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Duration : 16 Days
Grade : Hard
This Challenging Trek focuses mainly on life of Nomadic People, Monasteries, Wildlife and some high altitude Lakes of Changthang. The Trek starts Miru village in Eastern part of Ladakh and ends at Tsomoriri Lake, a beautiful High altitude lake in 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 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. Initially in this trek route you will have glimpse of Markha valley, when we trek through the Kongmarula ,The high Kongmaru La offers stunning views of the Kang Yatze peaks and pasture land of Nimaling, where the people of Markha valley stays for summer with live stock for grazing.
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 Lamayuru enroute 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. 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. Arrive at Leh by evening. O/N hotel
Elevation gain +550m/elevation loss -50 m.
Morning transfer to the starting point of our trekking. We follow, full eastern south, the famous Trans Himalaya, road that connects Leh, Manali and Delhi. We drive to the village of Miru where we meet the logistics team who will accompany you throughout the trekking. Our trek starts with the path taken by the shepherds to reach the summer pastures. A gradual climb, leads you to the small pass (4050 m) that leads to the top of the Achi Valley. We continue our journey by a path flank. A last climb allows you to reach our first camp. O/N CAMP
Elevation gain +450m/elevation loss -650
Morning ascent of the valley towards Skitchen La (4651m). The trail is relatively easy and the gradual climb allows a good acclimatization. By crossing the pass, the landscape becomes more colorful with red, ocher, green reliefs. A long descent, following the course of the stream, leads us to the hamlet of Skitchen, out of the classical tourist circuits. O/N CAMP
Elevation gain +650m/elevation loss -100m
you continue our descent to the valley of Shang. Arriving near the hamlet of Chokdou, we turn left to go up the valley of Shang. The multicolored rocks, often red-ocher, overlooking the valley are a real spectacle that “occupies” us throughout the day … First river crossing fording. We reach the Kongmaru La base camp that you will cross next day. O/N CAMP
Elevation gain +650m/elevation loss – 350m.
From the camp, a steep climb to Kongmaru La (5150m). At the pass, we enjoy a superb view of the peaks of Kangyatze (6195 m and 6400 m) and the valley of the Indus. Descent to the high plateau of Nimaling (4700 m) dominated by snow-capped peaks. The shepherds of the Markha valley settle there during the summer with their cattle. O/N CAMP
Elevation gain +150m/elevation loss -650m.
You take the time to enjoy the beautiful plateau of Nimaling before joining, further down, Thachungtse, hamlet of summer pasture. Before your descent, you hike on the high plateau of Nimaling to admire the summit of Kangyatse and the colorful landscapes of the surrounding mountains. O/N CAMP
Elevation gain +500m/elevation loss 00.
Last steps in the Markha valley, we cross the river to enter the valley behind the Kangyatse massif. Hike in a pleasant valley where you will, several times, cross the river fording. O/N CAMP
Elevation gain +400m/elevation loss -900m.
Gradual but relatively long climb to reach the Zalungkarpo Pass (5100m). From the pass, beautiful panorama of the mountain ranges of Zanskar, Kangyatse and Changthang. We enter the Kharnak region (the black fort). Steep descent in the Sorra Chu valley. Last efforts to reach the camp of Sorra. Like the previous days, some river crossings by wading. O/N CAMP
Elevation gain +250m/elevation loss -100m
you continue down the valley along the river Sorra. We reach an astonishingly narrow gorge with impressive cliffs. you continue in the beautiful wooded valley of Dat. After two hours of pleasant walk, we arrive at the village of Dat, one of the few villages in the region with nomads. From Dat, vehicle will transfer to Tsomoriri, first passing by Tsokar. For bird lovers, black cranes and Brahmin ducks regularly stay there. We continue our route through the pass of Puga La then the village of Tibetan refugees before branching, right, to pass a new pass. Finally, after passing the small lake of Yaratso, we reach the majestic Tso Moriri. Depending on the brightness and cloud. O/N CAMP
In the morning visit Korzok monastery (found in 1861 by Lama Kunga Lodos Nyingbo) village with its houses and its gompa appearing like a “Mirage”. The few barley fields at Korzok must be among the highest cultivation in the world and today you will visit the Korzok monastery and this is the village where nomad people has concrete house, explore the village and walk around the lake or Possibility of a walk on the heights to embrace the landscape and increase the chances of seeing wildlife. Back to camp. O/N camp
The road goes to Kyagar Pass before driving into the Indus Gorge. From Mahe , multicolored rocks over hang us over 1000 meters, also on the way visit Chumathang Hot sulphur springs We find the plain of Leh at the level of Upshi. O/N hotel
Free day for personal activities. O/N hotel
Early morning transfer to Leh airport to board flight back to destination. Tour ends with sweets memories.
For the more adventurous a drive to either Manali or Srinagar can also be arranged on request. The road journey is covered in two or more days with an overnight halt at either Sarchu or Jispa, which lies on the Leh-Manali highway, or Kargil, which lies on the Leh-Srinagar highway.
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