Department of Tourism, Jammu and Kashmir

The Shingo La Pass trek is one of the most popular treks connecting Lahaul in Himachal Pradesh and Zanskar in Jammu and Kashmir. The 5000 m Pass is one of the easiest and most popular high-altitude Pass that is frequented by locals and travelers alike. The trek begins at Darcha in the Lahual valley. Darcha is an 8-9 hour journey from Manali across the scenic Rohtang Pass. The trail from here is a gentle ascent to the camp at Palamo. The trail continues further on a fairly level surface as the glacial streams and rivers are crossed for the next stop at Zanskar Sumdo. The path moves through spectacular gorges and fords. A short steep ascent and one reaches the meadows at Rimjiak. The path is then fairly level along the scree slopes to the base of Shingo La at Chuminapko. The path meanders along a flattish path and zig-zags along, all the way up to Shingo La. On the other side is a steep descent to Lakong camp. The descent is through Kargyak which is the first settlement on the Zanskar side, and then through the villages of Testa, Purne and finally to the road-head at Padum. The Shingo La is a major route south of the Zanskar valley. There is an un-metalled road upto Zanskar Sumdo, with plans of building a road across the Pass. The absence of a glacier, overly steep ascent and clear path make this a fairly non-technical trek even though the altitude gained is close to 15, 000 ft. The trek however retains the charm of an ancient trade route, through remote villages, frugal lifestyle and the raw beauty of the Himalayan landscape.
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