THE HIGH ALTITUDE PLATEAU TRAIL TOWARDS RUPSHU - ( 17 Days )
A trek that offers you glimpses into an amazingly diverse landscape.
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 hi-altitude plateaus and grazing
lands of the hardy Changpa nomads with their flocks of sheep and herds
of Yak. That's what this magical journey offers.
Day 01: We welcome you on your arrival at the Indira Gandhi
International Airport in New Delhi and escort you to your hotel where
you stay overnight.
Day 02: Take the morning flight to Leh and check into your hotel.
Afternoon free to wander around the bazaars and visit the Leh palace.
A couple days in Leh is strongly advised due to the high altitude.
Day 03: Leh - Spituk - Zinchen - 3200m / 10,496ft. 4 hours. We leave
after breakfast to the village of Spituk with its famous monastery.
Pack ponies await to be loaded before we commence our trek to the
small hamlet of Zinchen. The trail leads out of this small village and
heads south west to the small village of Zinchen. Camp overnight.
Day 04: Zinchen -Yurutse - 3844m / 12,608ft. 5 hours. The trail
ascends gradually following the Zinchen rivulet upstream. Near the
river is one of the entry points to the hi-altitude Hemis National
Park. Entering this rich national park we head south through a
narrowing valley and then further on cross a tapered gorge towards the
pasture lands near Rumbak village. The trail passes a water mill and
then crosses a bridge to continue upstream to the one house stop of
Yurutse near a freshwater spring. Camp overnight.
Day 05: Yurutse - Ganda La - 4900m / 16.072ft. to Skiu at 3510m /
11,512ft. 6 - 7 hours.
It's a gradual climb for about three hours to the Ganda la pass from
where you get excellent views of the Zanskar and Stok mountains. From
the pass the trail descends towards the village of Shingo and a bit
further leads on to Skiu. Camp overnight.
Day 06: Skiu - Markha - 3850m / 12,628ft. 6 hours. A leisurely trek
that involves a number of river crossings across the Markha river. At
times the water may be low solely depending on the
weather conditions. We camp near the Markha village with its green
fields on the banks of the Markha river.
Day 07: Markha - Hankar - 4000m / 13,120ft. 4 hours. The trail
involves a day of a few river crossings till you reach the Umlung
Gompa high up on a hillside. The climb is stiff one but there are good
views of the valley far below. The Umlung village is a little ahead
and from here the walk is almost a level one to Hankar village. We
camp at the foot of the soaring Kang Yaze peak - 6400m / 20,992ft.
Day 08: Hankar - Langthang Chu campsite at 4250m / 13,940ft. 6 hours.
The trail now leaves the Markha valley and heads south alongside the
Langthang crossing it several times before we reach the delightful
camping site. Camp overnight.
Day 09: Langtang Chu - Yakrupal - 4700m / 15,416ft. 4 hours. The trail
ascends through a valley and fords a stream emerging onto a moraine
wall after which the valley narrows till we reach the base of the
Day 10: Yakrupal - Zalung Karpo La - 5200m / 17,056ft. on to Sorra /
Kurna Chu -4200m / 13,776ft. 5 - 6 hours. The trail goes uphill over
the Zalung Karpo La pass and then slopes towards the west zigzagging
its way down into the valley. Camp near the village of Sorra.
Day 11: Sorra - Dat - 4200m / 13,776ft. 5 hours. The trail goes along
the river into a spectacular canyon with a small clear stream and a
copse of prized willows. The valley widens out and then after a climb
emerges into another valley which we follow upstream passing quite a
few mani walls right up to Dat a fertile and green village in a
landscape of harsh browns. Camp overnight.
Day 12: Dat - Yar La - 5000m / 16,400ft. to Lungmoche at 4010m /
13,152ft. 6- 7 hours. Today we cross over from the Zanskar mountains
into the vast sweeping plains of the Rupshu valley. An easy climb
takes us to the pass where a large Chortens stands adorned with prayer
flags. Ahead stretch the undulating landscape of Rupshu as we head
down to the abandoned village of Lungmoche. On the way there are
chances of spotting a herd of Kiangs - the Tibetan Wild Ass which
inhabit the rolling plains of the Rupshu and Changthang. Camp
Day 13: Lungmoche - Sangtha - 4300m / 14,110ft. 3 hours. The trail
goes through a large stretch of desert and then tapers off into
shrubby grassland. Further on Chortens and mani walls appear just as
we enter the Sangtha village which may be deserted as it is the winter
home of the Changpa nomads who travel long distances on the high
plateaus grazing their livestock of sheep and Yak during the summer
months. Walk through the barren landscape surrounded by distant hills
to the Manali Leh Highway where a Jeep awaits to take us over the
5060m / 16,596ft high Lachlang La pass to the camping site at Sarchu.
Day 14: Drive further south from Sarchu to Manali by jeep. The road
passes - Baralacha La and Rohtang La two passes, before reaching the
lush green Kullu valley and its northern most town of Manali.
Day 15: Rest day in Manali to take in the local sights - the 500 year
old pagoda shaped Hadimba temple in a thick grove of gigantic Deodar
trees; the hot healing sulphur springs of Vashsisht; and the meadows
and ski slopes of Solang valley besides a stroll on the lively Mall
road. Overnight in a comfortable hotel.
Day 16: A fifteen hour drive takes us to New Delhi where you check
into your hotel for the night.
Day 17: Day at leisure in Delhi. Transfer to the International airport
late night or early morning for an onward flight to your next
2/3 participants = 1200 €
4/5 participants = 1100 €
6/9 participants = 1050 €
+ than 9 participants = 950 €
- Domestic flights (Delhi - Leh - Delhi)
- Land transportation as mentioned in the program by a private vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur.
- Accompaniment: the assistance of a local staff: guide, cook (and cook helpers for large groups).
- The Jeep for the carrying of individual camping, cooking and collective material.
- Lodging : hotel in Delhi and Leh, camping during the Nature Safari
- Meals : full board except the meals in Delhi and Leh
PRICE DO NOT INCLUDES:
- International flights
- International airport taxes
- Visa fees
- Repatriation assistance
- Main meals in Delhi and Leh
- Admission fees for the visits of temples, monuments, monasteries and museums planned
- Drinks and personal expenses