Kanji-Lingshed-Photoksar (8 days)
strenous, 6 passes
Kanji-la 5.271 m (17.060 ft)
Pingdon-la 5.029 m
Barma-la 4.694 m
Murgum-La 4.370 m
Kuba-La 4.430 m
Sengi-La 4.971 m
Average daily walking time:
it is an exceptionally remote trek through the dramatic and evocative landscapes of Ladakh and the mystical kingdom of Zanskar. On the routes, trekkers are very rarely seen and We like to suggest this trekking route to those who love to be in wilderness; unpolluted and untravelled by many.
You can start the trek by a short drive of 4 hours to get to the starting point- Kanji.Kanji village is situated in an altitude of 3875m and the village has a small number of families who farm the immediate area. It is a beautiful trek with solitude and magnificent landscape consisting of some river crossings.
How is a usual day of Trekking?
Early in the morning you are serve bed tea in the with morning wishes. After bed tea, you start packing your things. Breakfast is served in the dining tent. After breakfast, you are ready for the day. Guide walks with you but before living don’t forget to check your bag that it contain all the important things you need during the day like Camera, sun cream, water bottle, lunch box etc. You will carry a light backpack containing all these important things required during the day and the other things will come of the horse back. At noon, you stop for lunch at a nice location and have some rest. Trek continues and the horseman and kitchen staff will lead you on the way. Before your arrival at the camp, our team would have put your tent and would be waiting for you with tea, juice and light snacks. After the arrival at campsite, you can enjoy your leisure in your own way. The dinner is served around 7 in the evening. Afer the dinner, the guide brief you about the next day and give you timing for the next morning.
The food menu in breakfast, lunch and dinner keep changing ranging from Indian, Tibetan Chinese, Ladakhi, Continental, and Italian.
Day to Day Program
Kanji-Lingshed-Photoksar (8 days) (10 days from Leh to Leh)
1st Day: Leh – Kanji village (3.800 m), 6 hours drive
Kanji is a village with 20 families who farm the immediate area, and can be accessed through the village of Hemiskot which lies on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh highway. Haniskot is situated just after the Fotula standing majestically between the Lamayuru valley and Haniskot valley. The village is situated on an altitude of 3.875 m, and is also the starting point on the Kanji la and Shilakong gorge trek. Kanji is 163 km from Leh. On the way from Leh to Kanji, you can visit any of the famous spot like Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery, Phyang Monastery or Lamayuru depending on your compatibility. On the way, you can have your lunch in any of the restaurant.On first day, you drive from Leh and spend your night in alchi in tent. Our crew will be there in advance to welcome you on this wonderful trek.
2nd Day: Kanji campite (3.800 m) – to base of Kanji-La (4.350 m), 6 hours
It is the first day of the trek . So obviously a short day to avoid any untoward emergency that occur when you push the client on thier very first day of trek.From the lush green field of Kanji fileds, we walk south. You have to ascend a gentle trough meadows, and you are at base camp for the night stay in tent.
3rd Day: Base Kanji la – Kanji-la (5.271 m) – Junction of Kanji-La & Pingdon-La (4.370 m) 7 hours
Today you haveto continously ascend to the pass.From the pass you can have a panaromic view of the Himalayas range and the world famous Nun Kun twins mountain. The view is breathtaking and one could hardly explain this experience as John Keats says,”Heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are even sweeter.” Onward here, you have to descend a long way to a rocky campsite at the junction of two streams. From here , one can aslo travel to Rangdum. It is one of the most famous trial that people of Rangdum and Kanji used to travel in past but now a days it is very rare due to the construction of road but still local prefert this route while taking group of Yak and horses from Rangdum to Kanji or vice versa.
4th Day: Junction to base Pingdon la (4.579), 4 hours
It is an easy day as you have to cross a pass tomorrow. We walk along the stream that flows from Pingdon-la. It’s a short day and in the afternoon you can enjoy ur leisure time enjoying the nature or indulging in some kind of romance with nature!!
5th Day: Base Pingdon la – Pingdon la (5.029 m) alias Pudzong-la – Dibling (4.700 m), 7 hours
It is an easy climb to the pass. You will be able to see that your path leading to the pass is an easy snow-slog. Crampons and ice axes are unnecessary and it is unlikely you will need gaiters.
From the top Pingdon-la alias Pudzong-la you can cherish a splendid view of snowy peaks in every direction. Onward here you have to walk down the snow slope which leads rocky trial and a zig-zag path leads you out of the fantastic rocky slates and towers on either side of the valley. About 900 meters of descend and you walk amongst an area of clumpy small trees and bushes with fabulous views. Now you walk easily down the left-hand side of the valley past some deserted houses and some unworked fields before coming to the river entering from the left. Here you have the choice of either wading across or perhaps riding across on a horse, if one can be made available from the pack animals.
Another hour from here brings you are in the the pretty village of Dibling where there are some houses and a gompa. Dibling is the most isolated village of West Zanskar. The monastery, as with virtually all Ladakhi villages, sits above the village and it is well worth a walk up to the monastery to have a look around. It is a Yellow Hat temple, whose main figures are Shakyamuni Buddha, Chenrizig, Maitreya (Buddha of the future), and Tsong-khapa (founder of the Gelukpa Yellow Hat Order).
Dibling is indeed a pretty little village with substantial houses, nice chortens and surrounded by good fields. In fact, you will probably find that the village may almost be empty as virtually everybody is out in the fields dealing with the harvest. Nevertheless, your guide and his crew ought to be able to find somebody with a key to open up the temple for you to have a look around. That is, of course, if the resident monk is not ‘at home’. It is quite incredible to think that this is the only village in this valley and that it is cut off from all other parts of Ladakh and Zanskar by very high passes. Again, it enjoys a Shangri-La setting, and the people will have seen very few westerners at all.
We camp near the village or two kilometer forward. The people over here are very friendly and welcome as they seldom receive any guest. If you wish, you can enjoy visiting a local house to enjoy tea and some talks with the villagers.
6th Day: Dibling – Lingshed sumdho (3.680 m) – Base Barma la (3.890 m), 8 hours
Today just after leaving the village, we follow a relatively newly-built footpath and after a while some parts of the path are exposed.
A long day on a narrow and rocky path. The path traverses slopes into the gorge. Fantastic rock scenery. Gigantic slabs on the right further down ahead of you. Horses have to walk in the river. You can walk in water or climb up to avoid fords. Eventually you cross the main river again to take you back to the left bank. The scenery is jaw-dropping – beetling cliffs with choughs and pigeons soaring the heights. Even eagles might come to see who these strangers are. You may encounter local people from the village of Dibling whose nearest place to shop is the village of Lingshed.
At Lingshed Sundho we enter a gorge coming in from the left, leave the valley of Oma Chu (milk river) and walk up to the base of Barma-la (Barmi-la). The path enter a narrow section of the gorge and look back now for fabulous views of snow-capped peaks framed by the wall of the gorge. Meet some caves and, at the end of the gorge, we camp at 3.680 m. or may be higher at 3.900 m.
7th Day: Base – Barma la (4.694 m) – Lingshed Gompa (3.900 m), 6-7 hours
It is just over three hours to the pass and an easy gradual path until the last 300 metres which is a little steeper. There are one or two places where you would not want to slip on the narrow path! Looking back, the views are inspiring – ranges of snow peaks. As you get higher, the trail turns to the left and then again to the right. The pass itself is broad, with a chorten and prayer flags. It is such a thrill to get to the pass and look down into the valley containing the village and monastery of Lingshed, and the peaks marching off into the far distance. It is a long and hot descent, but the views go on improving of Lingshed and its wonderful monastery.
The path reaches the route fron Padum (on your right) then drop down past houses and fields to climb back up again to reach the monastery and the camp site just above that. You will feel pretty flaked out by the time you get to camp. However, there is a small shop and two quite decent toilet blocks. The camp site itself, though, is a bit stony and dusty. If you are extremely lucky, there might even be bottles of beer in the shop.
8th Day: Lingshed (3.900 m) to the foot of Sengi-La (4.700 m) via Murgum-La (4.370 m) and via Kiupa-La (4.430 m), 6 hours
This is the first of two days you have to climb 2 passes in one day. The day starts with an easy climb of 4 hours up to the first pass. If you reach the first pass of the day Murgum-La 4.370 m (14.330 ft) you will have a wonderful view of the valley of Nierag, on the other bank of the Zanskar. The gentle descent toward the villages Gongma 4.000 m and Skiumpata 4.060 m. Start the very steep climb gradually along the mountain side up to the summit of the Kiupa-la 4.430 m (14.530 ft). Continue to the foot of the next pass Sengi-La 4.430 m (14.534 ft).
9th day: base of Sengi-La (4.700 m) to Photokasar (4.130 m) via Sengi-La (4.900 m) and Bumiktse-La (4.200 m), 7 hours
The rather steep claim to the highest pass of the trek takes you 2 hours. The views from the summit of Sengi-La 4.900 m (16.070 ft) are spectacular. Then a short slope leads into a broad valley. It is an easy going then gentle climb towards the second pass Bumiktse-La 4.200 m (14.430 ft). The descent leads you to the pretty village Photoksar 4.130 m (13.550 ft). It is a splendid village at the base of the hung mountain walls. There is abandoned monastery 20 minutes above the village.
10th day: Photoksar – Leh
Our car will be there in Photoksar to drive you back to Leh. So, here the rejuvenating and healing treks end with lots of experience,giving you many reasons to live a peaceful and beautiful life.
Important Things You must know before the starts of the Trek
You must be well acclimatized before the start of the trek. As starting trek, without taking precaution leads to untoward incident.
You must bring warm clothes, good trekking shoes, Slipper for river crossing, Walking stick.
Sun cream is very important to protect your skin.
Water bottle and water filter.