Kanji to Zangla Trek via Nyeraks  - 13 days   9 days of trek

An excellent trek in Ladakh

Trip Route: Leh - Kanji - Yogma la - Snigutse la - Photoksar - Sengge la - Nyerak la - Takti la - Namtse la - Zangla - Padum - Rangdum - Leh

Trip Facts

Ladakh region, Jammu Kashmir, India
Trip Length: 17/18 days New Delhi to Delhi, Trip Length: 13 days Leh to Leh. Trip Starts: Leh, Trip Ends: Leh 
9 day trek, 10 nights camp 2 night hotel
Grade: Moderate to strenuous, Max. Elevation: 5100m,  Best Season: Mid June to July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek and breakfast and dinner at Padum, Kargil

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Padum, Kargil


Trip Introduction

Embark on a magical 13 days Zanskar Trek which takes us around most of the Zanskar region reaching the 5,500m, we cross the highest pass on our trip  Snigutse la pass at 5100m. Potala Adventurers 13 days Zanskar Trek is a great introductory trek for experiencing the Zanskar region. 

After 2-3 days of well acclimatizing in Leh, during these acclimatization days you visit some of important places near Leh or Indus valley tour. Setting of from Leh on our 18 days trip Leh to Manali, we drive along the Indus River on Leh – Srinagar highway. Enroute we visit some of the ancient villages before Kanji. Beginning to trek from beautiful village of Kanji we climb to Yogma la with crossing of Shilakong and Sniugutse la pass at 5100m. 

Spectacular drive along the Indus and Suru valley

Stunning sites and Camps in peaceful locations. 

Remote villages and its adventurous trail, meeting with locals.
Ancient fort and trekking in remote area

Included in the price

  • 10 nights camp with all camping facilities. 
    2 nights hotel accommodation on MAP plan (BD)

  • 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Nordic walking sticks.

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip, Airport pick up and drop. 

  • Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.


Not included

  • Hotel accommodation in Delhi, Leh

  • Domestic flight, personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. Entrance fee at monasteries.

  • Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Leh - Alchi - Lamayuru - Kanji (3850m). 7-8 hrs
Day 2: Trek to Kanji Dok - Yogma La (4720m) - Shilakong (4300m), 6-7 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Nigutse La (5100m) - Spangthang / Urtsi Dok (4500m). 6-7 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Sirsir La (4805m) - Photoksar (4400m). 5-6 hrs, (Visit Photoksar village)
Day 5: Trek to Boumitse La (4400m) - base of Singey La(Sengge La (4400m), 7-8 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Singey La/Sengge La (4950m) - Yulchung (3900m)
Day 7: Trek to Chochokuri La (3950m) - Nyerak (3710m). 7 hrs.
Day 8: Trek to Takti La (4950m) - Pangat la (3900m) - Pharkunsa (3980m). 7-8 hrs.
Day 9: Trek Kurmafu (3700m) / Namtse Sumdo.. 7-8 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Namtse La (4500m) - Honia - Zangla River camp (3500m). 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Drive to visit Zangla - Stongde -  Karsha (3320m) - Sani - Padum (3600m).
Day 12: Drive Padum to Kargil

Day 13: Kargil to Leh 

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1 - Drive Leh - Alchi - Lamayuru - Kanji (3850m). 7-8 hrs
Today after breakfast at Leh, we drive to Alchi monastery, situated at a distance of 68 kms from Leh. Its monastery built on lowlands rather than on a hilltop as others are, in order to protect from enemies. The chortens around Alchi gompa contains numerous wall murals of Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, who has built this monastery. Alchi monastery has vast collections of wall paintings, and wood sculpture. We continue to drive to Lamayuru which is 58 kms from Alchi. Oldest monastery in Ladakh, founded by Indian scholar Mahasiddhacharya Naropa in 11th century. Lamayuru host mask dance festival (Yuru Kabgyat) during 17th and 18th day of fifth months of the Tibetal Lunar calendar. It belongs to red hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism; monastery is rich with Thankas and wall paintings. Lamayuru monastery was constructed by Arahat Nimagung in between 10th and 11th century. History says that in the 11th century the Mahasidha Naropa visited this place and the cave where he resided and meditated is still to be seen inside the monastery. After the visit continue your journey to Kanji, still 40 km drives. Arrive Kanji. Overnight at camp in Kanji village. (3850m)

Day 2 - 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 2hrs, 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)

Day 3 - Trek to Nigutse La (5100m) - Spangthang / Urtsi Dok (4500m). 6-7 hrs.
Morning after the breakfast, continue the trek by following the well-defined and clear trek route on the left bank of the river. En-route amazing and beautiful landscape. After few hours of trek, you reach at the top of the Nyigutse-la (5100m). At the top of the pass, you will find yourself top of the world and get the stunning and enchanting view of unforgettable landscape with different mountains of Himalayan range. Cross the pass and then descend in beautiful lost valley opening on an immense plain where you find many animals like sheep’s, goats and yaks etc. Overnight Camp. (4500m)

Day 4 - Trek to Sirsir La (4805m) - Photoksar (4400m). 5-6 hrs, (Visit Photoksar village)
Today you have to cross the river so it is advisable to carry some extra stock in your bag so that you may not get wet. As usual after breakfast, continue the trek with ascending the ridge right from the camping. Follow the clear path on rolling ridge and from here you see the Sirsir-la pass. Descend down in towards the river below. Cross the river and then start ascending straight towards the pass Sirsir la (4805m). Enjoy the view of wonderful valleys and its landscape. Gentle and easy descend by following the good trek path to Photoksar (A remote isolated charming village). Evening explore the village. Campsite before the village near the river. Overnight at Camp. (4210m)

Day 5 - 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.

Day 6 - 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.

Day 7 - Trek to Chochokuri La (3950m) - Nyerak (3710m). 7 hrs.

Leaving Yulchung continue trek with gentle climb to cross the small easy pass Chuchokhuri La (3970m). Cross the pass then steep zig zag descent till Zanskar River. Cross the River over a wooden bridge and then begin to climb towards Nyerak village. Arrive Nyerak. Overnight at camp in Nyerak village (A small and charming village. (3750m)

Day 8 - Trek to Takti La (4950m) -Pangat la (3900m)-Pharkunsa (3980m). 7-8 hrs.

Morning after breakfast, continue climb to cross the Labar-la pass. It seems difficult to climb but slowly and steadily it becomes easy. So continue slowly and steadily to reach at the top of Labar la. From this point you have spectacular and magnificent view of landscape. After crossing the pass, continue gentle climb towards the Pangat-la (3900m). From the top of Pangat-la you have awesome panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and wonderful landscape. Cross the pass, easy descent down till you reach near a river. Cross the river and then continue trek down along the downstream. Again cross the river towards right and then you arrive at beautiful campsite. Good campsite in the middle of willow trees near the river. Overnight at camp. (3730m)

Day 9 - Trek Kurmafu (3700m) / Namtse sumdo. 7-8 hrs.As usual morning after breakfast, continue trek along with the river. Today you have to wade in the river for several meters so it is advisable to carry extra shoes in your bag. After then continue easy trek along the valley up to the campsite. Good campsite near the river. Overnight camp. (3650m)

Day 10 - Trek to Namtse La (4500m) - Honia - Zangla River camp (3500m). 6-7 hrsAfter the breakfast, continue trek with gentle climb towards a small and easy pass. Cross the pass and then easy trek path towards Namtse-la. Continue up along the valley till you reach at top of the pass.From the top of the pass you have enchanting and magnificient panoramic view of landscape. Cross the Namtse-la Pass and then easy descent till you reach at Honara.On the way your first glance will be Zangskar River, Pidmo village and motor road. Descend down till foot of the mountain. From Honara you trek on motor road for a kilometer and then you arrive at Campsite across the meadows near zanskar River. Overnight at camp in Zangla. (3430m)

Day 11 - Drive to visit Zangla - Stongde -  Karsha (3320m) - Sani - Padum (3600m).
Today you have full day culture tour around Padum by drive. Morning after breakfast, drive to Stongde village. Visit beautiful picturesque monastery built on hill top by Lama Marpa 950 years ago. Approximately 60 monks are residing in this monastery. After the visit, continue drive to Karsha (Pair of White i.e., Outer white and Inner white). Visit Karsha monastery. This monastery is the largest of all the monastery in Zanskar and this monastery (Gonpa) was first founded by Great Lama Phagspa Shesrap (the translator of Zanskar). From the monastery, you have amazing and spectacular view of the capital of Zanskar (Padum) and its surrounding mountains. After the visit explore Padum (The capital of Zanskar). Overnight in Padum. (3530m)

Day 12: Drive Padum to Kargil

Day 13: Kargil to Leh