Walking the Darcha Padum trek, Ladakh, India:

Darcha Padum trek is the first part of the famous twenty days Darcha Lamayuru trek. Darcha Lamayuru trek is also sometimes refereed as Manali Leh trek or Zanskar trek or Valleys of Zanskar trek. Darcha is one day drive from Manali and Lamayuru is a six hours drive from Leh. The trek starts in Darcha, climbs to 5000 m Shingo La Pass and than continues for 4-5 days along the beautiful Zanskar valley to the capital of Zanskar, Padum.

 

Walk description:

First day - from Darcha (3350 m) to Palamo (3600 m) 4 hours on the paved road, from Palamo 1.5 hour towards Jankar Sumdo (night camp before crossing the river).

Second day - 1 hour to Jankar Sumdo (3860 m) (tea house and campsite) , from Jankar Sumdo going up to Rumjak (4290 m) (there is absolutely nothing at Rumjak aside from grassy area) and than more up to the tea house near Chumik (4600 m) (4-5 hours from Jankar Sumdo to Chumik). It is a long day, but the ascent is gradual and definitely doable.

Third day - from Chumik 2-3 hours up to the Shingo La Pass (5000 m), going down from the pass to Lakong (4470 m) (tea house and campsite) - 2 hours .

Forth day - from Lakong to Kargyak village (4050 m) 4-5 hours, 14 km - walking in Zanskar valley.

Fifth day - from Kargyak to Purne (3700 m) (tea house and campsite) 6-7 hours, 20 km

Sixth day - Side trip from Purne to Phugtal Gompa monastery (3850 m) 1.5 hours each way, 0.5-1 hour staying there. From Purne to the next village after Surle - 3-4 hours.

Seventh day - from Surle to Reru - 6 hours.

Eighth day - from Reru to Padum on the paved road. It is possible to drive with jeep from Reru to Padum.

 

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Last updated 11-01-2008