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Chilling to Tsomoriri Trek

15 Days

Chilling – Markha -Dat – Tsomoriri Trek

Trekking route begin from Chilling bridge – Sku and end at Tsomoriri lake that lies in Changthang valley. But, you will from the day first you will enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley and wildlife. Wildlife and birds, can easily meet. Similarly, while doing this trek we come across with peaks like Kangyatse which is located in the village of Markha and the trekking route is just near to it. We can also enjoy the view of peaks belong to some other situated near this ranges. And from the first pass (la) which is to be climb named Zalungkarpo, from there one can see the peaks located in Zanskar ranges, also enjoy the view of colourful mountain lies in that area.

When we reach reach Changthang valley the land scape and areas are drastically change to broad one unlike Marka valley where it is gorge. The living style of people is totally different from each other. The first one is mainly depends on agriculture and the people of Changthang is depend on animals for their livelihood. They rear animals like yaks, goat and sheep for food, clothes and dairy for selling and exchange with other things of their daily uses.

The pashmina produce by the goat of this area is very famous throughout in the country and get very handsome money. One unique features of this people is living in tent and migrate from place to place in search of grass for their animals. And finally our trek after visiting Tsokar as a very famous lake named Tsomoriri and salt water lake our journey will turn towards Leh and 12 days trekking will end.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Leh airport and transfer to hotel
Day 2: Explore the royal palace of Old Kingdom
Day 3: Drive to Chilling – Skyu (3,400m) from Leh 3 hours
Day 4: Trek to Markha (3,700m) from Skyu 6-7 hours
Day 5: Trek to Hangkar (4,150m) from Markha 5-6 hours
Day 6: Trek to Yakrupal (4,670m) from Hankar 5-6 hours
Day 7: Acclimatization and day walk around
Day 8: Trek to Tsogra via Zalungkarpola (5,190m) from Yakrupal 8-9 hours
Day 9: Trek to Dat (4,350m) from Tsogra 5-6 hours
Day 10: Drive to Tsokar salt Lake (4,530m) 3-4 hours
Day 11: Drive to Tsomoriri (4,522m) from Tsokar salt Lake 5-6 hours
Day 12: On a relaxing day, explore Tsomoriri Lake
Day 13: Drive back to Leh via Mahe brigde 6-7 hours
Day 14: Free day, explore in Leh city
Day 15: Drop at the airport for the final departure

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Trip Info

We would like to provide some information that will help you with each of your considerations. Please read below for the more information.

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group, category of the hotel accommodation and the client’s desire (budget)
  • The included itinerary above price is a guideline standard and camping style pattern which AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions advises you. This trekking itinerary can be modified according to your time and requirements.
  • The itinerary shall be changed after an understanding between both AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions and the client. Additional activities could be either added or reduced as per client's request before the confirmation of the trip.
  • Price above the shall be adjusted in our mutual understanding, that is, if the client intends to add some services we shall charge him/her for those additional services and if he/she intends to lessen some services, we shall wave the charges accordingly.
  • The itinerary is published in full board operation camping style services for the clear understanding of the client. Among many options such as hotel facilities in Leh, the client can make his/her own choice.
  • The cost is also affected by the number of employees‒ guides and mules.
  • Please feel free to contact AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions for any information about in your selected package.

Details Itinerary

Arrive at Leh Airport. Please look at your name placard when exiting the arrivals hall. Your trek leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel in Leh. Welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey.

After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Leh, which offers a number of sightseeing options for the visitors. A historic town that served as the royal capital of the Old Kingdom, it is dominated by the nine-storey palace built by King Singge Namgyal in the grand tradition of Tibetan architecture, which is said to have inspired the famous Potala in Lhasa built about half.

From Leh to Chelling bridge by private jeep 65km takes around two and half hours to get there. Now the road is open upto Sku but tourist carrying vehicles are not permitted to go beyond the bridge to avoid disturbance for wild life as this valley is recognised as the home of many wild life species. So you have to start your trekking from Chelling bridge.

To avoid the heat of the day, it is recommended to start the trek early. Sometimes cross the river in Marka Valley. The village, the largest in the Marka Valley, has more than 50 families. There are two camps in the village, one in front of the village and the other by the river.

After walking some time from camping site Markha, you reach at the temple belong to Hemis monestery name Yensa on rock hill. Similarly the next place to reach is Umlung, comprise of some families and the camp site is end of the village with beautiful grassland with running chill water of Kangyatse peak.

Early start from Hankar camp is good to get to the next camp. Because today you have to cross the stream two to three times come from Kangyatse peak and Zalungkarpo. Water increase in the stream with day going so need to cross as early as you can. Yakrupal, the base of Zalungkarpo la. It is camping site. It takes around 5 to 6 hours to reach at the camp easy walking.

Acclimatization day for Zalungkarpola (5,190m)

We need to start early today as we have to cross the Zalungkarpola and the route for today’s camp is bit far. Atleast it takes around 4 hours to get to the top of the la and above two hours to get down. Its bit hard to go upward but you forget all hardship when you get on the top of the la because the view from the top is awesome and you can see the camp from there. In ancient time there used to be the castle of a king surrounded by forest and get the name Kharnak literally mean castle of black colour with forest. The ruin castle, field and local wheat meals are there to witness the existence of inhabitants in the past even today.

Need to walk down for one and half hours reach goarge valley. You will see wild plant throughout your route reach Tilat nala, trail upward till Dat arrive. it’s a permanent settlement of nomads of Kharnak use to live during winter season. Camping site is on bank of stream.

After breakfast today we will drive up to Tso Kar lake. Tso Kar Lake, also known as White Lake, is a salt lake known for its depth and size. It is situated in the Rupshu plateau of southern Ladakh. Historically, the lake was an important source of salt. Changpa nomads would export the mineral to whole Ladakh and neighbouring countries, especially Tibet. The valley is dominated by two high mountains, Thukje and Gursan; the nomadic settlement of Thukje is located 3km to the north of Tso Kar lake. The marshlands surrounding the lake make it a wonderful spot for birds like Brahminy ducks, bar-headed geese and the great crested grebes. The main attraction though is the famed but endangered black-necked cranes. They migrate from Tibet to the lake for the summer season. Tso Kar lake also attracts wildlife lovers. The most spotted animal is Kiang, the largest of all the wild asses. The area is also home to marmots, ibexes, Tibetan gazelles, snow foxes and snow leopards. The view of Tso Kar is breathtaking, surrounded by mountains and canopied with clear blue skies.

Today after breakfast we will drive to Tso Moriri Lake. Tso Moriri Lake, the largest of the high altitude lakes in all of India, is set against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains. It is located at an altitude of 4,530m, stretches 26 km long and 8 km wide. Where we will stay in a homestay, near by Tso Moriri Lake.

This large lake reflects blue sky in the day and heavens in the night. Surrounded by high mountains, green pastures and groves, its sight is divinity to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Streams from the melting snow of the surrounding mountains and springs get collected in the lake maintaining its water level. The area around the lake is a part of the wetland reserve under Ramsar site and is known as Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. Therefore, pitching tents or any constructions near its banks is prohibited by the law. Nevertheless, the wetland is a hotspot for bird watching and wildlife enthusiasts. Many throngs the place to witness exquisite and unique birds and wildlife of the trans-Himalayas found only in Ladakh. The lake is located near the line of actual control. You would need special permission called ‘Inner line permit’ from the state authority to visit the place.

Drive back to Leh via Mahe brigde visit Medicinal hot spring Chumathang famous among local for remedies for many diseases. And continue drive to Leh.

Today on a relaxing day explore the most Tibetan Buddhist monasteries near Leh. Visit the Shey and Thiksey Monasteries, they are culturally important sites and return to your hotel.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We will drop you off at the airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • We will provide pick-up and drop services from Leh Airport or Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport on your arrivals and departures.
  • Our representative of company will be welcoming for you on arrival in Leh Airport or Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport with your name's placard so you can easily find our person.
  • According to the above trekking package schedule, we will arrange four nights hotel accommodations in Leh.
  • Transportation from Leh to Chilling and Tsomoriri to Leh for members and associated staff as per itinerary above.
  • Our company provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • Our company provide full support camping crew with 1 professional cook and kitchen staffs during the trekking period.
  • Our company provided your accommodation during the trekking will be tented camping. A tent will be provided for every 2 travellers with a foam mattress. There will also be a kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, table, chairs and more for your comfort.
  • Our company if in case of a single by default, will arrange a single tent for you at no additional cost.
  • As with most trekking trails, day pack-lunch is midway between the start and end of the day's trek while Freshly prepared meals (Breakfast and Dinner) with boiled water, tea, coffee are served at the camp where you have your overnight stay.
  • Our company provides nutritious, clean and fresh (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee, Fruitcocktail, Deserts and fresh fruits boiled water all services for during the trekking's.
  • Where the Homestay. Apart from Camping trekking, company Will provide you with a lovely homestay to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Our company allow up to 15kg of personal trekking equipment per person during the trekking period carried by mule.
  • As Chelling to Tsomoriri is at the Tsomoriri protected and restricted Area territory, the our company by provide you a permit of Tsomoriri protected area permit (PAP) and restricted area permit (RAP). Those are protected area and restricted area.
  • The Inner Line permit issued by the DC government office of Leh is required to enter area of Chelling to Tsomoriri, which is at the our company provide you a (ILP) permit too.
  • Our company provides wages, clinical, equipment, and insurance for all elaborate Homestay and camping trekking staffs.
  • We provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • The above offer price includes our official charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Leh. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Ladakhi culture and tradition.

Cost Exclusion

  • Leh is a city in the Indian Union territory of Ladakh. It is the largest city and the joint capital of Ladakh. and since this city's offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Leh, you will have to arrange meals.
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Ladakh.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and India's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Therefore; your staffs will expect the tips according to the international system in the camping or homestay package for your information.

Equipment List

The gear listed below is recommended for trekking, tour. We encourage you to get all the equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment.

Head Gears:
— Sun hat or scarf
— Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
— Sunglasses
— Head Torch
— Sun Creams (40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body:
— Cotton t-shirts and thermals
— Fleece jacket
— Waterproof jacket
— Down jacket

Lower Body:
— Lightweight cotton pants (long)
— Waterproof pants
— Inner thermals

— Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
— Creams
— Sanitizer

— Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
— Thick, warm wool hiking socks
— Comfortable hiking boots
— Shower sandals

— Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
— Trekking bag (Rucksack)
— Duffel bag
— Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
— Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
— Water bottle or camel bag
— Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits:
— Personal Regular Medicines
— Knee Caps
— Bandages
— Ointments
— Blister Tape

— Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
— 2 copies of passport-size photos (For sim card and travel purposes)
— Credit cards in case of emergencies
— Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport
— Travel Insurance and Flight tickets

Trip Map

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Chilling to Tsomoriri Trek

Trip Facts

  • 14 nights, 15 days
  • Challenging
  • 5190 Meter
  • Mid-June - Mid-Sept
  • Leh, Ladakh
  • Leh, Ladakh
  • Fully Camping
  • Min 2 - Max 12

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