Arrival in Delhi. Transfer to Hotel there.
Day 02: Morning flight to Leh.
Day 03: Tour of Leh city,
including the sixteenth-century palace and Gompa.
Day 04: Tour of Shey and Tikse
Gompas, and Stok Palace.
Day 05: Visit to Basgo fort and
Alchi Gompa, a remarkably well preserved 11th -century Gompa and one
of the artistic treasures of the Himalaya.
Day 06: Drive to village of
Chiling, from where we begin the trek. A short ways from Chiling we
step onto the frozen Zanskar river for the first time. Trek to Tilat
Do. Overnight in cave.
Day 07: Walk upstream on the ice
to Bakhula. Overnight in cave.
Day 08: Walk through tremendous
canyons, inaccessible in any other season, to Nyarak. Overnight in
Day 09: Continue on the frozen
river to Sarakdo. Overnight in cave.
Day 10: Walk to Hanuma, the
first village and most likely the first people we have seen since
leaving Chiling. Overnight in village house.
Day 11: Hanuma to Pishu, another
small village. Overnight in village house.
Day 12: Pishu to Karsha, site of
the largest monastery in Zanskar. Overnight in village house.
Day 13: Karsha to Padum, the
regional capital of Zanskar and the goal of our journey. Losar
(Tibetan New Year's) celebration.
Day 14: Rest day to explore
Padum and the surrounding valley.
Day 15: Visit to local villages
and Gompas, including the kingdom of Zangla.
Day 16: Helicopter over the main
Himalaya range to Manali. A spectacular one-hour ride flying over
the main Himalaya range.
Day 17: Tour of Manali. Stay
overnight at Hotel.
Day 18: Flight from Kullu to
Day 19: Depart-Delhi, Transfer
to airport for flight to onwards journey.