With an optional shorter trek + Zanskar & Suru Valley jeep safari!
Another in our series of ‘best-of’ treks in India culled from our many exploratory treks in the Indian Himalaya, featuring a crossing of the wild Phirtse La pass in Zanskar. We consider this wild route in Ladakh & Zanskar one of our best itineraries ever, an exciting and challenging trek through the sublime canyon lands, far-flung valleys of remote villages, high Himalayan passes and hidden valleys of mythical Ladakh & Zanskar. It’s a river trek, so bring good sandals with you!
Our trek begins in Ladakh, the land of high passes, at the idyllic villages of Photoskar, Yulchung and Nyeraks. Crossing high passes, fording rivers and exploring our remote ‘bear valley’, we trek towards mythical Zanskar, a fantastic route through which other Westerners ever venture. Zanskar, the land of white copper, is a timeless Himalayan region tucked away between the Himalayan and Zanskar ranges, once part of an ancient trade network with Tibet. Once in secluded Shade, the most set-apart in Zanskar, we have an extra day to experience traditional village life before setting off on our next adventure.
Next up, following the turquoise Tsarap Chu river, is an exciting, slightly exposed canyon route to arrive at Phuktal Gompa, one of the most spectacularly set monasteries anywhere on the planet. We are in Zanskari heartland now; the traditional villages we encounter along the way a vision of days-past in Tibet and a photographer’s dream. The campsites are wonderful as we cross the high Phirtse La pass to finish our journey.
There are plenty days built in for exploration, and lots of time to relax, enjoy the Himalayan break and soak in the surroundings …
Join us for this exciting journey!
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Kamzang Journeys is owned and operated by Kim Bannister, an American expat and traveler of 25+ years who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal (spring, autumn and sometimes winter) & Leh, India (summer). Kamzang Journeys is a registered LLC in the USA. The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years. It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies. Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list. All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.