8 Day 7 Night
Tso Moriri Lake Trek is Trek to remote land of Changthang (meaning NORTHLAND in Tibetan) stretches from Tibet to the acute northwest of the Kunlun Range.
This region, referred to as the land of the nomads, will take you by several encampments of the Changpa nomads and provides you an unique opportunity to possess a glimpse into their way of living and perhaps a cup of butter tea in one among their tents made from black yak hair.
Leh - Kyamar via Rumtse (4 hrs):
It is a pleasant drive from Leh to Rumtse with beautiful views of the Indus Valley and lots of monasteries along the way. From Rumtse it's a brief enter rather flat terrain, which can aid acclimatization. we'll camp overnight at lush Kyamar (4050 m).
Kyamar - Tisaling (6-7 hrs):
We start our day with a gradual ascent towards our first pass, Kumur La (4800 m). After the pass, we steadily descend towards the bottom of Mandalchan La (4850 m). Here we'd encounter nomads with herds of sheep, goats and yaks. The nomads stay here only during summer season, when their animals can find good areas for grassing. After a brief rest, we began for our next pass, a comparatively easy ascent with many fluttering prayer flags waiting to greet us on the highest . From the pass it's only about 40 mins. descend to the campsite and pastureland of Tisaling (4200m)
Tisaling - Ponganagu (6 hrs):
By now, we are well acclimatized to overcome our next pass, the Shibuk La (4900 m). From the highest of the pass, we've an honest view of the encompassing mountains and of our next destination, Tso Kar Lake (4250m). It's approximately a 4 hrs walk to the Tso Kar basin, and our camp for the night are going to be the windy Pongunabu.
Ponganagu - Nuruchan (6 hrs):
Today is a simple day, following a dusty jeep road towards Tso Kar Lake. Tso Kar means ""white lake"", called so due to the deposits of salt which encrust its shores. Until recently, the Changpa nomads were harvesting salt here and trading it for other goods. Migrating birds like black necked cranes, gulls and Brahminy ducks live by the shores of the lake a part of the year. Leaving Tsokar, we feature on along the trail to the proper of the lake and enter a barren landscape until Nuruchan (4300m), our campsite, which is additionally a winter settlement for the nomads.
Nuruchan - Gyamar Barma (7-8 hrs):
In the early morning hours we'll cross the icy cold stream by Nuruchan, before gradually ascending Horlam Kongka La (5000 m). From the pass, we'll have an honest view of the turquoise blue Tso Kar. After a simple 40-minute walk right down to Rajung Karu, we'll encounter several Tibetan nomad families of Western Tibetan origin with their flock of yaks, sheep and Pashmina goats. When the Chinese invaded Tibet they and their animals faced numerous hardships, fighting biting cold and losing many lives while fleeing into Ladakh from Tibet. After spending a while with the nomads, we'll continue towards Kyamayuru La (5410m). This pass may be a challenging one, but the magnificent view from the highest makes it well worth all strenuous effort! From the pass we descend gradually to the valley resulting in our campsite at Gyamar Barma (5150 m). thanks to the campsite's high altitude, inclemency can bring the temperature right down to freezing in the dark , and frost could coat our tents within the morning. However it's a tremendous place, this high altitude plateau, with herds of grazing yaks and surrounded by snow capped mountains.
Gyamar Barma - Gyamar (2-3 hrs):
After a hearty breakfast, we head towards our next pass, Kartse La (5300 m.) we'll take our time to succeed in the pass, ascending slowly within the nothingness of this high altitude plateau. After a brief break, we descend gradually right down to the luxurious , green valley of Gyamar (5150m) to spend the night.
Gyamar - Korzok (6-7 hrs):
Yalung Nyaulung La, (5450 m), is that the highest and final expire our trek. From the highest of the pass, the sapphire blue, freshwater lake of Tso Moriri (4500m) will shine sort of a jewel during this brown, barren landscape. The lake is approx 40km long, is situated at 4500m and is flanked by the Trans Himalaya and therefore the Greater Himalaya. there's a stimulating legend behind Tso Moriri name also . it's said that a lady , possibly a Chomo (a Buddhist nun), riding on a yak, was somehow carried into the lake. The yak couldn't swim and began sinking within the water. the lady cried out for help ""ri, ri"" – an exclamation of fear – until she drowned. Thus the legend says the lake got its name – Chomoriri. Descending steeply for a few of hours to Korzok Phu, we'll encounter the summer pasture of the Korzok people. From here we still our final destination, the village of Korzok, overlooking Tso Moriri and inhabited by alittle , permanent settlement of Changpa nomads. At an altitude of 4572m it's one among India's highest, permanent villages. The monastery at Korzok is quite 500 years old and lying on the trading route between Spiti and Ladakh, it had been visited by many of the first explorers.
Korzok - Leh (7 hrs):
We repel to Leh, crossing the dusty plains of Rupshu before entering the green Indus Valley, and eventually , Leh.