Rendezvous with the Mountain Shaman

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10 days
Availability : May-September
Min Age : 12
Max People : 20

Experience the world of spirituality by surrendering yourself to the spirits of the mountains.

Experience Details

This journey takes you to the enchanting Zanskar valley of Ladakh which has some of the hidden treasures unexplored by the outside world. The village of Hanamur is a unique village, full of warmth and hospitality. The journey through some of the remotest roads of India through pristine mountains, glaciers and river streams that will mesmerize you.

Departure & Return Location

Leh Airport (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • 7 nights in village family homestays
  • All meals included
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Meet the mystical mountain shaman who has dedicated his life healing the local people with his spiritual powers.
  • Take a journey through the surreal glacial mountains and lakes listening to the nature's pure sounds.
  • Experience the unique mountain culture of Zanskar valley and its people, while enjoying the organic delicacies here.
  • Surrender yourself to complete spirituality by visiting the ancient age-old monasteries.

Day 1Acclimatization in Leh

We will pick you up from Leh airport at 3500m, and escort you to the hotel in a car. Today just take rest and acclimatize yourself for the high altitude and low oxygen level. In the evening, take a stroll to the town of Leh. Sleep overnight at the hotel in Leh.

Day 2Sight seeing around Leh

After breakfast, head out to tour the monasteries here. Take a visit to the largest monastery in Ladakh, the Hemis Monastery. Visit the Thiksey Monastery, to admire the stunning statue of Buddha Maitreya and its traditional Tibetan architecture. In the evening, spend some peaceful moments at the Shanti Stupa watching the beautiful sun going behind the ghostly mountains.

Day 3Leh to Kargil

After a relaxed breakfast, drive to Kargil via Lamayuru. On the way, you can visit the 10th century built Alchi Monastery to see the ancient Gandhara arts statues and wall paintings. On the way, you can visit the dramatically located Lamayuru monastery and the adjoining “Moonland” hills. After a drive of 5-6 hours, we’ll reach Kargil city. Stay overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4Kargil to Padum

Today we embark our journey to the Zanskar valley. We ride through the roads which only leaves one speechless. Suru valley very well symbolises the beauty of the mountains. We pass by Penzi La, the gateway to Zanskar. In the middle the Drang Drung Glacier greets us to the eastern flank of Penzi La. Padum town holds a good amount population in so much seclusion too.

Day 5Sight seeing around Padum

Padum, named after the Great Odiyana Padmasambhava is the only town and administrative centre in Zanskar. Several notable Buddhist monasteries are located near Padum including Bardan Monastery and Karsha Monastery and the newly built Dalai Lama Photang. The best way out is to soak in the beauty of nature by reclining and soothing oneself in the laps of Great Himalayas.

Day 6Padum to Hanamur (via Zang-La)

After an early breakfast, we ride towards Zangla along the Zanskar river. Zangla palace was the ancient capital of Zanskar kingdom. We’ll drive further to Pidmo village. From here you have to trek for 2-3 hours to reach village Hanamur. After some snacks its finally time to visit the healer, Meme Rangdol (shaman with miraculous powers). Stay tonight at solar-powered village homestay.

Day 7Hanamur to Padum

After a homecooked breakfast, forbade goodbye to the Shaman and the villagers. Stay on the track towards Pidmo village for 2-3 hours. After reaching Pidmo village go towards the suspension bridge to cross the Zanskar river and board taxi to Padum. On the way, take a visit to the 11th-century old Stongday monastery. Later we’ll continue towards Padum. Rest in the hotel for night.

Day 8Padum to Rangdum

After morning breakfast proceed to Rangdum monastery. A few hours of drive from Padum you will be climbing the Penzila pass(4200m). This area is very scenic and you will find many shepherd huts here. Rangdum monastery is an important temple of Zanskar. Built in the 18th century, the monastery belongs to the Gelugpa order of Buddhism and home to some 40 monks.

Day 9Rangdum to Kargil

Today we will drive towards Kargil. After few hours of drive from Rangdum, we enter into the Suru valley, where you will enjoy the view of massive Nun and Kun peaks and the Parkachik glacier. There are many other unnamed Glaciered peaks on the way. By noon you will be at Kargil the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. In Kargil stay overnight at Hotel.

Day 10Kargil to Leh

Today is the last day of the journey. After breakfast, riding some half an hour en-route visit the monastery and the nine meters tall statue of Maitreya, the Future Buddha at Mulbekh. Ride for 3 hours to reach Likir monastery the splendid three storeys Dharma wheel Gompa. Our 10-day journey finally comes to an end as we reach back to the hustle bustle of Leh town.