Rangdum to Lamayuru Trek
Ladakh | 10D/9N | 17,241 Ft.
July to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Difficult
- Group Size Medium Group
The trek from Rangdum to Lamayuru follows the most offbeat trail in Ladakh, rendering it ideal for those who wish to avoid the beaten tracks. The trek plunges into the remotest valleys of Ladakh, and through three different mountain passes. Rangdum is a beautiful high altitude plateau that lies in one of the most isolated areas of Suru Valley, almost right between Kargil and Padum. Fenced by magnificent hills and glaciers, the elliptical plateau is the origin point of the trek. Owing to the isolation from the common regions of Ladakh, the trail is trodden by only handful trekkers, who wander here seeking out the haunting beauty of the untouched nooks of nature. Besides breathtaking beauty, you also get to visit some of the themes ancient and beautiful Buddhist monasteries. The splendour of Ladakhi villages magnifies your experience twofold.
Max. Altitude – 5,246 m
Duration – 10 days
Level – Difficult
1. The trek traces one of the most offbeat trails in Ladakh and offers you the kind of solitude, respite, and peace you need.
2. Be privy to the beautiful blend of Buddhist and Tibetan cultures that is exclusive to Ladakhi villages.
3. Traverse the remote but beautiful parts of Suru valley, carrying a backdrop of stunning glaciers and mountains.
Day 1 Drive from Leh to Kargil
Day 2 Drive from Kargil to Rangdum
Day 3 Trek from Rangdum to Junction
We date a short detour to the beautiful Rangdum Monastery before actually beginning the trek. Then, we head towards the junction, following a gradual, easy trail that unfolds right beside a gurgling river. After about two hours, we reach the junction a beautiful campsite near the river, where we pitch our tents and camp for the night.
Distance: 13.5 km
Time Taken: 4 – 5 hrs
Day 4 Trek from Junction to Kong Nala via Kanji La Pass
A splendor long trek today. We leave the campsite at junction, and trace the path flanking the left side of the gorge, which ascends to the Kanji La Pass. The climb to Kanji La is gradual, and once at the pass, you’re treated to mind-boggling views of the surrounding Ladakhi Himalayas, dominated by the mighty Nun Kun peaks. Spend some time admiring the beauty, and drinking in the sweeping views of Ladakh, and start descending to the River Kong Nala. This will be our campsite for the night. Stay in tents.
Distance: 11 km
Time Taken: 6 – 7 hrs
Day 5 Trek from Kong Nala to Kanji
We continue post a hearty breakfast. The trail unwinds beside yet another gurgling river, and massive rock walls and mountains loom into view. The view is strikingly different from the ones you’ve seen so far. Admire the beauty of the view as you approach Kanji, a quaint little village with beautiful views. Stay here will be in a homestay.
Distance: 13 km
Time Taken: 4 hrs
Day 6 Trek from Kanji to Shillakong via Yokma La Pass
Like the first pass day, this one will also be a bit long. We begin after breakfast, and trek through a bridge that opens up along the river’s left side. Follow the trail that hugs the gorge, and begin ascending to Yokma La Pass. The climb is gradual, and you are rewarded with spectacular views of the Himalayas, yet again. Explore around for a while, and start descending to Shillakong, our campsite for the night.
Distance: 12 km
Time Taken: 6 – 7 hours
Day 7 Trek from Shillakong to Hanupatta via Nyigutse La Pass
The longest day of the trek. We begin early in the morning, as maintain a steady pace, as the altitude gain is considerable, and the trail is a bit challenging. The climb to Nyigutse La is a steep one, as well as a long one. But the pass leads to views magnificent enough to pale all your exhaustion. Admire the views for a bit, and then begin descending to the rustic village of Hanupatta. Overnight stay in a homestay.
Distance: 19 km
Time Taken: 9 hrs
Day 8 Trek from Hanupatta to Wanla
A relatively short day today. We begin trekking along the river, and past the Phenjila village. Once we pass the village, we soon reach Wanla village, where we stay overnight in a homestay.
Distance: 18 km
Time Taken: 5 hrs
Day 9 Trek from Wanla to Lamayuru via Prinkti La Pass
Last day of the trek today, and a short one. We stick to the trail tailing the gorge, and climb up to Prinkti La Pass, a window to mesmerising vistas of the landscape of Ladakh. After spending some time admiring and exploring around, we begin descending to the Lamayuru Monastery. This officially marks the end of your trek. Vehicles can be arranged from here to take you back to Leh.
Distance: 9.5 km
Time Taken: 4 – 5 hrs
Day 10 Drive from Lamayuru to Leh
- All accommodation during the trek on sharing basis in tents/homestays
- All meals during the trek – Vegetarian
- Tents, Sleeping bags and all other Camping Gear (Dining Tent, Tiolet Tent etc)
- Safety Equipment (Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinders, Oximeter etc.)
- Services of our expert Trek Leader
- Services of an Expert Trekking Team (Guides, Cooks, Helpers, Porters/Mules)
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping Charges (For Indians Only)
- A Life Changing Experience
- GST and Other Taxes (As applicable, Subjected to change according to Govt. Rules)
- Food in Leh
- Trekking Permits and Forest Camping charges for Foreigner’s (If extra compared for Indian Citizens)
- Backpack Offloading Charges (Portage of Personal Bags)
- Personal Trekking Gear
- Travel Expenses to and fro Leh from home city
- Tips for local team
- Expenses of personal nature like Laundry, Phone Calls, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Camera Fee, Bottled Water etc
- Any Requirement for Single Room/Single Tent Accommodation
- Travel Insurance and other Emergency Expenses
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control
- Anything which is not mentioned in Inclusions
Whom is the trek for?
The level of this trek leans more towards moderate level of difficulty, which naturally demands exceptional physical fitness, stamina and endurance. It is strongly advisable to have prior trekking experience of scaling at least 3,500 meters before you approach this trek, which means beginners should stay away. Also, proper acclimatization is key for successful completion of the trek.
When should the trek be attempted?
July to September is an ideal season for this trek, as the weather conditions are considerably more pleasant and stable, as opposed to harsh winters.
How to reach Leh?
By Air You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport. By Road You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route. By Rail Jammu Tawi is the nearest railways station to Leh, and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
What things are needed to be carried?
Rucksack, high ankle trekking shoes, one fleece jacket, one down feather / hollofil jacket, 3 pairs of quick dry T-shirts and trek pants, 5-6 pairs of socks, balaclava, a day pack, sunscreen SPF 50+, scarf, towel, lip balm, headlamp / torch, 2 water bottles of 1 litre, and personal medicines.