Among the blissful secrets of Ladakh is Rumtse. The beautiful village is small, offbeat and unexplored even by Ladakh standards. Very few actually know about it and even fewer have been here. As per records, after Taglang La, one of the highest mountain passes in the region as well as India, Rumtse is the first human settlement on the way from Lahaul to Ladakh. Part of the Changthang plateau, nestled in the Rupshi valley, Rumtse village is a pristine beauty. Tranquil barrenness, spots of green in the form of pasturelands and snow-capped peaks presiding over make it a beauty beyond words. Popular treks in Ladakh as well as the wonderful wildlife enhance the bliss of the charming village.
79 km from Leh, Rumtse is the next habitable site after Taglang La en route Lahaul to Ladakh. It lies in Rupshi Valley, which is a valley sandwiched between Zanskar, Tibet and Ladakh. To get on Leh-Manali road it takes around 2-3 hours. The off-the-map village enjoys access to the Indus Valley and monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey, etc.
While Rumtse is known for some of the most exciting treks in Ladakh, there are also some exciting tourist attractions. There are popular monasteries in its proximity. The nearby Gya Monastery over 700 years old has as many as 108 stupas.
The closeness to the Changthang plateau makes the small village the base camp for short treks as well as ones continuing for days. Tso Kar is a beautiful challenge as is the Tso Moriri Lake. The route to Tso Moriri pass through several high passes and offers amusing views of the Himalayan landscape. The trek also offers chance to come across wild animals. Spot wild ass, marmots and wild birds like the bar-headed geese and the Brahminy duck.
The trek to Kibber is another challenging and beautiful trek. The trail passes through the stark beauty of the trans-Himalayas region.
Moreover, Rumtse village is itself a pictorial beauty. An escape from the world bring many visitors to camp in the village.
Quite the offbeat village, Rumtse has no popular fairs and festivals. Small in size and population, the village does not have any grand celebrations.
Plan your visit to Rumtse in the months between June and September as the Taglang La Pass remains open this time of the year. The summer and monsoon season of India has the ideal weather conditions to visit while rest of the year it remains closed covered by snow.
Rumtse lies close to the Manali-Leh Highway. Roads from Leh as well as Manali lead to the offbeat village. Opt to fly to the Leh Airport and later proceed to the village. Or, plan the most exciting journey of your life with a road trip. Motorcycle tours form Manali or Leh gives you the chance of a thrilling visit.
The options to stay in Rumtse are handful. There are few budget hotels nearby. Tented accommodation is available for campers. The villagers also opens up their homes for guests to have a comfortable stay.