Area: Ladakh Himalaya
Duration: 11 Days
Best season: Mid June – September
Grade: Moderate - Challenging
Altitude: 5440 mts.
The largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan region that is entirely in India, Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri is located at an altitude of 4595 meters in the midst of the Ladakh to the North, Tibet to the East and Zanskar to the West. It offers a breath taking ambiance and forms a wide frame of nature to capture along with the serene atmosphere. An absolute haven to camp for couple of Days, the trek to Lake Moriri is one of the celestial treks in Ladakh region, which offers an untouched natural beauty. It is also an abode to several species of vulnerable birds like the black-necked cranes, Bar-Headed Geese, Brown-Headed Gulls, Great-Crested Grebe, and more. Further the ambiance is also dotted with several species of Himalayan mammals.
The Tso Moriri Trek passes through several mountain passes that include the Tanglangla at an altitude of 5332 meters, which is the second highest motorable road in the world, Horlamkongkala at an altidue of 4900 meters after crossing Tsokar, which is one of the remote villages on the route hosting a gompa and a salt water lake. The trail further winds up to a lofty height of 5440 meters at Yalungnyaula, wherefrom one will get the panoramic view of the Lake Moriri, which is a spectacular sight on the arduous trail.
Though it crosses and passes through a higher altitude, the Tso Moriri Trek also fetches novice travellers from distant corners of the world. Moreover on this trekking trail in Ladakh region one can explore the Chang-Thang, “literally means the high altitude plateau”,which is the home of the Chanpas and step into the floor of gompas around Karzok.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi
Arrive at the Delhi Airport and meet our representative. Check in the hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)
Catch the flight for Leh in morning. Check in the guesthouse and take the complete Day rest in order to get acclimatized. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Day 03: Leh – Shey – Thiksey
ToDay, you will go will go on a sightseeing tour to some of the ancient monasteries of Leh.
Once used to be the summer palace of Ladakh kings, Shey Gompa is located at the distance of just 15 kilometers from Leh. You will find scores of Gompas and Stupas about the palace. The palace of Shey was edified in the beginning of 17th century by Deldan Namgyal. The major point of attraction in Shey is the 12 meters long Shakyamuni Buddha Statue positioned inside the Dresthang Gompa.
ocated close to Shey, Thiksey is about 17 kilometers from 17 kilometers. Thiksey Monastery is one of the most spectacular structures in Ladakh. It belongs to Gelukspa Order.
Day 04: Leh - Rumptse (4000 mts/13120 ft)
Trek to Kyamar (4420 meters) after enjoying scrumptious breakfast. This trek takes around 4 hours. We will halt in Hemis in order to visit its monastery. Hemis Monastery is one of the most prominent and largest monasteries in Ladakh. Then, we will head towards Rumptse, which is the starting point of trek. It is a vast and splendid area, where Changspa (nomadic herders) take their yaks to pasture. Later, we will follow the ancient salt along the verdant Kyamar Valley.
Day 05: Kyamar - Kumur La (4770 mts/14990 ft) - Tisaling (4805 mts/15760 ft) 5 -6 hrs
We will begin with the stunning colored gorge on the way to Chorten Sumda. It is a steady walk for about one hour and then the climb towards Kumur La. One can see the fascinating view of Kangyatse chain and chain of the Indus Valley from the top.
Day 06: Tisaling - Shibuk La (4875 mts/15990 ft) - Pangunagu (4800 mts/15744 ft) 5 hrs
We can witness the scenic vistas of Tsokar Lake (4400 meters) and Rupshu Valley from the pass. From here, the trail descends towards the lake. We will camp close to the camp of Chanthang nomad road.
Day 07: Pangunagu - Nuruchan (4630 mts/15187 ft) 5 hrs
On this Day, we have a steady trek along the lake. En route, one can witness many birds and Wild ass (Kyang) of Tibet plateau and Ladakh. The trail goes right at the end of the lake and enter the Nuruchan village.
Day 08: Nuruchan - Horlam Kongka La (4900 mts/16072 ft) - Kyamayuri La (5 410 mts/17745 ft) - Gyamabarma (4950 mts/16236 ft) 6 hrs
This route is of high altitude and we will have to cross two passes of about 4900 meters elevation.
Day 09: Gyamabarma - Yalung Nyau La (5440 mts/17844 ft) - Karzok (4550 mts/14925 ft) 6 hrs
Trek to Korzok along Yalung Nyau. Korzok is on the northwestern shore of Tso MoRiri, which is also known as Moountain Lake. Explore the Korzok Monastery. We will do the camping by the lake.
Day 10: Karzok - Kyangdam (4550 mts/14924 ft) in 6 h 30.
Take the route of the western shore of Tso MoRiri and reach Kyangdam. Kyangdam is a large grassland on the southern shore.
Day 11: Kyangdam - Narbu Sumdo (4450 mts/14924 ft) 6 h.
Trail ascends for a while after crossing the stream and enters Parang Chu Valley.
Day 12: Narbu Sumdo - Parang Chu 1 (4850 mts/15910 ft) 5 hrs
We steadily mount the Prang Chu valley, right on the rightward bank of the river.
Day 13: Parang Chu 1 - Parang Chu 2 (5000 mts/16400 ft) 5-6 hrs
The route then passes through a slender gorge that involves many ascents and descents to the streams and side valleys.
Day 14: Parang Chu 2 - Parang La (5500 mts/18040 ft) - Jugstok (4800 mts/15744 ft) 7 hrs
The trail continues on the opposite shore after the frontal moraine of Parang Glacier through loads of fallen boulders. From here, we have to make our way over the snow patches and then ascend steeply up to Parang Pass. One can witness fascinating vistas of Lahaul and Ladakh Ranges from the top of this pass. The Parang Chu, having its source on the southern gradients of Parang Pass, can be viewed below.
Day 15: Jugstok - Kibber (4205 mts/) 7 hrs
This is a steady dip down towards the valley of Sampa Lungpa. We cross the Thaltak La (4600 meters) in order to view towards Parilungbi in Lingti Valley and Shilla. A tiny verdant oasis Dumla comes on the route followed by Kibar, which is the highest village around the globe.
Day 16: Kibber - Kunzum La (4590 mts/15056 ft) - Rohtang La (3980 mts/13055 ft) - Manali
Get transferred by the taxi. This journey is quite long taking 8 to 9 hours. Two passes split by Chandra valley comes on the route. Check in the hotel after arrival. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 17: Manali - Delhi
Visit Old Manali after enjoying the breakfast. Also, explore Vashisht Village and Hadimba Temple. Travel to Delhi in the evening by AC Volvo Coach. It is the overnight journey.
Day 18: Delhi
At morning, reach Delhi and check-in the hotel. Take rest and then reach airport in the evening as per your flight schedule.
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