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Land of the Nomads

Ladakh

This impressive trekking tour takes you across the Tibetan high plateau, past the Tsokar Salt Lake and through traditional Summer camps of the nomads before reaching the deep blue, shimmering waters of Lake Tsomoriri. High mountain passes, wide plains and breathtaking panoramas determine the character of this trip. We’ll meet wild donkeys, the rare black-necked cranes and huge herds of sheep and yaks. The journey under the open skies and the endless horizon are like a balsam for stress-ridden souls. Requirements Classic camping-trekking in a grandiose setting: due to the high altitude (most mountain passes and at least one sleeping camp are well over 5.000m) good health and physical condition are required. The walking time per day is 4 to 8 hours. The maximum change in altitude to be experienced is 1.000m.

Many people avoid traveling to Ladakh (and other regions of the Himalayas) because they are afraid of the high altitude. And yes, there are only a few places in Ladakh that lie under 3.000m of altitude: here the air becomes thin and elusive. But with just a few tips all travelers, big and small alike, can learn to adjust faster and enjoy a safe stay. If you feel like it, at the end of the trip you can also climb the Mentok Kangri II (6.210m) as an optional extra: 4 days / 2 people minimum /Price on request!

Highlights at a glance 7-day trekking from Rumtse to Tsomoriri on the Tibetan plateau The breathtaking Lake Tsomoriri with its surrounding 6.000m peaks Encounters with nomads on the road The most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh: Thikse, Hemis and the Gotsang hermitage.

16 Days
18+ Age
  • Destination

  • Departure

    Leh, Ladakh
  • Departure Time

    Any time
  • Return Time

    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code

    Trekking equipment
  • Included

    All taxes and official expenses
    Basic guesthouse accommodation
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    City tour
    Departure Taxes
    Domestic flights
    Local staff and porters
    Permits and TIMS permit
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included

    Alcohol and cold drinks
    Entry visa
    Hotel
    International flights
    Mandatory travel insurance
    Personal trekking equipment
    Tips for trekking staff and driver
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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi & Leh

After arriving in Delhi, depending on your flight, you will be transferred to another terminal or stay at the same one and just go up one floor. The flight over the Himalayas and the landing in Leh is an adventure in itself; even if you are tired after the long journey, this experience will quickly wake you up. In Leh, your guide will be waiting at the airport to take you to the guest house, where you can just relax and take it slow for better height acclimatization. (We didn’t plan any activities on the first day, as this is absolutely necessary for the adjustment to the height.
Overnight stay in Leh.
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Day 2: Leh City tour

The first day of sightseeing is entirely devoted to Leh. At first sight, the capital of Ladakh seems chaotic and not very attractive, but you will discover many exciting sites once you pay closer attention. You’ll visit the central city monastery (the Gonpa Soma), the bazaar of Leh, where the market women sell fresh vegetables harvested in their own gardens, and the polo field, where the sport was played long before the British arrived to India. After having lunch at the hotel there is some time to relax, because the second part of the day’s program starts later in the afternoon. The car will drive you up to the Tsemo Monastery, and then it’s time for a walk through green fields and beautiful Ladakhi houses, among laughing children and friendly Leh-pas (the inhabitants of Leh), to the hidden monastery of Samkhar. The day ends with a visit to the Shanti-Stupa, built in the 1980s, and from where you can enjoy a complete view of Leh and the Indus Valley.
Overnight stay in Leh.
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Day 3: Puja & Meditation cave

We start the day early with a short drive to Thikse, where we will attend the daily morning puja. We’ll stay in Thikse for breakfast, and afterwards go to Hemis, where there’s a hidden monastery, one of Ladakh’s richest cloisters. We will have time enough to explore this historical religious building. Then we put our hiking shoes on, because we’ll be walking up to the centuries-old meditation cave of Hemis Gotsang, where many wise men have meditated in their search for enlightenment (walking time: about 3 to 4 hours). In the late afternoon we will bring you back to the already familiar hotel in Leh.
Overnight stay in Leh.
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Day 4: Preparations for the Trekking

Since the trek route will take us to quite high altitudes, we will start today with a practice run at a similar height. A transport will drive you up to the 5,360 m high Khardong La, and you’ll have to walk back a good part of the way.
Overnight stay in Leh.
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Day 5: Acclimatization in Rumtse 4,000 m.

Today we are driving to Rumtse, the starting point of the Trekking tour. But we don’t start right away. Instead, we stay in Rumtse and simply make an acclimatization walk.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 6: Trekking to Kyamar 4,550 m.

You’ll be hiking from Rumtse to Kyamar. Walking time: about 3 to 4 hours.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 7: Trekking to Tisaling 4,900 m.

Two mountain passes today, the Kyama La 5,120 m. and the Mandalchan La 5,215 m. Walking time: about 4 to 5 hours.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 8: Trekking to Pongunagu 4,580 m.

The trail take us over the Shibuk La 5,280 m. Walking time: about 5 to 6 hours.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 9: Trekking to Nuruchan 4,690 m.

Walking time: about 4 to 5 hours.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 10: Trekking to Rachung Karu 4,900 m.

We cross over the Horlam Kongka La. Walking time: about 4 to 5 hours.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 11: Trekking to Gyama Barma 5,200 m.

And today over the Kyamayuri La (5.420m). Walking time: about 6 to 7 hours.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 12: Trekking to Korzok Phu 4,800 m.

A long day ahead of us, with the highest point being the crossing at Yalung Nyau La (5.450m). Walking time: about 7 to 8 hours.
Overnight stay at camp.
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Day 13: Leh

After a week on the trail, it’s time to say good-bye to the Tsomoriri Lake, the snow-capped mountains and the loving team. Because today we go back to Leh. The car ride runs along the lower Indus on occasionally bumpy roads, so it takes between 6 and 7 hours.
Overnight stay at Leh
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Day 14: Free time in Leh

What would you like to do on your last day in Leh? Shopping, drinking coffee, sightseeing or just relaxing. It is entirely up to you how to spend the last day in Ladakh.
Overnight stay at Leh
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Day 15: Departure day

Early morning transfer to the airport for taking the flight back home.

Tour Location

History Of The City

This impressive trekking tour takes you across the Tibetan high plateau, past the Tsokar Salt Lake and through traditional Summer camps of the nomads before reaching the deep blue, shimmering waters of Lake Tsomoriri. High mountain passes, wide plains and breathtaking panoramas determine the character of this trip. We’ll meet wild donkeys, the rare black-necked cranes and huge herds of sheep and yaks. The journey under the open skies and the endless horizon are like a balsam for stress-ridden souls. Requirements Classic camping-trekking in a grandiose setting: due to the high altitude (most mountain passes and at least one sleeping camp are well over 5.000m) good health and physical condition are required. The walking time per day is 4 to 8 hours. The maximum change in altitude to be experienced is 1.000m.
Many people avoid traveling to Ladakh (and other regions of the Himalayas) because they are afraid of the high altitude. And yes, there are only a few places in Ladakh that lie under 3.000m of altitude: here the air becomes thin and elusive. But with just a few tips all travelers, big and small alike, can learn to adjust faster and enjoy a safe stay. If you feel like it, at the end of the trip you can also climb the Mentok Kangri II (6.210m) as an optional extra: 4 days / 2 people minimum /Price on request!
Highlights at a glance 7-day trekking from Rumtse to Tsomoriri on the Tibetan plateau The breathtaking Lake Tsomoriri with its surrounding 6.000m peaks Encounters with nomads on the road The most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh: Thikse, Hemis and the Gotsang hermitage

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