This trek crosses both the Zanskar Range and the Stok Range on a journey that takes you across ten passes and through some of the most rugged and beautiful parts of Ladakh.
This trek is possible only after about August 20th each year when the rivers are low enough to cross. You can start the trek from Chiling in the lower Zanskar Valley or from Spituk or Shang in the Indus Valley. All of these are entry points into the Markha Valley.
View from Zalung Karpo La
From there the trail enters the Langtang Chu and ascends to Zarlung Karpo La (5050m) with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains before descending to the Kharnak Chu. This is the heart of the Junglam – a largely uninhabited area but with abundant wildlife in a beautiful, remote and dramatic landscape.
Ravine trail to Chubchek
Following the river to Tilat Sumdo, the trail turns west and winds along the river bed before ascending through a steep gorge and narrow ravines just wide enough for a pack animal to reach a superb high altitude camp area at Chubchak.
Trail to Charcha La
From there it’s a relatively easy ascent to Charcha La (4950m). The trail then descends through a series of hanging valleys to Zangla Sumdo and follows the river to finish at Zangla in the Zanskar Valley.