Wild Rupshu Expedition

    May to October
    Leh 3500 Mts Max: Yalung Nyo La 5540 Mts
    Moderate to Rigorous
    13-14 Days


Romance of Indo Tibetan Highlands The vast Central Asian grassland, birthplace of Genghis Khan and the Mongols, stretches almost continuously from the rolling steppes of Mongolia, into the high Tibetan plateau and then south into north-west India. The Indian grassland is known as the Rupshu. As in Mongolia and Tibet, it is the home of nomadic Buddhist herders: the Changpas, Kharnakpas and Korzokpas. These nomads migrate between winter and summer pastures with their yaks, sheep and pashmina goats. Their land is unremittingly high but varied: treeless plains, huge snow covered mountains, high passes, turquoise lakes and grassy valleys cut by clear, glacier-melt rivers. Dr Chris Curry, Steve Amstutz and Geoff Bartram, veterans of hundreds of Himalayan treks and climbs wrote to Indian Himalayan Excursions after their 2010 Rupshu crossing: “(it was) as amazing a trek as we have done. It is difficult to find such beauty, variety and remoteness with so few trekkers in the Himalaya these days. The wildlife was exceptional: Tibetan blue sheep, marmot, pika, hare and wild ass (kyang) in large numbers as well as wolf, black-necked cranes, bar-headed geese and our first sighting of snow leopard. And we trekked with Changpa horseman and spent wonderful times with their families. It was a truly memorable month.”

Trek begins from Rumtse, a Village at the foot of 5368Mts high Tang lang Pass. Initially The terrain a wide and comparatively greener, especially in July and Aug. The trail towards Tsokar winds over Kyumur La (4870 Mts.), Mandalchan La (4996 Mts.), Shibuk La (5016 Mts.). The terrain gets narrow towards Tsokar Lake , once the major source of salt for Ladakh and now world renown for wader birds. Finally we reach Tsokar Lake with Thugje monastery far on the other side and Nuruchan (a place with few houses, occasionally used by Changpas), on the right side. The trail now winds through Nuruchan over Rachungkaru La(4668 Mts.), with a magnificent view of Rachung karu. The last phase of the journey is over Dundunchan La (4712 MTS.) and finally over Yalung Nyaula(5440 Mts) (into a beautiful landscape, with green paches of land and stream. The trek finally ends at Karzok Village; set beside the famous lake of Tsomoriri the village houses an ancient Monastery. The present building was erected around 1850, but the origin of the shrine goes back to Mon and Dart times possibly before the 9th century. Drive back to Leh (7 Hrs.)

Detailed Itinenary

Day 1

Early arrival at the international Airport (option of taking a rest room instead of going for the hotel as lot of time is wasted in travelling to and fro and hardly any time for rest). Take the morning flight for Leh.

Day 2

Arrival at Leh Transfer to Hotel. Complete rest in order to Acclimatize and bit of Exploring around (optional). Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 3

Around Leh Visit to the town and Market and walk up to Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace and Monastery. Visit to the monastery of Spituk and Phyang. Overnight in a guest house.

Day 4

Drive up to Khardung La (5602m / 18380ft). The world’s highest motor able pass (39 kms) .This Drive takes one over one of the highest motor able roads across Khardung La (5,600 mts) into spectacular deep, sheer sided valleys, massive glaciers and high mountains such as Saser Kangri (7670 Mts). Return to Leh. Overnight in Guest House.

Day 5

to Rumtse (2 Hrs.) Rumtse to Kyamar , 40 50 mtrs.5 hours (Trek 1) The first day of trek, easy trail leads to a beautiful campsite close to the spring.

Day 6

Kyamar to Tisaling 4200 m, over Kumarla and Mandachandla-6-7 hours (Trek 2) As it is a long day so the early start is advised, Trail goes up following the river, gradual ascent to Kumur la 4900m, enjoy the spectacular view on the Chang-Thang range, Than steady descend to river bank, wade through river and again ascent to the next pass Mandachand la, Now easy descend toward the campsite on pasture land of Tisaling.

Day 7

to Tsokar (4267 mtrs) vis Shibuk over Shibukla (4980 mtrs) 6-7 hours. (Trek 3) 2 hours trek till the pass, again spectacular view of the surrounding Himalaya, descend to Shibuk, where Marmot can be seen playing hide and seek. Now easy flat track on the large valley to the nomad headquarter at Tugche, on arrival in Tukche, establish the camp, later visit the village and small gompa perched high on the top of village, Stroll on the shore of lake to watch the birds and lake changing its color frequently while sun setting.

Day 8

Tsokar to Nuruchan (4300 mtrs.) 5 hours. (Trek 4) Traill goes beside the lake through the plateau, kyang (WildDonkey) can be seen in herd, campsite close to nomad Village.

Day 9

Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4400mtrs.) over Horlamkongkala (4900 mtrs.) 5 hours. (Trek. 5) Gradual walk for 1.30h to the pass, easy descend, a long walk to beautiful campsite near the stream.

Day 10

Rachungkaru to Gyama burma(4250 mtrs) over Kyamayurila (5200mtrs.) 5 hours. (Trek. 6)Gradual walk for 1.30h to the pass, easy descend, a long walk to beautiful campsite near the stream.

Day 11

Gyma Burma to Karzok (Tsomoriri 4573 mtrs 7 hours. Over Yalungnyaula (5440 mtrs) (Trek 7) Long day, excellent view of the lake from the top of pass, reached at Karzok 240 kms south east of Leh, Karzok Gompa and its inhabitants the Nomad’s (Changpa's) are most outstanding features of this lake. Circumference of this lake is around 36 kms. Explore village and monastery, later stroll on the shore of lake. Visit the village and the monastery, night in camp.

Day 12

TSOMORIRI– LEH (3,550 Mts.) As we start our journey towards Leh, the route gently ascends towards a small Turquoise lake. From here we drive over Namshang La to the Village of Sumdo. Next part of the journey is through a narrow Gorge to Chumathang - Chumathang is known for its hot water springs with medicinal quality. Driving on a flat track through many villages we eventually Reach Leh.

Day 13

Transfer to the airport and board the flight for Delhi Arrival at Del Airport and transfer to Hotel. Option of Agra Sightseeing with overnight at Agra and next day drive back to Delhi by Fatehpur Sikri. Or around Del.

Day 14

Around Del or drive back from Agra in case clients take the Agra Sightseeing. Transfer to the International Airport and take the flight for onward destination.


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