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Rupshu Kharnak Trek

Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days

Destination Covered:Delhi-Leh-Shang Sumdo via Martselang-Lartsa-Thachungtse-Yakrupal-Zalung Karpo La- Khar “ Dat “ Yar La 4950m “ Lungmo Che-Zara-Leh-Delhi-Agra

Day 01: Arrive Delhi
  • Arrive in Delhi by International flight.
  • Welcome by Nice Holidays representative at the airport.
  • Transfer to hotel for check-in.
  • After some rest, breakfast at coffee shop in the Hotel.
  • After breakfast guided tour of Delhi.
  • Sightseeing trip to Old Delhi and followed by visits to the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Gandhi Memorial at Raj Ghat.
  • Afternoon tour includes visits to India Gate & President’s House.
  • Later on time we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi – Leh ( BY 9W-609) Dep: 0645hrs / Arr: 0800hrs
  • Early morning transfer to Domestic Airport to connect the flight for Leh.
  • Upon arrival at Leh Airport our representative would assist you at the Airport and transfer to Hotel.
  • Check in to the hotel.
  • Post breakfast rest of the day for rest for acclimatization.
  • Later in the afternoon a walk around Leh town (3500mtr) includes a visit to Leh Market, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa & Leh Gompa.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 03: Leh to Shang Sumdo via Martselang (2½ hours)
  • Leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang.
  • Along the way, visit to the first Palace of Ladakh at Shey, Yellow Sect monastery of Thikse.
  • Then visit to Hemis.
  • After the tour, drive to Martselang.
Day 04: Shang Sumdo 3700 m – Lartsa 4600 m(6 hrs)
  • Climb steadily through the gorge of Shang, enjoying the magnificent colors and rock formations on view.
  • We will then pass through the small village of Chogdo.
  • Cross a few rivers before reaching camp for the night.
Day 05: Lartsa 4600 m – Thachungtse 4250 m via Kongmaru La 5200 m (6-7 hrs)
  • A steep ascent leads us up to Kongmaru La.
  • From the pass we will get a breathtaking view of the north face of Kangyatse (6400 m), Zanskar and the Karakoram ranges.
  • Then descend gradually to the summer pasture of Nimaling, where the villagers from Marka valley spend the summer with their sheep, goats and yaks, which graze on this lush greenery.
  • The campsite of Thachungtse is further down the valley on the bank of the Marka River at 4000 m.
Day 06: Thachungtse – Yakrupal (5-6 hours)
  • After yesterday’s strenuous walk, today is easier as we walk through the remote Langthang valley, where few other trekkers go.
  • From Thachungtse, we will follow the valley down until it divides, cross the river and follow the valley to the left along the Langthang Chu River.
  • The valley down to the right leads to Markha.
  • The Langthang River has a tendency to rise during the day due to the melting of snow in the mountains, and by noon it becomes a dangerous river to cross.
  • An early start in the morning is therefore essential, as one has to cross the river several times.
  • Yakrupal is a nice, green campsite where both the horses and we will have a good meal.
Day 07: Yakrupal – Zalung Karpo La 5200m – Khar (5-6 hours)
  • After Yakrupal, we will continue up the valley towards the pass of Zalung Karpo La.
  • The trail down is steep and several river crossings will follow to the beautiful and lush campsite of Khar, which will be our home for tonight.
Day 08: Khar – Dat (5-6 hours)
  • A relatively easy day and a beautiful walk through wide, lush valleys (by Ladakhi standards.
  • By the ‘Zhunglam trek’, On the way we pass several nomad camps before reaching the tiny village of Dat.
  • The nomads of Kharnak are a colorful and joyful people moving together with their yaks and pashmina goats.
  • There is also a Monastery, and when the villagers are away from Dat, one or two people ride back on horses every second day to light the candle here.
Day 09: Dat – Yar La 4950m – Lungmo Che (5-6 hours)
  • From Dat we enter the vast land of the Changthang plateau and follow a long, wide valley before taking one of the side valleys towards Yar La.
  • In spring the nomads move with all their animals towards Zara and it can be an unforgettable sight to see 30-40 families moving with their yaks in caravans.
  • It is an easy ascent to this pass. From here it is a short walk down to the pastures of Lungmo Che, where we will spend the night, surrounded by snowcapped mountains, grazing yaks and pastel light.
Day 10: Lungmo Che – Zara (5 hours)
  • The trail follows rolling hills towards Yagang, another settlement of stone huts belonging to the Kharnak nomads.
  • A jeep road continues to Zara, the summer headquarters for the nomads in Kharnak.
  • If you go for a visit up here, you will most likely be welcomed with numerous cups of butter tea and probably be invited into the nomads’ black tents woven out of yak hair.
Day 11: Zara – Leh (5 hours)
  • Return to Leh.
  • From Zara the drive takes us back over the Taklangla pass.
Day 12: Leh Sightseeing
  • Proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.
  • Start with a visit to Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh.
  • Visit to 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.
  • Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa.
  • Later visit to the Stok Palace, the Royal residence of the King of Stok & the Museum.
  • Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.
Day 13: Leh – Delhi (By 9W610) Dep: 0840hrs / Arr: 0955hrs
  • Transfer to the Airport to catch the flight for Delhi.
  • Upon arrival in Delhi ,check in at  Hotel.
  • Later in the afternoon we depart for Delhi sightseeing that includes Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar.
  • Later we drive back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 14: Delhi – Agra – Delhi (220 Kms. – 04hrs – One way) – Optional Tour
  • Drive at to Agra.
  • On the way, visit to Sikandra (Tomb of Emperor Akbar).
  • At Agra after lunch (own lunch).
  • Visit to Agra Fort.
  • After visiting the fort we drive back to Delhi.
  • Upon arrival in Delhi.
  • Finally we will have farewell dinner and later we transfer you to the International airport.
Day 15: Depart Delhi
  • Transfer to the International airport for your onward travel to your next destination.
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