Spiti to Ladakh Trek
Area: Ladakh Himalayas
Duration: 24 Days
Grade : Moderate/ Challenging
Altitude : 5577 Mts
Best Season: June - Oct
Going through the traces of the silk route between Spiti in Himachal Pradesh to Tibet via Ladakh and Changthang, one will surely embark upon and get enchanted by the panoramic cascade of the Trans Himalaya. Spiti to Ladakh trek is one of the dream treks of every trekker that not only takes one through the changing colours of the Himalayan range, from lush green valley dotted with colourful orchards to barren and desolate terrain, but also exposes the turquoise water bodies perched aloft. Nonetheless, the journey also allows you to get acquainted with several species of Himalayan wildlife that dominates the isolated region. The Spiti to Ladakh trek is thus one of the beautiful treks in the Ladakh region that is a fusion of scenic beauty, Indo Tibetan culture and wildlife. The Spiti to Ladakh trek allows you to step into the footsteps of Buddhism in India as it turns to some of the ancient monasteries and remote villages inhabited by different sects of Indo - Tibetans. Moreover, passing through the high altitude mountain passes and combating the narrow and rocky tracks make the journey more adventurous.
The Spiti to Ladakh trek is one of the moderate treks in the Ladakh region that starts from Kibber, which is drivable from Kaza, the capital of Spiti region. The jeep ride from Manali to Kibber via Kaza passes through the popular Rohtang Pass at 3,978 meters and thereafter snakes through Kunzam La at 4,358 meters. The drive continues to Losar followed by Dhankar Fort and thereafter wheels to Kibber. From Kibber the trekking route takes you to Pangrochen and later climbs to Parang La at 5,577 meters. The trek continues over the valley of the Pare Chu (river) to Tarang Yogma and thereafter turns to Norbu Sumdo. From Norbu Sumdo the Spiti to Ladakh trekking route takes one to the serene vicinity of Tso Moriri and thence heads to Korzok via Kiangdam. After crossing Gyamsharma La the trail leads to Gyama, which is a large nomadic settlement. From Gyama via Kyamamuri La followed by Rajung Karu and Harlam Konka, the trek turns to Tso Kar, which is another alpine lake in Ladakh region. Thereafter, the Spiti to Ladakh trek heads to Leh.
Day 01: Delhi
Arrive Delhi, on arrival meet and transfer in a hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi-Manali
Express Train to Chandigarh and drive down to Manali.
Day 03: Manali
Day at Leisure. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 04: Manali-Spiti
Travel by jeep over 3,978 Rohtang pass, gateway to Lahaul, then continue by jeep over 4.358 metre Kunzam la to Losar, the first village in the Spiti valley.
Day 05: Spiti-Kaza
Continue by jeep to Kaza, the modern capital of Spiti.
Day 06: Kaza
Travel by jeep to Dhankar fort, the former capital of Spiti, high above the confluence of the Pin and Spiti rivers. Then continue towards Tabo Gompa, one of the greatest artistic treasures in the Himalayan region, to view its paintings and sculptures, some of which are over 1,000 years old.
Day 07: Kaza-Kibber
Travel by jeep to Kyi Gompa, the largest in Spiti, and Kibber, famed as the world's highest village with electricity and daily bus service. Overnight stay at Kibber.
Day 8: Kibber
Local walk around Kibber: to Gete and Tashigang, two villages among the highest permanent settlements on earth. Return to Kibber for the night.
Day 09: Kibber
Begin trekking with a short but steep climb to the grazing pastures above Kibber.
Day 10: Kibber-Pangrochen
Trek to Pangrochen, the last camp before Parang la. Only a small spring sustains life at this high, rocky campsite.
Day 11: Pangrochen-Parang La
Trek over 5,577 metre Parang la and descend the dazzling Parang glacier to the lovely oasis of Kharsa Gongma.
Day 12: Parang La-Pare Chu
Trek down the valley of the Pare Chu (river) to Tarang Yogma.
Day 13: Pare Chu-Norbu Sumdo
Continue down the Pare Chu, cross the river and camp at the broad oasis of Norbu Sumdo.
Day 14: Norbu Sumdo-TSO moriri
Trek to Kiangdam, on the southern shore of TSO Moriri, the "Mountain Lake".
Day 15: TSO moriri-Kiangdam
Rest day in the incredible setting of Kiangdam.
Day 16: Kiangdam-Korzok
Trek to Korzok, the village and Gompa at the northern shore of the lake.
Day 17: Korzok-Gyama
Trek past many large nomadic encampments over Gyamsharma La to Gyama.
Day 18: Gyama-Rajung Karu
Cross the Kyamamuri La to Rajung Karu.
Day 19: Rajung Karu-Nuruchan
Trek over the low ridge of Harlam Konka to the small village and Gompa of Nuruchan.
Day 20: Nuruchan-Tso Kar
Trek to Tso Kar, another of the remarkable lakes of the Changtang plains.
Day 21: Tso Kar-Taglang La
Travel by jeep to over the 5,328-metre Taglang la to Leh.
Day 22: Taglang La-Leh
Exploration of Leh.
Day 23: Leh-Delhi
Morning flight to Delhi from Leh. Check into a hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 24: Departure Transfer
Depart- Delhi and transfer to airport for catching a flight to onward journey.