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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.