Dharamshala Laka Pass Trek
A short, popular and strenuous trek of 5-6 days, entailing steep ascent/descents of hundreds of meters every day, even after crossing the pass. Generally open after the first week of June, the passage becomes easier between 20 August and 30 September, when there is less snow. Cave shelters and rest houses en route; a small group (4 to 6 persons) need not carry tents. The path is well defined all the way and a porter or guide is not necessary but could be helpful. Combining this crossing with a return over the Minkiani Pass makes an ideal circular tour of about 10 days.
Duration: 5 Days
All the treks of Leh is connected by 'air' with Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu and Srinagar to the west and from Manali to the South.
Best time to Visit: June to September.
Important Facts of Darcha Padum Trek
Duration : Maximum - 10 Days
Degree of Difficulty : 4 - Moderate to Rigorous.
How to Reach : Daily flights from Delhi to Bhunter near Kullu. From Manali, a seven hour drive over to the Rohtang pass to Darcha.
Cross the pass (13,000ft / 3,962 m) on foot. Buses and taxis are available for the rest of the Journey. In September, early snows could make the crossing of the Shinkun La into Zanskar difficult. Also, the road into Padum over the Pensi La could get blocked.Altitude Maximum height is 16,700 ft / 5,100m on the Shinkun La. Most of the walking is between 10,000 ft and 12,000 ft / 3,000 m and 3,650 m.
Highlights of Treks : Monasteries at Pukhtal, Mune, and Bardun. Good views of Gumbarojan Peak.
Support Services : Mules and ponies available through the advanced requirements, but not available on arrival. A tent is a must; guest houses only in a few places.
Emergency : Reasonable medical facilities in Leh, especially in the army hospital, including high altitude rescue facilities. Radio contact only at Padum. Only basic medical facilities at Padum.