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The Changtang region is tucked into the northeast corner of India’s Ladakh, this is a classic trek from central Ladakh into the heart of the Changtang. Along the trekking route we have seen Tibetan Wolf, Ladakh Urial, Lammergeier and Kiang (Tibetan Wild Ass). On trek you will also get to interact with Changpa nomads and experience their way of life, working hundreds of head of ralug (sheep and goat) and yaks as well. Our cook Phuntsok is from the Changtang and his sister actually still lives there, we will visit with them. Once we’ve acclimatized on the trek we go for an ascent of 6270m Mentok Kangri. A well rounded Himalayan adventure complete with culture, natural history and 6000m Himalayan mountaineering. Join us.

6794 meter Gya Peak, closed to climbing for civilians.
The yak hair tents of Changpa nomads.
Changpa tents
6270m Mentok Kangri
ralug flocks
Working the pashm wool that is sold to Kashmiri traders for the production of Pashmina, also called Cashmere wool. The goats of these plains are the source of pashmina.
Lake Tsomoriri
Moderate trekking terrain

FIRST ASCENTS IN LADAKH?

For many of the peaks in the Changtang there are no records of prior ascents.  We also oftentimes find no evidence of other humans visiting the summits of peaks before.  Instead of looking at these peaks as our being the first to put bootprints on the summit, we like to simply enjoy the solitude of the region.  With the popularized trekking routes being fairly busy from day to day in Ladakh, we usually ultram order don’t see another soul in the Changtang region, save for a local boy out searching for his grazing yaks.

TRUST

Climbing a peak at 6000 meters is no place to be short on resources.  We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport.

LEADERSHIP

Gomba Sherpa and Kunsang Thackchod

Luke Smithwick will be meeting group in Leh and giving trip briefing and climbing instruction

FEATURES

  • Changtang region peak 6000m mountaineering
  • Spectacular camps in remote grassy meadows next to snow melt streams
  • Team mentality
  • Instruction in mountaineering for those interested in learning or honing their skills in glacier travel, crampon technique, ice axe use, and the “nuts and bolts” of Himalayan mountaineering.
Changpa nomads living their pastoral lives.
This is the peak we are climbing, 6270m Mentok Kangri.

View previous successful Changtang Peaks Exploratories here:

2017:

2016:

2015:

2012:

Jullay and Namaste.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – arrive Leh 3500m – 21 July 2022
2 – Leh acclimatize – 3500m
3 – drive Rumtse, trek Kyamar – 4499m
4 – trek Tisaling – 5008m
5 – trek Tso Kar – 4563m
6 – trek Nuruchan – 4664m
7 – trek Gyama Barma – 5221m
8 – trek Gyamar – 5133m
9 – trek Karzok – 4553m
10 – trek base camp
11 – 12 – climbing days on Mentok Kangri
13 – drive Leh
14 – depart Leh – August 3 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dates

21 July - 3 August 2022

Region

India

Difficulty

Moderate

Price

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Trip Deposit: US$1000

Group Size

Minimum 2 maximum 5 trekkers

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