Rupshu Valley Trek

Rupshu Valley Trek

Area: Ladakh Himalaya
Duration: 16 days
Altitude: 17,390 ft

Explore Ladakh's remote Rupshu district, home of nomadic tribes, hidden forts, high passes and majestic yak. This area was first opened to foreigners in 1989, and has seen very little outside influence since that time. Over the course of 23 days, our trek takes us through deserted villages, wild desert scenery much like the American Southwest, and vast grasslands where herdsmen graze their yak.

With the easing of restrictions in the eastern part of Leh, it is now possible to visit the great wilderness around the lake of TSO Moriri in Rupshu southeast of Leh and to glimpse Tibet from the shores of Lake Pangong in the far east of Ladakh. Far more relaxing and inviting are the new trekking possibilities offered near these lakes.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi,

Meet our executive after reaching Delhi Airport. Transfer to pre-booked hotel for overnight stay. 

Day 02: Delhi - Leh (3500m) by plane

Take the spectacular flight for Ladakh in the morning. As you reach Ladakh, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. This Day is kept for taking rest and being acclimatized. Being accustomed to the weather conditions is highly instrumental. Explore the local market in evening. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 03: Visit of the high Indus valley monasteries

Shey holds the old summer palace of Ladakh kings. The Gompa positioned in it boasts of 12-meters high Shakyamuni Buddha effigy, which is among the largest figurines in Ladakh. the scenic monastery of Thiksey is positioned on the top of the hill overlooking the Indus. Hemis Monastery is one of the biggest monasteries in Ladakh. Stay overnight in the hotel. 

Day 04: Leh - Hemis (3505m)

Enjoy the scrumptious breakfast in the morning and then drive towards Hemis Monastery. Explore the monastery and museum. Overnight stay at the monastery.

Day 05: Hemis - Shang Sumdo (3850m) in 4h

On this Day, we will leave the Indus Valley, tumble down towards Martselang, and then follow the valley. This valley is slender in some places. We will proceed to Shang Sumdo along the riverbed. Shang Sumdo is a congenial stage perfect for getting prepared for next two long Days.

Day 06: Shang Sumdo - Latza Kongmaru (4800m) in 7h.

Head along the river having the banks studded with ochre rocks. The route leads into slender gorges from Chukirmo Village. At these gorges, ponies should be unloaded twice. Ascend up to the Kongmaru La Base. 

Day 07: Latza Gongmaru-Kongmaru La (5030 m) - Langtang Chu (4250m) in 7h

There are great vistas from the pass in the north towards eastern Karakoram and China. Moreover, the southern view offers sights of Kang Yatze (6400 meters) and the Ladakh Range. We will take a ridge trail and go down crisscrossing across the scree. Then, the trail tumbles down easily towards Nimaling meadow and Markha Valley.

Day 08: Langtang Chu - Yakrupal (4700m) in 4h

We ascend up the large valley and after crossing the stream, proceed along a wall of moraine.

Day 09: Yakrupal - Zalung Karpo La (5200m) - Sorra (4200m)

We will move upwards until the valley separates. We will split towards right. From the pass, we will head towards a ridge trail takes to another pass. Afterwards, transverse into the valley.

Day 10: Sorra - Dat (4200m) in 5h

We will go after gorgeous woody gorges until they broaden into a valley. Chortens And Manis are sprinkled along the route leading along the Dat and Sara rivers.

Day 11: Dat - Yar La (5000m) - Lungmo Che (4010m) in 6h

It is an easy ascent taking up to the pass, where there is a gorgeous vista over the Rupshu. At times,we are overtaken by caravans of wild donkeys- “Khyang”. These donkeys frighten the ponies.

Day 12: Lungmo Che - Lun (4100m)

The panorama changes comprehensively and turns into a vast barren plain where the Zara Chu flows. This stream gets dry from August on. You will come across the Tibetan nomads in the region.

Day 13: Lun - Marang La (5300m) - Takh in7h

The trail crosses the river and takes up to the lovely plateau at 4500 meters. Ascend up steadily to the last pass. Afterwards, it is a long descent on the way to Takh.

Day 14: Takh - Manali by car

There is a long drive all the way to Manali. The routes will transverse Rohtang Pass (3990 meters). We will also come across the verdant wooded gradients of Kullu Manali Valley. Stay overnight in the hotel.

Day 15: Manali – Delhi

This Day is meant for taking rest. Proceed towards Delhi by AC Volvo Coach in the evening at 16:00 hrs. It is an overnight journey.

Day 16: Arrive Delhi

Transfer to the airport after reaching Delhi.