Tso Morari and Lungser Kangri
India, Climbing, 21 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,395 (land only) - from $3,290 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. Afternoon at leisure, with the chance to enjoy the gardens and pool at the hotel.
Day 2: Transfer to the domestic airport. We take the 1 hour flight northwards, across the Himalaya to Leh, where we transfer to the group hotel. Afternoon free, with the option to take it easy at the hotel or to stroll into the bazaar streets of the town.
Day 3: A full day's sightseeing tour. We will visit one of the area's most important monasteries at Alchi and meet the monks who live there. We return to spend a second night at our Leh hotel.
Day 4: We further our acclimatisation with a jeep drive up to the 5380 metre high Khardung La, one of the world's highest road passes. Great views of Stok Kangri and the Zanskar Range and of the little-known peaks of the Eastern Karakoram. Return to the hotel in Leh.
Day 5: We pay a visit to the amazing monasteries at Thikse and Hemis, before continuing our journey to Rumtse (4200m) where we set up our first camp of the trip.
Day 6: We will have a short first day of trekking, through riverside pasture to a camp at the base of the Kyanmer La. Altitude at camp is 4615 metres. Walk distance 13 km, with 651 metres of ascent and 292 metres of descent. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 7: A longer day of trekking, crossing the Kyamar La (5130m) and then the Mandalchan La (5216m) to the high grazing area at Tisaling, where we camp (5046m). Walk distance 14.5 km, with 1066 metres of ascent and 570 metres of descent. 6 - 7 hours.
Day 8: Crossing the Shimbuk La (5314m) we descend to the plain and cross this to the east of Tso Kar to reach our camp at the village of Thukje (4576m). Walk distance 18.5 km, with 659 metres of ascent and 1139 metres of descent. 7 hours.
Day 9: Today we follow a jeep road to Jugti. A long day of approximately 5 hours but with the chances of viewing kyangs (wild asses), marmots, blue sheep, ducks and geese. Walk distance 17.39 km, with 483 metres of ascent and 203 metres of descent. 5 hours.
Day 10: A gradual climb to the Changpa settlement of Nakpo Gozing (4155m) where we may meet the the nomads of the Changtang as they go about their herding way of life. Walk distance 14.93 km, with 695 metres of ascent and 413 metres of descent. 5 hours.
Day 11: A fantastic trekking day, beginning with a crossing of the Nakpo Gozing La (5270m). From a little way beyond the pass there are superb views of Lungser Kangri and the lake of Tso Morari. We camp at the village of Chakzang (4850m), another nomadic settlement. Walk distance 15.58 km, with 362 metres of ascent and 840 metres of descent. 6 - 7 hours.
Day 12: We walk along the jeep road for around 2 hours, before dropping down to the lake and following the shoreline, with excellent views along the way to our camp at Skyurchu (4749m). Walk distance 17.75 km, with 534 metres of ascent and 439 metres of descent. 7 hours.
Day 13: A short but tough day climbing on trackless hillside. After 4 - 5 hours, we pass through the normal basecamp area for Chamser Kangri at 5680 metres and continue for a further 2 hours, crossing a pass (5930m) to reach our basecamp at 5700 metres. Walk distance 8.92 km, with 1250 metres of ascent and 334 metres of descent. 7 hours.
Day 14: A day for rest and acclimatisation at our basecamp.
Day 15: A steady climb over mixed terrain of grass and scree slope to our high camp at 6200 metres. Walk distance 3.7 km, with 598 metres of ascent and 51 metres of descent. 4 hours.
Day 16: An early start for the long walk to the summit of Lungser Kangri (6666m). Steep to begin with, we then turn south on to the ridge which forms our final summit ascent route. From the summit there are fantastic views of high peaks and of Tso Morari, far below. We make a long descent to basecamp. Walk distance 8.36 km, with 721 metres of ascent and 1235 metres of descent. 10 - 12 hours.
Day 17: A spare day, which we may need for the ascent.
Day 18: We descend directly to the road at Skyurchu (4749m). Walk distance 12 km, with approx. 1000 metres of descent. 4 - 5 hours.
Day 19: Our 6-hour drive back to Leh takes us across the plains of the Chang Tang and then through the upper valley of the Indus, with fantastic views. Arriving in Leh, we check in at our hotel.
Day 20: We have an early start and go to the airport to catch our flight to Delhi. Arriving in Delhi, we transfer to our airport-accessible hotel in time for lunch. In the afternoon, a city sightseeing tour is provided. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy at the hotel.
Day 21: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast at the hotel. Complimentary airport transfers are provided on this day.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending several nights above 4000 metres and at least one night above 6000 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.