Lungser Kangri Expedition

  • Destination: ,
  • Duration: 20 days
  • Departs: 15/07/2016
  • Arrives: 30/09/2015

Type of activity: Trekking
Fitness range: Fit and capable of carrying a rucksack with average weight of 5 to 6kgs
Technicality involved: Low slanting snow or up-front climb on rocks; use of ropes and crampons; prior climbing experience not mandatory.
Intensity: Moderate to difficult
Base Camp Altitude: 5,630m (Rugyado Phu)
High Camp Altitude: Ranging from 5,900m to 6,000m

Lungser Kangri Expedition

Essentially a clear-cut trekking route, it is flooded with remarkable sights of Himalayas, entrancing you into a trance of the snow-covered peaks and the mystic Tso-Moriri Lake. Those who are fit and healthy without concrete climbing experience can join in. Even though the climbing is not arduous, the condition of air in its rarefied form could make it taxing.

Lungser Kangri Expedition Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 : Arrival at Leh

Your arrival at Leh is celebrated through warm welcome from Zanskar Himalayan Exploration family. Your hotel rooms are ready and the prime task of the day remains to acclimatize the body to the climate of Ladakh. A walk to the local market fills up our evening and the night is spent at the hotel.

Day 2 : Indus Valley Monastery Tour

Distance: Total of 120kms Following an appetizing breakfast, we drive down to Thiksey Village and let our eyes be washed by glory of Thiksey monastery. This is succeeded by ride to Shey Village that spiritually rejuvenates us with Shey Palae and Gompa. One of the most prominent monasteries, Hemis Monastery awaits us at the next stop. Returning back to Leh, we visit the Stok Palace and Museum. We reach the hotel in the evening and rest at the hotel for the night after dinner. Thiksey Gompa: Situated approximately 19kms from Leh, Thiskey is reflection of architectural masterpiece on Earth. Consisting of many temples, it houses many ancient wall paintings, stupas and images of Buddha. Shey Palace and Gompa: Moving upwards from Leh, located on a hummock about 15kms away is Shey Palace, previously home to royal family. Tradition brings down the word that it was the throne of power of the pre-Tibetan kings. A uniquely created statue of Buddha, 7.5m in height and made of copper and coated in gold is placed in the Gompa. Hemis Gompa: Locus of the annual summer festival celebrating Guru Padma Sambhava’s places Hemis Gompa at the center of attention in Ladakh. The richest and largest Gompa in Ladakh region, this Gompa is also house to the biggest Thanka of the region. Built during the rule of Singge Namgyal, this is brought in sight to privileged eyes once every 12 years. The monastery is under the care of Drugpa sect and the kindness of Namgyal Dynasty towards the sect allowed the monastery to nurture and grow. Consisting of two divisions, the monastery is home to a primary temple (situated on the left) accompanied by an assembly hall (situated on the right). While the hall (dukhang) is called the ‘green room’ by enthusiastic dancers during the time of festival, the temple has come to be known as Tshogkhang. Portico of the monastery welcomes the visitors with a series of traditional murals including the significant “Wheel of Life” (called kalachakra) and the Lord of Four Quarters. Stok Palace and Museum: Previously belonging to the evicted royal family, the Stok houses a museum that dons classic and magnificent costumes and clothing accessories of the royalty. The glory of the museum lays in its presentation of superlative Thankas which give you a glimpse into the way Shakya Muni lived. You can also come across remarkable antique items like weapons, porcelain objects, coins and rare emeralds.

Day 3 Expedition to Alchi and Likir

Distance: Round trip of 150kms Following breakfast, we ride to Alchi letting our senses be drenched in peace by the Magnetic Hill and the sight of unity of Indus and Zanskar River. After our visit to the Alchi Monastery, we take a turn to Likir Monastery before returning to Leh. We reach the hotel right on time for dinner and spend the night relaxing. Magnetic Hill: A hill that defies the law of gravity, the Magnetic Hill is in close vicinity to Gurudwara Shri Patthar Sahib. The mind-bending surprise of the place lies in witnessing the sliding upwards of vehicles parked on neutral on the metallic road of the hill. Unity of Zanskar and Indus River: While on our way to Sham Village and prior to reaching Nimu village, we behold the marriage of Zanskar and Indus River. Every season brings to this unity varying colors, wilderness and surge. Alchi Gompa: Conceived over a thousand years ago, the Alchi Gompa is located approximately 70kms from Leh and is nestled in the banks of Indus River. Also, Alchi Gompa is the only monastery not placed on a hill-top out of the total of 34 monasteries. The reverence for Buddha overflows the walls with one of these walls bringing together over a thousand miniature-sized paintings of Buddha. The celebrities of this monastery are the three life-size images of Buddha, composed of clay and bright colors. The monks of Liker Monastery take care of the Gompa since it is not currently a religious center. Likir Gompa: Coming to birth in 11th century, the Likir Gompa was brought to its second life in 18th century under a different monastic sect following the destruction of the earlier Gompa due to fire. The village surrounding the monastery is home to the country’s most talented craftsmen who manufacture brilliant Thankas, eye-catching wooden furniture and earthen pots. Located like a queen on her throne, Likir gives you a grandiose view of the region. The sole representative and survivor of its species, the Jupiter tree stands to the power of the place in the patio.

Day 4

Leh to Rumtse

Distance: 80kms Duration: Drive of 3 hours We driver through the prime Indus Valley following our breakfast and reach Rumtse village hustled at 4,300m. On our route, we meet divinely-created scenes accompanied by soaring rock walls on sides of our road. A few kilometers of trek from Rumtse Village lands us at our camping sight by banks of the river where we pitch in for the night.

Day 5: Rumtse to Kyamar
Form of activity: Trekking Duration: 5 to 6 hours Starting our trekking early morning, the first stop will be Kyamar La (4,925m) through a well-planned route sprinkled with green lands of tranquility and many meetings with river streams. Herds of sheep become our companions crowded around the shelters of nomadic shepherds who wander these regions frequently. At Kyamar (4,380m) , we place our camps and stay for the night.

Day 6: Kyamar to Tisaling
Form of activity: Trekking Duration: Approximately 6 hours Following breakfast, we make our ascent to Kyamar La where we bare our eyes to the breathtaking landscape of Zanskar ranges. The north brings to us the highlands of Chang Tang. We reach Tiri Doka, a transient shelter to shepherd on our descent through lush slants and resume our tour towards Mandalachan La (4,805m). After this point, we move down to our campsite at Tisaling and spend the night.

Day 7: Tisaling to Phongponagu
Form of activity: Trekking Duration: 7 to 8 hours The lively day of trekking takes us over the Thasang La (5,030m) whose roof gives us the exquisite sight of Tso Kar Lake. As we slowly descend, we meet the shorline of this Lake which is surrounded by multiple camps belonging to nomads. The pasture is home to hers of sheep, small groups of yaks and flocks of goat. Our campsite is situated at Phongponagu (4,430m) which is prominent for its convenience of catching sight of Ibex, many species of migratory birds, Tibetan Wild Ass (Kiang) and Marmot.

Day 8: Phongponagu to Nuruchan
Form of activity: Trekking Duration: 4 to 5 hours Intensity: Easy Our trekking begins post-breakfast and involves trekking through open plains, keeping an eye for the tough and awe-inspiring Kiangs. We take our night-stop at grazing lands of Nuruchan. Apart from housing exquisite Bharals (Blue Sheep), Nuruchan is also home to Himalayan Wolves. It is aptly considered the land of wilderness on the heights of Himalayas.

Day 9: Nuruchan to Rachungkarua
Following breakfast, a gentle climb leaves us at Nuruchan La (4,750m) from where we descend into a herding region. We set early afternoon as our target to reach overnight campsite located at Rachungkaru. The afternoon is left to relaxation and recreation.

Day 10: Rachungkaru to Gyabarma
Form of activity: Trekking Intensity: Hard Duration: 7 to 8 hours Passing through the Kyamaru La (5,200m) and Gyabarma La (5,175m), we infuse with the beauty of the place. Due to the high altitude, some might experience difficulty in breathing. The camp for our overnight stay is placed in midst of meadows at Gyabarma (5,000m).

Day 11: Gyabarma to Korzok Dok
Duration: Approximately 4 hours Post-breakfast, our day begins with meeting the highest passage on our route to Tso Morari Lake. While the beginning holds a crest of about 5,150m, the following trail largely consists of simple climbing. The Tso-Morari captivates our sensations with its green-painted face topped with caps of snow peaks. We gradually climb down to Karzok Dok and place our camp for the night.

Day 12: Korzok Dok to Korzok
Form of activity: Trekking Duration: 3 to 4 hours Our first visit of the day following breakfast will be the village of Karzok (4,350m) that is situated about 3 to 4 hours away from our previous campsite. The village is perched on the hills, like a lone and vivacious nest on a tree. Karzok village largely consists of houses and a gompa. The most common inhabitants of this region are Chang Pa herdsmen who bring their cattle and yaks to the higher altitudes in search of greenlands during the summers. Karzok village is the sole permanent settlement of the Rupshu region. We spend the afternoon discovering the energy of the region, reaching us through the diverse flora and fauna of the region. The most distinctive animals of this area are marmots, mouse hares, Kiang, hares and voles. If we are lucky, we could spot Blue Sheep and if serendipity has us in her good cards, we could even get a glimpse of the Snow Leopard. Since Tso Morari lake is the breeding region for multiple avian species, we will also get to witness the flying glories of Brahminy Duck, Barheaded Goose, Brown-headed Gull and Great Crested Grebe. We settle for our night camp at Korzok village.

Day 13: Korzok to Kuruchu
Form of activity: Trekking Duration: Approximately 5 to 6 hours Warm breakfast awaits us after sound sleep. The hearty meal is followed by our walking into eastern banks of the lake and eventually, the encounter with lush green sliding lands of Kurchyu (4,915m). We set our overnight camp here.

Day 14: Kurchu to Rugyado Phu (Base Camp)
Form of activity: Trekking Duration: Approximately 4 hours Breakfast is succeeded by brisk trekking to our Base Camp at Rugyado Phy (5,630m).

Day 15: Rugyado Phu to Advance Camp
Elevation: 5,900m to 6,000m A trek-start early in the morning takes us to Advance Camp through a sharp ascent. Forming one of the most important parts of the trek, this day is loaded with landscapes of beauty encompassing the lake. The main purpose remains to acclimatize the body to the environment. We spend the night resting and readying our body for the summit trek.

Day 16: Summit Day
Day 16: Summit Day A 4am wake-up kick-starts us for a heavy trekking day. Though the climb does not involve technicalities and a major part of it is walk on stony debris, slopes and moraine, we will implement carefully planned ascent by roping up in case of encountering any ice-laden areas. Climb to the summit spans between 6 to 7 hours, filled with phenomenal view of the mountains. We return to our campsite at Rugyado Phu in approximately 5 hours and spend the night resting.

Day 17: Spare Day for the Summit
This day is reserved to breathe in and enjoy the landscapes. Also, in case of any complications that might cost us additional time, we can utilize this day to reach the summit.

Day 18: Trek Back To Korzok
After a breakfast surrounded by the splendors of earth, we hike our way to Karzok and spend the night in camp.

Day 19: Karzok to Leh
A filling breakfast is followed by our ride back to Leh passing through the hustling and bumps of roads near the Chumathang village. We arrive at Leh in the evening and spend the night at hotel.

Day 20: Departure for Airport
We bid adieu to each other as you make way to airport, nestling the memories of Himalayas and the experiences of grandeur in our minds.