Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions

Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions

Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions
5
River Rafting & TubingCultural Tours4WD, ATV & Off-Road ToursHiking & Camping ToursDay Trips
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
We the Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions is runs by a local energetic and friendly professional haling from Ladakh and Zanskar mostly. We provide all trekking services be it for a day hike or for 10-15 days Hiking, climbing a peak, or if you wish to go for a white water rafting Expedition on Zanskar river or Indus River, Our friendly and Knowledgeable Staff are always with you to take care.
Leh, Ladakh, India

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2024

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Travellers talk about
(9 reviews)

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles131 reviews
Excellent
125
Very good
5
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
1

Katarzyna R
Poznan, Poland29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We just got back from beautiful 2-weeks trip in Ladakh (Zanskar valley with Phuktal Monastery, Da Hanu, Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake).

Our tour operator was Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions. Everything was perfectly organized. We had a good guide and experienced driver. Accommodation and food were also good.
The communication with the agency was great. We always got prompt responds to our emails.
We can recommend this company to anyone.
They are very reliable and professional.
Written 30 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

John P
Washington DC, DC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions is an awesome tour company and made our trip to Ladakh exceedingly memorable. We sent them a list of places/activities we wanted to do in a certain timeframe, and they worked with us to create a custom itinerary. Lobzang was super helpful and communicative in making sure all our needs were met, and Sonam was an excellent guide throughout the 18 days we spent on the tour. They handled all the hotels/food/booking/transfers for the trip, as well as porters/expedition team for our backpacking trip through Markha Valley. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to travel in Ladakh.
Written 24 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MinTharr
Bangkok, Thailand31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
First, Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions is an expedition operator with a brick and mortar office located in Leh, Ladakh. If you are planning an expedition in Ladakh, then read on and disregard the dubious 1-star review regarding a SIM card.

Our trip was completed in July, 2023. We were an international team with extensive experience trekking and mountaineering in multiple ranges, including the Himalayas. The objective was to piece together a challenging Zanskar trek that avoided as much as possible any roads.

In short, we partnered with Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions to make the trip a reality.

I characterize the operator as:
- professional in a sea of unprofessionalism
- competent at executing a fully-supported expedition in remote areas of Zanskar and broader Ladakh, including a highly professional and diligent expedition support crew
- patient
- respectful
- knowledgeable
- friendly
- fairly-priced
- no BS

I strongly recommend Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions and will personally work only with this operator on future trips to the region.

The longer, more personal version:

Two team members invested substantial time on the research and planning phase, poring over topo maps, satellite imagery and recent reports by other experienced walkers who had been in Zanskar.

Armed with thorough planning, I first sought a local operator who would truly listen and support our specific expedition goals. Instead, I encountered many operators who rudely dismissed our ideas to push their own agendas, focusing more on profit than on our needs. This frustrating search continued until I found Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions. Many were rude in doing so rather than simply annoyingly focused on selling what would have been the highest profit margin experience for them. I wasted a lot of time at many so-called "operators."

I discovered Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions on a whim. I walked by, looked in, and kept walking by...and then turned around and went in for a chat. Within 3-5 minutes I understood I had finally discovered a genuine, experienced expedition operator.

Lobzang is Zanskari himself, the founder of this outfit, and in the office. Over the course of multiple meetings and before any commitment from our team to employ his services, he patientily listened to multiple potential iterations of the expedition. We explored success and failure scenario based on variables any expedition should consider.

He is knowledgeable of Zanskar, and yet when he was uncertain about a variable, he was immediately transparent about his uncertainty and worked his contacts on the ground in Zanskar to identify updated information (snow levels over a pass, for example.) When information remained unknown, he was transparent about this, AND, as is expected from a pro operator, we collaboratively worked through possible failure scenario and what the implications of this would mean during the actual trip.

The expedition team itself was comprised of two Zanskari cooks who spoke far more English than anticipated, a humble and hardworking horseman, 9 horses (1 of which ran away/home) and a Zanskari guide. The team was diligent. In practice, that team of 4 was highly cross functional and effective in their daily tasks. They set up and broke camp, including the kitchen and dining tents. They cooked incredibly good food for 4000m+ in highly remote areas. They were a hardworking, diligent crew, especially the cooks and horseman.

A support crew is the backbone of any expedition and if this team falls through, then the entire trip can quickly spiral into failure. Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions provided an exceptional support crew.

As with any expedition, there were hiccups along the way too, most of which were weather-related phenomena. Despite these challenges, the support team overcame them with efficacy and professionalism. In particular, after a miserable, rain-soaked day that forced us to take a rest day, we woke to similar conditions yet needed to press on. The support team broke camp in the rain at 4400m+ and then crossed a 5000m+ rarely-used pass in a snow storm, doing their job and doing it really well despite the daunting prospect of doing so. This was no easy task — everyone was exhausted — and I personally thank them here again for their efforts.

That said, I personally was not partial to the Zanskari guide and feel he would benefit from improving his English skills and the ways he navigates group dynamics. Perhaps my view is biased by the somewhat vast experience of our team, which is a fair assessment/response to my observation. Still, I think there is room for professional growth on his part.

Our experience with this operator was unexpectedly overwhelmingly positive, especially after encountering many other incompetent and unprofessional competitors masquerading as genuine operators.

Thanks Lobzang, genuinely.
Written 4 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Passenger51628600231
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Friendy and excellence supporting crews. It was a fun and adventure trek throughout the 5 days Chadar trek with the Zanskar Kanishka Expenditions support team. Two thumbs up!
Written 18 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Barbara T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
The team was amazing. We have no provision problems and it got replenish very fast. They know how to do their works and we have our trek at ease. Camp already set up right before we arrived. Food was delicious and have different variety include chicken and some greens.
Written 28 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tourist62589929188
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Incredible experiences with Lobzang and his guides. He was very welcoming and kind, he took care of everything, answered to our questions and guided us through the city and the mountains with great professionalism. I recommend !
Written 19 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Paradise37466334882
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We asked Lobzang, the manager of the company, to organize for us a trek which will be a combination of West Zanskar and Ladakh Range. He gave us many good advices, his team was excellent and the complicated logistics worked like a Swiss clock!!
Written 21 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

gergoe
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Business
One of the most competent tour operators I have ever been in contact with.

Excellent organisation, expert tour guide, caring helpers are the hallmark of this company.
Written 12 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dream07970964054
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Amazing views of rock formations & colors. Beautiful flowers, many of them were new to me. Wonderful, tasty meals prepared by the chef. Excellent care from the friendly team that went with us.
Written 5 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Wander64211220632
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Outstanding team and tour management with Songdun as our guide.
Very detailed and professional planning and taking care of the team.
The chef and kitchen team did outstanding job with high quality and high variance meals. We were lucky to experience Ladakh at it's top.
Written 5 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 115

Zanskar Kanishka Expeditions - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024) - Tripadvisor

All things to do in Leh
Day Trips in Leh
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire