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Ladakh: Rupshu trek Nomads and high passes of Rupshu

The Zanskar range begins near the Nanga-Parbat (8125m.) Massif and continues parallel to the Ladakh range right to the Rupshu plains. The width of Zanskar range can be gauged from the fact that Lachulang-La and Taglang –La (17479ft, 5240m.) (Both passes on 2nd highest motor able road of the world) lies on this range, beginning close to Nanga-Parbat and continuing range in the World. This less frequented but wonderful route leads through varied landscapes.

Setting off our journey form Manali on our 18 days trek, we cross Rohtang-La (3978m.) pass to Darcha. We start with a rugged climb, while crossing the Baralacha-la (4890m.) and Morang-la (5300m) we arrive Rupshu region. From Dat we approach to the high Tibet plateau (Chang-Thang) around 4000 nomads live in the Rupshu plain, with their flocks of sheep for summer grazing. Arriving finally at Hemis, after crossing Kongmaru-la (5150m.), we visit the Hemis monastery, which is biggest and richest in Ladakh. Monastery has larges Thanka (scroll painting) of the World.



Region: Lahoul, Ladakh,

Trip length: 21 days Ex New Delhi

Trip length: 14 days Ex Manali - Leh

Grade: Strenuous, 

Best Season: Mid June to Mid October,

Max. Ele 5,300m.

Nomads & high passes of Rupshu


Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi.

Day 02: Fly to Kullu- Manali or drive to Manali.

Day 03: Sight- seeing in around Manali.

Day 04: Manali - Jispa.

Day 05: Jispa - Sarchu (4250m) - Brandi Nallah.

Day 06: Trek to Brandy Nallah -Takh.

Day 07: Trek to Morang la (5300m)- Daktao.

Day 08: Trek to Yabook.

Day 09: Trek to Lungmo Che (4550m).

Day 10: Trek to Yar la (4200m)-Dat.
Day 11: Trek to Sorra (4200m).

Day 12: Trek to Zalung Karpo la (5,150m)- Langthang Chu.

Day 13: Trek to Hankar Sumdo.

Day 14: Trek to Nimaling (5000m)

Dau 15: Rest day, trek to Kang Gyatse.

Day 16: Trek to Kongmaru la (5150m) - Shang Sumdo.

Day 17: Drive to Hemis – Thiksey - Shey - Leh.

Day 18: Leh: Sight- seeing in around Leh 1.

Day 19: Leh: Sight -seeing in around Leh 2.

Day 20: Fly New Delhi.

Day 21: Fly home.

· 14 days trek Manali to Leh. Cost includes:

  • Transportation to and fro per itinerary
  • All meals: We serve local, Indian, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.
  • Local staff: English speaking local guide, cook, helpers, trekking mules and riding horse.
  • All trekking, camping gear -
  • tent on twin sharing basis or single tent.
  • Camp fee and national park fee.
  • Medical first aid support.

· Cost excludes

  • Deomestic airfare,
  • Hotel accommodations in Manali and Leh.
  • Personal insurance,
  • Entrance fee at monasteries.
  • Personal tipping to staff.
  • Mineral water or soft and hard drinks.
  • Any unforeseen cost arises beyond trip schedule.

Climbing towards Zalung Karpo La

Kharnak Chu

Rupshu Flora

Markha  Chu and Kang Yatse peak

Kharnak Chu

Climbing to Zalung Karpo La

Ladakh: Rupshu Markha valley trip dossier

Day 01: Arrival in New Delhi.

Meeting upon at International Airport, transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Fly on to Chandigarh. Or drive to Manali.

A 9-hours’ drive through the increasingly dramatic valleys and gorges into the Kullu valley. Overnight guesthouse in Manali, 6.500 feet.

Day 03: Excursion around Manali

Local sight-seeing. Visit Hadimba Devi temple, 16th century old Hindu temple, Manu temple and hot spring at Vashisht.

Day 04: Manali – Rohtang pass (3978m) – Jispa (3300m), drive 6 hrs.  

Day 05: Jispa – Sarchu (4250m.) – Brandi Nallah.

Now valley widen into high pasture ground. Easy and moderate walking along the Yunam River. 5000 to 6000 metres peaks can visible if weather permits. Shepherds huts can be both sides of river, now further 1 ½ hour will take you to Sarchu bridge. Good campsite.

Day 06: Brandy Nallah – Takh

Now after crossing Sarchu Bridge one enter in Ladakh region. A short distance beyond river to be cross. By the evening arrive at Takh campsite.


Day 07: Takh – Morang la (5300m.) - Daktao

Today long ascent towards Morang la 5,300m. Reaching the top gradual descent on a will kept trail. Pass the entire valley on right then come to a beautiful plateau. Take a good path, which leaves the river down to the right; lastly arrive at the campsite of Daktao.


Day 08: Daktao - Yabook

From, camp trek on the right bank until reaching Lun (Lun a village fields). Further cross a valley on the right then on 1-½ hours to north. Continue following the same valley reach Yabook, a village populated by Tibetan nomads, wonderful campsite with several low stonewalls.

Day 09: Yabook – Lungmo Che (4550m)

Today gradual walking towards Sangtha village though not much water and pasture on the way. Now go to a right hand valley. Ascent along the right river to arrive Lungmo Che (summer village).

Day 10: Lungmo Che – Yar La (4200m.) - Dat

From Lungmo-Che gradual climb for 2 hours to Yar la 4960m. From the pass fantastic and wonderful view of the Rupshu region. Now ascent towards foot of pass. Passing through Dango village, finally arrive Dat (4200m.) A Gelukpa monastery can be visited in Dat.

Yar La

Day 11: Dat - Sorra (4200m.) 5 hours

Now valley becomes very broad and passes in front of several Chortens (Stupas) and Manis (stone carved with hyms of (OM MANI PADME HUM). Now leave a valley on the left to go Sorra. Before cross the Sorra Chu at junction, Sorra Chu and Dat Chu makes up the Chang Chu which flows later in Zanskar River. After crossing wonderful woody gorges arrive at the campsite of Sorra.

Day 12: Sorra – Zalung Karpo La (5,150m) – Langthang Chu

From camp horizontal walking on valley floor, then ascent towards 1st pass, 4 hours after crossing pass walk towards Zalung karpo la (5100m.).Now continue trek with ups and downs. Further cross a large stream and morainic wall. Arrive at campsite of Langthang Chu.

Zalung Karpo La

Day 13: Trek to Hankar Sumdo

From the camp treks Lang thang Chu deep in the valley. Now the trek is in Hemis high altitude national park. National park an area of 3350 sq km.inhabits number of species of wild animals, like Ibex (Capra sibirica), Snow Leopard (Panthra uncia), Blue sheep, Ladakh Urial, Giant Sheep, Wild Dog, Marmots, Golden Eagle, Partridge and Bearded vulture. Camp near stream.

Day 14: Trek to Nimaling (5000m.)

Now path is well marked, ascent along the stream for few minute. Pass through a small lake, cross pasture arrive at Nimaling (5000m.).It is most beautiful valley in Ladakh region and Kang Gyatse (6400m.) Dominates the valley. Several difficult routes leas to summit but climbing through west part is not difficult with crampons ice axe. Beautiful campsite at Nimaling.

Day 15: Full day rest and relax. Sight seeing to Kang Gyatse Lake.

Day 16: Trek to Kongmaru la (5150m) – Shang Sumdo

From camp zigzag climb to Kongmaru la (5150m.). For 1 ½ hour. Crossing pass steep descent up to 4700m. Then along the stream for 3 hours in gorge. Leave the gorge and continue walking in the left bank to Chukirmo. Now valley becomes broad easy descent along the river till Shang sumdo. Shang monastery I hour from camp.

Day 17: Drive to Hemis - Leh

Again walking in riverbed, from camp Cross River by ford then walk on right bank on good path. Crossing River again, walks through left side. Now path is suitable for vehicles. Passing a small house arrive Martselang. Further on left side a series of big Chortens and Manis. Passing through it gentle climb to arrive Hemis. Hemis monastery is biggest and richest in Ladakh region. Monastery has biggest Thanka (scroll painting) of the world. Drive to Leh. Visit eventually Thiksey & Shey monasteries and transfer to Hotel.

Day 18: Sight-seeing in around Leh.

Sight-seeing in and around Leh. Visiting Sankar Gompa, Leh bazaar, Phyang & Spituk, and witness a culture program in the evening.

Day 19: Free day in Leh, leisure around market.

Day 20: Fly New Delhi.

Day 21: Fly hometown.


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