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Land of the Nomads

Ladakh
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Duration

9 Day 8 Night

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

A beautiful trek through the pristine wilderness of the plateau of Chang Tang, which stretches far into Tibet. this is often a true high altitude trek which will take you across 2 major passes before entering Rupshu and therefore the land of the Changpa nomads – people of Tibetan origin who sleep in encampments of black yak hair tents, and earn a living by breeding yaks, sheep and Pashmina goats, from whose soft wool comes the expensive Pashmina wool. The highlights of the trek are the spectacular changing landscape and therefore the nomads.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Leh- Zingchen- Rumbak 4000 m (4-5 hrs):

We drive from Leh to Spituk and continue on a mud jeep road into a parched and exposed region. After about an hour drive, we'll enter the Zingchen Valley where the Rumbak River flows into the Indus which makes its way down a mighty canyon. Further into the valley lies a gorgeous village of Rumbak, inhabited by 15 families.

Day 2

Rumbak - Ganda La Base 4500 m (3-4 hours):

From Rumbak it is a short walk to our next camp, but vital one in terms of acclimatization, as we'll camp very high tonight and cross the high pass subsequent day. So, we'll not hurry and take our time to succeed in the camp at the bottom of Ganda La. After a brief walk from the camp, we'll encounter the village of Yuruche, inhabited by just one family. From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and therefore the whole Stok range.

From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and therefore the whole Stok range.

Day 3

Ganda La base - Skiu via Ganda La (6-7 hours):

After a light-weight breakfast, we'll begin our 2-hour ascent of Ganda La (4900m); views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you speechless. the standard chorten and prayer flags mark the highest of the pass, where one may even see blue sheep, marmots and arghali roaming the hills. After a brief rest, we'll make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo and take an opportunity for lunch. we'll finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lay an old monastery, and ruins of an old castle (once a layby for the royalty on their thanks to Srinagar).

Day 4

Skiu - Markha (7-8 hours):

Following the Markha River, we'll hike through the stunning valley on a reasonably level path. The trail bisects the river at various points, and passes winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During high season , variety of tented teahouses are going to be open for refreshment. Once we cross the river for the ultimate time, we'll arrive in Markha, the most important village within the valley (consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort). Note: Water and sunscreen are essential, since the valley is sort of exposed.

Day 5

Markha - Hankar (5-6 hours):

The Markha valley trail continues passed old stone-mills, a ruined castle and therefore the auspicious monastery of Techa, which proudly perches upon a towering cliff that looms above Markha, but is well worth visiting, if we've the energy! the trail then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets within the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we'll be afforded our first view of mighty Kang Yatse (6400m), which can stay in view . we'll press onward to the Hankar, where we'll make camp.

Day 6

Hankar - Yakrupal (5-6 hours):

After yesterdays strenuous walk, today is simpler as we rehearse the remote Langthang valley, where few other tourists go. It's only the villagers from Markha, who use this valley as a pasture ground for his or her sheep, donkeys, yaks and horses. From Hankar follow the valley down until it divides, cross the river and follow the valley to the left along the Langthang Chu River. The valley right down to the proper results in Markha. The Langthang River has the tendency of rising during the day thanks to snow melting within the mountains and by noon it becomes a dangerous river to cross. An early start within the morning is therefore essential, together has got to cross the river several times. Yakrupal may be a nice, green campsite where both the horses and that we will have an honest meal.

Day 7

Yakrupal - Khar via Zalung Karpo La (5-6 hours):

After Yakrupal, continue up the valley towards the pass of Zalung Karpo La (5200m). From the highest of the pass there's a spectacular view of the Zanskar range on the one side, while on the opposite , the very best plateau within the world appears, the Chang Tang plateau stretching far into Tibet. the sole inhabitants of this desolate wilderness, where the climate is so extreme that you simply can get sunburn and frostbite at an equivalent time, are nomads and semi-nomadic people, who sleep in tiny villages with only their yak, sheep, pashmina goats and alittle harvest of barley on which they survive. The trail down is steep and again several river crossings will follow. the gorgeous and plush campsite of Khar are going to be our home for tonight. Kharnak means black castle in Ladakhi, and situated on a hill above the campsite one can imagine the previous palace of Khar where the king of Kharnak wont to live. Now only the ruins of this former kingdom remain, which the nomads believe to be haunted. it's also said that the nomads in Dat are descendants of the folks that lived in Khar which they for a few reason moved to Dat three to four generations ago.

Day 8

Khar - Dat (5-6 hours):

A relatively easy day and a gorgeous rehearse wide, lush valleys (by Ladakhi standards!). At Tantse Sumdo the valley divides, the left valley resulting in Dat and therefore the right to Zanskar, by the Jumlam trek, a trek where one really would get wet feet with its 80 river crossings! On the way we pass several nomad's camps before reaching the small village of Dat, a settlement of stone huts and therefore the winter headquarters for the nomads in Kharnak. Here they live from October to December and March to June. The nomads of Kharnak are colorful and joyful people moving along side their yaks and pashmina goats. In Dat there's also a Gompa, still employed by monks of the Gelugpa Order. When the villagers are faraway from Dat, they return every second day to light the candles within the monastery.

Day 9

Dat – Lugmo Che via Yar La (5-6 hours) & Drive to Leh (5-6 hrs):

From Dat we enter the fantasyland of the Changthang plateau and follow an extended , wide valley before taking one among the side valleys towards Yar La (4950m). within the spring, the nomads move with all their animals towards Zara and one are going to be astonished by the sight of 30-40 families moving with their yaks in caravans. it's a simple ascent to the present pass. From here it's a brief walk (1-1 ½ hours) right down to the pastures of Lungmo Che where we spend the night, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, grazing yaks and pastel light.

From Lungmo we'll drive to Leh via Taglang La 5200 m. Trip finishes at arrival in Leh.

Included/Excluded

  • Road transportation from Leh to Leh by car.
  • Accommodation in tents on twin share basis during trekking.
  • All meals (Day 1 Lunch to Day 9 Lunch)
  • All camping gear including tents and sleeping mattress. Kitchen, Dining and toilet tent
  • Permits and Entrance fees.
  • Good English speaking guide, cooks and porters, mules
  • Accommodation and Meals in Leh.
  • Personal Insurance.
  • All alcoholic beverages and private expenses.
  • Good down sleeping bags are often provided at a further cost of Rs.200 per day.

Durations

7 to 10 Days
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Tour's Location

Ladakh

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