Rumtse to Kibber via Tsomoriri - 21 Days

High passes & Lakes of Ladakh, Changpa nomads & stunning gorges

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews

Trip Introduction
This demanding and Challenging Trek takes us to the land of Changpa nomads living in the vast high plateau of Changthang. It focuses mainly on the life of Nomadic people and wildlife in motion.  After 2-3 days of well acclimatizing in Leh, we drive to Rumtse (85 km) located at the foot of Tanglang La  (5328 m). Beginning to trek from Rumtse we cross overpasses of Kyamari La, Mandalachan La, and Shingbuk La before approaching Lake Tsokar. Since this tour is taking place in the Changthang region, which has an average altitude of 4000-5000m, higher than central Ladakh and Nubra valley. In that case, long acclimatization is a must before starting of trek.

The first stage of the area is relatively uninhabited, while the second phase after Tsokar up to Tsomoriri Lake the area is vastly dwelt by Changpa nomads. We visit a number of yurts along our trail and carefully witness nomadic daily life. Crossing over 3 high passes of Kyamayuri la, Kartse la, and Yarlung Nyau la we arrive at Karzok. One of the largest nomadic settlements in the region. Occasionally chances to see wildlife such as Kyang, black naked crane, Tibetan Antelope, Himalayan Marmot, and Blue Sheep. Tsomoriri surrounded by snow-capped 6000 m peaks, We follow the ancient nomadic routes along the Pare chu River valley with the final climb of high Parang la 5450m which separates Ladakh Spiti. Descending to Parilungbi gorge which presents magnificent rock formation.  Finishing trek at Kibber we drive to Manali.

Trip Facts
Activities - Trekking and Hiking, Region - Ladakh, India, Difficulty level - Strenuous, Max altitude - 5450 meters, Max sleeping altitude - 4800 meters, Lowest trek altitude - 4200 meters, Trip length - 21 days Delhi to Delhi, 15 days Leh to Manali, 14 days of trekking, 14 nights of camping, 6 nights of hotel, Best season: Mid June to Mid Sept

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
:    Fly Delhi to Leh. Acclimatize hike to Leh palace - Tsemo gompa - Sankar - Shanti Stupa - Leh.
Day 2:    Leh: Acclimatize. Visit Likir - Alchi - Lamayuru.
Day 3:    Drive Leh - Stok - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m) (80 km)
Day 4:    Trek to Chorten Sumdo (4720m) (4 - 5 hrs)
Day 5:    Trek to Kyamari-la (5180m) – Mandalchan-la (5170m) – Titsaling (5000m) (6 hrs)
Day 6:    Trek to Shingbuk-la (5230m) - Pangunagu/Tsokar Lake (4580m) (6 hrs)
Day 7:    Trek to Nuruchan (4650m) (5 ½ hrs)
Day 8:    Trek to Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4940m) (4 ½ hrs)
Day 9:    Trek to Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (5170m)(6 hrs)
Day 10:  Trek to Yarlung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok (4600m) (7 hrs)
Day 11:  Trek to Kyangdom (4550m)
Day 12:  Trek to Norbu Sumdo (4300m)
Day 13:  Trek to Lukung (4515m)
Day 14:  Trek to Dokpo Phirtse (4700m)
Day 15:  Trek to high camp (4900m)
Day 16:  Trek to Parang la (5450m) – Thaltak (4550m)
Day 17:  Trek to Kibber (4205m), Drive to visit Kee (3950m), - Kaza.
Day 18:  Visit Tabo - Dankhar - Lalaung - Pin valley - back to Kaza.
Day 19:  Drive to Kunzum La (4551m) - Rohtang La (3978m) - Manali. 8/9 hrs.
Day 20:  Manali
Day 21:  Manali - Delhi. 

Shimla - Kinnaur Extention
Day 18
:  Kaza (to obtain innerliner permit)
Day 19:  Drive to Kungri gompa - Lalung - Dankhar - Tabo - Nako
Day 20:  Drive to Sumdo - Recongpeo - Kalpa - Sangla - Chitkul
Day 21:  Drive to Sarahan - Shimla
Day 22:  Drive to Chandigarh - Delhi

Pin Bhaba Pass Extension
Day 18
:  Kaza
Day 19:  Drive to Kungri - Mud (3750m), trek to Mud pharkha (3780m)
Day 20:  Trek to Baldar base (3900m)
Day 21:  Trek to Bhaba pass (4900m) - Phustiaring (4000m) - Kara (3580m)
Day 23:  Trek to Mulling (3100m)
Day 24:  Trek to Kafnu (2450m), drive to Shimla
Day 25:  Drive to Chandigarh - Delhi. 

Detailed Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Delhi to Leh. Acclimatise hike to Leh palace - Tsemo gompa - Sankar - Shanti Stupa - Leh.
Today after arriving in Leh airport. Transfer to hotel and relax afternoon hike up to Leh palace, ti Stupa 3 hrs and an  evening explore the colourful local market. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: Leh: Acclimatize. Visit Likir - Alchi - Lamayuru.
Leaving Leh at first we drive to Likir on the Leh-Srinagar highway. Passing through magnetic hills and having view of Indus and Zanskar River confluence. Continue to drive we visit Likir. Likir meaning Lu Khil means naga encircled – a myth related to the monastery. We drive back pass Saspol where we cross bridge over Indus River and follow the road till Alchi. Alchi is at a distance of 70 kms from Leh and at Alchi we visit 1000 years old Gelukpa sect monastic complex built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Finally after having our lunch at Alchi we drive back to Leh. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3: Drive Leh - Stok - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m) (80 km).
After breakfast, drive to visit Stok via Choklamsar. We cross a bridge on Indus River. In Stok we visit the Royal Palace of present kind and queen which was constructed by the kind Tsepal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you”ll find great collection of ancient royal ornament. After visitng Stok Palace, drive to Shey - Thiksey and visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. Finally at campsite of Rumtse.

Day: 4 Trek to Chorten Sumdo (4720m) (4 - 5 hrs)
Walk along the road till you reach a Govt. tourist bungalow. From there take the right side trail into the valley passing through some abandoned army huts.

Day 5: Trek to Kyamari-la (5180m) – Mandalchan-la (5170m) – Titsaling (5000m) (6 hrs).
After few minutes’ walk 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 in a tented Camp.

Day: 6 Trek to Shingbuk-la (5230m) - Pangunagu/Tsokar Lake (4580m) (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 7: Trek to Nuruchan (4650m) 
Walking along Tso Kar for much of the time on the trail. Today we have easy trek along with the lake. On the way one can see many birds and Wild ass (Skyang) of Ladakh and Tibet plateau. After finishing the lake we turn to right side and enter the Nuruchan village. Overnight at camp. Leh to Rumtse (4095m) by taxis.

Day 8: Trek to Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4940m) 
Today we have small pass Horlamla (4900 Mts) to cross. After crossing the pass we reach Rachungkaru. Here the nomadic are Tibetan refugees live in summer. Here we can see the life style of nomad people in Tibet. In this area they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep’s and Pashmina Goats. Overnight camp.

Day 9: Trek to Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (5170m)(6 hrs)
From the camp we have nice walk through the nomad people of Tibet. From nomadic area stick ascend to pass. From the pass we can see beautifullandscape of Korzok area. Easy descent to the summer pasture of Tibetan refugee camp.Overnight camp in Gyama.

Day 10: Trek to Yarlung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok (4600m) (7 hrs)
Today will have one small pass to cross. From the camp our trek to Korzok via crossing Yalung Nyau la pass. On the way to Korzok one can see plenty of marmot. Today we have beautiful turquoise Color Lake Tsomoriri to see. This lake is situated at the altitude of 4400m. Korzok village is situated near the lake and you can see the Korzok monastery. Overnight at camp.

Day 11: Trek to Kyangdom (4550m)
We start early in morning and trek along the east shore of Tsomoriri lake. We cross Zerlung Merlung after short ascending to small pass just after Karzok. Across lake 2 peaks of Chamser and Lungser Kangri which dominates the entire Karzok region are impressive. On clear sky it reflects its image in lake and awesome to view it. Numbers of wild geese along the shore can be seen. Later we pass many nomadic temporaray camps of Sanchanglung, Kele, Rile and Kharlung. Trail sometime either of rocky offshore and on semi sandy beach. Arrive in camp of Kyangdom which means Wild ass that roam around lake.Kyangdom is a nomadic camp where nomads makes stop over camp for overnight stay. Look across the Norbu la from where nomads on horses we could see coming going to Karzok. Great view of Gya peak at southern end of lake.

Day 12: Trek to Norbu Sumdo (4300m)
We cross delta of Phirste phu river that joins this lake and cross. An hours of trek on delta flooded plain with pebbles we trek horizontally to Chumik Shilde where spring water. Chumik is ladakhi for Spring water. Enroute we may encounter with Kyang. We continue to trek on the right banks of river before joing to Norbu Sumdo. Just before Norbu sumod a huge rock cave built by nomads to capture tibetan wolves that hunts sheep. We camp just below this.

Day 13: Trek to Lukung (4515m)
Today early trek to cross Pare chu river. Short after camp we cross the river in morning with low level of water and guide will find out the best place to cross the river. and trek along the right bank of Pare chu. Pare Chu it source from Parang la, Gya massif and Takling, it runs continue to Tibet and enter again in India at Spiti. A trail that leads to Chumar in Tibet along the right bank of Pare chu river. We pass Silang gongma and along the river bed to the campsite of Umlung. With nice campsite with big stones around the camps that makes it impressive.

Day 14: Trek to Dokpo Phirtse (4700m)
Today after camp we trek again on the river bed on right banks. With gaining height and impressive view of terrain on both side. We cross several streams before arriving at Dokpo Phirtse. From here a route leads to Takling la pass to Kiato village in Spiti. We have a lovely grassy campsite on the shores of river. With great view of Himalayan ranges.

Day 15: Trek to high camp (4900m)
After Dokpo phirtse we continue to trek with gaining height. Short climb after on a long plateau and descend again to river bed with crossing of river again. After crossing we arrive at Karsha gongma. We climb and trek on the slopes of mountains at the mouth of glacier. Overnight camp.

Day 16: Trek to Parang la (5450m) – Thaltak (4550m)
Today an early breakfast to cross glacier and pass. Right close to camp we cross the river and climb along the edge of glacier. An hour after climb we traverse glacier to the pass. Great view below of campsite and mouth of glaicer that pouring Pare chu river. AT the top of pass prayer flags and lhato. Far across tospiti side immense view of Himalayan ranges. We descend steep to Thaltak campsite. Having lunch at Thaltak we descend deep in to Parilungbi gorge at theparlilungbi chu. Trekking along the chu on the left bank we cross chu with temporary bridge and climb straight to Thaltak. A nice campsite in a vowel like a shape with great view of mountains and Kanamo peak.

Day 17: Trek to Kibber (4205m), Drive to visit Kee (3950m), - Kaza.
From Thaltak we descend down to Dumla village. After camp we climb to top plateau favorite to find fossils. Descending through a small canal with grassy slopes, terrain decorated with multi colors of Himalayan flora. We break at Dumla. Dumla is a settlement that people of Kibber using for field works. We enter is small canyon and follow the stream and well path till bridge at Palilungbi chu. After crossing river we climb to fields of Kibber. Kibber literally means Kidber - Blossom of happiness. Visiting Kee we continue to Kaza. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 18: Visit Tabo - Dankhar - Lalaung - Pin valley - back to Kaza.
Visit Tabo - Dankhar - Lalaung - Pin valley - back to Kaza.

Day 19: Drive to Kunzum La (4551m) - Rohtang La (3978m) - Manali. 8/9 hrs.
Drive to Kunzum La (4551m) - Rohtang La (3978m) - Manali. 8/9 hrs.

Day 20: Manali

Day 21: Manali - Delhi.
Manali - Delhi. Fly home

What is included in the Price

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
    Leh airport pick up and Leh sight-seeing mentioned in the itinerary.
    6 nights of hotel accommodation on CP plan 2 x Leh, 2 x Kaza, 2 x Manali.
  • 14 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 climbing guide, cook & camp crew.
  • Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
  • Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.
  • Goods and services tax. 
  • First aid medical kit.

What is not included in the Price
×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh
×     Rotel of hotel in Leh, Manali or Delhi.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries.
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, 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.


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