The Kharnak Nomad Trek is a wonderful, high altitude trek that crosses a few of the mountain passes offering spectacular views of the Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges. It begins from Shang proceeding to the Nimaling high pasture land to Zalung karpo la to Tsokar Lake. We then cross the “Changtang” plateau where nomads move from place to place with their yaks in search of pasture. Here we will visit nomad camps and the puga valley where we might be able to view bar-headed geese, brahminy ducks, and rare, black-necked cranes.

The itinerary allows for us to visit couple of nomad camps and get an impression of Markha valley and Kangyatse (6420m/21186ft) as well as the Puga valley ( sulfurs and borax) and Sumdo, a Tibetan settlement

LOCATION Ladakh, J&K, India
BEST TIME Mat to October.
DURATION OF TREK 05 Days.
HIGHEST POINT Kongmaru la (5220 mt/17226 ft) (5-6 hrs)
FOCUS Monasteries, Monks, People Villages.
HIGHLIGHT: Remote Villages and Monasteries.
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE  Strenuous
WEAR Comfortable trekking clothing, trekking boots, hat, jacket -+-and sunscreen.

 

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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

You will be met our LTT representative on your arrival at Delhi IG Airport and escort to your hotel and help you check in. You will have rest day to the rest and relax from long trip to Delhi.

  • Delhi, India’s capital and a city of more than 15 million inhabitants.
  • Overnight stay at Delhi.
  • Hotel: Ashok country Resort / Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 2: Delhi – Leh

Early morning depart for Airport, Our representative will receive you at Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (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.) and will guide to the Hotel, he will also assist you to do Hotel check-in formalities. After check-in relax for the day. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize.

  • Oriental Hotel / Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Day 3: Leh

After breakfast visit Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery & Stok Palace Museum.Post lunch at the hotel, visit Shanti Stupa, Sankar Gompa & Leh Palace and then explore the local markets.
Overnight in same hotel.

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Day 4: Leh – Alchi

After breakfast, drive to Alchi , the most beautiful murals and paintings in Ladakh. Alchi was built in the 11th century by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo, while coming back visiting liker monastery.

Evening get ready for tomorrow day fist trekking.

  • Oriental Hotel / Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Day 5: SHANG SUMDHO TO CHUSKYURMO (4070 m/13431 ft) (3-4 hrs )

This will be a day of climbing up a beautiful gorge, tiresome but stunning. Keep your eyes peeled for snow leopards at all times! After 3-4 hours, you will arrive at Chuskyurmo, whose waters are reputed to have medicinal qualities.

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 6: CHUSKYURMO TO NIMALING (4720 m/15576 ft) via Kongmaru la (5220 mt/17226 ft) (5-6 hrs)

From Chuskyurmo upwards, the valley opens and you have a great opportunity for viewing blue sheep, one of several species of wild goat living in the mountains of Ladakh. From Kongmaru la there is a fabulous view of Nimaling, You will see the stone huts of villagers from Markha, who inhabit this pasture land several months of the year. In case of extreme cold, it is advised not to camp at Nimaling, but to continue down the valley towards Thachungtse.

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 7: NIMALING TO YAKRUPAL (4600 m/15180 ft) (6-7 hrs)

This day presents the challenge of up and down walking above 4500 meters. You cross first one, then a second pass from which you have a fabulous view into Zanskar. Don’t forget to look for wolves! During the afternoon, you will first drop deeply down to the Langtang Chu, then gradually stroll up the valley towards your grassy campsite at Yakrupal.

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 8: YAKRUPAL TO TSOKRA (4060m/13398 ft) (6-7 hrs)

This morning, you will climb up up up, finally reaching the fabulous Zalungkarpo La after several hours. After a short break (bring prayer flags!) on the pass, you will descend into the wilderness of Kharnak, finally camping at Tsokra. Your horses will be happy with the abundant grass, and you will have the opportunity to see both ancient ruins and one of the most beautiful cliff faces in Ladakh.

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 9: TSOKRA TO DAT (4200m /13860ft) (5-6 hrs)

Today’s walk is one of the most beautiful on the trek, and there is no climbing –– so you can really enjoy it! Your path will wind through willow groves and around rivers that flow into Zanskar. Check for snow leopard prints on the sandy banks! You will camp in Dat, the winter site for the Kharnak nomads. If time permits, pay a visit to the gompa before dinner.

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 10: DAT TO LUNGMOCHE (4550 m/15015 ft) via Yar La (4950 m/ 16335 ft) (5 hrs)

This morning, you will walk on flat ground for several hours, appreciating the vastness of the fairly bleak Dat valley. Towards lunchtime, you will take a turn at a natural spring, and begin your approach to the Yar La. From this pass, you will see a great change in landscape. You are now arriving in the Changthang plains. A one-hour descent from the pass will bring you to Lungmoche, a windy but beautiful campsite.

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 11: LUNGMOCHE TO ZARA (4390 m/14487 ft) via the nomad settlement at Yagang. (5-6 hours)

Today’s walking is fairly gentle, and after several hours you should reach the nomad headquarters of the Kharnak people at Yagang. Here you can interact with the nomads and enjoy some lunch. Several more hours of walking will bring you to the settlement of the Rupshu nomads at Zara, where you will spend the night

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 12: ZARA TO PANGUNAGU (4430 m/13290 ft) (2-3 hrs)

Leaving the nomad camp after breakfast, you should arrive on the Manali road after just an hour’s walk. From here, an opening into the Tsokar basin lies in front of you, and it is a short 2 hour walk to your camp at Pangunagu. For the rest of the day, you can explore the TsoKar basin -> an afternoon walk to the shore of the lake (45 min) should be considered a must.

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 13: REST DAY AND CLEAN UP THE CAMPING SITE.

Afternoon, taxi driver will meet you and drive to Leh via Tanglang la the second highest road in the world.

  • Oriental Hotel / Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Day 14: Leh

You will have a chance to relax in the relative luxury of Leh, and do any last sightseeing and exploring.

  • Oriental Hotel / Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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Day 15: Leh

  • Overnight camping
  • Meals: Breakfast, Hot Lunch and Dinner
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Day 16: Leh - Delhi

Morning Check out and pickup from Hotel and transfer to the airport for Delhi Again you will be met our LTT representative on your arrival at Delhi Airport and escort to your hotel and help you check in. carrying wonderful memories of Ladakh.

Many Julley

  • Hotel: Ashok country Resort / Similar
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 17: Depart Home

Tour Ends.

From $ 1450 for more than 6 person,

$ 1680 for 2 people.

 

What is included in trek cost?

  1. Accommodation in best tourist category hotels as listed or similar during tours.
  2. Flight to and from Delhi – Leh – Delhi.
  3. All the meals including evening Tea.
  4. All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  5. Cook, Helper and English Speaking LTT local guide.
  6. During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, and beverages.  All trekking gears including Tents, Thermal mats, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag for warmth during night. Pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, Basic Medical Kit. Trekking staffs include  Guide, Cook, assistants and horseman.
  7. Sleeping bags can be borrowed ! (cleaning charges will apply)

 

What is not included in above cost?

  1. Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered /Phone calls
  2. Anything which is not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”.
  3. Tips and gratuities (optional).
  4. Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  5. Travel/Medical and evacuation Insurance – purchased separately

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