18 Days


“Adventure around scenic plain on high plateau of Rupshu and Chantang
Explore the remote hidden corners of Ladakh scenic vast high valleys
Beautiful scenery of dramatic landscapes in the country of nomads dwellers
Exciting tour of Ladakh impressive monasteries around Leh town and beyond
Adventurous feat and climb to stunning high peak of Mentok Khang-Ri”


Rupshu Chantang Trek & Mentok Khang-Ri Climb, a great combination allows trekkers and adventurers to experience the beautiful Ladakh’s terrain. The adventure begins on arrival at Leh, the capital town of Ladakh, and falls within the Union Territory of India. One of the remote parts of northwest Indian Himalayas close to Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir.

A dramatic country to explore its wild plains and peaks of Ladakh, Leh a perfect ideal height at 3,500 m. For acclimatization as well to get familiarized with local immense interesting cultures of age-old heritage. Where one can enjoy visiting exciting places its colorful markets and old monasteries of religious, cultural importance.


Tour takes you beyond Ladakh to visit a magnificent Phyang Monastery,

a Buddhist monastery stands on top of a rocky hill. The Phyang Gompa built in the early 15th Century above the Fiang village offers grand views of surrounding valley landscapes. Before heading back to Leh, the tour takes you to Spituk Monastery, also known as Spituk Gompa or Pethup Gompa. Situated a mere distance of 8 km from Leh, it was founded in the 11th Century, where an annual religious event is held called Gustor Festival.


After an enjoyable tour in and around Leh, the drive leads to Rumtse, to start our adventure towards Rupshu Changtang valley. For adventurous climb of Mentok Kangri, as well visit of Stakna Monastery built by Drugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded by a Bhutanese scholar, saint Chosje Modzin in 16th Century, a beautiful valley by the Indus River.


Starting the adventure towards Rupshu and Chantang Valley for the climb of Mentok Khang-Ri Peak from Rumtse. Situated below Tanglang-La on Leh and Manali Highway, the route leads to cross high passes of Kyamar, Shibuk, and Kyamyuri-La. As the walk progresses heading towards Kartse and climbing Yalung Nyau-La of above 5,000 m passes to Korzok. The last village before the climb of Mentok Khang-Ri at 6, 253 m high, and then reaching the base camp.



Having rest day for acclimatization and practice climb, where our guide will brief and instruct all the techniques. Mentok Khang-Ri with adjoining three peaks all above 6,000 m high, the aim is to climb Mentok Kangri-II the highest peaks.


Mentok Khang-Ri peaks, located on high Rupshu and Chantang valley close to Tso Moriri Lake, the white-lake. Due to salt deposits on its shoreline, Mentok means a species of wild-flowers found in abundance around the area.

The climb of Mentok Khang-Ri, classified as PD + comes from the French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification System. The grade standard PD + means a straightforward climb with some technical skill required to reach on summit top.


We have allowed spare days, as well as added extra high camp to make the climb accessible to reach the summit. A climb of great endurance, start the ascent following the expert lead guide with the full support of main fixed ropes.

A steep haul encountering ice and snow ledges with a vertical ridge to tackle, as the climb finally reaches you on top. Enjoy the grand panorama of Chantang and Rupsu scenic valley with Moriri Lake down below and the snow peak range.


After a triumph on the summit of Mentok Khang-Ri, descend with care towards base camp. Feeling in high spirit, enjoy the walk to Korzok and visit the beautiful Tso Mori-Ri Lake before back to Leh. An exciting drive from Korzok across Chantang great plain following Indus River to Leh, then completing our great adventure.


Outline Itinerary:


Day 01:          Arrival at Leh / Ladakh 3, 500 m Kushok Bakula Rimpoche
airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:          A day in Leh for acclimatization and tour of Leh former
palace, Shanti Stupa overnight in View Point Hotel.
Day 03:          At Leh tour of Phyang and Spituk Monastery and back to Leh – 05 hrs.
Day 04:          Drive to Rumtse 4, 244 m visit Stakna Monastery -05 hrs.
Day 05:          Trek to Kyamar 4,538 m – 06 hrs.
Day 06:          Trek to Tishaling 4, 940 m via Kyamar-La 5, 071 m and Mandalchan-
La 5, 206 m-07 hrs.
Day 07:          Trek to Pangonagu 4, 654 m via Shibuk-La 5, 275 m -07 hrs.
Day 08:          Trek to Nuruchan 4, 672 m, walk to Tsokar Lake -06 hrs.
Day 09:          Trek to Gyama Barma 5, 089 m via Kyamayuri-La 5, 416 m-08 hrs.
Day 10:          Trek to Gyamar 5,161 m via Kartse-La 5, 388 m-05 hrs.
Day 11:          Trek to Korzok Village 4, 500 m via Yalung Nyau-La 5, 337 m-06 hrs.
Day 12:          Trek from Korzok Dok to Mentok Base Camp 5, 250 m -04 hrs.
Day 13:          At Mentok Base Camp acclimatization day preparation.
Day 14:          Trek and climb to High Camp 5, 470 m – 03 hrs.
Day 15:          Summit Mentok Khang-Ri at 6, 253 m, descend to Base Camp-07 hrs.
Day 16.          Trek to Korzok 4, 500 m and visit Tso Mori-Ri Lake -05 hrs.
Day 17:          Drive to Leh across Chang Tang Plains around Indus to Leh-07 hrs. Day 18.        Fly Leh to Delhi for international connecting flight.

Best seasons for Rupshu Chantang Trek & Mentok Khang-Ri Climb:

The best time for this wonderful adventurous trek and climb is from late spring and early autumn seasons, from mid-April and May, as well during the monsoon time of June to mid-September. As Ladakh and Chantang valley fall within rain-shadow, where heavy black monsoon clouds are blocked by Himalaya high mountains.


April & May are fine clear days most of the time, with longer sun-light hours but can get overcast in the late afternoon with chances of snow sometimes.

Autumn/fall is another best time for treks and tours around Ladakh, with a fine clear day. But days are shorter due to sunlight hours can be freezing cold, especially in the morning, and night times will be clear with bright starry nights. Chances of snowfall during the walk sometimes.


For interested people can visit Ladakh for a tour and trekking during summer times of June to August also. As Ladakh falls within rain shadow area, where monsoon dark rain clouds blocked by the great Himalayas. That is why the country of Ladakh is dry with less rainfall.


Religion and Culture:

Ladakh and the North West Himalaya are populated by Ladakhi people descendants of a mixed tribal race of Mons of North India, and Dards of Baltistan with Mongols of Central Asia. History shows the Mons were the first immigrants, followed by Dards who founded different settlements in the Indus valley.

Ladakh is a country of strong Buddhism religion and culture similar to the Tibetan heritage of ancient Buddhism custom, where one can visit its many old monasteries of great religious significance.




Morning after a short scenic of an hour flight to Leh from Delhi, on arrival at Leh, Ladakh Kushok Bakula Rimpoche. As you head outside the air terminal, our staff and guide receives you for short drive in the heart of Leh town to your Hotels. Afternoon free at leisure, optional walk to the center of Leh and its market.

At Leh, for acclimatization and for exciting tour at places of interest, Leh has a vast range of main bazaar on the street colorful local fruits and vegetables vendors. The streets are busy with roadside restaurant, cafes and craft shops. The old Leh Palace stands on the top of the high hill overlooking the Leh city and its valley. The white Peace (Shanti) Stupa stands nearby high on hill which is worth a visit for the great views of Leh. The world's highest Polo ground located beyond the main bus station, rest of the day free at leisure to browse around Leh, Ladakh capital.

Another exciting day in Leh and beyond, a scenic drive to Phyang Monastery, Phyang Gompa is a Buddhist monastery. Located in Fiang village, just 16 km west of Leh in Ladakh, the monastery established in 1515 AD. Enjoy tour of Spituk Monastery also called as Pethup Gomba, which is not far from Leh at about 8 km.
One of the famous monastery founded in 11th Centuary, a yearly Gustor Festival is held, an interesting site of great historical and religious importance.

After a great day, few hour drive takes you back at Leh in the comfort of nice View Point Hotel, rest of the afternoon at leisure and preparation for the trek and climb.

Morning starts with drive towards scenic country side away from Leh at about 25 km distance overland journey taking an hour or more to reach at Rumtse.
At Rumtse visit Stakna Monastery or Stakna Gompa, a Buddhist monastery of the Drugpa sect in Stakna, situated on the left bank of the Indus River.

The monastery founded in the late 16th Century by a Bhutanese scholar and saint, Chosje Modzin, which was built on top of hill overlooking beautiful view of Changtang and Indus River valley. After a tour back to hotel or lodge at Rumtse before starting the trek and climb to Mentok Khang-Ri Peak.

Walk along the road till it follows to a bungalow built for visitors, and then taking the right side trail into the valley passing through some abandoned army huts.
After a short hour reaching a junction, where one leads left towards Tso Kar Lake and one on the right takes you to a stream. Climb to the valley of Kyamar, in early days known as the salt route, it was through this valley that the salt from
Tso Kar Lake was brought to Leh and around the Indus valley. Enjoy the walk within beautiful harmonious landscapes for overnight camp.

After a pleasant overnight stop around Kyamar valley, morning after a good breakfast, walk leads uphill with steep climb towards the Kyamar-La, facing
stunning view of the Changthang Mountain range. From the top descend towards Tiri Doksa, a summer pasture of Yak and cattle herder temporary shelter. Trek continues heading towards Mandalchan-La, another high pass for excellent view of surrounding grand vista, and then downhill to Tishaling for overnight camp in a wide valley.

Another long day trek to Pangonagu, but worth the hard effort, as it leads to
beautiful serene Lake Tso Kar, enclosed by high snow peaks range.
Walk leads towards a high pass at Shibuk-La, facing wonderful views of
Tso Kar Lake with snow mountains that surrounds the scenic valley.
From the pass after a grand vista, downhill to a wide valley then end the long hour’s day trek on reaching at Pangonagu for overnight camping close to the
emerald colored Tso Kar Lake. Around this pure wilderness, chances of spotting
some wild-life like Ibex, wild ass called Kyang in local language of Tibetan origin, with marmots and migratory birds and ducks.

Enjoying marvelous overnight stop at Pangonagu, close to the lake Tso Kar, clearing the camp. Start the adventure, walk today is much pleasant as the path leads along the lake of Tsho Kar, which means a white-lake due to much salt deposit on the shore. Walk to the end of the lake might spot wild mountain animals and birds, then slowly completing the day turning right side to enter a nice small village of Nuruchan for overnight stop.

Today’s walk one of the longest as it involves crossing two high passes traverse over Horlam Kongka-La at 4,900 m and Kyamayuri-La 5,416 m high.

After completing both passes then reaching at Rachungkaru. A place of nomads with Tibetan refugee’s reservation camp and settlement. A lovely and interesting place to observe the nomadic life of Tibetan herding livestock of Yaks, Sheep’s and Pashmina Goats and the slowly walk takes you at Gyama Barma for overnight stop.

After an interesting stop at Gyama Barma, walk today is quite shorter compared
to previous long days. Start the morning walk towards the base of Kartse-La, and then a steep climb to reach on top of the pass at 5,385 m. From the top of Kartse-La enjoy glorious views of surrounding beautiful landscapes and then downhill to
Gyamar, after walking past nomads camp descended from South-West Tibet.
A nice wide valley for overnight camp at Gyamar, close to Tibetan nomad’s small settlements.

From this nice camp at Gyamar, start the morning walk along the eastern shore of
Tsomori-Ri Lake, and then a climb leads you on top of Yalung Nyau-La pass.
Enjoy the spectacular vista of surrounding beautiful valley enclosed by high snow- capped peaks, and then descend to the valley floor. A short climb over Zerlung Merlung ridge then heading towards Korzok village, placed close on the bank of Tsomori-Ri Lake, here witness flocks of ducks and storks around lake side.

An enjoyable and interesting overnight stop at Korzok and the lake, morning walk leads along the west bank of the lake. A pleasant trek on level path facing superb views of the Mentok Himal range with Chamser and Lungser Kang-Ri right across from the lake. We start walking along the Tso Mori-Ri back the way we came and take a small path up to the Base Camp of Mentok Kangri. The route follows to steep climb uphill and around some moraine and glaciated section, then reach a wide plateau, where our base camp is set for the climb of Mentok Khang-Ri Peak.

At Base Camp, preparation for the climb where our expert guide will brief with instruction of the climb in few technical section. Check all the climbing gear, like ice-axe, crampons and Karabiner as well warm and water-proof clothing and climbing boots.

To make the climb more success and accessible, where high or advance camp will be set much higher above close beneath Mentok Khang-Ri Peak.
Trek and climb further towards gigantic peak of Mentok Khang-Ri, walking on faint path hardly visited by trekkers or climbers. After some hours of steady walk reaching right beneath the peak to establish our High Camp.
Rest of the day, practice and at leisure where our guide will scout the safer and possible route to the summit of Mentok Khang-Ri Peak.

Starting early morning before dawn to reach the summit, as mid-afternoon can get very windy and freezing cold. Leaving the High Camp climb over moraine and glaciers then on snowy slopes, taking care of slippery edge. Following the lead guide and tackling few technical obstacles, after hours of steady haul with few stops to catch breath. Then finally reach the summit and feel on top of the world for a while, overlooking unparalleled panorama of surrounding snow-capped peaks. Looking down towards beautiful Tso Mori-Ri emerald Lake within vast valley of Rupshu and Changthang.
After a successful climb and triumph, descend with care slowly towards high camp, and continue the tiring walk back at Base Camp for last overnight stop around mountain wilderness.

Clearing the base camp, leaving nothing only your foot prints and then follow the faint path on relatively easy down to the village of Karzok, one of the highest permanent settlements. Located beside scenic Tso Morari-Ri Lake, at
4, 500 m high. On reaching at Korzok for last overnight camp with time to explore
the settlement of Korzok and interact with the local native as well visit its old monastery

After a marvelous trek and climb of Mentok Khang-Ri Peak, clear the camp and loading all the baggage and camping gear. An exciting scenic drive takes you across Chantang and Rupshu wide plain following the Indus river for sometimes and then on main highway to Leh. On arrival by late afternoon or evening time check into the hotel for last overnight in Ladakh.

As per your flight time, guide and staff transfers you for a short drive to the airport for flight to Delhi, as well for connecting air journey back home after a memorable experience and adventure on Rupshu Chantang Trek & Mentok Khang-Ri Climb.

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