Zanskar is one of Ladakh’s remotest yet culturally most vibrant villages of India. It covers an area of around 7,000 sq.km and lies at an altitude of about 3,500 to 7,000 meters (11,500–23,000 feet) above sea level. The Zanskar valley is a paradise for adventure & travel enthusiasts with enthralling high passes and beautiful glacier lakes. Join us on this magical exploration to Zanskar valley and enjoy the adrenalin rush in the hidden kingdom of Zanskar.
We will be driving on those long serene roads and completely off roads with views you will never see anywhere else; camping in the wilderness and dancing around the campfire; Rafting in the mighty Zanskar River ; and creating everlasting memories! It is definitely an adventure of a lifetime!
Note: Minimum 4 members for SUV tour and 8 members for Biking tour are required to conduct at mentioned price.
SUV – 38,500 INR per person
Bike (Double Riding) – 42,500 INR per person(For solo riding, extra 800 INR for every biking day)
What is included in the tour
- Double/Triple sharing stay – Homestay/Guesthouse and Camping
- Breakfast & Dinner
- Inner line permits
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transportation till Starting point and back from End Point
- Lunch & Snacks / Beverages
- River Rafting expense
- Entry fees & Ticket charges
- Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, camera fees etc
- Anything other than above mention inclusions
- Bike through Suru and Zanskar Valley, explore and experience the vibrant Karsha Gustor festival
- Explore the stunning scenery around Drang Drung Glacier, Stat Tso and Lang Tso lakes
- Conquer and vanquish Pensi La, Namika- la, Fotu La, Zoji-La, Khardung-La along the expedition
- Visit our personal favourite Hemis Shukpachan village to experience life being a part of a picture book kind of scenery with lush green fields and bubbling fresh water streams
- Experience your kind adrenaline rush with biking, camping in the wilderness, rafting on the Zanskar river and many other numerous adventures
Day 1 - Arrive at Srinagar
Day 2 - Srinagar to Kargil via Zojila Pass (7-8 hrs)
Day 3 - Kargil to Rangdum (6-7 hrs)
Day 4 - Rangdum to Zanskar (5 hrs)
Day 5 - Explore around Padum, Zanskar
Day 6 - Padum to Panikhar via Pensi-la (8-9 hrs)
Day 7 - Panikhar to Lamayuru (7-8 hrs)
Day 8 - Lamayuru to Leh via Hemis Shukpachan + River Rafting (8-9 hrs)
Day 9 - Leh to Khardung La Top to Leh (6 hrs)
Day 10 - Transfer from Leh
Day 1 - Arrive at Srinagar
Arrive at Srinagar by afternoon and check into your hotel near to Dal Lake. You will begin your tour with light sight-seeing and Shikara boat ride during the beautiful sunset at Dal Lake. There will be a round of introduction and briefing of the entire expedition.
Day 2 - Srinagar to Kargil (7-8 hrs)
Post breakfast, our first day journey will be to Kargil (8780 ft) which is at the distance of 200 km via the famous Zojila pass. By lunch time we will reach Drass and we explore Kargil war Memorial which was built in the memory of the soldiers and officers of the Indian Army.
Day 3 – Kargil to Rangdum (6-7 hrs)
From Kargil onwards the road condition starts to deteriorate, from asphalt road to dirt trial and from here onwards it continues all the way upto Padum. After morning breakfast we leave Kargil towards Rangdum. Enroute enjoy the beautiful village of Rangdum with its ancient ‘Rangdum monastery’. The farthest and most isolated part of the Suru valley, Rangdum (3657 m) is surrounded by colourful hills on the one side and glacier-encrusted Rocky Mountains on the other. Stay at Rangdum campsite for the night.
Day 4 – Rangdum to Padum, Zanskar (5 hrs)
Without any delays in the morning, we roll down towards Padum for about 180 km on dirt trials from where we will be greeted by a tarmac road. Padum is a small town with all amenities like hotel, restaurant, internet café etc.
Day 5 – Padum, Zanskar
Zanskar offers stunning landscapes, Gompas, forts and tall multi-hued mountains. Today is the one of the most exciting days as we get to witness Karsha Gustor Festival which is celebrated remembering the victory of good over evil, at this largest Geluk-pa (Yellow Hat) monastery that is located on the slopes of Zanskar Mountains, right high above the Padum plain. During the festival, a Black Hat Dance is performed. Overnight camp at Padum with a bonfire and music.
Day 6 – Padum to Panikhar (8-9 hrs)
In the morning after breakfast, we leave Padum towards Panikhar via Pensi La. The roads start ascending towards Pensi La (14000 ft) - the highest point between Kargil to Leh. Enroute, along with the towering glaciers, you can see the deep blue coloured twin lakes – Stat Tso and Lang Tso. You will find yourself surrounded by beautiful glaciers, small lakes & cute marmots. As soon as you start descending from Penzi La pass, you reach the place where you can see the Drang Drung Glacier in full glory. There is no other sight in India where you can watch such a huge glacier in touching distance, so close that you can even go down a bit and lay your hands at it. The road travels along the side of Suru River with Nun Kun glaciers at its backdrop. The twin peaks of Nun and Kun, around 23,000 feet high (Around 6000 feet short of Mt. Everest) are the highest in the Zanskar range in Ladakh. Overnight at Panikhar.
Day 7 - Panikhar to Lamayaru (7-8 hrs)
Post breakfast, we get back on the road towards Lamayaru via Kargil. Before getting to Lamayuru conquer two spectacular passes – the Namika La at 12,200ft and Fotu La (Phuto la) at 13,479ft. Ladakh is the land of passes and they are no doubt beautiful but their ascents and descents are unbelievably gorgeous too - endless mountain peaks all around and deep valleys with a shimmering water at the bottom feels like a paradise! After riding for 7-8 hours with moderate riding conditions, we reach Lamayaru – The Moonland - Since the terrain of the place resembles the Moon.
Day 8 - Lamayaru to Leh (6-7 hrs) + 2 hrs Rafting)
Kick Start the bikes for the final lap of the tour on the way back to Leh with easy riding conditions on well-metaled roads. Our journey today to Leh is 120 km far from Lamayuru (11364 ft). In the morning we leave towards Hemis shukpachan, a simple and beautiful village nestled between the mountains with its lush green fields.
Before we reach Leh, we wash off all the dust from our crazy Zanskar journey by plunging into the waters of Zanskar River! We will go on a crazy rafting expedition which you will surely cherish. Enroute Leh you can visit Magnetic hill, and Sangam (confluence of Indus and Zanskar River). Finally reach to Leh by evening.
Day 9 - Leh to Khardung La to Leh (5-6 hrs)
On the last day of the expedition, we conquer the mighty Khardung La Pass. It gives you a sense of accomplishment to reach the World’s highest motorable road to end the tour with. We return to Leh and let you free for some souvenir shopping for your friends and family.
Day 10 - Depart from Leh
Thus your Ladakh Odyssey comes to an end with lots of new memories and experiences to take back.You can also find reviews of our participants on our Facebook Page.
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