Overview

HIGHLIGHTS

  Region: Kishtwar & Zanskar.

  Duration: 12 Days. 

 Season:  July to September.

 Grade: Challenging.   

 Maximum Altitude:  5390M.

Passes: Rohtang Pass (3978m) & Omasila Pass (5390m).  

 Accommodations: 8 Nights In Camp / 3 Nights In Hotel or Guest House.

 Activities: 8 Days Hiking / 4 Days Drive.

 Meals: 11 Breakfasts / 12 Pack-Lunch / 11 Dinners.

Trip Begin: Manali. 

Trip End: Leh 

INTRODUCTION

The Omasi La (5390m) trek is a lesser known trek in the Indian Himalayas. The trek begins from the village of Gulabgarh on the J&K - Himachal Border. The areas has been closed for many years after the insurgency began in Kashmir and it was only recently 2009 when we restarted exploring the area with some of our climbing trips to Kishtwar Shivling. The trek takes you into the lesser known Sumchan valley. We cross through the Sapphire and Emerald mines of King Zorawar Singh and eventually after crossing the pass end the trek at the village of Abring in the Zanskar Valley. The Umasi La also is the Southern entrance to Zanskar, situated at Great Himalayan Range in between Kishtwar and Zanskar. This trek offers one of the spectacular routes.

Setting off from Gulabgarh we follow a well define trail through Oak and conifer forest and pass numbers of beautiful villages with traditional Paddari home i.e. Garh, Kundel, Chishoti, Jashail etc. Crossing Machail the Buddhist culture starts to appear which has a close links with Zanskari for centuries. After Suncham we trek beneath the Kishtwar Shivling and camp in beautiful vast alpine meadows. All through the trek you will get amazing views of peaks like Kishtwar Shivling, Hagshu, Barnaj, Chiring, Nun, Kun etc.

HOW TO REACH MANALI

 The nearest airport serving this beautiful hill station is situated at Bhuntar. Known as Kullu Manali Airport, it is at a distance of approximately 60 from Manali. 

  The road instead since there are some spellbinding picturesque views en route to be enjoyed. The destination has a good connectivity by road with cities like Delhi, Ambala, Chandigarh and Shimla serving as pivotal points. A number of bus services including private services like the very comfortable Volvo ply frequently from Delhi to Manali.

 The closest railway station is Chandigarh (315 km) or Pathankot (290 km). You can make your travel bookings till either of these two cities and then take a prepaid bus or a cab till Manali. 

11 Nights 12 Days Available on request
Itinerary

 DAY 01 - MANALI TO UDAIPUR 2800M / 145KM, 7 TO 8 HOURS BY ROAD OVER ROHTANG PASS (3980MTRS.)

Drive along the Beas River through several villages to the Rohtang pass. From pass enjoy excellent view on mighty Himalayan peaks, Take down hill drive to Koksar, follow the Chandara River till Tandi and further to Trilokinath to visit the Shiva temple and Udaipur to visit a wooden temple dedicated to Mrikula Devi.

 : Pack Lunch & Dinner.

: Guest House / Home Stay.

  DAY 02 - UDAIPUR TO GULABGARH (3505M) 9 HOURS DRIVE.

Another long driving day. We will drive past the towns of Pangi and Killar to cross the Himachal Border and reach the town of Gulabgarh which is close to the Kashmir - Himachal Border.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner.

 : Hotel / Guest House.

 DAY 03 - TREK GULABGARH (2000M) TO CHISHOTI (2400M) 5 TO 6 HOURS TREK.

We set out from the town of Gulabgarh early and are a gradual long climb though some magnificent views all the way to the village of Chishoti.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner.

 : Camp.

  DAY 04 - CHISHOTI TO MACHAIL (2700M) 5 TO 6 HOURS TREK.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Camp.

 DAY 05 - MACHAIL TO SUMCHAM CAMP (3200M) 5-6 HOURS TREK.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Camp

 DAY 06 - SUMCHAM CAMP TO BHUJWAS CAMP (3900M) 6-7 HOURS TREK.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Camp

 DAY 07 - BHUJWAS CAMP TO KACHIBANSA CAMP (4500M) 7-8 HOURS TREK.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Camp

 DAY 08 - KACHIBANSA CAMP TO RHUA CAMP (5000M) 8-9 HOURS TREK.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Camp

  DAY 09 - RHUA CAMP OVER OMASILA PASS (5390M) TO NABBAR (4500M) 9-10 HOURS TREK.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Camp.

  DAY 10 - NABBAR TO AKSHOW (3800M) 8-9 HOURS TREK.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Camp.

 DAY 11 - DRIVE AKSHOW TO KARGIL.

 : Breakfast, Pack Lunch & Dinner

 : Hotel / Guest House.

 DAY 12 - DRIVE FROM KARGIL TO LEH.

 : Breakfast & Pack Lunch.

 : No.

Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • The services of an educated Himalayan Yeti Adventure representative or escort / guide, well versed with native flora/fauna, topography & culture during the entire trek program.
  • During the trek, all camping logistics and mules / porters/ to carry luggage. Participants will be required to carry only their day sacks with their daily essentials etc.
  • Camping on twin sharing basis in 2-man tents, with foam mattresses, sleeping bags and kitchen tent, toilet tent etc. 
  • One Cook and camp helper/s with all necessary kitchen items, utensils etc.
  • All transportation as per the itinerary, inclusive of transfers to the roadhead before the trek and transfer from the roadhead to your destination, after the conclusion of the trek.
  • Boiled drinking water during the trek and warm water for personal ablutions in the morning.
  • All meals during the trek program.
  • Wildlife / environmental Permits and Levies, wherever required.
  • All camping charges.
  • Trek Briefing / debriefing & guides charges.
  • Charges for following the global ‘Leave No Trace’ protocol.
  • Insurance of the trekking staff
  • Good medical / first aid kit with Oxygen Cylinders.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Any accidental, travel or medical insurance.  It is advisable for the participants to get themselves comprehensively insured before the tour.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Any and all evacuation charges (medical or otherwise), or hospitalization or physicians consultation charges. Your own insurance policy should also, ideally, cover this.                                     
Things to Bring

Insulated, waterproof boots are best. They have thick soles, rubber/leather uppers and insulation. Flip Flops/ Crocs.

Wool or synthetic socks with wicking liners promote warm, dry feet. (this item is to be bought by the clients themselves)

Layer your clothing so it can be adjusted to your activity level and the weather. Avoid cotton.

Base layer: Synthetics and wool retain warmth even when wet. Wear long underwears (top and bottem) that wicks away moisture, insulates well and dries quickly. Choose from microlight, lightweight or midweight versions based on the temperature and your activity level. A zippered top lets you adjust body heat as you stop and go. (this item is to be bought by the clients themselves, easily available in Decathlon Stores)

Upper Insulating layer: Polyester fleece makes a good insulating mid-layer since it retains heat when wet and breathes as you exercise.

Outer layer: A waterproof, breathable shell jacket and pants keep you dry and fend off wind.

Down feather jacket: - Can be used while relaxing or walking outside in the camp area.

Hat, Gloves and Accessories.

 Keep your head and hands covered to prevent loss of body heat and to protect from sunburn.

A wool or synthetic hat, headband or balaclava retains heat; a wide-brimmed hat or a ball cap can shade your eyes on sunny days.

Sunglasses and sunscreen will protect you from burning UV rays which are especially intense when reflected off of snow.

COTTON SCARF good for dust and to protect neck from sunburn ,WATER BOTTLE, HYDRATION BAG.

Head Lamp & spare batteries.

CAMERA dustproof cover and spare batteries and memory card, GOPRO IS JUST GREAT.

MONEY BELT or secure portion of bag.

PERSONAL TOILETRIES including lip cream, hand wash (alcohol-based), sunscreen and TOWEL.

 PENKNIFE , JOURNAL, SKETCH PAD, PLAYING CARDS, BOOK, READING LIGHT, SEWING KIT, etc.

Small PADLOCK for stored bag.

Trekking Day Bag upto 65 to 85 Ltr.

Terms & Conditions

 If you cancel 15 days before the trip begins Himalayan Yeti Adventure will retain 20% of the trip cost.

 If you cancel 7 days before the trip begins, Himalayan Yeti Adventure will retain 30% of the trip cost.

 If you cancel less than 7 days before the trip begins, or, are not present when the trip begins, there will be no-refund

 No refund will be payable to any client who voluntarily leaves a trip en-route.

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