Zanskar provides a wide range of trekking opportunities from short walks through the undulating mountains to a frisky visit to the pleasing monuments and monasteries. These short treks impart the enchanting view of the gorgeous snowy valleys. More adventurous people can try the long tedious mountain treks, which include a camp set in the wideness and weeks of walking.
Whatever be the option, these hikes enchant the climber with the imposing ambiance of the snowcapped valley. For example, the trek from Lamayuru in the Indus Valley to Darcha in Lahoul, across Zanskar Valley, takes nearly three weeks and crosses 2 major mountain ranges. Most of the recognized routes pass through the Zanskar range, which splits Zanskar from the Indus Valley. Most popular treks of this region are the 11-day Lamayuru-Padum traverse, the 4-day Stok-Khangri round trek and the 10-day Markha Valley trek.
The hiking expedition usually starts from early June to mid-October. But squat, local treks in the central Indus valley can be embarked on still in May. During summer season, most of the tracks are waterlogged due to too much flow of water, and trekking would be possible only in late autumn. The Chaddar route, which is winter access to the valley provide an exciting and memorable foot journeys. Trekking in Zanskar is not an easy task, and it needs great courage and exertion. But it is worthy for a trip and it offers some of the most stunning, isolated basins and mountains.