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Rupshu Valley Trekking - 23 Days

Rupshu Valley Trekking

Rupshu Valley trekking is a high-altitude desert that lies southeast of Leh, Ladakh. 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.


Day 1: Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and transfer to Domestic airport for flight to to Leh.

Day 2: Delhi-Leh
Leh Sightseeing- After breakfast sightseeing of Leh city.

Day 3: Leh
Sightseeing tour of Spitok and Phyang Gompas.

Day 4: Leh
Tour of Shey and Matho Gompas and Stok Palace, the home of Ladakhi royalty.

Day 5: Tour of Tikse and Hemis Gompas, two of the wealthiest and most influential institutions in Ladakh. Camp at Hemis.

Day 6: Hemis-Chogdo
Trek from Hemis to the village of Chogdo.

Day 7: Chogdo-Kongmaru La
Trek to Kongmaru La base camp.

Day 8: Kongmaru La-Kang Yatze Peak
Over Kongmaru La (16,730 ft.) to the plain of Nimaling, then over a small ridge to the secluded base camp at the foot of majestic Kang Yatze peak (21,000 ft.).

Day 9: Kang Yatze Peak
Day at leisure or perhaps climb an adjacent ridge for a closer view of Kang Yatze's summit.

Day 10: Kang Yatze Peak-Langtang Chu
Over Konka Wangpo (16,500 ft.) to the valley of Langtang Chu.

Day 11: Langtang Chu-Sokra
Climb to the top of Zalung Karpo la (16,570 ft.) for a bird's-eye view of the Kharnak region before descending to the lovely meadow of Sokra.

Day 12: Sokra-Kharnak
Pass through Kharnak, with its imposing fort looming over; enter a spectacular gorge leading further down into willow groves. When the valley widens again, one will reach one of the most auspicious spots in the region, the site of a massive and remarkably ornamented monument. Overnight camp.

Day 13: Kharnak-Dat
A short day. After one hour's walk, one will reach the semi-permanent settlement of Dat and camp near the village. The village and its small Gelugpa Gompa merit an afternoon's exploration.

Day 14: Dat-Lungmoche
On the vast open plain beyond Dat, keep a close lookout for herds of Kyiang, the Tibetan wild Ass, seen frequently in this valley. The stream has dried up here, but bubbling springs provide refreshment before the climb to Yarla (15,910 ft.). This is an easy pass, but the views are incredible. From the pass, there is a simple descent to Lungmoche.

Day 15: Lungmoche-Zhabuk
The scenery changes yet again as one passes two small ridges and descend through grotesquely wind-carved rocks to one of the most beautiful campsites in Ladakh, called Zhabuk.

Day 16: Zhabuk-Zara Chu (river)
Be prepared for some exciting river crossings before climbing high above the Zara Chu (river) and leave it behind for good.

Day 17: Zara Chu (river)-Marang la
Make an early start to tackle the highest pass on our journey, 17,390 ft, Marang la. The views from the summit stretch to the Great Himalayas. The descent is quite long, and one ends up in a lovely willow grove on the bank of the mighty Tsarap Chu, leaving the icy heights far behind.

Day 18: Marang la-Darcha
It's a short walk to the Manali-Leh road, where one can get jeeps that will take one to Manali. This spectacular drive takes adventurers over the main Himalayan range at the 15,255 ft Baralacha la before stopping for the night in Darcha.

Day 19: Darcha-Manali
Continue by jeep over Rohtang Pass (3,978 metres) to Manali.

Day 20: Day free in Manali.

Day 21: Manali-Pinjore
Drive to to Pinjore, check into a hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 22: Pinjore-Chandigarh
A short jeep ride to Chandigarh, then the Express train to Delhi, on arrival check into a hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 23: Departure
Delhi and transfer to airport for catching a flight to onward journey.


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