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Henaskut to Brandy Nalla via Zangla

Henaskut to Brandy Nalla is a challenging trek which focuses mainly on the Monasteries, Monks, Villages and highlight Zanskar Region, its Monasteries and the Landscape.

Tour Route

Leh / Henaskut / Kanji / Lingshet / Zangla / Phuktal / Tsokmetsik / Brandy Nalla / Leh

Tour Program

Day 01 Leh  to  Henaskut  (5-6hrs)
Drive to Henaskut on the way visit one of the oldest Monasteries of Ladakh at Lamayuru. Overnight camp.

Day 02 Trek Hinaskut  to  Kanji Village (3800m)  (4-5hrs)
Morning after breakfast walk towards Kanji village along the valley with a small river bank and beautiful gorge. After noon explore village. Overnight camp.

Day 03 Trek Kanji village – Kanji-La base (4300m)  (5-6hrs)
Start with an easy walk along a river bank till to sumdo. Turn to right side of the valley from here easy ascends towards the base of Kanji-la. Today you could see yaks and wild animals on the way. Overnight camp.

Day 04 Trek Kanji base  via Kanji la pass 5150m
Morning after the breakfast walk along the valley. Take a left turn from where there is a quite steep walk and afterv 500mtrs.  It’s an easy ascends towards Kanji la pass. From the pass you will get very beautiful view for Nun & Kun Peaks & other Ranges of Himalaya.After sometime descend back to Sumdo.  Overnight camp.

Day 05: Trek Sumdo  to  Pikdong-La  to  Dipling village (5020m)
Morning after b/f cross the river & walk on the right side of valley for 3 hrs. Then take a turn towards Marpo-La pass from where you will get the view of Dipling valley. Descend from the pass till Dipling village.There is a nice camping site near a stream of river just before the village.  Overnight camp.

Day 06: Trek Dipling village  to  Sumdo
Morning after  breakfast explores the isolated valley & visit its monastery. After walking for an hour you will have to cross no. of river crossings till sumdo (level of water in September is low). Overnight camp.

Day 07: Trek Sumdo  to   MarpoLa  (4750m) to  Lingshed village
On this day walk along the valley till there is a gradual path up along the  river stream. There is a good chance to spot many wild animals like Blue sheep, Ibex, Barel, etc. Overnight camp.

Day 08: Trek Lingshed  to  Hanamu-La Base
Morning after b/fast visit Lingshed Monastery which is famous for its old paintings. Explore the village and its school. Walk to Hanamula base. Overnight camp.

Day 09: Trek Hanamula base  to  Hanamu-La pass (4845m)  to  Zangchen
Today you will have to walk on a quite steep path. It will take 2hrs to reach the pass. From the pass go descend down to the valley crossing a river stream and nice landscapes. Overnight camp.

Day 10: Trek Zangchen  to  Parfila (3900m)  to  Hanamul village  (4-5hrs)
Morning quite ascent walk to the pass go down to towards to Hanamil from pass just short walk see the Zanskar River, famous for Chader Trek. Overnight at Hanamul village which is the first village of Zanskar.

Day 11: Trek Hanamul  to  Zangla village  (5-6hrs)
 Today easy walk along Zanskar River. On the way visit Pidmo village. In Zangla visit the Royal Palace where still royal family resides. Overnight camp.

Day 12: Trek Zangla villages  to  Tsazar Sumdo
In the morning walk along the river stream till you reach Zangla-sumdo. From sumdo turn to the right side of the valley. Overnight camp.

Day 13: Trek Tsazar Sumdo  to  Konglumtse
Today you have to cross many small river crossings & the path is an easy ascend. On the way good chance to spot Yaks. Overnight camp.

Day 14: Trek Konglumtse  to  Niri la  to  Niri Doksha (4220m)
You will get a beautiful view of mountain Ranges of Zanskar. The Valley is quite green with vast pastureland, famous for keeping Yaks and other animals. Locals from Zangla village as well from Shade come with their animals for all summer. Overnight camp.

Day 15: Trek Niri Doksha  to  Lari-La  to Mitsik
Today you will have to cover quite an easy path along river and a small pass. From the pass descend down towards Shade Nalla. Overnight camp.

Day 16: Trek Mitsik  to  Rordang-La  to  Shade village
Morning After the breakfast walk towards the pass Rordang la. It’s quite an easy to reach the pass, from the pass walk down till Shade village. Explore the village & visit Thangtak gonpa. There is a nice camping site near the river. Overnight camp.

Day 17: Trek Thanthak  to  Phukthal Monastery
Start with morning trek to Phukthal monastery, one of most famous monasteries in Ladakh region. Phukthal is also known for its beautiful sceneries. Overnight Stay in gonpa House.

Day 18 Trek Phukthal gonpa  to  Thanthak
Trek back to Thanthak following the same route back. Overnight camp.

Day 19 Trek Thanthak  to  Nyalo kuntse-La (4430m) to Gothurstatar la (4620m) to  Hormotse
Start the trek this day with an ascending walk to the first pass. It is very easy to reach one pass from the another. From pass descend down towards right side of the pass always down till to camp. Other side of the river bank shun village. It is nice for camping place near small gonpa. Overnight camp.

Day 20: Trek Homotse  to Sathak village
This day we cross one river which is called tijeep river. The source of river comes from Tibet Border. Overnight camp.

Day 21: Trek Sathak villages to Tsokmik
Start the trek with an easy walk. There is another adjoining valley which leads to Hemis.  Walk for some time more till you reach Brandy Nalla valley.Overnight camp.

Day 22: Brandy Nalla to Manali  (6-7hrs)
From Brandy Nalla drive to Manali. Overnight stay in a hotel at Manali.

Trek Ends

See what our Customers say about Henaskut to Brandy Nalla via Zangla

I have travelled with teams of Overland Escape on 6 occasions now and every single time the experience was wholeheartedly positive. On two occasions, Tundup organised lengthy treks through remote parts of Ladakh, Zanskar and Nubra and his organisation was absolutely reliable and spot on on every occasion. The trekking teams we travelled with were excellent, the food outstanding and the support available whenever it was needed. We were trekking during the floods in Summer 2010 in Zanskar and Changtang, and were, ultimately, the only trekking group that reached Tso Moriri during the middle of August, in the week just after the flooding. This was due to the competence of our guide, Namgyal, who changed our route to enable us to proceed, who knew exactly where to cross the swollen rivers and who kept us completely safe at all times. On 4 occasions, Overland Escape organised Easter expeditions through the Markha Valley for relatively large school groups. This, of course, needed extraordinarily good organisation, and on each occasion, this was exactly what we got. Not only were all timings kept and all information was relevant and 100% reliable, the trekking teams Tundup organised for us, were amongst the best teams I have ever travelled with. In particular, Namgyal is in all likelihood the best guide I have ever trekked with. His knowledge of the region, its culture and wildlife is outstanding, and he is also an excellent travel companion. He can empathise with and enthuse adults and youngsters to the same degree. Overland Escape certainly is one of the best trekking outfits I have come across in the Himalayas or indeed anywhere in the world (I have also trekked in Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Peru and Jordan). I would wholeheartedly recommend travelling with this organisation.

Edwin Gruber



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Fausto & Silvia, Italy



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