Kibber – Tsokar Lake

Presentation

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Region : Himachal Pradesh / Spiti / Ladakh / Duration : 30 Days / 16 Days trek – Best season : June to August – Level : Demanding (very high pass) Type : Culture & Trek 

One of our most popular demanding packages, this climb takes the traveller from Kaza over the 5600 m Parang La pass and into Ladakh. The route follows the traditional trade route between Ladakh and Spiti and there are some fantastic views from the high mountain source of the Pare Chu river.

From Spiti’s steep gorges and stark desert environs, the landscape opens to become the high Tibetan plateau which makes up Ladakh. After days of trekking over the mountains, the journey ends at the breathtaking Tsomoriri Lake – truly a photographers paradise. Tsomoriri’s fantastic vistas, vivid colours and abundant bird and wildlife will leave you with the impression of reaching Shangri-la as the lake is truly something from the land of the gods. Then you have both options (precisions on demand) : or to go to Leh by jeep or to continue for a week to Rumtse … in option.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival to Delhi night time or early morning. Departure to Manali overnight journey to Manali by Volvo Bus  

Day 2 : Manali Arrival early morning Transfer to hotel & rest

Day 3, 4 : Manali Rest days and local Sightseeing & Training

Acclimatization trek Bhrigu Lake : 

Day 5 : Manali to Gulaba then trek to Raualikholi (3770 m) 4-5 hrs uphill

Day 6 : Raualikholi to Bhrigu (4268 m) to Panduropa (3450 m) 5-6 hours

Day 7 : Panduropa to Vashisht village then to Manali 4hrs downhill

Day 8 : Rest in Manali

Day 9 : Manali – Kaza.

Day 10 : Kaza – Tabo 

Day 11 Tabo

Day 12 : Tabo – Ki Gompa – Kibber

Day 13 : Kibber  (acclimatization) 

TREK DEPARTURE

Day 14 : Kibber – Ki Gompa – Thaltak (4550m)

Day 15 : Thaltak – Jugtak (4800 m – Parang La Base Camp)  

Day 16 :  Jugtak – Parang La (5600m) – Kharsa Gongma (4800m)

Day 17 : Kharsa Gongma – Dokpo Phirtse  (4700m)

Day 18 :  Dokpo Phirtse – Umlung (4550m)

Day 19 : Umlung – Norbu Sumdo (4300m)

Day 20 : Norbu Sumdo – Kyangdam (4575m)

Day 21 : Kyangdam – Korzok (4540m)

Day 22 : Korzok – Yalung Nyau La (5440m) – Gyama (5170m)

Day 23 : Gyama – Kortse La (5380m) – Kyamayuri la (5430m) – Rajung Karu (4940m)

Day 24 : Rajung Karu – Horlam Kongka la (4900m) – Nuruchan (4650m)

Day 25 : Nuruchan – Pongunagu – Tso Kar (4530m)

END OF THE TREK

Day 26 : Tso Kar – Tanglang La – Leh by Jeep

Day 27 : Rest in Leh

Day 28 :  Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis

Day 29 : Leh Rest & last day in Ladakh 

Day 30 : Fly to Delhi / Transfer hotel for rest / transfer to INT Airport & departure

Details

Day 1 : Arrival to Delhi night time or early morning.

Reception by Kiang Adventures representative. Transfer to hotel : Yes Cottage Please (Paharganj Area) Rest in Delhi (free day), evening drive to Manali by VOLVO BUS 585 km (night bus)

 Day 2 : Manali

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Arrival morning time to Manali in upper Kullu Valley; transfer to hotel and rest Free day.

Day 3, 4 : Manali Rest days and local Sightseeing

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Three hours walk in neighbourhood upon Manu Temple to Rasta Café on day 3 and all day on day 4 to Kharma upon Old Manali

ACCLIMATIZATION TREK BHRIGU LAKE : 

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Day 5 Manali to Gulaba then trek to Raualikholi (3770 m) 4-5 hrs uphill
We drive 15km up to the Manali Rohtang highway to the meadows of Gulaba. The views of the upper Kullu Valley from here are quite spectacular. The trail towards the lake goes eastward and climbs through the dense forest of Deodar. We will cross a small stream to the idyllic camp site of Kothi Theli.

Day 6 Raualikholi to Bhrigu (4268 m) to Panduropa (3450 m) 5-6 hours
We ascent towards the lake slowly as the altitude can make us a little breathless. We cross a mountain stream and then keep climbing till we cross a mountain ridge beyond which lies the Bhrigu Lake. After having taken Lunch here we will ascent down towards our next campsite. From here we will have breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains.

Day 7 : Panduropa to Vashisht village then to Manali 4hrs downhill

Day 8 : Rest in Manali

Day 9 : Manali – Kaza 

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Travel by jeep over 3,978 Rohtang pass, gateway to Lahaul, then continue by jeep over 4.358 meter Kunzam la to Losar, the first village in the Spiti valley. Continue by jeep to Kaza, the modern capital of Spiti then to Tabo. On arrival check in to guest house..

Day 10 : Kaza – Tabo

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The day is for excursion. After breakfast drive to Dhankar Monastery, the former capital of Spiti, high above the confluence of the Pin and Spiti rivers. Then continue towards Tabo Gompa, one of the greatest artistic treasures in the Himalayan region, to view its paintings and sculptures, some of which are over 1,000 years old. Overnight in guesthouse

Day 11 Tabo 

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Rest & Acclimatization day in this beautiful pedestrian village. Tabo is a small town in the Lahaul and Spiti district on the banks of the Spiti River in Himachal Pradesh, India. The town lies on the road between Rekong Peo and Kaza (alternative spelling: Kaja), the sub-divisional headquarters of Spiti. The town surrounds a Buddhist monastery which, according to legend, is said to be over a thousand years old. The Dalai Lama has expressed his desire to retire to Tabo, since he maintains that the Tabo Monastery is one of the holiest. In 1996, the Dalai Lama conducted the Kalachakra initiation ceremony in Tabo, which coincided with the millennium anniversary celebrations of the Tabo monastery. The ceremony was attended by thousands of Buddhists from across the world. Tabo Monastery’s spiritual head is Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche. (source Wikipedia)

Day 12 : Tabo – Kibber

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Today we will drive towards Kibber village (4000 mtrs), famed as the world’s highest village with electricity & daily bus service. Overnight in guesthouse.

Day 13 : Kibber & Ki Gompa

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Day of acclimatization. Meeting with our guide and trekking staff. In the afternoon walk to Ki Gompa from Kibber ; short steep and impressive descent along the rock to the Gompa. Visit and return by the same way. Overnight in guesthouse.

KI GOMPA :  (also spelled, Key or Kee – pronounced like English key) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,166 metres (13,668 ft) above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul and Spiti district, India.

It is the biggest monastery of Spiti Valley and a religious training centre for Lamas. It reportedly had 100 monks in 1855.

Ki Gompa is said to have been founded by Dromtön (Brom-ston, 1008-1064 CE), a pupil of the famous teacher, Atisha, in the 11th century. This may however, refer to a now destroyed Kadampa monastery at the nearby village of Rangrik, which was probably destroyed in the 14th century when the Sakya sect rose to power with Mongol assistance.

Kye was attacked again by the Mongols during the 17th century, during the reign of the Fifth Dalai Lama, and became a Gelugpa establishment. In 1830, it was sacked again during the wars between Ladakh and Kulu. In 1841, it was severely damaged by the Dogra army under Ghulam Khan and Rahim Khan. Later that same year, it suffered more damage from a Sikh army. In the 1840s, it was ravaged by fire and, in 1975, a violent earthquake caused further damage which was repaired with the help of the Archaeological Survey of India and the State Public Works Department.

TREK DEPARTURE

Day 14 : Kibber – Thaltak (4550m)

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Setting and loading. Then we start our trek. We walk down to a small river and up through the steep gorge bed to reach the village of Dumla, which is last inhabited village on this route. From Dumla it is a steep ascent gaining altitude in a fairly short span of time. We camp at Thaltak meadow with great views of the surrounding mountains. Tents.

Day 15 : Thaltak – Jugthak Base (4850 mts)

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From Thaltak the trail descends down to Parilungla Chu. Climb to Saghthag walking over the moraine. It is gradual and exhausting climb to reach the glaciated valley, one to the north and one to the south. Follow the moraine stretch towards north and reach the campsite at Jugthak. Tents.

Day 16 : Jugthak – Parang La (5600 mts) – Karsha Gompa (4800 mts) 

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This is an eventful day for those who have never climbed this height before. From camp climb up gradually to Parang-la on patches of snow, panoramic views of Peaks of Ladakh, Lahul and Spiti. Descend through crevasses and glacier on the left bank of Pare-Chu River to the campsite at Karsha Gongma. Tents.

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Day 17 : Karsha Gongma – Dokpo Phirste (4700 mts) 

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We cross the river near the campsite and follow the right bank of Pare Chu. The valley widens. We sometimes take the river bed or we follow the path over the river and head for Dokpo Phirtse, our destination of the day. Walk smooth and easy along the Pare Chu. Rivers to cross before arriving at Dokpo Phirtse campsite. Night in camp.

Day 18 : Dokpo Phirtse – Umlung (4515m)

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Today, still easy day, descent along the right bank of the Pare-chu. The valley widens more and more. We cross meadows and nomad camps before reaching Umlung, our camp of the day.

Day 19 :  Umlung – Norbu Sumdo (4300m)

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 Short walk along the right bank until you reach the confluence of a stream and Pare Chu. We leave here the path that goes to the village of Chumar in Tibet and cross the Pare Chu River. We then go up on the right side of the valley. As we progress, we move from a dusty plain to a landscape of green pastures. There are Changpas camps. (Tibetan nomads). Camp in Norbu Sumdo.

Day 20 : Norbu Sumdo – Kiangdam (4535m)

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Day 21 : Kyangdam – Korzok 

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Trek to Korzok, the village and Gompa at the northern shore of the lake. Overnight stay in tent/guest house.

Day 22 : Korzok – Gyama

Paysage de GYAMA (avant le passage du col Yalung NyauLa Pass (5430m)

Trek past many large nomadic encampments over Gyamsharma La to Gyama. Overnight stay in tent.

Day 23 : Gyama – Rajung Karu

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Cross the Kyamamuri La to Rajung Karu. Overnight stay in tent.

Day 24 : Rajung Karu – Nuruchan
Trek over the low ridge of Harlam Konka to the small village and Gompa of Nuruchan. Overnight stay in tent.

Day 25 : Nuruchan – Pongunagu Tso Kar

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Trek to Tso Kar, another of the remarkable lakes of the Changtang plains. We reach Pongunagu the finale point of our trek. Overnight stay in tent.

END OF THE TREK

Day 26 : Tso Kar – Tanglang La – Leh

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Travel by jeep to over the 5,328-metre Tanglang la to Leh. Overnight at hotel.

Day 27 : Rest in Leh

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Rest at Tsetan Guesthouse; walks to Main Bazaar and shopping.

Day 28 :  Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis

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On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area.

Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.

Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.

Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.

Day 29 : Leh Rest & shopping Last day in mountains 

Day 30 : Fly to Delhi / Transfer to Hotel & rest / transfer to INT Airport 

Map

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Price

PARTICIPANTSPRICE / PERSON (€)
51700
41900
32100
22400
1ON DEMAND/SUR DEMANDE

Conditions

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :

  • Accommodation.
  • Flight Leh – Delhi
  • All local transports including Delhi-Manali Bus
  • Arrival and departure transfers at airports in Delhi & Leh with assistance
  • Trek on full board
  • All trekking equipments; sleeping tents, sleeping bags, dinning tents, kitchen tent, toilet tents, carry mats, water cans, kitchen utensils and accessories etc.
  • All trekking staff : Mountain Guide, Trek Cook, Helper, Horse/Pony
  • Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
  • Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
  • Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
  • First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
  • Any Inner-line permits applicable as per the regions.

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :

  • Airfares
  • Trekking shoes
  • Food & meals while not trekking
  • Government Service tax 3.09% on package
  • Medical and insurance of any kind.
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

REFUND POLICY

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

CONFIRMATION POLICY

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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