Rumtse to Tsomoriri TrekThis Challenging Trek focuses mainly on life of Nomadic People, Monasteries, Wildlife and some high altitude Lakes of Changthang. The Trek starts from Rumtse (4100m) a village in Eastern part of Ladakh and ends at Tsomoriri Lake, a beautiful High altitude lake in Changthang, which is also the breeding ground to birds like the Bar-necked geese and the Brahminy duck. The barren region is home to numerous species of wildlife including the wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, Tibetan Antelope, and Himalayan Ibex. The route traverses across a number of high passes and while the scenery is spectacular the entire route is through vast wilderness and high altitude which requires good acclimatization.
Grade: Strenuous / Challenging
Best Season: June to Mid-Oct
Max. Elevation: 5000 meters
Rumtse / Kyamar / Pangunagu / Nuruchan / Tsomoriri.
Day 01: Drive to Rumtse (4095m) 76 Kms 2 hrs.
After breakfast drive to Rumtse at a distance of 70 Kms from Leh on Leh Manali highway. En route visit Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Overnight stay in a tented camp at Rumtse.
Day 02: Rumtse to Kyamar (4383m) 4-5 hrs.
Start today’s trek with a walk along the road till you reach a Govt. tourist bungalow. From there take the trail on the right side into the valley passing through some abandoned army huts. The trail leads you to a river flowing in from the right side, crossing it and then walking towards left takes you to a stream flowing from right side, which also has to be crossed. After several widening and narrowing of the valley there comes a point where it turns to the north leading to the campsite close to a local nomadic settlement in their traditional tents.
Day 03: Kyamar to Tisaling (4800m) via Kyumur La (4870m) and Mandalchan La (4996m) 5-6 hrs.
After few minutes’ of walk from the Campsite, an easy but long ascent of Kyumur La begins. Colourful wild flowers on the way are visually pleasant in the exhausting climb to the top, where the trail divides into two; one going to the left leading towards Tsokar lake and one on the right takes you to a stream, crossing which you have to ascend towards another pass. It is little hard to trace the path for some distance from where the clear trail leads to the top of Mandalchan La (4996m). The trail goes further up and then steep down to a beautiful valley called Tisaling, which is the campsite for the day. Overnight in a tented Camp.
Day 04: Tisaling to Pangunagu (Tsokar) (4398m) via Shingbuk La (5016m) 5-6 hrs.
A gradual and easy ascend will lead you to Shibuk La. From the top you can have the view of first glimpse of Tsokar. It is a long descend from the top to Pangunagu. There are many wild Asses (kyang) around this area. Pangunagu has also nice camping site. Overnight camp.
Day 05: Pangunagu to Nuruchan (4500m) 4-5 hrs.
Todays trek is an easy walk along the Tsokar Lake for about 2 hours and then there is a long plain sandy trail. After some distance you catch the sight of the agricultural fields, where the campsite is located next to a stream. Overnight in a tented camp.
Day 06: Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4668m) via Horlam Kongka La (4712m) 3-4 hrs.
Today will be a short day trek. Cross the river early in the morning and the trek will follow gradual ascend to Horlam kongka-la (4712m) and then again slow descend till the stream. Cross the stream and follow the trail on the right side of the stream to reach Rjungkaru. Overnight camp.
Day 07: Rachungkaru to Gyama-Lhoma (4895m) 6-7 hrs.
Start climbing Kyamayur La (5125m) which takes around 2 hrs. The last climb is a tiring one. After the pass the trail leads towards north-east and at the end of the valley trail starts ascending another small pass called Gyama La (5100m), from where you can have views of different mountain peaks. Walk down towards north-east and cross the small river and the Gyama lhoma is reached after another river, crossing which is also a base for Korzok pass. Overnight in a tented Camp.
Day 08: Gyama-Lhoma to Korzok (Tsomoriri Lake)
Start an easy ascent to the Korzok pass along the stream. It takes around 2 hrs to reach the top from where you can have the wonderful view of the Lake, following which is the steep walk down to the Korzok village. You can also camp at Korzok Phu where nomad camps are located, around one hour before the lake if you have extra days. Overnight in a tented Camp.
Day 09: Tsomoriri to Leh (240 kms / 6 hrs)
After breakfast walk around the Lake and drive to Leh via Mahey Bridge and Chumathang, a famous hot spring known for its medicinal properties.