Kanji La Trek  - 12 days    11 days of trek

Magnificent Kanji la pass, Lonely Dibling village,  Oma chu crossing, Zanskar bear valley and an amazing Nyeraks 

Trip Route: Leh - Photoksar - Sengge la - Yulchung - Lingshed sumdo - Dibling - Pikdong la - Kanji la - Kanji - Shilakong - Lamayuru - Alchi - Leh

Trip Facts

Region: Ladakh, ZANSKAR
Trip Length: 16 days New Delhi to Delhi, Trip Length: 13 days Leh to Leh.

Trip Starts: Leh, Trip Ends: Leh, 11 days of trek, 11 nights of camp, 4 night hotel
Grade: Moderate to strenuous, Max. Elevation: 5150m, Best Season: Mid Aug, Sept to mid Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek and breakfast and dinner at Leh

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Le

Trip Introduction

An exceptionally remote trek takes us complete off the beaten track. We trek through very remote country in the mystical kingdom of Zanskar. We gradually make our way through the mountains of Zanskar, crossing numerous passes and  a series of gorges and pass beautiful villages. Continue to follow along the turquoise river Tsarap Chu, go gently exposed in the canyon route, eventually reaching the temple Phuktal Gompa, one of the most amazing temple located on the planet. Now we are in the heart of Zanskar, the settlement that you come across on our tour is the vision of the old days in Tibet and the frame ideal for photographers. Camp are pleasant places to cross our highest pass Phirtse La.
There are many days in the program to explore, relax, enjoy the Himalayas and the whole environment


Stunning gorges and canyons, Camps in peaceful locations
Remote villages and its adventurous trail, Meeting with locals
Ancient fort and trekking in remote area

​An isolated route from Dibling to Kanji

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary. Pick up from your hotel to drop.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, down sleeping bags + liner, Potala design comfortable foam sleeping pads, a pair of  trekking poles. Safety gear Ice axe, ropes, accessories and duffel bags for your baggage's.

  • All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table

  • All meals during trek (Bed tea, breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, 3 course dinner) from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine Veg and Non veg.

  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

  • Muleteer or Sherpa porters for portage of your baggage's.

  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

  • Includes Govt. Service tax 9%. 

Not included in the Cost

  • Hotel accommodation in Leh, Delhi, Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Mineral water or hard drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monuments, heritage sites, monasteries

  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.

  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging and boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

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Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Drive Leh - Wanla - Sirsir La 5-6 hrs, Trek to Photoksar (3900m) 2-3 hrs.

Day 02: Trek to Boumitse La (4400m) - base of Sengge La (4400m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 03: Trek to Sengge La (4950m) - Yulchung (3900m)
Day 04: Trek to Lingshed (3900m)
Day 05: Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Rugyokdo or base Barmi La after crossing (4000m).
Day 06: Trek to Dibling (4000m)

Day 07: Trek to base Pikdong la (4300m).
Day 08: Trek to Pikdong la (5000m) -Kanji sumdo (4300m). 6-7 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Kanji la (5150m) – Riverkong (4300m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Kanji. 5-6 hrs.

Day 11: Trek to Kanji Dok - Yogma La (4720m) - Shilakong (4300m), 6-7 hrs

Day 12: Trek to  Prinkiti la - Lamayuru, Drive to Leh.

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Day 01: Arrival Delhi,  fly to Leh. Acclimatize – visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.
Day 02: Leh acclimatize: Visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Matho - Stok - Leh
Day 03: Drive Leh - Wanla - Sirsir La 5-6 hrs, Trek to Photoksar (3900m) 2-3 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Boumitse La (4400m) - base of Sengge La (4400m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Sengge La (4950m) - Yulchung (3900m)

Day 06: Trek to Nyerak (3710m)

Day 07: Trek to Takti La (4950m) - Pharkunsa (3980m). 

Day 08: Trek to valley camp (3700m)

Day 09: Trek to Namtse la (4500m) - Zangla doksa River camp (3600m), drive to Padum

Day 10: At Padum 

Day 11: Drive to Pishu, Trek to Hanumil

Day 12: Trek to Perfi La- Snertse

Day 13: Trek to Hanumil - Lanang
Day 14: Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Lingshed Sumdo
Day 15: Trek to Dibling (4000m)

Day 16: Trek to base Pikdong la (4300m).
Day 17: Trek to Pikdong la (5000m) -Kanji sumdo (4300m). 6-7 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Kanji la (5150m) – Riverkong (4300m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 19: Trek to Kanji. 5-6 hrs.

Day 20: Drive to Lamayuru - Alchi - Leh.

Day 21: Fly Delhi and onward flight back to home.

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Kanji La pass - South (L) Greater Himalayan Range and North (R) Karakorum Range view

Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Arrival Delhi,  fly to Leh. Acclimatize – visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.

Today morning flight to Leh, but spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude of 3500m as well as visit Leh palace, Tsemo gompa, Sankar and Shanti stupa.

Day 2: Leh acclimatize: Visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Stok - Leh

Today after breakfast we drive to Stok which is situated opposite of Leh at a distance of 14 kms, crossing bridge over Indus at Choglamsar. At Stok visit of Royal Palace built during 1825 AD and palace has great collections of antiquity. Continue to visit Matho situated 10 kms from Stok, which has 10th century complex. Continue to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. After visiting this monastery drive back to Leh via visiting Shey Palace. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 3: Drive Leh - Wanla - Sirsir La (4805m) 5-6 hrs, Trek to Photoksar (4400m) 2-3 hrs.

Leaving Leh on Leh - Srinagar highway to Wanla and upto Sirsir la. Its 6-7 hrs of drive and acclimatize trek, from pass gentle and easy descend by following the good trek path to Photoksar an isolated and charming village. Evening explore the village. Campsite before the village near the river. Overnight at Camp. (4210m)

Photoksar Village

Day 4 - Trek to Boumitse La (4400m) - base of Singey La (Sengge La (4400m), 7-8 hrs.After breakfast, continue trek. Today you have to cross one easy pass. Right from the camp, start ascend for few meter and then continue along the clear path.beatiful view of village Photoksar and surrounding mountains and gorge. Carry on ascending up to top of Boumitse-la, from the pass you can directly see the Singey la Pass which is about more than three hours trek from this point. Continue to climb on a high pasture land on photang valley, where villagers of Photokars keep their yaks, dzo, and horses for grazing. At final stage we climb steep to Singey la 5060m the 2nd highest point of our trek. Sengge in Tibetan means lion. So its lion pass, the view and formations of pass appears like lion, from pass a panoramic view of Zanskar range, next 1 hrs of steep ascent to base camp.

Sengge La base camp

Day 5 - Trek to Singey La/Sengge La (4950m) - Yulchung (3900m)

Right from the camp, start ascending up to top of Singe-la. It is easy to ascend but 1200m before the top, it is steep ascend in zigzag. From the pass, the route descends steeply to a loose boulder strewn area. This is called Champado Gongma. Continue along the right side of the valley, clear path up to village Skyumphatta. Beautiful and awesome view of landscape of the valley. Follow the beaten easy track and on the way you find a junction. One goes straight towards Lingshed and another goes down towards Yulchung village that you see below. Take left handside and then descend down in zig zag clear path.

Yulchung Trail

Day 6:  Trek to Lingshed (3900m)

Leaving Yulchung this morning we head to Lingshed, which is 500 meters above Yulchung. We follow the small trail that leads north out of the village, ascending through pasture. Now climbing steeply into canyon, we will have to cross the newly bridge motor able. We cross small passes enroute to Linghsed.

Barmi La (Top left)

Day 7: Trek to Barmi La (4600m) – Lingshed Sumdo, 6-7 hrs

Leaving main trail we climb to Barmi la pass and descend through narrow gorge to Lingshed Sumdo. There are some river crossing involve short before arrival of Lingshed Sumdo.

View from Barmi La (Lingshed sumdo (L) and Lingshed (R)

Day 8: Trek to Dibling (4000m) 5-6 hrs.  

We follow Oma Chu River to Dibling and numbers of time main River and side streams to be cross. At some stretches its tricky to find way. Keeping our pace on the valley floor continue to Dibling.Dibling is one of the remotest village in Ladakh and  inhabitants of this village often visit Lingshed.

Oma Chu on its way to Zanskar River 

Dibling village

Day 9: Trek to Base Pikdong la (4200m), 5 hrs

After exploring the village we continue to our campsite short after crossing the bridge in large open meadows and crossing stream short before the Dibling Doksa to our campsite.

Spectacular view from Dibling doksa (short before base of Pikdong la

Day 10: Trek to Pikdong La (5020m) – Kanji Sumdo (4300m), 7 hrs

Today leaving camp steep ascent to Pikdong la. Gradual descent after pass in  a narrow gorge. Crossing of stream at several points and need to find out the way. Short climb to a ridge and high above the River we follow  a well define trail to Kanji Sumdo.  We cross 2 river close to Kanji Sumdo

Last stretch to never ending climb of Pikdong la

Valley after crossing Pikdong La

Kanji La south base camp / Kanji Sumdo. River crossing  here

Day 11: Trek to Kanji La (5250m) - Kanji La North Base Camp (4350m), 7-8 hrs

We follow a small trail to the junction and here we will have first view of Nun and Kun which remains in sight during our climb to Kanji la pass. The more we go up the better appreance of peak rising in Great Himalayan Range. Some of known and famous peaks are Hagshu, Doda and Brahma.It is long climb through rocky morain to the pass. On a clear sky one can have a clear view of Nanga Parbat to the west and K2 to the North.  A tricky descent short after pass which consist of loose rocks than on a small glacier. A resting place which points towards the view of K2 peak. So high range of zoom and camera is must for this trek to enjoy the view of Karakorum peaks. Continue descent to campsite.

View towards South from Kanji La pass

North view of Karakorum range. ( Nanga Parbat (L) and K2 (R corner)

Kanji La North

Day 12: Trek to Kanji (3850m) 5 -6 hrsToday   trekking along the stream and which passes through narrow gorge to the large open field. We will meet with Yaks, Dzo which signifies arrival of Kanji village. Explore the village Overnight camp.

Beautiful Kanji village

Day 13 - Trek to Kanji Dok - Yogma La (4720m) - Shilakong (4300m), 6-7 hrs

Morning after breakfast, you explore the village and attract with the innocent villagers. About 15 houses. After then you start your first day trek with easy trek along the right side of upstream river. After the easy walk for 2 hrs, you have gentle ascent and then you arrive at small hamlet where you find the campsite. The view of the valley and its stunning mountains from here is indescribable. Enjoy the scenic beauty of nature of Himalayan Mountains.  Continue for an hour and ascend towards the Yogma-la (4720m). From the top of the pass you have spectacular view of landscape. After enjoying few minutes at the top you have gentle descent and then you arrive at the camp. (4300m)

View from Snigutse la - Yogma La (Middle) and Shilakong (R). descent to Shilakong gorge 

Day 14: Trek to  Prinkiti la - Lamayuru, Drive to Leh.

Today is last of trekking. After the camp into the gorge for several hours and leaving the gorge we take left hand narrow gully to small pass of Prinkiti la. Arriving at Lamayuru. Overnight camp.  

Day 15: Lamayuru - Alchi - Leh

Day 16: Fly Delhi and onward flight back to home.