Nomads and Sacred Lakes on the Changthang Plateau

Repertory Trip: No Future Dates Set


Join veteran Trip Leader Hashmat Singh for an expedition into a lost world of nomads, rare wildlife, and mystical lakes amid the wild beauty of Ladakh. Set on a high plateau in the Himalaya, Ladakh is a high-altitude enclave of spectacular landscapes and a treasure-trove of ancient Buddhist culture. For this adventurous 14-day trek, we cross Ladakh’s vast Changthang Plateau, which stretches from eastern Ladakh towards western Tibet and includes serene, mountain-ringed Tso Moriri (15,000'), a huge turquoise lake held sacred by the local people. The Changthang ("northern land") is home to Changpa nomads, who maintain a traditional Tibetan way of life, moving seasonally to find fresh grazing for their yaks and goats, trading salt and meat for grain and other goods from lower regions, and bringing their yak caravans into western Tibet on age-old trade routes. Our trek is a true high-altitude adventure, with camps at around 15,000 feet and pass crossings of up to 19,200 feet. As we experience this realm of cobalt skies and craggy escarpments, we enjoy memorable encounters with the Changpa nomads and keep an eye out for wildlife that ranges from little Himalayan pikas to bharal (sheep), ibex, and kyang (wild Tibetan donkeys). Ladakh’s high lakes are also an important habitat for many birds, including bar-headed geese, black-necked cranes, and other trans-Himalayan migratory species. This utterly remote journey is trekking at its best—magnificent mountain scenery, ancient cultures, wildlife, high passes, and the inimitable Hashmat Singh, leading in what is his favorite place on the planet!



Changpa nomad families with their herds
Sacred Tso Moriri, one of highest lakes in the Himalayas
Ethereal Himalayan wilderness of Ladakh's Changtang Plateau
Buddhist monasteries of the Indus Valley, lively bazaars of Leh


Length: 20 days
Cost From: TBA  
Arrive: Delhi, India
Depart: Delhi, India
Lodging: 5 nights in hotels, 14 nights camping
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

14-day trek on steep trails, 4-8 hours a day, altitudes between 12,000-19,200 feet