Rangcha Gali Pass and Ghepang Tso Lake  - 6 days        

Trek in Ghar valley, crossing of Rangcha aka Drilbu Ri and trek to magnificent glaciated lake of Ghepang Tso

Trip Route: Manali -  Rohtang La - Keylong - Yurnad - Lapchang - Barbog - Rangcha Gali - Khinang - Labrang - Tso Ghepang - Teling - Manali

Trip Facts

Lahaul region - Himachal Pradesh, India
Difficulty Level - Moderate, Max Altitude - 4400m 
Trip Length - 8  days Delhi to Delhi, 6 days Manali to Manali, 5 days of Trek and 5 nights of Camp
Activity - Trekking expedition, Best time - Mid June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Meals - All meals during the trek  

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 Ghar and Tinan valley. The stronghold of Buddhist communities. The Rangcha Gali signifies to these people as secret prikrama 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 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 Ghepang Tso. Located at the North side of Ghepang peak. Until now this lake is 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. 

Highlights

Trek to the Rangcha Gali pass a.k.a. Drilbu Ri Kora
Meet Himalayan shepherds in high meadows.
Explore Ghar and Tinan villages.
Shikhar beh massif, Sissu fall and glaciated Lake of Ghepang Tso.

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary. Pick up from your hotel to drop.

  • Twin sharing accommodation in spacious 3-4 season tents, down sleeping bags + liner, Potala design comfortable foam sleeping pads, a pair of  trekking poles. Safety gear Ice axe, ropes, accessories and duffel bags for your baggage's.

  • All camping facilities: Mess tent, camp chairs and table

  • All meals during trek (Bed tea, breakfast, packed lunch, snacks, 3 course dinner) from Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine Veg and Non veg.

  • Support staff: Qualified & trained local guide, chef and camp boys.

  • Muleteer or Sherpa porters for portage of your baggage's.

  • Camping fee, trekking permits and fee, park fee.

  • Medical first kit includes medicine for high altitude sickness, mini oxygen bottles.

  • Includes Govt. Service tax 9%. 

Not included in the Cost

  • Hotel accommodation in Manali, Day 1st breakfast and last day dinner.

  • Travel insurance.

  • Mineral water or hard drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monuments, heritage sites, monasteries

  • Tips for Guide(s), cook(s), camp boy(s), muleteer(s), porter(s) and driver.

  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging and boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

Outline Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang pass (3980m) – Kyelang (3100m) - Yurnad drive 6 hrs, Trek to Lapchang - Barbog.

Day 2: Trek to Rangcha gali pass (4400m) – Khindang (3800m), 7-8 hrs. Camp.
Day 3: Drive to Labrang, Trek to Gaddi gud (3870m), camp
Day 4: Trek to Ghepang Tso 4030m, 5-6 hrs. Explore the lake and glacier.

Day 5: Trek to camp before Teling
Day 6: Drive to Manali. 5 hrs.

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Manali – Rohtang pass (3980m) – Kyelang (3100m) - Yurnad drive 6 hrs, Trek to Lapchang - Barbog.

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.

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Day 2: Trek to Rangcha gali pass (4400m) – 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.

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Day 3: Drive to Labrang, 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.

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Day 4: Trek to Ghepang Tso 4030m, 5-6 hrs. Explore the lake and glacier.

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.

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Day 5: Trek to camp before Teling

Today retrace back to Gaddi Gud by same way and take trail that leads to Teling village. We camp short before Teling gompa.

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Day 6: Drive to Manali. 5 hrs.

Today drive back to Manali that could lasts for 5 hrs. Trip ends.

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