Zanskar to Indus Traverse

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  • duration 22 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts New Delhi, India
  • Ends New Delhi, India
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  • Challenge yourself on this dramatic traverse of the Indian Himalaya
  • Cross multiple high passes that afford stunning views of the Himalaya and Zanskar range
  • Tackle some of the most remote and isolated trails in the stunning gorge country of Ladakh
  • Visit tiny settlements and remote Buddhist monasteries
The Zanskar To Indus Traverse tour starts from and ends in New Delhi. It is a trekking tour that takes 22 days taking you through Kanji Sumdo, Zangla, New Delhi and 4 other destinations in India. Zanskar To Indus Traverse is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

A stunning traverse of the Indian Himalaya through the dramatic region of Zanskar. It would be hard to surpass this challenging Trans Himalayan circuit of Ladakh. We follow ancient trails leading over high passes that link isolated Buddhist villages to the secluded Himalayan kingdom of Zanskar. Zanskar is one of the last truly remote regions in the Himalaya, where villages are cut off from the outside world for much of the year due to heavy snowfall and blocked mountain passes. Zanskar is also known for its rust coloured mountains and dramatic deep gorges - a vast, silent and truly spectacular wilderness, that leads to the whitewashed settlements of the upper Markha Valley. We cross numerous passes before we complete our circuit back through the Indus Valley and Leh, the historic capital of Ladakh. If you are in search of an all encompassing Himalayan adventure then this is the trek for you.
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Jan 31 2017
“In January 2017 myself and three friends embarked on our first trip to the Himalayas on the Everest circuit and Cho la. This is a fantastic trip which at times is very challenging, the Cho La, Gokyo Ri and Kallar Patthar are demanding which requires a very good level of fitness. From start to finish World Expeditions exceeded ALL expectations. The itinerary is appropriately planned, the staff are very professional and pride themselves on attention to detail. All aspects and eventualities are considered by knowledgeable and supportive guides (Bikash - leader, Tseering and Hom) which make this an adventure of a lifetime. This spectacular landscape is at time eclipsed by the humility and sincerity of the support team and the Nepalese people we met on our travels. Collectively and individually our group has traveled, climbed and hiked extensively but this by far is the best yet.”
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4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • On Nov 09 2018
“What a trip!!! Thanks to Subal, Denis and Amba who were by our side to ensure we make it thru each day. It was a beautiful trek and never underestimate the climb up Gokyo Ri and Chola Pass. The scenery on top were just spectacular. No words to explain it. The team were awesome and very attentive to our needs. Thank you again and we made it!!!!!”
  • Day 1 : Join Delhi
  • Day 2 : Fly to Leh
  • Day 3 : In Leh (3510m)
  • Day 4 : Drive to Kanji via Lamayuru (6.5 hours)
  • Day 5 : Trek to Shila Kong (6 hours)
  • Day 6 : Shila Kong to Doksa (9 Hours)
  • Day 7 : Trek to Photaksar (6 hours)
  • Day 8 : Trek to Singge La and camp (8 hours)
  • Day 9 : To Lingshet (5 hours)
  • Day 10 : To Snertse (8 hours)
  • Day 11 : To Hanumil (7 hours)
  • Day 12 : To Pishu (5 hours)
  • Day 13 : Drive to Zangla (3370m) via Karsha Monastery and Padam
  • Day 14 : To the base of the Cha Cha La (6 hours)
  • Day 15 : Ascend Cha Cha La and camp at Chupchak (8 hours)
  • Day 16 : To Tilat Sumdo (10 hours)
  • Day 17 : To base of Rubrang La (8 hours)
  • Day 18 : To Markha Valley and Humlung village (10 hours)
  • Day 19 : To Nimaling (7 hours)
  • Day 20 : Cross Kongmaru La to Shang Sumdo (8 hours)
  • Day 21 : To Shang monastery, drive to Leh (2 hours)
  • Day 22 : Depart Leh & fly direct to Delhi, trip concludes
  • Good quality accommodation in Delhi & Leh
  • 21 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 20 dinners
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 22
  • Private transportation
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Horses to carry all personal and group equipment
  • The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • International flights
  • Flights Delhi/Leh/Delhi
  • Lunch & dinner in Delhi
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Travel insurance
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Zanskar to Indus Traverse tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 03 February 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 03 February 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Zanskar to Indus Traverse tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Zanskar to Indus Traverse tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Smaller group sizes have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19 and to ensure that the tour complies with local authorities’ guidelines.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this trip. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • A multitude of COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
  • This tour has obtained a COVID-19 CLEAN accreditation from Quality Tourism Australia.
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