Spituk Matho Trek
Ladakh, J & K | 7D/6N | 16,174 Ft.
May 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
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
- 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
- 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 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.
You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Take a cab to the base camp from Leh Airport.
You can reach Leh by road either from Srinagar or from Manali, although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route.
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railways station to Leh, and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
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.
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.
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