This beautiful trek commences from Gyamtsa(3900m), north of Leh which is about 3kms from city center. When you will reach the starting point, you have to walk through the valley for 2-3 hours. On the way you will witness some wild flora and fauna. Gradually ascent to Gyamtsa la (4800m) through the valley. After reaching the pass, you will have mesmerizing view of Indus valley and Ladakh Range. You can also see how the main path to pass Lasermo La rises through the way. As this trek/hike is moderate to difficult, you have to take pack lunch along with water bottles. After the pass descend towards Murubrok (3900m). Duration of the trek will be 7-8 hours. Best season to do this trek is June to October. Either you can walk from your hotel or a car will drop you till your starting point and pick you from the end point.
Day 1. Gyamtsa to Murubrok / Phyang
It is prefect day trek for intermediate or moderate trekkers and not recommended for beginners as it will be difficult for beginners.
You have two options to get to the starting point of the trek. First to walk for about 45 minutes to an hour or drive from your stay till the starting point of the trek or the last Agricultural farms.
From there you will start your hike/trek of the day. After walking for while the main valley widens and you can see in the distance the main ridge of Ladakh Mountains. After a while of the ascent through the side valley side you can already see the highest point of the trek.
If you are lucky enough, you will spot some wild animals like Blue Sheep and Urials on the way or on the mountain ridges nearby you.
After walking for while you will get to the base of the main Pass and from here begins the hardest part of this whole trek/hike – ascend of about 600 – 700 meters to the pass. The views will become better and better with the increasing in altitude. When you reach on the highest point of the trek, which is at an elevation of 4800 meters with stunning views of the Indus valley and Ladakh Range. The view from the pass, you can see how the main path to pass Lasermo La rises through the way.
While descending from the pass, the trial is steep and there a chance to fall. So, make sure to walk on the right path for own safety.
After descend from the pass, you will reach nearby a river from there make sure you are on the right path otherwise you have to walk few hundred meters until you find a place where the flow divides into several streams that you will dare to jump.
After crossing the river, you will reach at your final destination called Murubrok which is at an altitude of 3900m. From here your day hike/trek ends.
Yes, you should have at least a good pair of hiking boots, sun glass, water proof jacket, trouser, a hat and water bottle.
The nature of this hike is such that most of the time you will go up to altitudes, Max. Altitude will be around 4800 meters, many of you have never been before. Many people will experience a slight headache due to dehydration at first, but with proper hydration this small discomfort is short lived.
Dear Overland Escape, My family just returned back from Leh and we all agreed that we left part of our heart there - and one of the biggest reasons why was our experience with the team at Overland Escape. From the moment we arrived everything was smooth and the orientation and meetings at the hotel were very helpful. We were expertly driven to see the sights with Doulje and we quickly became comfortable with him and his very easy going spirit (which was perfect with two kids). He adapted very well to our personality and we shared good laughs. We had quite the adventure with Lobzang, Tulag and Tanzing. The rains interrupted our itinerary, but we always felt comfortable and safe with the decision making ability of the team. When we decided to make the best of it by camping in Zeng Chen they made sure they could make it as special as possible. Dinner that evening was amazing! A very special thank you to Lobzang who really looked after our 8-year old son Alex. Alex especially felt a connection with him and Lobzang was very patient and friendly. I know that creating a special experience for others is not about luck - it's about working hard to build a team of good people and having pride in what you do and where you live. The magic is about making it seem easy even though I know it's not and the team worked really hard. My family will remember this very special experience and we can't wait to come back again.
Our trip was even more memorable and enjoyable because of the facilities that Overland Escape provided us.Mr. Tunduk Namgyal, who drove us in and around Ladakh , was very well versed with the roads, had an excellent idea about the climate and all the information & history about the places we visited. Overland provided us excellent hotel arrangements and made sure our trip was one of the best ever....
It's been a week since we've returned to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong and we haven't stopped raving and reminiscing about the fabulous time we had trekking from Raru to Shang Sumdo. We just wanted you to know that we have really enjoyed having Namgyal as our guide. His enthusiasm to share his knowledge of the wildlife and the local culture has enriched the experience of our trek tenfold. Just when the walking sometimes gets too tedious, he would point out a herd of blue sheep, a pug mark left by a snow leopard or a few wild asses on a ridge; wild life we would have missed have we been trudging on our own. He knows when to slow down and quicken the pace when there is need. We have felt really safe and well looked after by your staff the whole time. There was one particular river crossing that we were quite worried as we have read that the river can be uncrossable in July. Fortunately with all the prayers and offerings that Namgyal has made to Buddha along the trek, it must have paid off as the river did not swell to an unmanageable level. Namgyal, together with Tulag and Nawang helped us across the river safely.
We've also enjoyed the variety of food Tulag prepared for us every meal and the effort your staff had made to make the dining tent a cosy place to eat (candles and napkins! wow!) His kitchen tent is so organized and as we are used to preparing our own simple food when camping, it is a really pleasant change not to worry about that aspect this time round. He has definitely impressed us with his apple pie, pizza and cake-baking skill. Since our return, I have tried to replicate one of his egg curry recipe but somehow haven't got it quite right yet.
Overall, we have really been very impressed by your attentive and hardworking staff and your recommendation of the trek route couldn't have been better. The remoteness of the trek route is a big plus for us. Thank you for a fabulous trekking experience.
Overland Escape helped us discover the amazing Nubra Valley, then guided us through the spectacular Markha Valley trek and also arranged for a successful summit bid on Kang Yatze 2 (6200m). An amazing trek! Overland were professional and friendly. Our guide (Namgyal) and support team were fantastic and we would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to experience the wonders of Ladakh. We would love to return and will certainly be in touch with Overland Escape to plan our next adventure....
Thank you very much for your all Support & Service.Hotel, Bike & tents all the services are up to the Mark. We must say the correct and prompt support from Your Side was appreciable. Guest is Satisfied and Happy with All Services.
Thanks Again for Making Tour Memorabe!
That’s about all Ladhkhi I could learn in one week from Tundup.
Recently my wife and me had the pleasure of visiting Leh and some of the popular surrounding areas like Ule / Lamayuru, Nubra Valley and Pangong lake.
Our visit was from July 3 to 10, 2016 and was indeed a very nice trip. This was made possible because of the 2 persons who attended and took care of us.
One was Mr Tsetan, who took care of our welfare and gave us the necessary guidance, advise which is much needed in a new place. The second person was our driver, Tundup, who drives the Innova
with regn no. JK ------2962. Tundup was always very prompt, well behaved , courteous and acted as the perfect guide. Through you, I would like to thank both of them for making our visit to Leh memorable indeed.
Unfortunately, circumstances did not allow me to meet you while we were in Leh. However, on a personal note, I would like to thank you and your team for taking good care of us. May , by the grace of Lord Buddha, your company grows to greater heights.
Please take care of Tsetan and Tundup. They are both very good boys.
Please do call me if and whenever you are in New Delhi. It will be a pleasure to meet you.
Thanking you very much.
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