Rumtse to Tsomoriri Trek - 9 Days

Trekking in the Rupshu Changthang plateau, High passes, lakes & Nomads

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews

Trip Introduction
This demanding and Challenging Trek takes us to the land of Changpa nomads living in vast high plateau of Changthang. It focuses mainly on life of Nomadic people and wildlife in motion.  After 2-3 days of well acclimatizing in Leh, we drive to Rumtse (85 kms) located at the foot of Tanglang la pass (5328 m). Beginning to trek from Rumtse we cross over passes of Kyamari la, Mandalachan la and Shingbuk la before approaching to 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 a long acclimatization is must before starting of trek.

The first stage of area are relatively uninhabited, while the second phase after Tsokar upto Tsomoriri Lake the area is vast dwelt by Changpa nomads. We visit numbers 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 phu. 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. Finishing trek at Karzok we drive back to Leh via Chumathang.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1: Drive Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m)
Day 2: Trek Kyamar (4390m)
Day 3: Trek Kyamar La (5180m) - Mandalchan La (5170m) - Tisaling (5000m)
Day 4: Trek Shingbuk La (5230m) - Pongunagu (4580m)
Day 5: Trek Nuruchan (4650m)
Day 6: Trek Horlam Kongka La (4960m) - Rachungkaru (4940m)
Day 7: Trek Kyamayuri La (5430m) - Kortse La (5380m) - Gyama (5170m)
Day 8: Trek Yalung Nyau La (5440m) - Korzok (4600m)
Day 9: Drive to Leh

"Hi Mr Prem, It was really a wonderful trip to Ladakh. The trekking was sometimes a bit hard because of the altitude, but the team every time very friendly and helpfully. I enjoyed the complete journey very much. Your service was perfect, the hotels in Leh wonderful. Thank you."
"Namaste Friends - Thank you so much for organizing our outstanding journey. It works all so perfectly and the boys did such a great job and so all our wishes come true....I am sure that will be not our last trip with you. Hug."
Mr Wolfgang S. & Mr. M. Wiplinger ( GERMANY - AUSTRIA) - 27 July - 15 August

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m)
After breakfast, drive to visit Stok via Choklamsar. We cross a bridge on the Indus River. In Stok, we visit the Royal Palace of present king and queen which was constructed by the kind Tsepal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you” ll find a great collection of ancient royal ornament. After visiting Stok Palace, drive to Shey - Thiksey and visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes a 90-minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in the 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 Palden Sherap built it in the 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. Finally at the campsite of Rumtse.

Day 2: Trek Rumtse to Kyamar (4390m), 4-5 hrs.
After spending 3 days in Leh we set off our trek from Rumtse. 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 3: Trek Kyamar to Kyamar La (5180m) - Mandalchan La (5170m) - Tisaling (5000m), 6 hrs
Today leaving camp a few minutes after walking 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 4: Trek Tisaling to Shingbuk La (5230m) - Pongunagu (4580m), 6-7 hrs
Leaving camp a gradual and easy ascend will lead you to Shibuk La. There are many wild Asses (skyang) around this area. Pongunagu has also a nice camping site. Overnight camp.

Day 5: Trek Pongunagu to Nuruchan (4650m), 7 hrs
Walking along Tso Kar for much of the time on the trail. Today we have easy trek along with the lake and its short trek of four to five hours. On the way, one can see many birds and Wild ass (Skyang) of Ladakh and Tibet plateau. After finishing the lake we turn to the right side and enter the Nuruchan. The campsite is set next to a beautiful stream. Overnight camp at Nuruchan.

Day 6: Trek Nuruchan to Horlam Kongka La (4960m) - Rachungkaru (4940m)
Today we have small pass Horlam Kongka La (4960m) to cross. It will take two hours to reach the pass from camp. After crossing the pass gradual descent the stream and the trail slowly ascend again. Soon you will see nomad tents. Arriving at Rachungkaru. Here the nomadic are Tibetan refugees live in summer. Here we can see the lifestyle of nomad people in Tibet. In this area, they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep and Pashmina Goats. Overnight camp at Rachungkaru.

Day 7: Trek Rachungkaru to Kyamayuri La (5430m) - Kortse La (5380m) - Gyama Yogma (5170m)
Today is a long day ahead of us, so early start from camp is recommended. You will have early breakfast and early departure from camp. It will take seven to eight hours of hiking today. From camp gradual trail to the Kyamayuri la, takes about 2 1/2 hours. A view from the pass is breathtaking. You will have sight of Yalung nong. It is not so far our next pass of Kortse La, takes an hour. From the pass, one can see Gyama peaks, Mentok group of peaks. Descent to Kyama Sharma chu. The tonight campsite is not so far from here, it will take less than an hour to reach Gyama yogma.

Day 8: Trek Gyama to Yalungnyau La (5440m) - Korzok (4600m)
Leaving camp today we cross our last pass probably the highest and final pass on our trek. It will be less an hour to reach the pass. Crossing the pass and you will see the valley starts to open and with a view in front of Korzok and Tsomoriri. Long descent to Korzok Phu, where you will find large settlements of nomad and their robos. Overnight camp at Korzok.

Day 9: Drive to Leh
It is between 7 to 8 hours of drive to Leh back. We will take Mahe route back to Leh.

What is included in the Price
-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.
-  8 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
×     Hotel in 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.

"Hi Mr Prem, It was really a wonderful trip to Ladakh. The trekking was sometimes a bit hard because of the altitude, but the team every time very friendly and helpfully. I enjoyed the complete journey very much. Your service was perfect, the hotels in Leh wonderful. Thank you."
"Namaste Friends - Thank you so much for organizing our outstanding journey. It works all so perfectly and the boys did such a great job and so all our wishes come true....I am sure that will be not our last trip with you. Hug."
Mr Wolfgang S. & Mr. M. Wiplinger ( GERMANY - AUSTRIA) - 27 July - 15 August

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