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Kang Yatse 1

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

Kang Yatse 1 Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 12 Da
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
  • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jul, Aug, Sep
  • 🏃 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)

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Kang Yatse 1

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

Elevation Profile And Itinerary Overview Of The Kang Yatse 1

Day 1
D1Delhi
Day 2
D2Leh
Day 2
Chemo Monastery
Day 2
Shanti Stupa
Day 3
D3Leh
Day 3
Chilling
Day 4
D4Skiu
Day 5
D5Markha
Day 5
Hankar
Day 6
D6Thochungtse
Day 7
D7Kang Yatse BC
Day 8
D8Kang Yatse BC
Day 9
D9Kang Yatse C1
Day 9
Kang Yatse 1 Summit
Day 10
D10Kang Yatse BC
Day 11
D11Kang Yatse BC
Day 11
Kongmaru La
Day 11
Chuskirmo
Day 12
D12Leh
Day 13
D13Kang Yatse BC
Day 14
New Delhi

Kang Yatse 1 Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Leh

Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: None
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Fly, Rest, Acclimatize 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

Day 2
3500 - Leh
Day 2
3600 - Chemo Monastery
Day 2
3600 - Shanti Stupa
Day 2
3500 - Leh


4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

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

Day 3
3500 - Leh
Day 3
3200 - Chilling
Day 3
3400 - Skiu


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Skiu (3400m )
Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 4
3400 - Skiu
Day 4
3700 - Markha


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Markha (3700m )
Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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

Day 5
3700 - Markha
Day 5
3980 - Hankar
Day 5
4200 - Thochungtse


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Thochungtse (4200m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 BC

Day 6
4200 - Thochungtse
Day 6
5000 - Kang Yatse BC


3 - 4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kang Yatse BC (5000m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 7

Rest / Acclimatization Day


Day 7
5000 - Kang Yatse BC
Day 7
5000 - Kang Yatse BC


3 - 4hrs.

Activity: Rest, Acclimatize Day
Overnight In: Kang Yatse BC (5000m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 BC To Kang Yatse C1 ( 5 Kms,3 - 4 hours )

Day 8
5000 - Kang Yatse BC
Day 8
5500 - Kang Yatse C1


5Km, 3 - 4hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Kang Yatse C1 (5500m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 C1 To Kang Yatse BC, Via - Kang Yatse 1 Summit ( 18 Kms,12 hours )

Day 9
5500 - Kang Yatse C1
Day 9
6400 - Kang Yatse 1 Summit
Day 9
5000 - Kang Yatse BC


18Km, 12hrs.

Activity: Climb Day
Overnight In: Kang Yatse BC (5000m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

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 10

Reserved Day For Contingency



This is a planned reserved day to keep window for bad weather and other contiongencies. If unutilized, we can spend this day in any other campsite of our liking. The cost of this day is included in the trek package. If you decide to finish your trek instead of utilizing this resereved day, no money will be refunded and the local resources will be paid in full.

Day 11

Pass Crossing Day


Cross Kongmaru La And Reach Leh via Chuskirmo

Day 11
5000 - Kang Yatse BC
Day 11
5130 - Kongmaru La
Day 11
4140 - Chuskirmo
Day 11
3500 - Leh


8 - 9hrs.

Activity: Trek, Drive Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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 12

Reserved Day For Contingency



This is a planned reserved day to keep window for bad weather and other contiongencies. If unutilized, we can spend this day in any other campsite of our liking. The cost of this day is included in the trek package. If you decide to finish your trek instead of utilizing this resereved day, no money will be refunded and the local resources will be paid in full.

Day 13Departure From Leh

Activity: Fly Out Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast
Cost Of Transport Included: NO
Itinerary and our service ends. You will be dropped to the airport as per plan.

Kang Yatse 1 - Elaborate Description

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 

 

 

 

WHY SHOULD YOU CLIMB WITH US?

 

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 Package Cost Details

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  • Day 1

    Fly, Rest, Acclimatize

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m )
    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

    Trek

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

    Trek

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

    Trek

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

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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

    Trek

    From Kang Yatse BC (5000m ) To Kang Yatse C1 (5500m ) . 3 - 4 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse C1 (5500m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Climb

    From Kang Yatse C1 (5500m ) To Kang Yatse BC (5000m ), Via - Kang Yatse 1 Summit (6400m ) . 12 Hrs. 18 Kms
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse BC (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 10

    Reserved Contingency Day

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

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Kang Yatse BC (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

    Reserved Contingency Day

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

    Fly Out

    Departure Day
    Departure From Leh
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
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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

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

If cancellation is done:

  1. Up to 90 days or more before the start date - 100% Refund of the total invoiced amount
  2. 89 days to 46 days before the start date - 60% refund of the total invoiced amount. 40% of the invoice amount will be charged as the cancellation penalty.
  3. 45 days or less before the start date - No Refund of the total invoiced amount
  4. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 30 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 30 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  6. Validity: This rule is applicable for both trekking and technical peaks above 6000 meters, categorized as a climbing expedition and graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

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