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Zanskar Combined with Rupsho Trek

Zanskar combined with Rupsho trek is a moderate trek which starts from Dorzong and ends at Korzok.

Tour Route

Leh / Kargil / Raru / Phuktal / Shade / Satak/ Spangchen / Nuruchan / Korzok / Leh

Tour Program

Day 01: Leh to Kargil
After Breakfast drive to Kargil enroute visit Alchi monastery, Basgo Palace, Liker Monastery  and Gurudwara Pathar Shab. Arrive at Kargil by evening. Overnight Hotel.

Day 02: Kargil to Raru
Morning drive to Raru village on the banks of the Lungnak river is a site of ancient rock carvings which dates back to the 8th century. During the day we shall visit the monastery of Bardan. This monastery is located on the trek route. Our trek begins in Raru village. The day is a relatively easy walk to Lechar, going up down and across a wooden bridge following the Tserap river up and down though Ichaer village, set in a rocky landscape. The campsite is at Dorzong village.  

Day 03: Trek Dorzong to Kalbok  (5-6 hrs)
Easy walk and trail continues to follow the Tserap river. We trek past the villages of Tsethang, and Surley, overnight campsite Kalbok.

Day 04: Trek Kalbok to Phukthal Gompa  (5-6 hrs)
The confluence of Tserap and Kar-yak rivers. While passing through the little village of Purni we will continue our trek a little further to reach Phukthal Gompa. We shall visit the famous Phukthal monastery during the day. Phukthal is by far the most spectacularly located monastic establishment in Ladakh. The Phukthal complex spills out of the mouth of a cave high up on the vertical mountainside of a gorge through which a major tributary of the Lung-nak river flows. The foundation of Phukthal dates back to the early 12th century. Overnight campsite at gompa.  

Day 05: Trek Phukthal to Tangthak Monastery   (6-7 hrs)
From the Phukthal monastery ascend along the Tserap river. Many downs and ups follow the main valley of gorge and rocky landscape, crossing some streams along the way. And good chance to see wild life, such as Himalayan mountain sheep and snow leopard. This day is very long and steep. The track rises and keeps on ascending till Shade village. We can see the junction of Tserap and the Stongday river on the other side of the river. It is possible to use this trail towards Yarshun, Mashu, Tangthak. After leaving the junction and walking for about 2 hrs, there is river crossing just before the very nice campsite near the river bank. Overnight camp. 

Day 06: Trek day trip from Tangthak  to Shade  (3-4 hrs)
Explore the village, meeting the locals and back to camp. 

Day 07: Trek Tangthak to Hormoche via Naylokungtse la (4900m) to Gotungla (5250m) 7-8 hrs.
In morning start the easy climb gradually up through the beautiful valley, past a volcanic mountain gradually to the pass. From the top you have a very nice view. After easy walk but long way to get to the next pass, in between that the nice view of lake is spectacular. From the second pass it is steep, giving lovely views of the lake and the majestic volcanic mountains. You might be surprised with a rare glimpse of a Snow Leopard, or the more common Ibex and Yak. Overnight camp.  

Day 08: Trek Hormoche  to  Sathak village  (6-7 hrs)
From the camp easy walk along field, passing along the Tserap river. Up and down through nice landscape, rocky, gorge, and cross a river coming from Tibet border. Set up camp Sathak village.  Overnight camp.

Day 09: Trek Sathak  to Tsokmesik  6-7 hrs.
From the camp continue on the left side until reaching the first small pass. From the pass very nice view of gorge landscape of rock and river bank, chance to see Ibex. This day many up and downs as trail passes through beautiful way along the river bank. Set up camp.  

Day 10: Trek Tsokmesik  to  Morang la base. (4200 m) 4-5 hrs.
Today is easy walk following the narrow valley passing through stream river and bushes and gradually up to camp. Set up the camp at about 4450 m.   

Day 11: Trek  to  Lungo via Morang la (5300 m) 6-7 hrs.
From the camp very steep climb till Marang la pass  and rest at top. The trek down on other side is initially steep, leading to a broad plateau. From her the trek is a gentle descent through many valleys till Lun (4100m) where camp will be set up .   

Day 12: Trek Lungo  to  Sangtha (6-7 hrs)
Morning from the camp start trek along the river following it downstream . En route cross a small village of Nomad from Karnek region and cross Stupa ""chorten"'. you may be meet the peoples from Tibet nomads. Over night camp near river bank.

Day 13: Trek Sangtha  to  Pangche-Do (Nomad village)
Toady is easy walk along the stream river passing small village & Monasteries chance to see ""Kang"" wild horses. After noon meeting with nomads visit House. Evening, interesting to see animals like yak, ship, goat, Coming from mountain. Over night camp.  

Day 14: Trek Pangchen-Do  to  Walthang (Nomad camp) via Pangche la 5350m  (6-7 hrs)
After breakfast, gradual climb till the pass, on the way passing many yak and blooming flowers. From pass see descent on other side following trail along river. Passing through Rupshu, nomads are living this area. And see big plateau and open valley with snowy peaks from the pass. Over night camp Nomad area.  

Day 15: Trek Walthang  to  Nuruchan  (4-5 hrs)
from the camp easy walk very flat till to camp. Over night camp near river bank.

Day 16: Trek Nuruchan  to  Rachung karu via Horlamkonga  (4-5 hrs)
From the camp easy ascent to the pass, around one hour 30 minutes. The trail run towards north east just after crossing the pass through the valley. The camp site is across the river at the base of the Kyamayurla pass. Over night camp.

Day 17: Trek Rachungkaru  to  Gyamalhoma  via  Kyamayurla pass 5300m  (6-7 hrs)
Start climbing Kyamayur la pass 5300 m as soon as you leave your camp. This takes around 2hrs at average speed. After the pass the trail leads towards north east and at the end of the valley trail start ascending another small pass called Gyamaila {5150m} from where you can have view of a group of peaks. Walk down towards north east and cross a small river and the Gyamala homes are reached after another river crossing which is also a base for Korzok la.  

Day 18: Trek Gyamalhoma  to  Korzok  via  Korzok-La (5400m) ( 6-7hrs)
Start with an easy ascent to the Korzok pass along the stream . It takes around 2 hrs to reach the top, which gives an exquisite view of the lovely Tsomoriri lake. Then steep down to Korzok village. Over night camp.

Day 19: Korzok  to  Leh Drive  (220 km / 6-7 hrs)
After breakfast drive along the Indus river. And on the way pass many villages, famous Hot spring water. Over night at Leh.

Tour End

See what our Customers say about Zanskar Combined with Rupsho Trek

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



"Tundup, have really a sixth sense...his associate in Manali (Kuram) is really a good man...a really good man where you can trust and give the full faith for everything. As already said, Tundup, know very well how to choice his partners. Concerning the driver choose by Kuram for the transfer from Manali to Dharmasala and then to Amritsar...he was a very good professional driver. All of us were surprise to find out in India a special driver, very professional, very polite...typical western style driver. Few words, always agree for everything, never complain and at the end he wanted to refuse our tips and we forced him to have it. I don't know if this choice has been affected by Tundup or by Kuram...but in any case...compliments to all of you. Now we are here into our house, very sad...our holiday has finished so quickly that we didn't realize. Everything has gone well, everything perfect. We'll be always in debit with Tundup for his great service and we really hope to see him again in a close future for another trekking. Thanks again for all, thanks for your book guide and for your full assistance."

Fausto & Silvia, Italy



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