ZANSKAR MONASTIC TOUR

8 Days
745/- Per Person
Cultural Tours in Ladakh Trip Type
  • Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days
Per Person Cost: 745
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Booking Amount: 745
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Overview

Enter a portal of another universe within the world, Zanskar. Nestled in between the majestic mountains, Mother Nature exists here in all her raw and natural glory, fierce, unrelenting and yet welcoming those who seek her.

Beyond Himalayas invites you on this marvelous journey to discover the magic of Zanskar Valley. Here the land lies untouched by the modernity of the world, where the real evolution lies within. Watch as the night speaks to you with gestures of falling starts and twinkling stardust that holds millions of wishes on the horizon.

Visit the oldest monasteries in Ladakh and absorb the blessed energy of great yogis in the hidden caves. Through the winding trail to the Phukthal monastery, the innocent wisdom of the little monks of Karsha, the powerful energy of Stongdey monastery, remote-villages where man and nature live in absolute harmony; we offer a universe of inner-wisdom of Zanskar to those who want to find stillness in her vastness.

 

Tour Information:

9 days 8 nights

Stays:
Leh: Local homestay
Kargil: Hotel
Padum: Hotel
Phukthal: Monastery guest-house/ Camping
Transfers: Innova



 

itinerary
  • Day 1 LEH - KARGIL
    LEH - KARGIL

    We will depart for Kargil in the early hours of the morning. Kargil is located at the junction of the famous silk route and is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. It is situated on the beautiful Suru River flowing through the valley, keeping it the greenest valley of the Greater Himalayas at an altitude of 2700 meters.


    Accommodation: Hotel  
    Meals: B, L, D
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,520 ft
    Road condition: Good
    Drive-time: 6 hours


    Day Schedule:

    7:00 a.m. Depart for Kargil
    9:00 a.m. Breakfast at Khalse

    2:00 p.m. Lunch at Kargil

    Rest of day at Kargil

    8:00 p.m. Dinner at Hotel




  • Day 2 KARGIL - PADUM
    KARGIL - PADUM

    The drive through Kargil to Padum Enroute breathtaking views of the mountain peaks and secluded villages. Crossing the gateway to Zanskar, the Pensi La pass with the marvelous view of the Glacier Lake and the Drang Drung Glacier, we arrive at Padum, a small township in Zanskar named after the Great Padmasambhava and is central to our visits to most of the monasteries.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Padum  
    Meals: B, L, D
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,998 ft
    Road condition: Rough
    Drive-time: 7 hours

    Day Schedule:

    7:00 a.m. Breakfast

    8:00 a.m. Depart for Padum

    1:00 p.m. Lunch at Rangdum

    7:00 p.m. Arrive Padum
    8:00 p.m. Dinner




  • Day 3 PADUM - KARSHA - STONGDEY
    PADUM - KARSHA - STONGDEY

    Spend the day at the prestigious Karsha monastery, sitting majestically on a steep mountain overlooking the Padum Valley and is the largest monastery of Zanskar. What makes this monastery incredibly special are the little monks who study here and carry a divine innocence within imbuing every heart with a sense of awe. Immerse yourself in their innocent wisdom and exchange learning.

    Later in the day we will visit the Stongdey monastery built by the great Tibetan Yogi, Marpa and make an offering to Goddess Palden Lhamo, the supreme authority of the protectors of Dharma. Behold the beauty of the exquisite paintings of the deities and several ancient artworks inside the monastery surrounded by impeccable landscapes of the Himalayas.


    Accommodation: Hotel in Padum  
    Meals: B
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,998 ft
    Road condition: Partially rough
    Drive-time
    Padum to Karsha: 30 mins
    Padum to Stongdey: 45 mins

    Day Schedule:

    8:00 a.m. Breakfast at the hotel

    9:30 a.m. Karsha Monastery

    3:00 p.m. Stongdey Monastery



  • Day 4 PADUM - SANI - DZONGKHUL MONASTERY
    PADUM - SANI - DZONGKHUL MONASTERY

    Today we visit Sani monastery associated with a famous Buddist Yogi, Naropa who mediated under the Kanika Stupa, a Chorten built in the 1st century by the Kalinga empire around which the monastery is situated. Stroll through the alleys of a beautiful village with plantations of poplar trees and fields of barley, potatoes, and peas towards Guru Padmasambhava’s leisure ground by a beautiful spring lake.

    After lunch, we will visit Dzongkhul monastery located at a foot of a wide side valley and is said to have founded by the great saint Naropa. By the elegant Bardur River, the monastery is built directly on a rock wall and houses ancient thangkas and images of lamas with care and reverence.


    Accommodation: Hotel in Padum  
    Meals: B
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,998 ft
    Road condition: Rough/ Adventure
    Drive-time
    Padum to Sani: 45 mins
    Padum to Dzongkhul monastery: 1:30 hrs

    Day Schedule:

    8:00 a.m. Breakfast

    9:30 a.m. Sani monastery
    Padmasambhava leisure ground

    3:00 p.m. Dzongkhul




  • Day 5 PADUM - CHA - PHUKTHAL
    PADUM - CHA - PHUKTHAL

    After breakfast in Padum, we will leave for Cha, the oldest village in Zanskar Valley that still holds its pristine character. We start our day’s walk towards the Phukthal monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Zanskar, tucked in a cave and a holy shelter to many masters from time immemorial. The walk along a breathtaking winding trail by River Lungnak gives scope for contemplation and inquiry as the scale of the untouched landscape around you brings perspective. At the Phukthal monastery, we will camp under the open sky or stay at the monastery guesthouse depending on availability.


    Accommodation: Monastery guesthouse/Camping
    Meals: B/L/D
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,998 ft
    Road condition: Rough/ Adventure
    Drive-time: Padum to Cha: 3 hours
    Walk-time: Cha to Phuktal: 2-3 hours

    Day Schedule:

    7:00 a.m. Breakfast

    11:00 p.m. Cha

    1:00 p.m. Picnic lunch (packed lunch)

    3:00 p.m. Phukthal monastery

    7:30 p.m. Dinner



  • Day 6 PHUKTHAL - PADUM
    PHUKTHAL - PADUM

    As the light of the early sun spreads on the land below, we begin the day in the main hall of the monastery for Tsoks, a practice of offering and purification performed by the monks. After breakfast, savor the beautiful view of the valley and its river before leaving for the trail back to the village of Cha where we will stop for a home-cooked lunch at a local village home. Soon after lunch, we will begin our journey back to Padum, making a stop at the spectacular Bardan monastery on the way. 


    Accommodation: Hotel in Padum  
    Meals: B/L
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,998 ft
    Road condition: Rough/ Adventure
    Walk-time: Phuktal to Cha: 2-3 hours
    Drive-time: Cha to Padum: 3 hours

    Day Schedule:

    Morning prayers

    Breakfast

    10:30 a.m. Depart trail back
    1:30 p.m. Lunch at Cha village homestay

    3:00 p.m. Depart for Padum

    Visit Bardon monastery on the way



  • Day 7 PADUM-KARGIL
    PADUM-KARGIL

    Through beautiful villages tucked in picturesque landscapes, the receding high altitude glaciers, and the rugged mountain peaks, we stop at the enchanting yet secluded Rangdum village for lunch. On the way to Kargil town, we will cross the mesmerising Suru Valley blessed with grand rocky mountains on one side and lustrous and dense green fields on the other.


    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals: B, L, D
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,520 ft
    Road condition: Good
    Drive-time: 7 hours

    Day Schedule:

    7:00 a.m. Breakfast

    8:00 a.m. Kargil

    12:30 p.m. Lunch at Rangdum

    6:00 p.m. Arrive at Kargil

    7:30 p.m. Dinner



  • Day 8 KARGIL-LEH
    KARGIL-LEH

    The route from Kargil to Leh is one of the most scenic one. En route, we will stop by at Lamayuru famous for it’s moonlike landscapes. Retire at a cosy home-stay in Leh with the fond memories of your travels. Next day, after a complimentary breakfast, let us know if you wish to explore the culture and land of Ladakh through our authentic local experiences, monastic tours or adventure tours in Leh.


    Accommodation: Local family homestay
    Meals: B, L, D
    Transfers: Innova
    Altitude: 11,562 ft
    Road condition: Good
    Drive-time: 6 hours

    Day Schedule:

    7:00 a.m. Breakfast

    8:00 a.m. Depart Kargil

    1:00 p.m. Lamayuru Lunch

    2:00 p.m. Way back to Leh

    4:30 p.m. Arrive, Leh

    7:30 p.m. Dinner at homestay



 INCLUSIONS:

01. ACCOMMODATION THROUGH THE TRIP ON TWIN SHARING
02. LOCAL EXPERT GUIDE
03. MEALS AS MENTIONED
04. PERMITS AND PASSES THROUGH THE TRIP
05. MONASTERY AND WILDLIFE FEES
06. TRANSFERS IN INNOVA
07. FIRST AID KIT WITH OXYGEN CYLINDER
08. WELCOME TRAVEL

 

 

EXCLUSIONS:

FLIGHTS
TRAVEL, LUGGAGE & MEDICAL INSURANCE TOURIST VISA
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TAXES
TIPS
ALCOHOLIC DRINKS
ANYTHING NOT MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY
SLEEPING BAG



 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

CHANGES TO YOUR ITINERARY
For your best interest, sometimes it might have to make necessary alterations to your holiday itinerary. Where practical, we will advice you before you depart from your hometown, although occasionally we may be forced to make changes en route. We will keep you informed at all times.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT DELAYS
Bad weather in mountainous regions can cause flight delays. These problems mainly happen in Ladakh region of India. If the delay is extended it may be necessary for us to re-route the trek and tour, perhaps to an area more readily accessed by road transport. We do not accept responsibility for charges incurred as result of flight delays and missing international flight connections. However, we will make every effort to assist you.

INHERENT RISKS OR DANGERS
You understand and accept that your proposed tour may expose you to levels of physical exertion to which you may not be accustomed to or be exposed to inherent dangers when traveling through remote areas which may be subject to, among other things, unfavourable political, physical, health or climatic conditions. By agreeing to use our services, you accept these dangers and unfavourable conditions.

INSURANCE
You must purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes a provision for helicopter rescue when you pay your deposit.

YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS
We strongly recommend that you visit your doctor and dentist before your holiday. You must ask your doctor about current inoculation requirements. Full details of pre-existing medical conditions must be forwarded to us when you book. Older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a letter from your doctor clearing them for the trek and Beyond Himalayas Pvt. Ltd. reserve the right to check these documents prior to confirmation of tours and treks

 

PASSPORT
A valid passport is required for all tourists. The passports must be valid for minimum of six months from the start of journey, with at least two clean pages per country to be visited.

VISA REQUIREMENTS
A valid visa is required for the entire destination. You should always consult your doctor or nearest travel clinic for the latest information on recommended health precautions, both vaccination and malaria prophylaxis.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

GENERAL
Extensive medical kits are carried on all trips. In addition, medical oxygen and Portable Altitude Chambers are carried as a precaution on high altitude treks and climbing expeditions. All meals on trek are prepared specifically for your group to strict hygiene standards, and sterile washing facilities are provided.

HIGH ALTITUDE
Sickness from altitude can affect anyone. Serious problems are avoided by building in rest and acclimatisation. For normal symptoms a drop in altitude, or time in portable acclimatisation chamber, leads to quick recovery.

All trips are graded. There are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Mountaineering categories.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel insurance that includes helicopter evacuation is highly appreciated

AGE LIMITS
Client over sixty are required to complete a medical and personal travel history questionnaire. Persons under sixteen can join specified family departures and private groups.