Rumtse – Kibber



Duration : 30 days / 17 days trek / Level : difficult / Best period : July August / Region : Ladakh – Spiti – Himachal Pradesh

This very high altitude trekking includes 9 passes upon 5000 meters high (the top pass is Parang La 5600 meters !), asks to cross rivers and deal with difficult passages. It’s reserved to confirmed trekkers, fans of solitude and empty spaces. It also requires a period of acclimatization from around 10 days including one trek in Ladakh (the Stok Kangri Base Camp at 5000 meters high)

The departure is located to Rumtse 70 Kms east of Leh. This trek explores the Rupshu Valley locatyed 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 pasturelands, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes. The largest being Tsokar & Tso Moriri at 4,500 m. From Korzok to Kibber the transformation of Landscape is breathtaking.

At the end of this strenuous journey we welcome one (2nd day in option) day rest to Tabo a small town situated in a valley setting hemmed in by scree slopes, 48km southeast of Kaza. The dull mud-brick walls of Tabo Gompa hide some of the finest of all Indo-Tibetan art, and Tabo makes a fine place to recover for one or a couple of days …



Day 01: Arrival (nightime) overnight in hotel

Day 2 : Delhi – Leh

Day 02 > 04 : acclimatization days and sightseeing Indus Valley Monasteries

Day 05 to 8 acclimatization trek STOK KANGRI BASE CAMP

Day 9 Rest in Leh

Overnight in hotel or guest house

Day 10 Leh – Hemis – Rumtse (4000m/13120 ft) Overnight in camp


Day 11 : Leh – Rumtse – Kyamar (4420m)

Day 12 : Kyamar – Tisaling via Kyamarla (4850 Mtrs).

Day 13 :  Tisaling – Pangunagu via Shibukla (5200 Mtrs)

Day 14 : Pangunagu – Nuruchan

Day 15 : Nuruchan – Rajungkaru

Day 16 : Rajungkaru – Gyamabarma

Day 17 : Gyamabarma – Korzok

Day 18 : Korzok (4500 Mtrs) – Kyangdam

Day 19 : Kyangdam – Norbu Sumdo

Day 20 : Norbu Sumdo – Umlung

Day 21 : Umlung – Karpo Phirtse

Day 22 :  Karpo Phirtse – Parang La (5600 Mtrs ) – Jukstak

Day 23 : Jukstak – Kibber – Kaza – Tabo


Day 24, 25 : Tabo

Day 26 : Tabo – Kunzum La (4590 mts/15056 ft) – Rohtang La (3980 mts/13055 ft) – Manali (by Jeep)

Day 27, 28 : Manali Rest or Reserve day (Day 28)

Day 29 : Manali & Departure by Night bus

Day 30 : Delhi & Departure



Arrival from abroad in nightime. Transfer to Hotel. Morning time transfer to domestic airport and flight to Leh. Rest of the day free to acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. In the evening take a walk to the local bazaar in Leh. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

Day 2 : LEH

leh palace

Acclimatization day and city discovering  (main Bazaar, Royal Palace, Shanti Stupa)



Drive to Thiksey village, visit Thiksey monastery and drive to Shey Village to visit Shey Palace and Gompa. Then return to Leh and overnight in guesthouse

THIKSEY GOMPA: 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
SHEY PALACE AND GOMPA: Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.



Morning after breakfast drive to Alchi. Enroute visit Magnetic Hill, Confluence of Zanskar and Indus river. Visit Alchi Monastery and drive back to Leh. Enroute visit Likir Monastery. Arrive hotel in Leh for dinner and overnight.

MAGNETIC HILL: Defying the Law of gravity. This place is close to the Gurdwara Shri Patthar Sahib. It has been noticed that when a vehicle is parked on neutral gear on this metallic road the vehicle slides up-hill that’s the Believe it or not of Ladakh!
CONFLUENCE OF THE ZANSKAR & INDUS: On way to Sham Valley before Nimu village one can have this magnificent view of two rivers in wed-lock! In seasons they have different colors and flow and wildness.
ALCHI GOMPA: 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
LIKIR GOMPA: Founded in the 11th century and rededicated to a different monastic order in the 15th century, its earlier Gompa was destroyed in a fire. The present Gompa dated back to the 18th century. Skilled craftsmen producing excellent Thankas, earthen pots and carved wooden folding stools, live here in the village. Majestically situated, Likir commands a spectacular view. A magnificent giant Jupiter tree, one of the few survivors of its species, stands in the courtyard.


stok kangri base 3

Day 5 : Drive from Leh to Stok (3650 m) and then ascend to Chang Ma (3988 mtrs). Overnight in Camp

Day 6 : Chang Ma (3988 m) to Mankorma (4328 m)


Day 7 : Mankorma (4328 m) to Base camp (4968)

stok base camp

Easy trek crossing small streams … progressive ascension towards the base camp … arrival round noon Then rest and acclimatization … again. Possibility to do a little additional walk upon a pass located upon base camp. Overnight in camp.

Day 8 : Descend to Stok and drive back to Leh

Day 9 : Rest in Leh

Day 10 : Leh – Hemis – Rumtse (80 km)

hemis shuk

Drive to Rumtse located 80 km east from Leh. First drive to Hemis monastery by crossing Indus River at Kharu village towards the south. Hemis is located 25 Km from Thiksay. The great Mahasidha Stagtsan Raspa along with great ancestor Singe Namgyal built this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Kharu and then continue your journey towards east on the Highway. Have Lunch at Upshi. Take Leh-Manali highway up to Rumtse village. En route you find several remote village of Leh Distric such Gya, Meru. After Gya village, arrive at Rumtse. Overnight at camp in Rumtse village. (4160m)


HEMIS GOMPA: 40 Kms from Leh, it is the wealthiest, best known and biggest Gompa of Ladakh. Its popularity stems from the major annual festival held here in summer. The festival is in honor of Guru Padma Sambhava’s birth anniversary. It also has the largest Thanka in Ladakh which is unfurled once in 12 years Hemis was built in 1630 during the reign of Singge Namgyal, an illustrious ruler of Ladakh. It flourished under the Namgyal Dynasty for the royalty favored the Drugpa sect, which is managed the monastery. It is divided into two, the assembly hall on the right and the main temple on the left. The hall (Dukhang) is also used as “green room” by the dancers during the festival. The temple is known as Tshogkhang. The verandahs have a surfeit of frescoes, among them the Buddhist “Wheel Of Life” (Kalachakra) and the lords of the four quarters, besides the prayer wheel. – STOK PALACE & MUSEUM: The palace of the banished royal family, Stok has a museum which displays fabulous period costumes and jewelry of the royalty along with exquisite Thankas representing the life style of Shakya Muni. Interesting historical objects like coins, armor, weapons, precious jades and porcelain too can be seen here.


Day 11 : Rumtse – Chorten Sumdo (4 ½ hrs)

sumdo chemno

START TREK  through  a beautiful color gorge. After few minute of walking from camp, we cross the first river and walk along another riverside and continue along the left side. Again cross the same river towards the right side and continue along the left of the valley. Easy walk up to the Sumda Chenmo. Greenery and beautiful camping site with number of Marmots. Overnight at Camp. (4520m)

Day 12 : Chorten Sumdo – Kyamari-la (5180m) – Mandalchan-la (5170m) – Titsaling (6 hrs)

Kyamari-laStart your trek earlier to cross Kyamari-la and Manba-la passes. Easy walk for one hour then ascend towards Kyamar La (5180 m). From the top of the pass you can see the gorgeous view of the chain of Kangyatse Snow covered peak (6400 m) and the chain of Indus valley. After crossing this pass, take right hand side and descend towards the summer camp. Then again easy ascend to the Mandalchan-la pass (5170 m). From this top, you have fantastic view of Defferent Mountain with picturesque white peaks. Then descend up to the camp. Overnight at camp. (4950m)

Day 13 : Titsaling – Shingbuk-la (5230m) – Pangunagu/Tsokar Lake (6 hrs)


Today, you have only one pass to cross. After breakfast, start ascends towards the Shingbuk-la pass (5230 m). From the top, you can see the panoramic view of Tsokar Lake, surrounding mountains and the Rupshu valley. At the end of the valley, you able to see wild Ass (Skyang), turn right side and ascend for 20 minutes. Here you can see the full view of the Tsokar Lake and winter camp of nomad people of Changthang. Overnight at camp. (4590m)

Tsokar Lake is approximately 95 km. northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake at a height of (4,590m). It is also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposited around it- this is because there is no outlet from the lake which makes the water brackish. In ancient times, the salt from the lake used to take out and sell it all over Ladakh and Kashmir by the local nomads known as the Changpas. Tsokar Lake is breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose, the great crested grebe, the brahmin duck and the brown headed gull.

Day 14 : Panganagu – Nuruchan (5 ½ Hours)

tso kar

Today you have easy trek along the Lake on right side. On the way you can see many birds and Wild Ass (Skyang) of Ladakh and Tibetan plateau. After leaving the lake behind, you turn towards right side and enter the Nuruchan village with beautiful camping site near the stream. Overnight at camp. (4660m)

Day 15 : Nuruchan – Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4 ½ Hours)


Today you have small pass Horlamla (4900m) to cross. It is easy ascent and takes 50 minutes. After crossing the pass you reach at Rachungkaru where you find nomadic camp of Tibetan refugees. In Rajungkaru, you have attraction with nomads and can see the life style of nomadic people. In this area they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep and Pashmina Goats. Overnight at camp. (4900m)

Day 16 : Rachungkaru – Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (6 hrs)


From the camp you have walk through the camp of nomadic people. From nomadic area stick ascent to Kyamayuri-la (5300m). It is easy to ascend and it takes about more than one hour to reach at the top of the pass. From the pass; you can see splendid landscape, Tsokar Korzok area. Easy descend to the summer pasture of Tibetan refugee camp, called Gyama Burma. And on the right side there is another small pass Kartse-la (5000m), cross and easy descend then arrive in Gyama, nomadic camp. Beautiful camping site, Overnight at camp. (5180m)

Day 17 : Gyama – Yarlung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok (7 Hrs)


Morning, after breakfast continue trek to Korzok. Today we have one pass to cross. Very easy ascend right from the camping up to the top of the pass Yarlung Nyaula (5440m) Continue along the small stream towards north-east in the valley and it takes one and half hours to reach at the top. Steep easy descend and then arrive at Korzok Phu (Nomadic camp). You still have more than 30 minutes of trek from here, pass the Korzok phu and continue along the small river up to Korzok with Tsomoriri Lake. Arrive at camp. Afternoon, if time permits then visit Korzok Monastery or have enjoyed short hike around the Lake. Overnight at camp. (4620m)

Tsomoriri Lake located in the Changthang (northern plains) area, is a High Altitude Lake with an altitude of 4620m, is the largest of the High Altitude Lakes in the Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region, entirely within India. It is 23 km. long and 4 to 5 km. wide and is hemmed between Ladakh in the North and Tibet in the east and Zanskar in the west; the Changthang plateau is the geographical setting with snow peaks that provides the source of water for the Lake. Accessibility to the lake is limited to summer season only. Tsomoriri Lake is also breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose, the great crested grebe, the Brahmin duck and the brown headed gull.

Day 18 : Korzok – Kiangdam(6 hrs)


Today we will trek along the magnificent lake of Tsomoriri as far as Kyangdam. You will see some rare species birds, like black naked crane, Brahmin duck and many more migrant birds. While capturing awesome scenic beauty of changing colour of the lake, continue easy trek always on the vast plateau. Nice Campsite near the lake across the meadows. Overnight at camp. (4550m)

Day 19 : Kiangdam – Nurbo Sumdo (6/7 hrs)

parang river

Morning; after breakfast, leave camp for Norbu Sumbo. Leaving behind the lake you continue easy and gentle trek over vast plateau. Today you see some wild animals, like Skyang (Wild ass) and pass across Tibetan nomad’s camps settled across the beautiful meadows near beautiful spring water. Good and nice campsite across meadows with clean water. Overnight at camp. (4490m)

Day 20 : Nurbo Sumdo – Umlung (6 hrs)

parang up

Trek upon a plateau and then enter a splendid gorge. Then cross the Parang River which marks the frontier between Lahaul-Spiti and Ladakh. While enjoying the spectacular and enchanting view of landscape, continue easy and gentle trek along the downstream Parang River as far as campsite across meadows. Overnight: camp near Parang River. (4540m)

Day 21 : Umlung – Phirtse Karpo (7 hrs)


Today you have several crossing of river during the day along the same gorge with gradual ascending. The landscape change as you trek and enter in another region of the Himalaya. Today you see as many as marmots and better chance of Himalayan mountain eagles. Overnight: camp on the riverside across the meadows. (5050m)

Day 22 : Phirtse Karpo  – Parangla (5580m) – Jukstok (6 hrs)

parang la glacier

Very early waky and then ascension of  Parang La (5580m). From the camp gradual ascend for an hour then walk on the glacier. From the Parang La top splendid view on Spiti valley. Cross the pass, then gentle steep descend for an hour as far as campsite across greenery patch. Then careful walk along a river … To finish this tremendous day last 1 hour steep ascent to the camp.  Overnight: camp near small spring water. (5050m)

Day 23 :  TREK Jukstok – Thalta – Kibber – DRIVE Kaza – Tabo


Today the trek is easy compare to other days. Morning after breakfast, you start easy and gentle trek with steep descent with awesome landscape as far as Small River, then follow the river for two hours. Then enter into another enchanting valley and after a last last ascend reach the Kibber Village which marks the end of the trek (4250m). Little rest and then drive to Kaza Spiti’s Capital and then to Tabo 48 km further. Overnight in HOTEL.


Day 24, 25 : Tabo


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.

TABO GOMPA (or Tabo Chos-Khor Monastery) was founded in 996 CE in the Tibetan year of the Fire Ape by the Tibetan Buddhist lotsawa(translator) Rinchen Zangpo (Mahauru Ramabhadra), on behalf of the king of western Himalayan Kingdom of Guge, Yeshe-Ö.[2] Tabo is noted for being the oldest continuously operating Buddhist enclave in both India and the Himalayas. A large number of frescoes displayed on its walls depict tales from the Buddhist pantheon. There are many priceless collections of thankas (scroll paintings), manuscripts, well-preserved statues, frescos and extensive murals which cover almost every wall. The monastery is in need of refurbishing as the wooden structures are aging and the thanka scroll paintings are fading. After the earthquake of 1975, the monastery was rebuilt, and in 1983 a new Du-kang or Assembly Hall was constructed. It is here that the 14th Dalai Lama held the Kalachakra ceremonies in 1983 and 1996. The monastery is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a national historic treasure of India.

Day 26 : Tabo – Kunzum La (4590 mts/15056 ft) – Rohtang La (3980 mts/13055 ft) – Manali (by Jeep)


Departure by jeep very early in the morning for a long journey that leads us first to KAZA and then along the SPITI RIVER; we pass back to the KI GOMPA below KIBBER and then go up the valley to make a first and brief stop and have our passports checked and another at the passage of the KUMZUM LA which marks the border between the valley of Spiti and that of Kullu-Manali . After a brief lunch stop at BATAL, we go to KEYLONG and ROTHANG PASS to finally reach MANALI at the end of the day. Transfer to the hotel and free evening.

Day 27, 28 : Manali Rest or Reserve day (Day 28)

manali valley

Day 29 : Manali & Departure by Night bus

Day 30 : Delhi & Departure


Drive to Manali by Rothang Pass, rest in Batal … arrival to Manali. Stay in hotel.







  • Accommodation in Delhi at mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • Accommodation in “A” category hotel at Leh with breakfast
  • Transportation for sightseeing as per the itinerary by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo.
  • English Speaking monastery guide for sightseeing
  • All monastery entrance fees in Ladakh
  • Arrival and departure transfers at airports in Delhi and 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 applicable as per the regions.
  • Ascension permits


  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Trekking & mountain shoes
  • Any specific mountain material as crampons
  • 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.


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