Rumtse - Tsomoriri Trek
This trek starts from Rumtse village which is 70 km away from Leh on the way to Leh- Manali highway .This trek gives you the opportunity to interact with tibetan nomads settlements, opportunity to explore Tsomoriri lake and also more chance to watch wild animals and wild birds of Ladakh. There are around eight pass in this trek and the highest pass is Kyamayuru La (5400m) in altitude. Because of higher altitude you need to acclimatize properly before doing this trek.
The area traversed by the Manali-Leh road and containing the drainage basins of Tsomoriri and other lakes is known as Rupshu. Here, the Zanskar range is transformed into bare rolling many-hued hills divided by open high altitude valley. It is a landscape unlike any other in Ladakh or elsewhere in India.
From Leh, we drive about 70 kms on the Leh – Manali road to Rumtse, the starting point of our trek. Rupshu Valley lies sandwiched between Ladakh in the north, Tibet in the east and Zanskar in the west. It is a part of the Changthang plateau and is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest being Tso Moriri at 4.500 m.
Truly remote, this area is accessible only 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 takes us across these passes to their summer settlements to witness a unique human culture, far away from the reaches of the modern world. The scenery is wild and vast with snow capped peaks lining the far horizon and the area is also home to some rare wildlife like Kyang, Blue sheep, Ibex and the famous Himalayan snow leopard.
The final leg of our trek leads us over a high mountain pass to the shores of beautiful Tso Moriri Lake. Surrounded by over 6,000m high snowcapped peaks, this lake is alive with an abundance of very rare migratory birds. The trek ends at the enchanting Lake Tsomoriri and from here we can transfer to Leh or continue to Kibber in Spiti ( Tsomoriri-Kibber). The trek is around 7 or 8 days.
Best Time: July to Mid-Sept. Grade: 4+