Poat La Pass Trek

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Trekking Holiday India

  • Region: Himachal - Kishtwar - Zanskar

  • Grade: Challenging

  • Duration: 12 days

  • Max Altitude: 5490m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Dates Only

Poat La Pass Trek Overview

The Poat La (5490m) trek is a lesser known trek in the Indian Himalayas. The trek begins from the village of Gulabgarh on the J&K - Himachal Border. The areas has been closed for many years after the insurgency began in Kashmir and it was only recently 2009 when we restarted exploring the area with some of our climbing trips. The trek Takes you into the lesser known Darlang valley. We cross through the Sapphire and Emerald mines of King Zorawar Singh and eventually after crossing the pass end the trek at the town of Padum in the Zanskar Valley.

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek. 

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Poat La Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: The participants arrive in Manali.


Day 02: Manali - Udaipur jeep/ Tempo

Duration: 7 hours

Today we start early and drive across Rohtang to the Town of Udaipur. We will stay overnight at Udaipur.


Day 03: Udaipur - Gulabgarh (3505m)

Duration: 9 hours

Another long driving day. We will drive past the towns of Pangi and Killar to cross the Himachal Border and reach the town of Gulabgarh which is close to the Kashmir - Himachal Border.


Day 04: Trek Gulabgarh (2000m) to Chishoti (2400m)

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

We set out from the town of Gulabgarh early and is a gradual long climb though some magnificent views all the way to the village of Chishoti.


Day 05: Chishoti to Machail (2700m)

Duration: 5 to 6 hours


Day 06: Machail to Darlang nulla Camp 1 (3300m)

Duration: 6 hours


Day 07: Darlang nulla Camp 1 to Chomochoir Camp (4100 m)

Duration: 7 hours


Day 08: Chomochoir Camp to Darlang Camp Below the Pass (4800 m)

Duration: 8 hours


Day 09: Darlang Camp Below the Pass - Cross Poat-la and camp across the pass on the other side at Camp 3.

Duration: 9- 10 hours


Day 10: Camp  3 to Sumdo/ Bardan Gompa.

Duration: 8 - 9 hours


Day 11: Drive back to Padum.

Duration: 3 - 4 hours


Day 12: Return back to Leh/ Srinagar.

  1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  2. Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  3. Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft). 
  4. Insulated sleeping pads.
  5. All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
  6. Guides, Cook and camp staff.
  7. Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person 
  8. All HP state Forest Permits
  9. All transport Manali to Gulabgarh and Sumdo to Leh
  1. All hotel stays in Manali and Leh
  2. Any food in hotels. 
  3. All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  4. Personal Clothing.
  5. Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover - asc360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
  6. Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
  7. Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.

- Backpack 40 - 50 Lt with rain cover - Goes on the horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lt with rain cover-  to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes. 
- 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks - ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in. 
- T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts  You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
- Fleece Jacket 
- Rain & Wind Protection
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Warm Cap
- Gloves 
- Sun Cap
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
- Toiletries - sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Camera.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)