Mentok Kangri 17 Days & 16 Nights Wilderness trekking in Rupshu region & an ascent of Mentok Kangri (6262m)

Mentok Kangri
Overview

Located at the western shore of turquoise Lake Tso Moriri these 2 peaks of Mentok Kangri and Yalung Nong are exciting new trekking and climbing holiday for those looking for first Himalayan 6000m. The area is close to westernmost 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.  The Tsomoriri Lake is surrounded by numbers of 6000m peaks. The highest among them is Lungser Kangri (6666m), Chamser Kangri, Mentok Kangri 1 (6262m), Mentok 2 (6210m), Yalung Nong, Spangnak Ri, Kharpa and Chalung (6546m).

After 2 -3 days of well acclimatizing and while acclimatizing at the same time doing some sightseeing tour in around Leh, we set off into the foot of Tanglang La. Rumtse is located below Tanglang La and on the Leh - Manali highway. Setting off from this village we gradually and cross three high passes before reaching Pongunagu near Tsokar. "Tso Kar" in Ladakhi, Tso means Lake & Kar means White (White in Tibetan is Kar po). So literally "White Lake". Tsokar is shallow lake without a drain. The entire area is inhabited during the summer by nomadic herders and by rare animals such as Blue sheep, Tibetan Antelope, wolf, and kiang (wild ass) roam year-round. After Tso Kar and crossing another high pass we arrive at the base camp of Yalung Nong. We climb an easy 6000m of Yalung Nong. where we get our first views of the 20-kilometer long Tso Morari. Crossing Yalung Nau la we descent to Korzok Phu, one of the largest nomadic settlement in the region, Not far from the village of Karzok, we establish a base camp above the lake at an elevation of 5300 meters and from here set out to climb the highest points in the Mentok Massif, Mentok I (6250m), making limited use of fixed ropes on the snow slopes we encounter. Technically undemanding, this peak presents an excellent challenge to fit and adventurous trekkers. Mentok means in Tibetan " Flower" and Kangri for "mountain - so literally "Flower Mountain"A super trek and climb combination in a special part of the world.
Trekking over the Changthang plateau, nomads country, the ascent of Mentok Kangri 2 (6262m) and Yalung Nong (6050m) and some of the highest inhabited villages on Earth plus turquoise Lake of Tsomoriri

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

MENTOK KANGRI (6250M) 
Day 01: Arrive Leh.   
Day 02: Leh acclimatize 
Day 03: Leh acclimatize 
Day 04: Drive Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m) 
Day 05: Trek Kyamar (4390m)
Day 06: Trek Kyamar La (5180m) - Mandalchan La (5170m) - Tisaling (5000m)
Day 07: Trek Shingbuk La (5230m) - Pongunagu (4580m)
Day 08: Trek Nuruchan (4650m)
Day 09: Trek Horlam Kongka La (4960m) - Rachungkaru (4940m) 
Day 10: Trek Kyamayuri La (5430m) - Kortse La (5380m) - Gyama (5170m) 
Day 11: Climb Yalung nong (6050m) - Base camp (5300m) 
Day 12: Trek Yalung Nyau La (5440m) - Korzok Phu (4600m) 
Day 13: Trek Base camp (5300m) 
Day 14: A day for preparation and rest 
Day 15: Ascent Mentok Kangri (6250m) - Base camp
Day 16: Descent to Korzok 
Day 17: Drive to Leh



INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
- New Delhi and Leh airport transfer. 
- Sight-seeing in around Leh one full day 
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Delhi at 3-star hotel double bed of single.
-  4 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Leh at 2-star hotel double bed or single.
-  Accommodation on twin share in 3 men 4 season tents,  sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent, stool, chairs, toilet tent. Single tent available on request.
-  Climbing gear: climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, ice axe, gaiters, rope, carabineers, trekking poles & other accessories.
-  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
-  Support staff: Qualified English speaking climbing guide, cook & camp crew.
-  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
-  Camping fee,  climbing permits.
-  GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable.
-  First aid medical kit.  

MENTOK KANGRI (6250M) - DETAILED TRIP DOSSIER

Day 1: Arrive Leh.  
Flight to Leh. Leh airport pickup and Transfer to hotel. Rest and relax. Evening visit Leh bazarDay 3: Leh acclimatize 

Day 2: Leh acclimatize 
Today visit Leh Palace, Tsemo Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Spituk Gompa, Stok palace & Matho 3 hrs and an evening explore the colorful local market. Overnight in Hotel. 

Day 3: Leh acclimatize

Day 4: Drive Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m)
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 a great collection of ancient royal ornament. After visiting Stok Palace, drive to Shey - Thiksey and visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes a 90-minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in the 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 Palden Sherap built it in the 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. Finally at the campsite of Rumtse. 

Day 5: Trek Rumtse to Kyamar (4390m), 4-5 hrs.
After spending 3 days in Leh we set off our trek from Rumtse. Walk along the road till you reach a Govt. tourist bungalow. From there take the right side trail into the valley passing through some abandoned army huts. 

Day 6: Trek Kyamar to Kyamar La (5180m) - Mandalchan La (5170m) - Tisaling (5000m), 6 hrs
Today leaving camp few minutes after walking the trail divides into two; one going to the left leading towards Tsokar lake and one on the right takes you to a stream, crossing which another pass to climb is there. Overnight in a Tented Camp.

Day 7: Trek Tisaling to Shingbuk La (5230m) - Pongunagu (4580m), 6-7 hrs
Leaving camp a gradual and easy ascend will lead you to Shibuk La. There are many wild Asses (skyang) around this area. Pongunagu has also a nice camping site. Overnight camp. 

Day 8: Trek Pongunagu to Nuruchan (4650m), 7 hrs
Walking along Tso Kar for much of the time on the trail. Today we have easy trek along with the lake and its short trek of four to five hours. 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. The campsite is set next to a beautiful stream. Overnight camp at Nuruchan.

Day 9: Trek Nuruchan to Horlam Kongka La (4960m) - Rachungkaru (4940m) 
Today we have small pass Horlam Kongka La (4960m) to cross. It will take two hours to reach the pass from camp. After crossing the pass gradual descent the stream and the trail slowly ascend again. Soon you will see nomad tents. Arriving at Rachungkaru. Here the nomadic are Tibetan refugees live in summer. Here we can see the lifestyle of nomad people in Tibet. In this area, they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep and Pashmina Goats. Overnight camp at Rachungkaru. 

Day 10: Trek Rachungkaru to Kyamayuri La (5430m) - Kortse La (5380m) - Gyama Yogma (5170m)
Today is a long day ahead of us, so early start from camp is recommended. You will have early breakfast and early departure from camp. It will take seven to eight hours of hiking today. From camp gradual trail to the Kyamayuri la, takes about 2 1/2 hours. A view from the pass is breathtaking. You will have sight of Yalung nong. It is not so far our next pass of Kortse La, takes an hour. From the pass, one can see Gyama peaks, Mentok group of peaks. Descent to Kyama Sharma chu. The tonight campsite is not so far from here, it will take less than an hour to reach Gyama yogma. 

Day 11: Climb Yalung nong (6050m) - Base camp (5300m) 
Today an early departure from camp in order to have a good time at the top. Leaving camp gradual ascent for 2 hours than traverse the flat scree slopes than continue to ascent Yalung Nong. The Yalung Nong top is a flat plateau, the breathtaking view towards east is superb as you will see Chamser and Lunger Kangri across the Tsomoriri lake. To the south Mentok group of peaks. To the Northeast Chalung kula peak and to the north Spangnak Ri. Finally descent to base camp. Your guide and horseman will make a decision based on the availability of grass for horses if you want to come back to base or choose another place for tonight camp. 

Day 12: Trek Base camp to Yalungnyau La (5440m) - Korzok Phu (4600m)
Leaving camp today we cross our last pass probably the highest and final pass on our trek. It will be less an hour to reach the pass. Crossing the pass and you will see the valley starts to open and with a view in front of Korzok and Tsomoriri. Long descent to Korzok Phu, where you will find large settlements of nomad and their robos. Overnight camp at Korzok Phu.

Day 13: Trek Korzok Phu to Base camp (5300m)
Leaving camp, we make our way up to the base for Mentok Kangri. The ascent to base camp leads through an open valley with some moraine walking. It will take six hours to reach base camp from Korzok Phu. We get close to the Mentok Kangri as much as possible, which will reduce the average taking time to summit day. Overnight camp at a base. 

Day 14: A day for preparation and rest 
Today some work to do, with your guide you will do some preparation and training with climbing gear. Post lunch take rest for tomorrows early move. 

Day 15: Ascent of Mentok Kangri (6250m) - Base camp
Today you start very early after breakfast, starts ascending to the foot of snow slopes through boulders for 2 hours. At some sections rocks are loose. Finally crossing the snow slopes that lead to the col between Mentok I and II. Traverse the ridge to the summit of Mentok 2 (6250m), You will have fantastic views of Tsomoriri lake and across the lake to the peaks of Chamser and Lungser Kangri (6666)m, to south Kharpa and at the horizon Gya peak. Overnight at base camp.

Day 16: Descent to Korzok (4500m)
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 meters. The afternoon is free to walk by the lakeshore, meet the local people and check out the village and its ancient monastery.

Day 17: Drive to Leh 
It is between 7 to 8 hours of drive to Leh back. We will take Mahe route back to Leh.

Package Itinerary
  • Day 1 Arrive Leh.

    Flight to Leh. Leh airport pickup and Transfer to hotel. Rest and relax. Evening visit Leh bazarDay 3: Leh acclimatize

  • Day 2 Leh acclimatize

    Today visit Leh Palace, Tsemo Gompa, Sankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa, Spituk Gompa, Stok palace & Matho 3 hrs and an evening explore the colorful local market. Overnight in Hotel.

  • Day 3 Leh acclimatize

    Leh acclimatize

  • Day 4 Drive Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Hemis - Rumtse (4150m)

    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 a great collection of ancient royal ornament. After visiting Stok Palace, drive to Shey - Thiksey and visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes a 90-minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in the 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 Palden Sherap built it in the 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. Finally at the campsite of Rumtse.

  • Day 5 Trek Rumtse to Kyamar (4390m), 4-5 hrs.

    After spending 3 days in Leh we set off our trek from Rumtse. Walk along the road till you reach a Govt. tourist bungalow. From there take the right side trail into the valley passing through some abandoned army huts.

  • Day 6 Trek Kyamar to Kyamar La (5180m) - Mandalchan La (5170m) - Tisaling (5000m), 6 hrs

    Today leaving camp few minutes after walking the trail divides into two; one going to the left leading towards Tsokar lake and one on the right takes you to a stream, crossing which another pass to climb is there. Overnight in a Tented Camp.

  • Day 7 Trek Tisaling to Shingbuk La (5230m) - Pongunagu (4580m), 6-7 hrs

    Leaving camp a gradual and easy ascend will lead you to Shibuk La. There are many wild Asses (skyang) around this area. Pongunagu has also a nice camping site. Overnight camp.

  • Day 8 Trek Pongunagu to Nuruchan (4650m), 7 hrs

    Walking along Tso Kar for much of the time on the trail. Today we have easy trek along with the lake and its short trek of four to five hours. 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. The campsite is set next to a beautiful stream. Overnight camp at Nuruchan.

  • Day 9 Trek Nuruchan to Horlam Kongka La (4960m) - Rachungkaru (4940m)

    Today we have small pass Horlam Kongka La (4960m) to cross. It will take two hours to reach the pass from camp. After crossing the pass gradual descent the stream and the trail slowly ascend again. Soon you will see nomad tents. Arriving at Rachungkaru. Here the nomadic are Tibetan refugees live in summer. Here we can see the lifestyle of nomad people in Tibet. In this area, they have plenty of Yaks, Sheep and Pashmina Goats. Overnight camp at Rachungkaru.

  • Day 10 Trek Rachungkaru to Kyamayuri La (5430m) - Kortse La (5380m) - Gyama Yogma (5170m)

    Today is a long day ahead of us, so early start from camp is recommended. You will have early breakfast and early departure from camp. It will take seven to eight hours of hiking today. From camp gradual trail to the Kyamayuri la, takes about 2 1/2 hours. A view from the pass is breathtaking. You will have sight of Yalung nong. It is not so far our next pass of Kortse La, takes an hour. From the pass, one can see Gyama peaks, Mentok group of peaks. Descent to Kyama Sharma chu. The tonight campsite is not so far from here, it will take less than an hour to reach Gyama yogma.

  • Day 11 Climb Yalung nong (6050m) - Base camp (5300m)

    Today an early departure from camp in order to have a good time at the top. Leaving camp gradual ascent for 2 hours than traverse the flat scree slopes than continue to ascent Yalung Nong. The Yalung Nong top is a flat plateau, the breathtaking view towards east is superb as you will see Chamser and Lunger Kangri across the Tsomoriri lake. To the south Mentok group of peaks. To the Northeast Chalung kula peak and to the north Spangnak Ri. Finally descent to base camp. Your guide and horseman will make a decision based on the availability of grass for horses if you want to come back to base or choose another place for tonight camp.

  • Day 12 Trek Base camp to Yalungnyau La (5440m) - Korzok Phu (4600m)

    Leaving camp today we cross our last pass probably the highest and final pass on our trek. It will be less an hour to reach the pass. Crossing the pass and you will see the valley starts to open and with a view in front of Korzok and Tsomoriri. Long descent to Korzok Phu, where you will find large settlements of nomad and their robos. Overnight camp at Korzok Phu.

  • Day 13 Trek Korzok Phu to Base camp (5300m)

    Leaving camp, we make our way up to the base for Mentok Kangri. The ascent to base camp leads through an open valley with some moraine walking. It will take six hours to reach base camp from Korzok Phu. We get close to the Mentok Kangri as much as possible, which will reduce the average taking time to summit day. Overnight camp at a base.

  • Day 14 A day for preparation and rest

    Today some work to do, with your guide you will do some preparation and training with climbing gear. Post lunch take rest for tomorrows early move.

  • Day 15 Ascent of Mentok Kangri (6250m) - Base camp

    Today you start very early after breakfast, starts ascending to the foot of snow slopes through boulders for 2 hours. At some sections rocks are loose. Finally crossing the snow slopes that lead to the col between Mentok I and II. Traverse the ridge to the summit of Mentok I (6250m), You will have fantastic views of Tsomoriri lake and across the lake to the peaks of Chamser and Lungser Kangri (6666)m, to south Kharpa and at the horizon Gya peak. Overnight at base camp.

  • Day 16 Descent to Korzok (4500m)

    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 meters. The afternoon is free to walk by the lakeshore, meet the local people and check out the village and its ancient monastery.

  • Day 17 Drive to Leh

    It is between 7 to 8 hours of drive to Leh back. We will take Mahe route back to Leh.

Inclusions

-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
- New Delhi and Leh airport transfer. 
- Sight-seeing in around Leh one full day 
-  2 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Delhi at 3-star hotel double bed of single.
-  4 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Leh at 2-star hotel double bed or single.
-  Accommodation on twin share in 3 men 4 season tents,  sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent, stool, chairs, toilet tent. Single tent available on request.
-  Climbing gear: climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, ice axe, gaiters, rope, carabineers, trekking poles & other accessories.
-  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
-  Support staff: Qualified English speaking climbing guide, cook & camp crew.
-  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
-  Camping fee,  climbing permits.
-  GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable.
-  First aid medical kit.  

Exclusions

×     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.

Reviews

"Hello Prem, I wanted to tell you also that all the trekking that the team has been fantastic, all. Also the hotel in Leh and Sonam and all their staff, great. Thank you. "

Mr. Carlos Q. - Spain - 30 June to 18 July 2019
Mr. Carlos Q. - Spain - 30 June To 18 July 2019
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.


TRIP FACTS
Destination: Ladakh, India
Activity: Trekking + Mountaineering expedition
Duration: 17 Days with proper acclimatization
20-21 days Delhi to Delhi and 

14 days Leh to Leh. 
12-day trek, 
13 nights camp, 
Maximum altitude: 6262m, 
Grade: Moderate to strenuous, 
Best time: Mid June, July, Aug, Sept

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