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Kang Yatse or Kang Yatze Trek and climbing
Kang Yatse or Kang Yaktze a 6496m peak is a dominat and an impressive Trekking peak located at the end of Markha Valley in Ladakh Himalayas, in North West India. There are two main peaks to this mountain, Kang Yatse I and Kang Yatse II. Kang Yatse II is the smaller of the two peaks and on the western side and is easier to climb whereas Kang Yatse I is technically difficult as one has to go over a knife edge traverse.
Markha Valley Trek combined with Kang Yatse Trek climbing is the most popular Trek in Ladakh. A little bit of Technical Knowledge is required to reach the summit, even though Kang Yatse is a Trekking peak. Climbing Kang Yatse is an alternative to Stok Kangri which at the moment is closed for Climbing. Kang Yatse is the highest Trekking Peak in Indian Himalayas and is meant for experienced trekkers having a high level of fitness. The Trek route meanders through the beautiful Markha Valley passing through traditional villages with stunning mountain views. It’s proximity to Leh, the capital of Ladakh makes the Kang Yatse Trek an ovious choice for those wishing to go on a trek in Ladakh.
Routes for Climbing Kang Yatse
There are two approach routes for summiting this Peak. The first route is to start the trek from Chilling and trek through the Markha Valley trekking through the villages of Skiu, Markha and Hankar. The second approach is to start the trek from the village of Shang Sumdo with a steep climb up the Markha Gorge to Chyuskirmo, Lartsa and cross the Gongmaru La Pass (5130m) to Nimaling. The second option is the faster route but one needs to have a rest day at Nimaling in order to acclimitize before trekking upto the Base Camp at 5000m.
In order to climb Kang Yatse, Camp 1 has to be set up after the Base Camp. The climb to Camp I is over steep scree but is a short climb. From here the climb to the summit gets technical and very steep as a result fixed ropes will be required.
When is the Best time to Embark of the Kang Yatse Trek and Climb ?
The most appropriate time to embark of the Kang Yatse Trek Climb is from Mid June to September when the climatic conditions are most favourable.
Kang Yatse Trek itinerary
Day 1: Fly into Leh from Delhi. Drive to the Hotel. Overnight Hotel (B/B only).
Day 2: Leh Sight Seeing. Overnight Hotel (B/B only).
Day 3: Drive to Chilling (3200m/65Km/3Hrs). Trek to Skiu (3400m/9Km-6Hrs). Overnight Tents.
A three hours drive to Chilling through Magnetic Hill and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus River. Then Trek to Skiu. The first one hour is a steep climb and then it is an easy trek there after.
Day 4: Trek Skiu to Markha (3800m/20Km-8Hrs). Overnight tents.
A long days trek by crossing the Markha River a couple of times to our Camp Site but a trek on level ground. Markha is a big village with lodges and cafes and Monasteries.
Day 5: Trek Markha to Thanchugtse (4150m/13Km-6Hrs). Overnight Tents.
A Trek through the villages of Umlung and Hankar and today is the day when you get the first view of the Kang Yatse. Rest a while at the Tea house in Umlung which incidentally is also the last village in the Markha Valley.
Day 6: Trek Thanchugtse to Nimaling (4700m/7Km-4Hrs). Overnight Tents.
The trek to Nimaling is an easy and short Trek with amazing views of the Tigu Lakes and also of the Kang Yatse all the way. Climb Gently from Thanchugtse to Nimaling a beautiful plateau above the Markha Valley.
Day 7: Trek Nimaling to Base Camp (5100m/3Hrs). Overnight Tents.
A short and gentle Trek to Base Camp. The first half is steep uphill on scree and loose soil. The second half is an easy downhill trek till the Base Camp.
Day 8 : Rest Day at the Base Camp. Acclimitization Day and as well Training and Planning for the summit day. Overnight Tents.
Day 9 : Base Camp to Advance Base Camp (5300m/3Hrs). Overnight tents.
Another short trek to Advance Base Camp, set up camp and rest early for the summit day for tomorrow.
Day 10: Advance Base Camp to Summit of Kang Yatse (6250m) and Back to Base Camp ( 12Hrs). Overnight tents.
The Trek to the summit of Kang Yatse starts early. Trek upto the snowline and negotiate the steep climb upto the summit with the help of fixed ropes. While at the top enjoy the beautiful views of the Karakoram Peaks surrounding Kang Yatse and the Zanskar Range and if the weather is clear one can even view the summit of K2, second highest Peak in the world.
Day 11: Trek Base Camp to Chuskirmo (3300m/8Hrs). Overnight tents.
Descend down to Nimaling and a climb up to Kangmaru la Pass ( 5260m) then begin the descend down to the camp site outside Chuskirmo.
Day 12: Trek Chuskirmo to Shang Sumdo ( 3500m/4Hrs) then drive further on to Leh. End of Kang Yatse Trek Climb.
Day 13: Fly Back to Delhi and fly further on to Home Country.
Recomendation: The trek is strenous and demands good physical form. Hence, a physical fitness check-up is recomended.
Note: The above itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
Kang Yatse Trek Climbing Costs: US$1800 / Person
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