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Chilung La Trek

One of the eight ancient Trans-Himalayan traverses between Zanskar and Kishtwar Himalayas, Chilung La is probably the most remote and least used even by the hardy “Bakarwals” who dwell in these mountains through the summer. We will cross two high passes surrounding some of the highest peaks in the region such as Nun and Kun, Z1 and Doda. A true wilderness adventure meant only for the seasoned trekker.

The trail on this trek has some long glacier traverses and spectacular meadow trails with a lot of wildlife life such as the Asiatic Ibex and Himalayan Brown Bear.

9 Nights and 10 Days     Zanskar, Kishtwar Download PDF
8+ Age
  • Tour Starts
  • Tour Ends
  • Style of Tour
    Trekking (6 days)
  • Max Altitude
  • Approx Trekking
    63 Kms
  • Trek Difficulty
  • Best Season
    June to September
  • Stays
    Hotels on twin sharing basis/Organized Camping
  • Meals
    Breakfast and dinner in Hotels, All meals on Treks and Homestays
Day 1: Arrive in Srinagar/Leh and Drive to Kargil
  • Pick up from Airport and drive to Kargil (5 hours)
  • Lunch Enroute
  • Your trek leader with greet you at the hotel upon arrival.
  • Evening for leisure
  • Overnight in Kargil
Day 2: Kargil local and Acclimatization day
  • Take this day to acclimatize.
  • After an early breakfast, we will drive to Hundurman which is border settlement on the LoC between India and Pakistan and check out the Hundurman Museum
  • Explore a local family run museum (www.kargilmuseum.org) followed by walk in the old caravan bazaar; a rare
  • glimpse into Kargil’s Silk Route trade history.
  • Post lunch, explore Kargil bazaar
  • Dinner and overnight in hotel
Day 3: Kargil to Rangdum dirve.
Drive Time: 5 hours
  • After and early breakfast, drive towards Rangdum through the scenic Suru valley
  • Enroute visit the 7th Century Buddha rock statue at Kartse Khar
  • Lunch in Panikhar/Parkachik
  • Arrive in Rangdum and setup camp for the night
Day 4: Trek from Rangdum (4176m) to North Basecamp (4322m)
Distance/Duration: 10.5 kms / 5 hours
  • First day of the trek starts with crossing the Rangdum river and enter Chilung nalla
  • Its an easy gradual trek along a flattish trail through some rocky patches and pastures filled with wild flowers
  • Arrive at the campsite by lunch time
Day 5:Trek from Chilung North Basecamp to Chilung South Basecamp (4476m) via Chilung La (5112m)
Distance/Duration: 12 kms / 8 to 9 hours
  • Today is a long and hard day as we to ascend Chilung La pass. Therefore, we will begin early
  • Trail begins along a flat trail with some small stream crossings till the base of the glacier snout
  • From here we have to take the moraine crest on the right to approach the glacier towards the pass
  • Descend from the pass is very steep and tricky as we have to find a trail through a lot of scree and loose rocks.
  • Another massive glacier is visible while descending and we have to follow the moraine crest on the right bank of this glacier till we arrive at our campsite.
  • Setup camp next to the glacier with views of some of the highest peaks in the Kishtwar region
Day 6: Trek from Chilung South Basecamp to Z1 Glacier Basecamp (4024m)
Distance/Duration: 15 kms / 6 hours
  • The trail today is one of the most beautiful ones through green meadows
  • Expect some wildlife sightings today
  • We will take the right from the confluence towards Laetur campsite and continue from there till the Z1 glacier basecamp
  • Our campsite for tonight will be setup right below the Z1 glacier in the green pasturelands with a rare sight of the south face of Mt Nun.
  • Here you will also find a lot of Bakarwal settlements along with their livestock.
  • We will spend two nights at the camp here
Day 7: Rest Day/Explore Jabal Nala
  • Today we will take it easy and rest of the day as we have another hard traverse on the following day
  • After breakfast, we will take a short hike into the adjacent Jabal Nala till the base of the Nun south face
  • A massive waterfall gushing out from the south face glacier is intimidating as well as mesmerizing.
  • Return to camp by lunch time
  • Overnight at camp
Day 8: Trek from Z1 Glacier Basecamp to Mt Kun Basecamp (4550m) via Shafat La (5023m).
Distance/Duration: 9 Kms / 7 to 8 hours
  • Today after a quick breakfast, we will start our ascend towards Shafat La before sunrise
  • The trail going to the pass has some tricky sections with stream crossings and negotiate a few small rock faces
  • to get on to the glacier
  • Once at the glacier you will get a close range view of Z1, Nun and White Needle.
  • A short scramble across the glacier and moraine will bring you to the top of Shafat La. From here you will be able to see Mt Kun and the route leading upto its camp 1 across the valley
  • Descend from Shafat La is fairly short but a bit difficult
  • Traverse the Kun Glacier to arrive at the basecamp of Mt Kun
  • Setup camp here for the night.
Day 9: Trek from Mt Kun Basecamp to Shafat Road Head (3935m) and drive to Kargil
Distance/Duration: 15 kms / 5 hours Drive Time: 5 hours
    • Today is the last day of the trek and is mostly descend.
    • We will start early after a quick breakfast
    • The first part of the trek involves crossing the Z1 glacier moraine till we reach the plains near Chumik
    • From Chumik the trail is very easy along the valley floor till we reach the road head at Shafat
    • After a quick lunch, drive back to Kargil
    • Overnight at hotel in Kargil
Day 10: Drive from Kargil to Srinagar
  • Drive Time: 5 to 6 hours
  • Today early morning, check out from hotel and drive to Srinagar
  • Catch the evening flight to Delhi/Mumbai
  • End of journey


  • Airport pick up and drop and journey to Kargil from Srinagar/Leh
  • Trek point transfers
  • Transport for sightseeing
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel in Kargil
  • All meals on the trek
  • Twin sharing rooms at hotel
  • Dome tents on trek
  • Camping gear (sleeping bags, mattress, two man dome tents, toilet tent, dining tent)
  • Safety gear (rope, ice axe etc)
Medical Services:
  • Onsite first aid
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Trained and experienced guide/trek leader
  • Kitchen and support staff
  • Porters
  • Trekking permits
  • Camping charges
  • Single room accommodation
  • Lunch during stay in Kargil
  • Stay in Leh or srinagar.
  • Meals while on the road
  • Personal equipment such as walking sticks, rain coats, gloves etc
  • International & Domestic flight fares, visa charges
  • Monument/monastery and Museum visit fee.
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry
  • Cost incurred due to emergency evacuation.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation etc.
  • Personal Mules & porters. You can request for one in advance while booking .
  • Tips to porters, camping team, driver, guide, etc.
  • Cost incurred due to change / extension in the itinerary due to roadblocks, bad weather condition, flight delays, vehicle breakdowns, etc.
What to carry?
  • Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence)
  • No suitcases. Opt for 70 to 90 litre backpacks
  • Water-proof trekking shoes
  • One down jacket or warmer for chilly nights
  • Rain poncho or jacket/windcheater (a must!)
  • Thermal inner (not advisable to wear it while trekking)
  • Trekking pants (one spare)
  • Sun block
  • Hat
  • Sun goggles
  • Trekking pole
  • Spare under garments and socks (three pairs max)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably wearable)
  • Water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one litre capacity
  • Personal toiletries
  • Power bank (if you want to use phone camera)
  • That book you’ve been meaning to read
  Fine Print & Trip Specific Important Information: By signing up for a trip with Roots, you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate in this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears on the website and the information below:
  • Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite & adjust to these situations then & there. The final call will be taken by our Lead Guide on location.
  • The itinerary should be viewed as ideal & we may have to make some spot changes due various unavoidable reasons.
  • The distances & altitude mentioned in the above itinerary are to the best of our knowledge & information; marginal variance in the actual distances & altitudes is possible.
  • You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness, being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment.
  • The minimum age restriction for this trip is 18
  • All outdoor related activities involve a certain level of risk. You are expected to sign an Indemnity Form in agreement to the risks involved through part taking in such outdoor activities.
  • Roots Ladakh  reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals and photographs submitted by them on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes