Mt Kang Yatse II Expedition
₹ 40000 (8 person)
15 - 20 Days
Pickup and Drop available from Leh (Optional)
Moderate to Difficult
Best Time to Visit
May to October
Pickup to Drop
Leh to Leh
Overview: Why you should choose this Expedition
Kang Yatse II is one of those most sought after 6000 meter peaks in the Markha Valley in Ladakh. Summting Kang Yatse II itself is a milestone for serious trekkers/aspiring mountaineers.Terranova Adventures successfully summited Kang Yatse II in August 2019 with all safety standards.
Kang Yatse is the most prominent peak in the Markha Valley, towering into a throne shaped peak. There are two summits on this mountain. The main summit is higher at 6,400 m which is a technical climb involving a traverse across a knife-edge ridge. We will climb the lower western summit at 6,250 m. The Markha valley offers the perfect acclimatisation trek needed for this climb. The trek through this valley takes you through quaint villages, arrays of stupas and mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers), old monasteries, ruined forts and beautiful homestays. On a clear day you see views as far Nun Kun & Zanskar ranges in the West & the K2, Broad Peak & Gasherbrum Massif in the far North.
This trip is a perfect first “Himalayan Summit” experience. It is especially for those keen walkers who want a little more adventure than an ordinary trekking holiday, or if looking for a 6000 m climbing adventure.
After arrival to New Delhi, we fly in to the Ladakhi capital of Leh, where we spend the next 4 days acclimatizing. During these 3 days we visit monasteries around Leh and also do a day trek from Likir to Yangthang for acclimatization.
The trek to Khang Yatse Base Camp ventures into the breathtakingly beautiful Markha Valley. This journey in its own is magical and beautiful as we cross high passes and gentle meadows. We gradually gain altitude as we trek through the valley of Markha and to the Nimaling Plains.
The ascent of Khang Yaztse is safe from objective dangers, and is technically straightforward climb, involving around 35 degrees scree and snow slopes with a short section of ridge climbing. The summit is a beautiful dome with wide ranging views. On a clear day you can see as far as the Karakoram Range and K2, about 200 Km to the North West.
Although this is not a technically demanding climb, the altitude of over 6000 m makes it physically demanding. Previous crampon experience is preferable but not essential.
Brief Trek Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive at Leh
On arrival at Leh airport you will be meet our executive & drive to Hotel for check in inl. Leh is at an altitude of 11,500ft/3,500m and therefore we recommend that the rest of the day be spent resting to help adjust to the altitude.
Day 2 – Sightseeing Leh for acclimatisation
Visit the monasteries at Shey and Thiksey. Shey Gompa is situated on a small hill 10 miles south of Leh and was once the residence of the royal family. It was constructed by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Palgyigon, and was the seat of power of the pre Tibetan kings. Thiksey Gompa is located 15 miles from Leh. It is a very imposing monastery and one of the finest example of Ladakhi architecture of any type. The 12 storey building contains numerous Stupas, Statues, Thangkas and wall paintings as well as a large pillar engraved with the Buddhas teachings. The main prayer hall has a 50 feet high seated Buddha figure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 – Drive upto Chiling and trek to Skiu (3510 m)
Yurutse follow path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Ganda la. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu. Overnight Tent.
Day 4 – Skiu – Markha (3850 mtr )
From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross right bank of river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good camp site beyond the village and near river. Overnight Tent
Day 5 – Markha – Hankar (4000 mtr )
Starts trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses. Overnight Tent.
Day 6 – Hankar – Base camp of Kangyatse (5000 mtr )
The path improves and cross a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste. We climb up to Base camp of Kang Yatse. Overnight Tent
Day 7 – Summit (6200 mtr ) – Back to Nimaling
We today we will start to summit for Kangyatse shoulder peak (6200): we will start around 12 am . with our expert Guides. Later other staff get down to plain side Nimaling hardly 2 hrs walk Overnight in tents.
Day 8 – Nimaling – Kongmaru La (5150 mtr) Sumdo
Today one will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,306 M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo. Drive back to Leh
Day 9 – Leh departure
After breakfast check out from hotel.