A trek that offers you glimpses into an amazingly diverse landscapes. Range after range of stark barren mountains that magically change colours with the traverse of the sun; high snow covered mountain passes with breathtaking panoramic vistas; ancient monasteries and wizened monks living in a land that time seems to have forgotten; and the enormous sweep and space of the high-altitude plateaux and grazing lands of the hardy Changpa nomads with their flocks of sheep and herds of Yak. That's what this magical journey offers.
>SEASON : july to end of september: desert climate with high temperature during the day and cold during the night (windy).
>GRADE: Strenuous (grade explanation) : many passes above 5000 m, many nights above 4500 m, very isolated area.
Altitude max : 5430 m but many passes above 5000 m.
>LUGGAGE DURING TREKKING: During trek your main luggage will be carried by pack animals (horses or mules). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.
Kitchen crew, guide(s) all along the trek.
>CAMPING TREK : in tent all along the trek.
D-1: arrival in Leh: transfert to hotel (3500 m) or Guest House.
D-2 and D-3: acclimatization in Leh (3500 m): visit of the Indus valley, villages and monasteries: Phyang, Spituk, Thikse
D-4: transfert to Hmis. Walk to Sumdo: 4h.
From Hemis the route follows a mineral valley. Camp to Shang Sumdo, surrounded by cultivated fields.
D-5: Sumdo Chukimo : 6h
We follow a valley and enter a narrow canyon. We follow it until a camp below the pass.
D-6: Chukimo-Tachuntse via Kongmaru la (5150 m):7h
Some rocky slopes leads us to the top, very nice views of the Kang Yatse (6400 m), descent to the plain of Nimaling where we join the route to Markha Valley. We entry the Langtang Chang Valley: Camp near the river.
D-7: Tachuntse-Langtang Valley: 6h
The route follows the Langtang Valley and the river.
D-8: Langtang valley-Sorra (4500m) via Zalung Karpo la (5200 m)
We climb a serie of mineral valleys until the pass where the view is magnificent: Zanskar Mountains Range and vast plain of Rupshu. We descend through meadows and yak pastures. Camp in Sorra.
D-9: Sorra-Dat (4600 m) : 6h
We descend along the river bank through narrows gorges and further the valley becomes more opened with cultivated fields. In Dat there is a nomad camp with its stone huts.
D-10: Dat-Lungmoche (4600m) via Yar la (4950 m) ** : 6h
We follow now a vast and desert plain during few hours, some gentle grassy slopes leads us to the pass and we descend to Lungmoche through meadows.
D-11 to D-12: Lungmoche- lake Tso Khar (4600 m)
We walk during 2 days in a vast plain, dry and desert. We can see khyangs (Wild donkeys)
D-13: walk along the lake for a while then we leave the shore and continue in a dry plain until a camp below the pass (4600m): 5h
D-14: crossing Horlam la (4930 m), descent to Rajun Karu: nomad camp (4700 m): 5h
Easy grassy slopes until the pass, we descend to the nomad camp of Rajun Karu (4700m): many Changpa people live there with their yak herds and their pashmina goats during summer.
D-15: Rajun Karu- Gyama (5100 m) via 2 passes (Kozur la and Kortse la at 5400 m): 7h
Its a long stage: we have to cross 2 passes, landscapes are very fantastic and look like high Tibetan plateaux. Camp below another pass, the Yalung Nyaula.
D-16: Gyama- Karzok (4630 m) via the Yalung Nyaula (5430 m)
Gradual ascent to the pass through grassy slopes and moraines. From the top outstanding view of the Tso Moriri lake surrounded by a snowy range of mountains. Far away we can see the Spiti mountains. Descent to Karzok on the lake shore. Karzok is inhabited only during few months in the year, the rest of the year people live to Leh.
D-17: visit of Karzok and around
D-18: drive back to Leh by jeep / taxi
D-19: rest day
D-20: transfert to airport and flight back to Delhi.
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