Mentok Kangri climb  16 days    12 days of trek

Twin climb of Mentok Kangri I (6250m) and Mentok Kangri II (6210m) and some of highest inhabited villages on Earth

Trip Route: Leh  - Rumtse - Taglang La - Tsokar - Nuruchan - Kyamayuri la - Yalung Nau La - Korzok phu - Base - Mentok Kangri - Korzog - Leh

Trip Facts

Ladakh region, Jammu Kashmir, India
Trip Length:  16 days Delhi to Delhi and 12 days Leh to Leh. 

12 day trek, 11 nights camp, 3 nights hotel & 1 night homestay. 

Maximum Elevation: 6250m, Grade: Moderate to strenuous., Best time: Mid June, July, Aug, Sept

Group size: Min 2 - Max 12

Meals - All meals during the trek and breakfast and dinner at Leh

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Leh

Trip Introduction

Located at the western shore of turquoise Lake Tso Moriri these 2 peaks of Mentok I and Mentok II is exciting new trekking and climbing holiday for those looking for first Himalayan 6000m. The area is  close to western most part of Tibet, known as Changthang plateau. This trek takes us to stunning landscape in remote Tibetan plateau. It focuses mainly on the life of Changpa herdsman.  

After 2 -3 days of well acclimatising and sightseeing in Leh, we set off  into the heart of this remote area Driving across high Tanglang la pass 5328m we arrive at Tso Kar area inhabited during the summer by nomadic herders and by rare animals such as Blue sheep, Tibetan Antilope,wolf and kiang (wild ass) roam year-round. After a week of inspirational trekking setting off from the Lake Tso Kar and crossing over 3 high passes we arrive at Korzok phu, one of the largest nomadic settlement in the region, we reach the Yalung Nau la 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.

Highlights

Stunning campsites under vast open sky , Deeper look insight the life of Changpa nomads and  meet their families.
Daily walks above 4500-5400 m, Spectacular views from Mentok across the Lake Tsomoriri into Tibet
A real trekking climbing expedition in Ladakh, Challenging but technically demanding climb

Included in the Price

  • 11 nights camp with all camping facilities, 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent, 

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine.

  • Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip. Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse.

  • Medical first aid support.

Not included

  • Hotel accommodation in Leh, Personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monasteries. Personal tipping to staff. Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule

Outline Trek Itinerary

 Day 01 : Flight Delhi (230m)- Leh, acclimatise day 1, visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.
 Day 02 : Leh acclimatise trek: Drive to Zingchen, Trek to Rumbak

 Day 03 : Trek to Stok La (4800m) - Stok, drive to Leh.

 Day 04 : Drive Leh -Rumtse (4150m) - Taglang la (5328m) - Pangunagu /Tsokar Lake (4580m), enroute visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis.
 Day 05 : Trek to Nuruchan (4650m) (4 hrs)
 Day 06  Trek to Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4940m) (4 ½ hrs)
 Day 07 : Trek to Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (5170m)(6 hrs)
 Day 08 : Trek to  Yarlung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok phu(4600m)  (7 hrs)
 Day 09 : Trek to base camp (5300m)
 Day 10 : A day for rest and preparation
 Day 11 : Climb Mentok II 6210m - back to base camp
 Day 12 : A day for rest and trek nearby
 Day 13 : Climb Mentok I 6250m and back to camp
 Day 14 : Trek to Korzok (4500m), afternoon visit around Lake
 Day 15
 : Drive to Leh

 Day 16 : Fly Leh -Delhi, Overnight flight back to Home

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 Day 01 : Flight Delhi (230m)- Leh, acclimatise day 1, visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.
 Day 02 : Leh acclimatise trek: Drive to Zingchen, Trek to Rumbak

 Day 03 : Trek to Stok La (4800m) - Stok, drive to Leh.

 Day 04 : Drive Leh -Rumtse (4150m) - Taglang la (5328m) - Pangunagu /Tsokar Lake (4580m), enroute visit Shey -                Thiksey - Hemis.
 Day 05 : Trek to Nuruchan (4650m) (4 hrs)
 Day 06  Trek to Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4940m) (4 ½ hrs)
 Day 07 : Trek to Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (5170m)(6 hrs)

 Day 08 : Climb Yalung Nong 6050
 Day 09 : Trek to  Yarlung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok phu(4600m)  (7 hrs)
 Day 10 : Trek to base camp (5300m)
 Day 11 : A day for rest and preparation
 Day 12 : Climb Mentok I 6250m and back to camp
 Day 13 : Trek to Korzok (4500m), afternoon visit around Lake
 Day 14 : Drive to Leh

 Day 15 : Fly Leh -Delhi, Overnight flight back to Home

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“Mission accomplished. The first two days of trekking we did with Tenzing Gomber. The trek was very nice and very good to acclimatize. The trek the guide and others went with the carrier for back and passed us to set up camp. In the trek there was a mountain Yalung Nong 6080m, which was very good for acclimatization and with beautiful views. The 2 chefs did a good job on the whole tour. For example, after reaching the mountain, we had prepared tea with milk that made us recover quite well. The muleteer also did a good job. We are very happy with the team, as for the hotel in Leh, phenomenal."

Mr Gregorio and Group - Spain - 24 Aug 2015

Detailed Trip Dossier

 Day 1 : Flight Delhi (230m)- Leh, acclimatise, visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.

Today morning flight to Leh, but spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude of 3500m as well as visit Leh palace, Tsemo gompa, Sankar and Shanti stupa.

 Day 2 : Leh acclimatise trek: Drive to Zingchen, Trek to Rumbak

 Day 3 : Trek to Stok La (4800m) - Stok, drive to Leh.

 Day 4 : Drive Leh -Rumtse (4150m) - Taglang la (5328m) - Pangunagu /Tsokar Lake (4580m), enroute visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis.

Early departure from Leh. Enroute visit Shey, Thiksey first. Than drive to Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, drive back to Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. Continue to Rumtse, Taglang la pass and finally over plains of Rupshu.

 Day 5 : Trek to Nuruchan (4650m) (5 ½ hrs)

Walking along Tso Kar for much of the time on the trail. Today we have easy trek along with the lake. On the way one can see many birds and Wild ass (Skyang) of Ladakh and Tibet plateau. After finishing the lake we turn to right side and enter the Nuruchan village. Overnight at camp. 

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 Day 6  - Trek to Horlam-la (4900m) – Rachungkaru (4940m) (4 ½ hrs)

Today we have small pass Horlamla (4900 Mts) to cross. After crossing the pass we reach Rachungkaru. Here the nomadic are Tibetan refugees live in summer. Here we can see the life style of nomad people in Tibet. In this area they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep’s and Pashmina Goats. Overnight camp.

 Day 7  - Trek to Kyamayuri-la (5430m) – Kartse-la (5380m) – Gyama (5170m)(6 hrs)

From the camp we have nice walk through the nomad people of Tibet. From nomadic area stick ascend to pass. From the pass we can see beautiful landscape of Korzok area. Easy descent to the summer pasture of Tibetan refugee camp.Overnight camp in Gyama

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 Day 8  - Trek to  Yalung Nyau-la (5440m) – Korzok phu(4600m)  (7 hrs)

Today will have one small pass to cross. From the camp our trek to Korzok via crossing Yalung Nyau la pass. On the way to Korzok one can see plenty of marmot. Today we have beautiful turquoise Color Lake Tsomoriri to see. This lake is situated at the altitude of 4400m. Korzok village is situated near the lake. Overnight at camp.

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At Yalung Nong  6080m

 Day 9  - Trek to base camp (5300m)

Leaving camp, we climb up to the base camp 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 boulder moraine. We set up camp at 5300 meters beside a stream.

 Day 10  - A day for rest and preparation

A day to rest at base camp and make final preparations for the ascent of Mentok II.

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 Day 11  - Climb Mentok II 6210m - back to base camp

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). We then ascend to the col (possibly with some sections of fixed rope) and continue more easily to the top of Mentok II. If the weather is good, we will spend some time admiring the fantastic views across the lake to the peak of Chamser and Lungser Kangri (6666m) and distant Tibet. We descend to basecamp via the same route.

 Day 12  - A day for rest and trek nearby

This is a rest and contingency day at our basecamp. A chance to rest or to do some exploring from camp. We will also be able to make preparation for the ascent of Mentok I.

 Day 13  - Climb Mentok I 6250m and back to camp

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.

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 Day 14  - Trek to Korzok (4500m), afternoon visit around Lake

We begin our walk-out with a relatively easy descent to the village of Karzok, 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.

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 Day 15  - Drive to Leh
Leaving Korzok we drive back to Leh.

 
Day 16  - Fly Leh -Delhi, onward flight back to Home