The ancient buddhist kingdom of Zanskar, hidden deep in the western reaches of the Great Himalayan Range, has little contact with the outside world. Even the famous Himalayan caravan routes did’nt pass this way since snows keep Zanskar’s high passes inaccessible most of the year. During the winter months, the locals commute by walking across the frozen Zanskar river. 

This trek takes you across several high passes with the rocky folds of the Zanskari landscape ever changing colours by the light. You get to visit medieval villages, many nestled into cliff sides, irrigated fields of buckwheat and green pea patches and some of well known monasteries – Lingshet, Karsha, Sani, Bardan and Phuktal. The trails near the villages are lined with exquisitely carved manistones . This trek remains an old time favorite and a must do for all trekkers who have visited Ladakh especially now that roads are coming up, this trek can soon be done by jeeps.

Trip Highlights
  • Traverse through Zanskar
  • Delightful villages
  • Stunning landscape – a photographer and painter’s delight
  • Phuktal monastery
  • Nalagarh Fort Palace