Morang La Trek

Trip Details

  • Trip Type: Trekking

  • Region: Lahual Valley - Himachal / Khanak Valley - Ladakh

  • Grade: Challenging

  • Duration: 13 days

  • Max Altitude: 5300m

  • Batch Dates: Custom Dates Only

Morang La Trek Overview

The Morang La trek starts from Sarchu in Himachal and goes to Hemis in Ladakh. The trek begins with a two-day drive from the verdant Kullu valley across two high passes deep into the easternmost part of Ladakh, followed by an 11-day trek through the heart of Rupshu, finally ending in the Indus valley near Leh. A possible extension to the above trek would be to follow the Markha valley downstream from Hankar and go across the Kunda La and Stok La to end at Stok village, which is located on the Indus across the valley from Leh or another option is  from Nimaling cross Chakstang La (5310m) and Puze La (4900m) and continue to Lato on the Manali - Leh Highway.

Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Participants arrive in Manali.


Day 02: Manali - Jispa (3142m) by road
Duration: 8 hours


Day 03: Jispa - Sarchu (4253m) by road
Duration: 5 hours


Day 04: Sarchu - Takh - Base of Morang La (4600m)
Duration: 6 hours

The trek starts with the army trail for 2-3 km to Takh, a military camp. From there, the trail deviates from the Tsarap River and starts the gradual and long ascent to the base of the Morang La.


Day 05: Base of Morang La - Lun
Duration: 6 hours

A gradual climb takes you to the summit of Morang La (5300m), before you descend into a narrow and muddy valley. Go past a beautiful plateau into the Zara Chu valley. Turn right to follow the river along the left bank for an hour before you reach the village of Lun.


Day 06: Lun - Yabbu (4250m)
Duration: 6 hours

Follow the Zara Chu valley further to the village of Yabbu, which has some wonderful campsites and low stone walls to protect the village from the sheep and goats of the Tibetan nomads that live in this area.


Day 07: Yabbu - Lungmoche (4550m)
Duration: 6 hours

Follow the same valley past Yabbu from where you reach the summer settlement of Lungmoche. This nomad village of Yak-wool tents sometimes spreads over a large area and is very picturesque in the late evening with the smoke from the cooking fires floating above the tents.


Day 08: Lungmoche - Dat (4200m)
Duration: 7 hours

A gradual 2-hour ascent to the top of Yar La (4950m) reveals fantastic views of the Rupshu. The high plateau is clearly visible with range upon range of brown, barren hills and some snow-covered mountains in the far distance. Make a short descent from the pass to a water point, as the next few hours are very dry. A further descent takes you to the Dat Chu valley. Turn right to follow the valley up to Dango and further on to the village of Dat, which has a small Gompa.


Day 09: Dat - Sura via Jalung Karpo La (4800m)
Duration: 7 hours

Follow the very broad valley of Dat, which is inhabited throughout the year, past Mani walls and chortens into a narrowing valley. The stream meets the Sura Chu to form the Chamg Cho of Khurna, a major tributary of the Zanskar river. Follow the Sura Chu into a valley with wonderful woody gorges up to the summer village of Sura. Leaving the lush green pastures of Sura, a 3-4 hour walk leads over the Rubering La to Zangla, the ancient capital of Zanskar. Leaving the valley floor, a steep climb takes you to the west ridge of the Jalung Karpo La (5200m), which affords some great views. Descend into the valley to Sura.


Day 10: Sura - Nimaling (4878m) via Kongo Gompa-La (
Duration: 6 hours

From Sura, it's an easy walk before a steep ascent to Kongo Gompa-La. Descend on the other side of the pass to the Nimaling plain. The Nimaling plain is a broad, undulating meadow, which slopes up to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse, which dominates the area. Nimaling, with its tiny ponds and rivulets flowing all over the meadow, provides pasturage in the summer for an astonishing number of animals - yaks, dzos, sheep, goats, horses - not only from the Markha but from the villages all around. Himalayan marmots and white-tailed hares are seen in plenty and it is not unusual to sight an occasional blue-s heep or Wolf.


Day 11: A day at leisure at Nimaling. An alternative is a walk to the base of Kang Yatse.


Day 12: Nimaling - Shang Sumdo via Kangmaru La (5274m)
Duration: 8 hours

Crossing to the north of the Markha, begin the climb to Kangmaru La (5274m). From the pass, the trail descends steeply to the head of the Martselang valley, past the sulphur springs of Chuskirmo and follows the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo or Shang-Sumdo, at the confluence of the Shang and Martselang Nullahs, where camp is set for the night.


Day 13: Shang Sumdo - Hemis Gompa (3300m) - Leh
Duration: 5 hours

A jeep will pick you up at Shang Sumdo. After a visit to the ancient monastery at Hemis, you will be dropped at Leh.

Cost Includes

1. Camping Tents, Kitchen, Dining tents and Insulated Sleeping Pads.
2. Nutritious, high calorie food will be served.
4. Guide, Cook and camp helpers.
5. Horses carry loads on the route.
6. Transport Kasol/ Manikaran to Road head and back.

Cost Excluxdes

- All expenses of personal nature like drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Sleeping Bags. (We recommend to get bags which are comfort rated to - 5 to - 8 deg C)
- Accommodation and food in Kasol/ Manikaran
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend to purchase suitable insurance cover.

Things you need to get

- Backpack 40 - 50 Lts with rain cover.This you will need in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lts - You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, Trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks as we go higher it gets harder to use the sports shoes. We recommend shoes with a good hard sole and also ankle support preferable water proof. While we do not subscribe to any particular brand you can try the Quechua forclaz 100, 500 or 600.
- 2 -3 pairs of cotton socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks ( these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking).
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry light weight synthetic pants. Alternatively track pants are also comfortable to trek in. We do not recommend you get Denims or Jeans as they get hard to trek in.
- Tshirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferable cotton t-shirts that are full sleeves. You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sun burns.
- Synthetic Fleece Jacket - 1 pair.
- Wind proof/ Water proof Jacket - 1 pair.
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket - 1 -pair ( optional - get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps.)
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Raincoat/ Poncho - what ever you get make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
- Warm Beanie - make sure it is something that covers your ears. You can also use buffs, scarfs etc in addition to your beanie.
- Gloves - Lightweight synthetic gloves made of Fleece or you can also use woollen gloves.
- Sun Cap- 1 no
- Sun Glasses with good UV protection.
Other necessary things that we recommend you get:
- Toiletries - Sunscreen SPF 40+, Moisturizer, Lip balm, Soap, Toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Camera.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottle 1 litre each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)



Reaching Manali


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