Dzo Jongo East, at a height of 6200m, is growing in popularity due to it being a trekking peak with a wide ridge, making it more easily accessible. The name, Dzo Jongo,comes from it being a twin peak with Dzo Jongo West, making it look like the head of a Dzo. From the summit, there are dramatic views of the Karakorum Range to the north, Zanskar to the west and the Mentok range to the southeast. The use of crampons, ice axe and ropes can be required at the beginning or end of season and definitely off season. Otherwise during mid-season, it can sometimes be hiked, depending on the snow and ice conditions.
Day 01: Arrive Leh. Guest House
One of the simplest approach to reach Leh is by air. It is very convenient and easy as compared to hit the roads as it will take a long time to reach Leh. You will have to take many stops all along the way, and it can be considered as a trek by itself. So, it's better go by air and have a peaceful journey along the way. Welcome to Leh.
Day 02: Leh (Acclimatization day). Guest House
One of the highest and tallest mountains which can be seen from all over Leh is StokKangri. During winter seasons, it will be fully covered with snow, and now you will be trekking over the place itself. From down you will see the stok kangri peak of the mountain and after someday a time will come when you will reach the top of the mountain. Stok kangri is going the final destination of your trek.
Early morning you will have a perfect start of the day by drinking a hot cup of tea giving you lot of motivation and a fresh start. You can have your share of breakfast and after that day will call you for the acclimatization to the extreme temperature. Today you will do nothing but cherish the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. Today you will be fully aware and familiar with the culture and climate of Leh which will be with you all along the trek. Your acclimatization will be done in the heights of 3000 meters from the sea level. Altitude sickness can be an issue for the trekkers so you can choose to come down from that height. The night will be not planned because of the sudden snowfalls or snowstorms. Even altitude sickness can be an issue. So, to get used to such situations, some recommended exercise and body movements are required, to heat up your body. It will be just a heaven on earth when you get some sun rays at such a climate. The beautiful sunrise early in the morning will make your day. If you are not comfortable enough and have some respiratory problem, then it is suggested to carry some oxygen cylinders. Alchi is a place where you can visit some ancient temples where you can workshop. It is situated just lower than Leh and for spending the rest of the day Leh market can be a good place where many different items are available for you to purchase. You can also enjoy the food which will help you to keep your body warm.
Day 3. Short drive to Jinchen; trek to Rumbak.
By now we should be well acclimatised, and we take a short drive from Leh to Jinchen. We drive past Spituk, the site of the first Gelugpa Monastery in Ladakh. There should be time to visit the monastery with its commanding views over the Indus Valley. From here a new road takes us across the Indus towards Jinchen. We will drive as far as the road conditions allow and to where our ponies will be waiting. After they are loaded up we start our trek into the Jinchen Gorge at the foot of the Stok Mountains. The trail is straightforward as we follow the Jinchen Nala upstream. The valley closes in around us and spectacular rock formations tower above us. An ever-changing panorama of fantastic coloured mountains surrounds us as we ascend the valley. We may have to cross the river as the stream forces the path closer to the side of the valley. Suddenly the valley widens and reveals the snow-topped peaks of the Stok mountains. Prayer flags on a wide pasture mark the junction with the trail leading to Rumbak village. Tonight's camp is below Rumbak village with stunning views all around - looking left towards Rumbak a fantastic multi-coloured toothy skyline ridge appears in the distance. We can visit the village this afternoon and maybe sample the local delicacy, salty yak buttered tea, in one of the many home stays.
Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 3,880m)
Day, 4,Pass Yurutse village to reach the base of the Ganda La.
A short day today for acclimatisation. We head up the main valley past a watermill and to a bridge, which we cross. The trail ascends the valley gradually and when the valley splits we take the right-hand fork up past the one house village of Yurutse. Leaving the fields behind we ascend towards the Ganda La and camp tonight by a small stream below the pass. In the afternoon there will be an acclimatisation walk on the hills around camp.
Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 4,539m)
Day 5.Cross the Ganda La (4970m) to Skiu in the Markha Valley.
A long day today as we cross our first pass. The trail is clear as it zigzags towards the pass. As we climb the views become more and more spectacular. Behind us, Stok Kangri dominates the skyline. Finally, we reach the top of the Ganda La (4,970m) decked with colourful prayer flags and the views are worth all the effort. Ahead is the Zanskar Range and behind are the Stok Mountains. Far below in the valley are the fields of Shingo. As we descend keep an eye open for marmots and blue sheep, both of which seem to thrive in these desolate, high altitude spots. The trail to Shingo is easy and in the main season, there is usually a tea tent here, which may sell cold drinks. From Shingo, the trail takes us through a spectacular gorge with beautifully coloured and eroded rocks. We continue down the gorge all the way to the small hamlet of Skiu. As we pass through Skiu we can stop and have a look at the newly restored Women’s Eco Café that we helping renovate and run in 2017 as part of our Himalayan Community Support. We camp either in Skiu itself or about 20 minutes beyond the village by the river.
Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 3,360m)
Follow the river to Markha (3750m).
Day 6.A fairly long, but easier walk today, as we trek along the valley to Markha. The terrain along the valley is not demanding so there are plenty of opportunities to admire the magnificent scenery. The colours of the barren mountains of Ladakh are truly spectacular, pastel pinks, blues and greens shine in the brilliant sunshine and change colour dramatically as the sun rises and sets.
We follow the river all day today and will have to cross the river a few times and although bridges have been built in some places there will be some river crossings today. We will have lunch in Sara, where there is usually some welcome shade in a tea tent. Beyond the settlement of Chalak, there is an impressive line of chortens and a huge mound of goat horns, which are placed on the chortens to ward off any evil spirits trying to enter the valley. Climbing up to a small col we descend again to the river and a mediaeval fort silhouetted on the hillside tells us that we have almost reached Markha. Just before Markha, we will need to don our river crossing sandals for at least 2 river crossings.
Markha is only a small village and there will be time to explore the small monastery in the afternoon. Our camp will be on grazing flats near the village.
Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 3,750m)
Day 7,Trek to Thachungste, visiting Tache Gompa perched above us en route.
Just beyond Markha, the trail meets the Chacham Valley. We will have one or two river crossings this morning. Just after the river crossings is Tache gompa, set way above us on the cliff face. There is time to visit the monastery, which is the most important in the valley and is affiliated to Hemis. It is a steep 10-minute climb up to the small temple but the stunning views from the top are well worth the effort. Continuing up the valley we walk through Umlung village to Hankar where there are more impressive fort ruins and a small gompa. We have lunch in Hankar From Hankar the trail turns off from the main valley, climbs up a small side valley past the ruins of Hankar Fort before dropping down to Upper Hankar. Climbing more we now follow the Nimaling stream to Thachungtse where we camp. We may be lucky and see Blue Sheep (a type of wild goat) high up on the grazing areas above the campsite.
Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 4,250m)
Day 8, Climb to the high plateau at Nimaling.
A short but quite tough walk today to Nimaling. The trail climbs steeply to a plateau where the valley opens out. Ahead are spectacular views of Kang Yangtse, at 6,400m, the highest peak in the valley. In this area, there is no permanent habitation but during the summer months, the shepherds bring their flocks of sheep, goats and dzos (cow-yak cross breeds) to graze on the high altitude pasture. The shepherds stay in stone shelters close to the grazing area for the whole summer and we can often buy yoghurt or local cheese from them. In the evenings, the animals are brought down from the hills and it is quite usual to have hundreds of them wandering through the campsite. Look after your edibles! We should get to Nimaling by lunchtime and in the afternoon, there is an optional walk up behind camp towards Kang Yangtse. This is well worth doing and highly recommended for the impressive close-up views of Kang Yangste.
Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 4,854m)
Day 9.Trek to bass camp og Dzojongo 5010 m, 2 hrs walk , rest of the day free to acclimatization ,
Day 10. Summt Dzojongo 6180m,.7 hrs up and 3 hrs down
Day 11. Cross the Gongmaru La (5286m) with views of the high Ladakh Range.
A long day as we cross our second, and highest, pass of the trek. Our trail begins today by climbing to the Gongmaru La. It is a fairly long, steep ascent zigzagging to the top of the pass at 5,286m, but the views from the top are worth the effort. Looking back we see Kang Yangtse, Dzo Jongo East and West and Regoni Malari. Ahead there are views of the Stok Range and down to the Indus valley. The descent is steep at first and we then enter a spectacular gorge and descend more gradually now with many small river crossings. High up on the barren cliffs we may spot the elusive Blue Sheep which inhabit this area. Passing through Chuskurmo and Chokdo we continue our long descent crossing the river several times to the village of Shang Sumdo. Today is a hard day due to the crossing of the high pass and the long descent.
Full-service Camping (sleeping altitude 3,800m)
Day 12, Finish the trek near Hemis; visit the monastery and drive to Leh.
Our transport should arrive this morning and we drive to Hemis Monastery. Very occasionally the road gets blocked in which case we walk down the jeep track to Hemis. Hemis was once the largest and richest of all the Ladakhi monasteries. A wander round the dimly lit temples containing grotesque yet beautiful masks and statues will take us back hundreds of years in time. We then drive back to Leh and the comforts of a hot shower at our hotel. We should get to Leh for lunch and the rest of the day is free for last minute sightseeing or shopping in the bazaars.
Day 13. Conclude the trip.
Drive to airport and conclude the trip.
How to Reach
By Air :-
Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. In the summer season, the services may even be provided twice a day. However if you plan a trip to this area of the country, you must try to book your tickets well in advance. This might even cut down the prices which may be levied on booking at the last time. You would enjoy the flight as you would fly over many untouched areas and even some mountain ranges. The aerial view is just fascinating and gives a great start to your tour.
By road :-
The road from Manali to Leh is only open in the summers. The road trip may take you 2 days, but depending upon the weather conditions, the travel may also extend to 3 or even 4 days. You should also make sure that you carry at least two spare tires. A good advice would be to carry a sleeping bag with you well, as the bus may stop in the middle of nowhere for the overnight stay.
Another route to Leh via Srinagar, also takes around two days. On this route, you would pass through some lonely yet famous villages like Kargil and Khalsi.
1. Accommodation. (Camping) and Leh guest house
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.)
3. Trek equipment.
4. IMF Permits
5. First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder.
6. Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff to help trekkers.
7. Transport from Leh to Road head and return.
1. Food / Meal in Leh.
2. Any kind of personal expenses.
4. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
5. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head price Includes.
6. Personal Equipment.
Essentials Things to Get for Dzo Jongo (6200M) Trek
· Backpack (Min 60 Ltrs) with Rain Cover
· Trekking Shoes (Forclaz 100,500 recommended)
· 3 Pairs of Full sleeve shirts/T-Shirt and Track Pants (1 should be waterproof/windproof)
· 3 Pair of cotton socks. 3 pairs of woollen socks
· 2 Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket (preferable)
· One Heavy Jacket (Down Feather preferable)
· Thermal Inners 1 Pair
· 1 pair water proof hand gloves
· 1 Pair woollen Gloves.
· Sun Cap
· One Scarf
· Light towel
· Lip Balm
· Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
· Water Bottle 1 Lt
· Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
· Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
· Personal Medicine Kit
· Dark Sunglasses (U/V protected)
· Walking Stick (At least one)
People who were spectacles-
Should avoid contact lenses and use use photo chromatic glasses
It Is for me?
For the trek on this trip the general rule is the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it. The climb is pretty strenuous as we walk through hilly terrain with our back packs and the temperature is often hot and muggy changing to -15 Celsius at the top of Dzo Jongo(6200M). MMG recommend that you undertake regular aerobic activities in 3 month before you trekking, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trek to its fullest. This trip is advisable to join MMG organize training trip before join the trip.
- The time schedule subject to change, any change MMG will let participants know early.
- If the trip not enough people MMG have the right to postpone or cancel the trip.