Saboo to Khaltsar Trek
Ladakh | 7D/6N | 17,733 Ft.
June to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Saboo to Khaltsar Trek.
The trek from Saboo to Khaltsar plunges into some of the least explored, and untouched parts of Ladakh. Climbing up to Digar La perched at a staggering 5,250 meters, the trek brings you unmatched views of the magnificent Karakoram ranges, along with Stok and Saser Kangri. The Digar La pass also links the Indus and Nubra valleys. Several ancient monasteries of Ladakh mark your journey. Besides the enticing beauty that envelops the trek, you get to experience the fascinating lifestyle of Ladakhi villages, and these are few of the most unexplored villages, including those of Saboo and Khaltsar, shaded well away from clutches of tourism.
Max Altitude – 5,405 meters
Duration – 7 days
Level – Moderate
1. Trek through some of the remotest corners of Ladakh, doused in splendid beauty.
2. The trek climbs up to phenomenal views of the Karakoram ranges, along with the lofty Saser Kangri peak.
3. The rustic villages on the trek carry a beautiful blend of Tibetan and Buddhist cultures, giving you a fascinating insight into their native lives.
Day 1 Arrive at Leh
Day 2 Drive to Saboo; Trek from Saboo to Digar La
We take an early morning drive from Leh to Saboo, where we have our breakfast. Post breakfast, we begin the trek and head towards Saboo Phu, where the shepherds of Saboo village take their livestock and cattle for grazing. The village is quiet and blissfully shaded by lofty mountain ranges. We stick to the trail heading north of the village, with the gurgling Saboo river snaking beside us. The Digar La base is a little beyond Saboo, and right at the end of a dirt track. Camp overnight at the Digar La base.
Altitude: 3,700 m
Time Taken: 3 – 4 hrs
Day 3 Trek from Digar La Base to Chumik Yogma
A long day today. We begin trekking towards Digar La after breakfast. We trace the path that snakes alongside the stream, through moraines. Soon, the uphill climb morphs into a zigzag trail, and trails into a steep ascent to the pass, which is marked by numerous fluttering prayer flags all around. You get your first small glimpse of the Karakoram and Zanskar ranges. The climb to Digar La is a bit daunting, but the pass treats you to stunning panoramic views of the Karakoram Range and Saser Kangri. Explore and admire the surrounding beauty here, and then begin descending towards Chumik Yogma, where we will also stay for the night.
Altitude at Pass: 4,620 m
Time Taken: 6 – 7 hrs
Day 4 Trek from Chumik Yogma to Digar Village
A relatively short day today. After a hearty breakfast, we leave the campsite at Chumik Yogma, and make for the quaint little village of Digar. You know you’re nearly there when your trail is lined with green patches and dips into another line of fluttering prayer flags in the distance. You can also expect to see a few marmots and Lammergeiers here. Once you reach the village, be sure to visit the beautiful little temple that it houses, which sits atop a massive boulder and an ancient monastery. You can feast your eyes on the expansive views of the plains of Shyak river, towered by part of the Karakoram range.
Altitude: 3,105 m
Time Taken: 3 – 4 hrs
Day 5 Trek from Digar village to Rongjok
We leave the village post lunch, and resume the trek along the left side trail, heading toward the Shyok valley. Since the day is mostly descending, it is an easy day. Camp overnight at Rongjok.
Altitude: 3,230 m
Time Taken: 5 – 6 hrs
Day 6 Trek from Rongjok to Khalatsar; Drive to Diskit
We continue descending from the Shyok Valley, and the trail soon opens up to the quaint village of Khaltsar. The village falls en route the Leh – Panamik road and officially marks the end of your trek. From here, we drive to Diskit where we stay overnight.
Altitude: 3,150 m
Time Taken: 3 – 4 hrs
Day 7 Drive from Diskit to Leh
Vehicles can be arranged from here to drive you back to Leh. Bid farewell to a magical journey!
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Food in Leh: Food in Leh is not included in the package. We can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Leh and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
Whom is the trek for?
The level of this trek leans more towards the 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.
Which season should the trek be attempted in?
The months of June to September are ideal for the trek, with the extremities of winter at bay.
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.
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. For a complete checklist, download the checklist from the footer.