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Woman working in the fields, in Hemis National Park, Ladakh
Girl working in the fields, in Hemis National Park, Ladakh

Spituk to Matho trek

Duration: 5 days
Difficulty: level 2
Distance: 52 km
Max elevation: 4855m
Elevation gain / loss: +2501m / -2162m

This five-day trek from Spituk to Matho is relatively easy and it offers great scenic landscapes and beautiful panorama from the Stok La. It passes through the Hemis National Park so there is a high chance of spotting wild animals.

Spituk to Matho trek map Spituk to Matho trek elevation profile, altitude gain loss
Spituk to Matho trek in Ladakh


Day 1: Spituk - Zingchen

Time: 5 hrs
Distance: 15.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +375m / -161m

-visit Spituk monastery before the trek
-walk along the Indus river before entering the gorge that leads to Zingchen
-you can also choose to go from Spituk to Zingchen by jeep
Spituk - Zingchen

Day 2: Zingchen - Rumbak

Time: 2-3 hrs
Distance: 6.5 km
Elevation gain / loss: +555m / -0m

-enter the Hemis National Park and follow the valley leading to Rumbak village
-homestay possibility in Rumbak
Zingchen - Rumbak

Day 3: Rumbak - Stok La - Mankarmo

Time: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 10.7 km
Elevation gain / loss: +1106m / -682m

-cross the Stok La, the trail becomes steeper as you get closer to the pass
-enjoy the fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and Indus valley from the pass
-the descent is quite steep, follow the trail until you reach the shepherd settlement at Mankarmo
Rumbak - Stok La - Mankarmo

Day 4: Mankarmo - Matho La - Gangpoche

Time: 4 hrs
Distance: 8.0 km
Elevation gain / loss: +464m / -416m

-ascend gradually to the Matho La and enjoy the great view of Stok Kangri from the pass
-walk down towards Gangpoche
Mankarmo - Matho La - Gangpoche

Day 5: Gangpoche - Matho

Time: 3-4 hrs
Distance: 10.8 km
Elevation gain / loss: +0m / -902m

-walk through a beautiful gorge to reach Matho village
-possibility to visit Matho monastery
Gangpoche - Matho

Getting to / from the trek

-it takes 20 minutes to drive from Leh to Spituk (10 km)
-it takes 40 minutes to drive from Matho to Leh (25 km)

It is worth taking some extra time to stop and visit the highlights in the area, check the Indus valley tour to Hemis for more details.

All the itineraries can be customized to suit your own special interests, preferences and abilities. Please contact us for more information.