Kang Yatse II 6200m & Markha valley  -  13 days      9 days of trek

A 6000m peak climb in Ladakh, beautiful Markha valley trek and Indus valley tour

Trip Route:  Leh - Lamayuru - Alchi - Chilling - Markha - Nimaling - Kang Yatse II - Kongmaru La - Shang - Hemis - Leh

Trip Introduction

The Kang Yatse II 6200m or Kang Yatze located at the East end of the Markha valley region of Ladakh just above Nimaling plains. The Kang Yatse peak is most dominant peak in Markha valley. The lower western Peak of Kang Yatse II is easier (Alpine PD - Peu Difficile) and more frequently climbed. The main summit of Kang Yatse I required some technical ability. Dzo Jongo is delight of trekkers as it doesn't required any technical climbing. If you are seeking for first Himalayan 6000m peak and away from the crowd that you may see in Stok Kangri peak. This side of Markha remain calm most of the time.  

We start our excellent trek from Chilling after visiting ancient village of Alchi. Crossing Zanskar River and entering  into Markha valley. We trek along the Markha river enroute we pass through barley fields, beautiful villages of Skiu, Markha, Hankar and experiencing daily life of Ladakh people. We climb to an open pasture of Nimaling, and climb gradually to the base camp. With a panoramic view finally ascending to the peak of Kang Yatse II. On a clear sky the view goes upto K2 and Karakoram range peaks. Finally we cross pass of kongmaru la and descend down to Chuskirmo, Chogdo and Shang. And finally to Leh along the right banks of Indus River.

Trip Facts

Activity - Trekking & mountaineering
Region - Markha, Ladakh, India 
Difficulty Level - Strenuous
Max Altitude - 6200m
Max sleeping altitude - 5150 m
Lowest trek altitude - 3290 m
Trip Length - 13 days Delhi to Delhi
10 days Leh to Leh 
9 days trekking
9 nights camping
3 night hotel
Best time - Mid June to Sept end

Trip Facts

Ladakh trekking peak, Pre summit superb acclimatization, Spectacular Markha valley
Hemis national park, View of Ladakh & Karakoram range

KANG YATSE II - OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Fly Delhi - Leh (3500m). Leh airport pick, check into hotel. Rest and acclimatize
Day 02: Leh acclimatise: Sight-seeing in around Leh
Day 03: Drive Leh - Chilling (3200m) 3-4 hrs, Trek  to Skiu (3290m), 3-4 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Markha (3710m), 6-7 hrs
Day 05: Trek  to Hankar (3900m) – Thachungtse (4200m), 6-7 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Nimaling (4750m), 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Base camp (5150m), 5-6 hrs
Day 08: Rest day / Training
Day 09: Ascend Kang Yatse II 6200m - back to base camp, 9-10 hrs
Day 10: Nimaling / Reserve day
Day 11: Trek Kongmaru La (5150m) - Chuskirmo (4140m), 6-7 hrs
Day 12: Trek Shang Sumdo (3660m) 3-4, Drive Leh 2 hrs.
Day 13: Leh - Delhi flight.

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INCLUDED IN THE COST
-  All ground transportation to & fro as per the itinerary. 
-  Leh airport transfer. 
-  Sight-seeing in around Leh one full day 
-  3 nights bed & breakfast hotel accommodation in Leh at 3 star hotel on twin sharing basis.
-  Accommodation on twin share in 3 men 4 season tents,  sleeping bags/liners, foam mattresses, mess tent, stool, chairs, toilet tent. Single tent available on request.
-  Climbing gear: climbing boots, crampons, harnesses, ice axe, gaiters, rope, carabineers, trekking poles & other accessories.
-  All meal during trek - starts with bed tea to breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea /coffee, snacks. from Indian, Tibetan, Chinese to continental cuisine.
-  Support staff: Qualified English speaking climbing guide, cook & camp crew.
-  Trekking mules/horses for porterage of your luggage and trekking gear.
-  Camping fee,  climbing permits.
-  GST (Goods and services tax) as applicable.
-  First aid medical kit.  

DOES NOT INCLUDE IN THE COST
×     Domestic flight Delhi - Leh, 
×     Rest of hotel in Leh and New Delhi and lunch, dinner while staying at hotel in Leh & not trekking.
×     Travel insurance.
×     Soft or hard drinks.
×     Entrance fee at monasteries
×     Personal tipping to staff: Guide, cook, helper, horseman, driver. 
×     Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding beyond trip Schedule.

KANG YATSE II (6200M) - DETAILED  ITINERARY
Day 1: Delhi - Leh flight / Arrive Leh. Leh airport pickup, check into hotel. Rest and acclimatize
Arrive Leh. Leh airport pickup and check into hotel. Afternoon is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude of 3500m as well as visit Leh bazaar. visit the Royal Palace of Leh from the 16th century, Overnight in hotel. 

Day 2: Leh - Acclimatize / Sight-seeing in around Leh
After breakfast, we drive to visit Shey first, than Thiksey. Thiksey monastery, which is 27 km from Hemis. This monastery is the oldest monastery of Gelugpa School in Ladakh. The great Lama Paldan Shesrap built it in 14th century. Here you can see the big statue of the Future Buddha. Continue to Taktok and Chemdey and return back to visit Hemis monastery which is 45 km far from Leh and it takes 90 minute drive. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with great ancestor Singey Namgyal builds this biggest monastery in 16th century. Continue to Matho than we drive to Stok which is situated opposite of Leh at a distance of 14 kms, At Stok visit of Royal Palace built during 1825 AD and palace has great collections of antiquity. Continue to visit Matho situated 10 kms from Stok, which has 10th century complex. Finally we drive back to Leh

Day 3: Drive Leh - Chilling (3200m) 3-4 hrs, Trek  to Skiu (3290m), 3-4 hrs
Leaving Leh we drive to Chilling, where a bridge over the Zanskar River marks the starting point of today's route. After the loads were loaded onto the horses, you can loosely with only a small daypack ongoing running. It is necessary to overcome a first small pass (3400 m), before you reach the first large village in the Markha Valley with Skiu. 

Day 4: Trek to Markha (3710m), 6-7 hrs
Leaving Skiu today we will have long, easy and pleasant walk up the Markha valley. We hike along the Markha River and cross numerous adjoining stream. The trail passes through willows, poplar trees and sea buckthorn bushes. Passing by Chaluk, last river to be cross before Markha. Markha is a wonderful village which has charming campsite and deserted fort can be seen from camp, 

Day 5: Trek  to Hankar (3900m) – Thachungtse (4200m), 6-7 hrs
Leaving Markha today you cross the river several times. We follow the clear path along the right bank and pass beneath the Humlung monastery. Few hours later arrival at high village of Hankar, continue on the track leaving the broad valley and turning towards narrow valley. As the trail goes higher and higher up the landscape presents spectacular scenes. Lastly crossing the bridge and continue to higher meadows of Thachungtse. 

Day 6: Trek to Nimaling (4750m), 5-6 hrs
Today leaving camp we pass several Mani walls and come across a small lake.  From here you have a spectacular view of the two peaks of Kang Yatse. Nimaling is a high pasture ground where you will find herder from Markha valley and Shang Sumdo area graze their livestock during summer time. We will have oppurtunity to taste fresh Dzo milk and other milk product to taste. The view of main Markha valley to the west is wonderful especially during sunset.

Day 7: Trek to Base camp (5150m), 5-6 hrs
From Nimaling trail up the mountain to reach more high pasture where you will find Dzo and yaks grazing. Through the loose rocks to reach a point where we will get clear view of Kang Yatse. We establish base camp near the stream.

Day 8: Rest day / Training
Today take the day to rest and before noon practice some technical skills which can be useful for next day and in the afternoon take some rest or gain some altitude.

Day 9: Ascend Kang Yatse II 6200m - back to base camp, 10-11 hrs
The summit day. Leaving midnight early approach to the edge of Kang Yatze II. In the beginnig walking on scree and moraine than onto snow. At the snowline crampons are applied and the rise follows. Gradual ascent all the way up except last few steep parts where you rope up. Reach at the summit by sunrise and enjoy the great view over the Markha Valley to the West and Zanskar to the South, Ladakh & Karakoram to the North. Descent to base camp. 

Day 10: Nimaling / Reserve day
We keep this day as reserve day or rest day, in case of any bad weather. This day will be use as alternative.

Day 11: Trek Kongmaru La (5150m) - Chuskirmo (4140m), 6-7 hrs
Today leaving Nimaling, continue on path where small stream to cross then gradual climb to the top of the highest pass of our trek, with its wonderful views from the top as far as eye goes to all directions. On a clear sky one can see Kangyatse, far across K2 and Karakoram Range and its peak rising above 7000m. Soon after crossing the pass steep and long descent to Chuskirmo. 

Day 12: Trek Shang Sumdo (3660m) 3-4, Drive Leh 2 hrs.
We pass the small village of Chokdo and continue along the stream to village of Shang Sumdo. leaving Shang Sumdo, we say adieu to our horseman and drive to Leh. 

Day 13: Leh - Delhi flight.
Morning transfer to airport and flight to Delhi.