Pangong Peaks Exploratory | 6000m+

The Pangong region is tucked into the far northeast corner of India’s Ladakh, with most people visiting the region to view the massive Pangong Lake. We visit the lake, and then trek southward into the remote 6000 meter peaks of Pangong (image above).  Our plan is multi-fold, acclimatizing and rock climbing (optional) for a few days while exploring the diverse Buddhist monasteries of the Indus valley, and then going on a jeep safari directly to Pangong Lake, a massive salt lake at 4000 meters.  Then starting to acclimatize, we’ll trek into a high base camp.  From here, our climbs begin. Luke Smithwick will be guiding this trip, instructing in climbing skills (for those interested), and guiding on the peaks.  This is a great first Himalayan experience, and also a new one for the Himalayan veteran. All in two weeks. Join us.

View previous successful Pangong Peaks Exploratories here:

From a guest:
“Just want to thank you again for looking after us on the recent trek and making sure we had everything…I had a great great time and experience with you all.”
-L. Tanpian, Indonesia – 2014 Pangong Peaks Exploratory

Cost Effective.  Full Service.  This peak climbing trek will be fully stocked with a variety of meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with snacks. Each member will have their own roomy 2 person Mountain Hardwear tent (4 person tent for couples).  Meals are oatmeal, eggs, muesli, fruit, and tea/ espresso coffee for breakfast. Lunches are fresh fruit, salads, fresh bread (made each morning), cheeses, pasta/rice, cookies, and juice. Dinners are usually 3 to 4 dishes, with pasta or rice. Occasionally, we will have pizza and other western treats. The dining tent is set up with each member having their own camp chair, books pertinent to the trek/climb, maps, solar charging for electronics, and snacks as you would like them when we arrive to camps.Ladakh

First Ascents in Ladakh?  For many of the peaks in the Changtang there are no records of prior ascents.  We also oftentimes find no evidence of other humans visiting the summits of peaks before.  Instead of looking at these peaks as our being the first to put bootprints on the summit, we like to simply enjoy the solitude of the region.  With the popularized trekking routes being fairly busy from day to day in Ladakh, we usually don’t see another soul in the Changtang region, save for a local boy out searching for his grazing yaks.

Trust.  Climbing a peak at 6000 meters is no place to be short on resources.  We make the proper advance preparations to ensure that our team will be properly cared for, from airport to summit to airport.


Maitreya Buddha, two stories in height, in one of the monasteries we will visit while acclimatizing in the Indus valley.

>Pangong region peak 6000m mountaineering
>Spectacular camps in remote grassy meadows next to snow melt streams
>Team mentality
>Instruction in mountaineering for those interested in learning or honing their skills in glacier travel, crampon technique, ice axe use, and the “nuts and bolts” of Himalayan mountaineering.

trip deposit US$500

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9 July – 22 July 2018








Our service includes
3 nights hotel in Leh (single supplement)
All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
Ground transportation by private vehicle
‘Himalaya Alpine Guides’ Expedition style peak scrambling trip: Delicious meals, french press coffee and herbal teas, all horse porterage on approach/retreat, local guides and staff, Mountain Hardwear expedition tents, equipped dining tent, experienced western guide (Luke Smithwick).
Solar charging for electronics

Our service excludes
Trip/medical/rescue insurance
International flights
India Visa
Meals while not on trek (Leh)
Personal climbing equipment
Puja cost (allow US$15)
Items of a personal nature (laundry, bar bills, gratuities, etc.)

day 0 – arrive Delhi
1 – arrive Leh 3500m – 9 July 2018
2 – Leh monastery visits and acclimatization 3500m
3 – drive Pangong Lake 4200m
4 – drive Sasakul
5-6 trek base camp 5100m
7-11  peak exploring days
12 – trek Kyang
13 – drive Leh
14 – depart Leh – 22 July 2018


An acclimatization day in Leh, beginner rock climbing (!).

Jullay and Namaste.


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