We will all meet at the hotel in Leh for breakfast. One can reach Leh by road via Manali or Srinagar or reach directly by air (1 hour) from Delhi. Today we will check into the hotel and relax. We will not exert ourselves in anyway and try to get acclimatized fast. This is paramount for this trip. We will be staying in a good quality, neat and clean hotel with all basic amenities in Leh on the first 2 nights. Overnight at the hotel.
Today will be at leisure and one can choose to go on a sightseeing trip, check out the local markets or just relax at the hotel. If required we can make arrangement for the sightseeing trips. Please get in touch with the trek leader for the same. Overnight at the hotel.
Drive to Zingchen – the start point for our trek. Trek down to the confluence of the stream coming out of the rumbak gorge to where it joins the Indus and you will see the first signs of snow leopard scrapes and ancient petrocliffs showing snow leopards hunting Ibex. The trek up to Husing nallah takes you through a narrow gorge where you may spot your first blue sheep which are the main source of prey for the elusive cats. You will also witness fresh signs of snow leopard rock scents along this trail. The camp is located at a distance of 50 minutes from Zingchen at a junction where two side valleys meet and is surrounded by rugged broken slopes. It is a good place for sighting snow leopards. After lunch trek up Tarbung looking for snow leopard signs and possible sightings. Overnight in Husing/Tarbung junction at an altitude of 3700mts.
Trek from Huising to Rumbak Village, a walk of about 1.5 hours. The route takes you through the valley, along the river.
Reach Rumbak and settle in the Homestays. The guide gather local intelligence on Snow leopard sightings from hearders in the village. Evening chats on the local folklore and adventures. Overnight in a Homestay in Rumbak village.
Explore the region around Rumbak for Snow leopard and the upper reaches are very good for Tibetan wolf. Overnight in a Homestay in Rumbak village.
Trek to Huising-Zingchen. Pick up and drive to Leh and evening at leisure.
Early breakfast & trip ends here !!
For travel between Delhi and Leh, the advised mode is the flights that ply between these two places. There are a number of flights that operate on this sector with all of them being early in the morning to take advantage of the clear weather over Leh. In case you are travelling from outside Delhi, it would be best to stay in Delhi the previous night to catch the connecting flight the next day. As flights in this sector tend to be expensive, you are advised to book early to get the best fares.
In Leh, the temperature in the daytime will be between -10 to 0 °C, depending on weather condition. The temperatures would drop after sunset till sunrise, and one can experience temperatures as low as -25 °C. Feather jacket is a MUST not just for the trek but around Leh town, with warm gloves and warm hat. If we visit monasteries it is necessary to take your shoes off, in such cases thick warm socks are necessary.
On the trek, one needs to plan for extreme winter conditions, which means you need to be prepared for -10 to -25 °C temperatures, cold winds and protection from snowfall and getting wet.
Please keep in mind that the above information is not exact and does not account for sudden changes. Whatever the temperatures and conditions rest assured we will be prepared to handle it with ease as we use equipment of very high specifications.
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you hit the trail so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags. Also please keep in mind you can rent out or purchase equipment from our Gear Store, if required.
…LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE
Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trek. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trek.
We are mountain lovers and have pledged to bring no harm to them in our pursuit of running organised wilderness travel in the Himalayas and seek your assistance too in this regard. We are more than convinced that one can have more fun on a trip if we go about it in a way that no harm is caused to the ecology. In this regard we have a set of guidelines that we adhere to based on the tenets of 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on. We have a complete section on our trekking code in the 'GIO trekking Manual'. This manual will be couriered to you once you confirm a trip with us.
This is one of the most important aspects of travelling in the high Himalayas and cannot be ignored or set aside. Acclimatisation basically means our body adjusting to lower levels of oxygen (rarefied air) & reduced air pressure as me move up. In case one does not acclimatise properly there are chances of the person facing extreme discomfort and this can be fatal in extreme cases. While there is no set route to getting properly acclimatised there are a general precautions and steps that one can take to initiate good acclimatisation. Our trekking guides will assist you with these steps and also once you book a trip with us the 'GIO Trekking Manual' which will cover this aspect extensively will be couriered to you. This is sure to help you enjoy the trek in very good shape.
Most important thing is to select the right trek keeping in mind your experience or inexperience, health, objectives & ability. Our senior team people can assist you with this, so when contacting us do mention if you need guidance on this front also refer to our trek grading system mentioned below. Once the right trek is selected comes your preparation. Once you have booked a trip with us we will courier the 'GIO Trekking Manual' to you which will have a complete practice drill explained in details.
We have broadly classified our treks as below:
Easy These treks are 3 to 5 days long and involve walking for about 3/4 hrs daily. The trail on such treks is well defined but not always flat. These are great for families and first timers
Moderate On these treks one is not required to trek for more than 5/6 hrs a day. Also the terrain is not too difficult. These treks are normally a week or so long. For these treks prior trekking experience is not necessary. Very rarely on these treks would one camp at altitudes higher than 3800m. These treks are great for first timers or for veterans wanting to go on a trail which is relatively less demanding
Moderate+ These are moderate treks with mostly one difficult day. These trails are fine for fit beginners also.
Vigorous On these treks one can be required to trek continuously for more than a week through remote areas and at times trekking for more than 7 hrs a day. On most of these treks one has to cross passes or areas which are snow covered and involve camping at altitude of more than 4000m. Fit people with some kind of hiking experience & a spirit of adventure can contemplate going on these trails.
Strenuous These treks apart from having continuous trekking stretches are at places technical and might require assistance from trip leader/guide and other staff people. All these treks have rest days in between. Also all of them involve crossing passes or areas having altitude of more than 4500m. First timers are discouraged from walking such routes.
Expedition Style These involve long walks at high altitudes at times around 6000m. Camping can also be well over the snow line and on glaciers at times. Safety ropes, ice axes and crampons might be required on these treks. These treks are not technically very difficult but are considerably challenging. Previous vigorous/strenuous trekking experience is required.
Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.
7Days|Season: Jan-Mar|Moderate+|MaxAlt3900m Rumbak Village
Day 1: Arrive Leh
Day 2: Leh Sightseeing/Acclimatization (3500m)
Day 3: Leh / Latho / Zingchen ( 3350 M) / Husing (3700 M) (Drive/1 Hr & Trek 3 Hrs)
Day 4: Huising / Rumbak Village (3900 M) (Trek 2-3hrs)
Day 5: Rumbak Village (3900 M) And Around (Trek 6-7 Hrs)
Day 6: Rumbak Village To Huising To Trek Zincheng To Leh (Drive/ 1 Hr & Trek 3-4hrs)
Day 7: Fly Out Leh
Situated in the eastern part of Ladakh, the Hemis National Park lies at an elevation of around 3000 meters. Streaching from Markha to Rumbak this area is filled with physical features. Created in 1981 this national park conserves a unique flora and fauna contained within the rocky soil cover supporting a poor vegetation growth yet copious amounts of berries which have highest contents of vitamin C.
Being a cold desert the river banks are mostly sandy as a lot of silt flows down the streams. The climate of the area is sub-arctic to arctic with scarce rainfall during summers and heavy snowfall during winters which results in sub zero temperatures in the valley. Summers generally last 3 months i.e. from July to September, which forms the window for stocking for the winters. These Extreme terrains of the Hemis National Park form the habitat for many rare and precious species of the higher Himalayas, amongst these are the mysterious Snow Leopard, Ibex, Tibetan Antelope, Blue Sheep, Marmot, Tibetan Hare etc. Few of the rare birds and pheasants found are the Snow Patridge, Golden Oriole, Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc
Filled with thick bushes of wild roses this trek moves through undulating landscapes of the Ladakh region of the Northern Himalayas. Do this venture for having a lifetime experience of outdoors and adventure.