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MENTOK KANGRI II CLIMB

Close to Ladakh's eastern border with Tibet, the rarely visited high plains of the Chang Tang are colored in just a few places by beautiful turquoise lakes, such as Tso Kar and Tso Morari and this exciting trekking and climbing holiday is the perfect way to view this remote and stunning landscape. Chang thang is a Tibetan word meaning western plains. It is inhabited by the Changpas who are a nomadic tribe and travel all over Chang thang following the ancient grazing patterns. Mentok Kangri means the 'mountain of flowers' and is a cluster of three peaks and the highest being 6277 m. The sight from the summit is stunning where on one side you have endless mountains and on the other side the turquoise blue waters of the Tsomoriri Lake. Technically undemanding, this peak presents an excellent challenge to fit and adventurous trekkers. A super trek and climb combination in a special part of the world.

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  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

Neither the trek to Tso Morari, nor the climb on Mentok II are technically difficult undertakings. However, the high altitudes involved during the trek (between 4500 and 5500 metres) and the climbing above 6000 metres does mean that this trip will present a challenge to even very fit group members. The lower slopes and approaches to the Mentok peaks are likely to be free of snow during the summer months, but we will need to use crampons and carry an ice-axe (and the UFO leader and Sherpa team may fix some sections of rope, if necessary) above approximately 5500 metres.

  • Excellent introduction to Himalayan climbing with a 6000m + summit
  • Witness the stunning Changthang plateau and Tso moriri lake
  • Fantastic summer holiday to experience Ladakhi culture and hospitality

  • Local English speaking guide
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tanks (for descent only)
  • Private group chemical toilets
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas,etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 13 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Leh and 9 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.
  • 13 Days, 3 nights hotel, 9 nights camping
  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners
  • max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH.

Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30am from Leh Airport to the group hotel is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimitization and you will be advised to rest, eat and keep yourself hydrated as much as possible. A short walk around the city to Leh Palace in the evening can be organized.



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EXPERIENCE LEH & SURROUNDING MONASTERIES

We will make an early start after tea and breakfast to catch the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on a hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. We will then head towards Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh where a picnic lunch will be waiting for us. After lunch, we rest a bit and visit the Shey Palace and surrounding areas. You will be given sometime to yourself where you can explore the palace on your own. In the evening we will visit the Shanti Stupa and head back to the hotel for dinner.



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DRIVE TO TSO KAR (4579m). CAMP BY LAKESHORE.

We will leave from Leh to Tso Kar (White Lake) which is 153 kms from Leh and should take us about 4-5  hours to reach. We will camp on the shores of the salt lake of Tso Kar. There should be time in the afternoon to explore the lake shore, with a good chance to see kyang (wild ass), marmots and great birdlife, such as bar-headed geese and Brahminy ducks on the lake. Tso Kar is a salt water lake and the nomads take this salt across to Tibet for trade. 



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4-5 hrs drive

TREK ALONG THE LAKESHORE AND CHANGTHANG PLAINS TO NURUCHAN (4694m)

Today’s walk is an easy one, along the shore of the lake and then across the open and quite arid Chang Tang plains to a beautiful campsite in the pastures of Nuruchan (4694m). There are usually several nomad camps in this area, with scattered tents, shepherds and their dogs and herds of livestock.



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Camping
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  Time
4-5 hrs walking(11-12 kms)

TREK ACROSS NURUCHAN LA (4750m) TO RACHUNGKARU (4952m)

On leaving camp, we cross a stream and pass close to a mani wall, sculpted by the Chang Tang herders. We then hike up to the Nuruchan La (4750m), before descending easily to cross another stream and another low pass. In this area, the nomadic herdsmen that we meet are likely to be Tibetan, having been displaced here from the western part of that cross-border territory. We camp at Rachungkaru (4952m) amongst grazing yaks, sheep and pashmina goats. Afternoon at leisure.



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Camping
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  Time
4-5 hrs walking(11-12 kms)

TREK ACROSS KYAMARU LA (5400m) AND GYABARMA LA (5300m) TO GYABARMA (5171m)

Today is a fairly long day as we cross 2 passes of above 5000 metres. It takes us around 2 hours to reach the first of these, the Kyamaru La (5400m), where the views extend across a high-level landscape to numerous snow-capped peaks. After a short descent, we climb again to cross the Gyabarma La (5300m), beyond which we descend, cross a stream and reach our camping place in the pastures at Gyabarma (5171m). A wild and remote location.



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  Time
6-7 hrs walking(14-15 kms)

TREK ACROSS YALUNG NAULA PASS (5400M) WITH VIEWS OF TSO MORIRI AND DESCEND TO KORZOK DOK (4632m)

Today, we finally get views of the stunning lake of Tso Morari, as we reach the top of the Yalung Naula Pass (5400m). Some 20 kms long and surrounded by high, snow-capped peaks, Tso Morari is one of the most beautiful lakes imaginable. The approach to the pass is straightforward, but quite long. We descend to Karzok Dok (4632m) on a zig zag path.



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Camping
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5-6 hrs walking(10-11 kms)

TREK TO OUR BASECAMP OF MENTOK KANGRI II (5300m)

Today, we hike up to the basecamp 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 bouldery moraine. We set up camp at approx 5300 metres.



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Camping
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  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-11 kms)

REST DAY AT BASECAMP. FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR SUMMIT.

A day to rest at basecamp and make final preparations for the ascent of Mentok II. The group leader and Sherpas may opt to fix ropes today on the headwall leading to the col between our objective peaks.



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CLIMB MENTOK II (6210m) FOR VIEWS OF TSO MORIRI AND TIBET. RETURN TO BASECAMP.

After an early start, we hike for 2 hours to the foot of the snow slope that leads to the col between Mentok 1 (6250m) and Mentok II (6210m). We then ascend to the col (possibly with some sections of fixed rope) and continue more easily to the top of Mentok II. If the weather is good, we will spend some time admiring the fantastic views across the lake to the peak of Lungser Kangri (6666m) and distant Tibet. We descend to basecamp via the same route.



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Camping
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  Time
10-12 hrs walking(10-11 kms)

TREK DOWN TO KORZOK (4600m). EVENING AT LEISURE.

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 4600 metres. The afternoon is free to walk by the lakeshore, meet the local people and check out the village and its ancient monastery.



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  Time
3-4 hrs walking(10-11 kms)

DRIVE ACROSS CHANGTHANG PLAINS AND THE RIVER INDUS TO LEH.

We will rendezvous with our vehicles at Karzok and set off on the 6-hour drive back to Leh which is 220 kms away. The road is quite rough at first but we travel on an ever improving surface and once we reach the Indus River, the road is very smooth making the final part of the journey quite comfortable. There are some great views as we cross the open plain of the Chang Tang and then descend by the (at this point) very small Indus. We will all be pleased to check into the hotel in Leh, get cleaned up and eye up the soft bed before tucking in to a celebratory dinner.



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Hotel in Leh
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BLD
  Time
5-6 hours drive

DEPARTURE DAY

We have an early start and go to the airport to catch our flight to Delhi. If you want to extend your stay in Leh, please let us know.



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