Rupshu Tsomoriri Valley Retreat

Rupshu is a high-altitude plateau in Ladakh lying South of River Indus and is a western most part of the larger Changthang plateau which extends far inside Tibet and is inhabited by the nomadic pastoralists called the Changpas. This region is characterized by rolling hills dotted with the white sheep and small clusters of nomadic tents near the fresh water sources.

The whole area springs to life for about 4 months of the year in the summer when the nomads seem too busy with their activities. This region has huge salt water lakes like Tsokar and Tso- Moriri which acts as homes to birds like Bar Headed Geese and Black Necked Crane in the summers.

We start the trek form Tshokar Lake and finish at Tsomoriri after crossing a series of high passes, a couple of them being above 5000 mts. The pleasure of doing this trek are different as it offers a unique feeling- the freedom of roaming over a vast expanse of rolling hills and lofty valleys.

Trek Facts :

Area : Leh (Ladakh)
Trip Duration : 13nights / 14days
Trip Grade : Moderate
Highest Point: 5241 mts (Yalegon La Pass)
Highest Camping Point : 4800 mts
Best time to Go : July & August

Detailed Itinerary :

Day 01: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500 mts)

Take the early morning flight from New Delhi to Leh. It is a short flight of about 75 mins, but offers great views, as we fly over the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Overnight Hotel in Leh.

Day 02 & 03: Explore Around Leh and acclimatization

We spend the two days allowing our bodies to adapt to the high-altitude and soak in the local culture. There is plenty to keep you occupied. We visit some of the monasteries in and around Leh such as the Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. There is also the option of visiting the old Leh Palace and the Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable road at 5,600m/18,400ft).

Leh also has a useful market and you could do some last-minute shopping and pick up some gear for the climb. Overnight Hotel in Leh

Day 04: Drive Leh -Rumtse (4100mts)

We will leave Leh and begin our journey by hitting the road. Today we drive for about 2 -3 hours, and camp at Rumtse a small village on the Manali – Leh highway. The village is just short of Tanglang La Pass, the second highest motorable road in the world.

Our campsite is just off the road, close to village Gya and we have the full day to relax and allow our bodies to acclimatize. We would be going for a short-day hike outside camp to get our muscles working. Overnight at camp.

Day 05: Drive Rumtse – Tsokhar(4500 mts)

More or less, we leave civilisation today as we continue our drive through the Tanglang La Pass towards the beautiful Tsokhar Lake. It’s a 3-4 hours’ drive to the lake and as we approach the lake, we can see Tsokhar village on the other side of the lake.

Our vehicles would return to Leh after dropping us off and our mules/horses for the trip would join us later in the day. We have plenty of time to go for a long wlak along the shores of Tsokhar lake. Overnight camp at Tsokhar.

Day 06: Trek Tsokhar – Nuruchan (4590 mts)

Today is a short day, and we walk for about four to five hours to reach Nuruchan. Our campsite is set next to a beautiful stream and we can see the very picturesque, saddle – shaped pass that we would be crossing the following day. Overnight Camp at Nuruchan.

Day 07: Trek Nuruchan – Rajungkaru (4800 mts) via HorlamKongka La Pass ( 4840 mts)

The day start with us having to cross the narrow stream, and then we are on the trail to cross the first of four passes during the next three days. Today we just have to negotiate one pass, HorlamKongka La. It’s a very gradual ascent to the top, which is marked by the typical Buddhist prayer flags.

One can even see Tsokhar lake from here. From the pass,it’s an hour and a half’s descent to the campsite. Overnight camp at Rajungkaru.

Day 08: Layover Day. Relax and enjoy the magical High Valleys of the Himalayas.

Day 09: Trek Rajangkaru – Gyama Burma (4790 mts) via Kyamayuri La Pass ( 5240 mts) &Gyama Burma La Pass ( 5210 mts)

This is the toughest day of the trek as we would be crossing over two passes, both of which are more than 5000 mts. First up is Kyamayuri La, which is visible from Rajangkaru, and is another perfect saddle. The view from the top of the Pass are breathtaking and looking back we can see the entire valley spread out below us. A long and a gradual descent is followed by a climb to the next pass, the Gyama Burma La.

Once we reach the Top, we have a pain - staking one and half hour descent to the picturesque campsite at Gyama Burma, which is just about visible as tiny speck from the Pass. Overnight camp to Gyama Burma.

Day 10: Trek Gyama Burma – KarzokPhu (4500 mts) via Yalegon La Pass (5241 mts)

Compared to the previous day it’s a shorter day. We cross over the final pass of the trip, the Yalegon La. Just as we begin the descent, the Tso- moriri lake comes into sight and it is a brilliant sight, barren mountains, snow-clad peaks and the lake, all in a single frame. It’s a long and hard two-hour descent, as we drop about 800 meters all the way to our campsite at KarzokPhu, the trading centre of the Changpas.

Overnight Camp at KarzokPhu.

Day 11: Trek KarzokPhu –Tsomoriri lake

It’san hour walk to Korzok, we will suddenly find ourself on the Banks of Tso-moriri Lake.

Feel easy your rest of the day. Overnight stay in camps at Tsomoriri Lake.

Day 12: - Layover day on the banks of the Tsomoriri Lake.

Day 13: Drive Korzok to Leh

After an easy wake, up and easy breakfast we drive for six hours to Leh with the sweet and yogic memories of the trip. Rest of the day to be spent in leisure. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 14: Fly Leh to Delhi

Early morning flight back to Delhi with the great memories of the trip. Trip ends.

Gallery : Rupshu Valley Tsomoriri Lake Trek