Rupshu Tsomoriri Trek

18 Days | Trekking 10 Days

This fascinating trek moves through the Great Changtang Plateau. Amidst this barren landscape at 4400 meters, near the lake of Tso Moriri, live small groups of nomadic Chang tribesmen who lead harsh existence in extremely cold conditions. Wild life here comprises bar-necked geese, brahmini ducks, wild asses and snow leopards.

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In this beautiful region of Ladakh we travel for nearly two weeks through its unique circuit. In the Indian part of the Tibetan Changtang, south-east of Ladakh, the scenery is mesmerizing, and extremely luminous spaces are vast. The air is so pure that one gets lost in the infinite. Our itinerary takes us from the shores of Lake Tsokar to Korzok, the wonderful isolated village on the shores of Lake Tsomoriri. It is a unique trek in terms of the beauty but demanding and challenging because of the altitude and terrain, particularly from Rumtse to Tsomoriri. It focuses on monasteries, life of nomadic people, and some high altitude lakes. It starts with the trail that leads us to a river flowing in from the right side. After widening and narrowing of the valley several times there comes a point where it turns towards north side leading to the campsite close to a local nomadic settlement in their traditional life. The barren region is home to numerous species of wildlife including the wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, Tibetan Antelope, and Himalayan Ibex. The final leg of our trek leads us over a high mountain pass to the shores of beautiful Tsomoriri Lake. Surrounded by over 6,000m high snow-capped peaks this lake is alive with abundance of very rare migratory birds. The trek ends at the enchanting Tsomoriri Lake from where we head back to Leh.

Tour Highlights

  • Leh - the second largest district of the country famous for its Cashmere Wool.
  • Alchi & Likir - some of the oldest monasteries famous for their 11th & 12th century wall paintings.
  • Thiksey Gompa - a yellow-hat sect monastery famous for its resemblance to Potala Palace in Lhasa.
  • Tsokar Lake - a fluctuating salt lake known for its size and depth.
  • Tsomoriri Lake - largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan Biogeographic Region.
  • Korzok Village - on the banks of Tsomoriri Lake is one of the world's highest inhabited villages.

Tour Itinerary

  • Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places visited, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.

  • DAY 01 - Delhi

    Arrival in Delhi. Arrive in Delhi at night. Get professional assistance from local representative in Delhi in boarding early morning flight to Leh. Overnight No Hotel

  • DAY 02 - Leh

    Delhi – Leh (3500m). Take the early morning flight to Leh. Enjoy the overhead view if the mighty Himalayan Range while flying. Afternoon is free. Late afternoon leave for an orientation walk through the city for acclimatisation. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 03 - Leh

    Leh: Likir, Alchi and Rizong Monasteries. In the sightseeing programme visit Likir, Alchi and Rizong monasteries and drive back to Leh. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 04 - Leh

    Leh Sight-seeing. After breakfast leave for a full day tour to visit Leh and around with its local market and Tibetan market where many shops sell antiques related to Buddhism. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 05 - Rumtse

    Leh – Rumtse (4180m) (3 hrs drive) Morning transfer to Rumtse (About 3 hrs drive). En-route visit Shey, Thiksey and Hemis Gompas. Rest of the day is free. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 06 - Kyamar

    Rumtse – Kyamar (4500m; 4-5 hrs). Begin trek this morning that starts with a lot of excitement. And walk all the way to Kyamar Valley, which is known by the name of Jadis La, the salt route. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 07 - Riti

    Kyamar – Kyamar La (5040m;6-7 hrs) – Mandalchan La (5050m) – Riti (4900m). Chance to see a number of species of wildlife while trekking to Riti. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 08 - Tsokar Lake

    Riti – Shibuk La (5100m ;5-6 hrs) – Tsokar Lake (4600m). Walk gently towards a calm desert. One-hour gentle climb to Shibuk la (pass) from where Tsokar Lake is visible. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 09 - Rajung Karu

    Tsokar Lake – Rajung Karu (4950m;7-8 hrs). Relatively hard, yet a beautiful day today. Continue walking along the Tsokar Lake all the way down to the valley of Ponglong Chu to camp near the huts of the shepherds. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 10 - Gyama Jangma

    Rajung Karu – Kayaru Pass (5450m) – Gyama Jangma (5200m ;4-5 hrs). Today is a short day. Meet nomads. Be careful of the dogs here. Trek to Gyama Chu. Camp overnight. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 11 - Gyama Chu

    Gyama Jangma – Barma La Pass (5350m) – Base Camp of Lanyal La (5250m;4 hrs). Another short trekking day and last opportunity to camp near the nomads. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 12 - Lanyal Pasture

    Base Camp – Lanyal La Pass (5650m) – Lanyal Pasture (4850m;6-7 hrs). Today we climb the highest pass, Lanyal la at 5650m after crossing the glacier. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 13 - Lato Gongma

    Lanyal Pasture – Lato Gongma (4650m;6-7hrs). Today’s landscape is completely different from the previous places; nevertheless, marvelous. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 14 - Kyangdom

    Kyangdom – Korzok (4500m;6-7 hrs). Continue trekking along western side of this beautiful Tsomoriri Lake and arrive in Korzok. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 15 - Korzok

    Kyangdom – Korzok (4500m;6-7 hrs). Continue trekking along western side of this beautiful Tsomoriri Lake and arrive in Korzok. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 16 - Leh

    Korzok – Leh (3500m; 7 hrs drive). Early morning drive to Leh by Jeeps past Lake of Thatsang Karu. Drive over Namshang la (pass) and descend to the valley of Indus and drive along the river to Leh. Overnight Camp

  • DAY 17 - Leh

    Leh – Delhi (By Flight). Transfer to Leh airport for Leh-Delhi flight. Arrive in Delhi and transfer and check-in to the hotel. Evening is free to explore the local Bazaars of Delhi. Overnight Hotel

  • DAY 18 - Delhi

    Tour Concludes. Check-out from the hotel and transfer to the international airport for onward journey to respective destinations. Overnight Hotel

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