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Climbing & Mountaineering
Climbing & Mountaineering
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Destinations: Jammu and Kashmir
Guide language: English
Group size: — max 12
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An exciting adventure starting off with an acclimatization trek through the popular Markha Valley and then on to Chamsher Kangri, a 6000er in the spectacular Changthang plateau overlooking the pristine Tsomoriri Lake. Markha Valley is a classic trek to get to know Ladakh and enjoy its moon-like landscapes. The trail passes through villages in the beginning and then onto grazing pastures and has a high pass Kongmaru la (5200m) to be crossed on the penultimate day. After the acclimatization trek, we attempt the lower twin of the twin peaks of Chamsher and Lungsher in the Rupshu area. Chamsher is a non-technical trekking peak but pretty high and is a prized catch for anybody getting their initiation into mountaineering. The summit affords excellent views of Tsomoriri Lake with Korzok Village and Mentok Kangri making the backdrop. This trip is also a great chance to get an insight into the lives of the Changpa Nomads who wander around the Changthang.


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Day 01: Arrive Leh (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 Kongmaru La(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. Chhamser Kangri rises from the eastern shore of Tso Moriri 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 Chamsher Kangri 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 Chamser Kangri & 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 to Delhi
Transfer to the Airport early morning to board the flight to Delhi. Trip Ends!

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