Rumtse – Tsomoriri

Presentation

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26 days / 11 trekking days / culture / level : demanding / best period : June to September 

This magnificent mountain trek runs through the Great Lakes region of East Ladakh, Tso Kar and Tsomoriri. After an acclimatization in the Indus valley, discovering the main monasteries, and a first trekking of acclimatization in the valley of Sham, we start from Rumtse and join in two days and three passes later the Tso Kar, or “white lake” in ladakhi, where the nomads came to collect the salt which was then routed on the back of yaks. We then walk to the magnificent and mythical lake Tsomoriri at 4500 meters of altitude where ends our journey! An exceptional trekking of very high altitude intended for the lovers of the great empty spaces.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in  Delhi

Day 2 : Domestic flight Delhi – Leh (3505m)

Day 3 : Leh – Indus Valley – Leh (3505m)

Day 4 : Leh – Spituk, Alchi et Phyang – Leh (3505m)

Days 5, 6, 7 Acclimatization Trek Likir Temisgam (Sham Valley)

Day 8 : Lamayuru : Rest & visit

Day 9 : return to Leh by BUS

Day 10 : Leh : Rest

Day 11: Leh – Indus Valley : monasteries Shey, Thiksey and Hemis – Rumtse (4200m)

Day 12 : Rumtse – Chorten Sumdo (4500m)

Day 13 : Chorten Sumdo – Kumur La (4950m) – Mandachal La (5170m) – Tisaling (4900m)

Day 14 : Tisaling – Shinbuk La (5230m) – Pongunagu (4590m)

Day 15 : Pongunagu – Tso Kar – Nuruchan (4660m) 

Day 16 : Nuruchan – Horlam La (4930m) – Rajun Karu (4700m)

Day 17 : Rajun Karu – Kyamayuri La (5430m) – Kortse La (5380m) – Gyama (5100m) 

Day 18 : Gyamsharma – Yalung Nyau La (5430m) – Karzok (4630m) – Tsomoriri Lake (4595m)

Day 19 : Lac Tsomoriri (rest)

Day 20 : Tsomoriri – Leh (3505m)

Day 21, 22, 23 : Leh rest 

Day 24 : Leh – Delhi return domestic flight + hotel

Day 25 : Delhi departure

Details

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Jour 1 : Arrival in India

Flight to Delhi. Arrival in Delhi at night. Welcome by a member of our team and transfer to the terminal to take your flight to Leh.

Jour 2 : Delhi – Leh (3505m)

Morning flight to Leh (3505m) (flight subject to climatic and operational hazards). Acclimatization day and first contact with the capital of Ladakh.

  • Accommodation  : guesthouse

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Jour 3 : Leh – Indus Valley – Leh (3505m)

Acclimatization day.

  • ACCOMMODATION TYPE  : guesthouse

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Jour 4 : Leh – Spituk, Alchi monasteries – Leh (3505m)

Early in the morning, departure to Spituk (3400m, 7km from Leh, 20mn by road), the most revered Gelugpa monastery of Ladakh, hung on a rocky peak overlooking the valley. It houses the reincarnations of one of the disciples of the Buddha : the Bakula Rimpoche. We may have the chance to attend a ritual ceremony in the morning (it is also possible to stop there at the end of the day).

Continue to Alchi (3060m, 58km from Spituk, 2h drive). Visit of the superb monastery, built in the 11th century by Rinchen Zangpo, founder of 108 monasteries in Ladakh, Spiti and Central Tibet. We discover superb wall murals of Kashmiri style, of great finesse, representing Buddhas, Bodhisatvas and Mandalas, realized with vegetable and mineral paintings. At 10mn, at the top of the village, we can visit the “tugdje chenpo”, the temple of the Buddha of compassion (beautiful paintings dating from the 15th century).

After the tour, drive back to Leh in the afternoon (60km, 1h30 drive).

  • TRANSFER : Private car

Day 5, 6, 7 Acclimatization Trekking Likir Temisgam (Sham Valley)

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Day 5 : LEH – LIKIR – YANGTHANG (4-5HRS) 

 

We start the Day early in the morning from the Leh. It is 2 hours drive from Leh to Likir following the Indus River. Likir gompa situated atop a windy cliff top overlooking the beautiful village of Likir, This Monastery is headed by the younger brother of Dalai Lama. According to tradition the foundation of Likir monastery goes back 11th century when it was a Bon center. But the real foundation seem to be not earlier than 15th century. On the top on roof they have newly setup a museum which contains some very old thankas brought from Tibet and the armory, coins, seals etc.

We begin here our trek below a mountain nearby the monastery; the trek is quite easy Little ascension to the first pass then long descent to the Yangthang Village passing a very dry and stony landscape.

YANGTHANG

Day 6 : YANGTHANG – HEMIS SHUKPACHAN VIA RIZONG (6-7 HRS)

 

Today our trek is pretty long. We walk alongside the river and trees amidst the gorge to the Rizong monastery. It is worth visiting Rizong Monastery, which is an isolated at the back of a natural amphitheatre and has 3 main rooms to visit, two with large Buddhas and the third one with a large stupa.

After visiting the gompa, we ascend gradually to the Shushut pass 4000 m. From the pass we have a view of Hemis Shukpachan as well as surrounding peaks. An easy descent towards our camp at Hemis Shukpachan takes a couple of hours. It is one of the major villages of Sham, and the name of the village is derived from the conifers (shukpa cedar or juniper).

HEMIS SHUKPACHAN

Jour 7 : HEMIS SHUKPACHAN – TINGMOSGAM (4 HRS) – LAMAYURU

From Hemis Shukpachan we go onto a flat ground as far as ill-defined pass alongside the Chortens (stupas). A steep descent will lead us to the right side of the mountains and climb steadily on the slope towards the Mebtak La 3720 m.

After taking short rest and enjoying the view from the pass, we head down to the village of Ang. From Ang, we head towards the south on the dusty jeep road to the village of Tingmosgam. Tingmosgam is well famed for its monastery, and is perhaps the most affluent village in the sham valley for its apricots, apples, nuts and beautiful houses. After a rest we drive to Lamayuru.

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Day 8 : LAMAYURU & visit

 

 

Rest and visit of the Monastery.

Lamayuru is home to one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh, dating back to the 10th century. Local legend has it that the place was once a lake that dried up. The village has around 100 houses scattered around the Lamayuru Monastery.

Day 9 : RETURN TO LEH BY BUS

Day 10 : LEH REST

Day 11 : LEH – INDUS VALLEY : SHEY, THIKSEY AND HEMIS MONASTERIES – RUMTSE (4200m) 

Discovery of the upper valley of the Indus through its monasteries built during the dynasty of the Namgyals: Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. The palace of Shey (3400m), one of the oldest in the valley, was built by the first king of Ladakh in the ninth century. We admire its giant Buddha Shakyamuni, built by the famous king Singay Namgyal in the seventeenth century. Thiksey (3400m, 20km from Leh), “the small Potala” the oldest monastery of the gelugpa school in Ladakh. We can admire its new Maitreya Buddha, the temple of the 21 taras. 80 monks live there. Hemis, (3570m, 43km from Leh): one of the most venerated drukpa-kargyuk monasteries of Ladakh, built in a valley of beautiful sedimentary rocks. We visit its new temple of Padmasambhava and its eight representations. Today it houses about 200 monks. After the visits, continue on the road to Rumtse (4200m, 80km from Leh, 4h drive) starting point of our trek.

  • ACCOMODATION : guesthouse
  • TRANSFER : PRIVATE CAR

RUMTSE

Jour 12 : RUMTSE – CHORTEN SUMDO (4500M)

Departure of the trek. Departure along the river, between moors and polished pebbles. The universe quickly becomes mineral but not monotonous: incredible varieties of colors and landscapes worked by erosion. Little by little, high summits appear. An immensity punctuated by chörtens and traces of nomadic pastoralism. We climb up a valley and set up our second camp at Chorten Sumdo (4500m).

  • TIME  : 5h and 5h30
  • DISTANCE : 15 km
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE + :720 m
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE – :250 m
  • ACCOMMODATION  : camp site

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Day 13 : CHORTEN SUMDO – KUMUR LA (4950m) – MANDACHAL LA (5170m) – TISALING (4900m)

We climb up the small valley which widens before reaching the Kumur La (4950m). The descent, steep at first, leads us into a wide, grassy valley. We cross a river and then go up a narrow valley as far as Mandachal La (5170m). Then we walk down the hillside and descend into the natural amphitheater of Tisaling (4900m), a peaceful and beautiful place where sometimes some wild animals venture.

  • TIME  : 6h and 7h
  • DISTANCE : 15 km
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE + : 1000 m
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE – : 500 m
  • ACCOMMODATION  : camp site

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Day 14 : TISALING – SHINBUK LA (5230m) – PONGUNAGU (4590m)

We climb to Shingbuk La Pass (5230m). The climb is not long (1h approximately) but a little stiff. From the pass, magnificent view in the distance in clear weather on the Tso Kar which means “white lake” in ladakhi because of the salt it contains. Long descent from this pass to our camp in Pongunagu (4590m).

  • TIME  :  5h to 6
  • DISTANCE  :17 km
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE + :570 m
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE – :900 m
  • ACCOMMODATION  :  campsite

nuruchan Day 15 : PONGUNAGU – TSO KAR – NURUCHAN (4660m)

Crossing the high plain of Tso Kar where the nomads came to harvest the salt which was then routed on the back of yaks and goats. Superb palette ocher, brown, yellow tones from which the blue waters of the lake gush. It is in this area and up to Lake Tsomoriri that we are most likely to see wild herds of wild asses from the Tibetan plateau (kyang). Many species of birds also nest on the shores of the lake (protected natural area). Campsite at Nuruchan (4660m).

  • TIME  : 7h – 7h30
  • DISTANCE :17 km
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE + :440 m
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE – :100 m
  • ACCOMMODATION  : camp site
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Day 16 : NURUCHAN – HORLAM LA (4940m) – RAJUN KARU (4700m)

Progressive climb towards the Horlam La (4930m), populated by larks and marmots. Descend into a grassy valley of pastures to Rajun Karu (4700m), camp site where sometimes tents of nomads.

  • TIME  : 4h30 to 5h
  • DISTANCE  : 9 km
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE + : 550 m
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE – : 215 m
  • ACCOMMODATION  : campsite

KYAMAYURI LA

Day 17 : RAJUN KARU – (5430m) – KORTSE LA (5380m) – GYAMA (5100m)

Regular climb to cross the pass Kyamayuri La (5430m). Descent to Gyama Barma, in a very wild valley where wolves still roam. Crossing a ford (or several) then crossing another pass, the Kortse La (5380m), to join the confluence of Gyamsharma. Camp at Gyama (5100m) by a river.

  • TIME  :  between 7 and 8h
  • DISTANCE  : 17 km
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE + : 1080 m
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE – : 840 m
  • ACCOMMODATION  : campsite

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Day 18 : GYAMSHARMA – YALUNG NYAU LA (5430m) – KARZOK (4630m) – TSOMORIRI LAKE (4530m)

By a pretty valley, climb towards the pass Yalung Nyau La (5430m). A splendid view awaits us: snowy peaks and, below, the intense blue waters of Tso Moriri. Long descent and camp before the small village of Karzok (4630m), near the nomad camps. Visit of Karzok, one of the few permanent villages, about ten houses, of Chang Thang ladakhi, where there is a small monastery. Stroll along the lake (4595m): big blue, there are almost waves! It is sometimes possible to see nomads, accompanied by their herds of yaks, but also small goats “pashminas”, whose downs gathered on the bushes allow to spin the wool used to weave the famous shawls. They move around the region, according to the seasons and the wealth of pastures.

  • TIME  :  between 7 and 8h
  • DISTANCE : 17 km
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE + : 620 m
  • HEIGHT DIFFERENCE – : 1115 m
  • ACCOMMODATION  : campsite

Day 19 : Tsomoriri Lake > rest & walk 

Near the lake, we can observe many species of birds, including some (rare) migrant birds such as crested grebe, black-headed gull (in breeding season), or barred-headed geese, which we find here one of the largest colonies in Asia, and also different species of ducks.

Day 20 : Tsomoriri Lake – Leh (3505m)

Trail then road to Leh (220 km, 7h drive). The road runs alongside the Indus and, for many kilometers, makes its way into a gorge. A magnificent day’s journey through the spectacular rock formations of Rumpshu before returning to the tormented waters of the Indus, which came straight from Tibet.

  • ACCOMMODATION : guesthouse
  • TRANSFER : Private vehicle, 7h

Day 21, 22, 23 : Leh Rest 

Jour 24 : Leh – Delhi – return flight

Early in the morning, flight to Delhi (subject to weather conditions) and free time.

  • ACCOMMODATION : hotel

Jour 25 : Delhi

Free day in Delhi (which can also be used as a security day in case of a problem on the flight between Leh and Delhi). Some rooms will be reserved for shower and change before transfer to the airport, usually in the evening. Flight back in the night from day 25 to day 26.

 

Map

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Price

NUMBER PARTICIPANTSPRICE €
51600
41700
31800
21900

Conditions

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :

  • Accommodation in Delhi at mentioned hotel
  • Domestic Flights Delhi – Leh and return
  • Accommodation at Leh
  • 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
  • Homestay accommodation during the trek in individual bedroom
  • First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :

  • International Airfare & Visa fee
  • Trekking & mountain 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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