This challenging trek focuses mainly on the life of the Nomadic People (Changpa), Monasteries, Wildlife and some high altitude lakes of the Changthang. The trek starts from Rumtse village which is 70 kms from Leh on the way to the Leh- Manali highway and ends at Tsomoriri Lake, a beautiful High altitude lake in Changthang, which is also the breeding ground to birds like the Bar-necked geese and the Brahminy duck.
Day 1: Drive Leh to Rumtse (4095m), 2- 3 hours, trek to Kyamar (4050m), 4 hours
Day 2: Kyamar to Tisaling (4200m) via Kyumur La (4800m) and Mandalchan La (4850m), 5- 6 hours
Day 3: Tisaling to Pangunagu (4250m) via Shinbuk La (4900m), 5 - 6 hours
Day 4: Pangunagu to Nuruchan (4300m), 4- 5 hours
Day 5: Nuruchan to Gyamar Barma (5100m) via Horlam Kongka La, 7 - 8 hours
Day 6: Gyamar Barma to Gyamar (5200m), 3-4 hours
Day 7: Gyamar to Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake, 4500m), 6 - 7 hours
Day 8: Korzok to Leh, 6 hours
From Leh, the drive to Rumtse is an exciting one, with views of the Indus Valley and many monasteries on the way. After arriving in Rumtse we have a short walk on a rather flat terrain to aid acclimatisation. We will camp overnight at Lush Kyamar near a spring.
After a good breakfast, we begin with gradual ascent towards Kyumur La, which gives spectacular view of the Changthang range. Vibrant and colourful wild flowers on the way are visually pleasant in the exhausting climb to the top, where the trail divides into two; one going to the left leading towards Tsokar Lake and one the right takes you to a stream, crossing which there’s another pass to tackle. After the Kyumar La pass , we steadily descend towards the base of the next pass. Here we might come across nomads with their herds of sheep, goats and yaks. After a short rest, we set out for Mandalchan La (4850m). From this pass it’s an easy descend to the camping site at the pastureland of Tisaling.
By now, we are well acclimatised to conquer our third pass, the Shinbuk La (4900m) which is about 2 hours journey. From the top of the pass, we have an incredible view of the surrounding mountains and of our next destination, Tsokar Lake. With a breathtaking view to ease our exhaustion, we head down towards the valley accompanied by the shrill whistles of shy and active marmots, which is common in this harsh region. It’s approximately 4 hours walk to the Tsokar basin, and our camp for the night will be the windy Pangunagu.
Today is an easy day, we follow a dusty jeep road towards Tsokar Lake. Along the salty shores of the lake,we have a rare impeccable opportunity to see some of the endangered migratory birds of the world. From here we carry on along the trail to the right of the lake, keeping to a barren land until Nuruchan, where we will be welcomed by a grassy land with streams nearby.
We have to set for a tough day ahead. We will cross the icy cold stream in Nuruchan before gradually ascending Horlam Kongka La (4900m). From the pass, we have view of the turquoise blue Tsokar. After an easy 40 minute walk down to Rajungkaru, we will encounter several typical Tibetan nomads with their flock of Yaks, sheep and Pashmina goats. Following the stream for about 50 minutes, we will enter another nomad settlement. These nomads are of Western Tibetan Origin.
When we open our eyes in the morning today we might find ourselves amidst a herd of grazing yaks. After breakfast, we head to our next pass Kartse La (5300m). Ascending slowly in the thin air of the plateau, we will eventually reach the pass. The trail leads gradually down to the lush green valley of the Gyamar, where we spend the night.
Today , we gradually ascend towards the highest and final pass on the trek. Following the narrow valley until the Yalung Nyaulung La (5450m), we will see some of the rare flowers and herbs of the Himalayan region. The fragrances will astonish you! To our right we can view snow-capped mountains and from the top of the pass we will also have a view of the Tsomoriri Lake, surrounded by snowy peaks. We descend steeply for a couple of hours to the Korzok Phu, the summer pasture of the Korzok people. From the pasture, we continue to the Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake), the destination of our adventure.
We drive back to Leh along the gorges of the mighty Indus with all these good memories in mind, leaving behind the beautiful Tsomoriri Lake.
This challenging trek focuses mainly on the life of the Nomadic People (Changpa), Monasteries, Wildlife and some high altitude lakes of the Changthang. The trek starts from Rumtse village which is 70 kms from Leh on the way to the Leh- Manali highway and ends at Tsomoriri Lake, a beautiful High altitude lake in Changthang, which is also the breeding ground to birds like the Bar-necked geese and the Brahminy duck. The barren region is also home to numerous species of wildlife including the Wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, Tibetan Antelope and the Himalayan Ibex. The route traverses across a number of high passes and while the scenery is spectacular the entire route is through vast wilderness and high altitude which requires good acclimatisation.
Duration: 8 days
Difficulty Level: Sustained
You will be woken up with a cup of tea brought to your tent at around 6:00 am followed by a small bowl of warm water for washing. Then, before breakfast, you will pack up all you gear. Pack your sleeping bag and mat into their respective stuff sack and ensure that your tent is free of rubbish and ready for the next camp. Your duffle bag will then be taken and tied up with other gear into the load, which will be packed on the waiting pack horses. Of course any help you offer when setting and breaking camp, when there are many tasks is always welcome. We are usually on the trail by 7:30- 8:00am. We may have lunch en route or we can aim to be in camp. Once we have reached camp and the kitchen is set up, alight snacks is prepared, leaving us with the rest of the afternoon free to explore the nearby villages or undertake a side option. Dinner is served around 7:00 pm. Remember to bring your water bottle to the dining tent so it can be filled. Trekking evenings afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is sitting around talking, playing cards, chatting with the staff or joining in some singing and dancing with the local people, it is always a very special time.
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Before joining the tour we recommend that you take out travel insurance. This should include adequate cover for baggage, medical expenses, cancellation, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. You must supply documentary proof of it to us before starting the trip. If you do not have travel insurance you must have a credit card with at least a US $5000 limit.2) Booking Confirmation:
Your booking will be confirmed by email once we have received a deposit of 50% and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 month prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.3) Terms of Cancellation:
(a)All cancellations must be made in writing and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be taken into account by the agency upon receipt of that letter.
If you cancel, the following scale of charges will apply:
|DATE OF CANCELLATION||CHARGE INCURRED|
|2 months before departure||Loss of deposit|
|29 days to 2 months before departure||departure 30% of total trip cost|
|10 to 28 days before departure||60% of total trip cost|
|Less than 10 days before departure||100% of total trip cost|
(b)If you do not show up at the meeting point specified on the agreed date, we will assume you have been delayed and will wait for you to contact us with your new expected arrival date. If you do not contact us within 48 hours we will assume you have cancelled the tour. There is no refund of any money paid.
(c) The tour will not be cancelled unless we are forced to do so because of unusual or unforeseen circumstances, such as a major natural disaster, major political unrest or war. If we cancel the tour we will promptly refund all payments made to us including the deposit (less the unrecoverable costs such as air tickets cancellations). We shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as insurance, visas, vaccinations and other incidental costs).4) Refunds:
(a)In case the journey is broken off early upon the client’s own wish or causes, Himalayan Challenges shall not be liable to any refund of the days not utilized. Clients will have to pay for hotel or any extra costs incurred after leaving the itinerary.
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(5.1)Acknowledgement of Risk:
It is a fundamental condition that you acknowledge that this is an adventure tour. This requires some flexibility. The day to day itinerary is taken as a guideline only. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, Strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties. In such cases, Wild Himalayan Challenges shall be responsible for suitable alternatives which could be decided upon mutual agreement. If an agreement cannot be made, Wild Himalayan Challenges shall be responsible for refund after deducting expenses already incurred.
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(b)The client agrees to behave responsibly in environmental and cultural matters and agrees to follow proper hiking and camping etiquette while in the mountains and to act respectfully towards the people and customs of the region.6) Accommodation
Room allocations are as per same sex twin-room sharing- double room for couples. Where a single room has been requested, a single room supplement will apply.7) Our Responsibility:
(7.1)It is our duty to ensure to we deliver the trip you have booked with us to the best of our ability and the it precedes in accordance with the itinerary as stated on our website/ tailor made to your requirement, thereafter making sure as reasonable as possible your journey is unhindered en-route. Our itineraries have been designed with consideration to the environments in which we travel its people and its cultures. Participants’ should therefore realize that hygiene and safety standards in countries which you journey are far different to the standards of your own. However, Himalayan Challenges take care when booking locations, should offer the best of the area in which you stay and dine.
(7.2)Any Participant(s) portraying acts of negligence on the expedition will not only risk their own life, but also that of their fellow participant(s) and will be cautioned. Repeated actions of the Participant(s) in question will have their trip terminated immediately and no refunds will be given. No refunds will be given to participant(s) who leave an expedition en-route. Himalayan Challenges will not be responsible for any traffic accidents caused through carelessness.
(7.3)Due to the nature of our adventures and their locations- Himalayan Challenges reserve the right if deemed necessary, to divert the course of an already commenced expedition away from events (deemed harmful) to the safety of an alternative route.
(7.4)Force Majeure- if for any unforeseen reason interruptions cause delay(s) en-route, preventing Himalayan Challenges from fulfilling their expedition obligations. Any additional expenditure incurred during the interruptions will have to be borne by the participant(s). However, we will do our utmost to rectify the situation into continuing on with the adventure.8) Complaints:
Himalayan Challenges endeavors to supply you the best possible service on your journey, ensuring you have a great time. However, if you have a complaint during your expedition, please notify your expedition leader immediately in order to rectify the situation. If your complaint was unresolved, then a written letter should be sent within 25 days from the expedition completion date to: Himalayan Challenges, Hillco Building, Vill. Shuru, P.O. Prini, Manali, Distt. Kullu, H.P.9) Law and Jurisdiction:
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