Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

7 Days - 6 Nights
  • Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

Description

Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek: The Largest High Altitude Lake in the Himalayas

Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek lies in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Tso Moriri is the largest high altitude lake within Ladakh covering 40 km flanked by the Greater Himalayas and Trans Himalayas.

The trek from Rumtse to Tso Moriri is one of the most picturesque treks in Ladakh. The trail passes through the Changthang region; it is a plateau with exotic landscapes and unique lakes like Tso Kar and Tso Moriri.

The Legend Behind Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

The interesting story behind Tso Moriri’s name is – A Chomo (Buddhist nun) woman was riding on a Yak and somehow got carried into the lake, the Yak started drowning into the water and the scared woman cried “Ri Ri” for help until she drowned. Then the lake got its name “Chomoriri”.

Highlights of Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

Cross high passes on Tso Moriri trek i.e. Kyamar La, Madachalan La, Shibuk La, Kyamayaru La and Yarlung Nyau La.

Sight of two high altitude lakes Tso Kar and Tso Moriri.

Spot Brahmini ducks and necked cranes with other Himalayan animals and birds like ibex, marmots and kiang.

Come across Chanpa and other nomad families on the way with their goats, sheep and yaks.

Karzok is India’s highest altitude village (4572 m) and there a 500 years old ancient monastery lies on the trading route between Ladakh and Spiti.

Key Points of Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

Level: Difficult

Proper conditioning & training of body required

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature

Shoes are the single most important equipment.

High Altitude requires proper acclimatization.

Beautiful landscapes so carry good photo gear & Extra battery backup.

Travel light

The backpack should not exceed 10 kgs.

Must Read about Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

Duration – 7 days

Best Time – June, July and August

Level – Difficult

Highest point – 5450 m

Weather – Nights are cold and day temperature is pleasant during the season.

Temperature – Day (20°C to 30°C) Night (5°C to 10°C)

Starting point – Rumtse

Short Itinerary of Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek

Day 1 – Rumtse to Kyamar – Distance – 10 km, Time taken – 4 hours

Day 2 – Kyamar – Kyamar La – Mandalchan La – Tisaling – Distance – 13 km, Time taken – 6/7 hours

Day 3 – Tisaling to Shibuk La – Ponganagu – Distance – 14 km, Time taken – 6/7 hours

Day 4 – Ponganagu to Nuruchan- Distance – 17.8 km, Time taken – 5/6 hours

Day 5 – Nuruchan to Kyamayuri La and Gyamar Barma- Distance – 19 km, Time taken – 7/8 hours

Day 6 – Gyamar Barma to Kartse La and Gyamar – Distance – 5.7 km, Time taken – 3 hours

Day 7 – Gyamar to Yalung Nyau La and Karzok – Distance – 16 km, Time taken – 5/6 hours

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Day 1 :Rumtse to Kyamar – Distance – 10 km, Time taken – 4 hours

The trail to Kyamar is also called salt road because through this valley salt was transported from Tso Kar to Indus valley and Leh. Witness the different landscapes and sceneries different from Ladakh.

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Day 2 : Kyamar – Kyamar La – Mandalchan La – Tisaling – Distance – 13 km, Time taken – 6/7 hours

Leave Kyamar and climb gradually to Kyamar La which offers exotic sight of Changthang region. After a short break at the pass descend towards Tiri Doksa.

It is a temporary shelter of shepherds on the way. Continue trekking and ascend to Mandalchan La, get great views of the surroundings. Halt for a while there enjoy being at the top then descend to Tisaling.
After covering 13 km trail reach the campsite and retire for the night.

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Day 3 :Tisaling to Shibuk La – Ponganagu – Distance – 14 km, Time taken – 6/7 hours

Leave Tisaling and head towards Shibuk La, the altitude is gained gradually. Reach the top and get amazing views of Tso Kar Lake. Without wasting much time get down to Ponganagu your campsite for today.

Ponganagu is near Tso Kar lake, it is rich in Fauna and some Himalayan animals and birds can be easily spotted here like ibex, marmots and kiang.

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Day 4 : Ponganagu to Nuruchan- Distance – 17.8 km, Time taken – 5/6 hours

Walk along the west of Tso Kar lake and there spot Brahmini ducks and necked cranes.

Tso Kar is also known as “White Lake” because on its bank salt gets deposited.

From here walk to Nuruchan, campsite for today.

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Day 5 : Nuruchan to Kyamayuri La and Gyamar Barma- Distance – 19 km, Time taken – 7/8 hours

After breakfast, get ready to cross two passes; Horlam Kongka La and Kyamayuri La. On the way come across some nomad families with their goats, sheep and yaks.

After crossing these passes and tough long hike reach Gyamar Barma. Setup your camps here and retire for the night.

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Day 6: Gyamar Barma to Kartse La and Gyamar – Distance – 5.7 km, Time taken – 3 hours

Today also you will be crossing a pass “Kartse La”. The trek is 5.7 km long, covering the distance will take around 3 hours.

After crossing Kartse La go downwards to reach Gyamar valley.

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Gyamar to Yalung Nyau La and Karzok – Distance – 16 km, Time taken – 5/6 hours

Leave Gyamar and cross the final Yarlung Nyau La, it is the highest pass you are going to cross. From the top bluish freshwater Tso Moriri Lake is clearly visible.
This pristine Lake is 40 km long at an altitude of 4,522 m flanked by the Greater Himalayas and Trans Himalayas.

The interesting story behind Tso Moriri’s name is – A Chomo woman (Buddhist nun) was riding on a Yak and got carried into the lake, the Yak started drowning into the water then the scared woman cried “Ri Ri” for help until she drowned then the lake got its name “Chomoriri”.

Descend to the village of Korzok which overlooks Tso Moriri and it is a settlement of Chanpa (nomads). Karzok is India’s highest altitude village (4572 m) and there a 500 years old ancient monastery lies on the trading route between Ladakh and Spiti.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava

Sunglasses

Slippers

Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)

Sunscreen

Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)

ORS

Band aid

Cotton

Stretchable/Elastic bandage

Gauze

Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags

Mattress

Liner

Pillow

Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table

Porters

Helper

Mules

Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Transport Facility

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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