|Suitable for:||15+ years.|
|Experience:||Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 5,000m/16,400ft.|
|Fitness:||Cover 6 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.|
Why Dzo Jongo Is A Must Do Trek
Dzo Jongo Peak is a hidden gem and an offbeat trekking destination that not many people are aware of. The trek starts at Leh and takes you through the beautiful Markha Valley and what makes this trek more a mystery is that the Dzo Jongo peak is not visible until you reach the base camp. In fact, in the first few days of your trekking, you will keep wondering where the peak actually is. Markha Valley is popular for its Kang Yatse 1 amp 2 peaks but there is another 6000-meter peak hiding in the valley, slightly taller than Stok Kangri the Dzo Jongo peak.
While the climb to the Dzo Jongo summit is not technical, it is quite a steep and challenging one. The Kang Yatse peaks have a technical climb but the Dzo Jongo doesn’t, which makes it a great alternative. The peak is situated just ahead of Markha Valley next to the Kang Yatse peaks and many routes can take you to Dzo Jongo, the route through Markha Valley, the same trail that takes you to the Kang Yatse peak is the most popular one. However, we take the route from the Lato side.
Dzo Jongo has two summits and the climb to the original summit is very steep and enduring. From the summit, you will get excellent views of Kang Yatse peaks, Stok Kangri, Changthang Valley mountains, and the Karakoram Range in the distance. While the trek is not technical, you will need crampons and roping up to ascend to the summit, quite similar to Stok Kangri. One of the best things about the trek is that it takes you through not one but three high passes, Shiul, Chak, and Kongmaru La Pass. A perfect trek for experienced trekkers and for those who want to conquer a 6000-er, which is not as tedious.
About The Trek
Located in the Markha Valley, which is popular for the Kang Yatse trek, Dzo Jongo is a hidden 6000 m peak that an experienced trekker can scale by taking the requisite measures and a certain level of physical fitness.
Our Journey starts at Leh. On the day you arrive at Leh, you will check into a hotel and receive a briefing from our team about the trek. Briefing is given later in the evening and if you wish, you can rent or purchase trekking gear from Leh. We recommend not to visit any high-altitude locations while in Leh as this may affect your physical condition. ATM points are available at Leh, so you can withdraw cash from here if you want.
The next day will also be spent at Leh as an acclimatization day. We will visit monasteries like Thiksey, Shey, Sangam, and Hemis. We will again avoid high altitude places and the visit to monasteries is to help you acclimatize with the weather and the temperature conditions.
On day 3, we will drive from Leh to Lato. Lato is situated at an altitude of 13,2000 ft and it is situated at a distance of 70 km from Leh. In Lato, we will check into a local guesthouse. Today we will be sightseeing around this oldest village of Ladakh. You can visit monasteries as well as the famous Druk Padam Karpo school where some scenes of the 3 idiots movie was shot.
The next day is our first trekking day after arriving in Ladakh, we will trek from Lato to Shiul Sumdo, where we will trek along a river and go through a few river crossings. The trek has a moderate ascent and takes you to an altitude of 15000 ft. We will have lunch at our campsite and sleep in tents at night.
On day 5, we will trek from Shiul Sumdo to Chaksung via Shiul Pass. Shiul Pass is situated at an altitude of 16,700 ft and our campsite at Chaksung is situated at an altitude of 16,100 ft. Today’s trek also has a moderate ascent. On reaching the Chaksung campsite, we will have our lunch and sleep in tents again at night.
The following day we will trek up to the Dzo Jongo Base Camp. While the distance to the Dzo Jongo Base Camp from Chaksung is not much, the ascent is very difficult and we will be crossing Chak Pass at 16,7000 ft to reach our Dzo Jongo base camp at 117,100 ft.
Day 7 is a rest and training day where you will prepare with us for trekking to the summit. Our team will provide the necessary technical equipment and teach you how to use them. You will also be given a briefing about the trek. You are recommended to take as much rest as possible today and not exhaust your body. You will need sufficient energy to climb the summit the next day.
Today we will summit the Dzo Jongo peak and return...
to the base camp. It is a challenging climb today so prepare yourself mentally. From base camp to the first rest point it is a fairly easy and flat walk that will take about 20 to 30 minutes. From the rest point, there’s a gradual ascent to the slope and then a moderate ascent up to the point of technical climb and from here it is a technical climb of about 2 to 3.5 hrs, followed by another 1.5 to 2 hrs of difficult climb to reach the summit. Witness the remarkable scenery of Tibet and Zanskar Valley from the top and the mighty Karakoram Ranges. After spending some time at the top we will descend down to the base camp once again.
On Day 9, we will trek from the Dzo Jongo Base camp to Chokdo. Kongmaru La is our first halt point on the trek. Kongmaru La is a high altitude pass and from here the descent to Chokdo is a little long. On the way, you will get refreshing views of the Indus Valley and Ladakh range. The descent is quite steep through rocky terrain. Once we reach Chokdo, we will drive back to Leh on the same day and rest at a hotel at night, concluding our journey.
We also like to keep an additional buffer day in the itinerary and it will be used if we are unable to make the summit due to any unforeseen circumstances. If the buffer day is not used, you can use it to enjoy rafting in the Zanskar River or other sightseeing activities in Ladakh.
What Can You Expect At The Trek
Set amidst the scenic Markha Valley in Ladakh, the Dzo Jongo peak trek will test your trekking mettle. While it is a non-technical climb, it is equally as enduring, so you need to have a good deal of trekking experience and physical fitness to complete the trek.
The steep and challenging yet doable Dzo Jongo peak trek is perfect to quench your thirst for adventure and thrill and also bring you face to face with the scenic splendor of the Markha Valley. En route, you will cross three high-altitude passes, Shiul, Chak, and Kongmaru La which adds to the difficulty of the trek.
You will hike through a variety of terrains, some moderate, some difficult, and some extremely challenging with bits of technical parts as well. The 9-day long trip will be every bit adventurous and memorable.
This is the beginning of your exciting expedition. On Day 1 you will arrive at the scenic destination of Leh. Leh is set in between the barren mountains of Ladakh, absorbing its beauty. Today you will get acquainted with your team and receive a briefing from our team about the basics of mountain treks and the conditions that you can expect at Dzo Jongo. Leh is situated at an altitude of 3500 meters and the trek goes further upwards here on as such it is necessary to give your body adequate time to acclimatize.
It is recommended to drink sufficient water, avoid exertion activities and let your body acclimatize. Rent gear is available for purchase and rent in Leh and you can purchase or rent anything if required. Today’s schedule is flexible and we will mostly observe how everyone is adjusting to the altitude. Traveling to high-altitude places is not recommended and you should rest as much as possible in your hotel.
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Today we have an entire sightseeing day ahead of us and we will visit various monasteries and acclimatize at higher altitudes. In Leh Old Town, you can visit the Leh-Palace, which is a legacy left behind by the ancient kingdoms of Ladakh and is built by Drugpa Bumdey - the King. The palace is situated on a high mountain ridge and from here, you will get a bird’s eye view of the entire town.
You can visit the many ancient Buddhist monasteries in the town of Leh. These monasteries are a gateway serenity away from the bustling city life. Thikse, Namgyal Tsemo, Sangam, and Hemis are some popular monasteries and the perfect place to find some peace and fortitude. Thiksey monastery was built in the 14 th century by monks sent by the Dalai Lama from Tibet. The Leh market is also a great place to shop for souvenirs, the entire market is adorned with many colorful shops. In the evening you can relax comfortably in the hotel.
Today we drive to Lato, which is at a slightly higher altitude than Leh. Lato is situated at an altitude of 4000m and is about 70 km away from Leh. After reaching Lato, we will spend another acclimatization, which is much needed. The drive to Lato is characterized by the same barren landscapes typical of Ladakh along with the backdrop of a clear blue sky. The road to Lato is exquisitely beautiful and gives the perfect introduction to the incredible landscapes of Ladakh.
Lato is one of the oldest villages in Ladakh and is home to one of the oldest monasteries in the Gia village. Lato lies in the same spot, where there was a catastrophic collision 60 million ago. After sightseeing in Thiksey Monastery, Hemis monastery, and the Druk Padma Karpo School, the school popularized by the 3 Idiots movie, we will drive to Lato. At night we will relax in our hotel and get the adequate amount of rest necessary for trekking the following day.
Today is the day our trekking begins. Today we will trek from Lato to Shiul Sumdo. The trek from Lato to Shiul Sumdo takes you to an altitude of 4600 meters and will approximately take 4 hrs depending on the speed of the trekkers. The trek today has a moderate ascent and we have to walk along a river and even cross the river 3 to 4 times before we reach our campsite at Shiul Sumdo.
The river is our water source here and you can refill your bottles from here. If you hike at a moderate speed, you will arrive at the campsite by lunchtime, and have a hot lunch here. Tonight we will rest in our camps. The night sky here is simply exquisite, with a spectacle of stars lighting the clear sky. Enjoy your first-night camping in Ladakh.
This is an interesting day of hiking, as you will encounter the first high pass today, Shiul Pass. Shiul Pass is situated at an altitude of 4900 meters and it lies en route to Chaksung. It takes 2 to 3 hours to reach Shiul Pass from the Shiul Sumdo campsite. Following a moderate ascent, you will reach the pass and from the top, you can witness stunning views of Ladakh Range and Karakoram Range.
The entire trek from Shiul Sumdo to Chaksung is about 6 km and it takes 5 to 6 hrs to complete the trek. We will reach the Chaksung campsite by lunchtime and have a scrumptious meal at the campsite. You can also take an acclimatization walk for 1-2 hr after lunch, which is quite essential in high-altitude Himalayan treks. We will camp overnight in our tents.
This is yet another trekking day filled with excitement and adventure. Today we will trek to the Dzo Jongo Base camp and also climb another high Pass, the Chak Pass on the way. While the trek is quite short today, about 4 km, however, the ascent is quite difficult and steep. The terrain gets steeper and steeper as you climb ahead.
Today you will get your first glimpse of the Dzo Jongo peak, which is otherwise well hidden within the Markha Valley. Weather here is unpredictable and changes instantaneously and while trekking to the base camp you can enjoy the stunning views of Kang Yatse and other mountain ranges as they change color with the shifts in weather.
The Dzo Jongo Base Camp is situated at an altitude of 17100 ft and is higher than the Base Camp of Kang Yatse. From the basecamp, you will get splendid views of the Markha Valley as well as the Karakoram Range. We will reach the campsite by lunchtime and enjoy our lunch at the campsite. In winters the campsite is usually covered in snow. We will stay overnight in camps.
• TTH team will issue you the technical equipments
• Learn how to use technical equipments
• Briefing and planning for the summit
• Don’t exhaust your body, take rest as much as you can
• Push for the Summit at 10 pm (Timings may get change)
Today we will rest and accumulate our energy for the summit. Our team will issue technical equipment and also demonstrate their uses for the trek. Today you will practice using the technical equipment for the summit trek. After practicing, take enough rest so that you can be ready for the summit at night.
Our team usually pushes for the summit by 10 PM so that we can reach the summit by early morning and enjoy a spectacular sunset. Gear up in the equipment you're received and get ready for the biggest climb so far, the climb to the Dz Jongo Summit.
• Altitude:- 6,250 m/20,500 ft
• Trek 7 km each way, 11 hrs
• Reach on the Summit by 5-6 am
• Reach to Base camp by 11am
• Packed breakfast on the and hot lunch at camp site
• Carry enough hot water, less water point at glacier(very cold)
The summit climb to the Dzo Jongo peak is going to be long and hectic but once you make it to the summit, you will understand that all the arduous climb was worth it. It is 6 km on both sides and thus one of the longest and most challenging climbs, which only gets steeper and steeper as you climb.
The first 20 to 30 minutes of the trek involves only a fairly easy walk on the leveled ground and you arrive at your first rest point. The climb from here becomes steeper and after 40 minutes of climbing, you will arrive at the Advanced Base Camp. The trail becomes even steeper and while the trail is not technical, the snow can make the climb quite difficult.
You will spot crevasses on the way to the summit and move slowly and cautiously as the climb to the summit is very steep. You will reach the summit by 5 to 6 AM. From the summit, you can spot peaks like Kang Yatse I and II as well as the Changthang Valley mountains.
As you go through each rest point the path becomes steeper and steeper until you make it to the summit at an altitude of 6250 meters. The sunrise at such a high altitude is almost a surreal experience and one of the biggest defining moments of the trek. After enjoying the spellbinding views from the summit, we will head towards the base camp once again and reach the camp by noon. Have lunch at the campsite and rest for the remaining day at the base camp.
Day 10: Buffer Day
Our return journey starts today as we descend from Dzo Jongo Base Camp to Chokdo and cross even another high pass, the Kongmaru La Pass. The Kongmaru La Pass is located at an altitude of 5200 m and crossing the pass makes today’s trek a little difficult. From the Pass, you can enjoy stunning views of Ladakh Range as well as the Indus Valley. The views of Indus Valley are quite different and you will spot reddish copper and basalt trails leading up the mountains. This is quite a different view as compared to earlier.
The descent from the Kongmaru La Pass is quite steep and it may require roping to descend safely. Further climbing down a rocky terrain will bring you to Chokdo and from here you will drive back to Leh which is approximately at a distance of 60 km.
Day 10: Buffer Day
Sometimes it may require more than 9 days to make it to the summit due to unforeseen conditions. We recommend you keep a buffer day in your travel plan. In case of unfavorable conditions, we will wait at the base camp for an extra day and attempt to make the summit once again. However, using a buffer day is a team decision. Also, note that the cost of the buffer day is not included in the package. 3000 INR per day per person is to be paid for buffer day. If the buffer day is not used it can be used for sightseeing and taking part in adventure activities like Rafting in Zanskar, Zip Line, Mountain Biking, Motorcycle tour, etc.
After all the exciting adventures it's time to go back home with lots of memories and your heart filled with satisfaction.
First of all everyone to reach Leh.
You have to come to our hotel, once you book the trek our trek coordinator will share with you the hotel name, location and contact person number.
Choose any option to reach Leh
You can take any option of Manali Highway, Srinagar Highway or direct flight to go back from Leh. Our services are up to hotel only and hotel check out time is 10:30 AM.
• Guest house in Leh on Day 1, day 2, day 3 and day 9 as per the itinerary.
• Camping during the trek.
2. Meals while on trek (Veg.+ Egg)
• Day 3 dinner to Day 9 Lunch.
3. Trek equipments: Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dinning tent, toilet tent, utensils and crampon (if required).
4. First aid medical kits, stretcher & oxygen cylinder.
5. Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook and Support staff.
6. Transport from Leh guest house to Stok village and return as per the itinerary.
7. Mules to carry the central luggage.
1. Any kind of personal expenses.
2. Airfare and pickup and drop from airport..
3. Food in Leh.
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
5. Necessary permits, entry fees and Foreigner peak booking charges.
6. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
7. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head.
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule.
Charges of offloading backpack:-
INR 3000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 3300/- if you inform us after reaching Leh
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
The fee can be paid by online transfer/Check deposit/Cash deposit/Demand draft. Instruction for
payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please
e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at email@example.com At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
Cash Voucher Terms:
Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
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