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This trip is suitable for people with at least some mountaineering skills and with a very good fitness level, wanting a high altitude mountaineering adventure.
Dzo Jongo - a unique, lesser climbed Himalayan mountain
Dzo Jongo (6,270m / 20,570ft) lies in the majestic Markha Valley, next to Kang Yatze (6,400m / 20,997ft). It is considered a trekking peak but in actuality is a great climbing experience as there are some steep sections of snow and ice to the summit. The views from the summit are amazing on a clear day, one can see far onto the giant 8,000m+ mountains of the Karakoram Range and far towards the Changthang mountains on the eastern flank, the Zanskar mountains towards the south and also the far western himalayan peaks.
Dates 2019: June 16 - June 30 (Trip running)
The best climbing times is from July to the end of September.
Day 01, 02: Acclimatisation in Leh
Day 03: Leh - Matho - Chumik Camp
Day 04: Chumik - Shang La base
Day 05: Shang La base - cross Shang La - Shang Phu
Day 06: Shang Phu - Gyuncho La - Chokdo - Chuskyurmo
Day 07: Chuskyurmo - Lartsa( Kongmaru La base)
Day 08: Lartsa - cross Kongmaru La - Nyimaling
Day 09: Nyimaling - Dzo Jongo Base camp
Day 10/11: Climbing days
Day 12: Contingency day
Day 12/13: Lalung La base
Day 13/14: Lalung La base - Lato - Leh
Day 15: Fly back from Leh.
Day 01 - Leh (3,500m)
Welcome to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, a large town tucked far in between the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas and East Karakoram and part of the great Trans Himalayan range. Your early morning 75 minute flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, over the Himalayas will be one of the most picturesque flights you’ll ever experience. If you sit on the left side of the plane, you will see Nun (7,135m / 23,409ft) and Kun (7,077m / 23,219ft), one of the two highest mountains in far western Ladakh. If the sky is clear, on the Northern horizon you will see K2 (8,611m / 28,251ft), the world's second highest peak, and other 8000m peaks of the Karakoram Range.
We will greet you at Leh airport and drive you to your hotel or home stay. The rest of the day depends on your jet lag and acclimatization to Leh’s high altitude. We can take an evening stroll in the old Leh town with narrow alleys with muslim bakeries, Tibetan monasteries, Tibetan and Kashmiri antique shops, and a bustling Main Bazaar.
Day 02 - Leh
Today is another rest day for you to get acclimatised and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the bustling Main Bazaar and explore the 17th century Leh Palace built by the King Singge Namgyal with Namgyal Tsemo Gompa perched on the top. Leh town which is a bustling scene during the summer season and is packed with Kashmiri and Tibetan antique shops, many restaurants and cafes, muslim bakeries tucked behind the picturesque mosque in narrow alleys, and Ladakhi women selling vegetables and fruits and the people from Da Hanu selling their dried fruits and nuts at the end in the Main Bazaar.
Ladakh was once an integral part of Western Tibet and a major trading hub along the Silk Route. Caravans of merchants from far-flung areas such as Tibet, Yarkand, Kashgar, Northern lower India passed through Leh trading salts, wool, pashmina, spices, tea and semi-precious stones, everyone leaving a mark on this unique ancient capital.
We can also go for a walk up to the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa which overlooks the panoramic view of Leh and Leh Palace. We can visit the museum, and the nearby gompas (tibetan buddhist monasteries). The architecture of Leh Place resembles that of the Great Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It will be great to walk the streets of changspa and climb up the many steps which leads us to the Japanese built Shanti Stupa to get a great view of the surrounding villages filled with green fields, willows and poplar trees and white washed Ladakhi houses. The precariously perched Leh Palace and Tsemo Gompa is on the eastern flank.
You can get view as far as to the Indus River and beyond that of the Stok range. Walking down we can visit the Sankar Gompa (17th - 18th century) which is the summer palace of Bakula Rinpoche (highly incarnated lama). This is tucked in between the Sankar village, amidst the groves of willow and poplar trees.
Optional monestary tour:
We can go for a days excursion in a jeep to some of the Tibetan Buddhist Gompas (monasteries) driving past by the fertile Indus Valley and the River, and going past the ancient ruins of fortresses and palaces and traditional villages.
Day 03 - Drive Matho village and trek to Chumik Camp (3,780m, 1 hour drive, 2 hours walk)
After a good breakfast we will drive to the start of the trek at Matho village. Once we reach and cross Matho village we will meet our horseman and the team. It is time to start trekking….
Following the small stream upwards into the valley, its quite a short walk keeping in mind the acclimatisation process. We will walk in a dry valley with rugged colourful mountains on both the side. We will set up the first camp of the trek by first settling you into your tents. Then we will show you our ‘Ri Guides’ style dining and kitchen tent setup. Trust me, there is no roughing it!
Day 04 - Trek Shang La base (4300m, 4-5 hours)
We will start trekking early today, as we will have to cross the stream few times. As the day progresses the water gets bigger because of the snow melting up on source of the glaciers and mountains. We will zigzag our way up the vallet, which will get narrower at times with interesting bushes, loose rock paths and streams to reach our camp.
Day 05 - Trek Shang Phu (4350m) via Shang La (4940m) 6 hours
Our day starts with a climb upto the Shang La Pass. We get a nice view of the Shang valley and a beautiful view towards the Matho La Pass on the other side from the Shang Pass. Then we start the long decent down to Shang Phu between a colourful valley. We camp near a Doksa (summer huts for animal grazing).
Day 06 - Trek Chuskyurmo (4140m) via Gyuncho La (4670m) 4-5 hours
We climb upto the pass as we start our day. It is fairly an easy and gradual climb, not so long upto the pass. Our gradual decent takes us to the head of Chokdo village, and the sulphur springs of Chuskyurmo is a short walk from there.
Day 07 - Trek Lartsa (Kongmaru La base 4750m) 5 hours
Today will be a bit harder day in terms of walking. We will be climbing towards the base of Kongmaru La in the Martselang gorge.
Day 08 - Trek Nimaling (4780m) via Kongmaru La Pass (5260m) 4-5 hours
It is a gradual climb for the first part before it gets steep climbing up towards the pass. A spectacular view of the mountains on the other side including Kangyatse and Dzo Jongo and far unto Zanskar and the Eastern Karakoram and the Nyimaling plains from the pass awaits us. We descend down to the pastoral plains Nyimaling.
Day 09 - Trek Dzo Jongo Base Camp (5500m) 4 hours
We climb up towards the Base Camp on the hill towards the south of Nimaling camping which is also the grazing ground for Yaks and other animals. We can get a close view of Kangyatse.
Day 10/11 - Climbing days
Day 12 - Contingency day( in case of bad weather)
Day 12/13 - Trek Lalung La Base (4800m) via Lalung La (5340m) 5 hours
We start our day early and walk down towards the Base of the climb towards Lalung La. It is a long climb to the Pass frequently used. We take a look towards Tibet and far unto the Karakoram, leave the prayer flags and descend towards the camp at a shepherds settlement.
Day 13/14 - Trek Lato (3990m) 4-5 hours and drive to Leh
Our descent continues and we will cross the stream few times before reaching our last stop where we will meet up with our transport. We then drive to Leh.
Day 15 - Depart Leh
Fly back from Leh to Delhi and onwards to your destination.
• Experienced and professionally certified local mountain guide
• Experienced guide for the monasteries
• All accommodation in Leh with breakfast
• Camping accommodation during trekking
• All camping equipment including sleeping tent, foam mattress, kitchen tent, dining tent and toilet tent
• All meals and drinks during trekking
• High quality food serviced by an experienced cook and attendants during the trek
• Service of horse/mule drivers and horses or mules
• Permit fees, entry fee into Hemis National Park and camping fees
• Pick up from Leh Airport and return to Leh Airport
• Flights – please ask us if you need help with arranging your flights
• Medical and evacuation insurance
• Personal climbing and trekking gear
• Lunch and dinner in Leh (breakfast is included with accommodation)
• Laundry services
• Other services not mentioned in the package
• Tipping our crew
Please note: This itinerary is approximate. Clients are embarking on adventure travel in a remote mountain region and the itinerary is subject to weather, road conditions, vehicles and local availability of horses or mules. Ri Guides will make every effort to see that clients acclimatize completely, and complete and enjoy their trip.
Please read RiGuidesTermsandConditionsandLegal. Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change.
Price: US$ 1720 p/p (minimum 2 pax)
Hotel Single Supplement: Additional $100.
Tips and Extra Cash: Allow approximately $300 for meals (while not on trek), drinks (on trek) and cash for tips