Darcha to Padum Trek


This trek passes through the Zanskar valley and crosses the Shingo La pass at 16700 feet. The trek crosses many Zansakar villages and monasteries. The trail follows Zanskar river most of the time.

This trek provides a unique opportunity for the trekker to meet Ladakh's native people, lamas and the wilderness in upper reaches of Zanskar.

Trek Information

Altitude- 5090 meters

Trek Grade- Moderate (With some challenging patches)

Fitness expectation- High

Best time to do the trek- July to September

Darcha to Padum Trek Trekking Itenary

Day Destination Description
One Arrive Manali (2050 m) Upon arriving in Manali, our staff will escort you to our hotel. After thorough briefings about your travel plan, we let you enjoy the rest of the day amidst the superb ambience of the hotel. You can do whatever you feel like. The hotel provides high services and good accommodation.
Two Sightseeing in Manali After breakfast, you kick start your sightseeing journey around the attractions of Manali. Regarded as a major contributing trading centure Manali connects upper sections of the Kullu Valley with Lahual and the Indus Valley. Mountaineers generally rest in Manali for complete acclimatization before heading for Leh and Ladakh. Hindus also regard Manali very sacred for its temples. After exploring lifestyle, tradition, arts and culture of Manali, you return to your hotel for dinner and good night sleep.
Three Drive from Manali to Darcha (3400 m) Traversing past Rohtang pass, you will be driven away from Manali to Darcha. After 140 km drive on a jeep,we enter Darcha amidst the gorgeous backdrops. In the evening you set a campsite and overnight at your camp tent after dinner.
Four Trek from Darcha to Chalang Tokpo (3580 m) After breakfast following an easy and comfortable trail, you begin trekking away from Darcha towards Chalang Tokpa. It normally takes 5-6 hours to reach your camp site at Chalang Tokpo. After dinner,night at your camping.
Five Chalang Tokpo – Ramjak Shortly after breakfast, you resume your trek. Tasking in the grandeur of nature, you reach Zanskar Sumdo at an elevation of 3750 mtr. 7-8 hours of trekking eventually concludes on reaching your camp site in Ramjak. You spend the night at your camp tent.
Six Ramjak – Chumikanakpo (4060 m) Heading away from the campsite in Ramjak, you ascend towards Chumikanakpo. After trekking for 5-6 hours, Chumikanakpo springs into picture. Resting the journey to a halt, you camp at a superb location. After meals you overnight at your camp tent.
Seven Chumikanakpo – Lakong (4470 m) Unlike the previous day you take on a little challenging route. After breakfast, you follow the trail that meanders through several ascents to Shingo La which is at an elevation of 5100m. From here onwards, you begin descending towards Lakong. It normally takes 7-8 hours to trek up to 4470 meters. After meals, the trek concludes with an overnight stay at your camp tent.
Eight Lakong – Kurgiak (4060 m) You have to follow the trail that paves to Kurgiak. As you enter Zanskar after several descents, you will observe a pleasant diversity in the landscape. 6-7 hours of trek eventually ends on arriving at your camp site in Kurgiak at an altitude of 4060 meters. Once again you spend the night at your camp tent.
Nine Kurgiak – Purne (3745 m) You continue descending further away from Kurgiak early in the morning after breakfast. It usually takes 5-6 hours to reach Purne. Your camp tent will be put in place at a superb location where after meal you can grab your well earned sleep.
Ten Excursion – Phugtal Gompa (3850 m) In the morning after breakfast you advance towards Phugtal Gompa, the most dotted gompa in Ladakh. On following the left bank of the Tsarap River and crossing a bridge, Phugtal Gompa can be sighted on the limestone cliff. Inside the Gompa you can see that an enormous cave has been built into its main assembly hall. After excursing through this religious site, you head back to Purne with ultimate spiritual rejuvenation. Back in Purne, you overnight at your camp tent after meal.
Eleven Purne to Itchar (3650 m) Leaving behind Purne you have to transverse along rock-laded trail. En route, you cross Char, Hanumi and Surle villages. At last, 5-6 hours of trek ends on reaching your campsite in Itchar at an elevation of 3650 meters. Once again you have sleep inside your camp tent.
Twelve Ichar to Mune (3750 m) The trek starts immediately after breakfast. You have to walk for 5-6 hours to reach your destination Mune. Upon arriving at an elevation of 3750m you camp at a superb location, enjoy delicious meals and overnight at your camp tent.
Thirteen Mune to Padum (3560 m) Shortly after breakfast, you journey towards Padum for 5 – 6 hrs. Padum is the old capital of Zanskar. After meals, you spend the night at your camp tent.
Fourteen Drive from Padum to Ringdom Gompa (4100 m) You will be driven from Padum to Ringdom Gompa shortly after breakfast. You get to explore the religious and cultural richness of the Gompa. After the visit, you camp at a nearby superb location, enjoy meals and then sleep inside your camp tent.
Fifteen Ringdom – Kargil (3700 m) From Ringdom you will be further driven to Kargil. Then, you will be transported to your hotel in Kargil where you can rest, have your meals and sleep well.
Sixteen Day Sixteen
Kargil -Leh (3505 m)
Early in the morning you will be taken to Leh, the capital of Ladakh. At an altitude of 3505 meters, Leh lies at the base of Khardung La on the north of the Indus River. Our staff will escort you to your hotel in Leh.
Seventeen Sightseeing in Leh Leh and near around locations.
Eighteen Sightseeing in Leh Leh and near around locations.

Package Includes

  • All accommodation with Guest House /Deluxe/ Semi/Basic
  • Sight seeing tour (as per inventory)
  • Transportation Facilities (Innova/Toyota Qualis/Sumo/Tata Spacio)
  • All meals (while on trek include Bed, Tea, Breakfast, Pack lunch, Dinner)
  • Staff: Guide, Cook, Helper, Trekking, Donkey / Yak / Horse .Trekking Equipment (Tent, Sleeping bag, Rope)


For more information about the trek or to enquire about custom packages for individuals or groups, please contact us.