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Duration : 17 Days
Grade : Hard
The best time to do this trek is from Mid Aug to end of September. The highest point in this trek is Parang La. This Challenging Trek focuses on life of Nomadic People, Spiti valley people, Monasteries, Wildlife and high altitude Lake of Changthang, which is also the breeding ground to birds like the Bar-necked geese and the Brahminy duck. The barren region is home to numerous species of wildlife including the wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, Tibetan Antelope, and Himalayan Ibex. the Tsomoriri has been pledged as a ‘Sacred Gift for a Living Planet’ by the local community (mostly Chang-pa herdsmen). The route traverses across a number of high passes and while the scenery is spectacular the entire route is through vast wilderness and high altitude which requires good acclimatization. Tsomoriri to Kiber, the trek follows the ancient trade route between Ladakh and Spiti.
NOTE:- All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences, abilities, extension and reduction of numbers of days.
Our services start with your arrival at Leh airport. Meet & greet and transfer to the Hotel. Welcome drink on arrival. We recommend you completely relax for the rest of the day to enable yourselves to acclimatize to the rarefied air at the high altitudeanda successful trek in Ladakh requires you to acclimatize well with high altitude, tourist can explore the Leh market and shanti stupa in the evening only if you feel fine. O/N hotel
After breakfast take a full day excursion to renowned monasteries and palaces of Ladakh region. Founded in 1433 by Palden Sherab, Thiksey monastery the beautiful village of Thiksey, dominated by an imposing Gelugpa monastery. This Thiksey monastery majestically overlooks the valley, a magnificent group of about 80 monks; discovery of the beautiful inner courtyard which distributes access to the various temples. The most amazing is certainly the temple of Maitreya with its gigantic interior statue which covers all floors of the building. To join the next site, we will take the path of school children.
Founded in 1632 by Lama Staktsang Raspa, Visit Hemis Monastery, it is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage. The monastery houses an amazing collection of the age-old relics such as the idol of Lord Buddha made up of copper gilt, gold and silver stupas It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in June.
On the way back to Leh visit Shey (Built in 17th century by king Deldan Namgyal) capital of ancient Ladakh, is an interesting complex whose importance is still measured by the quality of the paintings and the astonishing quantity of chortens or other votive monuments that surround it, especially the copper gilt statue of lord Buddha. The Rock-carved statue of five Buddha can be seen below the palace on the roadside, which was probably carved during the reign of Singay Namgyal.
And the Stok Palace built in 1825th by king Tsespal Tundup Namgyal , residence of the present kings of Ladakh. Transformed into a museum, the collections presented evoke a recent past where the royal family ruled over this valley. O/N hotel.
After breakfast drive to Lamayouru enroute magnetic hill,Sangam & visit Likir, also known as lu-Khyil gompa, the Likir Monastery was ordered to built by the 5th king of Ladakh Lhachen Gyalpo and was thus founded by Lama Duwang Chosje in 1065. The monastery is of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, visit Alchi temple Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre, the Alchi Gompa is one of the magnificently built monasteries in Ladakh. Located 70 kilometres west of Leh on the banks of the Indus River, it is also the largest and most famous of the gompas built by Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo in 11th century , continue drive to visit the mesmerizing Moon landscapes and the Lamayuru monastery renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Lamayuru monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Arahat Nimagon blessed the site and Naropa founded the monastery in the 11th century.
(optional) If the weather permits, gear up for river rafting in River Zanskar. O/N hotel
After the Breakfast drive to Leh, visit Rizong, according to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, surviving on two times meal a day and avoiding any contact with the outside world. Before building the monastery in 1831, Lama Tsultim Nima started a hermitage at the site to teach monks about Buddhism, visit a nunnery, known as Chulichan (Chomoling), is under the cover of the monastery, where 20 nuns or the Chomos reside and worship at the temples of the monastery, perform chores like milking, spinning wool and getting oil for the temple lamps. On the way back make a stop at Sangam (confluence of two river). Arrive at Leh by evening. O/N hotel
After breakfast, proceed to Tsomoriri Lake via Mahe Bridge. Then long wonderful drive from Leh to Tsomoriri gives us tremendous opportunities for photography. The changes in landscape are difficult to imagine. We pass through many typical Ladakhi villages. One stop at Chumathang for the picnic and visit the medicinal hot springs, continue drive to Tsomoriri lake which is breeding grounds for numerous species of birds. The Lake is 8Kms wide & 28 Kms long., Korzok is one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh. O/N camp
Elevation gain +25m / elevation loss -48m
Today we will walk from Korzok to end of the Lake with a few ups and downs. Overall it is completely different walking day with a similar experience of walking on the beach. The difference of walking here is the narrow tails mostly rocky and sand sometimes. Chances are of spotting wild animal in this area. walk along the west bank of the lake, you will have fantastic views of the Mentok range on the right and Chamser & Lungser Kangri across the lake. O/N camp
Elevation gain +97m / elevation loss -96m
From Kyangdam the scenery changes dramatically and you enter the river valley of Parang Chu. today is again an easy walking on the flat ground to Nurboo Sumdo. You will have to wet your feet as soon as you leave camp. Pass through spring (Chumik Sharte) and the campsite is a deep ground near the river and spring. You can also camp at Skitpodangsa on the another side of the Parangchu but water level can be high in the afternoon if you are trekking in the month of early July & August. O/N camp
Elevation gain +102m / elevation loss -0m
If you camp at Nurboo Sumdo don’t forget to carry sandal with you for water crossing. The river is full of small pebbles, which hurts your feet without sandal. After crossing the river you will walk towards south for the next few days. Gradually you walk along the river. Camping site is just after small ups and down. O/N camp
Elevation gain +201m / elevation loss -47m
Today again straightforward walking along the Parang Chu river with on the rolling plateau before the Valley widens. Keep walking in the same direction along the river and the campsite is near the river with a small spring. O/N camp
Elevation gain +307m /elevation loss -10m
Today again you will remain in the same valley and ascend of the Parangla starts from Kharsagongma. If you are in big group its ideal to camp at Kharsagongma as there is space for only a few tents. Otherwise, continue walking to the base Camp of Parangla Pass. this is a nice walk across a vast meadow while following the Parang Chu river to the base of the Parang La. O/N camp
Elevation gain +495m / elevation loss -1166m
Cross the river immediate after leaving the Camp. Take the trail from your left hand side and the right side of the glacier. As you walk upwards, craves become very narrow from where you can cross the glacier. Start walking towards southeast and after around 3 hours walking you can see colourful prayer flags flapping at the top of the Pass, from the pass there is a fantastic view of the Spiti valley . Take the steep descent continue to near huge rock and the waterfalls from it.In September and October water dries up, therefore you have to carry water from the Parang base. It’s vertical walking down to the Parangchu and remains walking at the same level along the Paranghu to the east for sometimes before you take another exhausting Climb to Thaltak. Thaltak has very nice campsite with a wonderful view of the mountains and spring water. O/N camp
Elevation gain +535m / elevation loss -842m
Take the straight trail towards east with easy ascend. From the highest point you will walk steep down to bridge with a few zigzag trails. Cross the bridge and reach Kibber village. O/N camp
Our next journey begins, in our comfortable car through Spiti (Literally, ‘In between land’ as it was a buffer zone between the old kingdom of Tibet and India). First we visit Ki Gompa, a monastery high above the Spiti River. There are spectacular views both down and up of valley from here. Then on to the very different Dhankar Gompa, perched at 4000m, with some beautiful wall paintings, before we arrive at Tabo, where we spend the night. Tabo monastery along with Alchi in Ladakh, is one of the oldest gompas in the Buddhist world, dating back to 966, and, like Alchi, centers around a Dukhang (assembly hall) set on the ground floor (with the spreading of Buddhism, later monasteries, like Ki and Dhankar, were built on hillsides to reflect the enhanced status of Buddhism) and it still has a flourishing art school. Tabo is enough off the beaten track to feel pleasantly isolated from the tourist trail, and we have time to explore both the prayer halls and the surrounding countryside. O/N hotel
Leave Kaza, drive to Kaza (3600m) Kaza is situated at the foot of steep ridges and on the left bank of river Spiti. Drive continues to Kunzom la (4590m), highest pass on Spiti Lahaul road. The lofty Shigri Glacier is seen in front in all its grandeur. The crest of the pass has been marked by a chorten of stones erected ages ago. Then drive to Khoksar. It is desolate and regarded as the coldest place in Himachal Pradesh. Finally reach Keylong, the capital of Lahaul and Spiti. Visit the town. O/N hotel
Morning driver to Manali, en route visiting Rohtang la 3937m. Here, one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendour. Then you dip into Manali region and another 51 Kms drive will take you to Manali. O/N hotel
Manali is named after the lawgiver Manu. The word Manali comes from “Manu-Alaya” which literally means “the abode of Manu “located at an altitude of 2050M in the Beas River valley. Visit Manali which is circled by beautiful glades of deodars and flowering horse chestnuts. Visit Hadimba Temple, a four-story wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest. Afternoon visit Naggar 1760m. It is located on a wooded slope and commands an extensive view. It was the capital of erstwhile Kullu state for about 1400 years. Here, visit Roerich art gallery which houses the paintings of Nicholas Roerich as well as his sculptures. O/N hotel
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