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Chang-Thang and Mentok Kangari – 1 & 2

Climb Mentok Kangri II (6210m) & I (6172m)

Your trip start from Leh till Tsokar over one of the world second highest motor able pass Tanglangla ( 5332m). Here you will visit a tiny hamlet named Tuckche with a small Gompa a top of it . Tsokar with its huge salt water deposit in Chang-Thang plateau from where 6 days of moderate trek start to the Karzok village. Karzoz is a Nomade headquarter of Chang-Thang located at the bank of Turquoise lake of Tsomoriri. Nomade “ Or Changpa in Tibetan language” who lives in valley with their livestock and can be encountered sub. to season.
The approach towards base camp from Karzok is relatively easy through open valley, moorland and boulder at the end. While ascending to one of these peaks minimum of technique and experience but good physic is required. Once at the top a stunning view is awaiting of surrounding extensive landscape .

Chang-Thang:

In the East of Ladakh, on the indo-Tibetan border between India and Tibet, extends the vast plateau of Chang-Thang, the area of the nomads Or Changpas. Having crossed several passes, you will discover Huge salt water lake named Tsokar, and further in the East in Rupshu, immense Lake Tsomoriri near Karzok which is the main village of Rupshu at 4572 m above the sea level. The climate is extreme: very low temperature at night and very high under a burning sun during the day. The air is very dry as eternal snow line is found at the altitude of 6000m and more.
The fauna adapted itself to the harshness of the climate. We can see Kyang, (wild donkeys) who come to graze near the lake Tsokar, much more rarely the snow leopards and also multitude of exotic birds.

DAY 01: Arrival at Delhi
DAY 02: Delhi – Leh: (3500 m)
DAY 03: Explore around Leh
DAY 04: Leh to Tsokar :154 kms, (4268 mtrs)
DAY 05: Tsokar to Nuruchan (4300 mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek. 1
DAY 06: Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4400mtrs.) over Horlamkongkala (4900 mtrs.) 6 hours. Trek 2
DAY 07: Rachungkaru to Gyama burma (4250 mtrs) over Kyamayurila (5200mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek 3
DAY 08: Gyma Burma to Karzok (Tsomoriri 4573 mtrs 7 hours. Over Yalungnyaula (5440 mtrs) Trek 4
DAY 09: Karzok/ Base Camp 5/6hrs trek Trek 5

DAY 10 to DAY 12: Climb to Mentok Kangri 11 – 6210m and Mentok 1 -6172m

DAY 10: Summit day to Mentok Kangri II -6210m
DAY 11: Relax at base camp, or stroll around before attempting to the second peak.
DAY 12: Mentok Kangri 1 – 6272m.

Summit day to Mentok Kangri I -6210m.

DAY 13: Base camp to Karzok -4550m, Trek 6
DAY 14: Karzok to Leh. 220 kms, 6h
Day 15: Leh-Delhi flight and departure .

DAY 01: Arrival at Delhi

Reception in air port, transfer to the hotel, overnight stay.

DAY 02: Delhi – Leh: (3500 m)

Transfer to the domestic air port, flight to Leh. Transfer to the hotel, visit monastery of the town, Shanti stupa and old fort of Leh in the afternoon. Night in the hotel.

DAY 03: Explore around Leh

Drive to Spituk monastery close to Leh, Phyang 13 kms west of Leh , back to
hotel for lunch , afternoon at leisure.

DAY 04: Leh to Tsokar :154 kms, (4268 mtrs)

Leave early, visit Shey-Thiksey and Hemis monastery on the way. In the afternoon, continue to head over the world’s second highest motorable pass(Tanglangla (5332mtrs) to nomad headquarter at Tsokar. Explore the village and Gompa. Stroll on the shore of salt water lake in evening and night in the camp.

DAY 05: Tsokar to Nuruchan (4300 mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek- 1

Trail goes beside the lake through the plateau, kyang ( WildDonkey ) can be seen in herds, campsite close to the nomad village and night in the camp.

DAY 06: Nuruchan to Rachungkaru (4400mtrs.) over Horlamkongkala (4900 mtrs.) 6 hours. Trek-2

Gradual walk for 1 and 1/2 hrs to the pass, easy descend, a long walk to beautiful campsite near the stream, night in the camp.

DAY 07: Rachungkaru to Gyama burma (4250 mtrs) over Kyamayurila (5200mtrs.) 5 hours. Trek -3

Easy climb for 2 hrs to the pass, gradual descend and further easy trail leads to the campsite, night in the camp.

DAY 08: Gyma Burma to Karzok (Tsomoriri 4573 mtrs 7 hours. Over Yalungnyaula (5440 mtrs) Trek 4

Long day, excellent view of the lake from the top of the pass, reach Karzok 240 kms south east from Leh. Karzok Gompa and its inhabitants the Nomades (Changpa’s) are most outstanding features of this lake. Circumference of this lake is aroung 36 kms. Explore village and monastery and stroll on the shore of the lake. Visit the village and the monastery, night in the camp.

DAY 09: Karzok/ Base Camp 5/6hrs trek Trek- 5

Walk gradually to the base camp of Mentok at 5420mts, walk over undefined trail of open area high over Karzok and Tsomoriri lake, a moorland and moraine trail leads till base camp located below the Mentok 11, night in the camp.

DAY 10 to DAY 12: Climb to Mentok Kangri 11 – 6210m Or Mentok 1 -6172m

DAY 10: Summit day to Mentok Kangri II -6210m

This is a lovely peak on a long ridge running South from Korzok village on the shores of the Tso Moriri lake. In July and August the entire Korzok valley is green with wild flowers giving the peak its name ‘Mentok’.
Almost 2 to 3 hours of hike til the snow lines.Before ascending to the col ( pass ) that divide the route to Mentok 1 (6272m) and Mentok II (6210m). We may need to fix the rope to assure the safety of climbers. Make safe and easy approach to the top of the Peak. The summit is a superb reward for your effort, giving magnificent views in every direction.If weather is clear you will admire the awesome views of Tsomoriri Lake, Lungser Kangri (6666m) and Tibet to the east. We return all the way back to the base camp.

DAY 11: At base camp. ( Hike or relax at base camp )

Rest day; stroll around before attempting to the second peak.

DAY 12: Mentok Kangri 1 – 6272m.

Climb second peak , follow the same route till col ( pass ), fix the ropes before following toward a broad crest that leads to the top of the peak. Another day of superb reward for your effort. Back to base camp, night in the camp.

DAY 13: Base camp to Karzok -4550m, Trek- 6

After leisurely breakfast, trek back to karzok , easy descend through moorland, boulders, and pasture land till the village.Stroll at the lake shore, one can observe the variety of birds ( subjected to season ), interact with the people of this high altitude land of Nomade ( Changpa, the nomade of Chang-Thang), night in the camp.

DAY 14: Karzok to Leh. 220 kms, 6h

Vehicle will be reporting either in morning or day before in evening. Take a rough but breath-taking drive through nomadic land of Chang-Thang till joining the Indus valley at Mahe. Follow Indus river, stop at Chuma Thang wher one can take bath in hot spring. You will reach Leh by afternoon, night in a hotel.

Day 15: Leh-Delhi flight and departure.

Flight to Delhi, check- in to the hotel at 12 noon, half day sightseeing and transfer to the airport in evening for your onward destination.

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