Trip Duration 16
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit January to December

Trip Overview



Rumtse to Tsomoriri lake trek is also famous for its unique features like high arid plains, Changpa nomads, high pasturelands, snow-capped peaks and the lakes. The starting point of Rumtse to Tsomoriri Lake Trek is also Rumtse village (4100m) which is approximately 70 kms from Leh. The route also traverses across a number of high passes and areas which has an important wildlife sanctuary, harboring snow leopards and wild asses, as well as various species of birds, such as the black necked crane. The destination of the Rumtse to Tsomoriri Lake trek- Tsomoriri Lake is also situated in Changthang ‘the nomadic highland” on eastern part of Ladakh border of Tibet and is also one of the largest of the High Altitude Lakes in the Trans-Himalayan bio-geographic region, entirely within India.

Detailed Itinerary for Rumtse to Tsomoriri lake Trek

Day 01: Delhi Arrival

On arrival at Airport / Railway station, meet our representative and proceed to Hotel for Check in. Delhi is a city built and re-built seven times over several centuries. The capital city today also marries the quaint and unique elements of different historical eras with the pace of the bustling, growing economy. At every turn of the road, the past and the present coexist. Later proceed for city Tour of NEW DELHI - also drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyen’s, including the Indian Gate & the Presidential Palace.  Continue onto the beautiful Humayun’s tomb of the Mughal era & thereafter visit the towering minaret of Qutab Minar. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Fly Delhi to Leh at KushokBakula Airport.

Leh to Delhi flight is also of 1 hour and it’s takes you through busy urbanization of Delhi to snow capped mountains of great Himalayan range. You can also see the grand panoramic view of Nun-Kun massif of Zanskar range, the sub ranges of Himalaya Range and K2 massif of great Karakorum Range and barren desert of landscape of Ladakh.  Upon arrival at KushokBakula Airport Leh, our representative will also welcome you and transfer to Hotel. We also recommend you complete rest at Hotel as it essential at the height of Leh(3500 meters) and only light walk to the market at evening if  you like to do. Overnight at Leh .

Day 03: Indus valley tour.

Full day sightseeing to Hemis Monastery- one of the largest and richest monastery of Ladakh, Shey palace- the ancient capital of Leh, Druk white lotus school of 3 idiot fame and Stok palace- current residence of Namgyal king of Ladakh. O/N at Leh.

Day 04: Half day hiking to adjacent villages of Leh city.

This day is also meant to provide an opportunity to get a feel of Leh city, its adjacent villages and prepare you for trek, to the Leh Palace, which houses old relics that belong to the sixteenth century ruler of Ladakh, you can also go for leisure walk around Leh old town (3500m) including a visit to Leh Gompa Soma and Central Asian Museum .Overnight stay at Leh in Hotel.

Day 05: Trek from Rumtse to Kyamar village 4520 (4-5 hrs trek)

Drive till Rumtse village (70 Km), and start your first day trek through beautiful gorge towards Kyamar village, which is a shepherds’ village. After continue walking for some time we would also cross two small stream leading to a green small pasture with number of Marmots. We set our tent/ camp here for overnight halt.

Day 06: Trek from to Kyamarvillage(4520) toTitsaling over Kyamari-La Pass (5180mtrs) and Mandalchan-La Pass (5170 Mtrs) 6-7 hrs trek.

Start your trek earlier to cross Kyamari-la and Mandalchan-La Passes. Easy walk for an hour then ascend towards Kyamar La (5180 m). From the top of the pass you can see the amazing view of the chain of Kangyatse Snow covered peak (6400 m) and the panoramic Indus valley. After crossing this pass, take right hand side and descend towards the summer camp. Then again easy ascend to the Mandalchan-la pass (5170 m). From this top, you also have fantastic view of array of picturesque snow capped peaks. Then descend upto the camp.

Overnight at Titsaling camp in a tent. (4950m)

Day 07: Trek from Titsaling to Pangunagu /Tsokar Lake over Shingbuk-La Pass (5230 mtrs) 6-7 hrs trek

Today, you also have only one pass to cross so it is going to be fairly easy day.  After breakfast, start ascending towards the Shingbuk-la pass (5230 m). From the top, you can see the panoramic view of Tsokar Lake, surrounding mountains and the Rupshu valley. At the end of the valley, you can see group of wild Ass (Skyang), turn right and ascend for 20 minutes. Here you can also see the full view of the Tsokar Lake and winter camp of nomadic people of Changthang region.

Overnight at camp/tent. (4590m)

Tsokar Lake is also approximately 95 km. northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake at a height of (4,590m). It is also called "White Lake" because of the salt deposited around it- this is because there is no outlet from the lake which makes the water brackish. In ancient times, local nomads – Changpas traded this salt with the people from other part of Ladakh .Tsokar Lake is also breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose, the great crested grebe, the Brahmin duck and the brown headed gull.

Day 08: Trek from Pangunagu to Nuruchan village (6 Hours)

Today you also have easy trek along the right side of the Lake. On the way you can see many birds and Wild Ass (Skyang) of Ladakh and Tibetan plateau. After leaving the lake behind, you turn towards right side and enter the Nuruchan village with beautiful camping site near the stream.

Overnight at camp/tent. (4660m)

Day 09: Trek from Nuruchan to Rachungkaruover Horlam-La Pass (4900m) ( 5-6 Hours)

Today you also have small pass Horlam-La Pass (4900m) to cross. It is also an easy ascent and takes about 50 minutes. After crossing the pass you reach Rachungkaru where you find nomadic camp of Tibetan refugees. At Rachungkaru, you can interact with nomads and see their life style. In this area they also have plenty of Yaks, Sheep and Pashmina Goats.

Overnight at camp/tent. (4900m)

Day 10: Trek from Rachungkaru to GyamarBarma over Kyamayuri-La Pass (5430 mtrs) and Kartse-La Pass (5380 mtrs) 6-7 hrs trek.

From the campsite you have to walk through the camp of nomadic people, then start ascending towards  Kyamayuri-la (5300m). It is an easy to ascend and it takes about more than an hour to reach at the top of the pass. From the pass; you can see splendid landscape of Tsokar- Korzok area. After that you would also start walking down to the summer pasture of Tibetan refugee camp, called Gyamar Burma, continue walking and on the right side you will find another small pass Kartse-la (5000m) to cross and after easy descend then arrive in Gyamar, which has a nomadic camp.

Overnight at camp/tent at Gyamar. (5180m)

Day 11: Trek from Gyamar to Korzok village over YarlungNyau-La pass (5440m). 7-8 hours

Morning, after breakfast continue trek to Korzok. Today we also have one pass to cross called YarlungNyaula (5440m) and can be crossed with an easy ascend keeping right from the camping up to the top of the pass. Upon reaching the summit, Steep yet easy descends and then arrives at KorzokPhu (summer grazing pasture of Nomadic). You still have more than 30 minutes of trek from here, pass the KorzokPhu and continue along the small river up to Korzok near Tsomoriri Lake. Arrive at camp. (4620m)

Day 12: Rest day at Korzok. Hike around lake and visit Korzok monastery.

After breakfast visit 300 year old Korzok Monastery which is situated on the western bank of Tsomoriri Lake and walk around the Lake which is a breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose, the great crested grebe, the Brahmini duck and the brown headed gull. Overnight at Camp.

Day 13: Korzok to Leh.

Morning after breakfast drive fromTsomo-riri lake towards Leh (230 km) by passing Chumathang (Hot Spring) along the Indus river. O/N at Leh.

Day 14: Full day rest at Leh. Overnight at Leh.

Day 15: Sham Valley tour 

After breakfast drive towards Sham valley- also known as apricot valley, Enroute visit Indus- Zanskar confluence (Sangam), Magnetic Hill, Likir monastery- which have a Giant Statue of Maitriya Buddha, Alchi monastery- also renowned for famous fresco paintings belonging to 11th century and hike around the beautiful Alchi Village and reach Lamayuru, also visit Lamayuru monastery which belong to the DrikungKargyud monastic order and after that during sunset drive to a hill top to watch  sun setting over the Monastery with Moonland landscape in its backdrop. Drive back to Leh via same route. O/N stay at Leh.

Day 16: Morning 6Am flight back to Delhi your memorable tour ends here.


  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis (5 rooms) in deluxe Hotel as mentioned on APAI.
  • 05N Leh- Hotel Lotus or equivalent
  • 01N Delhi – Hotel Intercity or equivalent.
  • Transportation by 1 Non AC Tempo Travellers for the entire duration of the trip including pick up and drop at Leh Airport.
  • Inner Line Permit and LAHDC Environment Fees
  • Entries to Monasteries
  • Full board trekking for 8N/9D with the below mentioned inclusion:-
  • 1 local Guide during the trek and 1 cultural guide for sightseeing.
  • 4 Helper
  • 16 Ponies
  • All meals during the trek and other trekking accessories.
  • Camping fees
  • Wildlife fees
  • 10% service charge.


  • Any Airfares
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/ cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities.
  • Items of any personal nature such as drinks, tips/ gratuities, telephone calls, laundry etc
  • Camera fees, Tips, gratuities
  • Taxis are also not at one disposal as it is charged as per point to point basis.

Terms & Conditions: 

  • Prices valid for maximum 10 pax traveling together in one vehicle.
  • Final Confirmation will be provided on advance payment.

 Trip Highlight

  • Trek on of the most isolated regions in India
  • Trek through one of the most beautiful treks in Ladakh
  • Walk the Changthang plateau, one of the highest in the world.
  • Traverse through Colourful mountains, two huge alpine lakes and plenty of wildlife all add to the surreal beauty of this trek.
  •  Experience basic luxuries in the wilderness.
  • Trek through the stunning high-altitude landscapes of Changthang, the land of the nomads
  • Views of Pasture Land Overgrazed by herds of sheep, goats and yaks on the plains of Changthang and other Valley.
  • Mesmerizing View of Moon Landscape at Lamayuru.
  • Explore Lamayuru Monastery: One of the Oldest Monasteries in Ladakh
  • Admire the surreal beauty of Tso Kar and Tso Moriri, the largest High Altitude lake in the Indian Himalayas
  • Challenge yourself by crossing 6 passes over 5000m like Kyamar La (5120m), Mandachalan La (5230m), Shibuk La (5294m), Kyamayaru La (5419m), Gyamar La (5394m) and Yarlung Nyau La (5437m).
  • Discover the everyday life of the villagers while staying in homestay in the picturesque village of Rumbak
  • Visit and Explore Famous Buddhist Monasteries like Thiksey Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Likir Monastery and Hemis Monastery in Ladakh and Indus Valley.
  • Extremely Astonishing views with a carpet of greenery splayed across campsites of Tisaling, Kyamar and Rachungkharu
  • Locate the The nomadic migratory shepards of Tibetan Origin inhabited by Changpas on elevated Rupshu Valley
  • 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
  • Learn the culture and Lifestyle of nomadic people living in valleys followed by this trek
  • Feel the culture and lifestyle as similar as tibetan lifestyle from Tibet
  • Home to numerous species of wildlife including the wild Ass Kiang, Himalayan Marmot, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Antelope, and Himalayan Ibex and Birds like Horned Lark, Seed-eating Finch, Brown Headed Gull, Brahminy duck and The Bar Headed Goose.
  • High Chances of Altitude Sickness during the Trek
  • Requires High Level of fitness and experience for higher altitude


Our services start with your arrival at Leh airport. Meet & greet and transfer to the Hotel. Welcome drink on arrival. We recommend you completely relax for the rest of the day to enable yourselves to acclimatize to the rarefied air at the high altitude and a successful trek in Ladakh. The first day is reserved for acclimitization and you will be advised to rest, eat and keep yourself hydrated as much as possible.

It requires you to acclimatize well with high altitude, tourist can explore the Leh market and shanti stupa in the evening only if you feel fine. 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.

After breakfast take a full day excursion to renowned monasteries and palaces of Ladakh region. Founded in 1433 by Palden Sherab, Thiksey monastery the beautiful village of Thiksey, dominated by an imposing Gelugpa monastery. This Thiksey monastery majestically overlooks the valley, a magnificent group of about 80 monks; discovery of the beautiful inner courtyard which distributes access to the various temples. The most amazing is certainly the temple of Maitreya with its gigantic interior statue which covers all floors of the building. To join the next site, we will take the path of school children.

Founded in 1632 by Lama Staktsang Raspa, Visit Hemis Monastery, it is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Lineage. The monastery houses an amazing collection of the age-old relics such as the idol of Lord Buddha made up of copper gilt, gold and silver stupas It holds the distinction of being the biggest as well as the wealthiest monastery of Ladakh. The annual Hemis festival honoring Padmasambhava is held here in June.

On the way back to Leh visit Shey (Built in 17th century by king Deldan Namgyal) capital of ancient Ladakh, is an interesting complex whose importance is still measured by the quality of the paintings and the astonishing quantity of chortens or other votive monuments that surround it, especially the copper gilt statue of lord Buddha. The Rock-carved statue of five Buddha can be seen below the palace on the roadside, which was probably carved during the reign of Singay Namgyal.

And the Stok Palace built in 1825th by king Tsespal Tundup Namgyal , residence of the present kings of Ladakh. Transformed into a museum, the collections presented evoke a recent past where the royal family ruled over this valley. O/N hotel.

After breakfast drive to Lamayuru enroute visit Likir, also known as lu-Khyil gompa, the Likir Monastery was ordered to built by the 5th king of Ladakh Lhachen Gyalpo and was thus founded by Lama Duwang Chosje in 1065. The monastery is of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, visit Alchi temple Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre, the Alchi Gompa is one of the magnificently built monasteries in Ladakh. Located 70 kilometres west of Leh on the banks of the Indus River, it is also the largest and most famous of the gompas built by Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo in 11th century, continue drive to visit the mesmerizing Moon landscapes and the Lamayuru monastery renowned as Tharpa Ling which means the ‘place of freedom’; Lamayuru monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. Arahat Nimagon blessed the site and Naropa founded the monastery in the 11th century. O/N hotel

After the Breakfast drive to Leh, visit Rizong, according to popular belief, Guru Padmasambhava along with other lamas used to meditate in the caves around Rizong in isolation, surviving on two times meal a day and avoiding any contact with the outside world. Before building the monastery in 1831, Lama Tsultim Nima started a hermitage at the site to teach monks about Buddhism, visit a nunnery, known as Chulichan (Chomoling), is under the cover of the monastery, where 20 nuns or the Chomos reside and worship at the temples of the monastery, perform chores like milking, spinning wool and getting oil for the temple lamps. Arrive at Leh by evening. O/N hotel

  • Altitude: 11, 560 ft – 13,770 ft
  • Distance: 79 km drive
  • Duration: 3 hour drive

It is highly recommended that you reach Rumtse a day before starting the trek to acclimatise. You can also get to Rumtse from Leh and start trekking immediately, but keep in mind that Rumtse is at a considerably higher altitude than Leh.

The drive along the Indus river is stunning with beautiful monasteries and scenic landscape. First Day of this Rumtse to Tsomoriri Lake Trek. It 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.

Rumtse is a small village, 79 km before Leh on the Leh-Manali road. You can get there by taking any of the Manali/Keylong bound buses from Leh, it should take around 2-3 hours.

Rumtse has camping grounds where you can pitch tents or you can also stay at local homestays or dhabas for about Rs. 500 a night. There is also a lodge run by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism.

  • Altitude: 13,770 ft – 15,010 ft
  • Distance: 9 km
  • Duration: 4-5 hours

Today is the first day of the trek. Start by walking down the LehManali highway, towards Manali. Walk for 1 km from the Rumtse local market.

Take the trail towards your left, pass by the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism lodge and hike alongside the Chhaba Chu stream, which will flow on your left. After 10 minutes you will come across a steel bridge. Cross the bridge with the stream on your left and keep left, along a small plateau.

The dusty trail will eventually take a U-turn as you leave Chhaba Chu and enter Kyamar valley. This point is the confluence of Kyamar stream and Chhaba Chu. Leaving behind Chhaba Chu, look for multiple rivulets. These are small streams and can easily be crossed.

After 20 minutes of level walk, you will come across large green marshes on your right, suitable for camping. Here cross the stream and take the trail going left. The walk to Kyamar campsite is easy and over relatively flat terrain. The trail swirls inward along the natural scope of the valley.

A hike of 30 minutes will lead to a change in the landscape as green marshes give way to gravel. After 10 minutes, you will reach the base of the plateau. From here, observe a 3 way opening of the valley– take the widest valley in front of you. This is the logical trail going to the grazing grounds of Kyamar. After walking for about 30 minutes, the green marshes will re-appear along Kyamar stream.

You will be required to cross the stream towards the right and then back to the left side as per the trail in front of you. This section of the valley will take around one hour to traverse.  The Kyamar grazing grounds are located at the base of the highest mountain ahead of you.

The final section of the trek will take around one hour. Look for a suitable camping spot next to the stream, which is on the right side of the trail. Kyamar’s grounds are surrounded by beautiful rocky hills on three sides of the valley.

  • Altitude: 15,010 ft – 16,800 ft – 17,160 ft – 16,500 ft
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Duration: 8-9 hours

You have a long day ahead, so start early. Take the trail going to the base of Kyamar Mountain, cross the stream and re-join the trail coming from Rumtse. From the base of the mountain walk on the trail that naturally curves left. The green landscape is left behind as you now enter the barren mountainscape of the upper plateau of Kyamar.

The trail now gradually climbs up as you approach the base of Kyamar La. After about 20 minutes of walking you will reach the centre of the valley. From here, take the wide SUV trail on your right. It takes an hour to reach the base of the pass.

Observe a small bridge made of boulders and stones over Kyamar stream, cross over and take the trail that winds upward on your right. From here, it’s a steep ascent all the way to the pass. The final section of the ridge is littered with tiny wildflowers.

Leaving Kyamar valley behind, take the trail going downwards on the right side of the ridge. It’s a level walk for 15 minutes, after which the descent becomes sharp. The trail is slippery because of loose gravel so descend carefully, especially if it’s raining. It should take 30-45 minutes to climb down to the river bed of Tassa Phu.

Take the trail going towards your left as you reach the river bed. Cross Tassa Phu. Observe two valleys that open in front of you. Take the one that is on your immediate left. The ascent towards Mandachalan La is a brutal and laborious slog of around 1,000 ft.

The initial section has a gradual ascent till the base of the pass. The climb up to the pass may take anything from two to three hours. The terrain is all dry, with no snow. Mandachalan La, like Kyamar La, is well-marked with cairns and prayer flags. The view from the top is a notch better than Kyamar La.

Observe the connecting ridge, below which lies Tisaling, your destination for the day. Go ahead on the right side of the ridge into a bowl-shaped valley. The trail is a level-walk of 2 km. It leads all the way towards the summit of an unnamed pass. From the pass, look for the green camping ground of Tisaling below.

Feel free to break from the trail and descend towards Tisaling. Tisaling is a beautiful high altitude grassland between Mandachalan La and Tisaling La.You will have to cross the stream and the marshland for a suitable camping spot at the base of Shibuk La.

  • Altitude: 16,500 ft – 17,370 ft – 15,050 ft
  • Distance: 15 km
  • Duration: 6-7 hours

Start early in the morning to avoid the brutal afternoon sun. The initial part of the trek involves a steady 1.5km climb to Shibuk La, which is adjacent to the campsite. The altitude gain is around 1,000 feet.

Cross the stream and head to the base of Shibuk La. The trail moves south-east and the pass is clearly visible above. There are several ways to reach the summit.

The straight route requires you to cross the stream towards your left and make a straight line upwards to the summit. This route is the shortest. However, the route has the maximum incline and is strenuous.

The other way to go about it is to take the left side trail and reach the crest of the pass. This is a longer route but the ascent is gradual, at least initially. It takes about an hour to reach Shibuk La.

The descent from the pass to Tso Kar Lake is rapid and takes around 4-5 hours. This is fertile stretch of land that is frequented by the Changpas, who come with their livestock.

After an hour, a rocky scree-filled trail awaits you. The view of Tso Kar lake basin is closer than ever as you descend swiftly. About 2-3 hours into descent, you will exit Shibuk La valley and enter Tso Kar region. Follow the trail on your right and exit the valley.

The trail here is well-defined. The brackish barren land has a unique array of colours that keep changing as the day progresses. As you approach the rocky spur, there will be a series of two crests of the plateau that need to be traversed. This will take 30-45 minutes.

Once at the top of the plateau, follow the trail that winds right. A motorable road becomes visible below now, it comes from the Leh-Manali road and heads south to Tso Moriri. Towards the far right, after crossing this road is the campsite of Pongunagu. It takes half an hour of walking to reach the campsite. Take the trail from the left side of a large fenced grazing ground to reach the campsite, this is the shortest route.

Pongunagu has place for pitching tents. It also has ready-to-use tents on rent. Today is the day you can also skip cooking if you are so inclined- there is a small dhaba where you can get food and also stock up on your supplies if necessary (of course, it is costlier than Leh).

This is the only point of exit on the trek, in case of emergencies. A satellite phone is also available in the nearest village, Thugje, 3 km away from the campsite.

  • Altitude: 15,050 ft to 15,310 ft
  • Distance: 16 km
  • Duration: 6-7 hours

Today is a relatively easy day of trekking over fairly flat terrain. Take the trail going south, facing the bank of Tso Kar lake. With the lake towards your left, the jeep trail is a pleasant one. Lookout for black necked cranes and Brahminy ducks. The trail passes by a few tea shops and winter shelters used by Changpa folk.

The valley widens as you walk towards Nuruchen, a Changpa village. Looming ahead are towering Zanskar ranges, where you can easily spot the Horlam La ridge. It’s an easy but long walk all the way to Nuruchen.

Nuruchen is used as a safe haven during bone-chilling winters by the Changpas. In the summers it looks like a ghost village with abandoned huts. There is a muddy stream gushing down from the Horlam La ridge, from the south west side. The rivulet is known as Nuruchen Lungpa and drains into the Tso Kar Lake. Pitch tents near the stream for the night.

Today’s trek is a fairly relaxed one, Horlam La is the easiest pass crossing of this trek.

Ford the Nuruchen rivulet and proceed further south west into the Tso Moriri Valley. You will notice an increased presence of Changpa nomads all the way to their settlement in Rachungkharu. Kiangs, Tibetan wild horses, frequent this trail. The trail is gravel and scree with short wild grass.

The approach to the pass is easy with wide expanses suitable for SUVs to drive by. From the pass descend to the grassy marshes of Spanglung Serpa river basin. A forty minute downhill ridge walk will have you reach the mushy marshes of the river basin. Avoid walking on the slushy side of the marshland.

Look out for a suitable spot to ford the river. The trail now takes you on a 5 km stretch till the campsite of Rachungkharu. Rachungkharu is one of the Changpa’s summer settlements and unlike the other settlements this one will not be deserted. Camp next to the river for the night.

Note: It is also possible to continue ahead to the next campsite, but this will make for a long, strenuous day. It is not recommended unless you are short on time or supplies.

  • Altitude: 16,150 ft – 17,780 ft – 17,700 ft – 16,900 ft
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Duration: 6-7 hours

Expect a long day of trekking. Today, you have two of the most formidable pass crossings in store for you. The other challenge of the day is fording a series of rivulets, including a few that can be tricky.

Start early. Take the clear-cut trail to Kyamayaru La, moving south. Follow the left course of the passing rivulet as you approach the base of the pass. After around an hour, you can see the saddle of Kyamayaru La on your right. Take the trail ascending all the way to the pass.

It takes an hour to reach the top of Kyamayaru La. From the pass Kang Yatse is visible to the south. Ahead of you lies the wide valley of Gyam chu. Descend to the extensive river basin of Gyam Chu. As you reach the first river, walk beside it until you reach pasture grounds used by yak herders. Ford the river from here and move ahead into Gyam Chu basin.

Below snow-covered Mentok ranges in the distance, observe several plateaus. Gyamar La ridge is in the middle of those plateaus. The ascent to the pass is steep. Keep a slow and steady pace as you approach the pass, it takes close to two hours to reach the top.

The pass has several prayer flags neatly laid out. The Mentok ranges (1 & 2) can be seen distinctly in the southern direction from here.

Descend from the pass towards the arid side of Gyamar basin. As you reach the banks of the stream, brace yourself for an exhilarating experience of river-crossings.

The rivers here are voluminous, deep and icy cold. Try boulder hopping or wade through the deep currents. The second river crossing appears shortly after the first one.

From here, head south towards the convergence of the rivulets that form the Gyamar River. Gyamalhoma campsite is across the river. Walk towards the bank of the river and prepare for the last river crossing of the day.

Gyamalhoma is a beautiful pasture ground frequented by Changpa yak herders and makes for an excellent camping spot. It is the base camp for climbing Mentok 1 and 2 peaks. If you a day to spare (and the supplies) then this is surely a campsite worth spending an extra day.

  • Altitude: 16,900 ft – 17,840 ft – 14,900 ft
  • Distance: 14 km
  • Duration: 6 hours

Today’s scenery is the best you’ll see on this trek. Prepare to cross the highest pass of the trek. Yarlung  Nyau La is located at an elevation of 17,840 feet and has the best views the trek has to offer.

Start by taking the marked trail heading south east of the river valley. About an hour of level walk over receding pasture land will have you enter a rocky landscape. The valley is barren and prone to rock fall.

There are cairns on the trail that keep you from getting lost. The plateau of Mentok will come into view after around 2 hours. The saddle of Yarlung Nyau La is now clearly visible ahead as you gain altitude.

As you reach the top, the first appearance of Tso Moriri lake is an overwhelming sight to fathom. The lake is huge and dominates the landscape. Some famous trek-worthy peaks like Chhamsher Kangri (21,725 feet) and Lungser Kangri (21,870 feet) are clearly visible from here. Standing at the highest point of the trek, bask in the view for a while before descending.

The descent to Tso Moriri lake loses altitude by 3,000 ft and is a long walk. Initially the descent is over very loose sand and an hour of descent will bring you to the pasture land of Karzok Phu. They are one of the summer grazing grounds used by the Changpas.

The trail from here winds through an arid desert valley, beautiful in its own accord, all the way to Karzok. The bank of the stream that drains into Tso Moriri has some green marshlands. Walk for another two hours at a steady pace to reach the camping grounds of Karzok next to the stream. You can also head further to the village if you prefer the comforts of civilization.

  • Altitude: 14,900 ft – 11,560 ft
  • Distance: 210 km drive
  • Duration: 6-7 hours drive

The trek ends at Karzok. Karzok is a beautiful village near the shores of Tso Moriri, with beautiful snow clad mountains all around. It would be an injustice to the place and yourself to head back to Leh without spending a day here.

You can spend a day just relaxing around the village, exploring Tso Moriri. Alternatively you can also do a day hike to any of the numerous peaks around Karzok.

Leh is around 210 kilometres from Karzok and it takes 6 to 7 hours to get there. Unfortunately, public transport between Leh and Karzok is very sparseBuses run from Leh to Karzok on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month and return to Leh the next day on the 11th, 21st and 31st (or 1st).

The other option to get to Leh is to look for a shared taxi, or any other vehicle heading towards Leh, that should cost you about Rs. 500 per person. If you need to hire a taxi it can cost anywhere around Rs. 5000.

We have an early start and go to the Leh airport to catch our flight to Kathmandu. If you want to extend your stay in Leh, please let us know.

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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • Camping during the trek and Guest House/Hotel Stay on twin / triple sharing basis in Leh and Karzok.
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Sightseeing as per program, trekking with full camping facilities.
  • ponies to carry luggage.
  • Dome tents – on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Micro-spikes, Gaiters, Helmets, if required
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Private group chemical Restroom
  • Local English speaking guide
  • During homestay Accommodation, All the meal will be prepared at home stay
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including Oxygen cylinder

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Hotels & Services in Delhi.
  • Sleeping bags, Trekking shoes and Clothing.
  • Rafting and Camel safari.
  • Any extension tours.
  • Items of any personal nature such as, Tip, travel insurance, Laundry and Phone Calls.
  • Extra hotel nights, rescue and evacuation costs.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”
  • Visa Fee
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • International Flights and airfare
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information


Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe alongwith eggs, paranthas, etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. As we want to keep plastic use to a minimum we will try and use plastic bottles as less possible. Hot lunches will be provided as and when we can. Vegetarians can be catered for.


A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the Rumste to Tso Moriri trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 14 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the Friendship World office.


During the Rumste to Tso Moriri trip the group will spend 4 nights in Leh and 10 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by Friendship World Trek adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact Friendship World office.


Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our Rumste to Tso Moriri trek route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually during Rumste to Tso Moriri trek, we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags

Code of Ethics for tourists visiting Ladakh

a. As a Guest – Respect local traditions- protect local cultural- maintain local prides.
b. While taking Photographs- Respect privacy-ask permission and restraint use of flashlight for photography and filming inside National Monuments and smoking and alcohol drinking is strictly prohibited
c. Respect Holy Place- preserve what you have come to see- never touch or remove religious objects- purchase and sale of antiques which is more than 100 years old is against the law and it attracts punishment under rules.
d. Keep stream water clean and avoid using pollutants such as detergents in stream and springs- if no toilets facilities are available- make sure are at least 30 Meter away from water source and Bury or cover waste.
e. Giving to Children encourages begin- a donation to project like Health Centre or School is a more constructive way to help.
f. Visitors who value local traditions encourage local prides and maintain local cultures-please help them to gain a realistic view of life in other parts of the World.
g. The beauty of the place and loving kinds of the people may change you but please do not change them.

Eating and Drinking

Whilst camping, the staff will bring a hot drink (usually tea) to your tent each morning. When you reach camp in the afternoon tea and biscuits will be served. At breakfast, dinner and in the afternoons, there is a choice of hot drinks. Breakfasts typically include cereal, toast and jam, eggs and porridge. Lunch on trek is usually served as a picnic en route (except on shorter days when it is in camp). Lunch and dinner typically include soup to start, followed by a variety of hot dishes (both local and western) such as potatoes/chips, vegetables, curry, pasta, rice, dal and paneer (cottage cheese). At dinner time a dessert such as tinned fruit and custard, fritters or cake is also be served.
Note:- that although some meals will include meat, it is not as readily available while camping.

Drinking Water

Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Ladakh. In Leh there is a shop called Dzomsa which sells safe drinking water. Your leader will show you where this is on your first day in Leh.

During the trek the cooks will collect and boil drinking water from the mountain streams and fill up your water bottles for you, but you may need to collect water during the day and may wish to use your own water purification treatment as well.

We also suggest that you may like to bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar)


The above weather chart for Leh shows average temperatures only – it does not reflect extremes of heat and cold. Generally the weather is good in Ladakh during the summer time, with warm to very hot sunny days (up to 30ºC/35ºC+) with cooler nights depending on the altitude (it can reach freezing point at some higher places in September). There is, however, the possibility of rain, and you should be prepared for this. The sun is very strong at these altitudes and some of the days on trek can be extremely hot.

Ladakh, though technically part of the Tibetan plateau and classified as a high altitude desert, can and does occasionally experience the effects of the Indian monsoon. Although the departures are timed to coincide when the weather is normally good, you should remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

Note:- While on a trek or expedition in a remote area if any client suffers from altitude sickness or any other serious injury, the sirdar/guide sends a runner to the nearest telephone/army post/road head to ask for help. Emergency evacuation becomes necessary in the following cases:High Altitude Sickness – If the client suffers from High Altitude Sickness, he/she needs to descend immediately. Injury – In case the client is badly injured – broken bones/fractures or sickness like thrombolysis (blood clotting), paralysis, loss of eyesight – in these cases as well he/she needs to be evacuated/descend immediately.

Rumtse to Tsomoriri Lake Trek Route Map



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