Mentok Kangri 20 Days & 19 Nights Wilderness trekking in Rupshu region & an ascent of Mentok Kangri

Mentok Kangri
Overview

Mentok Kangri located at the western shore of crystal clear turquoise Lake Tso Moriri. These Mentok Kangri group of peaks is exciting new trekking and mountaineering for those looking for first Himalayan 6000m. In the east of Ladakh near the border with Tibet lies the remote and less frequented plateau Rupshu, which occupies the western part of the Tibetan high plateau Changthang. The stunning sand-colored mountain scenery will captivate you. Numbers of wild animals roam around Rupshu those are i.e. Blue sheep, Tibetan Antilope, wolf, Himalayan pika and kiang roam year-round.

Instead of taking Eastern snowslopes we take the Western route to Mentok Kangri ascent. We take spectacular route to Rupshu and by acclimatizing slowly through the area of nomads land, we ascent Mentok Kangri I (6250m). You will spend your first 2-3 in Ladakh for acclimatization in Leh and the surrounding area. We use the time to visit some of the most important Buddhist monasteries 

Setting off from Leh we drive across high Tanglang la 5328m. After a week of inspirational trekking setting off from Pang  and crossing Thelakong la we arrive at Thargang and ascent to established base camp at 5080m. We set out to climb Mentok Kangri by limited use of gear, only ice axe and crampon on the western snowslopes. We finally trek along the shores of Tsomoriri to Korzok. From we trek four days to Tsokar crossing high passes.

Outline itinerary
Day  1: Arrive Leh 3,600 m - acclimatize.
Day  2: at Leh - acclimatize
Day  3: at Leh - acclimatize
Day  4: Drive Lato 4000m, enroute visit Shey - Thiksey - Hemis
Day  5: Drive Taglang la 5328m - Pang 4500m, Trek Numa camp 4550m
Day  6: Trek Sherma Chu camp 4600m
Day  7: Trek Thelakong la 5020m - Lanyar 4850m
Day  8: Trek Thargang 4700m
Day  9: Trek Mentok base camp 5080m
Day 10: Mentok base camp 5080m
Day 11: Mentok Kangri 6250m - BC
Day 12: Trek Lemeke
Day 13: Trek Kiangdom 4560m
Day 14: Trek Korzok 4560m
Day 15: Trek Yalung Nyau La 5440m - Gyama
Day 16: Trek Kartse-la (5380m) - Kyamayuri-la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m).
Day 17: Trek Horlam-la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m) (5 ½ hrs).
Day 18: Trek Pongunagu / Tsokar 4580m
Day 19: Drive Leh
Day 20: Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to home

Similar trip:  Yalung Nong & Mentok Kangri
Day   1: Fly Delhi to Leh or Arrive Leh.  
Day   2: Leh acclimatize
Day   3: Leh acclimatize
Day   4: Drive Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m)
Day   5: Trek to Chorten sumod (4720m), 4-5 hrs.
Day   6: Trek to Kyamari la (5180m) - Mandalchan la (5170m) - Tisaling (5000m), 6 hrs
Day   7: Trek to Shingbuk la (5230m) - Pongunagu (4580m), 6-7 hrs
Day   8: Trek to Nuruchan (4650m), 7 hrs
Day   9: Trek to Horlam la (4900m) - Rachungkaru (4940m)
Day 10: Trek to Kyamayuri la (5430m) - Kartse la (5380m) - Gyama (5170m)
Day 11: Trek to Yalung nong (6050m) - bc
Day 12: Trek to Yalung nyau la (5440m) - Korzok (4600m)
Day 13: Trek to Base camp (5300m)
Day 14: A day for preparation and rest
Day 15: Ascent of Mentok Kangri (6250m) - bc
Day 16: Descent to Korzok
Day 17: Drive to Leh 

DETAILED ITINERARY
Day 0: Arrive Delhi


Day 1 - Flight to Leh
Morning flight to Leh. Airport pickup and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax at hotel and afternoon explore local market.
 

Day 2 - Leh 3500m: Acclimatize hike to Leh palace, Tsemo gompa, Shanti stupa
Today after breakfast visit the Royal Palace of Leh from the 16th century, continue to Tsemo gompa, Sankar monastery , which is adjoins the north Leh and onward to Shanti Stupa, Finally end the day trip with Spituk gompa near airport. Evening explore local bazar. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3 - Leh 3500m: Visit Likir - Alchi - Lamayuru
Leaving Leh at first we drive to Likir on the Leh-Srinagar highway. Passing through magnetic hills and having view of Indus and Zanskar River confluence. Continue to drive we visit Likir. Likir meaning Lu Khil means naga encircled – a myth related to the monastery. We drive back pass Saspol where we cross bridge over Indus River and follow the road till Alchi. Alchi is at a distance of 70 kms from Leh and at Alchi we visit 1000 years old Gelukpa sect monastic complex built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Finally after having our lunch at Alchi we drive back to Leh. Overnight stay in hotel 
 

Day 4 - Drive Lato 4000m, enroute visit Stok - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis
After breakfast, drive to visit Stok via Choklamsar. We cross a bridge on Indus River. In Stok we visit the Royal Palace of present kind and queen which was constructed by the kind Tsepal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you”ll find great collection of ancient royal ornament. After visitng Stok Palace, drive to visit Shey palace and Thiksey. Thiksey 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.  and visit 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. Finally to campsite of Lato. 

 

Day 5 - Drive Taglang la 5328m - Pang 4500m, Trek Numa camp 4550m
Today leaving Lato, we drive on Leh – Manali highway. The Leh–Manali Highway is a highway northern India connecting Leh in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir state and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.Open for only about four and a half months in a year. It is the second highest road pass in the world. With view of Kang Yatse mountain range we continue on More plains to Pang. Pang a tented colony of tea shops. Arriving at here we trek along the River which originates from Thelakong la. We trek few hours to our first wilderness camp at Numa.

Day 6 - Trek Sherma chu camp 4600m

Today after breakfast along the river for several hours. This river we will cross several times in a day. We cross Berma chu and Sherma chu. Berma chu comes all the way from Berma la that leads to Tsokar. We continue steam upward and camp before the Thelakong la pass at Trakstago near Sherma chu.

Day 7 - Trek Thelakong la 5020m - Lanyar 4850m
Today after breakfast we steadly follow the same stream, we take the left side stream of Sumkhel Lungpa before thelakong la. A good view from Thelakongla pass. After this pass we enter in Phirse phu valley which ends at South bank of Tsomoriri lake. A Changpa nomads can be seen below this pass with flocks of sheeps. We continue trek along the yet another stream which goes towards Tsomoriri lake. Overnight camp at Lanyar. We walk through the area of ??the nomads who drive their goat, sheep and yak herds through the sparse pastures in summer
 

Day 8 - Trek Thargang 4700m
Leaving Lanyar today we continue down the very broad valley to delightful camping area of Thargang, Keep your eyes on wildlife, this area is full of wildlife. Numbers of nomads temporary lives in this vast open valley. You will find their tents all over. We visit and meet nomads in this valley.
 

Day 9 - Trek Mentok base camp 5080m
Leaving Thargang we cross Manechan la and turn to left hand side valley and long ascend to base camp. As you gain height the panorama and stunning views of mountains in South starts to appear.
 

Day 10 - Mentok base camp 5080
Today at base camp and explore the area nearby and prepared gear for tomorrow. There are only a few trekkers have camp here. Otherwise this area is unknown due to less trekkers pass by Thelakong la pass. Nevertheless, hiking at an altitude of 4,500 m to 5,500 m and climbing over 6000 m requires a very good physical condition and physical health. The lower slopes and the further course of the ascent to the summit of the Mentok are usually free of snow in the summer months.
 

Day 11 - Mentok Kangri 6250m - BC
Today leaving very early we start ascending Mentok Kangri. The technically not very demanding ascent is still a challenge for sporty and adventure-seeking trekkers. A fantastic tour that combines trekking and mountaineering in a very special part of our world. After arriving at top stunning panorama and crystal clear lake to the East and Greater Himalaya range to the South.
 

Day 12 - Trek Latho gongma - Lemeke
A long descend to the main valley and from here to Latho gongma and continue with main trail to campsite of Lemeke. This is yet another beautiful campsite along the stream.
 

Day 13 - Trek Kiangdom 4560m
Today following the stream and coming out to a vast valley of Korzok we camp at Kiangdom. Named after Kiang, which means wild ass that roam around lake. Kiangdom is a nomadic camp where nomads makes stop over camp for overnight stay. Look across the Norbu la from where nomads on horses we could see coming going to Korzok. Great view of Gya peak at southern end of lake. 
 

Day 14 - Trek Korzok 4560m
We start early in morning and trek along the east shore of Tsomoriri lake. Across lake 2 peaks of Chamser and Lungser Kangri which dominates the entire Korzok region are impressive. Numbers of wild geese along the shore can be seen. Later we pass many nomadic temporaray camps of Sanchanglung, Kele, Rile and Kharlung. Trail sometime either of rocky offshore and on semi sandy beach. Finally  Zerlung Merlung before Korzok.
 

Day 15 - Trek Yalung Nyau La 5440m - Gyama
Today will have one 5k  pass to cross. From the camp our trek to Gyama via crossing Yalung Nyau la pass. On the way to Gyama one can see plenty of marmot. Leaving camp along the stream to Korzok phu and start ascending to the pass. The pass is next to Yalung Nong 6000m. Tempting view of Lungser and Chamser across the Lake.
 

Day 16 - Trek Kartse-la (5380m) - Kyamayuri-la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m).
From the camp we have nice walk through the nomad people of Tibet. We cross two passes today to Rachungkaru camp.  In this area they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep’s and Pashmina Goats. Overnight camp. 
 

Day 17 - Trek Horlam-la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m)
Today we have small pass Horlam la (4900 M) to cross. After crossing the pass we reach Nuruchan. camp.
 

Day 18 - Trek Pongunagu / Tsokar 4580m
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 left side to Pongunagu and or trek to Tsokar and finally to Pongunagu camp.  We meet with driver with his vehicle here. 
 

Day 19 - Drive Leh
Today after breakfast we drive back to Leh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day you will have for to visit Leh bazar.
 

Day 20 - Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to home
Morning transfer to airport, flight to Delhi. At Delhi either you can drive to hotel or stay at airport for your next flight to hometown.

 

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Flight Delhi (230m)- Leh, acclimatise

    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

  • Day 2 Leh 3500m: Acclimatize hike to Leh palace, Tsemo gompa, Shanti stupa

    Today after breakfast visit the Royal Palace of Leh from the 16th century, continue to Tsemo gompa, Sankar monastery , which is adjoins the north Leh and onward to Shanti Stupa, Finally end the day trip with Spituk gompa near airport. Evening explore local bazar. Overnight in hotel.

  • Day 3 Leh 3500m: Visit Likir - Alchi - Lamayuru

    Leaving Leh at first we drive to Likir on the Leh-Srinagar highway. Passing through magnetic hills and having view of Indus and Zanskar River confluence. Continue to drive we visit Likir. Likir meaning Lu Khil means naga encircled – a myth related to the monastery. We drive back pass Saspol where we cross bridge over Indus River and follow the road till Alchi. Alchi is at a distance of 70 kms from Leh and at Alchi we visit 1000 years old Gelukpa sect monastic complex built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Finally after having our lunch at Alchi we drive back to Leh. Overnight stay in hotel

  • Day 4 Drive Lato 4000m, enroute visit Stok - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis

    After breakfast, drive to visit Stok via Choklamsar. We cross a bridge on Indus River. In Stok we visit the Royal Palace of present kind and queen which was constructed by the kind Tsepal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Inside the palace, you”ll find great collection of ancient royal ornament. After visitng Stok Palace, drive to visit Shey palace and Thiksey. Thiksey 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. and visit 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. Finally to campsite of Lato.

  • Day 5 Drive Taglang la 5328m - Pang 4500m, Trek Numa camp 4550m

    Today leaving Lato, we drive on Leh – Manali highway. The Leh–Manali Highway is a highway northern India connecting Leh in Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir state and Manali in Himachal Pradesh.Open for only about four and a half months in a year. It is the second highest road pass in the world. With view of Kang Yatse mountain range we continue on More plains to Pang. Pang a tented colony of tea shops. Arriving at here we trek along the River which originates from Thelakong la. We trek few hours to our first wilderness camp at Numa.

  • Day 6 Trek Sherma chu camp 4600m

    Today after breakfast along the river for several hours. This river we will cross several times in a day. We cross Berma chu and Sherma chu. Berma chu comes all the way from Berma la that leads to Tsokar. We continue steam upward and camp before the Thelakong la pass at Trakstago near Sherma chu.

  • Day 7 Trek Thelakong la 5020m - Lanyar 4850m

    Today after breakfast we steadly follow the same stream, we take the left side stream of Sumkhel Lungpa before thelakong la. A good view from Thelakongla pass. After this pass we enter in Phirse phu valley which ends at South bank of Tsomoriri lake. A Changpa nomads can be seen below this pass with flocks of sheeps. We continue trek along the yet another stream which goes towards Tsomoriri lake. Overnight camp at Lanyar. We walk through the area of ??the nomads who drive their goat, sheep and yak herds through the sparse pastures in summer

  • Day 8 Trek Thargang 4700m

    Leaving Lanyar today we continue down the very broad valley to delightful camping area of Thargang, Keep your eyes on wildlife, this area is full of wildlife. Numbers of nomads temporary lives in this vast open valley. You will find their tents all over. We visit and meet nomads in this valley.

  • Day 9 Trek Mentok base camp 5080m

    Leaving Thargang we cross Manechan la and turn to left hand side valley and long ascend to base camp. As you gain height the panorama and stunning views of mountains in South starts to appear.

  • Day 10 Mentok base camp 5080

    Today at base camp and explore the area nearby and prepared gear for tomorrow. There are only a few trekkers have camp here. Otherwise this area is unknown due to less trekkers pass by Thelakong la pass. Nevertheless, hiking at an altitude of 4,500 m to 5,500 m and climbing over 6000 m requires a very good physical condition and physical health. The lower slopes and the further course of the ascent to the summit of the Mentok are usually free of snow in the summer months.

  • Day 11 Mentok Kangri 6250m - BC

    Today leaving very early we start ascending Mentok Kangri. The technically not very demanding ascent is still a challenge for sporty and adventure-seeking trekkers. A fantastic tour that combines trekking and mountaineering in a very special part of our world. After arriving at top stunning panorama and crystal clear lake to the East and Greater Himalaya range to the South.

  • Day 12 Trek Latho gongma - Lemeke

    A long descend to the main valley and from here to Latho gongma and continue with main trail to campsite of Lemeke. This is yet another beautiful campsite along the stream.

  • Day 13 Trek Kiangdom 4560m

    Today following the stream and coming out to a vast valley of Korzok we camp at Kiangdom. Named after Kiang, which means wild ass that roam around lake. Kiangdom is a nomadic camp where nomads makes stop over camp for overnight stay. Look across the Norbu la from where nomads on horses we could see coming going to Korzok. Great view of Gya peak at southern end of lake.

  • Day 14 Trek Korzok 4560m

    We start early in morning and trek along the east shore of Tsomoriri lake. Across lake 2 peaks of Chamser and Lungser Kangri which dominates the entire Korzok region are impressive. Numbers of wild geese along the shore can be seen. Later we pass many nomadic temporaray camps of Sanchanglung, Kele, Rile and Kharlung. Trail sometime either of rocky offshore and on semi sandy beach. Finally Zerlung Merlung before Korzok.

  • Day 15 Trek Yalung Nyau La 5440m - Gyama

    Today will have one 5k  pass to cross. From the camp our trek to Gyama via crossing Yalung Nyau la pass. On the way to Gyama one can see plenty of marmot. Leaving camp along the stream to Korzok phu and start ascending to the pass. The pass is next to Yalung Nong 6000m. Tempting view of Lungser and Chamser across the Lake.
  • Day 16 Trek Kartse-la (5380m) - Kyamayuri-la (5430m) - Rachungkaru (4940m).

    From the camp we have nice walk through the nomad people of Tibet. We cross two passes today to Rachungkaru camp.  In this area they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep’s and Pashmina Goats. Overnight camp.
  • Day 17 Trek Horlam-la (4900m) - Nuruchan (4650m) (5 ½ hrs).

    Today we have small pass Horlam la (4900 M) to cross. After crossing the pass we reach Nuruchan. camp.
  • Day 18 Trek Pongunagu / Tsokar 4580m

    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 left side to Pongunagu and or trek to Tsokar and finally to Pongunagu camp.  We meet with driver with his vehicle here.
  • Day 19 Drive Leh

    Today after breakfast we drive back to Leh and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day you will have for to visit Leh bazar.

  • Day 20 Morning flight to Delhi and onward flight back to home

    Morning transfer to airport, flight to Delhi. At Delhi either you can drive to hotel or stay at airport for your next flight to hometown.

Inclusions

Cost includes 
ü
  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary Leh to Leh.
ü  Leh airport pick up and Leh sight-seeing mentioned in the itinerary.
ü  5 nights of hotel accommodation in Leh on CP plan.

ü  14 nights camp with all camping facilities.  3 men spacious 4 season tents for 2,  sleeping bags, foam mattresses, dining tent, trekking poles & safety gears.

ü  Climbing gear: rope, ice axe, harnesses, gaitors, crampons, climbing boots, slings, carabineers, ascenders.

ü  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, 3 course dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.

ü  Support staff: Qualified climbing guide, cook & camp crew.

ü  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.

ü  Camping fee,  trekking permits, peak fee.

ü  Goods and services tax.

ü  First aid medical kit.

Exclusions

Cost excludes 
×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh,

×     Rest of hotel in Leh and Delhi. Delhi airport transfer on request.

×     Travel insurance.

×     Soft or hard drinks.

×     Entrance fee at monasteries

×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver.

×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

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Trekking Gear & accessories Check List

What we provide

We provide all the GROUP GEAR included in the following list:

  • 3-4 Person roomy 3-4 season tents for 2 people and individual as well, dining tent, toilet tent. (Toilet seats on demand) and other camping accessories.
  •  Filtered drinking water for longer trips / Water purification tablets.
  •  Sleeping bags + liner and comfortable sleeping pads.
  • Kitchen tent, Stoves, fuel, cookware,etc.
  • Three course meal (Dinner), hot packed lunch, post trek snacks.
  • Trekking poles and Duffel bags
  •  Basic first aid box and mini oxygen bottles

What you may need - Your personal gear recommended in List :-

  • Day pack: A bit of bigger size in order to keep fleece, jacket, water bottle, camera, packed lunch,
Foot wear :-
  • Good condition trekking boots – not new used before in your country side for best fit for trekking, water proof.
  • Camp shoes, light and comfortable as running shoes or sandal ( like Teva ) for river crossing. Its necessity for you to bring sandles for river crossing.
  • Socks both Woollen and cotton as desire.
  • Clothing :-
  • Gore tex jacket or similar.
  •  Down jacket/vest is good for cool evenings.
  •  Wind/Rain jacket: (ie gore-tex, northface or similar) waterproof and breathable. Its necessity to have jacket while crossing passes.
  • Trekking pants, light, comfortable, water proof /breathable.
  •  Long sleeve shirt Light weight dry-fast (for sun/insect protection).
  •  T-shirts for day time
  •  One midweight/heavyweight fleece (long sleeve) jacket or warm pullover.
  • Short pants, underwear,
  • Sun Hat: cowboy style or baseball style to protect skin from direct sunlight.
  •  Woollen cap for high altitude or while crossing pass or during evenings in camp.
  •  One fleece or sweatpants for cold evenings during dining.
  •  A pair of Hand gloves or woolen gloves
  •  Scarf to protect from dust or sunlight around neck. This is available in local markets with variety of colors.

Accessories :-

  • Sun glasses with UV protection. An extra sun glass in case to replace.
  • Sun screen and lip protection.
  • Moisturizer cream: In Ladakh the air is dry and sun is harsh and strong during day. There are local moisturizer cream available in market. To avoid somehow skin allergy bring your personal cream.
  •  Water bottle. Minimum I - 2 liter.
  • Trekking poles or sticks. If you have your own folded poles.
  • Torch or one head lamp with extra batteries. Petzl or similar.
  •  One toiletories kit, small towel.
  •  Reading and writing materials.
  • Digital Camera or digital video recorder / solar charger.
  •  Water purification tablets
  • Nylone or water proof plastic bags to storage clothes and stuff
  • One pocket knife light.

Others :-

  • Gaiter
  •  Water purification/filter: we boil water for you in the camp, what its essential you to have a water purification tablets or filter during the day of trekking.
  • Mosquito rappallent cream.
  • Small Binocular.
  •  First aid kit: We carry basic first aid kit with diamox, aspirin, paracetemol, antibiotics for diarrhoea, anticeptic, bandage and band aids, Please you bring your personal first aid kit with medicine you think to need necessity for you.
  •  Vitamine tablets or similar.
  • Extra passport photos.




HIGHLIGHTS
Wilderness trekking in Rupshu region of Ladakh
Excellent acclimatization plan

Indus valley tour and insight into monastic & local life
Unique nomads route
meeting with nomads and only few trekkers

No ropes required for 6250m Mentok Kangri
Wildlife in motion and wild panoramas
No climbing experienced needed

TRIP FACTS
Ladakh region, Jammu Kashmir, India
Activity - Trekking & mountaineering
Grade - Moderate to strenuous.

Trip Length -  20 days Delhi to Delhi
15 days Leh to Leh.

Maximum Elevation - 6261 meters
Max sleeping altitude - 5080m
lowest trek altitude - 4300m
use of only Ice axe and crampons

Best time: Mid June, July, Aug, Sept
14 day trekking
14 nights camping
4 nights hotel 

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