With Colourful mountains, two huge alpine lakes and plenty of wildlife Rumtse to Tso Moriri lake trek can be classified as one the most beautiful and a challenging trek of the Ladakh region. The trek goes through the nomadic land of Changtang region, which is the home to Changpa nomads. It provides a unique opportunity to look into life of the Changpa nomads with their their pashmina goats and yaks. The trek is an exceptional yet demanding and requires high level of fitness as you walk lengthy distances, climb steep ascents and descents over the passes and you must also be able to quickly acclimatize properly to the high altitude region of Ladakh. Wild asses, blue sheep, Marmots along with Snow Leopard are some of the rarest wildlife that can be spotted running freely along if you are lucky.
Region- Ladakh (Leh)
Max Altitude: 5435m
Approx Trekking Distance:
Best Time: July – September
Tso Moriri Lake
6 high mountain Passes
Monastry of Karzok
Interaction with locals and insight into their lifestyle
Highest point 5450m
We pick up you from Leh airport on your arrival at Leh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to acclimatize. In the evening take a walking tour in the local Leh market.
Enjoy the Cultural and natural beauty of Leh toad as you are going to visit some of the most important tourist places in Leh. In the morning after breakfast you will drive to visit Shey Palace or Gompa, later visit Thiksey monastery, & Hemis Gompa.
Return back to hotel and relax. In the evening visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa.
In the morning drive to beautiful Rumtse village located on Manali – Leh highway. You drive today is very scenic along the Indus river. On reaching Rumtse we start our first day of trek to reach Kyamar.
With an initial flat walk for a few kilometers you get to witness the beauty of the starting point of the Changthang Valley famous for its unique landscapes. The trail takes you right beside a winding river with frequent patches of green studded with colorful flowers over a dry rugged terrain typical to Ladakh. The first day of the trek is an easy and flat one with a gradual ascend to reach the campsite of Kyamar which is open with stunning visuals of Ladakhi landscape arranged like waves.
Dinner & Overnight: Camps
It is going to be a tough day today as we trek through two high passes but it is a worthy experience. We start with moving upwards on a gradual trail towards the Kyamar La and enjoy the fantastic view of the Changthang region from the pass. We then climb down towards Tiri Doksa, a temporary shelter for the shepherds and keep to the trail and climb the Mandalchan La and then climb down to Tisaling. At the Campsite you may see wild asses and blue sheet running around.
Dinner & Overnight: Tents
Today we proceed to reach our next destination to Ponganagu. We start with climbing over the third Pass of Shibuk La leaving the Tisaling campsite behind. With a decently steep but gradual climb over the pass, we enter the stunning Rupshu Plateau and make our way to the campsite of Tso Kar along a long walk to Ponganagu. The initial part of the trail is a gradual descent followed by a flat walk and a decent ascent to get the first view of the Tso Kar Lake which is also known as the White Lake because of its high salt content. The initial trial is green with a carpet of grass and shrubs accompanying you and it suddenly changes to desert-like terrain which is an insanely wide and open landscape which shows the magnitude of this Ruphsu and the Changthang Valley. We end our day at the Tso Kar campsite and retire for the night.
Dinner & Overnight: Camps
Today’s trek is an easy but long one taking you along the lakes of Tso Kar and Startsapuk Tso to the campsite of Nuruchan. The trail is mostly flat with a few small ascents and descents along the way. The Tso Kar lake appears white due to its high salt content. You get glimpses of a few nomadic settlements on the way. The trail opens up widely to acres of land from right to left too massive to comprehend, with some towering snow-capped peaks of the region revealing themselves slowly. Carry ample amount of water due to lack of water source on the trail. After a long walk, we cross an ice-cold river to reach the campsite of Nuruchan where we retire for the night. Overnight in tents.
Dinner & Overnight: Camps
Today we start our trek towards the Nomadic settlement of Rajun Karu with a gradual ascend crisscrossing streams along the way. The trail is along a meandering river with snowy mountains on either side. The Changthang valley unveils its extravagant scenery from this point onwards. Prepare for abrupt weather conditions and be equipped with rainproof jackets and covers for your bag. After a steady but steep incline followed by a descent to Rajun Karu you get to witness many camps of the Changthang nomads with Yaks and Pashmina Goats grazing on the pastures. The trail from Rajun Karu takes you across the fourth and taxing pass of Kyamayuri La followed by a long gradual descent to the campsite of Gyamar Barma which is possibly the most beautiful campsite of the trek with fantastic peaks surrounding you. Keep in mind that this is the windiest campsite of the trek. You can spend time here interacting with the Changthang Nomads and meet the “Cowboys” of Changthang with their horses.
Dinner & Overnight: Camps
Today’s trek is the shortest one among all the days. The trail from the campsite is across the river cutting through the campsite of Gyamar Barma and takes you over the steepest pass of the trek and the fifth pass, Kartse La. Halfway through the climb you get to see the Gyamar Barma campsite with its full glory with the meandering river, towering snowcapped peaks, Yaks and Pashmina goats grazing on the pastures, wild asses and marmots running around and the nomads with their horses. The steep climb takes you over the pass followed by a gradual descend to the campsite of Gyamar which is loaded with rivers and streams.
Dinner & Overnight: Camps
Today is the longest and hardest part of the trek. The trail from Gyamar starts straight away taking you to the sixth pass of the trek, Yalung Nyau. The climb is a gradual but a long ascent along a river in the midst of sharply jagged mountains. After crisscrossing the river at several sections, a sudden turn takes you to the pass over a decently steep ascent. The first view when you reach the pass is the blue waters of Tso Moriri Lake, unlike anything you have seen and a sight for sore eyes. But this is not it, now starts a steep descend over a rugged landscape with the latter half of the trail flattening out to reach the endpoint of the trek, Karzok. The enchanting freshwater lake of Tso Moriri stands elegantly with stunning mountains surrounding it. Take a walk along the shores and enjoy the tranquillity this place has to offer.
Dinner & Overnight: Homestay
Our vehicles will take you to Leh starting at 7am starting from your homestay in Karzok. The drive will take approx 8-9 hours. Expect to reach Leh by evening. Overnight in hotel/guesthouse in Leh.
Overnight: Hotel / Guest House
In the morning departure transfer to Leh airport to
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 8 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.
All alcoholic beverages and personal expenses.
Good down sleeping bags can be provided at an additional cost of Rs.200 per day.
Q- Is this trek good for me?
It is one of the challenging trek and requires extreme level of Fitness. Since the trek involves walking long distances of 13 – 15 km daily and crossing 6 high passes over 5000 meter, We suggest you to opt for this trek only if you have a experience of doing any high altitude trek of over 4500 meter. Also It is recommended not to opt for this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in the mountains of Ladakh. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek.
Q- Experience required ?
Before attempting the Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek you should have an experience of at least 10 – 15 trek days in the Himalayas, at least one Moderate Plus category trek, the experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4700 – 5000 mts, medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.
Q – What are the Requisite skills for joining this trek ?
One should be familiar with the following:
Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
Basic mountain mannerisms
Ascending & Descending on snow
Basics of Mountain Sickness
Basics of Mountain Hazards
How to cross small water streams
Q – What is the Fitness benchmark required ?
Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) – You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
Hold your breath for 40 seconds
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch, Push Ups – 10, Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.
Q – What are the best months to visit this trek?
The best time to undertake the Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek is from the months of June to September.
Q- How can I Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?
This trek starts from the small hamlet of Rumtse which is around 76 km from Leh in Ladakh on the Leh-Manali highway. The best travel option around Leh is by air.
By air: Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India provide daily flights from New Delhi to Leh. It is recommended that you make your flight bookings well in advance not only to save on the price but also for a confirmed seat. You can also take an alternate flight route to Srinagar. Fly to Srinagar from Delhi and then drive to Leh from Srinagar. The 10-hour road journey from Srinagar to Leh can be covered by hiring a shared taxi which will cost you around INR 3000-4000. The drive route from Srinagar to Leh is scenic. For coming back, you can either take a direct flight from Leh to New Delhi. Or take the same route via Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are cheaper than Leh-Delhi.
By road: You can take the route from Manali to Leh. Travel from Delhi to Manali by a HRTC Volvo bus. From Manali get a seat in a shared taxi (INR 2500-3500). If you are on a tight budget, There is also a bus from New Delhi to Leh (via Manali) with one side fare of INR 1365. The bus journey begins at 2:30 pm from Delhi ISBT reaching Keylong next day at 1:30 pm. After an overnight halt at Keylong, it reaches Leh the next day. The another route to Leh can be taken through Srinagar. There are shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh available at cost of INR 3000-4000. If you are an ardent biker, you wouldn’t mind taking a bike trip from Delhi to Leh and back.
Q- What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?
BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh-Ladakh region followed by Airtel. However, all the mobile networks like Idea and Vodafone also work in Leh. Please note that only post-paid numbers work in J&K state, prepaid connections will cease to work as soon as you enter Ladakh region.
Q – What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?
There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. You can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake? Also, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace.
Q – What is the minimum & maximum age limit?
The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by 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 trekki