Lamayuru to Padum is a challenging trek that tests a seasoned trekker’s endurance level. The trek starts from Lamayuru towards Wanla and ends at Padum from where we drive to Leh. The main focus of this trek is high mountain Passes covering several villages on the way. The ideal time for this trek is mid-June to September.
Day 1: Leh to Lamayuru to Wanla
Altitude: 3250 metres
Drive: 4 to 5 Hrs
Trek: 2 to 3 hrs
After an early breakfast, you will drive to Lamayuru. On the way, you will visit Liker and Alchi Monasteries. You will arrive Lamayuru by noon, visit the Monastery and then drive to Wanla. Your overnight camp will be in Wanla.
Day 2: Wanla to Hanupatta
Altitude: 3970 metres
Trek: 6 to 7 Hrs
You will cross the river stream and walk along the eastward road. Your route will split into two, one goes towards Alchi and the other towards Sumda Chenmo. Once you cross the bridge, the trail enters into Hanupatta gorge. It is a challenging trail along rocky steep with the stream below. You will pass by a stupa to a narrow valley. After an easy ascent, you will reach The Hanupatta.
Day 3: Hanupatta to Photoksar
Altitude: 4050 metres
You will walk along the stream and cross the tributaries. Proceed walking up to Sirsir la situated at an altitude of 4850 metres. Walk along the stream, which leads to the Photoksar village. Your campsite will be right before the village across the stream.
Day 4: Photksar to SingayLa base
Altitude: 4300 metres
Trek: 8 Hrs
From the village, walk down the stream on your left. You will find few herder’s shelters. From there, you will cross the stream that goes into the trail leading you to the base. Here is where you will put your tent and rest for the day.
Day 5: Singayla base to Lingshet
Trek: 5 to 6 hrs
Start your day by ascending to Singay La situated at an altitude of 5050 metres. You will walk down the pass and the trail on your left goes to towards Yulchung Nerags. If you take the right trail, you reach Kyukpa la located at an altitude of 4430 metres. Take the right trail from Kyukpa la and reach a hamlet. You will cross the stream and hike to Margo la (4500 metres). Once you descend from the pass, you will reach the Lingshet village. Your campsite will be near the school. The monastery is located above Lingshet village.
Day 6: Lingshet to Snyertse
Altitude: 3800 metres
Trek: 8 hrs
You will walk down the stream through the fields. Once you cross the stream, it will be an easy ascent. You will reach Hanuma la located at an altitude of 4800 metres. From there, you can have a good view of Lingshet village. To reach the campsite, walk down along the stream. You will stay overnight in Snyertse.
Day 7: Snyertse to Hanamur
Altitude: 3450 metres
Trek: 6 Hrs
You will continue trekking by crossing the stream. There will be a curve after which you will walk up to the stream. Then, you will cross the bridge and ascend steeply to reach Parfi la (3950 metres). You will walk down to the Zangskar River. The trail leads along the river till Hanamur. Besides the field, you will have the campsite in Hanamur.
Day 8: Hanamur to Pishu
Trek: 4 to 5 Hrs
You will walk along the Zanskar River that passes through Pidmo. Your overnight stay will be in the camp.
Day 9: Pishu to Karsha
Altitude: 3650 metres
Trek: 4 hrs
Take the path along the Zanskar River towards Karsha, which passes through Rinam village. The camp is located near the stream and below the monastery. You can explore the village beauty by visiting Karsha monastery. Your overnight stay will be in tents.
Day 10: Karsha to Padum
Altitude: 3610 metres
Trek: 2 Hrs
Cross the river and walk towards Padum. On the way in Pibithing village, you can check out some religious monuments. You can visit Sani and Stakrimo monasteries in Padum village. You will stay in a hotel overnight.
Day 11: Padum to Kargil
Drive: 9 to 10 Hrs
After an early breakfast, you will drive to Kargil via Penze La. You will stay overnight stay in a hotel at Kargil.
Day 12: Kargil to Leh
Drive: 6 to 7 Hrs
You will have your breakfast and drive to Leh. Your trek ends here.
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