Tso-Kar Tso-Morriri Trek, Ladakh
(Rupshu Valley Trek)
Ladakh has always been fascinating for all travellers – barren mountain sides in brown and red, stunning blue lakes and high mountain passes. Trekking to the remote regions is all the more enticing as you get to witness nomadic lifestyles, wildlife peculiar to this Himalayan region and views befitting for the adventurous trekkers. The Rupshu valley trek takes you to the remote Changthang plateau, south-east of Leh for a memorable journey through in the vicinity of Ladakh’s famous peaks and alpine lakes. With a number of 5000m passes to trek over 10 days, snow-clad peaks and turquoise blue lakes, wild asses and marmots, campsites set in picturesque settings, this trek is a delight in all respects.
Duration: 12 days
Grade: Moderate to Difficult
Max Altitude: 5125m
Starts from: Rumtse, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Ends at: Korzok, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Best Season: June to September
INR 28,200/- per trekker
(inclusive of travel between Leh and
trek start / end point)
Rumtse - Kyamar - Tisaling - TsoKar - Nuruchan - Rachungkaru - Gyama Lhoma - Tso-Moriri (Korzok)
21 Jul - 01 Aug 2018
Day 1 & 2: Leh
Day 3: Leh to Rumtse (4095m)
Day 4: Rumtse (4095m) to Kyamar (4383m)
Day 5: Kyamar to Tisaling (4800m) via Kyumur La (4870m) and Mandalchan La (4996m)
Day 6: Tisaling to Pangunagu (4398m) via Shingbuk La (5016m)
Day 7: Pangunagu (Tsokar) to Nuruchan (4500m)
Day 8: Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4668m) via Horlam Kongka La (4712m)
Day 9: Rachungkaru to Gyama Lhoma (4895m) via Kyamayur La (5125m)
Day 10: Gyama Lhoma to Korzok (Tso Morriri)
Day 11: Korzok to Leh
Day 12: Depart from Leh
Days 1 and 2
Arrive in Leh. Pick up from the Leh airport and transfer to your guest house accommodation. An additional rest day in Leh is recommended before commencing on any trek to help acclimatize better to the high altitude. We will complete trek related formalities during this period. You can utilize this time for sightseeing around Leh – a visit to the Thiksey and Hemis monasteries, Leh palace and the Shanti Stupa can be done in a day.
Drive from Leh to Rumtse (2 hours)
After breakfast drive for about 2 hours from Leh to Rumtse (4095m) covering a distance of 76 kms. No trekking for today as we stay in tents at Rumtse for the night.
Trek from Rumtse to Kyamar (4 to 5 hours)
The trekking starts from Rumtse onwards through the valley, ascending gradually over a flat terrain to a height of 4383m to reach Kyamar in 4 to 5 hours. We camp in tents at Kyamar for tonight.
Trek from Kyamar to Tisaling (5 to 6 hours)
Today we trek for 5 to 6 hours, crossing 2 high altitude passes: Kyumur La (4870m) and Mandalchan La (4996m). The day’s trek ends after a descend to the Tisaling (4800m) campsite.
Trek from Tisaling to Pangunagu (5 to 6 hours)
From Tisaling, a gradual ascend leads up to Shingbuk La (5016m) and then descends to the beautiful camping site of Pangunagu (4398m), which is known to have a large presence of wild asses. The day’s trek requires 5 to 6 hours in all.
Trek from Pangunagu to Nuruchan (4 to 5 hours)
Initially we trek on an easy sandy trail along the Tsokar lake for about 2 hours followed by an easy ascent for 2 more hours to the Nuruchan (4500m) campsite, set amidst green fields and next to a stream.
Trek from Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (3 to 4 hours)
An easy day’s trek for 3 to 4 hours which starts with a river crossing followed by a short ascend to Horlam Kongka La (4712m). Great views of the stark blue waters of Tsokar lake from atop the pass! Having crossed Horlam Kongka La, we descend gradually and cross another stream to reach the Rachungkaru (4668m) campsite.
Trek from Rachungkaru to Gyamalhoma (6 to 7 hours)
The day starts with the ascent of Kyamayuru La (5125m) which takes around 2 hours –
a challenging pass to climb, but with magnificent views from atop to reward the trekkers.
A level trek for some time leads to another small pass Gyama La (5110m) which offers great views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. The day’s trek takes about 6 to 7 hours in all, ending at the Gyamalhoma campsite – a beautiful high altitude campsite with snow capped peaks all around, making it one of the colder campsites on this trek.
Trek from Gyamalhoma to Korzok (4 to 5 hours)
An easy day, trekking along a stream for 2 hours to reach the highest point for the day and descend down to Korzok village thereafter. Magnificent views of the Tso-Morriri, the largest high altitude lake entirely within India, makes the journey of the last few days seem really worthwhile.
Drive from Korzok to Leh (6 hours)
Our trek ends with a leisurely hike around the Tso-Morriri lake, in the company of Brahmini ducks and bar-necked geese. We drive to Leh after relaxing near the lake for a while. The drive back takes us through Chumathang – a hot spring known for its medicinal properties.
Transfer to your guest house in Leh where you can finally enjoy a hard earned rest reminiscing the sights and events of the trek gone by.
Early morning transfer to the Leh airport, in time for your flight out of Leh.
INR 28,200 per trekker
Inclusive of travel between Leh and trek start / end point
Trek cost includes:
Trek cost does not include:
Leh, Jammu & Kashmir
Leh is well connected by flights with major cities in India. Leh can also be reached by road from Srinagar (another major airport, 400 kms) or Manali (480 kms), a famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh.
Reporting Date & Time
Please plan on reaching Leh on Day 1 of the trek.
Alternatively, please plan on reaching Srinagar before Day 1 of the trek. All trekkers will be assembled and will leave together by vehicle for Leh from Srinagar latest by 6:30 am on Day 1 of the trek.
Return Date & Time:
Please plan on return travel from Leh on Day 12 of the trek.
What to bring, how to prepare
Please go through the list of the personal trekking gear you are expected to carry for the trek, high altitude trek preparation and more in the Information section.