Summit 6000m Mentok Kangri above stunning Tso Morari Lake
Close to Ladakh's eastern border with Tibet, the rarely visited high plains of the Chang Tang are coloured 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. After acclimatising and sightseeing in Leh, we set off into the heart of this remote area, inhabited during the summer by nomadic herders and by rare animals such as wolf and kiang (wild ass) year-round. After a week of inspirational trekking, we reach the Yalung Naula Pass (5400m) where we get our first views of the 20-kilometre long Tso Morari. Not far from the village of Karzok, we establish a basecamp above the lake at an elevation of 5300 metres and from here set out to climb one or two of the summits of the Mentok Massif, all of which are above 6000 metres. The exact choice of objective and route will depend on conditions at the time. The routes to the summits of the Mentok peaks are generally of a relatively straightforward technical standard on snowslopes and the guides will fix ropes on any steeper ground we encounter. Any of these peak present an excellent challenge to fit and adventurous trekkers and this holiday is a super trek and climb combination in a special part of the world.