Takeover Point: Delhi/Manali/Leh
Grade : Tough
Southeast of Leh this high
altitude cold desert is the western extension of the
Tibetan Plateau. Previously closed to visitors, this
region offers some of the most amazing scenery to be
found in Ladakh It is a land of monasteries and high
passes, dissected by numerous mountain ridges and traversed
by a number of ancient trading routes. We will venture
in a mineral wilderness where only a few nomads live,
totally reliant on their yak and sheep herds for their
ITINERARY FOR RUPSHU VALLEY TREK
Delhi. Airport - hotel transfer.
Delhi - Leh (3500 m) by plane. Afternoon at leisure
in Leh, where we can take a walk to the colorful bazaar.
Leh - Hemis (3505 m) by car. Visit of the most famous
and oldest monasteries of Ladakh (15th and 17th century),
Thikse, Shey and Hemis.
Day 04: Hemis
- Shang Sumdo (3850 m) in 4 h. Today we leave the Indus
valley. We descend towards Martselang, then go up the
valley, which is fairly narrow in some places, then
continue along the riverbed to Shang Sumdo. A short
and pleasant stage, in anticipation of the next two
long following days.
Shang Sumdo - Latza Kongmaru (4800 m) in 7 h. We progress
along the river whose banks are punctuated with ochre
rocks. From Chukirmo village, the track leads into narrow
gorges where ponies need to be unloaded twice and go
up to the base of Kongmaru La.
Latza Gongmaru - Kongmaru La (5050 m) - Langtang Chu
(4250 m) in 7 h. From the pass, there are great views
north towards eastern Korakoram and China, whilst the
southern vista is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatze
(6400 m) and the Ladakhi range. We take a ridge trail
and descend zigzagging across scree. Afterwards the
path easily descends towards Nimaling summer pastures
and Markha valley, the most beautiful valley in Ladakh.
Day 07: Langtang
Chu - Yakrupal (4700 m) in 4 h. We climb up the large
valley, and after crossing a stream follow on along
a morainic wall.
Yakrupal - Zalung Karpo La (5200 m) - Sorra (4200 m)
in 5 h. We carry on upwards until the valley divides
and take right. From the pass, we follow a ridge trail
leading to another pass, then plunge into the valley.
Day 09: Sorra
- Dat (4200 m) in 5 h. We follow gorgeous woody gorges
until they widen into a valley. Manis and shortens are
spread on the trail leading Sara and Dat rivers. Dat
is a green village, where cultivation and vegetation
takes every fragment of land.
Dat - Yar La (5000 m) - Lungmo Che (4010 m) in 6 h.
An easy climb takes us to the pass, where we enjoy a
dramatic vista over the Rupshu. Sometimes some "Khyangs",
wild donkeys, go up to the caravans, frightening our
Lungmo Che - Sangtha (4200 m) in 3 h. Then transfer
by jeep to Sarchu. The landscape completely changes
into a vast arid plain. Tibetan nomads mainly populate
the area. The road to Sarchu winds its way up to the
Lachlung La pass (5060 m).
Sarchu - Manali (2000 m) by jeep. This journey is rewarded
by magnificent landscapes. The road goes through amazing
switch back roads, pass the blue Suraj Tal lake to Darcha
and pass through Rohtang Pass (3954m) the last pass
of this journey. The landscape is breathtaking. Rohtang
Pass is a very wide pass, and is one of the most beautiful
passes in the Pir Panjal. The view on both sides is
Day 13: Manali. Surrounded by snowy
mountain peaks, Manali is also known as "Queen
of Mountains". It is a gloriously colorful market
place for the surrounding villages. Visit old Manali,
Hadimba temple and Vashisht village.
Day 14: Manali
- Delhi (Private vehicle).
Delhi. Day at leisure. Safety day for your international
Delhi. Hotel - airport transfer.
OPYION: You can travel
to LEH by road and exit by air. This is best for proper