next to the Nunnery you will found the beautiful Zansla village. There are around 80 habitents in the village. During the end of September you will found the people are busy in their thesearing . People will found their thesearing with the animals like yak, female yak , Horse , Zoo, Zomo etc. After 15 minutes' walk from Zangla you will Camp on a beautiful meadow. Overnight in camp.

Day 14: Zangla toStongday(5-6hrs. walk)

Today again you will walk along the road till Stongde Monastery. In the morning you will see few school bus moving around and also public bus service to Padum. And trek is also flat till Stongde village and atlast you will climb to Stongde Monastery. From the Stongde Monastery you will found a very beautiful secenary of Stongdayvillage, Karsh village and monastery and village like Rinam, Tsazar, Chiling skit, Kumik and many villages around padum. Though there is a road from Zangla to Stongde but you will seldom see vehicles moving. From Zangla to stongde you will cross the village like Tsazar and Chilingskit , were also people are busy with the searing . Visit Stongday Monastery in the evening. Overnight in camp near monastery.

Day 15: Rest in Stongday

Full Day Rest In Stongday.

Day 16: Doksa to Shaling(6-7hrs. walk)

This day will be one of the most memorable days of the trek. Because you have to cross the stream several times while walking along the valley. After twenty minutes' walk from the camp you will start cross the stream. The water is so cold because of the weather as well as the narrow valley. In the valley are some up and down also. There are many plants also. You have to cross the stream for 8 to 10 times. You will be in the valley for four hours by crossing the stream side by side. After that you will climb up little and then continue to the camp. Today the camp is beautiful with spring water and nice scenery. In this route there are very less people and tourist, it is mostly possible to meet local people from Shade andStongdey. Overnight in the camp.

Day 17: Shaling to Shadey to Thangtak(6-7hrs. walk)

Today again you will walk along the valley. Now you will see different landscape as before. You will walk by some up and down. At some part you have to walk along the bank of little river. You have to cross the little rive before Shade and continue by little climbing to main road. And you will also see very old movable bridge of Shade. After 45 minutes' walk from that you have to turn left to enter the beautiful shade village. At that point it looks like artificial gate by rocks. After 15 minutes' walk from that you will arrive at Shade village. The village is very isolated in Himalaya. During these season people are busy in harvesting, collecting their potatoes, collecting the grass for animals. People are impressing by seeing tourist because there are very people coming from outside. After that you will back to camp descending from Shade village and you will see one family village with little monastery called Thangtak. Then you will continue to camp near the river. Overnight in the camp.

Day 18: Thangtak toPhuktal(6-7hrs. walk)

This is the day you will visit the famous Phuktal monastery. Morning after breakfast you will cross the little river and continue to Phuktal. Usually it is possible to see snow leopard in this ways. After 1 hour walk from the camp you will meet Tsarap River. You will follow the Tsarap River till Phuktal Monastery. On the way there are some up and down ways. The ways are good because it was repaired last year only. On the way you will find Shukpawhich is local incense. Phuktal Monastery is famous for its structure. It is built in a cave on the side of Soft Rock Mountain. The monastery is built by ChangsemSherapZangpo, disciple of GyalwaTsongkhapa, the founder of Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in the Monastery guest house/camp.

Day 19: Phuktal to Thangthak(6-7hrs. walk)

This day you will go back to Thangthak through the same ways.

Day 20: Thangthak via Nyalokuntse-la(4850mtrs.) and Gothunda-la(5100mtrs.),to Normotse.

Today will be the longest day trek of your whole trek. You have to start very early in the morning. It will take almost 4 hours to arrive at the first pass called Nyalokuntse (44850mtrs), after that continue to the second pass Gothunda-la (5100mtrs.). In between these two pass you will find a beautiful view of a lake. The landscape is totally different. From the top of pass you will have long decent till shun village. This day usually people see wild animals like Fox, ibex, olf etc. You will arrive at the camp late. Shun is an old village but now days people are migrated to Chumikgyasa. Overnight in the camp near a small monastery. (4300m)

Day 21: Normoche toSatak(5-6hrs. walk)

Morning after breakfast as usual you will start your trek, You will see the shun village on the other side of the Tsarap River. The village is enough big but you will find nobody there. There is also a Nunnery which is near to our camp. After half an hour of trek you have to cross a little river. After that you will see good way with pasture and some up and down. In the evening you will camp at Satak village. Satak is village of one house but nowadays there are no people staying they are migrated to Chumikgasa. You will find the fields without cultivated. Overnight in camp.

Day 22: Satak to Tsokmetsek(6hrs. walk)

This is the day with some up and downs till Tsokmetsek. You will find a small bridge on the way. And the landscape looks very beautiful. Now you will feel easy to walk and there are not much climb up like big passes. And you are physically and mentally use to it. You will arrive at the camp called Tsokmetsek. There are many plants around the camp. Tonight you will enjoy the fire camp with staffs. Overnight in camp(4220mtrs.

Day 23: Tsokmesik to Brandinala. (4200mtrs./4/5hrs.)

Today is easy walk following the narrow valley passing through Stream River and bushes and gradually up to camp. Set up about (4450mtrs.) Overnight in camp.

Brandinala to Leh/Manali (by car)

Today We Drive Barndinala to Manali/Leh By a Car.

Chilling to Zinchen 24 Days: Cost In Euros
Cost: 1680 Euros | person for a private trek of 2-3 Pax
Cost: 1225 Euros | Person for a group of 4-8 Pax
Size Of group: Min 2 & Max 8
Grade: Hard
Duration: 24 Days

Cost Inludes

Transportation both ways (to the starting point and coming back from the finishing point by Jeep)
Tents
Mattresses
Pack Horses
Food
Guide
Cook
Helpers
Cooking gears
Wildlife fees
Camping fees
And inner line permission where ever it's needed

Trekking Menu:
Our cooks are careful to prepare your meals with your enjoyment in mind. Typically these plentiful meals will be primarily vegetarian in nature with some meat or protein in the form of canned fish or tofu. This is typical of the Ladakhi diet in general.
Our cooks are encouraged to use hand sanitizers such as alcohol based gels prior to food preparation. You are encouraged to do the same. Dishes are typically stainless steel bowls and pans and are cleaned after meals with scrub pads and soap.
Our staff will provide rehydrating liquids in large quantities throughout your trek. Take advantage of tea, coffee, juice boxes and water whenever you can.
At altitude it is typical not to feel much hunger or thirst. Make sure you stay adequately fed and drink plenty of fluids, both at meals and along the trail. During the summer, heat can be a real factor requiring significant intake of liquids while you trek. Carry 2 liters of water with you.
MENU
Breakfast:
Porridge, Cornflakes, Muesli, Bread, Apricot Jam, Honey, Butter, Peanut Butter, Cheese, Pan-Cake, Omelet, Tea and Coffee.
Lunch:
(You will have Pack-Lunch while trekking) Sandwiches, Boiled Eggs, Boiled Potatoes, Fruit Juice, Energy Bars/Chocolate Bars, Biscuits, and Peanut Candies.
Tea Time:
You will have Tea & Coffee with Biscuits, Snacks, and Cookies when you end the days trek.
Dinner :
Soup, Rice, Curry (Veg. Mushroom, Paneer, & Dal) Noodles (Thukpa&Chowmien) Veg Momos, Tuna, Spring Rolls, and for Deserts Custards and Fruits Cocktail.
Please Note:
All of the above items are served different on different days and the items are subjected to the availability in the market.
Drinking Water:
Being a local and an Eco friendly organization we encourage you to kindly use boiled water instead of plastic bottle mineral water as that will help us to keep the trekking routes/environment clean. For the first day we will provide 2bottles of boiled waterand from 1st evening of the trek our staff will supply boiled water, the source would be either glacier or spring and the supply will continue till the end of trek.




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