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Climb Kang Yatse 1 Peak 6401 Meters in Ladakh

Climbing a 6401 meter technical peak in the beautiful Markha Valley, Kang Yatse I is also the highest peak of the valley
- Popular Names: Kang YatseKang Yatse Main Peak

Climb Kang Yatse 1 Peak

Climbing a 6401 meter technical peak in the beautiful Markha Valley, Kang Yatse I is also the highest peak of the valley
- Popular Names: Kang YatseKang Yatse Main Peak

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  • towards skiu on markha trek
  • kang yatse on markha trek
  • nearing the summit of kang yatse 2
  • near kang yatse 1 camp 1
  • the broken ridge to kang yatse 1 summit
  • few meters below kang yatse 1
  • very old mane near skiu on markha trek
  • campsite of chuskirmo
  • unique sculptures of ladakh
  • trek to kang yatse camp 1
Introduction To The Climb Kang Yatse 1 Peak
- Popular Names: Kang YatseKang Yatse Main Peak

The Kang Yatse Massif is a beautiful looking peak 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 peaks which are above 6000 meters, but its the second and first peak that are climbed the most.

While the second peak is a trekking peak, Kang Yatse 1 is a 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 the soft snow. 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 thats long and has a crevasse below the dome.

There is an unclimbed ( no sources or record found ) 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.

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, and will walk roped-up to each other. 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 the sides after which it's a steep climb on hard ice/ soft snow cover the last 500 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.

The views starts 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 a success on this summit. It will be an enriching experience as an aspiring mountaineer to take up other difficult peaks in the future.


Important Information For International Guests:

We require to get climbing permits from Indian Mountaineering Foundation for this peak and support with a liason 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 6 months in advance. Permit  fees can range between 500 to 800 USD for the entire team.


Alternate Itinerary, without Markha Valley  (10 Days, Leh to Leh )

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

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Delhi To Leh

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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.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: None

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

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  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Chemo Monastery: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Shanti Stupa: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Approximate Time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Day's Activity: Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize
  • Leh:
    Coordinates: 34.16648356 , 77.57994197
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    View 360 degree from Leh using Peak Finder
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.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

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Day 3From Leh To Skiu, Via - Chilling

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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.


Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 4From Skiu To Markha

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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.

Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 5From Markha To Thochungtse, Via - Hankar

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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

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 6From Thochungtse To Kang Yatse Base Camp

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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.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 7Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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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.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 8From Kang Yatse Base Camp To Kang Yatse Camp 1

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  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5000 meters / 16500 feets
  • Kang Yatse Camp 1: 5500 meters / 18150 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 5 Km
  • Approximate Time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Day's Activity: Trek
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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

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 9From Kang Yatse Camp 1 To Kang Yatse Base Camp, Via - Kang Yatse 1 Summit

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  • Kang Yatse Camp 1: 5500 meters / 18150 feets
  • Kang Yatse 1 Summit: 6400 meters / 21120 feets
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5000 meters / 16500 feets
  • Approximate Distance: 12 Km
  • Approximate Time: 7 - 8 hours
  • Day's Activity: Climb
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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.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

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Day 10Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Reserved day
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All meals

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

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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.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Fixed Departure Price
( per head cost)

INR 75,400 | USD 1,142

5% Government Taxes Extra
GST Number: 19AADCH8833L1Z1

Our Batch Size:
25 - 30  2 - 15


  • 1 Medical Expert + IMF Certified Technical Climbing/Trek Leader.
  • 1 IMF Approved Liason 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 upto 10 Kgs per trekker on Yaks/Horses/Porters
  • Complimentary airport pickup and drop


  • 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
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusion list

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