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Duration : 21 Days
The Changthang plateau a sweeping terrain of vast pasture lands and remote villages. A landscape that is home to some of the highest and largest salt water lakes in the western Himalayas. Tso Moriri at 4,500m / 14,760ft is the largest of these lakes ringed by an austere range of brown barren hills. The Changthang is also home to the semi-nomadic Changpa shepherds who roam this wilderness in search of fodder for their Pashmina wool producing goats and herds of yaks. This trek traverses a part of the Changthang and spills over into the similar landscape of Spiti in the neighbouring state of Himachal Pradesh.
NOTE:- All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences, abilities, extension and reduction of numbers of days.
We welcome you on your arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi and escort you to your hotel where you stay overnight.
Afternoon free to wander around the bazaars and relax. A couple days in Leh is strongly advised due to the high altitude.
We visit the ancient monasteries of Shey with its enormous state of Buddha and Thikse one of the most important Gompas in central Ladakh which has some beautiful wall paintings besides gilded statues of the Buddha. In the afternoon we drive down to the famous Hemis Gompa in a secluded grove of poplars. Return to your hotel for the night.
and the Tibetan Camp of Choglamsar and get further acclimatized for the days ahead before returning to your hotel for the night.
Begin our trek to Kyamar – 4420m / 14,497ft. 4 hours. The trail enters an enchanting vast land where the weathered Changpa nomads are to be seen roaming in search of rich pasture for their flocks of sheep and herds of Yaks. This was also once the legendary salt route.
The trek continues through a colour splashed gorge and goes on to Chorten Sumda. Its an easy one hour walk before an ascent begins towards the Kumur La pass from where you get great views of the Kangyatse chain of hills and the and the Indus valley.
Once on the pass we are afforded with a birds eye view of the salt water Tsokar lake at 4400m / 14,432ft and the sweeping Rupshu valley ahead. The descent to this brackish lake famous for its enormous salt deposits is a leisurely one. Camp near the lake just off the vast Morey plains.
We walk along the shores of the lake to the other end and if lucky get to see herds of Kiang and numerous migratory bird species. From the other side of the lake the trail turns right and enters the Nuruchan village. Camp.
The trail leads into higher altitudes and after crossing tow high mountain passes descend to the small campsite at Gyamabarma.
Trek over the Yalung Nyau La pass to the quaint village of Korzok, on the northwestern shores of Tso Moriri. After spending time exploring this ancient monastery we camp near the lake for the night.
We trek along the western shore of the sapphire blue Tso Moriri to Kiangdam a vast shrub land on the south shore of the lake.
The trail heads south after crossing the Pare Chu river and climbs steadily emerging into the Parang Chu valley.
The trail continues to climb gradually along the valley on the right bank of the river till we reach our campsite.
The trek continues south passing a narrow gorge all the while involving a series of climbs and descents across valleys.
The moraine strewn face of the Parang glacier has to be crossed as the treks winds its way up to the Parang La pass. A rocky path takes us to the saddle of the pass from where you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Ladakh and Lahaul mountain peaks. Far below you can see the silvery Parang Chu river making its way to the east. Camp overnight at Jugstok.
A steep descent is involved as we walk towards the Sampa Lungpa valley. Crossing another pass the Thaltak La at 4600m / 15,088ft we get extensive views of the distant Lingti valley east of Kaza town. Crossing smooth grassy hills we reach the small hamlet of Dumla from where we walk over to Kibber village said to be the highest permanently inhabited village in the world. Overnight.
We are met by a Jeep which takes us to Kaza via the strategically located Ki monastery on a solitary rock face high above the Spiti river basin and on to the over 1000 year old Tabo monastery. Close by there is a newly built Gompa and a painting school founded by the Dalai Lama. Overnight at Tabo.
We arrive at the resort town of Manali in the lush green Kullu valley by late evening and check into a hotel.
Transfer to International airport by late night or early morning to catch your international flight.
Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Avoid trekking during the nights. Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking.
Ladakh is very safe, tourist friendly and cheering place, but still you need to take care of some preparations which can make your tour even better and memorable: Carry headache, stomachache, anti-vomiting tablets with you. Please respect the culture of Ladakh. We are providing world class services in the secluded place, which is similar to an oasis, is very difficult and challenging. Still we try our best to bring cheer on your faces.
Code of Ethics for tourists visiting Ladakh
a. As a Guest – Respect local traditions- protect local cultural- maintain local prides.
b. While taking Photographs- Respect privacy-ask permission and restraint use of flashlight for photography and filming inside National Monuments and smoking and alcohol drinking is strictly prohibited
c. Respect Holy Place- preserve what you have come to see- never touch or remove religious objects- purchase and sale of antiques which is more than 100 years old is against the law and it attracts punishment under rules.
d. Keep stream water clean and avoid using pollutants such as detergents in stream and springs- if no toilets facilities are available- make sure are at least 30 Meter away from water source and Bury or cover waste.
e. Giving to Children encourages begin- a donation to project like Health Centre or School is a more constructive way to help.
f. Visitors who value local traditions encourage local prides and maintain local cultures-please help them to gain a realistic view of life in other parts of the World.
g. The beauty of the place and loving kinds of the people may change you but please do not change them.
Eating and Drinking
Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. When you reach camp in the afternoon tea and biscuits will be served. At breakfast, dinner and in the afternoons, there is a choice of hot drinks. Breakfasts typically include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dal and paneer (cottage cheese). At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or cake is also be served.
Note:- that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available while camping.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.
We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Your leader will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.
During the trek the cooks will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may need to collect water during the day and may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.
We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar)
The above weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only – it does not reflect extremes of heat and cold. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude (it can reach freezing point at some higher places in September). There is, however, the possibility of rain, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot.
Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.
Note:- While on a trek or expedition in a remote area if any client suffers from altitude sickness or any other serious injury, the sirdar/guide sends a runner to the nearest telephone/army post/road head to ask for help. Emergency evacuation becomes necessary in the following cases:High Altitude Sickness – If the client suffers from High Altitude Sickness, he/she needs to descend immediately. Injury – In case the client is badly injured – broken bones/fractures or sickness like thrombolysis (blood clotting), paralysis, loss of eyesight – in these cases as well he/she needs to be evacuated/descend immediately.
What to bring
Hiking trousers and shirts, warm jackets, pullovers and raincoat Good hiking shoes Flash light Sun hat/baseball cap Sunglasses, Lip balm Sun lotion cream and toiletries