Chamser Kangri Expedition
Ladakh, J & K | 20D/19N | 21,765 Ft.
Mid – July to Mid- October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Ultimate
- Group Size Small Group
All about the Chamser Kangri Expedition.
Chamsher Kangri is a dreamland. The place is overwhelmed with slushy and crunchy snow, with glacial air and electrifying view, this is an experience you don’t want to miss. This chilling gest will be a story you can always tell, an experience you will always be nostalgic about and a journey you will never want to end.
This thrilling adventure will begin with an acclimatization trek through the famous Markha Valley and then on to Chamsher Kangri, a 21,765 ft. in the spectacular Changthang plateau overlooking the divine Tsomoriri Lake. Markha Valley is a quintessential trek to grasp the feeling of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Ladakh.
Our journey will follow through some villages, providing a look at the ethnic side of Ladakh, and then across the grazing pasture lands, we will have to trek on the great Kongmaru La. We will then attempt to climb the lower twin of twin peaks of Chamsher and Lungsher in the Rupshu area. Chamsher is majestically high and will offer you the utmost realistic experience of mountaineering. This trip is an excellent opportunity to get an insight into the lives of the Changpa Nomads who wander around the Changthang.
- Sightseeing in Ladakh, visiting monasteries and learning Buddhist culture.
- Trekking through different terrains and enjoying the beautiful landscapes as we go along.
- Spending the nights in camps and enjoying the night sky.
- Thrill of trekking in the night and exploring different lands.
Day 1 : Arrival at Leh
Early bird gets the worm, thus, we will begin our adventure by taking an early flight to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. The flight will fly us over the Great Himalayas, like an onlooker, we will see the first glimpse of what we all are just about to experience. The flight will land on one of the highest airports in the entire world. Our representatives in Leh will pick us up and drop at our hotels. Everybody must rest before our adventure begins.
Day 2 : Acclimatisation and Sightseeing
After adjusting to the blissful climate, the adventurers will be taken for sightseeing tour of Ladakh. We shall first visit Shey and Thiksey Monastery. Shey Gompa (or monastery) is one of the most magnificent palaces and monasteries in Ladakh, it was built as a summer retreat for the Kings of Ladakh.
Thiksey Monastery is famous because of its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. These monasteries are home to many monks. These monasteries have a lot to offer about the culture in Ladakh through Buddhist books, journals, scripts, statues, swords, and Thangka paintings. After some rest in the afternoon, we will visit the wonderful market of Ladakh and try out different cuisines. This small but beautiful town has to offer.
Day 3 : Drive to Chilling and trek to Skiu(11,150 feet)
We finally begin our adventure on our third day. After a two-hour drive from Leh, we will cross Chilling and a then stop at Kaya Do where we will have to cross the Zanskar River in a cable-trolley. Crossing the river will consume a lot of time but it will be worth it because of the scenic beauty the river has to offer. The trail will then lead us through the flat and devoid plains next to the Indus River and steer into the hills along with the beautiful willow-lined, Zingchen Gorger. The adventurers can explore this beautiful place. The night will be spent in camps in Zingchen.
Day 4 : Trek to Markha (12,140 feet)
Our trail that’d lead us to Markha is not very dynamic, with Markha River coming in our path a couple of times. The trail is filled with relics of chortens and one can find many wolf-traps which are laid in winters. Markha is a beautiful and peaceful small village and our next camp will be in this village itself.
Day 5 : Trek to Thachungtse (13,600 feet)
For the next two days, our eyes will have the pleasure to gaze at the beauty of the astounding snow-capped Kang Yatze. Ladakh is known for its astonishing geological creations and we will behold this beauty in our walk. We will tread a little past Hangkar village to reach Thachungtse. Thachungtse is a beautiful valley where we will lay our camps and spend the night after looking for the infamous herd of blue sheep.
Day 6 : Trek to Nimaling (15,100 feet)
Mane walls, inscriptions as a form of Buddhists prayers, can also be seen along our trail. We will encounter a small lake which will offer us one of the most beautiful sights in our trek, the magnificent Kang Yatze being reflected in the still water of this lake. Markha Valley is also visible from this place. After intaking the beauty of this place, we will resume walking till we reach a flat-bottomed valley of Nimaling, a village whose population comprises of people from Markha valley who go there for grazing. We spend the night in Nimaling.
Day 7 : Trek to Chu Skirmo
Ascending the last short but steep slope, we can adore the electric Zanskar Valley and the vertical ice walls on the north face of Kang Yaze. It’s a 3hrs climb to the top of Kongmaru La(18,450 feet) the highest and the only pass on this trek. The trail is initially quite steep and then eases out to reach the river bed at Chu Skirmo. We camp overnight.
Day 8 : Trek to Shang Sumdo and drive towards Leh
We then need to trek along the Shang river for a couple of hours to reach Shang Sumdo. The adventurers can either choose to visit the Hemis Monastery or head directly to Leh. After having lunch in our hotel in Leh, we will visit the interesting markets in Leh.
Day 9 : Rest
A day to rest, rejuvenate and to prepare for our second part of the adventure. On this day we have to get our permits in order since we’ll be venturing to restricted areas.
Day 10 : Drive to Peldo (14,800 feet) and Tso-Moriri lake
After an early start, we shall make a drive for almost 7 hours to reach Peldo and then to the great Tso-Moriri lake. It is amongst one of the largest lakes in Ladakh at the height of 14,800 feet. It is also a prime location to see rare fauna. On the eastern shore of the lake, lies our majestic Chamsher Kangri. We camp near the lake for the night.
Day 11 : Trek to Skyurchu
We trek for 4 hours to reach the heavenly Skyurchu. We lay our camps and spend the night there.
Day 12 : Trek to Base Camp (16,100 feet)
After a six-hours long hike, we reach our Base Camp at a height of 16,100 feet. We camp overnight.
Day 13 : Acclimatisation Day
Chamsher Kangri is not a technical peak but the altitude is very high and many people fall sick due to AMS, thus, a leisure day to acclimatize to the weather and height. Drinking a lot of liquids is necessary. We camp for the night there itself.
Day 14 : Trek to Advance Base Camp (18,400 feet)
After trekking for 4-5 hours, we reach our Advance Base Camp from where we shall begin our summit attempt. Camping overnight.
Day 15 & Day 16 : Climb Chamsher Kangri and descend to Base Camp
We begin our trek past midnight. The way to the summit is really long. The adventurers will face various chilling and enthralling obstacles along the course. One thing is definitely certain for the adventurers, challenges. For one thing, the adventurers are going to enjoy climbing Chamsher Kangri. The feeling of triumph, when reached the top, will be unmatchable. On our way back, if we are too tired we may just rest at the Advance Base Camp or else we will retreat back to the Base Camp. We camp overnight accordingly.
Day 17 : Contingency Day
This extra day is kept in case there is any bad weather condition which might hamper our summit climb. In case of no weather emergency, we can use this day to visit the Changpa Village of Korzok which is known for its nomadic tribes and scenic beauty of lakes. We camp overnight.
Day 18 : Trek to Skyurchu
We trek for about 4 hours to reach our camp at Skyurchu where we will spend the night.
Day 19 : Drive to Leh
We drive back to Leh passing Tsokar, another beautiful lake and over the Taglang La Pass(17,400 feet) to reach Leh, which would take eight hours. We pack up and get ready for an early morning departure the next day. We spend the night in our hotel in Leh.
Day 20 : Depart to Leh
After bidding fond adieu, we take an early flight home. The trek that you will remember for your life hereby concludes.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee, etc will be paid by us.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Food in Leh: Food in Leh is not included in the package. We can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Leh and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
Questions about the Trek
Who can go for this trek?
Anyone who has prior experience of several high altitude treks and knows what it is like to live in the wilderness and away from the luxury of a civilization can do this trek. However, this trek does not involve much mountaineering skills but you need to be extremely fit to complete this trek.
What is the best time to go on this trek?
The best time to go on this trek is from July to September. Mountaineering in Ladakh can be best enjoyed in the summer season. However, some outbrave this climb by going in the chilling winter season as well.
Is this Trek Challenging?
You’ll be climbing on the glaciated and uneven path, on the high altitudes for most of the time. Acclimatization is one of the prerequisites in these kinds of treks. Also, weather can turn bad, because of snow-capped mountains and that’s the reason the itinerary includes a spare day for any kind of contingency.
What temperature to expect during the trek?
While the maximum temperature in the month of April ranges from 10-15°C, the minimum temperature can go as low as -10°C. The temperature keeps rising in the following months and in the month of September, it can drop till 5°C during night time at lower altitudes.