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Zunglam Trek

Destinations:
Leh; Markha Valley; Zunglam; Zangla; Stongday; Karsha; Sani; Rangdum; Kargil; Padum;
Trip Duration:
12 Nights - 13 Days
Best Time:
Mid August - End of Sept
Altitude:
5250 m
Highlights:
100 plus river crossings, Markha Range, Zangskar Range, Zangskar Valley,
Villages:
Markha Valley, Zangla, Padum, Stongday, Sani, Rangdum, Kargil, Leh
Grade:
Hard, 100 plus river crossings
Passes:
Langru Pass 4900 m, Charchar La Pass 5000 m, Kongmaru La Pass 5250 m, Kongka Snonpo La Pass 5150 m,
Price Available on Request
12N/13N

Zunglam is one of the Hard Trekking routes in Ladakh which negotiated by very few hardcore trekkers. This trek can be done only in the month of August End till Sept end. This is due to the trekking route having 100 plus river crossings. Trekking route is great and beautiful gorges of Ladakh and Zangskar. The trekkers are adviced to have ample time of acclimitization in Leh's altitude of 3500 m before starting this trek. This trek can start from 2 different starting points, one from Chilling (easier earlier trekking days without passes and second one starting with Kongmaru La Pass 5250 m on the second day of trekking0 and Chogdo.

This trek is done be realh hardcore trekkers and planned well in time and bookings done well in advance. There are few trekking guides to negotiate this route and passes. Traversing through the great mountains of Markha Range to Zangskar Range into Zangskar Valley and the trek starts through Markha Valley and ends at Zangla in Zangskar Valley. A day of cultural tour within Zangskar from Padum - visiting Karsha Monastery, Stongday Monastery and Sani are highlights beside the Rangdum on the way to Kargil. Great landscape and great passes and great drive from Padum to Leh via Rangdum and Kargil, covers much part of Ladakh in terms of culture, spiritual and himalayan Ladakhi lifestyle.

Itinerary

Zunglam Trek

(108 river crossings)

 

  1. Leh to Chilling drive (2hrs) and trek to Skyu 2-3 hrs.
  2. Skyu to Markha 6-7 hrs
  3. Markha to Rabrang Base 5-6 hrs
  4. Rabrang Base to Rabrang 5-6 hrs via Langru La Pass 4900 m
  5. Rabrang to Tilat Sumdo 6 hrs
  6. Tilat Sumdo to Wangchuk Chenmo / Tamdong sa 6 hrs
  7. Tamdongsa to Chupchak 6 hrs
  8. Chupchak to Zangla Sumdo 6-7 hrs over Charchar La Pass 5000 m
  9. Zangla Sumdo to Zangla 3-4 hrs  pickup and drive to Padum
  10. Full Day sightseeing around Padum
  11. Drive to Rangdum
  12. Drive to Kargil
  13. Drive to Leh

 

One could also do this trek staring from Shang Sumdo Valley starting at Chogdo (now vehicles can reach till Chogdo). It is little harder compare to starting from Chilling due to more passes at the beginning part of the trek route.

  1. Leh Chogdo and trek to Chuskyurmo 3-4 hrs
  2. Chuskyurmo to Nimaling via Kongmaru La Pass 5250 m
  3. Nimaling to Lantangchan 6 hrs via Kongka Snonpo 5150 m
  4. Lantangchan to Rabrang 6-7 hrs via  Zalungkarpo La 5100 m
  5. Rabrang to Tilat Sumdo 6 hrs
  6. Tilat Sumdo to Wangchuk Chenmo / Tamdong sa 6 hrs
  7. Tamdongsa to Chupchak 6 hrs
  8. Chupchak to Zangla Sumdo 6-7 hrs over Charchar La Pass 5000 m
  9. Zangla Sumdo to Zangla 3-4 hrs  pickup and drive to Padum
  10. Full Day sightseeing around Padum
  11. Drive to Rangdum
  12. Drive to Kargil
  13. Drive to Leh

 

This trek can be done only between End of August till end of Sept every year due to as many as 100 plus river crossing between Kharnak Sumdo till Zangla Sumdo due to trek route being in the gorges.  This is regarded as a Hard Trek for real adventure seekers and off the track trekking route. Very few hardcore trekkers prefer this trek.

Inclusion

Trekking Guide

Cook and helper (3+ guests)

All Trekking Gears

Camping Fees,

Food during the trek

Accommodation in Padum, Rangdum, Kargil with breakfast and dinner

Transportation

Exclusion

what is not included in the Inclusions