Ski Mountaineering | 6000m+ – (first descent backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering) – June 2018

Our 2018 focus for Spring ski mountaineering in the Himalayas is again the Kang Yatze massif in the western Himalayas of India. What we found in June 2017 was a gracious plenty of ski terrain waiting for its first ski descent at the magic 6000 meter mark. Join us.

>Wilderness trek into Lahaul Himalaya
>Ascent of Mount Gangsthang
>Wild exploring in remote areas

trip deposit US$500
max 6 participants


Mahey Retreat (each skier will have their own room)


3 – 17 June 2018


Luke Smithwick – skiing
Brennan Lagasse – skiing
Jules Hanna – splitboarding




Our service includes
2 nights hotel in Leh (single supplement)
All other accommodation while present on scheduled trip itinerary
Ground transportation by private vehicle
‘Himalaya Alpine’ 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 guides (Luke Smithwick, Brennan Lagasse).
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.)

Detail This ski expedition 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.

Outline Itinerary

*This itinerary is a basic framework. If more time is required for acclimatization on approach, we will do so. Luke will be monitoring acclimatization of each participant and lead the group in a conservative approach for this trip. We have trips where extra days are required for acclimatization, while other trips do not. Contact Luke to discuss this in detail.

1 – arrive Leh – 3500m – 3 June 2018
2 – drive Chiling, trek Chumik 3500m
3 – trek Hangkar 4000m
4 – trek Kang Yatze base camp 4900m
5 – acclimatize Kang Yatze base camp 4900m
6 – ski objective 1 – 6000m
7 – shift camp
8 – rest
9 – ski objective 2 – 6000m
10 – shift camp
11 – rest
12 – ski objective 3 – 6000m
13 – trek Chogdo
14 – trek Shang Sumdo, drive Leh
15 – depart Leh – 17 June 2018


Jullay and Namaskar.