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If you are in Ladakh and looking for a peak to climb, you should definitely give the Mt. UT Kangri peak a chance.
If you’re not sure why it is so great, let us start giving you some information about Mt. UT Kangri Peak. This is a 6,030-meter high mountain that was kindly explored by LMGA (Ladakh Mountain Guides Association) members in 2019.
It’s accessible for enthusiast mountaineers or experienced trekkers looking to start their mountaineering journey, who are looking to take on 6,000 meters peaks at the beginning of their experience. The view from the top of this mountain is absolutely stunning and you will be able to see mountains like Khyam I, Zara I, Mt. Kang Yatse, and other prominent peaks in the Ladakh range and the eastern Karakoram range.
Your adventure begins the moment you board the flight to Leh. If you’re lucky enough to find a window seat, you are sure to be mesmerized. You can see the views of snow-capped mountains from thousands of feet up in the air. Ladakh is a haven.
You’ll be flying over long stretches of snow-covered Himalayan mountains. In the summer season, you can even take a road trip from Srinagar or Manali to Leh. You will see the changing landscape as you make your way to Ladakh.
You will be transferred to the designated hotel once you arrive in Leh. The first day will be spent getting acclimatized to the high altitude so spend your day outdoors but don’t exhaust yourself. Drink plenty of water to naturally acclimatize your body. This is critical in the days ahead.
Keeping in mind that some trekkers may feel the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), Ladakh Government has implemented new regulations that require all the trekkers going on any trek in the Ladakh region to spend at least two days in Leh to fully acclimatize to the high altitude.
It is mandatory for every trekker to adhere to these guidelines. It will be easier and more comfortable for you to stay in your hotel room but it is very important that you go out and explore. Your trek leader will be taking you for an acclimatization walk today and will brief you about the details, do’s, and don’ts of the trek. The Leh market is also a great place to spend the day shopping and remain active. You can do last-minute shopping for your trek.
Distance: 86 km (Drive) & 1 km trek
Time Taken: 3 Hour (Drive) & 1 km
Altitude: 4,900 m (16,076 ft)
In the early morning, We will set out on a drive to Rumtse Phu. We will be driving along the Leh-Manali highway towards the Tanglang La. It’s a beautiful drive passing through small Ladakhi villages and you’ll have an opportunity to experience everyday life in Ladakh outside the main part of Leh.
Rumtse Phu is the last road head before the valley leading to the summit of Mt. UT Kangri. Our first camp will be near to the road head. So far, we have already gained a 1,000 m altitude from Leh so it’s better to camp near the road head and let the body acclimatize itself.
The next couple of days are completely reserved for acclimatization, load-ferry, and revising the basic mountaineering techniques. We will be practicing with our mountaineering equipment – mountaineering boots, roping up techniques, jumaring, and knots for securing yourself.
We will also be going for an acclimatization walk to help the natural acclimatization process of our bodies.
Distance: 6 km
Time Taken: 5 Hour
Altitude: 5,250 m (17,224 ft)
We will be trekking to our summit camp today. This will be a load ferry. We will transfer our mountaineering equipment and the extra ration for the upcoming summit attempt to the summit camp. The load ferry also helps your body to acclimatize itself better to a high altitude.
After load-ferry, we will come back to our base camp near Rumtse Phu.
Distance: 3 km
Time Taken: 3 Hour
Altitude: 5,250 m (17,224 ft)
We will be establishing our summit camp today. We’ll transfer all the remaining tents and other equipment to the summit camp.
Distance: 10 km
Time Taken: 10 Hour
Altitude: 6,030 m (19,783 ft)
This is the day we have been waiting for. The summit day! We’ll be trekking to the summit of Mt. UT Kangri. Some sections of the climb may need us to rope up and climb. We will be trekking in deep snow so we will need to be patient amidst the raging winds and biting cold.
Mt. UT Kangri is at an altitude of 6,030 m and the views are surreal with amazing views of Mt. Kang Yatse and other prominent peaks of Ladakh.
After spending a little time at the summit, and clicking a few pictures – we head back to the base camp. On our way, we’ll skip the summit camp and head straight back to the base camp. We spend the night at base camp.
Distance: 86 km (Drive)
Time Taken: 3 Hour (Drive)
Altitude: 4,500 m (11,483 ft)
We head back to civilization today.
You’ll be saying goodbye to us today and making your way back to the comfort of your home. You’ll once again be flying over the magnificent Himalayas!
If you wish to continue your travels and explore Ladakh, you can ask for suggestions and discuss your plans with anyone from our team.