Tia to Pachathang trek takes you along the wide diversity of people and village in which they reside and further move up towards the mesmerizing glaciers and lakes of great view. this trek is quiet challenging and requires you to be physically fit. Highest Point of this trek is Zamjunmo-la (5,410m). Trekking sector are Tia, Dhakshang Lhartse/ Zamjunmo-La/ Spangmarmo/ yokma lhargyab/pachathang. Best season to Trek is from mid June to September. This trek is focusing on People, Villages, Glacier and Lakes.
This is 6 nights & 7 days trekking package. Morning Drive to Tia village and from there on start walking toward Tia drok, a former summer village site which now consists of empty small huts and bare fields, not cultivated for more than 5 years. One may have altitude problem by getting higher and higher towards north. The path is clear and changes between grass, boulder-areas and rocky flats. The river-crossings can be done without wading through – at least in late Augus. So it is bit physically challenging trek. By reaching over Zamjunmo-la to Base Camp, scenery is really spectacular here with vast rocky areas including beautiful lakes, higher peaks and passes on three sides and glaciers very close by. In this trek One can either choose to return to leh or use the opportunity to discover more about the Nubra Valley, especially visiting the most western village of Turtuk that used to belong to Pakistan until 1971. It is a village situated at 2.880 m and it can harvest two crops a year (second is buckwheat), a mosque from the 16th century is also there and a little buddhist gompa maintained by the buddhist’s employees living in the village. Houses and people look quite different from the rest of Ladakh’s villages so it is like taking a glimpse of a whole other country. Also with the military camps and the military airport in Thoise, one can experience the exclusive situation of Ladakh’s location close to the Pakistan border. Afterwards one could visit the beautiful villages of Hundar and Deskit in the Nubra-Valley.
Drive from Leh to Tia. One can cut the drive into more than one day as there are many interesting monasteries such as Spituk, Phiyang, Basgo, Likir, Alchi and Rizong on the way. Tingmosgang, a huge village below Tia, is also worth spending a day with walking possibilities around. In Tia you can find a nunnery and two monasteries (Tia and Khatsa). The Trek starts just below the bridge on the right side of the Phacha Tokpo River at an altitude of 3.445 m. After leaving behind the last of the houses, one comes across a huge prayer-wheel and from there continue the ascent towards Tia Dok, a former summer village site which now consists of empty small huts and bare fields, not cultivated for more than 5 years. There are many pleasant camping-possibilities, the highest on 4.000 m on a patch of grass with small rivers.
Follow the river always on the east side towards the North. There is a path one has to follow which goes steadily upwards. After reaching 4.600 m, one has to cross 2-3 streams coming from the east, which shouldn't be a problem. When having difficulties with the altitude it is advisable to have an additional camp here as afterwards there are rare possibilities. At 5.000 m there are two beautiful lakes with camping possibilities in between.
Getting higher and higher to the North, one comes across two more lakes at 5.100 m. The scenery is really spectacular here with vast rocky areas including beautiful lakes, higher peaks and passes on three sides and glaciers very close by. The last 100 m of altitude to the pass are quite steep over loose rocks and one needs Schwindelfreiheit und Trittsicherheit. Especially with groups and horses one has to take care of stone-falls and small landslides. Finally the pass is reached and it offers great views on all sides. On the north-side is a glacier-field of around 1 km without crevasses to cross and go down. The terrain after that is quite loose with rocks at first and exhausting to walk, but later it becomes better and a path more obvious. The first Camping-possibility is at 5.030 m, but one can continue a bit as there are more possible sites after every half an hour of walking.
Always following the Spangmarmo river, sometimes on the west-, sometimes on the east side, one gets slowly lower. The path is still clear and changes between grass, boulder-areas and rocky flats. The river-crossings can be done without wading through – at least in late August. While going down one gets glimpses into other valleys. There is a rare wildlife to spot, but quite some Yaks belonging to the people from the lower villages. So some Doksas are inhabited by people collecting the dung as burning-material for the winter. Spangmarmo is such a Doksa. One can camp a little further away at 4.550 m.
Still going down on the west side of the river one can spot in the village Gongma Lhargyab from a distance with approx. 20 houses, a primary school and a small gompa-room. One has to take care not to miss the way leading down to the bridge at the beginning of the village. Afterwards there is a second bridge to cross another river coming down from the mountains. Just before the village of Yokma Lhargyab is a camping-possibile area at 3.940 m
First, one should take the opportunity to discover a bit more of Yokma Lhargyab, one of the rarest places in Ladakh, where buddhist families keep chicken and the middle school consist of 11 children. The quality of the school is not so bad for a government-school as they have good and dedicated teachers, singing with them every morning, “We shall overcome“! They are happy to experience a little of their English language with the foreigners. The last bit of this trek leads along a gorge towards a muslim populated village called Pachathang. Pachathang is at 3.500 m of altitude and it’s a small vivid village with lots of children. After coming out of the village, there is a very deep and steep gorge, which needs to be crossed by a bridge to reach a non-tarred road of 7 km going down to meet the Nubra-Valley at 3.100 m
One can either choose to return or use the opportunity to discover more about the Nubra Valley, especially visiting the most western village of Turtuk that used to belong to Pakistan until 1971. It is a village situated at 2.880 m and it can harvest two crops a year (second is buckwheat), a mosque from the 16th century is also there and a little buddhist gompa maintained by the buddhist’s employees living in the village. Houses and people look quite different from the rest of Ladakh’s villages so it is like taking a glimpse of a whole other country. Also with the military camps and the military airport in Thoise, one can experience the exclusive situation of Ladakh’s location close to the Pakistan border. Afterwards one could visit the beautiful villages of Hundar and Deskit in the Nubra-Valley.
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.
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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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