Spituk Matho Trek
Ladakh, J & K | 7D/6N | 16,174 Ft.
May to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
- Reviews 3654.9/5
- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
Winding deep through the interiors of Hemis National Park, the Spituk to Matho trek is a doorway to exotic wildlife species like the Himalayan marmot, wild mouse, blue sheep, and the elusive snow leopard. A fairly easy trek, the trail cuts past a handful of Ladakhi villages that portray the simple lifestyle of the natives. Rising up on one side, the lofty Stok Kangri peak plays witness to the trek, while a sprawling canvas of the snowy massifs adorn the backdrop as you climb up to the passes of Stokla and Matho La. The trail also snakes through the beautiful Rumbak valley, which is known almost exclusively to harbor snow leopards. The trek stems from Spituk and is one of the lesser trodden trails of the Ladakh region.
Max. altitude: 16,174 ft.
Duration: 7 days
Spituk Matho Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrival in Leh
You will arrive in Leh on this day, check into a hotel and rest for the whole day as you need to acclimatize on that altitude.
Day 2 : Drive from Leh to Spituk; Trek to Zingchen
Drive from Leh to Spituk, and begin trekking towards the village of Zingchen. Spot various wild animals like wild moose, Himalayan marmot, etc along the trail today. Camp at Zingchen for the night.
Trekking Time: 4 – 5 hours
Distance: 15.7 km
Day 3 : Trek from Zingchen to Rumbak
From Zinchen, begin trekking through the Hemis National Park and toward the rustic hamlet of Rumbak. Camp at Rumbak for the night.
Trekking Time: 3 – 4 hours
Distance: 6.5 km
Day 4 : Trek from Rumbak to Mankorma (4,200 m) via Stok La (4,850 m)
A long day. We continue the trek post breakfast from Rumbak. The initial trail is gradual and easy but turns steeper as we approach the Stok La pass. It affords stunning panoramic views of the mighty neighbors including the eminent Stok Kangri peak and the vast Indus Valley. The descent from Stok La to Mankorma is equally steep and needs to be crossed carefully. Camp at Mankorma for the night.
Trekking Time: 6 – 7 hours
Distance: 12 km
Day 5 : Trek from Mankorma to Matho Phu (3,800 m)via Matho La (4,930 m)
Begin trekking towards Matho La. A relatively short climb, though a little steep. Enjoy the sprawling views of the fencing mountain peaks including Stok Kangri and Matho Kangri. Descend from Matho La towards Matho Phu. Camp at Matho Phu for the night.
Trekking Time: 4 – 5 hours
Distance: 10 km
Day 6 : Trek from Matho Phu to Matho village; Drive back to Leh
Begin descending towards the beautiful Matho village, and conclude your trek. Drive from Matho to Leh, where you can spend the rest of the day exploring in and around Leh.
Trekking Time: 4 – 5 hours ; 45 minutes drive
Distance: 12 km
Day 7 : Departure from Leh
You can go on with your onward travel plans after breakfast on this last day.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- 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 are 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 gradient of this trek leans towards moderate. This makes it ideal for beginners embarking on their first Himalayan adventure. Despite the easy level, the trek demands, like any other trek, that you stay in good physical shape with good stamina. The trek is also perfect for experienced trekkers who wish to explore the untouched corners of Ladakh.
How to reach the base camp?
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 is the best time for this trek?
The best months to attempt the Spituk to Matho trek are from May to October, when the climate is pleasant. Winters in Ladakh are cold and harsh, making the trek that much more difficult.
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 daypack, 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.