Duration: 10 days Max
Max. Altitude: 5100m
Best Time: June to October
Briefing of the trek:
Rumtse is situated 70 Kms east of Leh, the starting point of this trek. Rupshu Valley lies sandwiched between Ladakh in the north, Tibet in the east and Zanskar in the west. It is a part of the Changthang plateau and is characterized by high arid plains, nomads, high pasture lands, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest being Tsokar & Tso Moriri at 4,500 m. 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 acclimatization.
Rumtse/ Kyamar/ Pangunagu/ Nuruchan/Tsomoriri
Day 01: Drive to Rumtse (4095m) 76 Kms / 2 hrs.
After breakfast drive to Rumtse at a distance of 70 Kms from Leh on Leh Manali highway. En route visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Overnight stay in a tented camp at Rumtse.
Day 02: Rumtse to Kyamar (4383m) 4-5 hrs.
Walk along the road till you reach a Govt. tourist bungalow. From there take the right side trail into the valley.
Day 03: Kyamar to Tisaling (4800m) via Kyumur La (4870m) and Mandalchan La (4996m) 5-6 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 takes you to another pass to climb .Overnight in a tented Camp.
Day 04: Tisaling to Pangunagu (Tsokar) (4398m) via Shingbuk La (5016m) 5-6 hrs.
A gradual and easy ascend will lead you to Shibuk La. There are many wild Asses (skyang) around this area. Pangunagu has nice camping site. Overnight camp.
Day 05: Pangunagu to Nuruchan (4500m) 4-5 hrs.
Today’s trek is an easy walk along the Tsokar Lake for about 2 hours and then there is a long plain sandy trail. After some distance you catch the sight of the agricultural fields, where the campsite is located next to a stream. Overnight in camp.
Day 06: Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4668m) via Horlam Kongka La (4712m) 3-4 hrs.
Today will be a short day trek. Cross the river early in the morning and the trek will follow gradual ascend to Horlam kongka-la (4712m) and then again slow descend till the stream. Cross the stream and follow the trail on the right side of the stream to reach Rajungkaru. Overnight camp
Day 07: Rachungkaru to Gyamalhoma (4895m) 6-7 hrs.
Start climbing Kyamayur La (5125m) which takes around 2 hrs. . After the pass the trail leads towards north-east and at the end of the valley trail starts ascending another small pass called Gyama La (5100m), from where you can have views of different mountain peaks.
Day 08: Gyama lhoma to Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake)
Start an easy ascent to the Korzok pass along the stream. It takes around 2 hrs to reach the top from where you walk down to the Korzok village. Overnight in a tented Camp.
Day 09: Tsomoriri to Leh (240 kms / 6 hrs)
After breakfast walk around the Lake and drive to Leh via Mahey Bridge and Chumathang, a famous hot spring water.