Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese border, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes. This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largestbeing Tsomoriri at 4,500 m. Truly remote, this area is only accessible for a few months every summer and is inhabited by Changpas – nomadic yak and pashmina goat herders of Tibetan origin, who wander this area crossing over high altitude mountain passes. Our trek will take us across these passes to their summer settlements to witness a unique human culture, far away from the reaches of the modern world. The itinerary then goes south towards Spiti, following the western bank of the lake. The scenery is wild and vast with snow-capped peaks lining the far horizon. The trek ends at Tabo, famous for its monastery.
Note: B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
Arrival and transfer to hotel,
Early morning transfer to domestic airport for fly to leh,
Sightseeing around in Leh, Visit Buddhist monasteries Shey, Thiksey, Hemis,Likkir ,Alchi, Stok Monastery & Shanti stupa.
We stop at Hemis to visit its monastery, one of the largest and most important of Ladakh. Later, we will continue to Rumtse, where the trek starts. We enter a magnificent and vast area, where the Changpas – nomadic herders take their yak to pasture. We follow the ancient salt along the green Kyamar valley.
We start through beautiful color gorge towards Chorten Sumda. Easy walk for one hour then ascend towards Kumur La. From the top we can see the beautiful view of the chain of Kangyatse and the chain of Indus valley.
From the pass we get a panoramic view of the Tsokhar Lake (4400m)and the Rupshu valley. Then descend towards the lake, from which the nomads collect some salt. We will camp near the winter camp of nomad people of Chant hang.
Today we have an easy trek along the lake. On the way one can see many birds and Wild ass (Kyang) of Ladakh and Tibet plateau. At the end of the lake the trail goes right and enters the Nuruchan village.
This is a high altitude route and we will cross two passes around 4900 m.
Trek over the Yalung Nyau La to Korzok, on the northwestern shore of Tso Moriri, the “Mountain Lake” We visit the Korzok monastery.
Walk along the western shore of Tso Moriri to Kyangdam, an expansive grassland on the southern shore
After crossing the river, the trail climbs up for a while and enter the Parang Chu valley
We gradually ascend the Prang Chu valley, on the right bank of the river.
The trail passes through a narrow gorge involving many ascents and descents to the side valleys.
After the frontal moraine of the Parang glacier, the trail continues on the opposite bank, thorough a mass of fallen rocks. After making our way over a few patches of snow, we climb gradually up to Parang La. The top of this Pass presents spectacular viewpoints of the peaks and ranges of Lahol and Ladakh. The Parang Chu, whose source is on the southern slopes of Parang La, can be seen below.
Steap descend towards the Sampa Lungpa valley. After crossing a little pass, the Thaltak La (4600 m), one can see towards Parilungbi in the Lingti Valley and Shilla. We soon reach the little hamlet of Dumla, a tiny green oasis, then Kibber, which is the highest village in the world.
Transfer by taxi, along the Spiti River (60 Km – 4 h). We reach Kyi in less than 3 hours and have all afternoon to explore this fascinating village and the jumble of the white buildings that is the Gompa, perched high on a rocky hill above the village. Afterwards, we visit the Tabo monastery, one of the most important Gompas, not just in Spiti but in the whole Tibetan Buddhist world. There is also a modern Gompa and a painting school founded by the Dalai Lama.
Drive to Kyato, o/n in guesthouse
We will cross two passes split by the Chandra valley
Visit old Manali, Hadimba temple and Vashisht village. In the late afternoon we will take the night bus to Delhi.
Morning arrival in Delhi, transfer to hotel, Rest of the day is free for your own activities.
Transfer to international airport in Delhi,