Tso Moriri to Kibber Trek

Trip Code FTW016
Trip Duration 15
Max Altitude 5089M
Group Size 2-20
Best Time for Visit January to December

Trip Overview


The Tso Moriri to Kibber trek is also a thrilling and picturesque journey through the rugged terrain of the Indian Himalayas, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes, and traditional villages. This trek spans approximately 100 kilometers and is a challenging yet rewarding adventure for avid trekkers and nature enthusiasts. Starting from the tranquil Tso Moriri Lake, also located at an altitude of around 4,595 meters in the Ladakh region of India, trekkers embark on a mesmerizing journey through a variety of landscapes. The lake's pristine beauty serves as a captivating starting point for the adventure. The trek also takes you through barren lands, high mountain passes, and remote villages, providing a glimpse into the region's rich culture and unique way of life. The challenging terrain also demands proper acclimatization and physical fitness as you ascend to high altitudes, often crossing passes above 5,000 meters. Throughout the trek, trekkers pass through several high-altitude villages, including Korzok, Kyamar, and Gete, where they can interact with the local population and witness their traditional lifestyle. The ancient monasteries along the route, such as Ki, serve as cultural pitstops and offer a spiritual touch to the journey. One of the highlights of the trek is crossing the Parang La pass, standing at an altitude of approximately 5,580 meters. The panoramic view from the pass is awe-inspiring, showcasing a stunning vista of the surrounding mountains and valleys. As the trek progresses, the landscape transforms, offering glimpses of the Spiti Valley's unique topography with its rugged mountains and dramatic gorges. The trek culminates in Kibber, a picturesque village situated at an altitude of around 4,205 meters. Kibber is known for its traditional mud-brick houses and as one of the world's highest motorable villages.

Conclusion and Summary

In summary, the Tso Moriri to Kibber trek is an adventure that takes you through some of the most remote and stunning landscapes of the Indian Himalayas. It offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and a challenging yet rewarding trekking experience, making it a memorable journey for those seeking adventure and exploration in the lap of the mighty Himalayas.

 Trip Highlight

  • Scenic Drive from Leh to Karzok.
  • 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.
  • Spectacular camps in remote grassy meadows next to snow melt streams
  • Mesmerizing View of Moon Landscape at Lamayuru.
  • Fantastic views of the Mentok range on the right and Chamser & Lungser Kangri across the lake.
  • Explore Lamayuru Monastery: One of the Oldest Monasteries in Ladakh
  • Visit Kibber Monastery and Alchi Monastery in Spiti Valley.
  • Admire the surreal beauty of Tso Kar and Tso Moriri, the largest High Altitude lake in the Indian Himalayas
  • Challenge yourself by crossing difficult Pass called Parang La Pass at 5580m.
  • 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 Kyangdam, Karzok, Nurboosumdo and soon
  • Locate the The nomadic migratory shepards of Tibetan Origin inhabited by Changpas on elevated Rupshu and other Valley
  • Learn the culture and Lifestyle of nomadic people plus Spiti Valley People living in valleys followed by this trek
  • 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 magnetic hill & 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.
(optional) If the weather permits, gear up for river rafting in River Zanskar. 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

After breakfast, proceed to Tsomoriri Lake via Mahe Bridge. Then long wonderful drive from Leh to Tsomoriri gives us tremendous opportunities for photography. The changes in landscape are difficult to imagine. We pass through many typical Ladakhi villages. One stop at Chumathang for the picnic and visit the medicinal hot springs, continue drive to Tsomoriri lake which is breeding grounds for numerous species of birds. The Lake is 8Kms wide & 28 Kms long., Karzok is one of the most high altitude settlements in Ladakh. O/N camp

Today we will walk from Karzok to end of the Lake with a few ups and downs. Overall it is completely different walking day with a similar experience of walking on the beach. The difference of walking here is the narrow tails mostly rocky and sand sometimes. Chances are of spotting wild animal in this area. walk along the west bank of the lake, you will have fantastic views of the Mentok range on the right and Chamser & Lungser Kangri across the lake. The Camping site is just at the end of the Lake, before the river. There is no toilet facility. O/N camp

From Kyangdam the scenery changes dramatically and you enter the river valley of Parang Chu. Today is again an easy walking on the flat ground to Nurboo Sumdo. You will have to wet your feet as soon as you leave camp. Pass through spring (Chumik Sharte) and the campsite is a deep ground near the river and spring. You can also camp at Skitpodangsa on the another side of the Parangchu but water level can be high in the afternoon if you are trekking in the month of early July & August. O/N camp

After a short walk you have to cross the river several times. It is very important to cross the river in the morning otherwise the water level is too high. If you camp at Nurboo Sumdo don’t forget to carry sandal with you for water crossing. The river is full of small pebbles, which hurts your feet without sandal. After crossing the river you will walk towards south for the next few days. Gradually you walk along the river. Camping site is just after small ups and down. Also, The hip deep water is quite cold as it comes straight from the glacier you will cross the other day. So, Sandals are highly recommended. After crossing the river you can warm up your frozen feet during a walk along the river uphill. You will be rewarded with amazing views over the river. Enjoy the beautiful rock scenery formed by the power of water and wind. On the way you see two 6000m mountains. Your camping ground is on the river. O/N camp

Go further up that valley until you reach the end of the valley. After final crossings of the river (probably not so often and deep as yesterday morning, anyway sandals are recommended) you reach a very nice camping ground. That is surrounded by many snow capped mountains. From here you see the target of the next day Parang-La with its magestic glacier.

Option: You can split this 1 day stage in 2 days stages by camping in Tharang Yogma.

That is the longest and hardest day on the trek. There is another river crossing in the morning. Follow the pass on the left side of the glacier (and cross the river) up to 5.400 m. You cross the glacier for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours until you reach the pass of Parang-La 5.580 m (18.300 ft). That means walking on a mixture of ice and snow and you feel like you will never reach the end.

There is an amazing view all the way back and a completely different landscape on the other side of the pass. Going down the steep path you might think: “Thank you for not having to climb it.”

Follow the path until you reach a narrow gorge with a river (first water supply after the pass). Follow the river for 1.5 hours (several river crossings are necessary) and climb a side valley for 200m until you reach the camp side Tangltak 4.515 m (14812 ft). Tangltak is the first campsite with water supply. That makes it a very long day trek.

After that hard day yesterday the last day is a very easy and short. Climb a small pass for about 30 minutes. At the left you can enjoy the view of the snow capped mountain Shilla (7.026 m). Follow a broad green valley until you see the first village after a couple of days. Go down a gorge to the river and climb up for about 200 m till you reach the prosperous looking village Kibber. Here you can find a few new guest houses. From here you can visit the Key monastery.

Our next journey begins, in our comfortable car through Spiti (Literally, ‘In between land’ as it was a buffer zone between the old kingdom of Tibet and India). First we visit Ki Gompa, a monastery high above the Spiti River. There are spectacular views both down and up of valley from here. Then on to the very different Dhankar Gompa, perched at 4000m, with some beautiful wall paintings, before we arrive at Tabo, where we spend the night. Tabo monastery along with Alchi in Ladakh, is one of the oldest gompas in the Buddhist world, dating back to 966, and, like Alchi, centers around a Dukhang (assembly hall) set on the ground floor (with the spreading of Buddhism, later monasteries, like Ki and Dhankar, were built on hillsides to reflect the enhanced status of Buddhism) and it still has a flourishing art school. Tabo is enough off the beaten track to feel pleasantly isolated from the tourist trail, and we have time to explore both the prayer halls and the surrounding countryside. O/N hotel

Leave Kaza, drive to Kaza (3800m) Kaza is situated at the foot of steep ridges and on the left bank of river Spiti. Drive continues to Kunzom la (4590m), highest pass on Spiti Lahaul road. The lofty Shigri Glacier is seen in front in all its grandeur. The crest of the pass has been marked by a chorten of stones erected ages ago. Then drive to Khoksar. It is desolate and regarded as the coldest place in Himachal Pradesh. Finally reach Keylong, the capital of Lahaul and Spiti. Visit the town. O/N hotel

Morning Drive to Manali, en route visiting Rohtang la 3978m. Here, one sees the majesty of the mountains at its height and splendour. Then you dip into Manali region and another 51 Kms drive will take you to Manali. O/N hotel

Manali is named after the lawgiver Manu. The word Manali comes from “Manu-Alaya” which literally means “the abode of Manu “located at an altitude of 2050M in the Beas River valley. Visit Manali which is circled by beautiful glades of deodars and flowering horse chestnuts. Visit Hadimba Temple, a four-story wooden temple is located in the middle of a forest. Afternoon visit Naggar 1760m. It is located on a wooded slope and commands an extensive view. It was the capital of erstwhile Kullu state for about 1400 years. Here, visit Roerich art gallery which houses the paintings of Nicholas Roerich as well as his sculptures. O/N hotel

You will be transferred to airport or any other location in Manali.

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

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

  • All transportation by Toyota Qualis, Innova or Scorpio.
  • During the homestay trekking, All the meal will be prepared at home stay
  • Two men tent, Kitchen and dinning tents.
  • Kitchen equipments and Toilet Tent.
  • sightseeing as per program, trekking with full camping facilities.
  • camping charges, wildlife fee, red cross, Ladakh environmental fee, monument fee and inner line permit.
  • Stool, Table and mattresses.
  • Food veg and non-veg.
  • Cook, helper and guide.
  • Ponies for Luggages for Trekking with Camping.
  • Ponies/Potters for Luggages for Trekking with Homestay.
  • GST

Price Excludes

  • Any flight tickets
  • No accommodation in Leh & Manali is included in Trekking Packages.
  • Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing.
  • hotels & services in Delhi.
  • rafting and camel safari.
  • any extension tours.
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
  • Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”.
  • Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
  • Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  • 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.

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Trip Information

Instruction for Travelling to Ladakh

Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
Avoid trekking during the nights. Single rooms and tents can be requested for a supplement (subject to availability). Please enquire at the time of booking.
Ladakh is very safe, tourist friendly and cheering place, but still you need to take care of some preparations which can make your tour even better and memorable: Carry headache, stomachache, anti-vomiting tablets with you. Please respect the culture of Ladakh. We are providing world class services in the secluded place, which is similar to an oasis, is very difficult and challenging. Still we try our best to bring cheer on your faces.

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.

What to bring

Hiking trousers and shirts, warm jackets, pullovers and raincoat Good hiking shoes Flash light Sun hat/baseball cap Sunglasses, Lip balm Sun lotion cream and toiletries

Tso Moriri to Kibber Trek Route Map



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