Miyar Valley and Kang La Jot Trek  - 11 days  9 days of trek   

Miyar valley: Yosemite of India, Crossing of 12 kms long Kang la glacier and Zanskar & Ladakh tour

Trip Route: Manali -  Rohtang La - Urgos - Shukto - Khanjar - Tharang - Base - Kang la - Purne - Tangze - Kargiak - Shingo La - Darcha - Kyelang - Rohtang la - Manali

Trip Facts

Region - Miyar valley - Himachal Pradesh & Zanskar region - Jammu Kashmir, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate to Strenuous, Max Altitude - 5450m 
Trip Length - 15 days Delhi to Delhi, 
11 days Manali to Manali, 9 nights of Camp and 1 night homestay.
Activity - Trekking / Hiking / Walking holidays, Best time - June end, July, Aug, Sept

Trip Introduction

The Miyar Valley, located in the Indian part of the Great Himalaya Range, stretches for over 100 km from Udaipur to the Kang La pass. The locals - the Tharanga people - are mainly shepherds and farmers much like the Gaddis but follow a curious mix of Hindu/Buddhist religion.


It is the westernmost of the Lahul valley's on the watershed between the Lahul & Zanskar in Ladakh, it's known for its profusion of wild flowers and medicinal herbs especially during July and August and its breathtaking landscape of quaint villages and rolling meadows which are replaced by glaciers and big rock walls as you move deeper into the valley. In recent years the valley has also attracted a lot of climbing teams (Teams from Slovenia, Poland, Italy, US, UK & India and Spanish too, It is hosts hundreds of peaks that are, by Himalayan standards, accessible and low in altitude, with very few exceeding 6000 m. As a result, Alpine-style routes are possible here that have a technical standard not normally seen in the Himalaya. The wealth of climbing possibilities here led Chris Bonington to dub it as “the Yosemite of India”;


Famous peaks in the area are: Menthosa 6443mtrs / 21260ft is the largest peak in the area. For trekkers the Udaipur (Urgus roadhead) -Kang La -Padum (zanskar traverse) is quite popular another viable option is to link up the Chandra Valley and Miyar via the Taralumsa pass. Another interesting option would be the crossing of the Poat La pass which would link up the Kishtwar Region to the Miyar Valley.

Highlights

Miyar valley: Yosemite of India, Valley of flowers, Experience local life, Stunning mountains, 

Superb camps in peaceful location

Crossing of 12 kms long Kang glacier at Greater Himalayan Range, Southern Zanskar and its high villages

 

Included in the price

  • 9 nights camp with all camping facilities, 1 night hotel

  • 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent. Trekking poles

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip, Airport pick up and drop. 

  • Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.

 

Not included

  • Rest of hotel accommodation in Manali

  • Domestic flight, personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks. Entrance fee at monasteries.

  • Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

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Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Manali, Drive to Urgos (3,250m) 7 - 8 hrs.
Day 2: Drive to Shukto, Trek to Khanjar - Tharang (3,450m) 5-6 hrs
Day 3: Trek to Gumba nallah (3,900m) 5-6 hrs

Day 4: Trek to Palphu / Snout of glacier (4000m) 7 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Dali got / Tawa glacier (4,200m) 6 hrs
Day 6: Trek to Jangpar glacier/ Base Kang la Jot (4750m). 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Cross Kang la jot (5450 mtrs. ) – Kanjur / Chimi Chenmo (4800m). 7-8 hrs
Day 8: Trek to Burdan - Raru

Day 9: Drive to Tsethang or Cha, Trek to Tangze.

Day 10: Trek to Kargiak.

Day 11: Drive to Shingo la - Manali.

PADUM TO LEH EXTENSION

Day 8: Trek to Burdan

Day 9: Drive to Padum.

Day 10: Drive to Kargil.

Day 11: Drive to Leh.

Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Drive to Rohtang la pass (3,978m) – Udaipur (2650m) - Chamrat (2,090m) - Urgos (3,250m).
Starting trip from Manali, at the head of the lush green Kullu valley. The road slowly winds up the Rohtang-la pass (3’978m.), the first of the high passes, then down into the Lahoul valley. The landscape changes dramatically, the greenery being replaced by barren hillsides, where the village with their bountiful fields of barley, peas and potatoes, stand out in stark contrast. On entering Lahoul the Buddhist influence is visible in the many monasteries crossed on the way. The people here have distinct Tibetan features. Today we drive along the Chenab River. On the way we visit famous Trilok Nath temple and Mrikula Devi temple at Udaipur. From Udaipur follow a road, which has recently been constructed, through the narrow gorge making the entrance to Miyar valley. Cross the wooden bridge before Chamrat and continue on the true left bank of the valley. The village of Chamrat is with Mani walls and prayer flags, is the first village in the Miyar valley. Now road leads through flowered meadows and peas and millet fields to the village of Karput. Urgos is at the confluence with the valley leading to the Mt. Menthosa (6,443m), overnight home stay.

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Day 2: Drive to Shukto, Trek to Khanjar - Tharang (3,450m)

Leaving Urgoss, we drive 6 kms to Shukto - Khanjar bridge, across a stony moraine stretch and some side streams to Khanjar, the last village. above the village on a beautiful alpine meadow, carpeted with edelweiss and catmint. It is not rare to see the Himalayan Griffins and Lammergeyers.
There are lovely pastures all along the trek up to the camping site. The trek continues to the left side of the stream. A side stream coming from the Shinkun La is forded to reach at a camping site. A side stream mingles here with the Miyar nullah. The camp is established here.

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Day 3: Trek to Gumba nallah (3,900m) 5-6 hrs

Now gradual ascent over rich grazing pasture, yak herder from Zanskar can be seen nearby Taralasuma pass.

Day 4: Trek to Palphu / Snout of glacier (4000m) 7 hrs

From camp 2 hrs treks to the shepherds camp locally known as Khai got 4100m. Further to an open meadows just below Castle peak than crossing some side streams., with a comfortable base before heading to Zanskar at snout of glacier.

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Day 5: Trek to Dali got / Tawa glacier (4,200m) 6 hrs

Today from camp climb steep along the slopes for about an hour than along the left side of glacier for hours. Finally descend to glacier and cross it to the campsite. The first view of Kang la glacier can be obtain from here.

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Day 6: Trek to Jangpar glacier/ Base Kang la Jot (4750m). 5-6 hrs

Miyar glacier, which is 28 km long, from camp at the snout glacier there is choice of route. Walk across the terminal moraine to the left side of the glacier, route tiring ups and downs along and increasingly ill-defined trail.Demanding terrains for the first 7/8 kms untill the confluence with a glacier flowing from the East side, easy going from here with a gradual ascent over smooth black ice. An occasional well exposed crevasses to negotiate. Camp just above the confluence with the side glacier, there is 3 passes and the center one is the actual pass.

Day 7: Cross Kang la jot (5450 mtrs. ) – Kanjur / Chimi Chenmo (4800m). 7-8 hrs

A magnificent views down the valley to Menthosa 6443m. At the head of the glacier, a large snow field curves to the East side to the base of the pass. 250 m ascent from the snowfield to the pass is not hard. Better to rope up to crossing crevasses, than 1.5 kms long Kang la pass enclosed by rock cliff to the north and snow walls to the south. After crossing Kang la pass camp near the two confluences of the 2 streams.

Day 8: Trek to Burdan - Raru

Now follow the true right side of the valley. After crossing the many side streams and grassy campsites, 2/3 km down the valley. Arriving at rocky plateau, trail descends steeply in places through meadows and boulder fields. Tenasa Tokpo remains on the right bank, it flows down to a grassy meadow above the Tsarap River. Continue for 2 hrs to reach Burdan, overnight camp.

Day 9: Drive to Tsethang, Trek to Tangze.

From Raru, drive to Tsethang along the Tsarap River, and trek to Tangze. This is long day walk. Arriving at the confluence of Tsarap and Kargiak river. Climb up to Yal and Testa village. Continue along the trail high above the river running Kargyak Chu (about 1 hour) until you get to the village Testa. An oasis of green fields and traditional Zanskari homes. Another settlement is Kuru low walls with many men around. For Kuru descend crossing a small stream that flows from our right. We follow the trail along the river continue for the next half hour. Chu Kargyak large cross the bridge to Tangze. Overnight camp at Tangze.

Day 10: Trek to Kargiak.

Continue to trek along the right bank of Kargiak River we arrive at Kargyak village, one of the highest villages in Zanskar region and last village in Zanskar. Overnight camp at Kargyak village. Our vehicle will be waiting for us here.

Day 11: Drive to Shingo la - Manali.

Today road has reach until at Kargiak. An early departure from Kargiak to Shingo la, followed by Darcha - Keylong - Rohtang pass to Manali. Trip ends.