Expedition in Ladakh
 
KANG YATZE II (6175m) via MARKHA VALLEY EXPEDITION KUN 7077m
CHAMSHER KANGRI (6622m) CHADAR TREK LASERMO TREK

 

KANG YATZE II (6175m) via MARKHA VALLEY

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Leh (3500m), Rest & Acclimatise

The flight takes us over the Greater Himalaya and makes an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. We may chance upon stunning and breathtaking views of the great peaks of the Karakoram. Leh is at an altitude of nearly 3500m and you might experience the effects of the altitude, most likely a little breathlessness and a slight headache. These symptoms are not lasting and are mild as they usually disappear quite quickly. Nevertheless, for first day or two everyone is advised to take it easy.

Day 02: Acclimatization walks and Sightseeing
Visit the famous monasteries of Shey&Thiksey. Shey used to be the old capital of Ladakh. Thiksey is a beautiful monastery built in the style of the Potala Palace in Tibet. Drive back to hotel for lunch. You can spend time checking out the charming Leh Town and its narrow by-lanes in the evening.

Day 03: Another day to acclimatize. Optional Rafting on Zanskar / Indus River

Day 04: Drive to Chilling, trek to Skiu (3500m)
The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus till its confluence with the Zanskar where we make a u-turn and enter the Zanskar Valley and drive up along the muddy Zanskar till we reach Chilling. A little ahead of Chilling lies Kaya-Do where we cross the river on a trolley and make our way to the small village of Skui. 

Day 05: Trek to Markha (3700m)
The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m over the 22km, crossing the Markha River a couple of times. There are a few ancient chortens along the trail, and a number of wolf pits used to trap wolves when they roam the valley during the winter months. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery.

Day 06: Trek to Thachungtse (4200m)
Yatze (6400m), a magnificent snow clad mountain commands the views for the next two days. On the walk there are sights of some fascinating geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. Continue down over a bridge to Thachungtse, a lovely valley to camp in. A popular place to spot herds of blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility.

Day 07: Trek to Nimaling (4720M)
You pass several mani walls and suddenly come across a small lake. Here we get the amazing views of Kang Yatze’s massiveness being reflected in the still waters of the lake. Also the views of Markha Valley which is well below us now. A gradual descent leads to Nimaling, which is a flat bottomed valley. Nimaling which has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come from the Markha Valley to graze their live stock on the summer pastures.

Day 08: Acclimatisation walk to Kongmaru La (5260m) & back to Nimaling
After breakfast we start our acclimatisation walk to Kongmaru La which is a gain of around 540m. The trail is steep uphill till we reach to the ridge from where it's flat to the foot of the pass and then the trail is again steep uphill to the top of the pass. We walk back for lunch at Nimaling. After lunch we will relax and will check our climbing gear.

Day 09: Trek to Kang Yatze Base camp (5150m)
It's uphill from Nimaling through the loose rocks till we reach to the point from where we get the views of Kang Yatze base camp. Now the trail ease down a bit with gentle walk till we reach to base camp. Total walking hours from Nimaling should be 2-3hrs.

 Day 10: Rest day
We get some height gain today and practice walking with snow boots. A mix of snow and ice craft techniques. 

Day 11: Climb Kang Yatze II & descend to Base camp
Summit Day! We start a little after midnight for our summit attempt of Kang Yatze 2, also popularly referred to as Kang Yatze shoulder. We start of initially on scree and moraine before getting onto snow. It is gradual all the way except for a few parts where we might have to rope up. We should be at the summit by daybreak to catch the sun rise and the glorious view of the Zanskar range and the distant Karakoram. Descend to Base Camp for breakfast. A long day of about 10 hrs.

Day 12: Contingency Day
A contingency day to account for bad weather, etc. 

Day 13: Trek to Chuskirmo
We pack camp and proceed to the grazing grounds of Nimaling. From there it is a gradual ascent to Kongmaru La pass at 5260m with prayer flags fluttering. Beautiful views all round from the pass. We descend steeply at first before it becomes gradually as we reach the stream. A little ahead from there is Chuskirmo with chortens and a small shop.

Day 14: Trek to Shang Sumdo& drive to Leh
Trek along the Shang River for couple of hours before we reach to Shang Sumdo - road head and then get into vehicles to go to Hemis monastery (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Lunch at the hotel, wash up & spend the afternoon visiting the interesting market in Leh. 

Day 15: Fly to Delhi
Early morning transfer to the Airport for departure.


EXPEDITION KUN 7077m TREK

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi, a mandatory Expedition briefing at the IMF
Arrive Delhi and check-in at the hotel. In the post lunch session we will have to attend a mandatory briefing at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF). Here we would be introduced to the Liason Officer (LO) for our climb. Overnight Hotel in Delhi

Day 02: Fly Delhi to Leh (3,500m)
Take the early morning flight from New Delhi to Leh. It is a short flight of about 75 mins, but offers great views, as we fly over the Himalayan states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Overnight Hotel in Leh

Day 03: Explore around Leh
We spend a day allowing our bodies to adapt to the high-altitude and soak in the local culture. There is plenty to keep you occupied. We visit some of the monasteries in and around Leh such as the Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. There is also the option of visiting the old Leh Palace and the Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable road at 5,600m/18,400ft). Leh also has a useful market and you could do some last-minute shopping and pick up some gear for the climb. Overnight Hotel in Leh

Day 04: Drive Leh to Matho village & trek to Mathochu (3800m) 2 to 3 hrs
Today we make an early start from Leh and drive to Matho Village with a beautiful monastery, which is the start point of our trek. We walk about 2 to 3 hrs to our campsite just next to Mathu Chu River. For acclimatization purpose we camp at a lower altitude and keep the day easy. Overnight Camp.

Day 05: Trek over a small pass to below MathoDoksa (4200m) 3 to 4 hrs
We continue going up the Matho Chu till we reach a fork. We take the trail on the right and climb steadily till we reach a high point. Gangpoche is straight ahead next to the shepherd huts. We camp in the camping ground below the hill. Overnight Camp.

Day 06: Trek over the Matho La to Juruley (4500m) 4 to 5 hrs
An easy day with a gradual ascent of about 2.5 to 3 hours to Matho La with many prayer flags fluttering. From here we descent steeply on a switchback trail to Juruley.A great chance to view wild mountain goats on this trail. Today is also the day when you get your first views of StokKangri peak. Overnight Camp.

 Day 07: Trek to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m) 3 - 4 hrs
We are now on the trail connecting the Stok village to the base camp. The base camp is a short walk from here but we do gain a substantial altitude. Depending on how the team has acclimatized we can head for a short acclimatization walk above base camp. Overnight Camp.

Day 08: Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh. 6 - 7 hrs trek, 1 hr drive.
We exit out of the Stok valley at Stok village and then drive for another 1hour to Leh. Overnight hotel.

Day 09: Drive Leh to Kargil (2800m) 6-7hrs
We drive at a leisurely pace down to the Indus valley - stopping at the popular sightseeing points. Nimu, the confluence of river Indus &Zanskar, Alchi monastery &Lamayuru monastery would be the main attractions for the day. Overnight Hotel in Kargil

Day 10: Drive to Shafat (3650m) 4hrs
You get the first views of the Nun-Kun peaks today as you take the bumpy road by the Suru River. You reach Shafat and rest. Overnight Camp

Day 11: Trek along the ShafatNalla to Base Camp (4300m)
We will organise our gear for the climb which would be transported to the Base Camp. It’s a couple of hours walk through meadows to Chasme and then largely on the moraine crossing the Shafat glacier to the Base Camp. Overnight Camp 

Day 12: Rest day at Base Camp (4300m)
We follow the Shafat glacier all the way to Advance Base Camp and then back to base camp . Overnight Camp

 Day 13-22: Climbing Period
We set up 3 camps above Base Camp roughly at the following altitudes C1- 5300m, C2-6000m, C3-6272m. 

Day 23: Trek Base Camp to Gulmatongas
Overnight Camp

Day 24: Drive Gulmatongas to Kargil
Overnight Hotel 

Day 25: Drive Kargil to Leh

Overnight Hotel

Day 26: Fly Leh to Delhi - Debrief at IMF
You will fly back to Delhi and will have a debrief at the Indian Mountaineering Foundation office. Overnight Hotel.

Day 27: Fly back home
After breakfast check out hotel and full day delhi sightseeing and evening drop to the International Airport.


CHAMSHER KANGRI (6622m)

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: ArriveLeh (3500m). Rest & Acclimatize

We make an early start to board the morning flight to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The flight takes us over the Greater Himalaya and makes an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. We are met at the airport by our Leh representative and transferred to our hotel. It is advised to rest for the whole day.

Overnight Hotel in Leh.
Day 02: Acclimatization walks & Sightseeing

Visit the famous monasteries of Shey&Thiksey in the first half of the day. Drive back to hotel for lunch. Later in the evening you can take a stroll in the charming markets of Leh and also checkout the amazing variety in cuisines that the small town has to offer.
Overnight Hotel in Leh.

Day 03: Drive to Chilling & trek to Skui (3400m)
We drive for 2 hours to Chilling which is almost 65 kms from Leh and a little further on to Kaya Do where we cross the Zanskar River on a cable trolley. Crossing the river will take some time and is an exciting experience. The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus and swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchen gorge. Overnight Camp.

Day 04: Trek to Markha (3700m)
The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m over 22kms, crossing the Markha River a couple of times. There are a few ancient chortens along the trail, and a number of wolf pits used to trap wolves when they roam the valley during the winter months. Markha is a big village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. Overnight Camp.

 Day 05: Trek to Thachungtse (4150m)
KangYatze (6400m), a magnificent snow clad mountain commands the views for the next two days. On the walk there are sights of some fascinating geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. We move a little past Hangkar village and continue down over a bridge to Thachungtse, a lovely valley to camp in. A popular place to spot herds of blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility. Overnight Camp.

Day 06: Trek to Nimaling (4600m)
You pass several mani walls and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here - both of KangYatze, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. We descend slowly to the flat-bottomed valley of Nimaling which has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come from the Markha Valley to graze their live stock on the summer pastures. Overnight Camp.

 Day 07: Trek to Chuskirmo
As we climb the last short but steep slope to the top there are good views over the Zanskar Range and of the vertical ice walls on the north face of Kang Yaze. It’s about a 3hrs climb to the top of KongmaruLa(5265m) the highest and the only pass on this trek. The descent initially is quite steep and then eases out to reach the river bed at Chu Skirmo. Overnight Camp.

 Day 08: Trek to Shang Sumdo& drive to Leh
Trek along the Shang River for couple of hours before we reach Shang Sumdo, the road head and then get into vehicles to go to Hemis monastery (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Lunch at the hotel, wash up & spend the afternoon visiting the interesting market in Leh. Overnight Hotel on full board.

 Day 09: Rest & Recuperate
A good day to rest, rejuvenate and prepare for our second and main part of the adventure. This is also the day we have to get our permits in order since we’ll be venturing to restricted areas. Overnight Hotel on full board. 

Day 10: Drive to Peldo (4500m) next to Tso-Morori Lake
We make an early start and drive for about 7 hours to reach our campsite at Peldo next to the Tso-moriri Lake. At an altitude of 4511 meters and with an area of about 140 square kilometers, it is among the largest lakes in the region of Ladakh. The lake is also a prime spot to find rare species of birds and other wildlife. ChhamserKangri rises from the eastern shore of TsoMoriri opposite the village of Korzok. Overnight Camp.

Day 11: Trek to Skyurchu (4560m)
We trek for about 4 hrs to reach the next camp at Skyurchu. Overnight Camp.

 Day 12: Trek to Base Camp (4900m) A long walk of about 6 hrs to base camp. Overnight Camp. 

Day 13: Acclimatization day
Although ChamsherKangri is not a technical peak , its altitude is very high. There are high chances of people falling sick due to AMS. Hence, we keep an extra day to acclimatize and get ready for the climb. Drink lots of fluids and indulge in photography on this leisure day. Overnight Camp.

 Day 14: Trek to Advance Base Camp (5600m)
We trek for about 4-5 hrs to reach advanced Base Camp from where we’ll launch our summit attempt. Overnight Camp. 

Day 15-16: Climb ChamserKangri& descend to Base Camp
We start our summit attempt a little past midnight. It’s a long walk to the summit and back. A tiring and challenging day. If we are too tired we rest at Advance Base Camp or else we can descend further down to Base Camp at 4900m. Overnight Camp.

 Day 17: Contingency day
This is a contingency day to account for any bad weather which might hamper our summit attempts. In Case, we have already summitted we could descend and checkout the changpa Village of Korzok with its nomadic tribes and a beautiful monastery which overlooks the lake. Overnight Camp.

 Day 18: Trek to Skyurchu
We trek for about 4 hrs to reach the next camp at Skyurchu. Overnight Camp. 

Day 19: Drive to Leh
We drive back to Leh passing Tsokar, another beautiful lake and over the Taglangla Pass(5300m) to reach Leh(8 hrs). We pack up and get ready for an early morning departure the next day Overnight Hotel in Leh. 

Day 20: Depart
Transfer to the Airport early morning to board the flight to Delhi. Trip Ends!


CHADAR TREK

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Delhi to Leh (3500 m). O/N Hotel
Leh is also the western tip of Tibet’s Changthang plateau. In terms of climate, geology, culture, and religion Tibet and Leh are very similar. Being a cold desert that gets even severe in the winters– barren mountains hostile to most forms of flora and fauna, Leh isn’t the most convenient town to ease into. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Acclimatization, Local sightseeing in Leh. O/N Hotel
We spend the day allowing our bodies to adapt to the high-altitude and soak in the local culture. We visit some of the monasteries in and around Leh such as the Shey, Thiksey and Hemis. There is also the option of visiting the old Leh Palace and the Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable road at 5,600m/18,400ft).

Overnight at Hotel. 

Day 03: Drive Leh to TilatSumdo (By Road 2.5hrs). Trek to Shingrak (Trek 5 hrs). O/N Camp
In the morning we leave Leh and drive past Nimu, the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers and then on to the roadhead at TilatSumdo.Here we descend to the chadar and get a sense of walking on ice. The Zanskar valley is perhaps one of the most remote Himalayan valleys in India and the true sense of remoteness becomes more evident as we approach our first camp. Overnight at Camp.

Day 04: Trek Shingrak – Dibyongma (6 hrs). O/N Camp
The barren landscape changing colors with the movement of the sun is one of the most rewarding sights in the Himalaya.Sometimes, on the way, the ice is broken and we may have to climb up adjacent gorge walls for short distances or walk on the very edge. Overnight at Camp.

Day 05: Trek Dibyongma – Nyerak Pulu (6 hrs). O/N Camp
We walk past many frozen waterfalls till we reach an especially beautiful one very close to camp. There is also a small wooden bridge that connects the gorge walls a little ahead and is the route to be taken to reach Lingshed in the Summers.NyerakPulu is just below Nyerak village and is the only village we encounter in the famed Zanskar Gorge. Overnight at Camp.

Day 06: Trek Nyerak – Tsarak do (7 hrs). Drive to Zangla. O/N Homestay
From Nyerak we trek to Tsarak DO, beleived to be the coldest place on the entire stretch. The road has reached this place and this is where we hop onto waiting vehicles and drive to Zangla and into the warm confines of a homestay. Overnight Homestay.

 Day 07: Drive Zangla - Karsha (1 hrs). Karsha Sightseeing. O/N Homestay
In the morning we visit Zangla Fort and later drive to Karsha with its big monastery built on the hill beside. We can visit the monastery later and interact with the in-house monks. Overnight Homestay.

Day 08: Rest at Karsha. O/N Homestay

A day for rest, photography and interaction with locals. This should give us some understanding on how the locals cope with the severe Zanskar Winters year on year. Overnight Homestay.

Day 09: Drive 3 hrs to Tsarakdo. Trek to NyerakPulu. (6 hrs). O/N Camp
We start our return Journey to Leh and walk the Chadar back over the next 4 days. Overnight at Camp.

 Day 10: Trek Nyerak to Dibyongma (6hrs). O/N Camp Overnight at Camp.

 Day 11: Trek Dibyongma to Shingrak (6hrs). O/N Camp Overnight at Camp.


Day 12: Trek Shingrak to TilatSumdo (4-5hrs) & drive to Leh (2.5hrs). O/N Hotel
Reach Leh where a well-deserved hot shower would be waiting. The evening can be utilized for shopping and hanging around the market. Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 13: Fly Leh – Delhi
Drive to Leh Airport in the morning for departure to Delhi.


LASERMO TREK .

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Arrive Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatize. Visit Leh market in the evening.
Overnight Hotel.

Day 2: In Leh (3500m)

Visit Leh palace, the Shey/Thikseygompas. Overnight Hotel.

Day 3: Drive Leh to Hundar (3020m)

A 3 hour long but beautiful drive across the Khardungla, the highest motor-able pass leads us to Hundar, a small village in the heart of picturesque Nubra valley. Hundar offers a quiet and spectacular view of the Nubra valley and is the start of our Nubra Valley Trek.
Overnight Hotel.

Day 4: Trek Hundar to Skarchen/Wachan (3800m)

The trail to Skarchen starts by crossing a bridge over the Hundar River and walking on the road which is being paved beside the river. Skarchen is beautiful camp set next to the river and willow trees all around. The new road being built goes all the way to Wachan. Soon it will reach HundarDok and subsequently the treks would begin from here. Option to camp at Wachan, a beautiful village, at approx 2 hours walk from Skarchen.
Overnight Camp.

Day 5: Trek Skarchen to HunderDok (4010m)

A two hour walk in the gorge leads us to the Wachan village crossing. From here the trail climbs up and leads us up to the village of Dokyongma from where the trail to the village HunderDok is well defined and passes through spectacular lush green barely fields. HundarDok is almost a hidden Village and nobody would realize that such a big Village could exist somewhere inside when you start trekking. The narrow Nubra gorge just opens up to this massive Village with farmfields of barley, wheat and potatoes. There is a path that runs through the middle of the Village dividing the Village and the farmfields into 2 halves. One of the houses mans a DSPT phone connection which could be used for making calls.
Overnight Camp.

Day 6: Trek HunderDok to Thanglasgo (4500m)

Today we start our walk following a small stream leading out of the Village. The trail leads us to the junction of the Thanglasgo valley and the SnuiSumdo valleys. Following a small stream in the Thanglasgo valley we gradually climb up to the Thanglasgo, our destination for the day. Thanglasgo also serves as the grazing grounds for all the cattle(Yak, Sheep, Goat) from HundarDok and Wachan. There are 2 big Shepherd’s settlements here. We camp a little ahead of these settlements. Overnight Camp.

Day 7: Trek Thanglasgo to Lasermo La Base (4800m)

The trail to Lasermo La base starts with following a small stream. The trail passes through large meadows gradually gaining altitude and is very well defined. There are a few lakes too which have been formed by the water draining from the glacier. Yaks and Dzos can be seen grazing around. On reaching the base camp of the Lasermo La we get spectacular views of the eternally snow bound Lasermo La pass. Overnight Camp.

Day 8: Trek to Lasermo La (5400m) and descend to Lasermo La South Base (4500m)
We make an early start so that we walk on had snow and try to cross the pass before the sun starts thawing it. As the sun warms up, the snow loosens and the horses sink in. Starting early morning we climb up gradually crossing the moraine and reach the snow line. From then on it is walking on snow till the top of the Lasermo La. The Pass offers a spectacular view of the Karakoram mountains and the Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. From the pass, we descend to the south base of the Lasermo La. The south base is naked without any snow on the surface. Overnight Camp.

Day 9: Trek to Morobuk and drive to Leh
On the final day of the trek we descend to Morobuk accompanied by wonderful views of the Stok Range and later drive back to Leh. Overnight Hotel.

Day 10: Fly out
Early morning transfer to Leh airport for Leh-Delhi flight.

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