19 Days: INTO LADAKH’S LAND OF THE CHANGPAS
▪Ladakh, India’s Buddhist stronghold
▪Traditional Tibetan villages
▪Monasteries of the Rupshu Valley
▪Land of the Changpa nomads
Ladakh truly is a land like no other bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram. Ladakh's remoteness and awesome high-altitude landscape are just a few of the many attractions to adventure travelers, as Ladakh's Tibetan-style traditions and lifestyles remain firmly entrenched in day to day life and largely untouched by the western world. Ladakh was a vital link in the ancient Central Asian trade route network. For close to 900 years, Ladakh was an independent kingdom, its dynasties descendent from the king of old Tibet. Ladakh is a high-altitude desert, sheltered from the rain-bearing clouds of the Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya. It lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2,750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus, summer temperatures rarely exceed about 85 degrees but winter temperatures can plummet to -20 degrees in Leh!
The Rupshu Valley is a high-altitude desert that lies southeast of Leh. Rupshu is actually a western extension of the Tibetan Plateau. Previously closed to visitors, this region now 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. While on this trek, one ventures into a wilderness where only a few nomads live, totally reliant on their yak and sheep herds for their subsistence. Rupshu is an integral part of the Chang Tang - Tibet's 600-mile wide, 15,000-foot high northern steppe.
Rupshu has majestic sweeping deserts separated by narrow ranges with lofty passes offering distant views, and a hardy, wide ranging nomadic people called Changpas. Traders from Lahaul once drove their caravans of sturdy mules across Rupshu and into western Tibet, carrying goods such as salt, wool, cloth and costume jewellery. They would trade for gems, stones, hides, and wool. This trade existed until the 1960s.
The lowest point in Rupshu is at 13,000 feet along the Indus River near the settlement of Chumathang. Within the Rupshu Valley, which is spread beneath the mighty peaks of the Ladakh and Zanskar mountains, are several large crystalline lakes including Tsomorari and Pangong.
2017 TRIP DEPARTURE DATES:
The Rupshu Valley Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Himalayan Classic Trek Series. Our Classic Treks are led by an experienced, English-speaking Sherpa Guide and full support crew. We are able to arrange this trek starting on any day of the week during the months of June through September for groups of 2 to 10 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
2017 LAND ONLY PER PERSON TRIP PRICE:
2 People: $3980.00
3 People: $3830.00
4 to 6 People: $3475.00
7 to 10 People: $3345.00
Single tent and hotel room supplement: $690.00 per person.
19 days, 6 nights hotels, 12 nights of full service tented camping & 13 days of trekking.
All three main meals on trek are included.
Trek Grade: Strenuous.
Max. altitude: 16,895 feet on the Kangmaru La and Zarlung Karpo Passes.
Day 1. Welcome to India! Arrive in Delhi via respective airlines. Hotel.
Day 2. Sightseeing in Delhi. Hotel.
Day 3. Travel from Delhi to Kullu by air (dep 0645; arr 0805 hrs) and drive to Manali (1 hour). Hotel.
Day 4. Drive to Keylong (70 miles, 6 hour drive). Hotel.
Day 5. To Sarchu. 13,100 feet. 70 miles. 5 hour drive. Camp.
Day 6. Trek to Tak. 13,055 feet. 2 hour trek. Camp.
Day 7. Morang La. 16,830 feet to Daktho. 7 hour trek. Camp.
Day 8. To Yabook. 13,285 feet. 4 hour trek. Camp.
Day 9. Camp at Lungmo Che. 14,925 feet. 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 10. Over the Yar La Pass (16,240 feet) to Dat. 6 to 7 hour trek. Camp.
Day 11. Trek to Sorra. 13,780 feet. 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 12. The Zalung Karpo La Pass. 16,895 feet. 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 13. Hankar Sumdo. 12,960 feet. 5 hour trek. Camp.
Day 14. Trek to Nimaling. 15,420 feet. 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 15. Full day at Nimaling to relax or day hike towards Kang Yatse. Camp.
Day 16. Cross the Kongmaru La Pass (16,895 feet) to Shang Sumdo. 6 to 7 hour trek. Camp.
Day 17. Trek to Hemis and drive to Leh. Hotel.
Day 18. Sightseeing in and around Leh. Hotel.
Day 19. Fly to Delhi. Evening departure.