A classic trail crossing Zanskar from south to north, taking in some of its finest scenery from the great Himalaya on the border with Lahoul to the jagged Zanskar mountains in the north. The whole trek can be walked in 15-21 days if you keep your heads down. Despite its popularity, its not an easy trek, there are eight passes to cross between Lamayuru and Padum and is a difficult trek. The route can be walked in either direction. The large village of Padum is connected by rough and long road to suru valley and Kargil, it is therefore a convenient place to start or finish your trek, the second half of the trail continues past Karsha, the largest gompa in Zanskar and then follows the Zanskar river downstream, heading gradually north, the first of the eight passes to be crossed between Padum and Lamayuru is the Parfi La beyond lies a corrugated landscape to test your stamina. This is one of the longest treks in the region and an exciting way to travel between Manali and Leh. You pass through a variety of Himalayan cultures and scenery from central Ladakh in the north of Lahoul in the south. Its length plus several difficult and demanding sections, means that you need to be in good physical shape before setting off.