Mentok Kangri

13 Nights / 14 Days

When should you go: 27 July - 09 August

Trekking high up on the Rupshu Plateau inhabited by the Changpa nomads, with the Mentok Kangri towering all of its 6000 metres above, you, it feels as you have left civilization far behind and are in a different world altogether.

You are in a different dimension of the time-space continuum and the trip starts dreamily enough at Tsokhar Lake, takes you through four high, precariously located passes, reaching an acme with the ascent to the Mentok, all your efforts rewarded by a grand spectacle lying at your feet, the vast Tso-moriri lake, undoubtedly the jewel in the crown. A week-long sojourn crossing frontiers of the soul takes you where even birds do not dare. This is a trek in the frontiers of Ladakh, a journey of exploration for the bold and the brave.

  1. Day 1: Fly Delhi to Leh (3,500m)

    Take the 75 mints flight from New Delhi to Leh. It offers great views, as we fly over the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Overnight Hotel in Leh.

  2. Day 2 and 3: Explore around Leh

    Rest for two days fol acclimatization and enjoy the local culture. Visit some of the monasteries in and around Leh such as the Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. You can alaso visit the old Leh Palace and the Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable road at 5,600m/18,400ft). Overnight Hotel in Leh.

  3. Day 4: Drive Leh – Rumtse (4100m)

    Leave Leh and begin our journey by hitting the road. Drive for about 2-3 hours, and camp at Rumtse a small village on the Manali-Leh highway. The village is just short of Tanglang La Pass, the second highest motorable road in the world. Our campsite is just off the road, close to village Gya and we have the full day to relax and allow our bodies to acclimatize. We would be going for a short day hike outside camp to get our muscles working. Overnight Camp - Rumtse.

  4. Day 5: Drive Rumtse – Tsokhar (4500 m)

    We continue to leave human inhabited area as we drive through the Tanglang La Pass, towards the beautiful Tsokhar lake. It’s a 3-4 hour drive to the lake and as we approach the lake, we can see Tsokhar village on the other side of the lake. Our vehicles would return to Leh after dropping us off and our mules/horses for the trip would join us later in the day. We will have plenty of time to go for a long walk along the shores of Tshokar lake. For the next eight days, we will be pretty much on our own. Overnight Camp - Tsokhar.

  5. Day 6: Trek Tsokhar – Nuruchan (4,590m)

    After vacationing for 5 days, today we get down to business and begin the trek. Today is a short day, and we walk for about four to five hours to reach Nurchan. Our campsite is set next to a beautiful stream and we can see the very picturesque, saddle-shaped pass that we would be crossing the following day. Overnight Camp - Nuruchan.

  6. Day 7: Trek Nuruchan – Rajungkaru (4,800m)

    Cross the narrow stream, and then we are on the trail to cross over the first of four passes during the next three days. Today we just have to negotiate one pass, Horlam Kongka La (4,840m). It’s a very gradual ascent to the top, which is marked by the typical Buddhist prayer flags. One can even see Tsokhar Lake from the here. From here it’s an hour and a half’s descent to the campsite. Overnight Camp - Rajungkaru.

  7. Day 8: Trek Rajung Karu – Gyama Burma (4,790m)

    This day will prepare you well for the summit day. The agenda is to cross over two passes, both of which are more than 5,000m. First up is Kyamayuri La (5,240m), which is visible from Rajungkaru, and is another perfect saddle. The views from the top of the pass are breathtaking and looking back we can see the entire valley spread out below us. A long and a gradual descent is followed by a to climb to the next pass, the Gyama Burma La (5,210m). After reaching the top, we have a pain-staking one and half hour descent to the campsite at Gyama Burma, which is just about visible as tiny speck from the pass. Overnight Camp - Gyama Burma.

  8. Day 9: Trek Gyama Burma – Karzok Phu (4,500m)

    It’s a short day of about six hours. We cross over the final pass of the trip the Yalegon La (5,241m). Just as we begin the descent, the Tso-moriri lake comes into sight and its a brilliant sight, barren mountains, snow-clad peaks and the lake, all in a single frame.
    It’s a long and hard two hour descent, as we descend about 800 metres all the way to our campsite at Karzok Phu. Mentok Kangri is now visible to us, standing tall and proud, in all its glory. Overnight Camp - Karzok Phu

  9. Day 10: Trek Karzok Phu – Base Camp (5,250m)

    Today we make our way up to the base camp for Mentok Kangri. Although its just another six-hour day, it feels like a long day as its uphill all the way, with some moraine walking as well and we try and camp as close to the mountain as possible, as that would reduce the time taken by us on summit day. Overnight at Base Camp.

  10. Day 11: Acclimatize at Base Camp

    Relax and cherish the moments. Post-lunch, we would sort out our equipments for tomorrow. Overnight at Base Camp.

  11. Day 12: Summit Day

    Wake-up call at around midnight. We start at around 1 and make our way through big boulders for the first hour or two. In some parts, the rocks are really loose and we have to scramble for about 15-20 minutes. It’s a very steep climb to the ridge and once there the summit is only about an hour and half away. The view from the summit is unparalleled. For the first time in days, we will be able to see Tso-moriri lake, end-to-end. Overnight at Base Camp.

  12. Day 13: Trek Base Camp to Karzok

    We descend for about two-three hours, all the way to Karzok village. Overnight Camping - Karzok.

  13. Day 14: Drive Karzok to Leh

    We leave early in the morning from Karzok and it’s a six-hour drive back to Leh. Overnight Hotel in Leh.

  14. Day 15: Delhi to Leh

    Fly back to Delhi from Leh

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