Kang Yatse 2 Expedition 2019
Kang Yatse II is an astounding mountain that is located at Markha Valley. If you are a trekking enthusiast, then the western range of Kang Yatse Peak is the ideal spot to traverse. If you are viewing for the semi-technical peak- Alpine PD then it is just 20,000 preceding the barrier. It is an enchanting door to the interesting cosmos of mountaineering that has the endowment to tingle your soul and astonish you.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
About the Trek:
Set in the demure Markha valley, the Kang Yatse expedition trek is a great option if you are looking for a less crowded but as enduring trek as Stok. This 11-day trek starts at Leh district and traverse all the way to the quaint Ladakhi hamlets of Skui, Markha, Thachungtse and Nimaling. As you start trekking from Chiling to Skui, you will experience the authentic untouched culture of Ladakh. The trekkers have found two summits to Kang Yatse one being the eastern and steeper and the other being easier western summit. The Kang Yatse 2 climb from Markha to Thachungtse and then towards Nimaling, will acquaint you with teahouses, monasteries and other village architectures on the way that adds to the beauty of the trip.
One of the lesser known treks in Leh and sister trek to the famous Stok trek, the Kang Yatse 2 trek is only for the experienced trekkers, looking to push their limits, as climbing Kang Yatse 2 requires a great level of physical fitness and endurance. Kang Yatse 2 height which lies at a whopping 6250m will not only test your mountaineering skills but also reward you with unobstructed views of the Stok and K2 mountain summits.
Once you reach the base camp of Kang Yatse which is at 2 km from Nimaling, you acclimatize for a day and get trained to take on the summit the next day. The route to 5 km Kang Yatse 2 peak expedition to the summit, climbs on a scree leading up to a steep snow slope. Make sure you are properly geared and start early to reach the summit by 6 am. You will be absolutely awestruck with the mesmerizing views of the Karakoram range and also have a great sense of achievement. In fact, you can find snow even at the base camp, if you trek in June or July, making the climb slower and more challenging. Everyday requires 6 to 7 hours of walking so not for the faint hearted. For those who are deciding between Kang Yatse vs Stok Kangri, our advice is to go with ‘the road less travelled’ which is the enticing Kang Yatse expedition. Kang Yatse weather is best between June to September when the valley sees double digits temperature as compared to the other half of the year when it is at below 0 degrees.
About the destination:
The trek of Kang Yatse lies in Leh, the highest district in India, with the mighty Karakoram and Zaskar mountains on all sides. The town is well connected with the rest of India through airlines and the place to acclimatize yourself to the 11480ft height you land on. The rugged terrain of Ladakh is itself something you see on a rarity. The change in the environment with will leave you mesmerized, you see fewer and fewer humans and settlements as you move ahead towards Markha valley and soon all the civilization is almost left behind and you are on this highland under open sky experiencing the sight of a lifetime.
• Difficulty level – Difficult trek, for experienced trekkers only
• Time required – 11 to 12 days
• Max altitude attained – 20500 feet
• Best time to visit – June to September
• Nearest airport – Leh international airport
All arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip
All transport in a non AC car as per the itinerary above
Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / ‘A’ class hotels (all meals included)
Professional guide fee, wildlife fee and climbing permit
All trekking arrangements with an experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.
Delhi – Leh – Delhi airfare. Railway station / airport transfers in Delhi
Sleeping bag, items of personal clothing and personal climbing equipment (budget on spending INR 6000 if renting equipment from Leh)
Porterage of personal baggage
Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, insurance Beverages and snacks in Leh or any other tea house, tips for guides, cooks & porters
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Includes 18% GST (Subject to change as per Govt rules)
Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m)
The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus till its confluence with the Zanskar where we make a u-turn and enter the Zanskar Valley and drive up along the muddy Zanskar till we reach Chilling. A little ahead of Chilling lies Kaya-Do where we cross the river on a trolley and make our way to the small village of Skiu. Overnight Camp.
Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m)
The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m across 22km, crossing the Markha river a couple of times. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. Overnight Camp.Description
Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)
Kang Yatse (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. Overnight Camp.
Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m)
You pass several mani (stones with prayer inscriptions) walls and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here – both of Kang Yatse, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. Overnight Camp.
Trek to Kang Yatze Base camp (5150m)
It’s uphill from Nimaling through the loose rocks till we reach to the point from where we get the views of Kang Yatze base camp. Now the trail ease down a bit with gentle walk till we reach to base camp. Total walking hours from Nimaling should be 2-3hrs.
We get some height gain today and practice walking with snow boots. A mix of snow and ice craft techniques.
Load Ferry and Trek to High camp
We will load ferry today and will set up a high camp from where summit will be attempted
Summit Day! We start a little after midnight for our summit attempt of Kang Yatze II. We start of initially on scree and moraine before getting onto snow. It is gradual all the way except for a few parts where we might have to 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 breakfast. A long day of about 10 hrs.
Trek to Nimaling
We pack camp and proceed to the grazing grounds of Nimaling. From there it is a gradual ascent to Kongmaru La pass at 5260m with prayer flags fluttering. Beautiful views all round from the pass. We descend steeply at first before it becomes gradually as we reach the stream. A little ahead from there is Chuskirmo with chortens and a small shop.
Trek to Shang Sumdo & drive to Leh
Trek along the Shang River for couple of hours before we reach to Shang Sumdo – road head and then get into vehicles to go to Hemis monastery (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Lunch at the hotel, wash up & spend the afternoon visiting the interesting market in Leh.