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Dzo Jongo Trek


A part of the great Himalayan trail in Ladakh remains half of the year in isolation when it is cut off by snow from the rest of the world. Ladakh was once an integral part of Western Tibet and the crossroads of the ancient trade routes between South Asia and Yarkand in China until the 19th century.

The Dzo Jongo is technically simple and without a glacier contact. No special gear needed. The Dzo Jongo summit is optional, though it is a relatively easy climb. The majority of the climb is a walk up with perhaps one short snow section.

As a warm-up to the trek, we spend two nights in the capital Leh, at 3500m. From our traditional Ladakhi hotel we begin our acclimatization in a relaxed manner. The walking starts gently from the village of Mathok. At this point there is ample time to acclimatize as we pass through the small valleys and make our way to high passes and finally to the summit of Dzo Jongo. On the summit, we are routinely rewarded with views extending as far as K2, the Karakoram, the Pamirs and Tibet.


  • Day 01: Fly to Leh (3500m)
  • Day 02: Guided walk to Leh Palace
  • Day 03: Day Trip to Indus Valley & Alchi Monastery
  • Day 04: Drive to Matho Village - Short hike to Chumik Camp (3780m)
  • Day 05: Chumik (3780m) - Shang La Base (4300m)
  • Day 06: Shang La Base - Shang Phu (4300m) via Shang La Pass (4950m)
  • Day 07: Shang Phu - Gyuncho La (4670m) - Chuskyurmo (4140m)
  • Day 08: Chuskyurmo - Kongmaru La Base (4750m)
  • Day 09: Kongmaru La Base - Kongmaru La Pass (5260m) - Nyimaling (4780m)
  • Day 10: Nyimaling - Dzo Jongo Base Camp (5200m)
  • Day 11: Rest Day or go for the summit (6207m)
  • Day 12: Climbing Day
  • Day 13: Dzo Jongo Base Camp - Lalung La (5340m) - Lalung Base (4800m)
  • Day 14: Lalung La Base - Lato (3990m) - Drive to Leh (3500m)
  • Day 15: Transfer to the airport - Flight to Delhi
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  • DAY 01:
  • Fly to Leh (3500m)
  • Your early morning 75 mins flight from Delhi to Leh over the Himalayas will probably be one of the best flights you have ever experience. Don’t miss out to witness K2, the world's second highest peak. Leh is the capital of Ladakh, a large town hidden between the Himalayas and East Karakoram and is part of the great Trans Himalayan range.
  • DAY 02:
  • Guided walk to Leh Palace
  • Getting prepared for the trek. Acclimatization day. A short walk to the 17th century built Leh Palace, located on top of the Leh town, resembles that of the Great Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. From the palace we will get a spectacular view as far as to the Indus River and beyond the Stok mountain range.
  • DAY 03:
  • Day Trip to Indus Valley & Alchi Monastery
  • Today, we further our acclimatization with a full day of sightseeing. We visit Ladakh’s most important monastery, Alchi Gompa, with the opportunity to meet some of the monks who live here.
  • DAY 04:
  • Drive to Matho Village - Short hike to Chumik Camp (3780m)
  • After breakfast we will start with an hour drive to Matho village where our long anticipated adventure begins. Here we will meet our horses and the local crews for the first time. Our backpacks, equipments and the groceries for the next days will be packed on the horses! We will not get too excited today and run up the mountains. Instead, today we will walk only about 2 hours as a warm up day with keeping in mind the acclimatization process.
  • DAY 05:
  • Chumik (3780m) - Shang La Base (4300m)
  • As the day progresses water in the rivers gets bigger because of the snow melting up on a source of the glaciers and the mountains. Hence, today we will start our walk early in the morning so we can cross the rivers as early as possible. Once the river crossings are behind us, we gradually steep up on a zig zag trail with highland bushes and loose rocks up to the Shang La Base. The area is declared as snow leopard area by the forest Department.
  • DAY 06:
  • Shang La Base - Shang Phu (4300m) via Shang La Pass (4950m)
  • Today we are going to mark for the first time a close to the 5000m pass. Leaving the camp in the morning, we begin our walk with a steep 600m ascent to cross the Shang La pas, at 4,950m. On the top we are greeted with fantastic views of the Matho Range to the other side.
  • DAY 07:
  • Shang Phu - Gyuncho La (4670m) - Chuskyurmo (4140m)
  • Another day, another pass! The landscape changes abruptly from here on as we start our morning walk with a gradual walk uphill, traversing the slope through the barren landscape to the Gyuncho La. From the pass we descend on a rocky trail into a large barren valley that brings us down to Chokdo village, where we will stop for a lunch and have a cup of tea with the locals. Our camp tonight is close to the village.
  • DAY 08:
  • Chuskyurmo - Kongmaru La Base (4750m)
  • Today as we ascend to the base of the Kongmaru La pass, 5260m which is the highest point for those doing the classic Markha Valley trek. The trail gradually turns back and rises to the flat ridge and increasing approach to the main steep slope. In the distance peek out mountains, let’s call it (otherwise nameless) Kongmaru peak, 5680m, on its slope is a small glacier, which supplies water throughout the valley
  • DAY 09:
  • Kongmaru La Base - Kongmaru La Pass (5260m) - Nyimaling (4780m)
  • About 500m from the Kongmaru La Base Camp, the path leaves the valley and follows the slope, cutting it with a long, clear zig zag trail. After an exhausting ascent we finally reach the Kongmaru la pass, where we will be welcomed by fluttering flags and a nice view of Gongmaru la towards the Indus Valley and the Ladakh Range. The beautiful meadows of Nyimaling lie to the southwest, just below us. Directly adverse you will be the highest mountain far and wide - Kang Yatse peak, 6400m and for the first time we will look at our peak, Dzo Jongo.
  • DAY 10:
  • Nyimaling - Dzo Jongo Base Camp (5200m)
  • As we will be getting closer to our summit, today we will hike to the basecamp of Dzo Jongo. Crossing some moraine ridges, without having to negotiate any major altitude problem considering we have already been to the Kongmari La pas, 5260m. The massif east of the Kang Yatze II will be seen almost throughout the whole walk. Around afternoon of this day we will reach the base camp of Dzo Jongo. Overnight in the tent.
  • DAY 11:
  • Rest Day or go for the summit
  • Depending on the group and the weather conditions, we will make the decision after discussing between the staffs and the group members.
  • DAY 12:
  • Climbing Day (6207m)
  • The Dzo Jongo East is a pretty mountain and certainly one of the easiest six-thousands, which should not be difficult for us considering we are very well warmed up. A experienced guide will be leading from the front and there will be two more local guides, one in the middle and in the end. We will fix crampon on our shoes, take enough water and walk very slowly! After spending sometimes on the summit of Dzo Jongo, we will return to our campsite, have breakfast/brunch then take a rest.
  • DAY 13:
  • Dzo Jongo Base Camp - Lalung La (5340m) - Lalung Base (4800m)
  • The climb up to Lalung La, 5340m should feel easy for us considering what we have done so far. This rarely used pass is an achievement in itself and a fitting climax for anyone who preferred not to climb Dzo Jongo. For those who have climbed the peak please take it easy and wait for us, too ;). We leave the prayer flag strewn summit and take a last look towards K2 & Tibet, then descend to camp at a shepherd’s settlement.
  • DAY 14:
  • Lalung La Base - Lato (3990m) - Drive to Leh (3500m)
  • Our last day of trekking today, with one more pass to cross. From the camp it’s quite a steep climb up to the Chagtsang La with some fantastic views on the valley. The trail contours round the hillside for a while before dropping off into a side valley. Descending, we have lunch at Riyul Sumdo and continue down the valley, crossing the river several times, until we emerge at the green fields of Lato village, where our Jeep will be waiting for us.
  • DAY 15:
  • Transfer to the airport - Flight to Delhi
  • Depending on your flight schedule, we will transfer you to Leh Airport.
See outlined itinerary
India - Ladakh
Dzo Jongo - Walk to 6207m summit
Trekking - Expedition
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Highest Altitude: 6207m
  • Days: 15 days
  • Camping Nights: 10 nights
  • Hotel Nights: 5 nights
  • Price: On Request €
General Information
  • What is Included/not included


    • Service of English speaking guide, Cook, Porters and horses
    • All kind of accommodation for the entire package including home stay
    • Three times meal and Tea for the trekking trip
    • We will serve boiled water for drinking and washing
    • Park & Permit fee
    • Road transportation with Driver


    • Breweries and Personal shopping
    • Food and drinks before and after the trekking trip
    • Medical and life Insurance of the group
    • Personal orders and expenses
    • Tips
    • Indian Visa Fees (About 60€)
    • International & Domestic flights
  • Group Size
    • Max. 12 people
    • Min. 2 people
  • Level of Difficulty


    You will need to be fit, have very good stamina, and be confident that you can trek for some days without a break. You should expect some long days, cold temperatures, high altitudes, and some tough terrain in simply spectacular scenery.

  • Best time to Travel
    • Summer: June - Sept.
  • Visa & Entry Formality

    The Indian visas are necessary to enter this region. Tourist visa is granted to a short time visitor who intends to visit India for tourism purposes. Therefore, the duration of a Tourist Visa would usually not exceed 6 months. Processing time usually requires 7 business days to grant Tourist Visa, excluding the time taken for postal transmission.