Kang Yatse 1 Climbing Expedition | Technical 6401 Meter Peak in Ladakh

Kang Yatse 1 Climbing Expedition 6401 Meters

Climbing Mt. Kang Yatse - a 6401 meter technical peak - the highest and most elegant peak in the Markha Valley, Ladakh

Details Of The Kang Yatse 1 Climbing Expedition

Rs. 110000/-
HH Premium Trek(read more)
Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12
Extra cost of Rs. 20000 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. Remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader

Above cost is assumed for 4-5 people team. Actual Cost is subject to the actual team size joining the trek and requested customizations. Higher team size will lower the cost while lower team size will significantly increase the cost. Assummed Inclusions can be read on Cost Inclusions

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Kang Yatse 1 Climbing Expedition

8 Popular Peaks:
Kun ( 7077m ), Nun ( 7135m ), Saser Kangri I ( 7672m ), Saser Kangri II ( 7513m ), Saser Kangri III ( 7495m ), Kang Yatse 1 ( 6400m ), Kang Yatse 2 ( 6200m ), Stok Kangri ( 6153m )
2 High Passes:
Kongmaru La - 5130m ( 5130m ), Ganda La ( 4970m )
3 Tranquil Rivers:
Markha River, Zanskar, Indus
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Hemis National Park

4.9 of 440

Excellent: 397
Very Good: 34
Good: 5
Average: 1
Bad: 3

read reviews

Kang Yatse Summit

Kang Yatse is a beautiful looking Mountain Massif that dominates the entire Markha Valley. It is the highest peak of the valley and has a very high prominence. However, its the beauty of this peak that attracts climbers to it. Its a massif of 4 summits, all of which are above 6000 meters. Kang Yatse 1 is the highest peak of this massif and requires technical skills to climb to its summit.

cornice beneath the summit dome of kang yatse 1


While the second peak is a trekking peak, Kang Yatse 1 is categorized as a technical peak and the summit climb involves some good ice and snow climbing skills. The route is very steep and demands excellent physical stamina and powerful thigh muscles to walk through, especially the ultra-soft and dry snow conditions of Ladakh. The usual route we take to the summit camp of this peak is via the scree zone climbing up straight from below the mountain. There is an alternate route following the glacier, however, that's long and has a crevasse below the dome.

Last few steps to the summit of Kang Yatse 1



There is a very very difficult route from the summit of Kang Yatse 2 to the summit of Kang Yatse 1 via the rocky knife-edge ridge which looks very challenging. In 2018, a team from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute successfully traversed the difficult knife-edge ridge to reach the summit of KY1 from KY2. 

Since this route is very technical and challenging, we do not take this route and left it for alpinism. We follow the route which climbs steeply and straight to the summit from the South-East ridge.


knife edge ridge of kang yatse 1 from kang yatse 2 summit



The summit climb to Kang Yatse 1 starts from its Camp 1 before the dawn at around 2 AM. Straight away you are on a steep snow slope of gradient over 65 degrees. Depending on the snow condition, rope may be fixed on the previous night or after covering some distance in the morning. The climb to the summit involves negotiating a broken ridge with good exposure and drop on both sides. After that, it's a steep climb on hard ice/ soft snow beneath the summit cornice, to cover the last 400 meters to the summit of the dome. Hard ice make it easy rather than soft snow. While early June/ July has good amount of snow cover, comparatively, it is much easier to achieve success on this peak during August/ September.


summit dome of kang yatse 1


The views start to open up as you approach Camp 1 and the ranges of East Karakoram are visible towards your back. It's very important to have a focused head to achieve success on this summit. It will be an enriching experience as an aspiring mountaineer to take up other difficult peaks in the future.

 team himalayan high summits kang yatse 1



Important Information For International Guests:

We require to get climbing permits from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation for this peak and support with a liaison officer. While we can arrange everything for you being affiliates of IMF, the permit clearance process takes time and its good if you give us time for that. While getting permits in short notice is possible as well, but not always guaranteed. So to be safe, its better you connect with us at least 4 months in advance. Permit fees are charged separately on an actual basis.


Alternate Itinerary, without Markha Valley, if you are well acclimatized and spent quite a few days wandering in Ladakh  (8 Days, Leh to Leh )

  • Day 1: Drive from Leh to Shang Sumdo, Trek to Chuskirmo ( 4140m, 3 hours ). 
  • Day 2: Trek to Lartsa ( 4600m, 4 hrs )
  • Day 3: Cross Kongmaru La ( 5130m ) to Nimaling ( 4895m, 4 hrs )
  • Day 4: Acclimatization Day. 
  • Day 5: Trek to Base Camp by Evening ( 5000m, 2 hr )
  • Day 6: Approach Camp 1
  • Day 7: Summit Day. Back to Base Camp
  • Day 8: Reserved Day
  • Day 9: Reserved Contingency Day
  • Day 10: Trek From Base Camp to Leh, via Chuskirmo 






Unlike the mass-trekking and hand-held trekking groups in our country, we, on all of our treks, inspire and motivate to boost more of the Intrinsic and Inherent Adventure Sense of a human being when it comes to our work ethics. We human beings are born to Survive. It is just about letting yourself free to get back your intrinsic senses to adapt, survive and then excel.

Having said that, we take safety as a first matter of concern on any of our treks, and hence provide the Guides and Leaders who are tremendously experienced, knowledgeable, responsible and capable of handling such treks. We keep our group size limited to 12 people on challenging treks like this as smaller groups have more summit success rate since the team is more focused on their objectives, share common physical abilities, are safer and friendlier. Most importantly, our filtration and selective process ensures that the team, unlike that of the mass-trekking groups, is not limited by the weaknesses of the unfiltered, incompetent and unmanageable flock joining the team. Smaller group also helps to create an ambient Himalayan experience of Solitude, giving priority to Safety, Easy Management, Maximum Attention, Utmost care, Friendly attitude, and a Learning experience to make you a better and a humble trekker.

Our forced efforts to keep the group size small have given us a very nice success rate on the summits of these trekking peaks in the Himalayas. Our itinerary and meal plan is very well planned and with further orientation and planning, we move closer to the summit with each of these carefully decided actions.

The equipment that we provide on the treks are some of the best in the industry. Few of those are designed and custom-made just to suit our purpose of a safe and comfortable trek experience. We provide you with all the gears required to be better equipped for the trek. The quality of local resources, cooks and porters are not neglected and we make sure that we hire responsible local resources for your group accompanied by one of our leaders who further ensures that the quality of services are delivered as promised and forms a liaison between the group and the local hires. Right from the food that we serve on the trek to the toilet tents and camping toilet seat that we provide, dining tents to a separate camping stools, pre-trek orientation to proper coordination, SOS arrangements, etc - Everything is taken care of with utmost professionalism and expertise of the field.

We have until now worked across the Himalayas of India, Nepal, and Bhutan with tremendous client satisfaction and reviews. From beginner’s trek to that of highly challenging treks and expedition, we have handled it all very efficiently with excellent success rate. We have always kept and delivered our promise of keeping the team small, like-minded, tidy by proper selection and filtration through discussion and with utmost safety and no incidences of mishaps so far due to our proper planning by experts of the field.

We are a transparent and flexible organization and have kept our reviews online. You may read our reviews on our Google Business Page: https://goo.gl/ezyw13 

Photos from Indian Army’s Expedition to Kang Yatse 1 & 2 supported by Team Himalayan High

Kang Yatse 1 Climbing Expedition Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Leh

Fly, Rest, Acclimatize Day

Brief Details Of The Day:

Today, we fly from Delhi to reach Leh by afternoon, and checkin to our hotel. All of a sudden when you take in the cool dry air of Ladakh, your body won't not conform to the new changed environment, that too in only couple of hours !!

Staying hydrated is the key to a successful trek in Ladakh. Drink enough water from the previous night itself, and not after landing on Ladakh. Likewise, have a Vaseline convenient to apply to your nostrils to keep it moist, else you will feel the air is excessively dry and cold making it difficult to inhale comfortably.

We rest for the rest of the day and meet in the evening for a light Snacks and a formal Team Introduction where we share few important information on the trek preparation and planning.

Time for Dinner to catch some more sleep.

Day 2From Leh To Leh, Via - Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa

Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11480 feet
  • Chemo Monastery: 3600 meters / 11808 feet
  • Shanti Stupa: 3600 meters / 11808 feet
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11480 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we spend our day visiting places around Leh and acclimatizing further. Leh is at very high altitude and this day is very important for us. We visit places like Leh Palace, Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa, etc.

Each of these places can be hiked to and its the best for us to do, if we are not feeling exhausted. If we do, we need to take some light walks in the town itself for some window shopping. Leh has some good shops selling trekking gears. So you can do some last moment purchases.

Evening we will visit the monastery of Shanti Stupa to seek some peaceful aura around it.

Tomorrow we start the trek. Hence we recheck that we are all set for it. Do the last moment purchases, repack our bag according to the trek requirement, have dinner and sleep early.

Day 3From Leh To Skiu, Via - Chilling

Drive, Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we start early morning to drive till Chilling. The bridge to cross the river is broken by the recent flood and hence you get to cross the river in an interesting rope trolley. I bet if if have not done it before, adventure begins right away!

All your trek stuffs and equipment are transferred in the similar fashion. Once you cross the river, the horses are loaded and then we are set to start our trek to Markha Valley. Today, we camp at Skiu – A 3 hour easy trek on mostly flat trail with occasional short ascends and descend.

The trek route is very interesting and the landscape is very fascinating and unique. Sudden appearance of few green patches on the otherwise barren, creamy mountain adds a unique contrast to the scenery. Sightings of few wild animals and locals enhances the day. Our campsite is defined and we after some 3- 4 hours, we reach our campsite.


Day 4From Skiu To Markha

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Waking up to a wonderful morning in Skiu, today we trek to the village of Markha. An easy trek with almost a flat walks on most part of the trail, with occasional short ascents and descends like yesterday's.

The views throughout are breathtaking. Watch out for the different and unique rockscapes and structures of the mountains formed by wind and water erosion. With our previous experiences, we tried to tickle our imagination with the illusions created by these unique structures and strongly supported our conclusions of what they looked like -  ‘trunks of elephant’, ‘doorway to a very old tomb’, 'dinosaurs', etc. Its an interesting game to play which keeps us engaged with the mountains continuously and it goes unrealized when we reach our campsite.

Markha is a very beautiful campsite. The campsite is designated on a flat meadow with the a stream flowing by. Do take time out in the evening to visit an old monastery nearby.

Day 5From Markha To Thochungtse, Via - Hankar

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

The trek to Thochungtse goes via Hankar from Markha. It a beautiful trek and takes about 4 - 5 hours. The route to Hankar is mostly flat with occasional ups and downs. Soon, we  get a glimpse of Kang Yatse which fills us with excitement. After about 3 hours of trek we reach the beautiful village of Hankar with few houses, lots of greens and the massif of Kang Yatse looks over it. Its a perfect picturesque setting. Its a good idea to spend some time here and have our lunch here.

After leaving Hankar behind, the terrain changes immediately with no mentionable greens to be seen further. The route is jaw-dropping with unique structures of the mountains and the rocks. Here its very easy to spot blue sheep and ibex, snow leopards too !!

A walk of some 2 - 3 hours brings us to a small grassy plains which is the designated campsite of Thochungtse. 

In the evening, we will climb the nearby mountain for acclimatization. While it is a acclimatization walk, but climbing up the mountain greets us to a stupendous views of our pea in focus - Kang Yatse, and also other nearby peaks and the platue of Nimaling

Day 6From Thochungtse To Kang Yatse Base Camp

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Starting the trek from Thochungtse, we climb a mountain hump straight ahead of us. At that altitude, it does take some time, but once done, enjoy up-close views of Kang Yatse. A huge massif, overwhelming us with its presence. Also, the very thought that we will be approaching the to the base of it further adds to our spirit.

After a hour from Thochungtse, we reach a small lake where we rest and watch the reflection of Kang Yatse on the water surface. Its from here, the route splits and one goes to Kang Yatse base camp and the other one descends to Nimaling. We take a right and head to the base camp of Kang Yatse. It takes us about 2 hours from here to reach the base camp.

Day 7Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5000 meters / 16400 feet
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5000 meters / 16400 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Rest and acclimatization day. Prepare for summit tomorrow. Check and recheck the equipment and get them ready. Leave excess load behind and repack you bag for the Camp 1 and summit attempt.

Day 8From Kang Yatse Base Camp To Kang Yatse Camp 1 ( 5 Kms,3 - 4 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5000 meters / 16400 feet
  • Kang Yatse Camp 1: 5500 meters / 18040 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

The trek from base camp to Camp 1 is  steep trek over loose rocks. The trek follows the rivulet for some 30 minutes before taking the steep route towards the right. Here the camping space is very limited to about 2 tents at max

Day 9From Kang Yatse Camp 1 To Kang Yatse Base Camp, Via - Kang Yatse 1 Summit ( 18 Kms,12 hours )

Climb Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kang Yatse Camp 1: 5500 meters / 18040 feet
  • Kang Yatse 1 Summit: 6400 meters / 20992 feet
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5000 meters / 16400 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

The climb to the summit involves negotiating a broken ridge with good exposure and drop on both the sides after which it's a steep climb on hard ice/ snow cover the last 500 meters to the summit of the dome. Hard ice make it easy rather than soft snow. We return to base camp on event of successful summit. If not, we wait in the high camp for second attempt the next day.

Day 10Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Buffer Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Reserved day

Day 11From Kang Yatse Base Camp To Leh, Via - Kongmaru La, Chuskirmo

Trek, Drive Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we initially climb the small hill which divides Nimaling and the Base Camp, and then quickly descend down to Nimaling.

From Nimaling, we start climbing the switch backs to the top of Kongmaru La (Gongmaru La) – 5130m, a high pass with wonderful views all round. Climbing through multiple switch backs takes us to the summit of Kongmaru La in an hour or a little more, marked with lots of prayer flags furling with the wind. Spend some good time here to relish the views all round.

After crossing the pass, it’s a steep descend down the beautiful Markha gorge. The views and the trail passes down following the narrow Markha gorge and is unbelievable unless you trek it. A sharp descend from the pass top gets us to Lartsa. From there, a trek of some 3 - 4 hours will bring you to the campsite of Chuskirmo.

From Chuskirmo, we trek for another 2.5 - 3 hours to Shang Sumdo, where our cab waits to take us to Leh.


Note: If the reserved day is unused, we will trek down till Chuskirmo to make the return to Leh bit relaxing and comfortable.

Day 12Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day ( 2 Kms,2 - 3 hours )

Buffer Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Reserved Contingency Day

Day 13Departure From Leh

Fly Out Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Itinerary and our service ends. You will be dropped to the airport as per plan.

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

All our permanent staffs have completed their vaccination and we ensure we hire other vaccinated local resources only.

Read more on Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19
  • 📅 Duration: 12 Days, Leh to Leh
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
  • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jul, Aug, Sep
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, rocky, scree, hard ice, soft snow, broken ridge
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Climb
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
  • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
  • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
  • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
  • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Leh and vicinity
  • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 on higher camps
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
Media Gallery For Kang Yatse 1 Climbing Expedition

click to see all videos, photos, route maps, etc. for this trek

** click to expand and read

+ Short Travel Itinerary

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Fly, Rest, Acclimatize

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m ) . 2 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: None
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize

    From Leh (3500m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Chemo Monastery (3600m ), Shanti Stupa (3600m ). 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive, Trek

    From Leh (3500m ) To Skiu (3400m ), Via - Chilling (3200m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Skiu (3400m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4


    From Skiu (3400m ) To Markha (3700m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Markha (3700m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5


    From Markha (3700m ) To Thochungtse (4200m ), Via - Hankar (3980m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Thochungtse (4200m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6


    From Thochungtse (4200m ) To Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m ) . 3 - 4 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8


    From Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m ) To Kang Yatse Camp 1 (5500m ) . 3 - 4 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Camp 1 (5500m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9


    From Kang Yatse Camp 1 (5500m ) To Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m ), Via - Kang Yatse 1 Summit (6400m ) . 12 Hrs. 18 Kms
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 10

    Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

    Overnight In: Kang Yatse BC (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All meals
  • Day 11

    Trek, Drive

    From Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Kongmaru La (5130m ), Chuskirmo (4140m ). 8 - 9 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 12

    Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 13

    Fly Out

    Departure Day
    From Leh (3500m ) To New Delhi (200m ) . 2 Hrs. 1100 Kms
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
+ Fixed Departure Dates
* click on the month name to see the dates

We do not organize fixed departures for this trip.

If you want to do this trek with us, please fill this form to Request A Customized Private Trip Plan just for your team members. We will get back to you with all the details specific to your personalized requirements

+ Package Cost Inclusions


  • 1 Medical Expert + IMF Certified Technical Climbing/Trek Leader.
  • 1 IMF Approved Liaison Officer and his expenses
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Climb Orientation Expert
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Climb Coordinator
  • 1 Local Route cum Climbing Guide.
  • 1 Assistant Route Guide/ Technical Help ( for group size between 8 - 15 ).
  • 1 Cook + Required Kitchen Helpers.
  • Require High Altitude Porters For Higher Camp Load Ferries
  • Required Camp Helpers.
  • Required Evacuation Helpers.
  • All camping equipment including Dining and Toilet Tents to support the approach march and Base Camp.
  • All climbing and safety gears like Helmet, Harness, Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axes, Climbing Rope, etc.
  • Sleeping bags with fleece liners for warmth and hygiene.
  • All meals on Trek/Climb suited for high altitude.
  • 3 meals, i.e BLD with morning and evening teas, evening snacks, dessert, and hot drinks after dinner
  • All safety gears and communication devices as required depending on the remoteness and altitude.
  • High Altitude Medical kit with oxygen cylinders.
  • All permits required for trekking in Hemis National Park, Peak Royalties and Climbing Fees.
  • All staff, their wages, insurances, transfers to and from their home and meals.
  • Forest entry permits and camping fees
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Leh ( room + breakfast )
  • All transfers from Leh to Leh for the trek
  • Offloading of personal load up to 10 Kgs per trekker on Yaks/Horses/Porters
  • Complimentary airport pickup and drop


Qualification Criteria: Qualified students of Mountaineering from UIAA certified Mountaineering Institutes in India or other countries. A fit individual with enough experience of trekking in the mountains, exposing himself to the complex terrain and physiological conditions of the high altitudes on a multi-day activity spanning over a week and altitudes above 5000 meters can also apply. Possessing basic skills of ice/rock/snow is desired and will help the team.

+ Package Cost Exclusions


  • Personal Travel and Climbing Insurances
  • Personal Purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Gears
  • Lunch and Dinner in Leh
  • Bottled Water or Any Other Drinks
  • Peak Royalties and Climbing Fees for Foreigners ( on actual cost )
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusion list

+ Reviews & Testimonials

4.9 of 440

Excellent: 397
Very Good: 34
Good: 5
Average: 1
Bad: 3

read reviews

Read All Our Reviews Online

We keep our reviews gladly, transparently and boldly on Google unlike hiding it on our own website and showcasing only the positive ones. Heartful thanks and gratitude to all of our Trekkers who took the effort to review us after they completed their trek with us. We understand none is perfect, but with proper experience, intention and feedbacks, one can achieve perfection. Our reviews are a result of our hardwork and intention to serve with the best interest of the trekking community as a whole and not just for our own business.
Posted by Suman Chowdhury Saturday, June 25, 2016 1:01:00 PM Categories:
Copyright For All Contents Reserved For Himalayan High