Stok to Rumbak Trek
Ladakh Trekking – Stok to Rumbak Trek
The primary destination for trekkers and other nature-based visits is Hemis National Park (HNP).The park is located south of Leh and covers 4,400 sq.km. and has a population of herders that share the area’s natural resources with the wildlife. The Park is divided into three valleys, namely Rumbak, Markha and the Shang valley that remain cut off from each other during winter by the Gandala pass (4,900m) and Kongmrula pass (5,150m) to the south. There are 15 villages with approximately 100 households in these valleys. Apart from the unique landscape and harsh beauty, the mountains are home to a variety of cultural resources such as local homes, monasteries, etc, and support a high altitude ecosystem with rare and endangered flora and fauna. The area is considered the best habitat in India for the elusive snow leopard (Uncia uncia) – an attraction for visitors whether you see one or not.
Season: July to September
Duration: 3 Days
Destinations Covered: Leh – Stok – Rumbak – Rumchang – Leh
Day 01 : Arrive Leh
Morning arrive leh and you will be transferred to hotel for overnight stay
Rest fo the day for rest and acclimatization
Day 02 : In Leh
Full day city tour of Shey Gomp a+ Thikse Gompa + Hemis Gompa
Overnight at hotel
Day 03 : Stok to Rumbak – 10 km
Beginning with a walk up the valley, pass the Stok palace and museum on your right and a little further on take the right fork to visit Stok gompa – a satellite of Spitok gompa – where Buddhist monks of the Kargyu-pa sect live and worship.
Following the true left bank of Stok Nala (stream), pass by the ancient Ladakhi fort of Styang La Khar, perched on a rocky hillside, a favourite picnic spot for many tourists. Heading west up a tributary of the Stok Nala, ascend over avalanche debris. The clear trail disappears and one has to scramble over loose slate rock debris to reach Stok La (4,900 m). From the pass, the fields of Rumbak, the destination for the night, can be seen.
Day 04 : Rumbak to Rumchang – 15 km
Descend gradually from Rumbak village, which consists of a cluster of houses on the true right bank of Rumbak Nala, through cultivated fields to arrive at a Buddhist shrine on the right bank and enter a confining gorge. Trek through this trail, over rough broken ground and reach the village of Jing Chan – an oasis of poplars and willows with a scattering of houses among fields and stark hills. The trail on the left bank continues to the junction of Rumbak Nala and the Indus river. Take the side valley and follow a tributary on the left bank to reach camp at the village of Rumchung.
Day 05 : Rumchung to Stok – 15 km
Retrace your steps down the confluence of the Rumchung Nala and the Rumbak Nala. From here switch over to the right bank and arrive at an alluvial terrace above the Indus river which flows below. There is a junction of trails and the southernmost one is marked by cairns, prayer flags and sheep horns. The trail runs through deep stream beds and over barren rocky ground. From here it is a few short hours to Stok, where vehicles await you for the short drive to the Leh
Day 06 : In Leh
Day at leisure or your own activities
Day 07: Departure Leh
Morning you will be transferred to the airport to board flight for onward destination