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Keylong-Padum Over Bara Lacha La

Trek : Keylong-Padum Over Bara Lacha La
Trek Duration Pre Trek Post Trek Max. Altitude Grade Best Season
10 Days 05 Days 06 Day Phirtse-La, 5435 m Strenuous June to October

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Duration : 20 Nights / 21 Days
Places Covered :
Delhi - Chandigarh - Manali - Darcha - Baralacha La - Kinlung Sarai - Debni - Chhumik Marpo - Western Slope Camp - Kargyak - Teta - Purne - Ichar - Mune - Padum - Kargil - Lamayuru - Leh - Delhi
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Detailed Itinerary

Keylong Padum Over Bara Lacha LaDay 01 : Delhi
Arrive Delhi, Met upon arrival and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 02 : Delhi/Chandigarh/Manali (Train/Coach)
Transfer to railway station for supper fast train to Chandigarh.-3 hours . Arrive Chandigarh, meet upon arrival and drive straight to reach Manali (1920M) by covering 338 kms. Arrive Manali and check into hotel for overnight stay.

Day 03 : Manali
Morning at leisure. Afternoon proceed for half day city tour. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 04 : Manali-Darcha (Jeep)
Morning after breakfast drive 140 kms to reach Darcha (3400M) via Rohtang pass. Spend some time at the pass to enjoy the beauty around. Continue to reach Darcha by late afternoon. Overnight stay in tents.

Day 05 : Darcha - Baralacha La.
Darcha is the last inhabited village of Lahaul on this route. It serves as base camp for hiking, trekking and mountaineering expeditions. Campsite is available on the left bank of river. Mules/pack animals can be arranged at this place.

Day 06 : Baralacha la - Kinlung Sarai (4460m), 16 kms On foot.
Baralacha La is a double pass to the east and south. The lower pass at 4891 m in twice as high as the highest mountain in Australia and more than Mont Blanc--the highest mountain in Europe. Just below 16000 feet is a blue water tarn, the Suraj Taal. From top follow the left bank of the Yunam river. Lingo Plain starts from Kinlung. Kinlung offers good campsite with pastures and a brook.
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Day 07 : Kinlung Sarai-Debni, 16kms On foot
At Kinlung leave the bridge on the fight. Keylong Padum Over Bara Lacha LaContinue along the right bank of Lingti Chhu. The route continues over the plain into the valley, then gradually uphill towards the Phirtse La. The valley is sandy. After fording some side streams and up and down walking you reach Debni. Choose campsite on the basis of available water.

Day 08 : Debni-Chhumik Marpo, 18 kms On foot
Cross four canyons and ford the river. After the plateau the valley narrows and the track is along mountainside. Cross Kamirup and Trukker rivers to camp foot of the pass.

Day 09 : Chhumik Marpo-Western slope camp, 18 kms On foot
It is difficult to find the trail. Once in the grassy patch, will locate it without mistake. Fine walk over Phirtse-La, 5435 m Climb down is steep. At the end of the slope, continue on the path that leads to the river. Go over to the left bank and camp in the wide open area some 50 m above the river.

Day 10 : Camp-Tanze, 16 kms On foot
The path leads away from this river. The gorges make going difficult for animals. Another minor pass is crossed to reach the first inhabited village in the Zanskar valley since Darcha.

Day 11 : Kargyak-Teta, 16 kms On foot
Follow the right bank for 2 hrs to reach table. Another half hour's walk brings you to a small village Tanze. A short distance from Tanze, cross the bridge to follow the left bank. Before village Karu, once again there is some climb but beyond Karu an excellent path gently leads to the beautiful village of Teta.

Teta was the seat of Teta Thakur during the reign of Zanskar king. There is a ruin of a fort believed to be of the king of Zanskar.

Day 12 : Teta-Purne, 9 kms On foot
Follow the left bank. Pass village Jal followed by steep descent towards a bridge which you cross to reach Purne. Leave horses in Purne and climb into the splendid gorges of Tsarap river. About 2 hrs. trekking brings you to a ledge which leads to the small plateau on which the famous Phulktul monastery is built. This gompa is "like a honey comb, cut into a rock under a giant grotto..." The gompa was founded by Gangsam Sherap.

In the caves over the monastery there is a water hole Whose water level never changes. This gurgling Spring is out of bounds to women. You may also see the stone tablet left by the Hungarian historian Alexander Cosma de Koros who stayed at the gompa over the winter of t825-1826. The gompa belongs to the Gelukpas, the yellow hats.

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Keylong Padum Over Bara Lacha La
Day 13 : Purne-Ichar, 16 kms On foot
From Purne go back down, cross the bridge and follow the left bank. The trail over hangs Tsarap and is hard going. Leave behind the villages of Cha, Kaydang, Hamuni and Surle. Then cross a big bridge to reach Ichar. Way to Ichar is difficult for trekkers and horses. Good campsite.

Day 14 : Ichar-Mune, 18 kms On foot
Gradually climb to a major tributary. Descent down to Reru. From Reru the trail becomes rich in flowers upto Mune. Camp opposite Mune gompa. One trek from this village leads to Pangi valley in Chamba.

Day 15 : Mune-Padum, 14 kms On foot
From the gompa climb down a steep incline to the main track. Two hrs. trek brings you to Bardan gompa a kagyud-pa gompa famous for its 180 cm high mani prayer wheel. From this place a dusty motorable road leads to Padum (3650 m)
Bardan gompa was founded by Shabdru, who also founded Hemis gompa in Ladakh and later went to Bhutan. Padum is the administrative headquarters of Zanskar. Palace of the king of Zanskar is in ruins destroyed by the Dogras

Day 16 : Drive Padum - Kargil

Day 17 : Drive Kargil - Lamayuru

Day 18 : Drive Lamayuru - Leh

DAY 19 : Leh Sightseeing
Post breakfast full day to acclimatize in Leh or you can also it to take a tour of some of the famous Gompas (Monasteries) around Leh.

Thiksey Gompa: 17 kms from Leh enroute to Hemis Gompa, the Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the Indus valley from its vantage point atop a hill. There are several temples and wall paintings of the Buddha. Close by is the summer palace of the old Raja of Leh. This monastery is 800 years old with statues made of silver and gold.

Shey Gompa : This monastery has a large 7.5 m copper statue of Buddha plated with gold.

Hemis Gompa : 40 kms from Leh, built in 1630, it is the biggest monastery in Ladakh. It is not visible from the road as it isHemis Monastry, Ladakh Travel Packages located in a side valley. Hemis has the largest thanka in Ladakh, which is unfurled once in 12 years (next in 2004). It celebrates an annual festival attended by people from all over the provinces who come to join in the celebrated mask dances. Packed lunch enroute. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 20 : In Leh
Morning excursion to Phyang Gompa. This Gompa is 20 kms from Leh on the right side of Leh-Srinagar road. The beautiful statues and Thankas are worth seeing. Also visit Spituk Gompa which lies on the right side of Srinagar-Leh road about 6 kms short of Leh Proper. Some very interesting Thankas are pride of this monastery. Afternoon free. Dinner overnight Hotel

Day 21 : Leh/Delhi (Flight)
Transfer to domestic airport in time to board flight for Delhi. Arrive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
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