Darcha Padum Trek

Darcha Padum Bharat Darshan Trek Tour
Special Tour 18 days 17 nights
Chandigarh, India

The Darcha Padum Trek, also known as the Padum to Darcha Trek, is a challenging and adventurous trek in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, specifically in the remote region of Zanskar. This trek takes you through some of the most rugged and pristine landscapes in the Himalayas, and it’s known for its isolation, stunning scenery, and unique cultural experiences. Here’s an overview of the Darcha Padum Trek:

Route Highlights:

The trek typically begins in Darcha, a small village in Himachal Pradesh. Darcha serves as the starting point for trekkers and is a gateway to the Zanskar region.

Darcha to Padum:
The trek takes you through challenging terrains and high mountain passes. You’ll cross numerous streams, steep ascents, and descents. The most notable passes include Shingo La and Singge La, both of which are at high altitudes.

Remote Villages:
Along the way, you’ll pass through remote villages such as Chika, Ramjak, Lakong, and Tanze. These villages provide opportunities to interact with the local inhabitants and experience their unique culture and way of life.

Stunning Scenery:
The trek offers breathtaking views of the rugged Zanskar Range, deep gorges, and pristine landscapes. You’ll be surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks, and you’ll encounter glacial landscapes and barren terrains.

Zanskar River:
The Zanskar River, known for its azure blue waters, flows through the Zanskar Valley. The trek often follows the river’s course and provides magnificent views of the valley.

Cultural Encounters:
Interact with the Zanskari people, who have a distinct culture and lifestyle. You may have the opportunity to visit monasteries and experience the region’s unique religious traditions.

Challenging Terrain:
The Darcha Padum Trek is known for its challenging terrain and weather conditions, with some portions of the trail subject to heavy snowfall, especially during the winter. Trekkers need to be well-prepared and experienced.

Altitude Acclimatization:
Due to the high altitudes encountered during the trek, it’s essential to acclimatize gradually and be aware of altitude-related health risks.

The trek typically takes around 10 to 15 days to complete, depending on your pace and the specific route chosen.

Best Time to Trek:
The best time for the Darcha Padum Trek is during the summer months, from June to September, when the weather is more favorable and the mountain passes are relatively accessible.
The Darcha Padum Trek is considered one of the most challenging and remote treks in the Indian Himalayas. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the pristine landscapes and culture of the Zanskar region. Due to the isolated nature of the trek, thorough planning, appropriate gear, and possibly a local guide or trekking company are recommended to ensure a safe and rewarding experience.

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Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

  • Accommodation in Hotel in twin sharing basis and twin/triple sharing basis during camping.
  • Buffet or Fixed menu breakfast and dinner.
  • Buffet or Fixed menu breakfast at the hotel and all meals during the stay at camp.
  • Basic trekking equipment’s like mattress, sleeping bags, tents and first aid kits.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by NON AC car as per above itinerary.
  • Toll taxes, parking charges, driver allowance.
  • All inclusive taxes.
  • Accommodation in Hotel/Camp on twin/double sharing basis.
  • Buffet or Fixed menu breakfast at the hotel and all meals during the stay at camp.
  • Basic trekking equipment’s like mattress, sleeping bags, tents and first aid kits.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by suitable vehicle as per guest strength.
  • Toll taxes, parking charges, driver allowance, interstate taxes.
  • All inclusive taxes..

  • Airfare/Train Fare.
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary or in the included section.
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee /beverages both hard and soft etc.)
  • Travel & cancellation insurance, cost of emergency evacuation etc.
  • Any thing extra that has not been listed in the above ‘INCLUDED’ sections.
  • Any other expenses caused due to force majeure factor.

What to Expect

The trek tour provides you the magnificent of the Greater Himalayas range of Ladakh and Zanskar. The absolute stunning trek tour by Bharat Darshan will cover the places of far off locations deeply rooted with its original culture and heritage and the glorious views of mighty Himalayas. You will come across the glacier streams guggling through your way decorated with Thangkas and paintings. Visit to the ancient monasteries of Rangdum, Padum and Phugtal you will find yourself in some another world or planet as if time stands still.

  • Visit enroute monasteries will give you warmth and relaxation and calmness.
  • The route is dotted with prayer wheels and flags the presence of which will give you boost and energy just admire and enjoy the places you will never feel tired or bored.
  • The route includes of walking on the glaciers and you must follow the guidance of our guide properly. The way is rocky towards upper mountains and needs to be very careful.
  • The trek is categorized as difficult and a person having comorbidity, heart problem, high blood pressure etc. is not advised to take this Darcha-Padum Trek.
  • For trekking we suggest recommends to walk from 7-8 kms per day without interruption.
  • For strength endurance jog for 5 kms in just 30 minutes. You should feel active and energetic post jogging.
  • Make you muscle flexible doing some flexibility exercises.
  • You need to pack your trekking essentials like trek backpacks, Head lamps or torch, Light expedition jacket, Trekking shoes, Trek Pole or Stick, Sunscreen, Antiseptic Cream, Sun Glass, heavy winter lotion (Ultrasmooth Boroline is the best), Spray for aches and sprains, Scarves, woollen and water proof hand gloves. Lip balms, light towel, toothbrush and small tooth paste, Water bottle, Plastic Sheets, Rain coat and extra plastic, Mobile Bank, Hand Sanetizer, soap, lunch box and dry food which boost your instant energy.
  • Light medicine kit having Diamox for Acute Mount sickness, Avil for motion sickness, Combiflam pain killer, Disprin headache, Norflox for diarrhoea, Digene, Bandage Cotton, Band Aid, ORS, Anti Fungal Powder.
  • Lastly but not the least you need to have patience and motivation if you are in love with nature you will not suffer from any of the above sickness or anxiety. Here Courage is victory.
  • Protect Himalayas if you are carrying plastic do not litter and bring them to base camp and discard it properly or decompose them properly and at designated places.
Day 01: Chandigarh- Manali (2,050 m)

Arrival at Chandigarh Railway station pick up and transfer to Manali. Upon arrival hotel check in. Later time to relax and or walk on the mall. In the evening you will be briefed about the trek dos and don’ts and tips of survival and motivation to get going during. Dinner and overnight at Manali, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: Hotel /Similar

Day 02: Manali sightseeing and acclimatization

After an early breakfast proceed for sightseeing and visit to Hadimba Temple by walking and later hiking and sightseeing near and around Manali options like Lamadug and Hamta Circle. Return by late evening for dinner and overnight stay at Manali.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 03: Manali – Keylong (3050 M)

Early morning at dark leave for Keylong the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti. The day we will pass through Atal Tunnel the structural marvel of modern India offering an incredible experience. En route we will come across the mini tribal villages cross the Chinab the confluence of two mighty river of Lahaul and Spiti Chandra and Bhaga. Reach Keylong, by later evening a Buddhist town later we will visit the famous Kardang Monastery to get even furthermore acclimatized. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 04: Keylong – Darcha through Jispa monastery and village

Leave early morning to Darcha via Jispa village and the famous Jispa Monastery lies about 30 kms from Keylong. Upon arrival we will starts of first day trek to Palamo located at an altitude of 3825M. After about 5 hours of easy trek we will reach to our campsite welcomed by already present staff sip a cup of warm tea/coffee with snacks. As you move towards Palamo you enter into the Zanskar as you enter Palamo you are welcomed with great viewing meadows. An overnight stay at the Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 05: Darcha – Zanskar Sumdo (4,100 M) 9 kms/5 hrs

After breakfast trek along the views of the beautiful surroundings that start glowing with the first rays of sun. begin with gradual climbing of the mountain on the left bank until we reach our second camp site. An overnight stay at the Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 06: Zanskar Sumdo – Chumik Nakpo (4670 M) 6 hrs

After onset of sunrise leave for Chumik Nakpo the  follow the stream which has to be cross carefully reach your camp site located on the base of nest day climb. Dinner and overnight stay at camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 07: Chumik Nakpo – Climb to Shingo-La (5090 M) – Lakhang (4590M) 7/8 hrs

After breakfast leave for wonderful Shingo La pass with relaxing surrounding views. A relatively tiring trekking journey rewarded by your patience once you arrive at camp site.  As you climb further high you leave pass the green belt and reached to Shingo-La 5090 m where you will be welcomed by glaciers and meadows and streams. Reach Lakhang camp beside small stream in next 3 hours and enjoy a night stay at the Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 08: Lakhang – Kargyak (4230 M) 5/6 hrs

Get ready with your refreshment and leave for another wonder day. After crossing the stream, you follow your path towards right of the stream. On the way and rocky terrain, you need to be very careful and mind your every moves. After about an hour you trek and starts descending towards the first village of Zanskar Kargyak. Reach your camping site in Zanskar and in the evening we will take you to the village for one-to-one interaction. Another night stay at the Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 09: Kargyak – Purne (3965 M) 6 hrs

Post breakfast we will leave for our next destination which is Purne. Purne is also a very important place because of Phugtal Monastery a famous cave Monastery. Walk and follow the left side of Chorten (Stupa) and recite as “Om Mane Padme Hum”. After the village, we will continue on the right bank with an easy walk and reach Tanze, which is a small village with a Gompa (monastery) after few minutes of walking further crossing a small bridge, we will reach to Kuru village which is a major village of livestock breeders. Continue further and reach beautiful Testa village. Further descending and ascending we will reach Yal. From here, we will take steep descent towards a large bridge, which we after crossing reaches to Purne. Overnight Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 10: Purne- Trek to explore Phuktal Monastery (4055 M) and back to Purne 6 hrs

Today we will visit to Phuktal Gompa, the gompa is on the cliffside of a mountain with natural caves and spring water known for its unique healing applications> The Phugtal Monastery a 11th century monastery and is like a honey climb cut into rock under a graphic limestone cave. It belongs to the Gelupas (Yellow Cap). We will be going up the right bank of the Tsarap River in to the splendid gorges and after crossing a bridge we will walk up for few more minutes where a ridge leads to a small plateau sprinkled with Chorten and religious banners. From here, we will witness the most spectacular sights in the Zanskar regions. After visiting Phuktal Gompa, we will return by the same route to Purne for an overnight stay at the Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 11: Purne – Phibula (3865M) 5/6 hrs

After breakfast leave Purne pass through the frequent small canyons of pudding stones. We will pass a bit above a hanging bridge that leads to the village of Cha and two hours later, we will reach Kheydang, a small village in a poplar grove. Finally, we will reach to Phibula. An overnight stay at the camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 12: Purne – Phibula (3865M) 5/6 hrs

After breakfast leave Purne pass through the frequent small canyons of pudding stones. We will pass a bit above a hanging bridge that leads to the village of Cha and two hours later, we will reach Kheydang, a small village in a poplar grove. Finally, we will reach to Phibula. An overnight stay at the camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 13: Phibula – Raru (3960M) 6 hrs

After a long trek today, we will reach a large bridge that will leads to Ichar village. Henceforth we will have to steep descending and after a steady climb reach our campsite of Raru. Our camp here will be set near extremely wonderful lake. Overnight stay at Camp.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 14: Phibula – Padum (3,530 M) 5/6 hrs

After breakfast leave for Padum the final destination of your itinerary leaving Phibula and marching ahead to a beautiful plain covered with flowers and visit to the monastery of Mune. After steep descen reach the main track path and after two hours of trekking we will arrive at Burdan Gompa, a Kargyudpa Monastery famous for its prayer wheel. Upon arrival we will be visiting to several beautiful villages on the right bank of Tsarap River and then a dusty trail will take you to the sub headquarter of Zanskar regions, Padum. An overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 15: Padum

The day is free to visit Karsha and nearby places. An overnight stay at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 16: Drive to Rangdum

After breakfast leave for Randum upon arrival visit to Rangdum Monastery a rustic off location surprises us as how one can leave happily. Dinner and overnight in tent.

Accommodation: Camping

Day 17: Rangdum-Kargil (Enroute Drang-Drung Glacier and Nun Kun Peak)

After breakfast leave for Kargil enroute view of the largest glacier of Ladakh after Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram range which is 23 kms long and located at an altitude of 4780 M. Further leaving the amazing scene proceed towards Kargil and follow the Suru River on the way you have the view of Nun Kun Twin Peak the height of Nun is 7135 M and Kun 7022 M. Upon arrival Kargil night stay at hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 18: Kargil to Leh

After breakfast leave for Leh enroute Balti Heritage House and Museum, Mulbekh Chamba Statue and Fotu La the highest point on this route. Further proceed and reach to Lamayuru visit to Lamayuru Monastery Complex. Enroute visit to Likir and Alchi Monastery and confluence of Indus and Zanskar River. Continue and also take a brief stop at Magnetic Hill and Pather Sahib. Reach you final destination Leh. You are bound to retire for the day.

Enjoy and explore with Darcha to Padum trek best way to explore the Zankar local people and places. Most exotic and remotely located is the paradise for trekker and is only accessible for 6 months of the year. The most remarkable landmark of this trek is Phugtal Monastery which is a full day excursion trip from Purne. You have the opportunity to scale the height of Shingo La located at 5090 M with the glaciers covered and stream gurgling you get the best rewarding once you reach the peak with great mesmerizing views of the peak’s surroundings.

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