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Tour highlights

A journey to Korzok from Leh is unlike any other in Ladakh. The Leh – Manali road first brings us over one of the highest passes in the region, over the Taklang-la (5260m). From here it strikes off east on a rough track across the basin of the twin lakes, Startsapuk-Tso (fresh water) and the Tso-kar (salt water), then over a roller-coaster track to the head of Tso Moriri, a magnificent lake, and on to Korzok, a quarter of the way along the lake's 20km length. Containing the drainage basin of these trans-Himalayan lakes and known as Rupshu, this is a landscape of open, windswept high-altitude valleys. Korzok, situated at 15,000 feet (4,572 m) with its dozen or so houses and its gompa appearing like a mirage among the barren hills, is the only permanent settlement in Rupshu, and the stage for the region’s only monastic festival. The Korzok Gu-stor attracts scores of Chang-pa, the Tibetan plateau nomadic herdsmen, for whom this even constitutes the sole event of its kind and magnitude. This two-day festival ends with the dismemberment and dispersal of the 'Storma' (sacrificial cake) by the leader of the Black Hat dancers in a ceremony called 'Argham' of 'Killing'. This symbolizes the destruction of all forms of evil and also re-enacts the assassination of the Tibetan apostate King Lang-dar-ma, by a Buddhist monk in the mid 9th century. The masks worn by the dancers represent the guardian divinities (Dharmapalas) of the Buddhist pantheon, and the patron divinities of the Geluk-pa order.

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1

Early morning flight Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 2

 

Morning sightseeing - Shanti Stupa, and Sangkar and Tsemo Gompas; afternoon rest.   

Day 3

 

Start to Korzok, on the way visit Matho and Hemis monasteries.

Day 4

Continue to Korzok, stop at Chumathang hot springs.

Day 5

Arrive at Korzok, sightseeing around Tso Moriri.

Day 6

Korzok Gu-stor

Day 7  

Korzok Gu-stor

Day 8

   

Start return journey to Leh; on the way visit Chemde and Tak Thok monasteries; Overnight in camp.

Day 9

 

Return to Leh, on the way visit Thiksey & Shey monasteries.

Day 10

Full day at your own leisure.

Day 11

Return flight to Delhi; depart India.

 

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