Rumbuk is a Beautiful village which lies in the route of Stok Kangri. As one approaches Rumbak fields the valley suddenly opens up with snowcapped mountains in the background which is a great place to view Ladakh flora and fauna. Some of the prized sightings would be Blue sheep, the Great Tibetan sheep or the Argali, various mountain and migratory birds, high altitude flora and occasionally a Tibetan Wolf or a Snow leopard if extremely lucky.
During this trek one also gets to tread through the Stok La pass (4900 M) which commands great views of the Indus valley. En route one can visit the Stok Palace museum which houses rare collections of Ladakhi rulers.
This trek is the part of the Markha Valley Trek - a well known trek famous for wild animals. In fact a documentary made on Snow Leopards which eventually won a lot of appreciation and awards was shot in the same valley. It is a perfect moderately difficult trek for the weekend traveler. Low on time and still intend to get a flavor of Ladakh, this is the place.
Day 1: Drive from Spituk to Zingchen Day 2: Trek to Rumbak Day 3: Trek to Mancarmo Day 4: Trek to Stok village
Beautiful Rumbuk village
Wild life expedition
Treading the stokla pass
Markha Valley Trek
Elegant Stok palace
Pick up from the Airport / Railway Station
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Group medical kit
Good quality accommodation
Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and insulated mat
All park entrance fees and trekking permits
Porters to carry all personal and group equipment.
Starting first day from Spituk to Zingchen 3700 m this takes 4-5 hours.
We begin our journey in a jeep. The roads are very dry with a very exposed land, so we need water and protection against the sun. After travelling for 3 hours, the landscape becomes greener as we move into the Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak river flows into the Indus. In the small village of Zingchen we will find our camp, which means ˜big field. Rest of the day is reserved for enjoying the view and we can also take a dip in the river.
Moving from Zingchen to Rumbak 3900 m it takes 3-4 hours.
Next day we will enter Hemis National Park, home to the famous Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), great Tibetan sheep (Arghali), red fox, Tibetan wolf, wild dog (dhole), Lynx, marmot and mountain hare. Then our climbing session starts, we climb gradually up to the village of Rumbak, which is known as a place to see and research the Himalayan snow leopard.
Starting from Rumbak to Mancarmo 4200 m via Stok la 4900 m which takes 5 - 6 hrs.
The third day is to track up to the base of Stok la (4900 m). We will witness the astonishing views of the Indus valley and remarkable colorful rocks and the formations at Stok la. From here we will move along the mountain side moving up and down until we reach some houses made by stones. The first camp for the Stok Kangri approach is our camp site Mancarmo.
From Mancarmo to Stok (3-4 hrs)
After breakfast, we start moving to Stok village. There is a narrow valley of beautiful rock patterns. We will visit the Stok palace which is currently a museum. It was built in 1840 for the Ladakhi royal family. A 30 minutes drive from here will take us back to the Leh.