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 guides to its summit.
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.
The approach to this gem begins in 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.
A steep climb negotiating scree and snow for some 6 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.
The trek down from the summit is fast in couple of days, you can reach Leh via the high pass of Kongmaru La, following the Markha Gorge and exiting via Shang Sumdo.
Smaller Groups are the best to take on challenging treks like the Kang Yatse and Stok Kangri. Smaller trek teams are more successful in their summit bid as they are more focused in their objectives, share common physical abilities, are safer and friendlier and also, its not limited by the weaknesses of the flock. It might be little more expensive to arrange for smaller groups, but then you do not come to climb Stok Kangri everyday... For all of our treks, we take smaller groups and have managed a extremely good summit success rate till now.
While its difficult to predict snow condition, June mid to October mid are good time to trek to the summit of Kang Yatse. Come, lets take the challenge and stand on the top of Kang Yatse to feel the Himalayan High at 6200 meters high Himalayan peak !!
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
You may also have a look at Our Kang Yatse - Stok Kangri Twin Summit trek or Kang Yatse 1 Climb