Darcha Padum Trek

9 Days - 8 Nights
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Darcha Padum Trek – Go Deep into the Heart of the Zanskar Valley

Darcha Padum is a great trek in the Ladakh region, this popular trek winds onto the thrilling Zanskar valley passing through remote villages and exotic ancient monasteries.

Trek along the Tsarap River which is followed by the Lakong River and after crossing Shingo La Pass, go deep into the heart of the Zanskar valley.

About Darcha Padum Trek

This small village is perched at an altitude of 3360 m in Lahaul and Spiti district on the Manali Leh route. There are many dry stone huts and tent camps too with some modern infrastructure like telephone, power connections and schools.

Darcha is a gateway to Darcha Padum trek and a great stopover for trekkers.

Grab the Opportunity to Explore the Darcha Padum Trek

Pass through barren lands, wide meadows and witness flowing rivulets and scenic valleys.

The Darcha Padum trek gives you the opportunity to explore the heritage sites like Phuktal Monastery which lies on side of a hill and is a masterpiece of architectural skills.

Key Points of Darcha Padum Trek

Level: Difficult

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10 kg.

Must Read about Darcha Padum Trek

Duration – 9 days

Best Time – July, August, and September

Level – Difficult

Highest point – 5090 m

Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Temperature – Day (20°C to 30°C) Night (5°C to 10°C)

Starting point – Manali

Short Itinerary for Darcha Padum Trek

Day1 – Manali to Sissu via Rohtang Pass

Day2 – Drive from Sissu to Chumik Nakpo (4640 m) 6 hours)

Day3 – Rest Day

Day4 – Chumik Nakpo to Shingo La (5090 m) Shingo La to Lakhang (4470 m) (6/7 hours)

Day5 – Lakhang to Kargiak River (4050 m) (5/6 hours)

Day6 – Kargiak to Tangtze (3950 m) (7 hours)

Day7 – Tangtze to Phuktal Gompa (3500 m) (2 hours)

Day8 – Phuktal to Hanmu village (3650 m) and Drive to Darcha Padum (6/7 hours)

Day9 – Departure to Leh


Day 1: Manali to Sissu via Rohtang Pass

The vehicle will be arranged from Manali and the departure will be to Sissu. The journey is through Rohtang Pass and winding roads. En route witness the mesmerising beauty of Sorang Nalla.

Reach Sissu, your campsite for today and relax for the day.


Day 2 : Drive from Sissu to Chumik Nakpo (4640 m) (6 hours)

Post breakfast, depart from Sissu and enjoy the drive through galvanizing Lahaul and Spiti famous for apple and potato orchards. Pass through beautiful towns of Keylong and Jispa en route.

Reach Chumik Nakpo and settle for the day.


Day 3 : Rest Day

Today at Chumik Nakpo, explore the surroundings, acclimatize and enjoy the night stay in tents.


Day 4 : Chumik Nakpo to Shingo La (5090 m) Shingo La to Lakhang (4470 m) (6/7 hours)

Start the day young because the ascent to Shingo La pass is steep and strenuous. Just before you reach the top get excellent views of glacier and prayer flags swaying with the wind.

Descend gradually and enjoy staying in camps at Lakhang.


Day 5 : Lakhang to Kargiak River (4050 m) (5/6 hours)

Today, descend gradually along the Kargiak River. The trail becomes impressive because of Mani Walls which are of great significance to the Buddhists.

Pass along the pasturelands where Yaks graze in summers. Reach the campsite and retire for the night.


Day 6 : Kargiak to Tangtze (3950 m) (7 hours)

The trail form Kargiak to Tangtze is going to be the most picturesque one bordered by wide meadows and Barley fields.

Get insight of lifestyle in the Zanskar valley and witness Stupas (Chortens) on the way. Reach your campsite Tangtze and retire for the night.


Day 7: Tangtze to Phuktal Gompa (3500 m) (2 hours)

Today the trek is from Tangtze to ancient Phuktal Monastery. It is located on side of a hill and is a masterpiece in architecture. Today spend stay at this monastery and have get a taste of the lifestyle of the monks living here.


Day 8 : Phuktal to Hanmu village (3650 m) and Drive to Darcha Padum (6/7 hours)

Bid adieu to Phuktal Monastery and head towards Hanmu village by trekking along the Tserap River through Cha village.

From Hanmu the journey starts to Padum in the arranged vehicle. Today visit Mune and Barden Monasteries and on reaching Padum rest in a hotel.


Day 9 : Departure to Leh

Darcha Padum trek ends here. Carry memories with you and depart to Leh.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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