Leh, the picturesque capital city of Ladakh, is a haven of exotic natural wonders. Nestled within the majestic Himalayan ranges, its aura is enigmatic and enchanting. Adorned by exclusive tourist destinations, it attracts thousands of adventure enthusiasts, hikers, trekkers and nature admirers from all over India and abroad. One such pristine and tranquil location is Chumathang valley. It is essentially a spectacular hamlet encircled by the sprawling mountains, hot springs and green meadows.
Located on the banks of the River Indus, the beauty of Chumathang is unparalleled and limitless. The small huts scattered across the village present a dreamy view of the surrounding landscape. Standing at the foot of the mountains and gazing at the greenery in front is heavenly.
Trekking Across Chumathang Valley
The valley offers ample opportunities for adventure, the prominent one being the trek from Chumathang to Yaya Tso. It is a long journey comprising of almost 6 days. But the best part of it is you can experience the mesmerizing beauty of the valley in its entirety. You can walk past the peaceful environment of the village and watch the locals dwelling in the houses. You will notice a chorten and a gompa near the village on the mountain slopes, a holy place of worship for the locals.
Small street side restaurants, food stalls and dhabas greet the visitors, serving hot local and Chinese delicacies. You will love the food, sitting and relaxing with exquisite views of the huge mountain ranges.
Another attraction of the valley trek is the hot springs. The springs are said to possess medicinal value as believed by the locals. But they also use the spring waters for their daily needs. One can also go for a hot bath in the spring waters for refreshment and health care.
Visitors often get a chance to spot wildlife near the Chumathang village. Marmots, blue sheep, yaks can be seen roaming about in the green meadows and the mountain slopes. The flora and fauna are a perfect delight for photographers, allowing to click some amazing pictures of nature and its stunning beauty.
The Hot Springs at the valley
The hot springs at Chumathang valley is quite famous in India among the tourists visiting Leh. You can see the hot fumes coming out from the Sulphur springs on the banks of the River Indus. It is said that it relieves the human body of headache and fatigue. A dip into the spring waters or a few mugs of hot water is perfect for a complete relaxation of the tiring muscles. It also helps you to beat the cold chilling weather and keep yourself refreshed. The locals also believe that hot water heals many skin diseases and body pains. It is really astonishing to witness hot springs amid a cold desert.
The Other Attractions in the valley
There are several homestays in Chumathang valley, some are near the Hot Water Springs. You can stay overnight and even enjoy the hot bath from the springs, supplied inside the homestays. You will come across an Army medical centre, a monastery popularly called as Chorten in the colloquial language and a gompa, used by the locals for academic purposes.
How to reach the valley?
Situated at a distance of about 138 km from Leh, the valley is accessible only by road. You can catch a flight and land at Leh airport. From there, you can hire a cab to directly reach Chumathang valley. Mostly the tourists experience the valley through trekking. There are short and long treks both. If you do not want to opt for trekking then you can stay overnight at one of the homestays and engage in a leisurely walk across the village, immersing into the breathtaking views of the landscape.
The Best Time to visit the valley
The summer months from April till June are the best to visit the valley. The weather is pleasant and soothing with the snow melted in most parts. The roads are comfortable for trekking and the climate is perfect for sightseeing. You can indulge into the mystic beauty of Mother Nature, away from the hustle and bustle of daily lives.