Drilbu Ri and Ghepan Lake Trek - 6 Days

Drilbu Ri aka Rangtse / Rangcha gali pass  & Ghepan glacial Lake / Tso in Lahaul

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Review

Trip Introduction

Lahaul has comparatively little rain during the monsoon. A rain shadow area suitable for trekking especially during July and August. This tour takes us to Central Lahaul especially in Gahar and Tinan valley. The stronghold of Buddhist communities. The Rangcha Gali signifies to these people as secret parikrama as much as close to Holy Kailash. Each year thousands of pilgrimage coming from all over the Himalayan regions perform Kora of this Drilbu Ri. From trekking point of view Rangtse / Rangcha Gali presents a spectacular sights and view of Gangstang, Kyarkyoks, Lady of Kyelang, Keorang peaks and the Shikar Beh range along the left bank of the Chandra are most favorably spots to explore. Beginning to trek from Yurnad, the trail goes through the barley fields and green slopes. Passing through small villages to Kardang. Finishing Kora at Khindang, we drive to Labrang and climb up to Gaddi gud, a shepherds favorite destination. Finally at glaciated lake of Ghepan ghat or Ghepan Tso. Located at the North side of Ghepang peak. this lake is also known as Aliyas Lake. Long time ago a Spanish trekker visited this lake and named it Aliyas. This lake should have a local name as Ghepang Tso / Ghepan Tso. Which is thoroughly accepted by the young villagers of Teling - Labrang.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
: Manali – Atal Tunnel – Kyelang (3,100 m) - Yurnad (3100 m), drive 4 hrs, Trek to Lapchang - Barbog (3300 m), 4-5 Hrs.
Day 2: Trek to Drilbu Ri aka Rangtse/Rangcha gali pass (4,420 m) – Khindang (3,800 m), 7-8 hrs. Camp.
Day 3: Drive to Labrang (3300 m), Trek to Gaddi gud (3,870 m), camp
Day 4: Trek to Ghepan Ghat Lake (4,130 m), 5-6 hrs. Explore the lake and glacier.
Day 5: Trek to camp before Teling (3250 m)
Day 6: Drive to Manali via Rohtang La (3978 m). 4 hrs

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Manali – Atal Tunnel – Keylang (3100m) - Yurnad ( 3100 m), drive 6 hrs, Trek to Lapchang (3200 m) - Barbog (3300 m), 4-5 Hrs.
Early departure from Manali to Kyelang. Starting a hike from Yurnad, we descend to Bhaga River and climb through fields of barley to small and beautiful village of Lapchang. Following the canal with spectacular view of Kyelang at a distance, we arrive at Barbog. Camp near Kardang gompa.

Day 2: Trek to Drilbu Ri a.k.a. Rangtse / Rangcha gali pass (4420m) – Khindang (3800m), 7-8 hrs. Camp.
A climb begins from camp along the Barbog slopes, famous for winter ski. Kyarkyoks peak and Bhaga River valley as far as Tod valley in sight. Finally a steep climb short before the pass and through tiny gully to the pass. Magnificent view all around. A descend along the Gondla slopes to Khindang village. Beautiful campsite.

Day 3: Drive to Labrang  (3300 m), Trek to Gaddi gud (3870m), camp
Today we drive for an hour to Labrang and climb to Gaddi gud camp site. Across the Chandra River the stunning view of Sissu fall and the Shikhar Beh range are most favorable spots to see. Overnight camp.

Day 4: Trek to Ghepan Ghat Glacial Lake (4130m), 5-6 hrs.
Along the slopes for hours, the trails are mostly used by shepherds and at some point it can be tricky. Arrive at Lake surrounded by glacier. Overnight camp.

Day 5: Trek to camp before Teling (3250 m).
Today retrace back to Gaddi Gud by same way and take trail that leads to Teling village. We camp short before Teling gompa.

Day 6: Drive to Manali via Rohtang La (3978 m). 5 hrs.
Today we drive back to Manali via Rohtang La instead of taking Atal Tunnel.  

What is included  in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Manali to Manali.
  • 5 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.
  • All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
  • Support staff: Qualified trekking guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking mules/horses or porters for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee,  trekking permits.
  • Goods and services tax
  • First aid medical kit.

What is not included  in the Price

×     Domestic flight. Leh - Delhi. (Delhi airport transfer on request)
×     Delhi Manali transfer.
×     Hotel in Manali.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries.
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, camp crew, horsemen, porters, driver.
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

Trekking Gear

What we provide
We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

3-4 Person roomy 4 season tents for 2 - 3 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent and other camping accessories.
Sleeping bags and comfortable foam mattresses.
Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware etc.
Bed tea, nutritious breakfast, three course meal (dinner), packed lunch, post trek snacks, tea and coffee.
Trekking poles and Duffel bags for your luggage's.
Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-
Day pack: A bit of bigger size 30 - 40 liters in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch

Foot wear :-
Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandals for river crossing.
Socks both Woolen and cotton as desire.

Clothing :-
Gore tex jacket or similar.
Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
Wind/Rain jacket: (i.e. gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
Thermal innerwear winter thermal innerwear.
T-shirts for day time.
One mid weight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
Short pants, underwear.
Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
Woolen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves.
Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :- 
Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
Sun screen and lip protection.
Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles. 
Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
One toiletries kit, small towel.
Reading and writing materials.
Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
Water purification tablets.
Nylon or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff.
One pocket knife light.

Others :- 
Gaiter / personal  climbing gear. (Can rent at Manali or Leh or Uttarkashi).
Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
Mosquito repellent cream.
Small Binocular.
First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetamol, antibiotics for diarrhea, antiseptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
Vitamin tablets or similar. 
Extra passport photos.

Price on Request

Ask for a group discount.

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Trip Facts 
Activity
– Trekking & hiking
Region: Lahaul, Himachal
Difficulty level – Moderate
Max Altitude – 4420 meters
Max sleeping altitude – 3800 meters
Lowest trek altitude – 3000 meters
Trip Length – 8 days Delhi to Delhi
6 days Manali to Manali
5 days trekking, 5 nights camping
Best time – June end to Oct end