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Chang-Thang to Spiti

Trek from Chang-Thang to Spiti

Off The Beaten Track

South -east of Ladakh, on the Indo-Tibetan border lies the vast tray (plateau) of the Chang-Thang, The area of the nomads “Changpas” who lives there with their flocks And far south is the Spiti valley also known as little Tibet due to its culture and tradition similar to Tibet.
To explore these magnificent areas of Himalayas, we will take road from Leh to Rumtse. Trek start following huge Tsokar Lake, the Chang-Thang plateau over some passes those provide the extensive view of vast nomadic land and surrounding high peaks, reach to Karzok village, a permanent habitation and capital of Rupshu valley on the bank of huge turquoise color Lake of Tsomoriri. Trail winds to the south of lake, Nomad can be encountered in different corners of regions in different season. Leave behind the Chang-Thang plateau, follow old trade route between Tibet and India through a beautiful valley at the beneath of Towering peaks over Parangala pass which gives access to magnificent Spiti valley.
Visit the ancients Buddhist monastery of Kye, Here scattered villages with oasis.
And multicolor hue is stunning. Prominent wild lives species you may encounter are Tibetan wild Ass, blue sheep, and ibex. At the end long and stunning drive to Manali and further to Delhi.

Day 1: Arrival Delhi, flight to Leh 3500 m. (First day of short walk in Leh to be acclimatized)
Day 2: Leh to Rumtse 4040 mtrs. 75 kms.
Day 3: Rumtse to Kyamar, 40 50 mtrs .5 hours Trek 1
Day 4: Kyamar to Tisaling 4200 m, over Kumarla and Mandachandla -6- 7 hours Trek 2
Day 5: Tisaling to Tukje – Tsokar (4267 mtrs) vis Shibuk over Shibukla (4980 mtrs) 6- 7 hours. Trek 3
Day 6: Tsokar to Nuruchan (4300 mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek .4
Day 7: Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4400mtrs.) over Horlamkongkala (4900 mtrs.) 6 hours. Trek 5
Day 8: Rachungkaru to Gyama Burma (4250 mtrs) over Kyamayurila (5200mtrs.) 5hours. Trek 6
Day 9: Gyma Burma to Karzok (Tsomoriri 4573 mtrs 7 hours. Over Yalungnyaula (5440 mtrs) Trek 7
Day 10: Karzok to South of Tsomoriri, (4350 mtrs.) 7hours. Trek 8
Day 11: South of Tso-moriri to Nurbu-sumdo (4300 mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek 9
Day 12: Nurbu Sumdo to Umna (4580 mtrs.) 7 hours. Trek 10
Day 13: Umna to Largyup, base of Parangla (4930 mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek 11
Day 14: Largyup to base of Parangla (5000 mtrs.) 6hours over Parangla (5600 mtrs.). Trek 12
Day 15: Base of Parangla to Thaltak (4560 mtrs.) 4hours. Trek 13
Day 16: Thaltak to Kibber (4200 mtrs.) Kye – Lossar. 5 hours. Trek 14
Day 17: Lossar to Chandra tal (4200 mtrs.) Over Kunzum Pass (4700m)
Day 18: Manali to Chandigarh 290 kms. 7 hours.
Day 19: Arrive Delhi and departure

Day 1: Arrival Delhi, flight to Leh 3500 m. (First day of short walk in Leh to be acclimatized)

Arrive Delhi during the night, Reception at airport and transfer to domestic airport to board flight for Leh, on arrival at Leh you will be received by your guide (one of our team member) and will be transfer to hotel, you will take rest till midday. Afternoon take acclimatization walk to Shanti stupa and old fort, at the end descend to the main town, night in Hotel.

Day 2: Leh to Rumtse 4040 mtrs 75 kms.

Leave early to attend the morning ceremony in the monastery of Thiksey, a majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the 15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. At the entrance, there are painting of protective deities and the great masters of the sect.
Then drive to Shey, once the capital of Upper Ladakh before being supplanted by Leh, monastery houses rich murals painting,well restored and represents the 18 Arhats (disciples of Buddha who attained enlightenment).
After lunch visit the Hemis monastery, a mass of the architecture on a green hill was built by the inveterate royal architect Singe Namgyal in1630. The monastery belongs to Drukpa sect of Buddhism, which is privileged for Namgyal dynasty. Its mural painting represents the different divinities dated back to 18th sanctuary.
By evening drive to the starting point of the trek at Rumtse and overnight night in camp

Day 3:- Rumtse to Kyamar, 40 50 mtrs .5 hours Trek 1

The first day of trek, easy trail leads to a beautiful campsite close to the spring, Night in camp.

Day 4 : Kyamar to Tisaling 4200 m ,over Kumarla and Mandachandla -6- 7 hours Trek 2

As it is a long day so the early start is advised , Trail goes up following the riiver ,gradual ascent to Kumur la 4900m, enjoy the spectacular view on the
Chang-Thang range , Than steady descend to river bank , wade through river and again ascent to the next pass Mandachandla , Now easy descend toward the campsite on pasture land of Tisaling overnight in camp.

Day 5: Tisaling to Tukje – Tsokar (4267 mtrs) vis Shibuk over Shibukla (4980 mtrs) 6- 7 hours. Trek 3

2 hours trek till the pass, again spectacular view of the surrounding
Himalaya, descend to Shibuk, where Marmot can be seen playing hide and
Seek. Now easy flate track on the large valley to the nomade headquarter at
Tukche, on arrival in Tukche, establish the camp, later visit the village and
Small gompa perched high on the top of village, Stroll on the shore of lake to
Watch the birds and lake changing its color frequently while sun setting overnight in camp.

Day 6:- Tsokar to Nuruchan (4300 mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek .4

Trail goes beside the lake through the plateau, herd of kyang (WildDonkey) Scan be seen, campsite close to nomad village.

Day 7:- Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4400mtrs.) over Horlamkongkala (4900 mtrs.) 6 hours. Trek 5.

Gradual walk for 1.30h to the pass, easy descend, a long walk to beautiful campsite near the stream.

Day 8 :- Rachungkaru to Gyama burma( 4250 mtrs) over Kyamayurila ( 5200mtrs.) 5

Hours Trek 6
Easy climb for 2 h. to the pass, gradual descend and further easy trail leads to the campsite.

Day 9:- Gyma Burma to Karzok (Tsomoriri 4573 mtrs 7 hours. Over Yalungnyaula (5440 mtrs) Trek 7

Long day, excellent view of the lake from the top of pass, reached at Karzok 240 kms south east of Leh, Karzok Gompa and its inhabitants the Nomades (Changpa’s) are most outstanding features of this lake. Circumference of this Lake is aroung 36 kms. Explore village and monastery; later stroll on the shore of Lake .Visit the village and the monastery, night in camp.

Day 10:- Karzok to South of Tsomoriri, (4350 mtrs.) 7hours. Trek 8

The trail goes beside the lake, long and pleasant walk; camp beside the Phertsephu River which merges in to lake.

Day Pleasant walk on the meadow, wild Rabbits, the asses (the donkey) occasionally visible wild wolves, the ducks in the Chhumik Shade spring can be seen is day attraction.

Day 12:- Nurbu Sumdo to Umna (4580 mtrs.) 7 hours. Trek 10

Wade through chilled Para Chhu River; continue upward the ancient route of Monks and merchants. While Tibet was free were having exchange relation of culture and goods between Spiti and Tibet. Camp site at the beneath of high mountainous range on a green patch beside the river.

Day 13:- Umna to Largyup, base of Parangla (4930 mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek 11

Continue on the same direction, several time stream crossing, quite an easy day; campsite at foot of the glacier.

Day 14:-Largyup to base of Parangla (5000 mtrs.) 6hours over Parangla (5600 mtrs.).Trek 12

The trail goes over glacier. It’s advised to start early in the morning enjoy the extensive view of Himalaya and Spiti valley from the pass. Steep escend to the camp site on a small patch;

Day 15:- Base of Parangla to Thaltak (4560 mtrs.) 4hours. Trek 13

Again descend to the gorge, one hour walk through the gorge and steep climbing to the beautiful camp site; after lunch enjoy your time to collect the fossil around camp site.

Day 16:-Thaltak to Kibber (4200 mtrs.) Kye – Lossar. 5 hours. Trek 14

Last day of trek descend to the Tumlay, further crossing gorge reach at Kibber, one of the highest permanently inhabited village, Here vehicle will pick you for further journey till Manali, En route visit Kye gompa perched high on a pyramid like mountain, Belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, Drive to Lossar passing by several villages, night in tent.

Day 17:- Lossar to Chandra tal (4200 mtrs.) Over Kunzum Pass (4700m)

Short drive to the top of pass, Enjoy stuning beauty of mighty himalayam peaks and Chandra valley than take a 2 hours of trek to the Chandra tal (or Moon lake) a jewel in lap of Himalaya. Vehicle will again pick you up, you will enjoy driving through Chandra valley amidst high mountainous range over Rohtang pass ( 3950mtrs ) which is the gate way between Lahooul -Spiti and Kullu- Manali . A fascinating descends to Manali overnight in hotel.

Day 18:- Manali to Delhi 570 kms. 14 hours.

Morning visit old Manali village, temple of Saint Manu, Hadimba temple amidest giant Cidar forest, Free time in town of Manali, Afternoon check in Luxury bus , night in Bus for dinner stop on the way.

Day 19 :-Arrive Delhi and departure

Morning reached Delhi, check in hotel at 12 noon. Visit to the street of old Delhi by Tricycle (Man drive rickshaw) Discover the spice market and colorful bazzar, over view on red fort and Grand Mosque (Jama Masjid) after lunch take a glimpse to India gate and president house. Visit Sikh temple. After dinner transfer to airport to get your flight to onward destination,

Cost Include

  • Ground transport as per itinerary,
  • Airport transfer (domestic and International)
  • Twin sharing room on medium class neat and clean hotel
  • Delhi on BB basis,
  • Rest full board,
  • English speaking guide.
  • During the Trek transport by pony,
  • Mule or porters,
  • Twin sharing spacious tent, foam Mattress, dining tent, camping chair & Kitchen team with all necessary items,
  • Tour leader complimentary for the group of more than 10 pax for includ services

Cost Exclude

  • Flight domestic and International,
  • monument fees,
  • Visa,
  • airport tax,
  • Insurance,
  • sleeping bag,
  • food in Delhi,
  • beverages,
  • Personal expenses
  • Medical evacuation,
  • tipping.
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