StateHimachal Pradesh
LOCATIONZanskar 
DISTANCE127 Km
DURATION10 Days
GRADEModerate
ALTITUDE5090 Meters
BEST TIME TO VISITJune – September

Darcha – Padum Trek is a beautiful place that offers a view of breathtaking landscapes. One has to cross the Shingo La pass which is located at 16700 feet. This trek is easy only for the experienced trekkers and mountaineers as it is not so easy for the new ones to trek in such rarefied climatic condition.

The trek leads to Zanskar Valley. You can also see different monasteries in Zanskar Village. Darcha – Padum, Trek follows the river Tsarap most of the way. It is one of the best treks or can be called as best among Indian Himalayan Treks.

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Darcha Trek

Zanskar is famous for its hardy inhabitants and starkly beautiful landscapes. Darcha is located in Lahaul Valley that is the best place situated in Himachal Pradesh. It is an adventure tour and is best for adventure lovers and is an exotic land of ancient kingdoms.

The valley will surely mesmerize you with high mountain passes and beautiful landscapes. The trek gives you an opportunity to trek with pleasure and joy. Villages are typically and culturally rich in culture and living lifestyle. During the trek, trekkers and mountaineers will find Tibetan Buddhist lamas, Buddhist monasteries, yaks all around.

The trek is famous for its passes through the Kingdom of Yulchung. Trekkers also get a chance to see the whitewashed villages, ruined forts and perched Gompas. Adventure lovers will find a wonderful site for camping at night.  The trek from Stongde Gompa to Brandy Nava is a spectacular route.

You can also interact with the local peoples and can get the hint of the people of Ladakh and Zanskar. The trek is bordered by Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Darcha – Padum Trek can also be started from Phirtse – La which is located at a height of 5450 meters above the sea level.

It is a wonderful trek and will surely give you inner peace. Darcha – Padum trek is used to be the king of trekking routes. From Darcha- Padum trek another famous and popular trek starts that is Padum – La Maruyu.  Zanskar is that place where the entire landscape en route is amazingly striving. This trek is needed to be explored and promoted.

The place serves as a business center for many remote areas around.  The journey to this trek is fascinating and enjoyable. You will be very happy after this trek as you will explore many different activities which will make you rejuvenate your adventure side. You have to maintain high levels of comfort and safety.

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Darcha–Padum Treks

It is a picturesque location by a small stream. The trek gives you an incredible adventure for trekking and camping. Trekkers will definitely enjoy the spectacular view of landscapes. The trek is a great combination of thrill, rejuvenation and joy and will make your soul happy after this trek.

The picturesque beauty prevailing in this region has an unbeatable charm. You will also enjoy the different culture of the place. The landscape of this place is an ideal location for camping. 

Route

  • Manali – Keylong
  • Keylong – Darcha through Jispa monastery and village
  • Darcha – Zanskar Sumdo  5 hrs
  • Zanskar Sumdo – Chumik Nakpo 6 hrs.
  • Chumik Nakpo – Climb to Shingo-La  – Lakhang  7/8 hrs
  • Lakhang – Kargyak  5/6 hrs.
  • Kargyak – Purne  6 hrs.
  • Kargyak – Trek to explore Phuktal Monastery and back to Purne 6 hrs.
  • Purne – Phibula 5/6 hrs.
  • Phibula – Raru  6 hrs.
  • Phibula – Padum  5/6 hrs.

What To Pack

Here is your checklist for your treks. Make sure to pack these items.

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Padum Trek

Trekking Gear

  • A rucksack with rain cover
  • A Hand/Head Torch with spare batteries
  • UV Protection Sunglasses
  • A trekking pole
  • Raincoat
  • Water Bottle
  • A Full Sleeve Thick Jacket
  • A Full Sleeve Sweater
  • Thermal Inners
  • Toilet Kit
  • Hot Water Bags
  • Socks (3 pairs)
  • Light wind jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Trekking pants
  • Warm hat
  • Light gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • A lightweight umbrella.
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Energy bars
  • Vitamin tablets

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Trek Darcha Padum

Footwear

  •  Non-skid deep trod hiking shoes -1
  •  Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals -1

Miscellaneous

  •  Camera (optional)
  •  Personal medicine kit. Make sure you consult your doctor before the trek in case you have any special ailment.
  • Dry fruits, energy bars

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