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Zanskar and the new road

Hi,I have been doing some research into a trip to Ladakh this summer and the trek accross Zanskar looks the most interesting. However, most reports (including your I think :) ) are from a few years ago before the new road had been built.Do you have any infomation on the current situation with regards to the road? Is the trek still worthwhile or will I spend much of the time walking down a road (not my idea of fun!). I would like to stick to homestays / teahouses as much as possible, but a couple of nights in a tent here and there are fine if it means I can avoid the road.If the road is a big problem would you have any alternative recommendations for a similar trek?Thank you very much for any info you can give me - your site has already been very helpful.Tim

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 I haven't been back to Leh

 I haven't been back to Leh in a few years so I don't have the most up to date knowledge on how far the road has gone.  I'd check the indiamike, or lonelyplanet message boards to see if anyone as been through in the last year.  I'm pretty sure the road hasn't gotten through the Hanupatta to Hanumur section which is the most scenic part.  I'd take the road as far as you can then hike until you reach the road on the Padum side take the road into town restock then take the road as far as you can in the Darcha direction then start trekking.  Usually the sections where the road is are the boring flat sections anyway and from what i know about the speed of Indian road building I doubt they have made much progress up the passes.  There also are some alternate passes into and out of the area but I haven't done them so I don't know the details.  Glad you've found my site helpful.

Micah (Indie Trekking & Travel)

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