Kyamry Pass At 5000 Metres
Challenging Because Of High Altitude
Tsomoriri Lake And Tsokhar Lake
If you are someone who wishes to learn about the lifestyle of Changpas or Ladakhi nomads, this trek is perfect for you. As a nomadic ethnic group based in Ladakh, the life of Changpas revolves around the rearing of animals. From yaks and Pashmina goats to sheep and horses, they rear different animals to make a livelihood. They usually live in a small herd, and move from one place to another so that any particular pasture is not over-grazed by the animals. The Changpas live in a unique tent made of yak wool and it is known as Rebo. You might find it tough to understand the architecture of a Rebo at first. But if you are lucky, you might get to see a Rebo while trekking. Currently, even the remote border areas of Ladakh are getting modernised and the younger crowd is settling down in villages and Leh. Hence, this ethnic group is slowly becoming endangered. Though Changpas have a hard life rearing and herding different animals, their songs are full of sweetness and they sing those while grazing animals or at social gatherings.
Jabro is the dance form that is popular with them and it is often performed to songs played on a musical instrument shaped like sitar. Their socio-cultural traditions are unique as well. Changpas mainly survive on meat, milk and butter. The Yak cheese they make is very well-known and people all over the world enjoy it. This trek will take you along a lively green and craggy mountain trail, and offer breathtaking views of the Changthang plateau. You will also see Tsokar and Tsomoriri, two famed lakes, during this trek. Tsokar is smaller than the beautiful turquoise TsomoRiri Lake, and gets flushed in front of the village of Korzok. Korzok is visited by nomads living in nearby areas and is their headquarters as well. It is well-known for its charming monastery and the few nomadic families who live here have access to telephone and a simple community health centre. Since Tsomoriri is quite close to the part of China occupied by Tibet, there is an army camp here.
After enjoying bed tea in your tent, early in the morning, you have to start packing all your belongings for the trek. Remember to use a light backpack to carry essentials like camera, water bottle, lunch and sunscreen with you. The heavier items will be transported on horseback. You will then have breakfast at the dining tent and get ready for the trek. Your guide will show you the way. You will stop for lunch at noon, at a pleasant spot and you can rest then too. The trek will resume after that and kitchen crew and horsemen will be ahead of you to prepare the campsite. By the time you arrive at your camp, tea, juices and snacks will be ready for your tired soul. Afterwards, you can enjoy your leisure time in any manner you want. At around 7pm, dinner will be ready. After that, your guide will brief you about the schedule and activities of the next day. This is when you should clear any doubts you might have.
The menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner will include dishes of different kinds, ranging from Indian and Chinese to Tibetan, Continental, Ladakhi, and Italian.