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Mentok Kangri II Expedition (6210m)

HIGHLIGHTS

Views from Mentok Kangri across the lake of Tso Morari into Tibet

Meet and take tea with the nomadic shepherds of the Chang Tang

Challenging, but technically undemanding, climbs

A real trekking and climbing adventure in Ladakh

Experience the natural environment, physical endurance and culture of Ladakh

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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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.

Holiday Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival and check in at hotel in Leh (3524m)
Due to high altitude, it is required that the first day be reserved for acclimatization. However, an
evening walk to Shanti Stupa or Leh Palace should provide a satisfying end to the day.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel
MEALS L D

Day 2 Walk through Stok Village 2hrs.


Post breakfast we will drive to Stok Palace, which is the current residence of the Ladakhi royal family
and also a museum with a very interesting collection of antiques. After visiting the palace we will go for
a walk around Stok village to observe and understand the traditional way of life in Ladakh.
A picnic lunch would be awaiting us in one of the orchards in the village .Post lunch we will visit a
heritage house which is a traditional old Ladakhi house open for tourists. Later we will drive back to
our hotel and rest.

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ACCOMMODATION Hotel
MEALS B L D

Day 3 Drive to Tso kar. Camp by Lake Tso Kar (4579m)


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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping
MEALS B L D

Day 4 Trek along the lake shore and across the Chang Tang plains to Nuruchan (4694m).
Todays 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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

DISTANCE 12km
MEALS B L D
TIME
4 - 5 hrs trekking

Day 5 Trek across the 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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

DISTANCE 12km

MEALS B L D

TIME 4 -5 hrs trekking

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Day 6 Trek across the Kyamaru La (5400m) and the 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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

DISTANCE 14km

MEALS B L D

TIME 6 hrs trekking

Day 7 Trek across Yalung Naula Pass (5400m) with views of Tso Morari Lake and descend
to Karzok 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 kilometres 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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

DISTANCE 12km

MEALS B L D

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TIME 5 hrs trekking

Day 8 Trek to our basecamp for Mentok Kangri (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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

DISTANCE 10km

MEALS B L D

TIME 5 - 6 hrs trekking

Day 9 A day to rest at basecamp and make final preparations for the ascent of Mentok II.
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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

MEALS B L D

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Day 10 Climb Mentok II (6210m) for extensive views across the lake and to 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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

MEALS B L D

TIME 10 - 12 hrs trekking

Day 11 Trek to Karzok ( 4500m) beside Tso Morari. Afternoon free.


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.

ACCOMMODATION Camping

MEALS B L D

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TIME 3 hrs trekking

Day 12 Drive across the Chang Tang Plains and beside the 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.

ACCOMMODATION Hotel

MEALS B L D

Day 13 Fly to Delhi. Optional city tour.


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.

What's included

A professional UFO Adventure Travel Guide team

All land transport involved in the itinerary

All accommodation as described

All meals throughout the trip as described

Full trekking service including food and all equipment

Peak fees and permits (Wildlife and Camping fees)

Climbing Equipment (rope, harness, carbiners, ice axe, gamow bag,etc.)

All costs are applicable for double occupancy

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What's not included

Flights to and from Leh

Travel insurance

Personal Equipment

Tips for trek staff

Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Equipment List
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always
try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag
while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs. Once on trek, your mountaineering equipment
including your mountain boots , if hired, will be carried separately in a group equipment bag and
will not form part of this weight limit. There is a baggage limit on the flight to Leh of 15kg for
hold baggage and an additional 7kg for cabin baggage.
YOU MUST BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

Hiking boots

Mountaineering boots - see notes

Gaiters

Trekking Socks - 3 pairs

Thermal Socks - 2 pairs (With liners)

Underwear

Trekking trousers

Balaclava

Waterproof overtrousers

Waterproof jacket with hood

Thermal baselayer - leggings

Shorts

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Thermal baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)

T-shirts or similar

Fleece jacket or warm jumper

Full down feather jacket

Trekking poles (recommended)

Sunhat

Warm hat

Sunglasses

Thermal gloves or mittens

Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

Daypack minimum 40 litres

Back pack - Min 80 litres

Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

Headtorch and spare batteries

Washbag and toiletries

Small towel

Antibacterial handwash

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Water bottles 1 Litre x2

Warm jacket (down)

Sleeping bag (comfort rated -20C)

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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE OPTIONAL:

Trainers or similar for camp use

Spare laces

Sleeping bag liner

Swimwear (for the brave)

Camera

Pen-knife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

Pee bottle

Ski goggles

Travel clothes

NOTES:
Climbing Equipment: All team climbing equipment which includes ropes, harnesses, carbiners, crampons,
ice axe, etc. will be provided by UFO. Please let us know if you need to hire mountain boots so we can make
arrangements in advance for a fee.
Mountaineering boots: Well-insulated single boots designed for Alpine mountaineering (minimum B2 rating)
are suitable, as the temperatures encountered in July and August are not extreme. Another option is to take
double boots with insulated inners (eg. Scarpa Vega HA, Scarpa Omega IT, La Sportiva Spantik, Boreal G1
Light). These boots are also designed to take step-in crampons, quickly and efficiently.

Basic First Aid Kit


Antiseptic cream

Throat lozenges

Diarrhoea treatment (Imodium)


Altitude (Diamox)
Painkillers

Plasters

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Blister treatment

Re-hydration salts (Dioralite)

Soap Strips
Hand Sanitizer
Cotton Roll
ORS
Water proof bandages
Crepe Bandage
Cetrizine (Allergy)
Please discuss this with your personal physician.

Climate
On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trek (and at
Leh) will be around 15C, with night-time lows below 10C. At our highest camps, the nighttime temperature may fall as low as minus 20C. Climbing on the Mentoks, the temperature will
vary from sub-zero in the early morning to 10C. 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 snowfall cannot be ruled out.

Please let us know if there are any queries that you may have. We would be happy to get on a call
with you.

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