- Trek Overview
- Inclusions / Exclusions
About the trek –
This is one of the most challenging trek climbs you can sign up for
The Mentok Mastiff is one of the most beautiful and alluring objective in the Indian Himalayas. This collection of 3 peaks provide a challenge not only in terms of technical climbing, but also in terms of acclimatizing. A short detour from Kerzog Phu gives you access to the Mentok Kangri base camp. Mentok is a semi technical peak and is apt for experienced trekkers who want to get an introduction to mountaineering!
To get you up to speed to manage the technical aspects of climbing we will train you for it. (Refer day 3 and 8 in the itinerary).
With acclimatization also being a challenge in this, we start this expedition with a approach from Tsokar. The 4 day hike to the base camp will run through 4 high altitude passes of 5000 mts and above and will get you properly acclimatized for this climb
The area: – Ladakh is bordered by the Greater Himalayas in the west and south, the Karakoram in the north and the Tibetean Plateau in the east. These ranges form a natural barrier and does not allow clouds to enter this valley making it a rain shadow region and thus a cold desert. The term Ladakh translates to land of high passes. Some of the highest motorable roads in the world are here. Ladakh is a major tourist destination in the summers.
Expected weather –
- Chances of rain/Hail – Chances of rain is very less. One can expect a mild occasional drizzle. Ladakh/Spiti is a rain shadow region and hardly gets any rainfall.
- Snowfall – Possible in August, September on the pass day
- Temperatures – The temperature is a lot cooler in this region as compared to other areas in the Himalayas. Afternoon – upto 20 degrees
Nights – around zero degrees (June) and -12 degrees (September end)
- Day 1: Arrive in Leh.
Check into a hotel. Rest day.
- Day 2: Acclimatization day at Leh.
We may take you to a high point for acclimatization (mostly Khardungla). Night in Leh
- Day 3: Learn rope systems and introduction to rock climbing/scrambling at Shey Monastary.
Night in Leh
- Day 4: Drive to Tsokar and trek from Nuruchan (4530 mts)
Trek to Rajunkaru (4900 mts) via Horlam Konka la (4990 mts);
Trek Distance - 8 kms; 5 hours
- Day 5: Trek from Rajunkaru to Gyamar (5150 mts) via Kyamayuri La (5410 mts) and Karste La (5384 mts) ;
Trek Distance - 19 kms; 9 hours
- Day 6: Trek from Gyamar to Kerzog Phu (4700 mts) Yalung Nyau La (5435 mts);
Trek Distance - 16 kms; 6 hours
- Day 7: Trek from Korzok phu(4700 mts) to Mentok Base camp (5010 mts);
Trek Distance - 12 kms; 7 hours.
Camp at Mentok Base camp.
- Day 8: Training day at BC and start for the Summit attempt at night.
We should summit Mentok 2 the peak at dawn.
Trek Distance - 14 kms; 14 hours.
Camp at Mentok Base camp.
- Day 9: Rest day at Base camp.
- Day 10: Hike Back to Kerzog.
Trek Distance - 8 kms; 3 hours.
Drive Back to Leh.
Night in Leh
- Day 11 : Buffer Day
Trip price includes:
- 5% GST
- Complete Stay and Accommodation (Twin/Triple sharing basis) for the entire duration of the trek.
- Transport from Leh to Tsokar and Korzog to Leh
- Food from the first day to the last day of the trek (barring lunch in Leh).
- Hotel stay in Leh.
- Airport /Bus stand Pickup. (On trek specific dates only. Note you have to manage your travel yourself if you come early and leave later)
- Rentals for all common gear provided to you like tent, sleeping bags, crampons etc.
- Forest entry permission and camping charges.
- Guide and expertise charges.
- Offloading charges for your backpack . (Offloading is mandatory else you will not have energy left to climb)
- Trek insurance
Trip price excludes:
- Meals or drinks purchased by participants during the travel or trek (example biscuits, fruits etc)
- Rentals for personal gear (Refer things to get section- Things to Carry for Long Summer Treks)
- Any extra government charges. (There aren’t any as of now)
- Flight/Train/Bus ticket till Leh.
You could come via flight to Leh. Alternatively you could come by road from Manali to Leh (approx 14 hours with breaks) or from Kasmir to Leh (approx 16 hours with break).
Plan to arrive into Leh on Day 1 latest by 5pm in the evening. Plan your return (departure) from Leh on Day 12 after breakfast. We will coordinate arrival and departure timings of all trekkers once the group is formed for airport pick ups and drops
A certified trek leader, an assistant trek leader, a guide, cook & porters will accompany you during the trek.
The common perception is that alcohol makes you feel warmer, however it also dehydrates you & dehydration can be fatal while trekking. Hence consumption of alcohol is prohibited. Smoking in camps is not allowed.
We will be taking insurance for each trekker, the cost of which is included in the trek price.
1. Good Sturdy Backpack: Prefer a trekking pack over a backpacking one. The size of the backpack depends upon the participant. Normally for a 7-9 day trek a 50-60 litre pack should suffice. 2. Shoes: Any Waterproof trek (not hike) shoe would be ideal. 3. Socks: 3 pair cottons and 3 pairs of woolens. 4. Trek pants (Ideally Water Resistant): Get two quick dry summer trek pants .On summit climb or a major altitude gain day you can replace one dry fit trek pant with Shell trekking pants. If you don’t have a trek pants you can replace it with Gym Track pants. 5. T shirt/Base layer: Get 3 T shirts/trekking base layer on the trek, one of which should be thick and full sleeve. Avoid cotton and prefer dry fit. 6. Fleece/ Sweater/Good quality Hoodie: Get 1 fleece jacket or sweater . Fleece is preferred over sweater or hoodie as it is lightweight and easy to carry. Sweaters and Jackets can be heavier than Fleece for the warmth they offer. 7. Down/ Padded Jacket – Down/Padded jacket (Upto -5 degrees ). If you don’t want to get a padded/Down jacket, get two fleece. Cotton track pants for camp – These are specifically for cold evenings at the campsite.This can be ignored if you are comfortable wearing your trekking pants in the camp. 8. Thermals : 1 pair. We wear thermals only upon reaching the campsite not while trekking. 9. Windproof Jacket: All rain proof can be used as Wind proofs. Required as an additional layer during trekking in windy conditions. Avoid if you have a rain proof jacket. 10. Rainwear: Option A – Rain set – One Waterproof jacket (3000 mm waterproofing), Rain proof pants and Bag cover Option two – Poncho that covers your body and bag completely. We ideally recommend Option 1 as poncho makes trekking difficult. 11. Woolen Cap/ Balaclava: (1) To cover your ears, head and neck.Get one woolen cap and one neck warmer or balaclava. 12. Neck Warmer/ Scarf (1): For evenings. Avoid if you are comfortable using a Balaclava. 13. Gloves: 2 gloves out of which 1 can be water proof and one woollen. The waterproof one has to ideally be padded and a size larger than you normally use. This is so that you can wear both your gloves together if required. 14. Suncap – 1 15. Sunglasses – 1 16. Toiletries – Also include sunscreen, moisturizer and lip-cream 17. Headlamp/Torch -1. Preferably headlamp. 18. Two water bottles (1 litre each) – One can be a thermos Flask. One can also get a hydration pack. 19. Camp shoes/Flip flops for camp Plastic covers for inside the backpack to keep your clothes dry 20. Daypack – Required if you have a summit days climb. Preferably one that can be compressed. 21. Documents: 2 passport sized photograph, Address and Photo proof (Driving License or Aadhaar card), Doctor’s Medical certificate saying that you are fit for the trek. We reserve the right to not take you on the trek if you fail to produce this. 22. Trekking pole
Meals will be provided by us. However you may carry snack items to much on like dry fruits, biscuits, chocolates, protein bars, or nuts.
Offloading your bagpack is mandatory for this trek, else you will not have energy left to climb. Offloading charges are included in the trek price
10-12 kms slow jog OR 35-40 kms cycling Pace is not important, consistency is important (non-stop jogging/running/cycling);;;;;;;;;; Squats 50 x 3; Lunges 50 x 3; Calf raises 50 x 3;;;;;;;;;; Climbing stairs 35-40 floors with bagpack
In case of cancellation If you cancel – – 60 days before the trip: we can process a complete refund minus minimum processing charges. – between 30-45 days before the trip: you will be refunded 50% of the trek fee. – within 30 days before trek starts: No refund. – and your spot is replaced in a full batch: we will process a complete refund after canceling minute operational charges. (For fixed departures only);;;;; Covid cancellation policy- 15 days before the start date of the trek – 100% refund or Wandering Boots Adventures voucher. 7 days before the start date of the trek – 50% refund or Wandering Boots Adventure voucher.