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Kang Yatse II Summit With Markha Valley Trek

- Popular Names: Kang Yatse

Kang Yatse 2 Summit With Markha Valley Trek

- Popular Names: Kang Yatse

A Himalayan High Experience
  • towards skiu on markha trek
  • summit of kang yatse 2 in focus
  • the magical peaks of kang yatse
  • kang yatse on markha trek
  • the final ascent
  • descending from summit
  • group photo
  • approaching thochungtse from hankar
  • approaching hankar from markha
  • campsite of chuskirmo

Kang Yatse Summit
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

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  • A rare chance to summit a 6000 meter with no mountaineering techniques required at all, though having it helps. The peak has high climbing and aesthetic values.
  • The mesmerizing and heart winning landscape of Ladakh: If you have not witnessed the magic which the mountains of Ladakh does to your heart, you have lost on so many things in life.
  • No mountaineering techniques required: This is probably a very rare opportunity to trek to a summit of a mountain 6200 meters high with no skills of mountaineering techniques. All what is required is to be fit and have a good physical stamina and mental endurance.
  • View of K2, Second highest mountain of the World, in Karakoram: On a clear day, K2, Nun-Kun and Nanga Parvat reveals itself from the summit.
  • Approach march through the classical Markha Valley to reach the base camp of Kang Yatse. Markha is one of the most beautiful valley in entire Ladakh and has historical significance.
  • The sightings of rare flora and fauna of the Hemis National Park is definitely an add-on. From Mountain Goats, Marmots, Red Foxes to the elegant and elusive Snow Leopard. Here's all...
  • Witnessing and experiencing the hospitality and cultural integrity of the locals and villages of Ladakh will be a life defining experience.

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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

Photos From The Day:

  • leh city
  • leh cityscape

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Day 2Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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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
    Fly to Leh on Google Map
    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

Photos From The Day:

  • acclimatization in leh
  • acclimatization trek to tsemo monastery
  • leh city from leh palace
  • tsemo monastery in leh

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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

Photos From The Day:

  • the pulley bridge crossing zanskar river in chilling
  • towards skiu on markha trek
  • very old mane near skiu on markha trek
  • start of the markha trek towards skiu
  • small old chortens near skiu on markha trek

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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

Photos From The Day:

  • approaching markha
  • leaving from skiu to markha
  • seabuck bush seen on markha trek
  • walking the beautiful rever bed towards markha
  • flat green campsite of markha

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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

Photos From The Day:

  • some amazing rockscape towards hankar
  • the beautiful village of hankar on markha trek
  • approaching thochungtse from hankar
  • campsite of thochungtse

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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

Photos From The Day:

  • unique sculptures of ladakh
  • reflection of kang yatse in a lake towards nimaling
  • the magical peaks of kang yatse

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Day 7Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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Rest and acclimatization day. Prepare for summit tomorrow.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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Day 8From Kang Yatse Base Camp To Kang Yatse Base Camp, Via - Kang Yatse Shoulder Summit

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Today is the day for us as we attempt it just past midnight at around 1 AM and aim to reach the top at dawn. All these days we had been walking slowly, when we could have walked faster, just for this day. We have ensured that we enjoy as much without being bothered about climbing this peak just because we wanted to climb it.  

Overall, it’s a challenging day right from the beginning and we try to beat it. To be able to be on top, is a feeling inexpressible. The route climbs towards your right straight up initially over a scree zone and then follows a steep climb on snow to take us to the summit. From the summit, witness all round views of peaks as far as that of East Karakoram, and the surrounding peaks of Kang Yatse.

We descend down from the summit in time, and it requires some safe steps. We need to be careful while coming down. If energy allows, we can descend down to Nimaling and camp there, else we camp in Base Camp itself.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

  • climbing kang yatse
  • summit of kang yatse 2 in focus
  • view towards karakoram from high ridge of kang yatse
  • nearing the summit of kang yatse 2

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Day 9Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Brief Details Of The Day: Reserved Day. If not used, we will use this day to reduce the descend distance and camp at Chyuskirmo to ease off the last day
Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals
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Photos From The Day:

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Day 10From 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

Photos From The Day:

  • fresh snowfall in nimaling on markha trek
  • kongmaru la from nimaling
  • kongmarula 5130 meters
  • enroute chuskyirmo from kongmarula
  • the markha gorge

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Fixed Departure Price
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INR 48000

INR 38,500 | USD 583

5% Government Taxes Extra
GST Number: 19AADCH8833L1Z1

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I was initially a bit apprehensive in booking Himalayan high as their previous website was slightly outdated and lacked pictures and descriptions but once I spoke about the details on the phone with Suman, I really gained a lot of confidence and was very impressed with what they were offering. This was my first experience with Himalayan high and I did two back to back treks, Kang yatse 2 and stok kangri. Both my experiences were great, Montu Singh is a great trek leader and guide and the rest of the crew was fantastic! The most impressive aspect was actually the equipment which is in great condition, better than most rental houses in Leh city, infact NY snow boots were brand new and so were the harnesses and helmets. This is not the cheapest company but once you will trek with them you will know exactly where the money is going. Definitely I'm looking to do more treks with them in the future.

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It was great experience having done my trek with Himalayan high for kang yatse. Few points to talk about the experience Hotel stay in Leh: it was superb homestay in Leh with good food( little expensive though) Arrangements: all the arrangements done were good considering our group size. The equipments, tempo travel from Leh to starting point and return , porters carrying our bags , tents, sleeping bags for subzero, kitchen tent was superb with chairs , Safety : they gave importance to safety , we had all the equipment required for summit push like ice axe , snow boots , ropes , crampons. Food: It was good and lots of variety in dinner Guides: Montu and Rajeev were helpful and approachable. They taken care of us from the time we landed in Leh . Improvement things 1) packaged lunch would have been better and little more since everyday it was long trek 2) summit plan would have been handled better specially the local guide who has come was not up to the mark Recommendations I recommend this trek and Himalayan high to anyone who is interested to do pure high climbs in Himalaya.

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