Umasi La Trek

Umasi La Trek - 12 Days

Remote Padder valley & its Sapphire Land, Kishtwar Shivling, Southern entrance to Zanskar at Dzonkhul

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Included
  • Equipment
  • Reviews
  • Departure

Trip Introduction
The Greater Himalayan Range is a most formidable barrier between Zanskar and the valleys to the south, a natural frontier for more than just the sides of the valleys. It is a frontier for the monsoon which is broken up on the peaks and exhausted before it reaches Zanskar. Consequently either side has its own distinctive vegetation and climate. It is a frontier for the inhabitants who are racially, culturally and religiously worlds apart. It is a frontier which marks differences in the very mountains themselves - by Luke Hughes
Unlike the others high passes Kang La, Poat La, Shingo La. The Umasi La also is the Southern entrance to Zanskar, situated at Great Himalayan Range in between Kishtwar and Zanksar. This trek offers one of the spectacular route.
Setting off from Gulabgarh we follow a well define trail through Oak and conifer forest and pass numbers of beautiful villages with traditional Paddari home i.e. Garh, Kundel, Chishoti, Jashail etc. Crossing Machail the Buddhist culture starts to appear which has a close links with Zanskari for centuries. After Suncham we trek beneath the Kishtwar Shivling and camp in beautiful vast alpine meadows. Taking on left steep ascent towards hanging valley through boulder, rocks, moraine and then long glacier to beneath the huge rock which has a huge cave mostly used by Paddari and Zanskari people for a overnight shelter for next day early crossing of Umasi La pass.  After crossing large ice and snow field arrival at tiny corridor - Umasi La pass at the edge of rock wall. Steep descent through loose rocks and moraine to long glacier to the natural bridge. Than long descend along the stream and crossing it to Dzonkhul gompa road head finally. You will be driven to Ating and Padum.

NOTE: To do Umasi La trek - one must have a experience of high altitude trek above 5000m.

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
:  Manali - Rohtang pass (3978m) - Udaipur - Sach - Kilar.
Day 2:  Kilar - Gulabgarh (1850m).
Day 3:  Trek to Chishot (2400m).
Day 4:  Trek to Machail (2750m).
Day 5:  Dharlang valley exploration.
Day 6:  Trek to Jashail -Suncham (3200m) - Suncham doksa (3400m).
Day 7:  Trek to Khachey Phangsa.
Day 8:  Trek to Base (5000m).
Day 9:  Trek to Umasila (5342m / 17300ft) - Gwara.
Day 10:  Trek to Dzonkhul, drive to Padum (3600m).
Day 11:  Padum to Shinkun La (5060m) - Jispa.
Day 12:  Jispa to Manali via Atal Tunnel.

“Good support on all various aspects. 4 season tent to keep me warm all night. Provide sleeping bag and thick mattress; provide rope carabineer for Umasi La glacier travel. Morning bed tea and hot water for washing. Gas stove are in good condition. Its play an important role to prepare a hot meal after a long trek. Porters are helpful for helping me to some obstacle on river crossing, glacier crossing. Folding chair, toilet paper, pass message to my family during trek where std is not available. Driver Raj is very experienced and knowledgeable on the Manali - Paddar valley. To make us a safe trip. Arranged bus ticket from Delhi to Manali. I have to carry only my day bag during trek which i enjoyed. Always choose the best spot for set my tent, client came first. This is my third time of joining Potala Adventurers - achieves the objective with happy memories. I am looking forward to next adventurous holiday with Potala Adventurers in the near future. "
Mr Stanlay - SINGAPORE - 26th Aug to 16 Sept 2015 (21 days Umasi la & Kanji la combined) 

Detailed Itinerary on Request

Outline Itinerary
Day 1
:  Manali - Rohtang pass (3978m) - Udaipur - Sach - Kilar.
Day 2:  Kilar - Gulabgarh (1850m).
Day 3:  Trek to Chishot (2400m).
Day 4:  Trek to Machail (2750m).
Day 5:  Dharlang valley exploration.
Day 6:  Trek to Jashail -Suncham (3200m) - Suncham doksa (3400m).
Day 7:  Trek to Khachey Phangsa.
Day 8:  Trek to Base (5000m).
Day 9:  Trek to Umasila (5342m / 17300ft) - Gwara.
Day 10:  Trek to Dzonkhul, drive to Padum (3600m).
Day 11:  Padum to Shinkun La (5060m) - Jispa.
Day 12:  Jispa to Manali via Atal Tunnel.

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary.  Leh airport transfer
  • All camping gear: Kitchen tent, cookware, stoves, fuel. 4 season tents,foam mattress, trekking poles & safety gears.
  • All meals during trek
  • Qualified & trained mountain guide and experienced crew.
  • Porters for porterage of trekking gear & food items.
  • Camping fee, trekking permits and park fee.
  • Medical first aid basic kit.
  • Goods and services tax.

Cost does not includes

  • Personal sleeping bags.
  • Hotel in Manali, Leh
  • Travel insurance.
  • Soft or hard drinks.
  • Equipment rentals (Can rent at Leh all trekking and mountaineering gear)
  • Personal tip 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.

“Good support on all various aspects. 4 season tent to keep me warm all night. Provide sleeping bag and thick mattress; provide rope carabineer for Umasi La glacier travel. Morning bed tea and hot water for washing. Gas stove are in good condition. Its play an important role to prepare a hot meal after a long trek. Porters are helpful for helping me to some obstacle on river crossing, glacier crossing. Folding chair, toilet paper, pass message to my family during trek where std is not available. Driver Raj is very experienced and knowledgeable on the Manali - Paddar valley. To make us a safe trip. Arranged bus ticket from Delhi to Manali. I have to carry only my day bag during trek which i enjoyed. Always choose the best spot for set my tent, client came first. This is my third time of joining Potala Adventurers - achieves the objective with happy memories. I am looking forward to next adventurous holiday with Potala Adventurers in the near future. "
Mr Stanlay - SINGAPORE - 26th Aug to 16 Sept 2015 (21 days Umasi la & Kanji la combined) 

12 DAYS - TREKKING IN KISHTWAR ZANSKAR

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