Four climbers ascending the snow fields of UT Kangri in Ladakh, India
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Trek the Markha Valley to Summit UT Kangri (6070m)

13 nights
Tough

Trek through Ladakh, northern India’s ‘Land of the High Passes’, before tackling a challenging Himalayan trekking peak over 6000m high

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking, local guides

Hotels and Camping

4 nights in hotels and 9 nights camping

Meals

All breakfasts, 10 lunches, and all dinners

Internal Flights and Transfers

To & from the airport and everything in between, including internal flights to & from Leh. Pack horses will carry your overnight luggage on the trek.

Equipment and Permits

All climbing equipment (except boots) plus tent and mattress. All entrance fees and permits are taken care of.

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 12 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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excluding flights

What's it like?

Four climbers ascending the snow fields of UT Kangri in Ladakh, India
Thiksey Monastery on a hilltop above Leh in Ladakh, India.
Prayer flags outside Thiksey Monastery in Leh, Ladakh, India
View of Kang Yatse from the Markha Valley trek, with ruined stupas in the foreground in Ladakh, India.
Lone hiker silhouetted against the snowy peak of UT Kangri from base camp in Ladakh, India
The moon over UT Kangri Peak at night in Ladakh, India

Trek through the spectacularly remote Markha Valley with its high-altitude desert, wild pasturelands and ancient Buddhist monasteries

Learn the skills needed to navigate high-altitude mountain terrain, surrounded by the lofty Himalayan peaks of Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo

Bask in the achievement of bagging UT Kangri’s 6070m summit on a pioneering route, developed by expert Ladakhi mountain guides

Experience the unique Himalayan Buddhist culture of Ladakh, dotted with hilltop monasteries, mystic chortens and remote mountain villages

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Delhi!

India Gate in New Delhi

Meet your host at the airport in Delhi, and settle in for the transfer across town to your hotel in the centre. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to head out and explore some of Delhi's sights before getting to know your fellow travellers over dinner.

Day 2

Fly to Leh and meet your trek crew

Buildings of Leh with high mountain backdrop in Ladakh, India

Jump on a morning flight from Delhi to Leh – eyes peeled for your first glimpse of the snow-capped Himalayas from above, as you travel to the far north of India. Accompanied by your guide you'll arrive in the historic capital of Ladakh to start your adventure. With centuries of rich heritage and cross-cultural exchange, Leh is a traveller's delight, bursting with ancient Tibetan monasteries, bustling bazaars, enchanting alleyways adorned with colourful prayer flags, quaint guesthouses and small cafes. You'll be taken to your hotel where you'll meet your local trek crew and have the rest of the afternoon to relax or explore the town as your body slowly adapts to Leh's high altitude.

Day 3

Acclimatisation in Leh

Prayer flags outside Thiksey Monastery in Leh, Ladakh, India

Hiking

2hrs · 4km

Having flown into Leh at 3500m, today is an important day for acclimatisation. You'll begin the day with a briefing on high-altitude trekking from your mountain guides; they'll give you an idea of what to expect and how best to approach the upcoming trek. Then take a look around Leh with your guides before a two-hour acclimatisation walk up to the hilltop Thiksey Monastery, Ladakh's most iconic building. Explore the temples and meet the red-robed monks who live in the monastery, before returning to your hotel in Leh.

Day 4

Into the Markha Valley

Group of hikers on a path heading towards the Markha Valley in Ladakh, India

Driving

2-3hrs

Hiking

2-3hrs · 10km · 200m up

Time to head for the mountains! Jump in the van for a drive up to the village of Sara at the head of the Markha Valley. Tuck into lunch under the shade of the 'tea tent' before beginning your trek along the valley, through the settlement of Chalak, and on to camp at the small hamlet of Thinles Pa (3700m). It's an easy first day on a good trail, giving you plenty of opportunities to take in the magnificent Himalayan scenery. As the trek unfolds, you'll find yourself sleeping in progressively more remote camps, allowing you to disconnect from modern comforts and digital connections and immerse yourself in the epic natural surroundings. Tranquil mornings and evenings will present you with the most breathtaking views of softly lit mountains towering above, endless panoramic vistas and chance encounters with the local wildlife.

Day 5

Thinles Pa to Hankar (4250m)

River flowing through the Markha Valley with rocky cliffs behind in Ladakh, India.

Hiking

5-6hrs · 15km · 550m up

Today's route crisscrosses the river at the valley floor on its way up to the remote village of Markha. Not all crossings have useable bridges, so enjoy the chance to dip your feet in the cool Himalayan waters. Continue along an impressive line of 'chortens' – these holy structures of Tibetan Buddhism stretch for miles across the Ladakh landscape. They are believed to ward off evil spirits, aided by the mounds of goat horns placed on top! Stopping in Markha, you'll witness the remote way of life and crumbling structures that hint at a time when the valley was more populated. Continue on the trail, stopping off at the precariously positioned Tache Gompa, another stunning Buddhist monastery perched on a seemingly inaccessible cliff top but reached via a short, steep climb. Admire the incredible views down the valley before continuing on, passing more small villages as you climb up a side valley to the ruins of Hankar Fort before descending into the Upper Hankar to the stream-side camp. Stunningly remote, the camp here is often shared with the resident Himalayan blue sheep.

Day 6

Hankar to Nimaling (4854m)

Man explores camp on the grassy plains of the Markha Valley in Ladakh, India.

Hiking

4 -5 hours · 8km · 600m up

Today you will trek a short but tough route to reach Nimaling. The trail will climb steeply to a plateau where the valley opens out. Witness the spectacular views of Kang Yatse (6400m), the highest peak in the valley. People do not live permanently in this region, however during the summer months the shepherds bring their flocks of goats, sheep and dzos (a hybrid of cow and yak) to graze on the pastures. In summer, the shepherds stay in stone shelters – you can often buy yogurt or local cheese from them. Reach Nimaling by lunchtime and your trek crew will set up the camp. In the afternoon, there is time to explore the Kang Yatse region behind the campsite as further acclimatisation.

Day 7

Nimaling to Chak-tsang (4700m)

View of Kang Yatse from the Markha Valley trek, with ruined stupas in the foreground in Ladakh, India.

Hiking

4 - 5 hours · 13km · 470m up · 620m down

Begin today with a tough climb over the high pass of Lalung La (5300m), with jaw-dropping views of the snow-topped peaks of two six-thousanders, Dzo Jongo and Kang Yatse, as your reward. Look out for the high-altitude glaciers that are the main water source for the people of the Markha Valley. Descending the other side of the pass you'll cross grazing land for yak and other cattle dotted with abandoned nomadic huts before reaching camp at Chaktsang.

Day 8

Chaktsang to Lato (4000m)

Trekkers enjoying lunch and tea during the Markha Valley trek in Ladakh, India

Hiking

5 - 6 hours · 18km · 500m up · 1200m down

Another tough day of up and down awaits. Start with a steep descent into a beautiful valley lined with impressive rock formations, then ascend steeply over the Chaksang La Pass (5200m) before heading down towards the village of Lato and the valley from which you will approach UT Kangri. You have now left the traditional Markha Valley trail and have several days of quieter paths where you'll be joined only by nomadic herders and intrepid mountaineers. Tonight's camp is situated on the Kyamur River on the quiet outskirts of Lato village.

Day 9

Lato to Rumtse Phu (4854m)

Trekkers crossing a stream in the Lato Vally, Ladakh, India.

Hiking

5 - 6 hours · 17km · 850m up

Having completed the trek through the Markha Valley, and now well-acclimatised to the higher altitudes, it's time to ascend the Lato Valley on the approach to UT Kangri. Your trail follows old nomadic routes between several farming villages, exploring more of the traditional Ladakhi culture on your way to Rumtse Phu. Here, the locals are known for their horse riding and traditional dance of Gya-Pa-Cho. Although still in remote, high mountain terrain, both the villages of Lato and Rumtse Phu are connected by road, so they offer easy descent and evacuation options from the base camp of UT Kangri.

Day 10

Trek up to UT Kangri Base Camp (5300m)

Lone hiker silhouetted against the snowy peak of UT Kangri from base camp in Ladakh, India

Hiking

4 hours · 6km · 450m up

Tackle the short but steep morning walk up to base camp, where you'll spend the next three nights. At over 5000m you'll need to take today slowly as your body acclimatises further. Enjoy views of surrounding unclimbed peaks and the green pasturelands below. After lunch, your mountain guide will deliver a session introducing you to the techniques you will use on the snowy slopes above, including walking when tied in to a rope and how to use crampons and ice-axes. In the evening, your group will venture on a short acclimatisation walk taking in the light of golden hour on the spectacular snowy peaks surrounding you.

Day 11

Mountaineering practice and acclimatisation day

Roped climber with ice axe on snowy gradient in Ladakh, India

Hiking

2 - 3 hours

Today is a chance to get to grips with the simple, but important, techniques required to reach tomorrow's summit. You will walk above base camp, up simple snow slopes and small peaks, learning how to use your mountaineering equipment and practice skills such as moving on steep terrain and self-rescue techniques. Returning to camp, you'll have an early dinner – time to get some sleep ahead of tomorrow's early start for the summit!

Day 12

Summit day!

Three climbers ascending a snowy ridge to UT Kangri's peak, India

Hiking

10 - 12 hours · 800m up · 800m down

The day you've been waiting for! Wake before dawn to start your summit bid. A challenging climb awaits as you ascend steep scree and moraine before crossing snow fields on the way to the top. You will be roped up with a mountain guide, at a 1:2 guide-to-climber ratio, using the skills you have learned to safely navigate the terrain. Finally, reach the summit at 6070m to be rewarded with views of Kang Yatse and many other high peaks of Ladakh. Take in the achievement of summiting a huge 6000m mountain before making the descent back to basecamp where you can enjoy a well-earned rest.

Day 13

Hike out and back to Leh

Red-robed Buddist monks descending stairs outside the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh, India

Hiking

2-3 hours · 6km · 450m down

Driving

2-3 hours

Enjoy your last morning in the high mountains before hiking back down to Rumtse Phu, where you say goodbye to your trek crew and will be picked up for the return journey to Leh. There's one last stop on the way, at the Hemis Monastery, one of the largest and richest monasteries in Ladakh. The monastery dates back to the 17th century and is a colourful insight into Himalayan Buddhism. Arrive back to Leh in the afternoon, where you can check in to the hotel ahead of a farewell dinner with your fellow summiteers.

Day 14

Fly to Delhi

Prayer flags flying in Ladakh, India

After breakfast, you'll be picked up and transferred to the airport for your morning flight back to Delhi Airport. From here, you may connect to your onward international flight or your host can arrange additional nights in Delhi.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4 – Day 12

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 13

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 14

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Thukpa Noodles served in Ladakh

During the trek, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared by the cook traveling with the group. Meals are a mix of international and local cuisine. Breakfast usually consists of porridge, cereals, eggs and toast with plenty of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. A picnic lunch will be taken on the trail during the day and could include soup, local bread, cheese, eggs, fresh vegetables, salad, tinned fish, meats and fruit. On arrival to camp in the afternoon tea and biscuits will be provided. Dinner, served in a communal dining tent, will include a soup starter, pasta, rice or potato-based main courses with fresh vegetables followed by dessert and hot drinks. Local cuisine like momo (vegetable dumplings) and thukpa (mixed vegetable noodle soup) will also be served on some days.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for – please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Twin room at the Ashok Country Resort, Delhi, India.
Delhi

On the first night of your trip, you’ll stay in the Ashok Country Resort (or a similar hotel), located a few minutes from the airport in Delhi. Rooms will be allocated on a twin-share basis and have ensuite bathrooms, air-con, and WiFi. This family-run, boutique hotel also has a lush, green outdoor space with a pool.

Sangto Villa Resort double room, Leh, India.
Leh

Whilst staying in Leh (Days 2, 3 and 13) you will stay in the Sangto Villa Resort (or similar), nestled in the heart of the mountains. You'll be in ensuite rooms on a twin-share basis.

Mountain tents on the UT Kangri trek
On the trek

Whilst you're trekking, you’ll camp in high meadows or on the edge of small mountain communities in twin-share tents. Your tent will be put up for you, and a comfortable camping mat is provided – just bring your sleeping bag! There will also be a tent provided for group meals.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked – see Optional Extras. Please note this is subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Evening departure on Day 14

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi and transfer you to your accommodation in New Delhi. On the last day of your trip, you will fly back from Leh to Delhi Airport, where you can connect to your international flight.

An airport transfer is included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1. If you wish to arrive before the trip start date or stay longer at the end, your host can arrange private airport transfers and pre- or post-trip accommodation. See Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are numerous direct flight options to Delhi with various carriers from the UK, Europe and the east coast of North America. Travellers from the west coast of North America will generally transit through major hubs such as London, Paris and Dubai.

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What's included?

  • Sleeping tent and mattress (you may choose to bring your own inflatable mattress and pillow for extra comfort)
  • All climbing equipment: ice axe, climbing helmet, harness, carabiners, crampons

Please note, you'll need to bring your own climbing boots (see footwear section below).

Although the below items below are included and can be provided locally, we advise you to bring your own for extra comfort and better fit:

  • General mountaineering crampons (modern steel 12-point crampons with anti-balling plates)
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners (3 lock, 2 unlock)

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • 1 duffle bag (70/80 litres)
  • 1 daypack (approx. 40/45 litre) with hip belt, waterproof cover and ice axe loops

Please pack no more than 10kg per person of clothing/personal items (including your sleeping bag) in a soft backpack or duffel bag, allowing for the climbing equipment to make up the remainder of the porterage limit. You will only need to carry a daypack with essentials in (an extra layer, snacks, water, suncream, camera etc.).

CLOTHES

Mountain environments are notoriously unpredictable. A layering system works best so that you can put on and remove items to adjust your temperature. You'll need to be equipped for all eventualities, although you won't necessarily need to use everything if you're lucky with the mountain conditions.

  • 1 set of base/thermal layers (merino is ideal)
  • 1 mid-layer/hoody (fleece or similar)
  • 1 outer layer/hardshell jacket
  • 2 sets of merino tops
  • Waterproof trousers and top (Gore-Tex is ideal)
  • 1 pair lightweight trekking trousers or zip off trousers
  • Fleece trousers or hardshell trousers
  • Insulated trousers
  • Hiking shorts
  • 2 trekking t-shirts/shirts (merino is ideal)
  • Four-season down jacket with helmet-compatible hood (comfort rating down to around -20°c)
  • 1 pair liner gloves
  • 1 pair softshell gloves
  • 1 pair insulated shell gloves
  • Underwear

SLEEPING

  • Four-season sleeping bag with hood (with a comfort rating down to around -20°c)
  • Sleeping bag liner (a good liner can add a few degrees extra warmth)
  • Pillowcase and own mattress (optional)

FOOTWEAR

  • Worn-in hiking boots
  • Mountaineering boots (double layer recommended e.g. G2SM La Sportiva boots)
  • Trainers
  • 2 pairs liner socks, 3 pairs of mid-weight socks, 2 pairs warm mountain socks
  • Gaiters

You can read more about crampons and selecting the right boots here.

HEAD

  • 1 warm wool hat
  • 1 Buff or similar
  • 1 warm scarf
  • 1 sunhat or similar
  • Sun/glacier glasses (Category 4, ideally with a 'wrap-around' design)
  • Ski goggles
  • Head torch
  • Balaclava

TOILETRIES

  • Travel towel
  • Sun cream (high SPF: 50+)
  • Hand gel
  • Moisturiser
  • Lip balm (high SPF: 50+)
  • Face wash
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Pee bottle for men/plus a pee funnel for women

OTHER

  • 2 x 1 litre water bottles plus an optional CamelBak
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountains
  • Mobile charger
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Personal medication and first aid kit
  • Earplugs
  • Power bank
  • 1 small roll of repair tape
  • 1 sewing/repair kit
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Thermal flask
  • Adhesive hand or toe warmer
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Book/Kindle/playing cards, for downtime
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system

It is recommended that you contact your host at least one month prior to your trip if you have any doubts regarding the kit list.

Please also remember to remove all unnecessary packaging before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Leh.

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (single)

Per Person, Per Night

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (double / twin)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (double / twin)

Per Night

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Per Person

Private airport transfer - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way

Per Person

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 383kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

To reach the summit of UT Kangri is classified as 'Tough'. You will need good levels of fitness and resilience, as well as experience of handling yourself in extreme environments, in order to deal with the challenges of reaching 6000m. Previous experience in high-altitude mountain environments (above 4000m) is recommended.

UT Kangri is considered a non-technical trekking peak; as such, you don't need any special climbing skills, only an understanding of how to use ice axe, crampons and ropes to safely move across steep winter terrain. During your acclimatisation day at base camp, your climbing guide will teach you these skills, required for safely reaching the summit. You will practice walking on crampons, ice axe self-arrest, moving on steep ground and how to move with your guide on a rope. However, undertaking an introductory winter skills course prior to this trip would be highly beneficial.

Climbing any 6000m+ peak involves challenges and hazards, please carefully read all of the trip information to be able to make an informed judgment on whether the challenge and inherent risks involved in this trip are for you. Our expert local guides have designed the itinerary with appropriate acclimatisation, rest days and contingency/evacuation plans in order to mitigate, although not eliminate, these risks. The guides are also trained to dynamically risk assess conditions on the mountain, as well as monitor the group for altitude-related symptoms to keep you as safe as possible. On summit day there is a 2:1 ratio of customer:guide, plus additional helpers; allowing group members to safely descend to Base Camp if needed without the pressure of jeopardising the rest of the group's ascent.

Unlike many other peaks, UT Kangri offers a chance to attempt a 6000m peak without an excessively long summit day or post-summit walkout. This, combined with the beautiful Markha Valley trek prior to the climb, make it a trip that can be enjoyed by both those wanting to attain their first 6000m peak and those looking for a moderately challenging trek who could then relax in base camp for the morning of summit day before rejoining the group on the way down. The base camp sits at a similar altitude to Everest Base Camp.

Aside from the summit climb, trekking up and downhill every day for two weeks at high altitude is a challenge in itself and requires significant physical exertion. You should consider appropriate training for several months before the trip begins.

Stok Kangri used to be a very popular 6000m trekking peak in Ladakh, but was closed by the Indian Government for environmental reasons. Overtourism and poor environmental management from trekking groups caused water sources to become contaminated, and the government stepped in to protect the local village below base camp. Trekking and adventure tourism is an important source of income for these rural areas and following this closure, the Ladakh Mountain Guide Association searched for a more sustainable alternative. UT Kangri was brought on as a trekking peak by the Ladakh Mountain Guide Association in 2019, allowing trekkers to continue tackling a 6000m peak without degrading the environment and ensuring an income from sustainable tourism for local communities. UT Kangri is a good introductory peak for this altitude, as it is not overly technical and has a relatively short summit day. Very few trekkers have as yet had the opportunity to summit UT Kangri, so this is a unique achievement and you’ll be in a pioneering minority.

Your host works with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government-licensed and very experienced. In order to ensure the guides' high standard of performance, all the host's guides and assistant guides are members of the Ladakh Mountain Guide Association, as well as being certified with basic and advanced mountaineering certification from leading mountaineering institutes such as the Himalayan Institute of Mountaineering. The lead guides hold international standard Mountain Emergency First Aid and Avalanche Rescue training from Osterreichischer Bergrettungsdienst.

You will be joined by one tour leader from the trip start to end, as well as a local trekking guide and crew including a cook, helpers and muleteers when on the trek. For the skills preparation and summit days there is a customer-to-guide ratio of 2:1.

Summit day
The guide will determine group divisions based on walking pace when reaching Base Camp and will arrange the necessary connecting ropes, ensuring there is at least one assistant climbing guide for each group. If any group member becomes unable to proceed to the summit, they will receive assistance from an assistant climbing guide in the case of small groups. This arrangement will not hinder the progress of the rest of the group.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your tour leader will help with advice regarding how the tips are split between guides, cooks, muleteers and helpers, however we suggest as a guideline approximately £150 per person for the trip.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality – a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Filtered and boiled water will be provided during the trek. You will need to bring a reusable water bottle or a water bladder to be filled.

In Ladakh, daytime temperatures in Leh can reach a high of 28°C, while UT Kangri Base Camp may see temperatures around 15°C during the day and as low as -5 to-10°C at night. Ladakh generally enjoys stable weather during the summer, but occasional rain or snowfall in the mountains is possible. The climb of UT Kangri may involve setting off before dawn in very cold conditions with the possibility of encountering snow. While departures are timed for good weather, conditions in mountain areas can be unpredictable, so it's essential to be prepared for any changes beyond the expected weather patterns.

During the summer season, Delhi experiences hot and humid conditions with temperatures around 35°C or higher.

Excess luggage which is not needed for the trek can either be left at your hotel in Delhi or Leh, then picked up on your return.

We recommend checking out the country specific information and also talking to a travel nurse.

This trip operates at times of the year with high chances of favourable conditions to complete your summit climb. However, as with any high-mountain adventure, conditions can be changeable and unpredictable. Our local host holds contingency plans, including alternative routes and objectives (e.g. in the case of late-season snow blocking a pass). In the event of adverse weather conditions, your lead guide will make a decision on whether any of these plans can be implemented or to return to Leh, prioritising the safety of the group and field staff. Proceeding with any contingency plan, differing from the main route, will require mutual agreement from the group.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daypack to carry personal items during each day of hiking.

Your luggage will be carried by ponies, in large waterproof sacks. However, it is worthwhile securing your luggage in a waterproof bag or duffel to ensure it stays dry in transit. You should aim to keep your luggage as light as possible, not exceeding 15kg (including the 3-5kg of climbing equipment).

The luggage weight limit for your internal flight is 15kg, plus one piece of hand luggage up to 7kg. Excess luggage fees are payable locally to the airline.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

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All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

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Connect before you go

You'll be invited to join a WhatsApp group to get to know each other before your big adventure together. Full details

DEPARTURE DATES

May 2025

Saturday • 24th May 2025

to Friday • 6th June 2025
Guaranteed to run
Private trip

Go private and split the bill with ease.

Forget complex logistics, we've taken care of all the details to ensure a hassle-free get together. All of the adventure, none of the faff.

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