Rumtse is a small village even by Ladakh standards, Rumtse is
the first human settlement on the way from Lahaul to Ladakh
after Taglang Pass. It is located about 70 km east of Leh and
is the starting point for trek to Tso Moriri.
Rumtse lies in Rupshu Valley which lies sandwiched between
Zanskar, Tibet and Ladakh. Part of the Changthang plateau, the
valley is characterized by arid plains, pasturelands and
snow-capped peaks. Rumtse, like the rest of Ladakh is known
for its barren landscape and scenic beauty.
Locals follow Tibetan Buddhism and the Rumtse monastery holds
significant influence over the locals. The monastery has 108
stupas which are quite similar to those found in the Indus
Rumtse is also popular among travelers for the scenic
landscapes it offers the opportunity to explore upon some of
the best wildlife found in the region. Rumtse also attracts a
large number of trekkers. The trek from Rumtse to Tso Moriri
is very popular. The route pass through several high passes
and offers amusing views of the Himalayan landscape. The trek
also offers chance to come across wild animals like wild ass,
marmots and wild birds like the bar-headed geese and and the
The trek from Rumtek to Kibber is another challenging and
beautiful trek. The trek is also identified as Parangla trek
as it crosses the Parang La pass which is 5800 m high.