Zanskar to Indus Traverse

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  • duration 22 days
  • tour type Small group
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
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  • Starts New Delhi, India
  • Ends New Delhi, India
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • 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
  • Discover ancient monasteries and forts in the upper Indus Valley
  • Experience traditional hospitality at our hotel in Leh
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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 Lingshet, Leh Ladakh, Markha 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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  • On Jan 09 2018
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“Excellent trip. Variety, activities and food. Stunning scenery and cultural exchange. Walking suitable for ages 10 and over. 3 hrs up hard for anyone younger. Guides excellent.”
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  • On Jan 29 2017
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“A fantastic trip in an amazing destination. Patagonia is uniquely beautiful, and this itinerary captures the highlights brilliantly.”
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 30 2018
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“I recently returned from the Backroads of Japan and honestly can't say enough about our leader Alena. She is truly passionate about Japan was generous in sharing her incredible knowledge of the country and enthusiasm. She went above and beyond every single day to make sure each person on the tour had a great experience. Even on "free days" she made sure everyone had a plan and knew how to get from place to place. Thank you for making our trip amazing!”
  • 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 : To base Singge La Trek 4 to 5 hours
  • Day 9 : Cross Singge La, descend to Zanskar river & Nyerak (6 to 7 hours)
  • Day 10 : Cross Takti La to high camp (6 to 7 hours)
  • Day 11 : Cross Osi La to Namtse Sumdo Camp (6 to 7 hours)
  • Day 12 : Trek Namtse Sumdo over Namtse La to Honia (6 to 7 hours)
  • Day 13 : Drive to Karsha monastery and Padum (drive 3 to 4 hours)
  • 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
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Horses to carry all personal and group equipment
  • 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 04 April 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 04 April 2022, a deposit of 1500 USD is required to confirm the 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 traveling 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:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • 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.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Guides are trained in our COVID-19 response plan that has been developed in line with state government medical provisions.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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