Day 01: Hemis - Shang
Sumdo (about 3 hours)
Today you will start trekking from Hemis to Shang Sumdo. From
Hemis, you will go down towards Martsellang, then follow a
track suitable for vehicles. Later, you will go up the valley,
which is fairly narrow in places, and walk along the riverbed
as far as Shang Sumdo. In Shang Sumdo, have an overnight stay
in the camp.
Day 02: Shang Sumdo - Latza Kongmaru (about 7 hours)
Today you will start trekking from Shang Sumdo to Latza
Kongmaru. From Shang Sumdo, take a path along the slope
through red rock and walk back down to the riverbeds. Later,
the track will lead to gorges. Leave the gorge and go up into
the pass. Overnight stay in the camp in Latza Kongmaru.
Day 03: Latza Kongmaru - Kongmaru-la - Langtang Chu
(about 7 hours)
In the morning from Latza Kongmaru, steep ascent as far as the
Kongmaru-la pass. From the pass, you can have the beautiful
view of the northern face of the Kang Yaze. After reaching the
pass, you have an easy descent to the summer pastures of
Nimaling, one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh. At
Nimaling, pass the ridge and go down into a beautiful small
valley, then cross a second ridge and go along the rocky
northwest slope on the Kang Yaze as far as the Langtang Chu
Day 04: Langtang Chu - Zalung Karpo-la (about 8 hours)
Today you will trek from Langtang-chu to Zalung Karpo-la. On
the way you will cross a large stream and a moraine wall and
trek further until the valley divides. When the valley
divides, then take the right-hand valley as far as the top of
the Zalung Karpo-la. From the top, go down a ridge towards a
second pass then go down a steep rocky slope as far as a
beautiful valley curves slightly to the left. In the evening
reach Zalung Karpo-la and have a camp.
Day 05: Zalung Karpo-la - Tilut Sumdo (about 6 hours)
Today you will go down towards the main stream, which flows,
on the left. It is a broad trench with large stones. Go at
first through this trench, then to a flat land above and on
the right. After 4 hours you arrive at a valley which comes
from the right and leads to the Ruberung-la. Afterwards, go to
left bank and into a quite beautiful gorge. Then leave it on a
path which is rough for the horses. Further on, the gorge
opens up. Go onto the left bank as far as the junction with
the Chang-chu. Go onto the left bank of the river. Another 2
hours and several crossings lead to Tilut Sumdo.
Day 06: Tilut Sumdo - Charchar-la (about 8 hours)
Today you will cross the Chang-chu into a very narrow valley.
After 2 hours, pass a canyon on the Right Bank. Then, continue
on to the left bank, and then to the right bank and pass a
major valley on right bank. After 3 hours, you will reach a
third valley on the right bank then trek a bit further. The
valley narrows and crossing the stream becomes easier. Go up a
small steep slope on the Right Bank. After trekking for
another 2 hours, you will reach a strand with stones opposite
a group of rocky needles along its left bank. The path becomes
narrower and harder. At the next junction, take the canyon on
the right, pass a small comb, further 2 hours in a gully
before arriving in a broad valley. Later, follow the stream
that turns slightly to the left and go up to the left bank
onto a flat land above a trench.
Day 07: Charchar-la - Zangla Sumdo (about 4 hours)
In the morning, you will go to the stream and enter several
impressive gorges where the horses have to be unsaddled
several times. After the third narrowing, leave the stream,
which flows towards the left, and go up a gentle slope. From
the pass, there will be a dizzy descent into the fallen rocks.
Go towards the left and cross a canyon. Carrying on along the
stream as far as the junction with a large river which comes
from the left. Overnight stay in the camp in Zangla-Sumdo.
Day 08: Zangla Sumdo - Zangla (about 4 hours)
Today you will go down along the river where the valley opens
up further. Then, when it really turns to the right, cross it
onto the right side. You arrive at a house and several fields.
Carry on to the right side, then gradually up as far as the
Zangla castle. After trekking for further half an hour, you
will arrive at the village of Zangla.
Day 09: Zangla - Padum (about 7 hours)
Today you will trek from Zangla to Padum.
Day 10: Padum
The whole day is free to have rest in Padum.
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