Zanskar Road Trip

Destination

Srinagar - Kargil - Zanskar - Padum – Rangdum - Kargil - Leh

Tour Key Points

  • Starting City
    Srinagar
  • Ending City
    Leh
  • Duration
    09 Days
  • Difficulty Level
    Advance
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The Zanskar Range is in the union territory of Ladakh that separates Zanskar from Ladakh. Geologically, the Zanskar Range is part of the Tethys Himalayas. The average height of the Zanskar Range is about 6,000 m (19,700 ft). Zanskar or Zahar (locally) is sub-district or Tehsil of the Kargil district, its administrative centre is Padum. Zanskar, together with the neighbouring region of Ladakh, was briefly a part of the kingdom of Guge in Western Tibet.


They have never lost their cultural and religious heritage since the 8th century. This is also one of the rare regions in the Himalaya where traditional Tibetan culture, society, and buildings survived the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Since last 20 years, the opening of the roada and the massive movements of tourists and researchers have brought several changes to the traditional organisation of Zanskar.
This road runs through some of the beautiful places well known as Srinagar, Kargil, Padum / Karsha, Rangdum, Kargil and Leh. However these words are so small to explain the entire experience.

Explore the native culture, food, and thousand-year-old heritage by interacting with the warm, and gregarious locals.

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  1. Day 01 ARRIVE SRINAGAR

    Today you will arrive at Srinagar airport, you will meet and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the time free at leisure to relax. Afternoon you will enjoy the Shikara ride on Dal Lake and also time to explore floating market. Overnight stay at the houseboat.

  2. Day 02 SRINAGAR – KARGIL (202 kms / 07-08 hrs)

    Morning after breakfast drive to Kargil via Zozi La. You can visit Kargil war memorial. And tiger Hill view from a road side Dhaba while having snacks (on direct payment basis). Overnight stay at hotel.

  3. Day 03 KARGIL – PANIKHAR – PARKACHIK – RANGDUM – PENZI LA - PADUM (255 Kms / 09 Hrs)

    Morning after breakfast at hotel (preferably packed breakfast from hotel). Today is going to be a long day, hence leave for sure by 0700 hrs. After a short drive from Kargil we enter in to the Suru valley. Suru valley is one of the most beautiful regions of ladakh, and is the heartland of kargil. You will enjoy the view of massive Nun and Kun peak and the Parkachik glacier. We stop for lunch at Rangdum. There is many other unnamed Glaciered peaks on the way. On arrival at Padum Check-in at hotel.

  4. Day 04 ZANSKAR – KHARSA MONASTRY – CHUCHIK JAL NUNNERY – KALCHAKRA TEMPLE

    After morning breakfast drive 10 km to Kharsha which has the largest Geluk pa monastery of Zanskar. Close to the monastery there is a Nunnery to visit which eleven headed big stat moue of Avaloketeshvra has believed to be 800 years old. Drive back to Hotel and enjoy hot meal. In the afternoon visit the Kalachakra temple a temple devoted to His Holiness The Dalai Lama who has given the teaching of Kalachakra in 1988. Overnight Stay at hotel.

  5. Day 05 ZANSKAR SIGHTSEEING LOWER PART + ZONGKHUL MONASTARY

    After morning breakfast drive 35 km along the Zanskar River to Zangla. We will visit the old and new palace of Zangla king. We will also visit the Zangla nunnery. After wards drive back to Tongde. Tongde monastery is the second largest Geluk pa monastery in zanskar. Drive back to hotel for overnight stay.

  6. Day 06 PADUM – RANGDUM (117 KMS / 05-06 HRS)

    After breakfast, drive to Rangdum on the way see and click some lovely pictures of Drang Drung Glacier. On arrival check-in into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

  7. Day 07 RANGDUM – KARGIL (160 KMS / 06-07 HRS)

    After breakfast drive to Kargil, we will stop for lunch at Sankoo. On arrival check-in onto the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  8. Day 08 KARGIL – LAMAYURU – LEH (160 KMS / 06-07 HRS)

    Drive to Leh, en-route visiting rock curved Maitarei statue at Mulbek, Lamayuru monastery, Magnetic Hill and Pathar Shahib gurudwara. Overnight at hotel.

  9. Day 09 LEH DEP

    In time transfer to Leh airport to board flight for onward destination.

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