Day 1 & 2 : Reaching Padam from Sirinagar/ Leh
Day3: Rest Day ( acclimatization )
Day 4 : Padum-Zangla:Walking Time 7 hrs.> From Padum trail crosses though Zangla 3370m to well graded trek to Stongde 3500m. A jeep road now covers much of this route.
Day 5 : Zangla-Cha Cha La Base : Walking Time 3 hrs.> Gradual walking but do take rest at base.
Day 6: Rest Day ( High pass)
Day 7 : Base-Cha Cha La-Camp: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Rough scree to negotiate, final 200m are hard and requires patience. But view from top proves that effort was worth. Cha Cha la at 4950m is very famous pass.
Day 8 : Camp- Tilat Sumdo: Walking Time 6 hrs.> River crossings, gradual walk through shepherd pasteur to reach Tilat Sumdo 3750m.
Day 9 : Tilat Sumdo-Base of Rubrang La : Walking Time 5-6 hrs.> Gradual ascending to Rubrang La 4350m. You may encounter Khampa nomads who live a traditional nomadic lifestyle.
Day 10 : Rest Day
Day 11 : Rubrang La Base-Markha: Walking Time 6 hrs.> Climb to Rubrang La 5020m takes two hrs.offers beautiful view of Stok and Zhanskra Ranges from top, Gradual ascedning through a gully, descending is also gradual to Markha village 3850m.
Day 12 -13-14 : Markha-Hemis: These three stages can best be done via Kangmaru La which is in Namling plateau.
Day 15& 16 : Back to Manali.