Rupshu Trek

This is a beautiful trek through the less frequented Rupshu valley. Initially, the trail follows Markha Valley and then moves into the high plateau of Changthang that stretches into Tibet. There are lot of nomadic people of this desolate wilderness, the nomads live in their settlement with their livestock like yak, sheep and pashmina goats and grow a small harvest for their survival

Trek Months – May to October


Trek Itinerary


Day 1: Assemble at Leh (3524m)

  • Arrive in Leh. Leh is situated at a whopping 3524m, has decreased oxygen levels and is a high starting point for a trek. Given that most of you will be flying into Leh, Western Mountains strongly recommends a rest day at Leh for altitude acclimatization. It is our strong recommendation that you did not head out to do any sightseeing on the day that you land in Leh.
  • Altitude acclimatization is the body’s way of adjusting to the decreased oxygen levels at higher elevation and preventing acute mountain sickness.
  • Overnight stay in hotel/homestay.
  • Meals: Tea & Snacks, Dinner


Day 2: Drive from Leh to Shang Sumdo (3800m).Trek from Shang Sumdo to Shang Phu(4365m, 11km).

  • Post breakfast, drive past jagged barren mountains typical of the Leh landscape, and the Shey and Thicksey monasteries to get to Shang Sumdo village.
  • From Shang Sumdo, head straight up the valley to the open plateaus of Shang Phu at an altitude of 4365m to complete a total of 6-8 hours of trekking. Enjoy the beautiful view of the snow-capped mountains all around the plateau.
  • Overnight stay in tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner


Day 3: Shang Sumdo to Lartsa(4600m)-13kms-6hrs.

  • A steady climb through the gorge of Shang with beautiful rock formations.
  • Continue climbing up to a small village Chogdo crossing few streams en route and the climb is pretty steep before reaching the base of the pass to Lartsa.
  • Overnight stay in tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner


Day 4: Trek from Lartsa to Tahungtse(4255m) via Kongmaru La(5200m)-13kms-7hrs.

  • The trail zigzags towards the Kongmaru la pass and you would be rewarded with the view of Kang Yatse. The Karakoram and the Zanskar ranges are visible from here.
  • Descend steadily and you would reach a flat section of Nimaling valley, proceed further towards Tanhungtse.
  • Overnight stay in tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner


Day 5: Trek from Tahungtse to Yakrupal(4500m)-14kms-5hrs.

  • The trail continues along the Markha for a while, cross the river and follow the valley along the left bank, upstream of the Langthang Chu.
  • An early start is essential on this day as the river level raises during the day and becomes dangerous to cross.
  • Yakrupal is a pleasing, green campsite.
  • Overnight stay in tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner


Day 6: Yakrupal to Khar(4050m) via Zalung Karpo La(5195m)-12kms

  • The trail continues up the valley towards the pass of Zalung Karpo and from the top, you get the spectacular views of Zanskar range
  • You come across Changthang Plateau after the descend which is the highest plateau.
  • The downward trail is steep after several river crossing to reach the lush green campsite of Khar.
  • Overnight stay in tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner


Day 7: Khar to Dat(4150m)-15kms-5hrs.

  • This is an easy walk through the wide green valley.
  • You cross several nomad camps before reaching Dat village.
  • Overnight stay in tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner


Day 8: Dat via Yara La(4950m) to Lungmo Che(4520m)-14kms-6hrs.

  • From Dat, you enter the vast land of Changthang Plateau and follow a wide valley towards Yara La.
  • Ascend to Yara La is easy from there it is a short walk down to the pastures of Lungmo Che.
  • Overnight stay at Tents.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner.


Day 9: Lungmo Che to Sangtha(4300m)-15kms-5hrs.

  • The trail follows the hills towards Yangang.
  • A jeep road continues to Sanghta.
  • The trek ends at the village.
  • Overnight stay at tents


Day 10: Drive back to Leh

  • Drive to Leh and hotel.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Tea & Snacks, Dinner.



Trek Facts


Grade: Medium.

Altitude: 5195m.

Temperature: Temperatures at the pass and at nights are cold. Days are pleasant during the season.

Trek Duration: 10 days.

Trek Season: May – September.

Starting Base Camp: Leh


How to reach Basecamp:


By Road: You can reach Leh from Manali or Srinagar by road either by a shared taxi or bus in a 2-3 day journey.

By Air: This is the most popular route to Leh – take a flight to Leh from Delhi or Srinagar.


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Cost Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in dome tents (2/3 per tent).
  • Accommodation in Leh on Day 1 and Day 9.
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary on a fixed menu/ buffet basis.
  • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary.
  • Camping Equipment: Tents, Sleeping bags, mats, gaiters.
  • All charges for guides and permits.


Cost Exclusions:

  • Travel to and fro Leh.
  • Backpack offloading: Trekkers are expected to carry their own backpacks. If the trekker cannot carry his/her backpack due to physical inability and chooses to offload on mules/ porters, this will be on additional cost.
  • Airfares, airport taxes and anything not mentioned in the inclusions and itinerary.
  • Meals, tea, coffee, mineral water, tips, transfers not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Doctor, telephone, laundry and other personal expenses.
  • Cost of personal emergency exit or expenses due to external factors such as climatic conditions.


Health & Fitness Requirements:

This trek does require you to have previous trekking or mountaineering experience. We do also highly recommend having an adventurous spirit and willingness to undergo the joys & hardships of outdoor camping, in addition to good physical and mental fitness, to completely enjoy the trek. If you suffer from severe muscular, chest, heart or bronchial ailments, we advise you against participating since most treks happen in remote areas with limited access to medical services & hospital facilities.

Our Trek Leaders are experienced mountaineers and we trust their judgments. If during the trek, the Trek Leader advises you against continuing on the trek, we request you to respect his/her judgment and follow his/her instructions.