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Start Darcha / End Padum
Best Season: June to September
Duration: 07 night / 08 days
Highest elevation: Shin-Kun la 5.000m (16.400ft)
Specials: Visit Phuktal Gompa, one of the most known monasteries.
Trek Padum to Lamayuru, a well-known combination, it takes 20 days including the rest days. You can also go via Phirtse-la (5.450m).
Day 1. Darcha to Campsite
Time: 5 hours
We will leave Darcha(3.400m) and reach a very small village called Rarik. There will be a dazzling gorge seen and crossing for your first ford. This place is a good campsite (3.800 m) to spend the night outside.
Day 2. Campsite to Ramjak
Time: 7 hours
Keep on moving towards your left till you reach another major ford. This is the second major ford. You have to move towards right now. The path is easy but you will find it hard to go up. A good campsite at Ramjak (4.100m) will be found there with a lot of fun.
Day 3. Ramjak to Lakang Sumdo through Shinkun la
Time: 9 hours
From the camp where you were last night, you start climbing now and there will be a slope before you reach your first pass. The whole path is zigzag and will make you breathless. Once you cross this, you will get to see a very beautiful view. While coming down, it is steep in nature and you get to see a snowfield. After crossing this, you will reach the first meadows. There will be a lot of streams in your way, after crossing that, you get to see a very beautiful view. Between the two streams, there will be a campsite. From here, you will get to see a very beautiful view of Gumburanjon Mountain.
Day 4. Lakang Sumdo to Habla
Time: 6 hours
A mass of fallen rock has to be climbed and you will have to cross a lot of streams. After one hour, you will pass Gumburanjon(5.900m). The walk is not tough here. You reach Kargyak(4.200m-13.780ft), which is a very beautiful place, around 120 people live here. Here you will also visit Sun School. You will be required to walk for 2 hours more and then you will reach a beautiful campsite known as Habla(4.100m).
Day 5. Habla to Purne
Time: 6 hours
Continue to your right. The path is easy. You now reach Tanze. It is a small village with a monastery. After walking for some time, you will have to cross a bridge. After this, there will be a very beautiful village known as Kuru. The path after this is very easy. Now you reach Teta, a large village. The path is downwards now. Keep moving towards the left bank and then you will have to climb to reach Yal. There will now be a steep which you will have to cross and you will reach Purne. Purne is a place where only two families live and they have a collection of houses.
Day 6. Sidetrip from Purneto Phuktal Monastery and back to Purne
Time: 4 hours
This side trip is very beautiful as you get to visit one of the best monasteries of Ladakh. From Purne, go towards the left bank of the river Tasarap. Continuing for two hours, you cross a bridge. After crossing the bridge, you come across a tributary. The water is very clean. You will see a ledge that will lead you to small plateaus. From here you get to see Phuktal Monstery. You get good food here. The Hungarians also stayed here. Phuktal belongs to Gelupas.
Day 7. Purne to Ichar
Time: 6 hours
You go back from Purne. As you cross the bridge, you cross the left bank. The path is sometimes difficult to cross. You also get to see small canyons on your way. Continue walking, you reach the village of Cha. After two hours, you reach the village of Kyelbo. Keep moving till you cross Ammu and reach village Surle. The trail is not good here though. A lot of stretches are very difficult to cross here. After crossing a large bridge, you reach a village called Ichar. A lot of wonderful views can be seen from here.
Day 8. Ichar to Padum
Time: 5 hours
Come back over the left bank and then you have to climb before you reach the main tributary. Move towards Peru now. Now you are near the road, and within 2 hours you can drive through Mune, Bardan, and Padum.