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. Before crossing of Yalung Naula pass we climb an easy Yalung Nong peak at 6050m, which doesnt required any crampons or rope or ice axe. 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 Mentok I (6250m), 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.
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
Meals - All meals during the trek and breakfast and dinner at Leh
Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Leh
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.
Leh acclimatise trek: Drive to Zingchen, Trek to Rumbak
Trek to Stok La (4800m) - Stok, drive to Leh.
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.
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.
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.
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
Climb Yalung Nong 6050m and back to camp.
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.
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.
A day to rest at base camp and make final preparations for the ascent of Mentok I
After 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.
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.
Drive back to Leh
At Leh or reserve day.
Fly Leh -Delhi, onward flight back to Home
“Mission accomplished. The first two days of trekking we did with Tenzing. 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 ...
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