Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek

Brief Description

The legendary Rumtse to Tso Moiriri Lake Trek takes you through the highly untouched and supremely beautiful Changthang Valley of Ladakh. With a jaw-dropping length of 100 km and 6 staggering 5000M+ mountain passes and three high altitude oligotrophic lakes, the Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek is unlike any other trek in Ladakh, the land of high passes and mountains. Rightly dubbed as a 4 season trek, meaning, you get to see all 4 seasons during the length of your trek, from snow-capped peaks within arm's length, meandering rivers, green-carpeted campsites, and barren desolate landscapes, this trek will test your endurance to the core. With lengthy walks, steep ascents and descents over passes, the Rumtse to Tso Moriri trek demands high physical fitness and one must be able to acclimatize properly to the high altitudes of Ladakh. The landscapes change shape from time to time with a cascade of colors that make them look like rainbow mountains. The area also hosts some of the rarest wildlife like Wild Asses, Blue Sheep, and Marmots which run around freely along with rare Snow Leopard spotting if one is lucky. The incomprehensibly massive valleys and unusual terrain of the Changthang valley of Ladakh are what makes the Rumtse to Tso Moiriri trek special. This region is known for the Changthang nomads with then Pashmina goats and Yaks. Stay on this page for more information on the trek - Itinerary, FAQs, Route, Temperature and Precipitation charts, Reviews and Pictures.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.


Show detailed itinerary
1 Day 1
Day 1 - Arrival at Leh
2 Day 2
Day 2 - Acclimatization in Leh
3 Day 3
Day 3 - Leh (11,500 ft) to Rumtse (13,667 ft) - 76km Drive. Rumtse to Kyamar (14,714 ft) - 13 km, 6 hrs Trek.
4 Day 4
Day 4 - Kyamar (14,714 ft) to Tisaling (16,378 ft) via Kyamar La (16,700 ft) and Mandalchan La (16,976 ft) - 15 km, 8-9 hours
5 Day 5
Day 5 - Tisaling (16,378 ft) to Ponganagu/Tso Kar Campsite (14,922 ft) via Shibuk La (17,248 ft) - 15 km, 6-7 hours.
6 Day 6
Day 6 - Ponganagu (14,922 ft) to Nuruchan (15,254 ft) - 16 km, 5-6 hours.
7 Day 7
Day 7 - Nuruchan (15,254 ft) to Gyamar Barma (17,074 ft) via Kyamayuri La (17,713 ft) - 18 km, 7-8 hours.
8 Day 8
Day 8 - Gyamar Barma (17,074 ft) to Gyamar (16,787 ft) via Kartse La (17,614 ft) - 8 km, 3-4 hours.
9 Day 9
Day 9 - Gyamar (16,787 ft) to Karzok (14,890 ft) via Yalung Nyau La (17,760 ft) - 20 km, 8-9 hours.
10 Day 10
Day 10 - Karzok to Leh - 215 km, 8-9 hours drive.
11 Day 11
Day 11 - Departure from Leh

Frequently Asked Questions

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for this trek.

Transport: What time will we reach the end point on last day of the trek?

Expect to reach Leh late in the evening where hotel arrangements would be made by us. Make sure your flight/bus bookings from this point to your respective destinations are in the morning the next day post 10:00 Hrs.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The hotel at Leh is the pick-up point from which we drive to Rumtse. The dropping point remains the same.

Miscellaneous : Is there an option to offload my backpack?

If you want to offload your rucksack, you will have to make a request for offloading a few days prior the trek through an email so that arrangement can be made in advance. You will be charged per day for offloading your rucksack. In case you decide to offload on the spot, you may have to pay a higher price than usual. However offloading your rucksack is not recommended since it is not a safe practice.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A team of participant will be led by a course certified trek leader and a local guide. All participants are requested to abide by what their leader says. There will also be a team of kitchen staff and porters on the trek. We maintain 1:8 ratio of trek leader and participants. All our trek leaders and staff have a certified training in first-aid and rescue operation.

Miscellaneous : Is the trekking pole necessary?

Yes, the trekking pole is necessary but not mandatory. If you don’t want to buy one, you can rent it from us on minimal daily basis charges. You can request the renting link from us.

Miscellaneous : Are there any local stores/shops from where I can shop trekking necessities?

Leh has plenty of stores/shops where you can buy your trekking gears. But we recommend not to leave anything for last minute buying.

Miscellaneous : Is it safe for solo woman traveller to trek in Fixed departures?

Yes, it is absolutely safe for a solo woman to travel in fix departures. Women on the trek will be sharing a tent with each other. In case you are the only woman on the trek, you will be given a separate tent.

Miscellaneous : Will you give certificates on completion of trek?

Yes, e-certificates will be given at the end of each trek provided that you completed it. It will bear your name, the trek, and the maximum altitude you achieved on the trek.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

The probability of finding snow on the higher reaches of the passes en-route the trek is decent. But, finding snow on the trail itself is bleak.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperatures will range anywhere between 20-10 degree celsius during the day and at night the temperatures will dip to as low as 5-degree celsius. The higher the altitude you gain the colder it will get.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We provide 4 seasons tents by Gipfel for higher altitudes which can easily withstand heavy snowfall and storms. They are spacious enough to accommodate 3 people at once with a vestibule to place the backpacks. Our sleeping bags are made up of Heatseeker Pro synthetic insulation that can provide you comfort in -10 degrees celsius. We also use additional fleece liners to have thermal efficiency even in the extreme temperatures of -17 degrees Celsius. If you carry your own sleeping bag, you will get a cashback reward provided that you inform us as soon as you have booked your trek.

Equipment and facilities: Are there any washroom/toilet facilities on the trek?

Toilet tents will be provided to you on the trek. These are portable toilets tents where a deep pit will be dug. A shovel will be provided inside the tent to cover the waste after you have made your business. You can take a toilet roll inside. Make sure you dig used toilet paper along with the waste. Though water is recommended in place of toilet paper. Please refrain from using wet wipes as they are non-biodegradable. There will be no facility for bathing on the trek. Go through our blog section for tips on how to maintain personal hygiene on treks.

Equipment and facilities: If we trek in snow, what equipment will you provide?

You will be provided with good quality of gaiters and microspikes from us depending upon the situation of the snow. Our trek leaders will also be carrying ropes and ice axe.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of food will be provided for the trek?

Vegetarian food will be served throughout the trek. The only non-vegetarian item served on our treks are eggs. Our kitchen staff follows a proper menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner which has been designed in order to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the participants. There will be milk, poha, eggs, muesli/corn flakes, bread and butter served for breakfast. Rice or simple roti sabzi will be packed for lunch. In dinner, you will have dal, egg curry or any other vegetarian dish along with rice, roti, and a dessert item. Packed lunch will be provided to you on the days you are trekking. You are requested to carry your own tiffin box and a mug to consume food. The meals consumed on the journey and arrival day are not included in our cost.

Equipment and facilities: What equipment can I rent from you?

You can rent the following items from us- Trekking Pole, Trekking Shoes, Fleece Jacket, Rucksack.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

When you arrive in Leh, your stay will be made in a hotel/guest house. The rooms will be provided on twin sharing basis. You will receive the details of your accommodation through email a few days prior to the trek. On trekking days, all the trekkers will be accommodated in twin or triple sharing tents. Along with this, there will also be a toilet tent and a dining tent installed at every campsite as we roll. Your accommodation in Karzok and Leh after the completion of the trek will again be in a hotel/guest house on a twin or triple sharing basis.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied by their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

There are so many enchanting places to visit in Leh-Ladakh. During your acclimatization period, you can roam around the town and visit the monasteries; Diskit Gompa, and Lamayuru Monastery. Drive up to the Magnetic Hill and experience the crazy magnetic phenomenon on the hill. The picturesque Nubra Valley will take your breath away. The green oasis villages, the monasteries, the ruined palaces- Turtuk and Bordang; there is a whole different culture in this place. It is 150 km away from Leh. You can take a shared taxi to this route. How can you leave Ladakh without seeing Pangong Lake, the sapphire blue lake? Also, visit Gurdwara Pathar Sahib and Leh Royal Palace. To know more read Places that you must visit in Leh Ladakh

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The Rumtse to Tso Moriri trek starts from the small hamlet of Rumtse which is around 76 km from Leh in Ladakh on the Leh-Manali highway. The best travel option around Leh is by air.
By air: Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India provide daily flights from New Delhi to Leh. It is recommended that you make your flight bookings well in advance not only to save on the price but also for a confirmed seat. You can also take an alternate flight route to Srinagar. Fly to Srinagar from Delhi and then drive to Leh from Srinagar. The 10-hour road journey from Srinagar to Leh can be covered by hiring a shared taxi which will cost you around INR 3000-4000. The drive route from Srinagar to Leh is scenic. For coming back, you can either take a direct flight from Leh to New Delhi. Or take the same route via Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar to Delhi are cheaper than Leh-Delhi.
By road: You can take the route from Manali to Leh. Travel from Delhi to Manali by a HRTC Volvo bus. From Manali get a seat in a shared taxi (INR 2500-3500). If you are on a tight budget, There is also a bus from New Delhi to Leh (via Manali) with one side fare of INR 1365. The bus journey begins at 2:30 pm from Delhi ISBT reaching Keylong next day at 1:30 pm. After an overnight halt at Keylong, it reaches Leh the next day. The another route to Leh can be taken through Srinagar. There are shared taxis from Srinagar to Leh available at cost of INR 3000-4000. If you are an ardent biker, you wouldn’t mind taking a bike trip from Delhi to Leh and back.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL has the best connectivity in Leh-Ladakh region followed by Airtel. However, all the mobile networks like Idea and Vodafone also work in Leh. Please note that only postpaid numbers work in J&K state, prepaid connections will cease to work as soon as you enter Ladakh region.

Packing List: What to pack

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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best time to undertake the Rumtse to Tso Moriri Trek is from the months of June to September.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek

The Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek is one of the most scenic treks of Ladakh taking you across the largely beautiful Changthang valley which hosts one of the finest and pristine landscapes of Ladakh with a cascade of colors being spread all around you with high barren mountains and meandering rivers alongside massive campsites. With a humongous trek distance of 98km via 6 taxing 5000M+ passes, the Rumtse to Tso Moriri trek takes you across Tso Kar lake and Startsapuk Tso Lake to finally end in the paradisical Tso Moriri Lake of Ladakh. From rare wildlife and one of the most beautiful settings on Ladakh, the Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake trek will test your strength and endurance but will present to you unimaginable scenery and a side of Ladakh you had no idea existed. This region is known for the Changthang nomads with then Pashmina goats and Yaks.

Eligibility: Experience required

Before attempting the Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek you should have an experience of at least 10 – 15 trek days in the Himalayas, at least one Moderate Plus category trek, the experience of trekking at altitudes higher than 4700 - 5000 mts, medical fitness certificate from CMO of a recognized hospital.

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch, Push Ups – 10, Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Requisite skills

One should be familiar with the following:

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basic mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & Descending on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek is made only for experienced trekkers who want to test their limits. The challenges faced in the trek should not be underestimated. You should attempt Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek only if you have already done a trek that climbs to 4700-5000 meters. The trek involves long-distance trekking with an average of 13-15 km daily on a harsh terrain at high altitudes along with traversing 6 passes at 5000M+ altitude. It is recommended not to opt for this trek if you cannot get acclimatized in the mountains of Ladakh. Besides you need to have a strong physical endurance to complete this trek. On Bikat scale Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek difficulty level is 6. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

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A side of Ladakh you have never seen

A side of Ladakh you have never seen

Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake Trek is Ladakh's finest trek taking you to smack in the middle of the Changthang Valley with mesmerizing landscapes of different colors and 6 taxing high altitude passes eventually ending at the beautifully blue Tso Moriri Lake. With a jaw-dropping length of 105 km, this trek was an outright delight to explore with every sight better than the one before. From snow-capped mountains, meandering rivers, rich and green campsites and some of the harshest and desolate landscapes Ladakh has to offer. We were awe-struck on this trail as we saw wild asses, blue sheep and marmots running around the campsites. Valleys are so vast and massive that the trek makes you feel like you are entering a paradise. To top it off, we end this trek with an aerial view of Tso Moriri, the jewel of this trek. Do this trek to believe it and fully understand the majestic beauty of Ladakh's best trek, Rumtse to Tso Moriri Lake.

Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Camping during the trek and Guest House/Hotel Stay on twin / triple sharing basis in Leh (Day 1, 2, and 10) and Karzok (Day 9)
  • Food as per menu on the trek
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges, if any (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Dome tents - on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Micro-spikes, Gaiters, Helmets, if required
  • Trek guide, cook, helpers, and porters for carrying common supplies
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification along with special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including Oxygen cylinder
  • Transport from Leh to Road head and return

What's not Included

  • Meals during Hotel Stay in Leh
  • Meals during road journeys
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of Insurance
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
  • Permit Fee for Foreign Nationals

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