Climb Gyamar Kangri with རི Ri Guides and experience the Wild Chanthang Plateau and the Nomads of the eastern high altitude plains of Ladakh.
We are taking bookings for climbs in 2020 and following years.
Is this trip for you?
This trip is suitable for people with at least some mountaineering skills and with a very good fitness level, wanting a high altitude mountaineering adventure.
Gyamar Kangri lies in the heart of the Changthang Plains. It is fairly an easy climb for a 6000m+ peak, the climb up to the peak is fairly easy with very less technical sections, but nonetheless making it a very interesting climb with magnificent views from the top. You will get to be amongst the Himalayan high altitude nomads of the Changthang and experience their way of life.
July - September
2020 Dates: 1 July - 12 July
13 days total, 7 days of trekking and climbing
Day 01: Arrive in Leh
Day 02: Acclimatization day in Leh
Day 03: Acclimatisation day in Leh
Day 04: Drive to Rumtse (4200m) and camp. Hike up to hill for acclimatization
Day 05: Drive to Nuruchen (4660m) via Taglang La (5330m) pass
Day 06: Trek to Rajung Karu( 4930m) via Horlam Kongka La( 4952m) - 3/4 hours
Day 07: Trek to Gyamar Barma (5150m) via Kyamayuri La (5425m) - 5 hours
Day 08: Trek to Gyamar Kangri Base camp via Kartse La (5390m) - 6 hours
Day 09: Rest day
Day 10: Summit day
Day 11: Trek to Korzok Phu via Yarlung Nyau La (5438m) - 6 hours
Day 12: Drive back to Leh
Day 13: Fly back from Leh
Day 1: Leh (3500m)
Welcome to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, a large town tucked far in between the great mountain ranges of the Himalayas and East Karakoram and part of the great Trans Himalayan range. Your early morning 75 minute flight to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, over the Himalayas will be one of the most picturesque flights you’ll ever experience. If you sit on the left side of the plane, you will see Nun (7,135m / 23,409ft) and Kun (7,077m / 23,219ft), two of the highest mountains in far western Ladakh. On the Northern horizon you will see K2 (8,611m / 28,251ft), the world's second highest peak, and other 8000m peaks of the Karakoram Range.
We will greet you at Leh airport and drive you to your hotel or home stay. The rest of the day depends on your jet lag and acclimatization to Leh’s high altitude. We can take an evening stroll in the old Leh town with narrow alleys with muslim bakeries, Tibetan monasteries, Tibetan and Kashmiri antique shops, and a bustling Main Bazaar.
Day 2 + 3: Leh (3500m)
Today is another rest day for you to get acclimatised and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the bustling Main Bazaar and explore the 17th century Leh Palace built by the King Singge Namgyal with Namgyal Tsemo Gompa perched on the top. Leh town which is a bustling scene during the summer season and is packed with Kashmiri and Tibetan antique shops, many restaurants and cafes, muslim bakeries tucked behind the picturesque mosque in narrow alleys, and Ladakhi women selling vegetables and fruits and the people from Da Hanu selling their dried fruits and nuts at the end in the Main Bazaar.
Ladakh was once an integral part of Western Tibet and a major trading hub along the Silk Route. Caravans of merchants from far-flung areas such as Tibet, Yarkand, Kashgar, Northern lower India passed through Leh trading salts, wool, pashmina, spices, tea and semi-precious stones, everyone leaving a mark on this unique ancient capital.
We can also go for a walk up to the Namgyal Tsemo Gompa which overlooks the panoramic view of Leh and Leh Palace. We can visit the museum, and the nearby gompas (tibetan buddhist monasteries). The architecture of Leh Palace resembles that of the Great Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It will be great to walk the streets of changspa and climb up the many steps which leads us to the Japanese built Shanti Stupa to get a great view of the surrounding villages filled with green fields, willows and poplar trees and white washed Ladakhi houses. The precariously perched Leh Palace and Tsemo Gompa is on the eastern flank.
You can get view as far as to the Indus River and beyond that of the Stok range. Walking down we can visit the Sankar Gompa (17th - 18th century) which is the summer palace of Bakula Rinpoche (highly incarnated lama). This is tucked in between the Sankar village, amidst the groves of willow and poplar trees.
Optional monestary tour:
We can go for a days excursion in a jeep to some of the Tibetan Buddhist Gompas (monasteries) driving past by the fertile Indus Valley and the River, and going past the ancient ruins of fortresses and palaces and traditional villages.
Monasteries towards east: Shey, Thiksey, Hemis, Stakna, Matho and Stok.
Monasteries towards west: Phyang, Basgo, Likir, Alchi, Ridzong and Lamayuru.
Day 04: Drive to Rumtse (4200m) and camp.
We drive on the Leh - Manali highway. It is a 3 hours drive to Rumtse village and we camp after the village. We will do some hiking after lunch for acclimatisation.
Day 05: Drive to Nuruchan (4660m, 3 hours)
We follow the Leh Manali highway and cross Taglang La(5330m) and we will go into a valley towards left before the morey plains on a dusty jeep road towards Tsokar Lake. Along the salty shores of the lake, we have a rare impeccable opportunity to see some of the endangered migratory birds of the world. From here we carry on along the trail to the right of the lake, keeping to a barren land until Nuruchan, where we will be camping on a grassy land with streams nearby.
Day 06: Nuruchan - Rajung Karu (4935m, 4 hours)
Today we will cross the icy cold stream in Nuruchan before gradually ascending towards Horlam Kongka La (4952m). From the pass, we will have a view of the turquoise blue Tsokar Lake. It is an easy walk down to Rajungkaru, where we will be camping amongst several typical Tibetan nomads settlement with their flock of yaks, sheep and pashmina goats.
Day 07: Rajung Karu - Gyamar Barma (5150m, 4 hours)
Today we will start ascending towards Kyamayuru La (5410 m) in the morning, the pass is a bit challenging in nature, but the magnificent view from the top makes it well worth all our strenuous efforts. From the pass we descend gradually to the valley towards our campsite at Gyamar Barma. Night temperatures can be quite freezing due to the campsite's high altitude.
Day 08: Gyamar Barma - Gyamar Kangri base camp 7 hours
We will find ourselves amidst herd of grazing yaks in the morning. After breakfast, we head to our next pass, Kartse La (5390m). We will eventually reach the pass, ascending slowly in the thin air of the Changthang plateau. The trail leads gradually down to the lush green valley of the Gyamar, and then from there we start our way to the valley on the right towards the base camp.
Day 09: Rest day, acclimatise and prepare for the climb.
Day 10: Climb Gyamar Kangri (6260m)
We will be doing a mid-night alpine start. It is going to be a strenuous day but well worth the view and the climb.
Day 11: Gyamar - Korzok 4620m 6/7 hrs
We gradually start descending towards the highest and final pass on the trek Yalung Nyau La (5438 m) in the morning, encountering some of the rare flowers and herbs of the Himalayan region. From the top of the pass we will have a view of the Lake Tsomoriri, surrounded by snowcapped mountains. We descend for a couple of hours to Korzok Phu, the summer pasture of the Korzok people.
Day 12: Korzok - Leh (7 hrs drive)
Leaving behind the beautiful lake Tsomoriri, we drive back to Leh along the gorges of the mighty Indus River.
Day 13: Leh - Delhi
Fly back to Delhi.
- Experienced and professionally certified local guide
- Experienced guide for the monasteries, Ladakhi culture tour
- All accommodation in Leh with breakfast
- Camping accommodation during trekking
- All camping equipment including sleeping tent, foam mattress, mess tent, dining tent and toilet tent
- All meals and drinks during trekking
- High quality food serviced by an experienced cook and attendants during the trek
- Service of horse/mule drivers and horses or mules
- All monastery entrance fees, entry fee into Hemis National Park and camping fees
- Pick up from Leh Airport and return to Leh Airport.
- Flights – please ask us if you need help with arranging your flights
- Medical and evacuation insurance
- Personal climbing and trekking gear
- Lunch and dinner in Leh (breakfast is included with accommodation)
- Laundry services
- Other services not mentioned in the package
- Tipping our crew.
Please note: This itinerary is approximate. Clients are embarking on adventure travel in a remote mountain region and the itinerary is subject to weather, road conditions, vehicles and local availability of horses or mules. Ri Guides will make every effort to see that clients acclimatize completely, and complete and enjoy their trip.
Please read RiGuidesTermsandConditionsandLegal. Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change.
Hotel Single Supplement: Additional $100.
Tips and Extra Cash: Allow approximately $300 for meals (while not on trek), drinks (on trek) and cash for tips