One of the most important cross state treks, the Darcha Padum trek, is a challenging trek. It takes along the fascinating journey from Darcha in Himachal Pradesh to Padum in Zanskar, connecting to incredible trekking adventures of India.
In this trek one of the most popular and most beautiful regions of Ladakh which is called the Zanskar range is explored. It also gives a chance to visit the most famous and remote monastery of Ladakh in Zanskar region, the Phuktal gompa which is otherwise not accessible by road and thus very less visited.
The Darcha Padum trek, a must on the trekker’s wish list is an exigent Himalayan adventure trek in an exotic land of ancient kingdoms, high mountain passes and unforgettable landscapes. The trek to Darcha Padum through Ladakh and Zanskar takes one through the many Zanskar villages and various monasteries therein. A slow ascent up to the pass and then a steep descent to the Tsarap River brings one right into the heart of the Zanskar- a major center of Buddhism.
The main highlight of Darcha Padum trek is its remote, barren and rugged landscape which is also the home to some of the best wildlife in Ladakh. Spectacular rock formations and clear blue mountain streams are irresistibly attractive. The steep passes, deep gorges, and several river crossing make it one of the most difficult treks.
The trail follows the river most of the way and transverses through Chalang Tokpa, Ramjak, Chumikanakpo, Lakong, Kurgiak, Purne and finally to Padum.
Lovely high meadow camp sites and dry desert land, high passes and snow-capped peaks stunning scenery, Buddhist monasteries and picturesque villages with their irrigated fields of barley and potatoes, and fascinating encounters with the people of Zanskar makes the trek to Darcha Padum an unforgettable experience. Change of Himalayan topography and profile is quite evident in this trek which is one of the key reasons that makes Darcha Padum the most interesting trek of the region.
The best time to explore this trek is from June to September.
Darcha Padum Trek is an illustrious trek starting from green valleys of Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh to barren and rugged landscape of Zanskar in Ladakh. Experience the real adventure the real adventure on the trek to Darcha Padum.
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