Tsomoriri to Kibber
The Trek through the ancient Pashmina route starts from the Nomads headquarter of Korzok, near the Tsomoriri Lake approximately 240 kms from Leh. It has wonderful walk along the Tsomoriri Lake, Parangchu with excellent landscape and climbing to Prangla Pass (5588m) with 3 hours walking on the Glacier. It was traditional route to reach Leh when Spiti was part of Ladakh. And in 19th Century Britisher used this route to enter into Highland of Ladakh to get high quality Pashmina. For Changpa nomads it’s an important trade route even today, they sell their sheep and goats in Spiti, in return they get wheat, barley, cloths and other stocks for the cold winter. The trek finishes at Kibber village the highest village in the world and drive to Kaza, the biggest town of Spiti.
Destination: Tsomoriri to Kibber
Best Time: Oct to Feb
Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Day 01 : ARRIVAL IN LEH
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by Mountain trails representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel
Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian “Silk Route”. A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.
Evening we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.
Day 02 : LEH
AM: Excursion Spituk & Hall of Fame
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk
Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.
Spituk or dpe-thub mean ‘effective as an Example’ and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.
And also visit Hall of Fame near Leh is worth a visit for every citizen. It is a glorious museum constructed by Indian army. You can see the memorabilia, eminent defence personalities with biographies, images and weapons used during Kargil war and belongings of enemy soldiers found at war site. Another section of this building is entirely dedicated to Siachen and its heroes. On display are attires, multi layered shoes to keep their feet from frost bites, their daily instruments, their day to day food mainly frozen and packed, which is heated by lighting small balls of Hexamycin tablets, as fire is difficult to ignite at a temperature dipping -30 deg to -50 deg centigrade. It is mentioned on a board that 97% of the casualties in Siachen are due to cold and terrain.
Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch
Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh’s head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.
Leh Palace is one of the most captivating architectural ruins that attract the attention of the tourists almost immediately with its majestic setting at the edge of the Namgyal hill and overlooking the town and at once looks like a reminiscent of Lhasa’s Potala Palace. The Palace was built in the middle of the 16th century by King Singe Namgyal and still belongs to the royal family that now lives in the Stok Palace. The nine-storeyed monument is now in ruins. The palace remains locked and may be opened at request by a monk
Leh Palace is also an excellent example of the medieval Tibetan architecture. It features colossal inclined buttressed walls and protruding wooden balconies.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03 : LEH
Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.
We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.
Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh,.
Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.
The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.
Day 04 : LEH – CHUMATHANG – TSOMORIRI (240 KMS)
Leave in the morning and drive to Chumathang stop at Upshi for check point. Chumathang is famous for medical hot spring and & people visit to this place for medical bath. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 km. Drive will take you to Tsomoriri. The Lake is breeding grounds for numerous species of birds. Chief among them are the bar headed goose, found in great numbers, crested grebe, the Brahmin duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown headed gull. The Lake is 8 Km. Wide and 28 Km long. Overnight in tents.
Day 05 : KORZOK TO KYANGDAM (4595 M) – 05 HRS
Today it is an easy trek along the Lake towards southeast. The campsite is just at the end or the Lake.
Day 06 : KYANGDAM TO SKITPODANGSA (4563 M) 04-05 HRS
As soon as you leave Kyangdam, cross the river and walk towards east through a plain ground. After 02 hours of walk you will see a spring (Chumik Sharte), Trek to the same direction leaving Nurboo Sumdo campsite behind, and the Skitpodangsa is just across the river. Overnight camp.
Day 07 : SKITPODANGSA TO GETPABUZAK (4600 M) 05 HRS
Today it is again an easy walk along the Parangchu to the south. The campsite is just before the slopes. Overnight camp.
Day 08 : GETPABUZAK TO TARANGYOKMA (4731 M) 04-05 HRS
Trek towards the same direction passing through several slopes. You reach the campsite after crossing the tributaries coming from the east. Overnight camp.
Day 09: TARANGYOKMA TO KARSHA GOMPA (4900 M) OR PARANG LA BASE (BUBNEN) (5089 M) 03-04 HRS
Today it is an easy walk. Walk to the same direction till a huge rock from where you have to cross the river to the right. If you are in a big group camp across the river, otherwise walk ahead to the base of Parang La. Overnight camp.
Day 10: TARANGYOKMA TO TAKKARZONG (4850 M)
Today you have to cross the Parang-La pass through the glacier. Walk form right side of the glacier (your left) through the foothill till the crevasses becomes very narrow or finishes, and then walk towards south to the top of the pass. The pass has prayer flags and an other side is dry and very steep down.
The campsite is near a huge rock with waterfalls from it. But in end of September and October water dries up, therefore you have to carry water from the Parang base.
Day 11: TAKKARZONG TO THAGLTAK (4500 M) 04-05 HRS
Walk down to the river (It is also called Parangchu) and walk towards east along the river through a narrow gorge. Thagltak is reached after crossing the river and a steep ascent towards south. The campsite is up the hill, which has spring water at the campsite.
Day 12: THAGLTAK TO KIBBER 03 HRS
Walk towards east and you can have the view of Kibber village just after a small pass across the river. The walk from Kibber to Key takes around one and half hours. Overnight at camp.
Day 13: KIBBER – KEY GOMPA – KAZA ( 3600M)
An early morning drive to Kee gompa 8 km, which is situated on a small hill. Drive to Kaza check in to hotel.
Day 14: KAZA
Visit Dankhar monastery old capital of Spiti valley, Tabo monastery built in 996 AD, known as Ajanta of Himalaya, Lalung monastery and Kungri monastery in Pin valley. Evening drive back to Kaza.
Day 15: KAZA – MANALI (1’950 MTRS)
An early start for a spectacular jeep ride to Manali via the Kunzum la pass (4’551 m) and Rohtang la ( 3’978 m )Passes. En-route magnificent view of numerous peaks of C.B. ranges CB 13, CB 14 far at Kunzom La, Shigri Parbat, Pinnacle, Kullu Pumori, White Sail, Bara Shigri Glacier (12 km long glacier) at Upper Chandra valley.
From Rohtang Gephang Goh, Hanuman Tibba. We arrive in Manali about 6 pm after a long dusty day on the road.
Day 16: MANALI
Breathe in the fresh mountain air of Manali, the most famous hill resort in Himachal Pradesh. the pine covered slopes, the panoramic mountain vistas, the gushing waters of the Beas river are sure to enthrall you as you embark on a tour of Naggar Castle, Roerich’s Art gallery, Hadimba Devi Temple, Tibetan Monastery. Evening is at leisure. Overnight at the Hotel.
Day 11: DEPART MANALI
Tour concludes. Mountain Trails thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport / Bus Station to catch the flight / Bus for your onward Destination.