One of the more popular treks leading up to the
Zanskar Valley is the Darcha Padum Trek. It is a trek that needs to be on the
to-do list of every trekker. A part of Himachal Pradesh, the trek goes up to
the Zanskar valleys and its many monasteries. You will end up enjoying a
plethora of scenic landscapes of views from Manali to Leh on the trek from
Darcha to Padum. The beautiful mountain ranges are a photographer’s heaven. The
beauty of the mountain mixed with the traditional and cultural villages are a treat
Take the trek path towards the north and cross
the Shingo La. You will keep going towards higher altitudes and get closer to
the pass before descending to the Tsarap River, the soul of Zanskar. Keep
following the river to continue on the Darcha Padum Trek. On your trek, you
will come across isolated villages and apparent monasteries that complement
their backdrops. All of this combined makes for a rich and soulful experience.
The most prominent monasteries are based at Phuktal, Lingshet and Lamayuru. If
you’re not done with your trek hunger after this giant of experience, head over
to the capital city of Leh.
A trekking trip calls for personal camping
equipment from every participating member.
Eateries may not be as easily available on the
trip so carry as much food for yourself as you may need.
The water from the streams is clean. So you will
have a lot of those bottle-filling options. But also try to carry your own
water before you begin the trek.
Tips and Tricks
Even if you are travelling in the
month of May, carry an adequate number of warm clothes with you.
Always come prepared with your own
trekking and travelling gear.
Equip your travel with essential
medicines and a medical aid kit.
Opt for a solid and durable pair
of trekking shoes.
While on vacation during monsoon,
carry your raingear too.
Go through the list of all permits
required for the said trek thoroughly and make sure all documentation gets done
before you begin.
No electricity will be available
so carry your own pair of extra batteries and old school film rolls.
An experienced guide is a big
must. Clarify all doubts and questions at the base to avoid any hassle later
Reach Darch Padum Trek
Rail: The nearest narrow gauge railway station
to Kasol is Jogindernagar, located at about 135 km from the base. Bus and cab
options are available from there onwards. Otherwise, you can also go for the
broad gauge Chandigarh railway station at about 310 km. From there too, you can
choose from buses and cabs.
Road: Manali serves as the base camp for the
trek and a number of buses are scheduled for Manali from Delhi (521 km). Other
cities that reach Manali through state transportation and private travel
services are Shimla (247 km), Chandigarh (285 km) and Ambala (331 km)