The Western Summit of the Kang Yatse Peak, or Kang Yatse II, offers the perfect challenge for folks looking to move a step up from trekking peaks. A semi – technical peak (Rated Alpine PD), just above the magical 20,000 feet barrier, it lets you dip your feet in the exciting world of mountaineering without overwhelming you. The Markha Valley trek, one of the most popular trails in Ladakh, offers a great acclimatization walk . On a clear summit day, view K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum Massif in the North and Nun, Kun and the Zanskar peaks in the West.
Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatise. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight Hotel.
Visit Leh palace, the Shey / Thikse / Hemis gompas. Overnight Hotel.
Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu
The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus and swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchan gorge.
Trek Skiu to Markha
The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m over the 22km,crossing the Markha river a couple of times .There are a few ancient chortens along the trail, and a number of wolf pits used to trap wolves when they roam the valley during the winter months. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery Camp.
Trek Markha to Thachungtse
KangYatze (6400m), a magnificent snow clad mountain commands the views for the next two days. On the walk there are sights of some fascinating geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. Continue down over a bridge to Thachungtse, a lovely valley to camp in. A popular place to spot herds of blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility. Camp.
Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling
You pass several mani walls and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here - both of KangYatze, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. We descend slowly to the flatbottomed valley of Nimaling which has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come from the Markha Valley to graze their live stock on the summer pastures.
Trek Nimaling to Base Camp
We take a meandering path up the mountain to reach wide pastures where wild yaks graze. Walk over loose rocks to drop altitude to the other side of the mountain, where we establish our Base Camp right next to the stream.
Walks around Camp
Take the day to rest and practice some technical skills – useful for the snowy slopes of the next day. In the afternoon, gain some height and acclimatize your body for the summit the next day. Early Dinner and off to bed by 7pm.
Climb Kang Yatse II and back to Camp
Summit Day! We start at midnight for our summit attempt of Kang Yatze II. Walk initially on scree and moraine before getting onto snow. It is gradual all the way except for a few steep parts where we rope up. We should be at the summit by daybreak to catch the sun rise and the glorious view of the Zanskar range and the distant Karakoram. Descend to Base Camp for brunch. A long day of about 12 hrs.
Base Camp to Chuskirmo
(3300m) 6-7 hrs
Climb back up and descend to Nimaling. We start making our way over Kangmaru La (5260m). The descent is steep and we enter a narrow valley. We camp at Chuskirmo, a little after the valley flattens out.
Chuskirmo to Shang Sumdo. Drive to Leh. 2 hrs trek
Walk 2 hours to get to our waiting vehicles at Shang Sumdo. Our cars take us to Hemis (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Wash up & the spend the evening shopping in Leh.
Fly Leh – Delhi
Early morning transfer to Airport for Leh - Delhi flight.
Amenities includes according to the tour
- Accommodation on twin sharing Hotels and deluxe camps as mentioned.
- Meals inclusion as specified in the itinerary.
- A back up vehicle (pick up jeep) and one experienced mechanic from day 3 till the the 7th day .
- Royal Enfeild 500cc bikes from day.
- Local guide in Turtuk village.
- Airport pickup and drop in Leh.
- one dedicated trip leader.
Amenities excludes according to the tour
- Any Airfare
- Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, gratuities etc.
- Any Insurance
- Any expenses incurred due to delays owing to Force Majeure conditions or unforeseen circumstances
- Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
Payments and cancellations
- A minimum 50% of total on confirmation.
- 2 months before departure –No Charge
- 29‐60 days before departure‐25% of total
- 10‐28 days before departure‐50% of total
- Less than 10 days before departure‐No Refund
What to Do and Don’t on the Trip
- On Arrival please rest for 24 Hours, as you are travelling to High Altitude and would need time to acclimatize.
- Have plenty of drinking water or any kind of liquid (except alcohol).
- While visiting any Gompa, Please take a Lamas Permission for Photo or Video Shoot.
- Please wear proper clothing while visiting Gompas.
- For Females: No Open Hair, Short Skirts or any Short Dresses allowed at Gompa.
- For Males: No Short Pants or Sleeveless allowed at Gompa.
- Please follow Gompa Rules while visiting.
- D Cold –Illness / Combiflam–Body Pain.
- Vicks Balm.
- Diamox(250mg) –For High Altitude / High Pressure.
- Personal Medicines if any.
- GluconD / Electralpowder & Camphor.
- Dependel M
- Vicks inhaler
Essential Stuff that you might need.
- T-SHIRTS (preferably dry-fits)
- TRACK LOWERS
- THERMAL INNERS (Upper & Lower)
- SWEAT SHIRT
- SUN CAP & BALACLAVA
- EXTRA BATTERIES
- SUNSCREEN, minimum 50spf
- SUN GLASSES
- DOWN JACKET
- PERSONAL MEDICATION –if any
- PEN KNIFE
- SOCKS (min.5 pairs) –Cotton & Woollen