This Challenging Trek focuses mainly on life of Nomadic People, Monasteries, Wildlife and some high altitude Lakes of Changthang. The Trek starts from Rumtse (4100m) a 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.
Tour Route (9 days)
Rumtse/ Kyamar/ Pangunagu/ Nuruchan/ Tsomoriri
Day 01 – Drive to Rumtse (4095m) 76 Kms / 2 hrs.
After breakfast drive to Rumtse at a distance of 70 Kms from Leh on Leh Manali highway. On the way visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Overnight stay at Rumtse.
Day 02 – Rumtse to Kyamar (4383m) 4-5 hrs.
Overnight in Kyamar.
Day 03 – Kyamar to Tisaling (4800m) via Kyumur La (4870m) and Mandalchan La (4996m) 5-6 hrs
The trail divides into two; one going to the left leading towards Tsokar lake and one on the right takes you to a stream, crossing which another pass to climb is there. Overnight Camp Tisaling.
Day 04 – Tisaling to Pangunagu (Tsokar) (4398m) via Shingbuk La (5016m) 5-6 hrs
A gradual and easy ascend will lead you to Shibuk La. There are many wild Asses (skyang) around this area. Pangunagu has also nice camping site. Overnight camp.
Day 05 – Pangunagu to Nuruchan (4500m) 4-5 hrs
Todays trek is an easy walk along the Tsokar Lake for about 2 hours and then there is a long plain sandy trail. After some distance you catch the sight of the agricultural fields, where the campsite is located next to a stream. Overnight in a tented camp.
Day 06 – Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4668m) via Horlam Kongka La (4712m) 3-4 hrs
Today will be a short day trek. Cross the river early in the morning and the trek will follow gradual ascend to Horlam kongka-la (4712m) and then again slow descend till the stream. Cross the stream and follow the trail on the right side of the stream to reach Rjungkaru. Overnight camp.
Day 07 – Rachungkaru to Gyamalhoma (4895m) 6-7 hrs
Start climbing Kyamayur La (5125m) which takes around 2 hrs. After the pass the trail leads towards north-east and at the end of the valley trail starts ascending another small pass called Gyama La (5100m), from where you can have views of different mountain peaks.
Day 08 – Gyama lhoma to Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake)
Start an easy ascent to the Korzok pass along the stream. It takes around 2 hrs to reach the top from where you walk down to the Korzok village. Overnight in a tented Camp.
Day 09 – Tsomoriri to Leh (240 kms / 6 hrs)
After breakfast walk around the Lake and drive to Leh via Mahey Bridge and Chumathang, a famous hot spring known for its medical properties.