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Shashi Lake Trek (Lhalung to Darchiks)

This trekking trail is an ideal mix of wilderness and culture. It provides a unqiue opportunity to experience camping by a lake all to yourself, 360 degree views from the top of the pass and eventually leading to the unique Brokpa settlement called Darchiks along the mighty Indus river. The village is particularly beautiful and laden with fruits and flowers during the summer

2 to 3 Days   Kargil
  • Tour Starts
  • Tour Ends
  • Style of Tour
  • Max Altitude
    4300 m
  • Approx Trekking
    17 kms
  • Trek Difficulty
  • Best Season
    May to September
  • Stays
    Tents and Homestay (all meals)
Day 1: Drive from Kargil to Lalung and trek from Lalung (3700 m) to Shashi Lake (4200 m)
Drive time: 38 kms /1.5 hours Trek Distance / Duration: 6 kms / 4 to 5 hours
  • Drive from Kargil to Lalung via Humboting La
  • Start trekking from Lalung to Shashi lake
  • The trail start gradually through an upstream towards the of the village
  • The trail becomes rocky and you will be walking through loose rocks and scree as you ascend.
  • This is the only hard section of the trek
  • Arrive at the Shashi lake by evening
  • Overnight in tents by the lake
Day 2: Trek from Shashi lake to Darchiks (2700 m) and drive back to Kargil
Distance / Duration: 11 kms / 5 to 6 hours
  • Wake up to a hot cup of tea by the lake
  • After an early breakfast start trekking towards Darchiks
  • The trail involves an hour of gradual ascent towards the top of a small pass at 4350m and then starts to descend all the way till Darchiks
  • Arrive in Darchiks by late after noon
  • Enjoy a hot cup of tea at a local home and drive back to Kargil
  • Alternatively, you can choose to stay overnight at the local homestay and explore the Brokpa culture
  • Drive back to Kargil the following day
  • Trek point transfers
  • Camping gear (sleeping bags, tents, mattress etc)
  • All meals during the trek
  • Homestay accommodation including all meals (in case of 3 day itinerary)
  • Trail guide and support staff
  • First Aid
  • Medical/Life insurance
  • Emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips to guides/drivers
  • Mineral water/beverages/snacks
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Personal porter
  • Cost incurred due to change in itinerary on account of roadbloacks, weather conditions, vehicle breakdown etc
Mountain Ethics
  • We have a zero trash tolerance policy. We always clean up after ourselves on all hikes and trips
  • We use portable T3 tents and portable toilets and wash basins at our campsite which are cleared and wrapped up at the end of each journey.
  • Our camp locations are temporary and we don’t keep any permanent fixtures at the location. We say no to plastics
  • Be Local – there is no harm learning at few local words while you are there. It always helps in building a rapport with the locals and blend in. Try to eat and buy locally. Carry your own water bottles.
Equipment & Safety
  • We use comfortable mattresses with -10degree sleeping bags
  • There is no electricity at most of our campsites as they are at remote locations. We use solar powered tent lamps.
  • Our trips require a moderate level of fitness.
  • The maximum altitude for treks can go upto 6100m
  • Drink lot of water to stay hydrated and to avoid mountain sickness
  • We always carry a first aid kid and a portable oxygen canisters for emergencies
  • Average of two guides are provided for a group of 10 people
Creating “Shared Value”
  • We respect the local traditions and customs. We will always brief you regarding these each time you travel to a different location. We encourage you to be open and free while travelling to these locations and invite you to explore the region in its true sense.
  • We focus on engaging local communities in our work to create livelihoods locally. Most of our camps/homestays are managed by the local villagers and local youth is engaged as guides/hosts
  • We organize workshops to train local communities and youth for technical training in mountain guiding, hospitality and responsible tourism. If you are interested in contributing, do let us know.
What to carry?
  • Valid ID proof (Passport/Voter ID/Drivers Licence)
  • Spare clothes/under garments
  • One warm jacket or windcheater
  • Sun goggles
  • Hat/Cap
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Water bottle
Additional Information:
  • You are expected to sign an indemnity and risk assumption form
  • You are expected to be in reasonable shape and physically fit to carry out the activity and to carry your personal gear
  • 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
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