Menthok Kangri

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25 Days / 4 Days Acclimatization Trekking / 4 Days Expedition / Best Season: Mid-July to Mid October

Close to Ladakh’s eastern border with Tibet, the rarely visited high plains of the Chang Tang are coloured in just a few places by beautiful turquoise lakes, such as Tso Kar and Tso Morari and this exciting trekking and climbing holiday is the perfect way to view this remote and stunning landscape. After acclimatising and sightseeing in Leh, we set off into the heart of this remote area, inhabited during the summer by nomadic herders and by rare animals such as wolf and kiang (wild ass) year-round. After a week of inspirational trekking, we reach the Yalung Naula Pass (5400m) where we get our first views of the 20-kilometre long Tso Morari. Not far from the village of Karzok, we establish a basecamp above the lake at an elevation of 5300 metres and from here set out to climb the 2 highest points in the Mentok Massif, Mentok I (6250m) and Mentok II, making limited use of fixed ropes on the snowslopes we encounter. Technically undemanding, these peak presents an excellent challenge to fit and adventurous trekkers. A super trek and climb combination in a special part of the world.

We privilege and advice a progressive acclimatization (1 preparation trek) to prevent a possible negative reaction to altitude to garantee the achievement of this very ambitious peak !

It gives also the possibility to visit the popular Nubra Valley and pass by the mythic Kardung La (5430 m) the highest world road pass

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival

Day 2, 3, 4 : Rest

Day 5 : START acclimatization TREK  : Hunder – Skarchen

Day 6 : Skarchen – Brok Yogma (4200 m)

Day 7: Brok Yogma – Hunder Valley

Day 8 : Hundar Valley – Lasermo La – Phyang Valley

Day 9 : END OF TREK : Phyang Valley – Leh

Day 10 : Rest in Leh

Day 11: Drive Leh – Thiksey – Hemis – Rumtse (80 km)

START TREK :

Day 12: Trek Rumtse – Chorten Sumdo (4 ½ hrs)

Day 13: Trek Chorten Sumdo – Kyamari-la (5180m) – Mandalchan-la (5170m) – Titsaling (6 hrs)

Day 14: Trek Titsaling – Shingbuk-la (5230m) – Pangunagu/Tsokar Lake (6 hrs)

Day 15: Trek Panganagu – Nuruchan (5 ½ Hours)

Day 16: Trek Nuruchan – Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4 ½ Hours)

Day 17: Trek Rachungkaru – Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (6 hrs)

Day 18: Trek Gyama – Yarlung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok (7 Hrs)

Day 19 Trek to Mentok Kangri basecamp (5300m).

Day 20 rest & final preparations for ascent Mentok II.

Day 21 Climb Mentok II (6210m) for extensive views across the lake and to Tibet. Return to basecamp.

Day 22 Climb Mentok I (6250m) and return to basecamp.

Day 23 Trek to Korzok ( 4500m) beside Tso Moriri. Afternoon free.

Day 24 Drive across the Chang Tang Plains and beside the Indus to Leh.

6 hours drive back to Leh.

Day 25 Leh Rest in Leh

Details

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Day 1 : Arrival

Arrival in Delhi nightime stay in hotel

Early morning flight from Delhi to Leh, transfer to hotel and rest.

Day 2, 3, 4 : Rest

Resting days

Visit on day 3 Likir and Alchi monasteries.

Day 5 : START acclimatization TREK  : Hunder – Skarchen

To Valley to shepherd’s at Skarchen (3800 meters) at the confluence of 2 streams. It is here that we will set the camps and have an overnight stay.

Day 6 : Skarchen – Brok Yogma (4200 m)

Cross the tiny hamlets of Dokyogma, Wacham and Drokyogma to Brok Yogma. Camp at Sniu Sumdo.

Day 7: Brok Yogma – Hunder Valley

Today, we will trek up to the valley of Hunder and the Lasermo La Base Camp at 4800 meters.

Day 8 : Hundar Valley – Lasermo La – Phyang Valley

Early morning start to cross Lasermo La (5420 meters) and then trek down to Phyang La. Camp at about 4500 meters.

Day 9 : END OF TREK : Phyang Valley – Leh

Trek to Phyang, then return to Leh. Arrive at the hotel and have overnight stay.

Day 10 : Rest in Leh

Day 11: Drive Leh – Thiksey – Hemis – Rumtse (80 km)

Drive to Rumtse 80 km from east of Leh. On the way visit Thiksay monastery, 20 km east from Leh. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelukpa Sect of Mahayana Buddhism in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Sherap built in 14th century. Inside the monastery you can see the big statue of the Matriya Buddha (Future Buddha) and wall paintings, Thankas (fresco paintings), various statues of Boddhisattvas and sacred shrines. Then visit of Hemis monastery by crossing Indus River at Kharu village. Hemis is located 25 Km from Thiksay. The great Mahasidha Stagtsan Raspa along with great ancestor Singe Namgyal built this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Kharu and then continue your journey towards east on the Highway. Have Lunch at Upshi. Take Leh-Manali highway up to Rumtse village. En route you find several remote village of Leh Distric such Gya, Meru. After Gya village, arrive at Rumtse. Overnight in guesthouse at Rumtse. (4160m)

START TREK :

Day 12: Trek Rumtse – Chorten Sumdo (4 ½ hrs)

After few minutes, crossing of the first River and walk along another riverside and continue along the left side. Again cross the same river towards the right side and continue along the left of the valley. Easy walk up to the Sumda Chenmo. Greenery and beautiful camping site with number of Marmots. Overnight at Camp. (4520m)

Day 13: Trek Chorten Sumdo – Kyamari-la (5180m) – Mandalchan-la (5170m) – Titsaling (6 hrs)

Start your trek earlier to cross Kyamari-la and Manba-la passes. Easy walk for one hour then ascend towards Kyamar La (5180 m). From the top of the pass you can see the gorgeous view of the chain of Kangyatse Snow covered peak (6400 m) and the chain of Indus valley. After crossing this pass, take right hand side and descend towards the summer camp. Then again easy ascend to the Mandalchan-la pass (5170 m). From this top, you have fantastic view of Defferent Mountain with picturesque white peaks. Then descend up to the camp. Overnight at camp. (4950m)

Day 14: Trek Titsaling – Shingbuk-la (5230m) – Pangunagu/Tsokar Lake (6 hrs)

Today only one pass to cross. After breakfast, start ascends towards the Shingbuk-la pass (5230 m). From the top, you can see the panoramic view of Tsokar Lake, surrounding mountains and the Rupshu valley. At the end of the valley, you will be able to see wild Ass (Skyang), turn right side and ascend for 20 minutes. Here you can see the full view of the Tsokar Lake and winter camp of nomad people of Changthang. Overnight at camp. (4590m)
Tsokar Lake is approximately 95 km. northwest of the Tsomoriri Lake at a height of (4,590m). It is also called “White Lake” because of the salt deposited around it. In ancient times, the salt from the lake used to take out and sell it all over Ladakh and Kashmir by the local nomads known as the Changpas. Tsokar Lake is breeding grounds for a variety of birds among them the bar-headed goose, the great crested grebe, the brahmin duck and the brown headed gull.

Day 15: Trek Panganagu – Nuruchan (5 ½ Hours)

Today you have easy trek along the Lake on right side. On the way you can see many birds and Wild Ass (Skyang) of Ladakh and Tibetan plateau. After leaving the lake behind, you turn towards right side and enter the Nuruchan village with beautiful camping site near the stream. Overnight at camp. (4660m)

Day 16: Trek Nuruchan – Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4 ½ Hours)

Today we’ll cross the small pass Horlamla (4900m). Easy ascent from around 1 hour. After crossing the pass we reach at Rachungkaru where you find nomadic camp of Tibetan refugees. In Rajungkaru, you have attraction with nomads and can see the life style of nomadic people. In this area they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep and Pashmina Goats. Overnight at camp. (4900m)

Day 17: Trek Rachungkaru – Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (6 hrs)

From the camp you have walk through the camp of nomadic people. From nomadic area stick ascent to Kyamayuri-la (5300m). It is easy to ascend and it takes about more than one hour to reach at the top of the pass. From the pass; you can see splendid landscape, Tsokar Korzok area. Easy descend to the summer pasture of Tibetan refugee camp, called Gyama Burma. And on the right side there is another small pass Kartse-la (5000m), cross and easy descend then arrive in Gyama, nomadic camp. Beautiful camping site, Overnight at camp. (5180m)

Day 18: Trek Gyama – Yarlung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok (7 Hrs)

Morning, after breakfast continue trek to Korzok. Today we have one pass to cross. Very easy ascend right from the camping up to the top of the pass Yarlung Nyaula (5440m) Continue along the small stream towards north-east in the valley and it takes one and half hours to reach at the top. Steep easy descend and then arrive at Korzok Phu (Nomadic camp). You still have more than 30 minutes of trek from here, pass the Korzok phu and continue along the small river up to Korzok with Tsomoriri Lake. Arrive at camp. Afternoon, if time permits then visit Korzok Monastery or have enjoyed short hike around the Lake. Overnight at camp. (4620m)
Day 19 Trek to Mentok Kangri basecamp (5300m).

Hike up to the basecamp area below Mentok II. This approach leads through an open valley and over rounded ridges, on a trail that is mostly poorly defined and which crosses a mix of open moorland and bouldery moraine. We set up camp at 5300 metres beside a stream.

Day 20 rest & final preparations for ascent Mentok II.

A day to rest at basecamp and make final preparations for the ascent of Mentok II. The group leader and Sherpas may opt to fix ropes today on the headwall leading to the col between our objective peaks.

Day 21 Climb Mentok II (6210m) for extensive views across the lake and to Tibet. Return to basecamp.

After an early start, we hike for 2 hours to the foot of the snow slope that leads to the col between Mentok 1 (6250m) and Mentok II (6210m) Ascend to the col (possibly with some sections of fixed rope) and continue more easily to the top of Mentok II. Fantastic views across the lake to Lungser Kangri (6666m) and distant Tibet. Descend to basecamp .

Day 22 Climb Mentok I (6250m) and return to basecamp.

After another early start, we follow the same route up to the col. From here, we traverse a broad crest overlooking Tso Morari to reach a steepening that leads to the top of Mentok I (6250m). The upper part of the route is on scree and remnant snow patches. A great day’s climbing with fine views. We return to basecamp after a second long day.

Day 23 Trek to Korzok ( 4500m) beside Tso Moriri. Afternoon free.

We begin our walk-out with a relatively easy descent to the village of Korzok, which is one of the highest permanently inhabited settlements on Earth. It is scenically located beside Tso Morari at an elevation of over 4500 metres. The afternoon is free to walk by the lakeshore, meet the local people and check out the village and its ancient monastery.

Day 24 Drive across the Chang Tang Plains and beside the Indus to Leh.

6 hours drive back to Leh.

Day 25 Leh Rest in Leh

 THE END

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Price

PARTICIPANTSPRICE / PERSON (€)
51500
41700
31950

Conditions

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL INCLUDE :

  • Accommodation in Delhi at mentioned hotel with breakfast.
  • Accommodation in “A” category hotel at Leh with breakfast
  • Transportation for sightseeing as per the itinerary by Scorpio/Gypsy/Sumo.
  • English Speaking monastery guide for sightseeing
  • All monastery entrance fees in Ladakh
  • Arrival and departure transfers at airports in Delhi and Leh with assistance
  • Trek on full board
  • All trekking equipments; sleeping tents, sleeping bags, dinning tents, kitchen tent, toilet tents, carry mats, water cans, kitchen utensils and accessories etc.
  • All trekking staff : Mountain Guide, Trek Cook, Helper, Horse/Pony
  • Transportation for trek staff, equipment and food items.
  • Potable oxygen cylinder as per requirement
  • Hyperbaric Gamow bag as per requirement
  • First Aid Box (No imported medicines and accessories)
  • Any Inner-line applicable as per the regions.
  • Ascension permits

WHAT A TOUR COST WILL NOT INCLUDE :

  • Airfares
  • Trekking & mountain shoes
  • Any specific mountain material as crampons, ice axes, …
  • Food & meals while not trekking
  • Government Service tax 3.09% on package
  • Medical and insurance of any kind.
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Tips, laundry, liquors, wines, mineral water, telephone charges and items of personal nature.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

REFUND POLICY

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

CONFIRMATION POLICY

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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