Its reputation established and well deserved. It is perhaps the hardest route because of the great number of ups and downs. The best period is from the mid June to October. Allow 9 days. There is another option, the path via Baralacha and Pirtse-La this one to be completed in 12 days.

1st day : Padum to Mune, 5 hours

From the monastery , go down a steep incline to the main trail. After two hours, you arrive at bard an Gompa, A Kagyu-pa Monastery famous for its prayer wheel 180-cm height. From Burden without difficulty. Several quite beautiful villages on the opposite bank. Mune (3650m).

2nd day : Ichar to Purne, 6 hours

Go back down, cross the bridge, then go up the left bank. The trail overhangs the Tsarap river is sometimes tricky and hard going. Frequency small canyons of pudding stones. Pass bit above a hanging bridge, which leads to the village of Cha. Two hours later, you arrive at Kadyang, a small village in popular groves. Carry on until Hamuni. Pass below the village of Surle. The trail is not good, several stretches difficult for the horses. Very good camp. Interesting fortified village.

3rd day : Phuktal to Purne, 4 hours

Leave the horse in Purne. Go up the left bank of Tsarab through splendid gorges. After 2 hours, cross a bridge in good condition. Fifteen minutes later, you arrive to a small plateau sprinkled with Chorten and religious banner from here you can see the Phuktal monastery one of the spectacular sight in Zanskar Phuktal Gompabelong to the tradition of the Gelugspa ( yellow sect) in Tibetan Buddhism. It is possible to find food and lodging at the monastery.

4th day : Prune to Table, 6 hours

Continue on the right bank along an easy path two hours before Tanze, you cross in front of a narrow gorge where the route join up with hiking tour. Tanze is small village, Gompa on ruins bit higher up. A short distance beyond Tanze, there is a bridge across moronic terrain. Slight rise leading to Kuru, major village of livestock breeders. Afterwards, an excellently path steadily lower. Arrive in Teta three hours, beautiful village. The path continues downwards near the river. Stay on the left bank, then climb gentle slope up to Jal. Next comes a steep descent towards a large bridge which you cross to get to Table. You can either set up camp somewhere before the houses.

5th day : Camp at the Gongborangjun, 6 hours

Climb down a mass of fallen rock, then cross several streams. After one hour, you pass beneath the face of the Gonbo-Rangjun, then an easy descent towards Kargyak (4100m) on the right bank, no problem. Two hours after Kargyak, you reach good camp.

6th day : Shinkun-camp at the Gonborangjun to Ramjak, 7 hours

From the climb moderate slopes to the foot of the pass. Several easy stream crossing. The ground flatter out and the path Zigzags through moraines as far as the Shinkun-la ( 5090m), 5 hours . the descent its steep and dangerous for horses. Cross final firm to reach the meadows. Cross several easy streams, then go down an escarpment towards a small plateau. Nice view of the Gonborangjun. Good camp between to streams.

7th day : Camp Ramjak , 7 hour

Continue on the left bank until reaching second major ford, then go up the hand valley. There is good path on both sides of the stream, but both are hard going. Good camp at Ramjak in small meadow, spring.

8th day : Darcha-camp, 5 hours

From Ramjak follow the track until the last hamlet, then a good footpath. Pass a spectacular gorge. Continue along the left bank, then cross a first ford. Good camp one hour beyond the ford, groves and reach Darcha.

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