Rupshu Kharnak Trek ( 15 Days / 14 Nights)
RUPSHU KHARNAK TREK
- 14 Days
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RUPSHU KHARNAK TREK
You will be assisted on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon drive to visit Humayun’s Tomb built in the Indo Persian style and a predecessor to The Taj Mahal in Agra; India Gate - A War Memorial Arch. Also drive past the President's House called Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, Government Secretariat buildings and Connaught Place - the heart of New Delhi and a busy shopping center. Overnight stay in your hotel. Read more
After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! Overnight stay at the hotel Read more
The morning is at leisure to acclimatize to the rarefied air. You may choose to stroll along the main bazaar - observing the varied crowds. Looking into curio shops is an engaging experience. A particularly attractive sight is the line of women from nearby villages sitting along the edge of the footpath with baskets of fresh vegetables brought for sale. In the other direction, down the bazaar, are the Tibetan markets where one can bargain for pearls, turquoise, coral, lapis lazuli and many other kinds of semi-precious stones and jewellery, as well as carved yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls, or any of a whole array of curios. Also walk to the Leh Palace & Sankar Gompa, which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of Spituk Gompa, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk monastery). Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Read more
After breakfast, you begin your day by visiting Phyang Gompa, which is located on the right of the main highway to Alchi. Built on a large mound, with the village below, the setting is one of the prettiest in Ladakh with groves of popular trees along the road leading up to the monastery. The founder of the Namgyal Dynasty built it. Thereafter, you will stop at Spituk Monastery that is seven km from Leh. It is built on a rock overlooking the River Indus. The Monastery was founded in the 11th century and belongs to the Gelug-pa sect. From here you return to your hotel for hot lunch. Then in the afternoon you drive to Stok Palace, which is the present residence of the former royal family of Ladakh. King Teswang Thondup Namgyal built the palace in 1825. The last king of Ladakh died here in 1974. The main palace is five storeys high. The palace museum displays the collections of the royal family. Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. Read more
We will leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang (3600 m). Along the way, you will begin the day by visiting Thiksey Monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. Continue your drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to Hemis Gompa, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh’s monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. After the tour, you will drive to Martselang, where we will meet our crew. Martselang is the entry point into Hemis National Park, where we might get glimpses of such endangered high-altitude animals such as the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Tibetan sheep and Golden eagle. From there, we will walk for 2 ½ hours to the small village of Shang Sumdo (3700 m). Read more
Today you will climb steadily through the gorge of Shang, enjoying the view of the magnificent colors and rock formations. You will then pass through the small village of Chogdo (4000 m) and cross a few rivers before reaching camp for the night. Overnight in camp
A steep ascent leads you to Kongmaru La (5200 m). From the pass you will get a breathtaking view of the north face of Kangyatse (6400 m), Zanskar and the Karakoram ranges. You will then descend gradually to the summer pasture of Nimaling, where the villagers from Markha valley spend the summers with their sheep, goats and yaks, which graze on this lush green pastures. The campsite of Thachungtse is further down the valley on the bank of the Markha River at 4000 m. Overnight in camp Read more
After yesterday’s strenuous walk, today is easier as you walk through the remote Langthang valley, where few other trekkers go. It’s only the villagers from Markha, who use this valley as a pasture ground for their animals. From Thachungtse, you will follow the valley down until it divides, cross the river and follow the valley to the left along the Langthang Chu River. The valley down to the right leads you to Markha. The Langthang River has a tendency to rise during the day due to the melting of snow in the mountains, and by noon it becomes a dangerous river to cross. An early start in the morning is therefore essential, as one has to cross the river several times. Yakrupal is a nice, green campsite where both the horses and we will have a good meal. Overnight in camp Read more
After Yakrupal, you will continue up the valley towards the pass of Zalung Karpo La. From the top of the pass there is a spectacular view of the Zanskar range on one side, while on the other, the highest plateau in the world appears: the Chang Thang plateau stretching far into Tibet , known as the land of the nomads. The trail down is steep and several river crossings will follow to the beautiful and lush campsite of Khar, which will be your home for tonight. Kharnak means “black castle” in Ladakhi, and being situated on a hill above the campsite, one can imagine the former palace of Khar where the king of Kharnak used to live. The ruins of this former kingdom still stands, and the nomads believe it to be haunted. It is said that the nomads in Dat are descendants of the people who lived in Khar and that they for some reason moved to Dat three or four generations ago. Overnight in camp Read more
A relatively easy day and a beautiful walk through wide, lush valleys (by Ladakhi standards!). At Tangtse Sumdo the valley divides – the left valley leading to Dat and the right into Zanskar, by the ‘Zhunglam trek’, where one will get one’s feet real wet due to the 80 river crossings! On the way you pass several nomadic camps before reaching the tiny village of Dat, a settlement of stone huts and the winter headquarters for the nomads in Kharnak. Here they live from October to December and March to June. The nomads of Kharnak are a colorful and joyful people moving together with their yaks and pashmina goats. In Dat there is also a Monastery, and when the villagers are away from Dat, one or two people ride back on horses every second day to light the candle here. Overnight in camp Read more
From Dat you enter the vast land of the Changthang plateau and follow a long, wide valley before taking one of the side valleys towards Yar La (4950m). In spring the nomads move with all their animals towards Zara and it can be an unforgettable sight to see 30-40 families moving with their yaks in caravans. It is an easy ascent to this pass. From here it is a short walk down to the pastures of Lungmo Che, where you will spend the night, surrounded by snowcapped mountains, grazing yaks and pastel light. Overnight in camp Read more
The trail follows rolling hills towards Yagang, another settlement of stone huts belonging to the Kharnak nomads. A jeep road continues to Zara, the summer headquarters for the nomads in Kharnak. If you go for a visit up here, you will most likely be welcomed with numerous cups of butter tea and probably be invited into the nomads’ black tents woven out of yak hair Read more
It will feel sad to leave this fascinating world, but it is time to return to Leh. From Zara the drive takes us back over the Taklangla pass, the second highest pass in the world. Overnight stay at the hotel
In time transfer to the Leh airport to board your flight back to Delhi. You are met upon arrival at Delhi airport and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you have the option to relax after your stay in high altitude or pursue an independent activity. Overnight stay in your hotel.
Dear Nilesh. I have just returned from the Colouricious Kashmir holiday. Could I thank you and your staff, not only for a wonderful holiday, but for all the rearrangements you made when we could not go to Srinagar. This must have involved a great deal of hard work and I wanted you to know how much we appreciated this. You were not obliged to do this and we were very grateful. We had a wonderful time in Jaipur and, as always with your company, everything was so well organised. Could I also take this opportunity to thank Amrik. He was amazing. His skill, his patience and professionalism, his concern for all of us and his calm demeanour meant that we all had the utmost confidence in him. This made the holiday a great pleasure for all of us, despite the change of plans. He maintained his good humour at all times and provided a wealth of information whenever we needed it. Thank you again to you and to all your staff. Please give my best wishes to Isha and I hope she is well. Above all my thanks and best wishes to Amrik. Your sincerely Jill Jordan (Margaret Jordan) Read more
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Hello! After a few days of rest from the wonderful Gujarat trip Colouricious offered, I would like to take a moment of giving some feedback. Gautam was an excellent host/coordinator and expert on our trip. He has a unique ability to communicate with anybody, the Rabari nomads on the road, the British ladies, a small country Muslim community and more. He has built up many excellent relationships with so many people and it makes the trip more interesting. His pace of instruction and points of interest were spot on. There are so many memories, thankfully caught by camera to remind me of this trip. Here are but a few: . seeing the nomads on the road, with their children and tables on their camels . going to a small encampment of travellers where children were making beaded bracelets (great skills actually) . Seeing a cotton factory and talking to the owner! . Seeing a tribal dance at the Rann Riders and looking at the women's dress and jewellery . Seeing bells made and seeing a small community, I was particularly impressed with the community and how they interacted with a member of their community with autism. . Seeing a variety of weaving, one that included knots in the weavings. . Going to a embroiderers small house, where her daughter brought a jug of water on her head to the house. This woman was a character and her house was a warm inviting setting. These are but a few of my memories but just want to say you have a good leader in Gautam and he is an asset to your organisation. I'm looking forward to the February trip and want to thank all of you for all your hard work in organising memorable trips! Read more
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