Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek | UFO Adventure Travel
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Difficulty

Difficult

Max. Altitude

5400m

Duration

11 Days

Best Time

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept,

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Tour description

The walk in the highlands of Ladakh will give you the breathtaking views of the two most beautiful turquoise lakes in Ladakh, Lake Tso Kar and Lake Tso Moriri. The salt lake of Tso Kar (white lake) has widely been used by the local nomads, Changpas, as a source of salt which they transport to Tibet for trade. Lake Tso Morari is the largest and the most beautiful of inland lakes in the Trans Himalaya regions of Ladakh. This part of the elevated Rupshu Valley is mostly inhabited by 'Changpas ', the nomadic migratory shepherds of Tibetan origin who can be seen with herds of sheep, goats and yaks on the plains of Changthang. The Changpas use this valley for trade and cultivation. After experiencing Rumste to Tso Moriri trek you will surely say its truly a breathtaking trek in Ladakh.


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RUMTSE TO TSO MORIRI

Is this Holiday for you ?

On this holiday of Rumste to Tso Moriri trek we will be constantly at an altitude of more than 3500m and you will be crossing multiple 5000m pass. Therefore, it is essential that you acclimatize well in order to make the best of the week. You will be advised by the UFO guide to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatization. During Rumste to Tso Moriri trek, their is a fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A fair level of fitness will be required.

Capture the splendor of Ladakh. Trek across multiple 5000m passes.

Explore the wild plains of the Changthang Plateu and trek across multiple 5000m passes

Witness the beauty of the salt lake, Tso Kar and Tso Moriri





  • 11 Days, 3 nights hotel, 7 nights camping
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • max group size: 10
  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out .

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  • Local English speaking guide
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tanks (for emergency only)
  • Private group chemical toilet
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe alongwith eggs, paranthas, etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. As we want to keep plastic use to a minimum we will try and use plastic bottles as less possible. Hot lunches will be provided as and when we can. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the Rumste to Tso Moriri trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 11 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During the Rumste to Tso Moriri trip the group will spend 3 nights in Leh and 7 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our Rumste to Tso Moriri trek route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually during Rumste to Tso Moriri trek, we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags

How UFO makes RUMTSE TO TSO MORIRI special?

    Small Groups

We are all about small groups and personalized services! Small groups tend to bond together much more than large groups and also help us give personal attention to each client. Also are you not in the mountains to get away from the crowd?

    No Hidden Costs

Our adventure holidays have a lot of amenities and services included i.e accommodation, transportation, meals, staff et all. Right from picking you up at the airport we do not want you bother you with arranging or spending on anything other than personal expenses or some meals. Let us take care of you for the duration of your holiday!

    Camping equipment

All quality equipment is used for our camping and climbing holidays. Usually a camping setup includes client tents, mess tent, kitchen tent and private group toilet tent. We use 3 person tents on twin occupancy basis and 5 person tent on twin basis on our 'glamping' trips.

    Mules and transport

All your land transport is included in this package as you land at the Leh airport. Your main backpack being carried by mules. We want you to enjoy your walk in the mountains and not be bogged down by a heavy backpack.

    Meals

We have extensive meal options for our meals. Meals are combination of eggs, paranthas, pancakes etc. accompanied by Nutella, peanut butter, coffee, tea perpetually on the table. Packed lunch usually comes with carbs, juice, fruit and a chocolate. Dinner has atleast 3 -4 options on the table. We understand the importance of food in the mountains. We follow our mantra of ‘ Adventure by day, Luxury by night’!

    Accommodation

Your stay in Leh will be at a 3-4 star facility hotel or similar on twin occupancy. We want you to be comfortable while you acclimatize and also have the basic luxuries right after your trek ends so you can relax in the city before catching your flight or train the next day.

More reasons to love the experience

Walk the Changthang plateau, one of the highest in the world
Climb multiple 5000m passes
Interact with Changpa nomads
Trek on of the most isolated regions in India
Experience basic luxuries in the wilderness
Stunning views of Tso kar & Tso Moriri

ITINERARY FOR THE TREK

DAY 1

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH.

Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30am from Leh Airport to the group hotel is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimitization and you will be advised to rest, eat and keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. A short walk around the city to Leh Palace in the evening can be organized before we go for Rumste to Tso Moriri Ladakh trek.



  Accommodation
Hotel in Leh
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DAY 2

EXPERIENCE LEH AND SURROUNDING MONASTRIES.

We will make an early start after tea and breakfast to catch the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on a hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. We will then head towards Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh where a picnic lunch will be waiting for us. After lunch, we rest a bit and visit the Shey Palace and surrounding areas. You will be given sometime to yourself where you can explore the palace on your own. In the evening we will visit the Shanti Stupa and head back to the hotel for dinner.



  Accommodation
Hotel in Leh
  Meals
BLD

DAY 3

LEH TO RUMTSE (3 hours). TREK TO KAYAMAR (4050m)

After an early tea and breakfast we leave for the village of Rumtse, which will be the starting point of the Rumste to Tso Moriri lake trek. It will take us at least 3 hours to reach the village.  The drive along the Indus river is stunning with beautiful monasteries and scenic landscape. Day one is easily manageable: we will have a short walk on rather flat terrain to aid acclimatization. The walk takes us through pleasant pastures and we can spot local shepherds with their herds and flocks of animals. We will camp overnight at lush Kayamar, near a spring.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
4-5 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

DAY 4

TREK FROM KAYAMAR TO TISALING (5046m)

We should be fully energized today with proper breakfast for a challenging day and move ahead to enjoy Rumste to Tso Moriri lake trek. We begin with gradual ascent towards our first pass of Kumur La (4800 m), which gives a spectacular view of the  Zanskar range and wide panoramas of the Changthang plateau with its colorful rife of mountain. After the pass, we steadily descend towards the base of the next pass. Here we might come across nomads with their herds of sheep, goats and yaks. After a short rest, we set out for Mandalchan La (4850 m). From this pass, it’s an easy descent to the camping site at the pastureland of Tisaling.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(14-15 kms)

DAY 5

TREK FROM TISALING TO PHONGPONAPU ON THE SHORES OF TSO KAR(4579m)

By now, we are well acclimatized to conquer our third pass, the Shibuk La (4900 m), and about 2-hour journey. From the top of the pass while we on the way to Rumste to Tso Moriri lake, we have an incredible view of the surrounding mountains and of our next destination, Tsokar Lake. With a breathtaking view to ease our exhaustion, we head down towards the valley accompanied by the shrill whistles of the shy and active marmots, which is characteristic of this harsh basin.  



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(16 kms)

DAY 6

TREK FROM PHONGPONAPU TO NURUCHAN (4300 m)

Today is an easy day, we'll move ahead for Rumste to Tso Moriri trek and we follow a dusty jeep road towards Tso Kar Lake. Along the salty shores of the lake, we have a rare impeccable opportunity to see some of the endangered migratory birds of the world. From here we carry on along the trail to the right of the lake, keeping to a barren land until the beautiful grassy pastures of Nuruchan, with streams nearby.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
2-3 hrs walking(6-7 kms)

DAY 7

TREK ACROSS NURUCHAN LA (4750m) TO RACHUNGKARU (4952m)

Another day of experiencing Rumste to Tso Moriri trek. On leaving camp, we cross a stream and pass close to a mani wall, sculpted by the Chang Tang herders. We then hike up to the Nuruchan La (4750m), before descending easily to cross another stream and another low pass. In this area, the nomadic herdsmen that we meet are likely to be Tibetan, having been displaced here from the western part of that cross-border territory. We camp at Rachungkaru (4952m) amongst grazing yaks, sheep and pashmina goats. Afternoon at leisure.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
4-5 hrs walking(11-12 kms)

DAY 8

TREK ACROSS KYAMARU LA (5400m) AND GYABARMA LA (5300m) TO GYABARMA (5171m)

Today is a fairly long day as we cross 2 passes of above 5000 metres which would be a great adventure on the Rumste to Tso Moriri trek. It takes us around 2 hours to reach the first of these, the Kyamaru La (5400m), where the views extend across a high-level landscape to numerous snow-capped peaks. After a short descent, we climb again to cross the Gyabarma La (5300m), beyond which we descend, cross a stream and reach our camping place in the pastures at Gyabarma (5171m). A wild and remote location.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
6-7 hrs walking(14-15 kms)

DAY 9

TREK ACROSS YALUNG NAULA PASS (5400M) WITH VIEWS OF TSO MORIRI AND DESCEND TO KORZOK DOK (4632m)

Today, we finally get views of the stunning Tso Moriri lake, as we reach the top of the Yalung Naula Pass (5400m). Some 20 kilometres long and surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks, Tso Moriri is one of the most beautiful lakes imaginable. The approach to the pass is straightforward but quite long offering a wonderful experience of Rumste to Tso Moriri trek. We descend to Karzok Dok (4632m) on a zig-zag path.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-11 kms)

DAY 10

DRIVE ACROSS CHANGTHANG PLAINS AND THE RIVER INDUS TO LEH.

We will rendezvous with our vehicles at Karzok and set off on the 6-hour drive back to Leh which is 220 kms away. The road is quite rough at first but we travel on an ever improving surface and once we reach the Indus River, the road is very smooth making the final part of the journey quite comfortable. There are some great views as we cross the open plain of the Chang Tang and then descend by the (at this point) very small Indus. We will all be pleased to check into the hotel in Leh, get cleaned up and eye up the soft bed before tucking into a celebratory dinner of our wonderful Rumste to Tso Moriri trek.



  Accommodation
Hotel in Leh
  Meals
BLD
  Time
5-6 hrs drive

DAY 11

DEPARTURE DAY .

We have an early start and go to the airport to catch our flight to Delhi. If you want to extend your stay in Leh, please let us know.



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Frequently asked questions

How do we travel to Ladakh?

There are three ways to reach Ladakh- a) you can take flight from Delhi to Leh from major airlines such as Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Indigo and Go Airlines. b) You can take road journeys either from Manali or Srinagar. It takes 2 day journey (474 kilometers) from Manali to Leh with a night stopover in Sarchu. On the other hand, Srinagar to Leh will take 2 days (434 kilometers) with a night halt at Kargil. All the roads remain open from May to October.

What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

Some common symptoms of high altitude sickness include giddiness, loss of appetite, lack of sleep and difficulty in breathing. The best way to acclimatize in Ladakh is a natural rest for at least 48 hours, keep yourself well hydrated and eat well. Even then it depends from person to person as to how long it takes to acclimatize before trekking in the Himalayas.

Am i fit enough for an adventure in Ladakh?

Anyone with an enthusiasm for the outdoors, different cultures and overseas travel and is prepared to be open minded and flexible. Our trips are fun and informal and attended by a wide range of people. We offer a range of trips which are all graded for difficulty to help you choose your holiday, if you would like advice, please get in contact us at info@ufoadventuretravel.com. You will always enjoy your trekking holiday in Ladakh better if you have a good level of fitness. Running, cardio vascular exercises or playing sports always helps.

What kind of food is provided during the trek?

We provide clean, hygienic and tasty food during treks and climbs. Below items will give you an idea with regards to the meals:

Breakfast - Porridge,Cornflakes, Muesli, Bread, Apricot Jam, Honey, Butter, Peanut Butter, Cheese, Pancake, Omelet, Tea, Coffee,etc.

Lunch- You will have packed Lunch while trekking mostly of sandwiches, Boiled Eggs, Boiled Potatoes, Fruit Juice, Chocolate Bars,Biscuits,etc.

Tea Time-Instant Noodles, Popcorn, Pakoda,Tea,Coffee with Biscuits.

Dinner- Soup, Rice, Curry (Veg. Mushroom, Paneer, & Dal) Noodles (Thukpa) Chowmien) Veg Momos, Pasta, etc and desserts.

Please Note:All of the above items are served different on different days, and the items are subjected to the availability in the market.Meals can be customized according to clients and private groups.

Which treks should be considered in Ladakh?

Ladakh has a wide array of treks and climbs of different grades. Treks with multiple high altitude passes,average camping altitude and remoteness determine the toughness of the trek.

Easy treks- Markha valley trek, Sham Valley trek, Lamayuru to Chilling trek

Moderate Treks- Phyang to Hunder, Tsokar to Tsomoriri

Challenging treks- Rumtse to Tsomoriri, Chadar Trek

Which are the famous mountaineering peaks in Ladakh?

Stok Kangri(6150m) is the highest walking peak in India and draws a lot of climbers due to its height and non technicality. Kang Yatse II (6250m), Mentok Kangri (6210m), Golep Kangri (5900m) and Nun (7135mts) ,Kun (7085mts) are other famous mountaineering peaks.

Why our some treks more expensive than others?

If we have to organize a trek near Leh, the transportation cost and carriage cost is less expensive. Markha Valley trek is more accessible from Leh than the Rumtse to Tsomoriri trek, therefore it will be cheaper than it. Horses to carry your luggage also play an important component to trek cost. Ultimately though, it is the services that the client or the groups require and want i.e accommodation,food, experiences, etc that will determine your trek or adventure cost.

What kind of accommodation is available in Ladakh?

There are various price points in Ladakh for accommodations. From home stay/guesthouses to boutique hotels to luxury hotels and camps, travelers can pick and choose according to the budget. We usually choose a class and luxury hotels with their facilities and services comparable to any 3-4 star hotel. Hotels in Ladakh are designed with traditional architecture of the region and feature over sized rooms equipped with modern amenities.

How difficult is the Rumtse to Tsomoriri trek?

Rumtse to Tsomoriri trek is a challenging high altitude trek in Ladakh. The trek starts from Rumtse (4100m) a village in Eastern part of Ladakh and ends at Tso Moriri Lake, a beautiful High altitude lake in Changthang, which is also the breeding ground to birds like the Black-necked Crane, Tibetan Sandgrouse, Bar-headed geese, etc. The barren region is home to numerous species of wildlife including the wild ass (Kiang), Himalayan Marmot, and if lucky, spot the Tibetan Argali and Himalayan Wolf. The route traverses across a number of high passes and multiple 5000m passes making it a physically demanding trek. This 10 day trekking holiday in Ladakh will require good fitness to finish and prior camping experience is always a bonus. Acclimatizing well before this trek is a must.