Kang Yatze Expedition (6400m)

Trip Type: Mountaineering
Region: Ladakh - Markha Valley
Grade: Moderate
Duration: 8+ Days
Max Altitude: 6400 / 6200
Best Season: June - September
Trip Begins: Leh / Ends: Leh
Trip Cost

This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.

Set above the vast Nimaling pasture, it is a beautiful peak at the head of the Markha Valley; Kang Yatze is an amazing peak to climb as it offers variety to both the novice climber and also to the a climber who is trying to progress his/her skills to the next level. Kang Yatze 1 is 6400m and the lower Summit is 6200m. The grade for all 2 peaks can vary between F – AD depending on what you choose to climb.

Kang Yatse II is a non-technical or trekking peak for those who have beginner mountaineering knowledge. Towering over the vast Nimaling pasture, it’s a beautiful peak that makes for a great climbing objective. The nearest town is Leh, the capital of Ladakh.

We approach the mountain via Markha Valley in the Hemis region of Ladakh. It is a gentle trek in via the amazing Markha valley. We pass through many local villages as we approch our objective. Our exit will be via Nimaling and the pass Kangmarula (5100m) after which we will descent through a narrow valley to reach Shang Sumdo.

Kang Yatse Expedition – II is the shoulder of the mountain and can be classified as a F on the Alpine grade. The main summit, Kang Yatze Expedtion – I which is 6400m forms a harder climbing objective for the experienced mountaineer. The last 500 mts of the climb is where the crux lies and would be classified as a D on the alpine grade. Expect an ice wall / compact snow (depending on the season) of about 60 degrees to ascend and descend. 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.

Itinerary
DAY 01
Arrival in Leh.

Get a flight to Leh town and transfer to the hotel. Relax and acclimatize. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight Hotel.

DAY 02
Acclimatization in Leh. Duration: 4-5 hours

Optional visit to the Leh Palace and the Shey and Thikse gompas. Last minute shopping in the Leh market. Overnight hotel.

DAY 03
Leh – Chilling – Skiu (3400m). Duration: Drive 1 hour; Trek 3-4 hours

The first part of the trek is by road to the village of Chilling. Here, we will cross the bridge over the Zanskar river. Once we pack our horses and head of, mountains, unearthly and jagged surround us, rising all around us. The sky is a stunning, deep cobalt and seems to stretch on endlessly. We camp at Skiu where you truly comprehend the meaning of ‘midnight blue’ and remember all those constellations from childhood.

DAY 04
Skiu – Markha (3700m). Duration: 6-7 hours

It’s a long albeit easy walk today on the banks of the Markha river. We cross it at various points making the day quite exciting. Enormous rock formations tower over the sand-swept plains gradually rising to reach the village of Markha, the largest in the valley.

DAY 05
Markha – Thachungtse (4200m) Duration: 6-7 hours

Past old stone mills, mani walls, an old castle and a hilltop monastery the trail winds past the last villages of the Markha valley before branching out towards Thachungtse. Wildflowers dot the landscape and the five-coloured prayer flags dance against the cerulean sky.

DAY 06
Thachungtse – Base Camp (4800m). Duration: 5-6 hours

Today is the easiest day of the trek with a gradual ascent to the open rolling meadows and we arrive at our Base Camp. The local nomadic shepherds bring their livestock of goats, sheep and yaks to these broad pastures. Lush green grass covers the hills here and we spot marmots and alpine choughs scrounging for possible edibles. Camp at the base of Kang Yatze.

DAY 07
Base Camp - Kang Yatse II (6200m) - Base Camp Duration: 10-12 hours

We start in the early hours of the morning and make our way through a moraine to the glaciated snow slopes of Kang Yatse. It is a gradual walk all the way except for a few steep bits where we rope up. 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. Return to Base Camp in the afternoon.

DAY 08
Rest Day

We will spend the day relaxing. If you have also chosen to climb KY 1 the we will spend the day preparing for our next objective of KY 1.

DAY 09
Base Camp - KY 1 Advance Base Camp (5500m) Duration: 5-6 hours

For our summit attempt on Kang Yatse 1 we establish an Advance Base Camp closer to the climbing route on the glacier. Overnight at ABC.

DAY 10 and 11
ABC - Kang Yatse I - BC Duration: Multiple hours

We start in the dark again and negotiate a 150m ice/snow wall and onward to another shorter ice wall before we reach the summit. We summit and return to Base Camp.

DAY 12
Base Camp - Chokdo village(3500m) and drive to Leh. Duration: 7-8 hours

We will today do an early start and head down to Nimaling. After a short climb we will be on top of the pass Kangmarula (5100m). We will now descend into a narrow valley to reach the village of Chokdo where our cabs pick us up and drive us back to Leh. Trip ends!

Inclusions

Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
  • Cook and camp staff.
  • Climbing guide for the duration of the trip.
  • Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route until Base Camp with personal portage up to 10 kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits, IMF Peak fee/State government royalty/permits where applicable.
  • All technical climbing group gear.
  • All transport from Manali to road head and back.
  • All Staff Insurance.
Exclusions
  • Sleeping Bags.
  • Stay and food at hotels in Manali.
  • Any expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any Personal Mountaineering Equipment and Clothing.
  • Any other transport than whats mentioned in Cost includes.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
  • Any Guest Insurance.
Things You Need To Get

– Sturdy backpack/rucksack (70 lt)- This will go on horses until Base Camp
Backpack small ( 20 – 30 Ltrs) – to carry every day.
– Warm hiking pants and shirts/T-shirts/sweatshirt.
– T-shirt wicking Layer.
– Good hiking shoes.
– Head light with extra batteries.
– Sunglasses.
– Sunscreen (SPF 50+) and toiletries.
– Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers).
– Insulated water bottle/ flask.
– Warm fleece jacket.
– Rain Gear.
– Down jacket.
– Warm gloves – thin to work in the ice.
– Warm gloves – thick (waterproof).
– Warm socks.
– Headgear (balaclavas/woollen cap, sun hat, bandana etc).
– 4 season sleeping bag (-10 deg C or lower).
– Personal recreation: camera, books, music, cards etc.
– Hiking poles.
– Personal climbing harness.
– Helmet.
– Gaiters.
– Climbing Boots and Crampons.
– Carabiners.
– Ice axe.
– Rope slings for self anchors.
– Prescribed medication if any.

Overview
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Set above the vast Nimaling pasture, it is a beautiful peak at the head of the Markha Valley; Kang Yatze is an amazing peak to climb as it offers variety to both the novice climber and also to the a climber who is trying to progress his/her skills to the next level. Kang Yatze 1 is 6400m and the lower Summit is 6200m. The grade for all 2 peaks can vary between F – AD depending on what you choose to climb.

Kang Yatse II is a non-technical or trekking peak for those who have beginner mountaineering knowledge. Towering over the vast Nimaling pasture, it’s a beautiful peak that makes for a great climbing objective. The nearest town is Leh, the capital of Ladakh.

We approach the mountain via Markha Valley in the Hemis region of Ladakh. It is a gentle trek in via the amazing Markha valley. We pass through many local villages as we approch our objective. Our exit will be via Nimaling and the pass Kangmarula (5100m) after which we will descent through a narrow valley to reach Shang Sumdo.

Kang Yatse Expedition – II is the shoulder of the mountain and can be classified as a F on the Alpine grade. The main summit, Kang Yatze Expedtion – I which is 6400m forms a harder climbing objective for the experienced mountaineer. The last 500 mts of the climb is where the crux lies and would be classified as a D on the alpine grade. Expect an ice wall / compact snow (depending on the season) of about 60 degrees to ascend and descend. 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.

Itinerary
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DAY 01
Arrival in Leh.

Get a flight to Leh town and transfer to the hotel. Relax and acclimatize. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight Hotel.

DAY 02
Acclimatization in Leh. Duration: 4-5 hours

Optional visit to the Leh Palace and the Shey and Thikse gompas. Last minute shopping in the Leh market. Overnight hotel.

DAY 03
Leh – Chilling – Skiu (3400m). Duration: Drive 1 hour; Trek 3-4 hours

The first part of the trek is by road to the village of Chilling. Here, we will cross the bridge over the Zanskar river. Once we pack our horses and head of, mountains, unearthly and jagged surround us, rising all around us. The sky is a stunning, deep cobalt and seems to stretch on endlessly. We camp at Skiu where you truly comprehend the meaning of ‘midnight blue’ and remember all those constellations from childhood.

DAY 04
Skiu – Markha (3700m). Duration: 6-7 hours

It’s a long albeit easy walk today on the banks of the Markha river. We cross it at various points making the day quite exciting. Enormous rock formations tower over the sand-swept plains gradually rising to reach the village of Markha, the largest in the valley.

DAY 05
Markha – Thachungtse (4200m) Duration: 6-7 hours

Past old stone mills, mani walls, an old castle and a hilltop monastery the trail winds past the last villages of the Markha valley before branching out towards Thachungtse. Wildflowers dot the landscape and the five-coloured prayer flags dance against the cerulean sky.

DAY 06
Thachungtse – Base Camp (4800m). Duration: 5-6 hours

Today is the easiest day of the trek with a gradual ascent to the open rolling meadows and we arrive at our Base Camp. The local nomadic shepherds bring their livestock of goats, sheep and yaks to these broad pastures. Lush green grass covers the hills here and we spot marmots and alpine choughs scrounging for possible edibles. Camp at the base of Kang Yatze.

DAY 07
Base Camp - Kang Yatse II (6200m) - Base Camp Duration: 10-12 hours

We start in the early hours of the morning and make our way through a moraine to the glaciated snow slopes of Kang Yatse. It is a gradual walk all the way except for a few steep bits where we rope up. 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. Return to Base Camp in the afternoon.

DAY 08
Rest Day

We will spend the day relaxing. If you have also chosen to climb KY 1 the we will spend the day preparing for our next objective of KY 1.

DAY 09
Base Camp - KY 1 Advance Base Camp (5500m) Duration: 5-6 hours

For our summit attempt on Kang Yatse 1 we establish an Advance Base Camp closer to the climbing route on the glacier. Overnight at ABC.

DAY 10 and 11
ABC - Kang Yatse I - BC Duration: Multiple hours

We start in the dark again and negotiate a 150m ice/snow wall and onward to another shorter ice wall before we reach the summit. We summit and return to Base Camp.

DAY 12
Base Camp - Chokdo village(3500m) and drive to Leh. Duration: 7-8 hours

We will today do an early start and head down to Nimaling. After a short climb we will be on top of the pass Kangmarula (5100m). We will now descend into a narrow valley to reach the village of Chokdo where our cabs pick us up and drive us back to Leh. Trip ends!

Inclusions/ Exclusions
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Inclusions

Includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
  • Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
  • Insulated sleeping pads.
  • All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
  • Cook and camp staff.
  • Climbing guide for the duration of the trip.
  • Pack animals (Horses/Mules) to carry loads on the route until Base Camp with personal portage up to 10 kg/person.
  • All HP state Forest Permits, IMF Peak fee/State government royalty/permits where applicable.
  • All technical climbing group gear.
  • All transport from Manali to road head and back.
  • All Staff Insurance.
Exclusions
  • Sleeping Bags.
  • Stay and food at hotels in Manali.
  • Any expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
  • Any Personal Mountaineering Equipment and Clothing.
  • Any other transport than whats mentioned in Cost includes.
  • Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
  • Any Guest Insurance.
Things You Need To Get
+-

– Sturdy backpack/rucksack (70 lt)- This will go on horses until Base Camp
Backpack small ( 20 – 30 Ltrs) – to carry every day.
– Warm hiking pants and shirts/T-shirts/sweatshirt.
– T-shirt wicking Layer.
– Good hiking shoes.
– Head light with extra batteries.
– Sunglasses.
– Sunscreen (SPF 50+) and toiletries.
– Thermal underwear / long johns (upper + lowers).
– Insulated water bottle/ flask.
– Warm fleece jacket.
– Rain Gear.
– Down jacket.
– Warm gloves – thin to work in the ice.
– Warm gloves – thick (waterproof).
– Warm socks.
– Headgear (balaclavas/woollen cap, sun hat, bandana etc).
– 4 season sleeping bag (-10 deg C or lower).
– Personal recreation: camera, books, music, cards etc.
– Hiking poles.
– Personal climbing harness.
– Helmet.
– Gaiters.
– Climbing Boots and Crampons.
– Carabiners.
– Ice axe.
– Rope slings for self anchors.
– Prescribed medication if any.