If you want to go trekking in Zanskar-Ladakh or any
area around here, I'd recommend you to try to contact some of the local people to arrange the practicalities for you. I did
the trek from Darcha to Padum carrying
everything on my own, but the resulting exhaustion is worth avoiding.
So support the locals, and let them give you a great entrance to Zanskari and Ladakhi traditions and
The two most incredible horsemen in Zanskar,
and me. They are inexhaustible, they will even make sure the Gods are
appeased as you go forth in the - at times - diabolic landscapes of stones and
I have their adresses here
Marling village, Lungnak, Zanskar
c/o Zanskar Kaniska Expedition
Zangly Road Bon. no. 136
Jammu and Kashmir
Jall village, Lungnak, Zanskar
P.O. Padum, Zanskar, 194302
Jammu & Kashmir
They are highly recommended for their excellent skill
and good humor in the fine art of horsemanship!
From the left it is the Chef (with a big
preparing delicious momo's),
his son and the excellent guide Thukjay Sonam from Tsazar village near
Padum, Zanskar. I think I would have collapsed without their friendliness and
assistance, and I have personally witnessed how professionally they handled their trekking party, showing
great compassion towards the (to everyone else) very annoying personalities of a few of the
Contact Thukjay and his team through:
c/o Lobzang Sonam
Lamdon Model School
Postbox no. 39
Jammu & Kashmir state
The funny guys.
It's Mongal in front, with his back towards the camera.
They were all very friendly and generous. Dance and sing all night!
This is another recommendable crew. I don't have
their adress, but I know people who trekked with them, so drop me a mail, and I'll forward it!
A beedi is always good, no matter how high you get!