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LAND OF NOMADS

A beautiful trek through the pristine wilderness of the plateau of Chang Tang, which stretches far into Tibet. This is a real high altitude trek that will take you across 2 major passes before entering Rupshu and the land of the Changpa nomads – people of Tibetan origin who live 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 the nomads.

A beautiful trek through the pristine wilderness of the plateau of Chang Tang, which stretches far into Tibet. This is a real high altitude trek that will take you across 2 major passes before entering Rupshu and the land of the Changpa nomads – people of Tibetan origin who live 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 the nomads.

Highlight:

2 high passes above 5000m

Markha Valley

Chumatang area

Interaction with locals and insight into their lifestyle

highest point 5200m.

DETAILED ITINERARY

We drive from Leh to Spituk and continue on a dirt jeep road into a parched and exposed region. After about an hour drive, we will 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 beautiful village of Rumbak, inhabited by 15 families.

From Rumbak it’s a short walk to our next camp, but very important one in terms of acclimatization, as we will camp very high tonight and cross the high pass the next day. So, we will not hurry and take our time to reach the camp at the Base of Ganda La. After a short walk from the camp, we will come across the village of Yuruche, inhabited by only 1 family. From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range.

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

After a light breakfast, we will begin our 2-hour ascent of Ganda La (4900m); views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you speechless. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep, marmots and arghali roaming the hills. After a short rest, we will make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo and take a break for lunch. We will 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 rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar).

Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly 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 peak season, a number of tented teahouses will be open for refreshment. Once we cross the river for the final time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley (consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort). Note: Water and sunscreen are essential, since the valley is quite exposed.

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

After yesterdays strenuous walk, today is easier as we walk through 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 their 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 down to the right leads to Markha. The Langthang River has the tendency of rising during the day due to snow melting in the mountains and by noon it becomes a dangerous river to cross. An early start in the morning is therefore essential, as one has to cross the river several times. Yakrupal is a nice, green campsite where both the horses and we will have a good meal.

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

A relatively easy day and a beautiful walk through wide, lush valleys (by Ladakhi standards!). At Tantse Sumdo the valley divides, the left valley leading to Dat and 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 tiny village of Dat, a settlement of stone huts and 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 together with their yaks and pashmina goats. In Dat there is also a Gompa, still used by monks of the Gelugpa Order. When the villagers are away from Dat, they return every second day to light the candles in the monastery.

From Dat we enter the fantasyland of the Changthang plateau and follow a long, wide valley before taking one of the side valleys towards Yar La (4950m). In the spring, the nomads move with all their animals towards Zara and one will be astonished by the sight of 30-40 families moving with their yaks in caravans. It is an easy ascent to this pass. From here it is a short walk (1-1 ½ hours) 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 will drive to Leh via Taglang La 5200 m.

Inclusions

What is included in the tour

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

Exclusion

What is NOT included in the tour

Accommodation and Meals in Leh.

Personal Insurance.

All alcoholic beverages and personal expenses.

Good down sleeping bags can be provided at an additional cost of Rs.200 per day.

FAQ

Q 01 – where dose this trek starts from?

The trek starts from the Leh town which is the district headquarter of Ladakh.

Q 02 – How can I reach Leh?

Ladakh is accessible by road and by air route, both. The air route is open though out the year, whereas Leh remain accessible by road only during the summer months. You can take a direct flight from Delhi to Leh or you can reach Leh by road from Manali – Leh highway or Srinagar – Leh highway.

Q 03-  What is the minimum & maximum age limit do this trek?

The minimum age limit is 15 years. However, minors aged between 15 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

 

Q 04- What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons dorm tents for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 4 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heat seeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees Celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius.

 

Q 05- What toilet facilities is there on the trek ?

We provide Toilet tents on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable.

 

Q 06- What kind of food and drinking water will be provided on the trek ?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfil the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

We will provide boiled water for drinking at the campsite. You are requested to keep water bottles with you as suggest in the list of equipment. You will be provided boiled drinking water every morning and evening at the campsite.

 

Q 07- What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

In summers, during the day, the temperature will range from 10-15 degrees Celsius. The nights will get cold dropping the temperature to 0 to 5 degrees Celsius. The higher the altitude you gain, the colder it gets.

 

Q 08– What type of shoes should I carry for this Trek?

Good quality and sturdy trekking shoes that cover your ankles. Refrain from using sport shoes for your own safety and the trails are uneven and tricky hence requiring good grip trekking shoes. If you are buying new shoes for your trek, please remember to use them for at least a month before you start your holiday.

 

Q 09-  What is the best time to visit?

The Best time to visit this trek in July – September.

 

Q 10 – What kind of transport will be provided for transfer to & from Base camp?

Transport option will depend on the group size. For a group size of 06 People Tata Sumo / Bolero will be provided and for a group size over 06 Pax – we provide Tempo Traveller.

 

Q 11Do we get Hot Lunch or Packed Lunch during trek?

Mostly we provide Packed lunch during the trekking days. If the trekking days is short and we reach campsite early our cook can treat you with hot lunch instead of packed lunch.

 

Q 12– What does the Packed lunch include?

Generally Packed lunch can have following items.

1 – chocolate bar

2 – Juice Cane

3 – some cookies

4 – Dry fruits

5 – boiled potato / boiled egg

6 –  Fruit (Banana, Apple, orange etc.)

7 – Aloo parantha, Chapati with Vegatable or Sandwich, Tibetan bread

 

Q 16 – Can we bring suitcases or trolleys on the trek?

Suitcases and trolley bags are neither suitable nor comfortable to carry by mules / horses or by porters. Therefore, you are requested to avoid bringing suitcases and trolley bags. We would suggest you to bring duffel bags or Rucksacks for your trekking trip in the Himalayas because it is easy to carry by mules/ horses and porters both.