The Test of Endurance

Kang Yatse is a mountain in Northwest Himalayas and it lies in Ladakh region of India. At the end of Markha valley this mountain has two summits standing at Kang Yatse I (6400 m) and the second is Kang Yatse II (6250 m). Kang Yatse I (6400 m) requires very serious mountaineering skills to summit however Kang Yatse II (6250 m) is just 150 m less and offers a splendid chance of making upto the top. This mountain dominates the Markha valley of Ladakh. The mountain because of its location offers a great experience as reaching it helps in a good acclimatization. On a lucky day, from the top of this mountain one can see mountains of Zanskar range and Karakorum range. K2, Gasherbrum massif, Broad peak, and many other 7000ers are also visible from the top.

highlights
cost INR 75000   Inc. of all taxes T&C*
days 14 days
best time August- September
group size max. 10
altitude 6250 m
gradient Challenging 
location Ladakh
itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Leh (3567 m), Rest & Acclimatization

Today is for rest as we have gained a significant elevation by reaching Leh which is well above 3500 metres from sea level, acclimatization is very important from day 1. You may explore the local market of Leh and prepare yourself for the coming journey. Accommodation in guest house

Day 02: Acclimatization in Leh

This day is a very crucial part of our journey, we will help you explore the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. Leh is a hub for almost all things happening in Ladakh and also all major expeditions begin from Leh itself. Leh is very rich in its culture and dozens of monasteries and ancient temples are there to make this place unique. Leh town is a never-ending trial in itself, for those who love to walk around.

Day 03: Leh to Chilling to Skiu (3400 m)

Initially we will board our vehicles and take road to chilling, the road is muddy and it goes along the Indus river. The road soon enters into Zanskar and head to the small establishment of Chilling. From here we walk on foot and soon we cross the river using a Tyrolean traverse, just ahead of it is village of Skiu. Overnight in camps.

Day 04: Skiu To Markha village (3811 m)

The trail is long today however we will not gain too much elevation and that will make the walk pleasant. We will have to cross the Markha river couple of times before we reach Markha village. Overnight in camps.

Day 05: Markha to Thachungtse (4150 m)

The trail of Markha valley continues pass an old stone-mill, a ruined castle can be spotted and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which proudly perches upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path then intersects the river many times as we reach to end of the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will have our first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will dominate the view until we cross Kongmaru La. After having a short break for lunch in the village of Hangkar, we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m).

Day 06: Thachungtse to Nimaling (4700 m)

Today the trail will be a mix of gradual and steep ascends as it will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling(4600m) is the highest camp site on the trek, the spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right is always a pleasure to gaze at.

Day 07: Nimaling To Kongmaru la (5200 m) to Nimaling

Post breakfast, we will head onto our journey and climb Kongmaru La (5200m), a high pass, and also a steep climb, and from here we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. This walk will help us acclimatize for our summit of Kang Yatse II. Accommodation in camps

Day 08: Nimaling To Kang Yatse base camp (5150 m)

The walk is short yet steep today, we will cross sections of loose rocks through a moraines region. The Base camp gets visible after a walk of one and half hour and it is an easy walk from that point. Accommodation in camps.

Day 09: Acclimatization and Training day

We will practice some techniques that would be useful in the climb of the summit.

Day 10: Climbing Kang Yatse II (6250 m) to BC

Today we will make our way to the top of the summit of this amazing mountain, we will start our climb just after midnight with head artificial lights through the scree and mostly snow sections. We will make it upto the summit by sunrise on the horizon. After spending some time on the summit, we descend back to BC and enjoy our success over the breakfast.

Day 11: Reserve day

An extra day for any situation that is uncertain on mountains.

Day 12: Base camp to Chuskurmo

The way back is also not easy on our trail as we will have to cross Kongmaru la again and make our way to Chuskurmo which is a grazing ground. Accommodation in camps

Day 13: Chuskurmo to Shangsumdo (3800 m) to Leh

Today we will pack up our gears and trek along the beautiful landscape of Leh to reach Shangsumdo via Shang George. It is a roadhead and our vehicles will be waiting for us to drive to Leh. On reaching Leh we will enjoy the evening sharing experiences, Accommodation in Hotel.

Day 14: Departure from Leh

On this day after breakfast we will check out for our respective locations. Our journey concludes here.


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