Kang Yatse Summit
Kang Yatse is a beautiful looking mountain dominating the Markha valley. It has a twin summit. The main peak is a dome and has its summit at 6400 meters. It requires technical skills and rope works to be used to reach its summit. The other peak has its summit at 6200 meters and a steep trek over the snow and scree guides to its summit. This is one of the highest trekking peaks in the Himalayas, higher than Stok Kangri which is more popular and commercial trek operators has wrongly made it famous as the highest trekking peak of India.
Kang Yatse 2 offers a great chance to summit a 6200 meter peak requiring no mountaineering skills, though having it helps. The peak of Kang Yatse dominates the Markha Valley with its elegant presence and stands apart distinctively from its other surrounding peaks, few of which are also over 6000 meter high. It can be taken as your introduction to basic mountaineering skills required in the high Himalayas. The altitude, terrain, gradient of the climb, snow conditions and cold provides enough challenge even to the fit and experienced trekkers. Kang Yatse being a lesser known peak and remote, it offers a great raw experience of the Himalayas.
If you ask us to suggest the best climbing and trekking adventure in Ladakh, we would definitely keep Kang Yatse on top of the list.. not just because it is one of the most elegant looking mountains in the Himalayas, but climbing it also offers a high adventure quotient compared to the otherwise popular Stok Kangri
The Approach March to The Base Camp of Kang Yatse
The approach to this gem begins from Chilling and a trek through the Markha Valley, passing by the villages of Skiu, Markha and Hankar. These villages are some of the historical villages, not only of Ladakh, but also of India. A part of the ancient Silk Route and also the Indus Valley Civilization. The fertile land is further turned into a rich agricultural valley by the sheer determination and hard work of the dwelling locals.
On this approach march to the peak of Kang Yatse, we do come across few local villagers and talking to them gives an enlightening perspective to your thought process. As soon as you leave the Markha campsite and walk towards Hankar, the peak of Kang Yatse is seen for the first time and right away, it starts dominating not just the valley, but also your mind.
After crossing Hankar and the campsite of Thochungtse, we reach the base camp of Kang Yatse, diverging the trail to Nimaling. Here, the massif of Kang Yatse stands right in front of you inspiring within you enough grit and determination to scale its summit.
The Route To The Summit of Kang Yatse 2
Its a steep climb after the base camp to the summit of the peak. We initially negotiate scree zone to reach the summit ridge. During early June and July, there is ample snow and boots and crampons can be worn from the base camp itself depending upon the snow. Else, we reach the crampon point on the ridge where we stop to wear our snow gears. The climb gets steeper with time and amount of snow deposit keeps on increasing as well. Its a difficult climb above 5000 meters and a hard walk for some 7 - 8 hours takes you to the summit of the Kang Yatse Shoulder Peak. The feeling of standing on the top does feel satisfying, but the views from the top is breathtaking too ! Peaks of East Karakoram, Zanskar and Ladakh are visible from the top like a eagle's view.
The trek down from the summit is fast and we reach the base camp in some 4 hours time. In our itinerary, we have kept a reeserved day which is to be used for a bad weather or an unsuccessful attempt. We return in a day from the Base Camp to Leh via the high pass of Kongmaru La, following the Markha Gorge and exiting via the village of Shang Sumdo, which is the motor head for the return.
Acclimatization Is The Primary Key To Success
On a difficult trek like this which climbs steepy on difficult terrain higher above 6000 meters, acclimatization is your primary weapon. Our itinerary is well designed from acclimatization perspective and gives you enough rest to achieve the success on the summit. Firstly, the 2 rest days in Leh ( we advice 1 more day in Leh ) and then the short acclimatization walks on each evening not just gives you better photographs but also helps you acclimatize better for the upcoming challenges. The base camp is at 5000 meters and sleeping at this altitude is really difficult. However, to be successful in achieving the summit, we need to adjust quickly and sleep well as well. We have kept extra rest and orientration day in the base camp to help you prepare well for the summit attempt and also acclimatize well for the difficult altitude and trek in the coming days.
The meal plan that we render on the trek is also designed keeping in mind better and quicker acclimitization with more hot garlic soups, more and more water, less of oily food and a balanced diet of carbohydrate and enough but not much protein which are easily digestible.
Slow walks on approach days gives much better result with acclimatization, even if you could walk quicker. Preserve that extra energy for the summit walk.
Read more on 13 Ways to Acclimatize Naturally
Importance Of Rest Day and Orientation of Technical Equipment In The Base Camp:
After we reach the base camp, we have a full rest day the next day. Though we call it a full rest day, it is not actually so. We do spend some time getting acquainted with our equipments so that we gear up very qucikly for the summit climb which starts right in the midnight, around 12 or 1 AM. We will give you a helmet, a walking ice axe, a harness, a pair of gaiters, a screw carabiner, a pair of 2 layered climbing boot with a pair of climbing crampon. Our leaders explains and demos the use of these technical gears. We are supposed to try everything and make sure everything is fine and fit. Our leaders will explain how to gear up for the summit climb and will also show you rope technique as we will climb the peak roped-up with each other. Its very important day and we need to very alert in the demo session. We also go for acclimatization walk in roped up condition to get acquainted with rope skills and acclimatize better.
Snow Condition and Best Time to climb the Kang Yatse Peak
While its difficult to predict snow condition, June mid to July early has more snow copmpared to August anbd September. Till October mid its good time to trek to the summit of Kang Yatse.
Setting Up Of Advanced Base Camp For The Summit
More snow and smaller team allows us to set up Advanced Base Camp on the summit ridge. Since the route does not have any water source we will have to melt snow for water. Hence Early June, July eases up setting advanced base camp on the summit ridge. We carry a small butane cylinder and alpine stove to heat water and cook some ultra light food for the Bivuouc Advance Camp. This definitely eases our summit climb but one has to be acclimatized well to camp and sleep at ABC, higher up than the base camp. In the month of August and September also its possible to set up ABC but water has to be carried and a rougher campsite is to be expected which does not ease sleeping at all.
Come, lets take the challenge and stand on the top of Kang Yatse to feel the Himalayan High at 6200 meters high Himalayan peak !!
You may also have a look at Our Kang Yatse - Stok Kangri Twin Summit trek or Kang Yatse 1 Climb
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. Its 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 a challenging treks like this as smaller groups has 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 a 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 has given us 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