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.
- A superb introduction to Himalayan climb
- Climb a 6250m summit
- Experience the magical beauty of Markha valley trek
- Explore Leh
- Centuries old monasteries of Likir, Hemis and Thiksey
- Day hike through the beautiful villages in the Sham Valley
- Trek partly through Hemis National Park- the realm of the Snow Leopard
- Superb views of the mountain ranges including the Karakoram Range and K2 (on a clear day)
- Rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of Spice market in Old Delhi
- Visit to Taj Mahal (add on)
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi/ Transfer terminal and fly to Leh
Day 2: Sightseeing in Leh- Visit Hemis and Thiksey monastery / Overnight hotel
Day 3: Drive to Likir and trek to Yangthang
Day 4: Extra day in Leh for acclimatization and preparations
Day 5: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu
Day 6: Trek Skiu – Markha
Day 7: Trek Markha – Hankar
Day 8: Trek Hankar – Nimaling
Day 9: Trek Nimaling to Base Camp
Day 10: Rest and training
Day 11: Summit (KANG YATSE II) back to Base Camp
Day 12: Contingency day
Day 13: Trek Base Camp – Chuskirmo via Kongmaru La
Day 14: Trek Chuskirmo- Shang Sumdo- drive to Leh
Day 15. Fly to New Delhi/ Transfer to Hotel- Sightseeing around Old Delhi
Day 16. Trip ends- Departure
Markha valley trek
The Markha valley is part of the Hemis National Park, home to snow leopard and other wild animals.
The Markha valley trek is a very famous trek and all the villages in the valley offer homestay which is a nice opportunity for travellers to catch a glimpse of the daily lives of the villagers.
Day 1: Arrive New Delhi/ transfer to hotel
- Altitude: 216m
On arrival to Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi and after finishing with the immigration and custom formalities, our representative will meet you at the Main Exit with a Hi On Life Adventures placard. It is about 15 to 20 mins drive to the Aerocity where we have chosen your hotel for the practicality for the next days early morning domestic airport transfer. When you arrive at your hotel you will be briefed about your trek and “do’s and don’ts” while your stay in India. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner to begin the taste of India at one of the finest dining in New Delhi.
Overnight Hotel Pride Plaza or similar
Day 2: Fly to Leh
- Altitude: 3500m
- Flight duration: 1 hour 25 mins
Early morning drive to the domestic airport to fly to Leh. Be prepared for an extensive security checks for your own safety owing to the fact that Leh is strategically located close to Pakistan and China. Baggage allowance Delhi-Leh is only 15kg per person, unless you have a through ticket on the same airline internationally. However, excess baggage charges are only $6 per kilo. It will be an early morning flight to Leh which is a fantastic mountain flight. The flight takes about 1 hour and 20 mins to Leh and approach to the airport at Leh is extremely scenic, so get your cameras ready. The airport at Leh is also an Indian Air Force Base, therefore it is heavily guarded and again extensive security checks. We will be received at the airport by a representative from Ladakh and will be transferred to our hotel. An important component of our trip that we must adhere to is the acclimatization required due to high altitude. Hydration is the key to cope up with the high altitude, so drink water regularly. We will take this first day at high altitude with leisure and maximum exertion should maybe be a small stroll outside to the neighboring shops.
Overnight Hotel Pride Plaza or similar
Day 3: Sightseeing in Leh- Visit Hemis and Thiksey monastery / Overnight hotel
- Altitude: 3500m- 3100m
- Sightseeing duration with drives: 5 to 6 hours
We begin with a 40 km drive to Hemis. The wealthiest monastery of Ladakh and India, Hemis Monastery belongs to the Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. After visiting Hemis monastery, we will visit Thiksey monastery. Thiksey monastery is affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located on top of a hill in Thiksey approximately 19 kms east of Leh. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest monastery in central Ladakh.
After the sightseeing, we will drive back to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free.
Overnight Hotel Spic N Span or similar
Day 4: Drive to Likir and trek to Yangthang
- Altitude: 3100m- 3610m
- Drive: 55 kms, 90 mins hours one way
- Trek: 3 hours
We drive along the river Indus till Likir monastery, which is again an extremely scenic drive. From Likir we begin our trek on a jeep road until we reach a small pass called Phobe La (3580 mts). From here we leave the jeep road and walk an off the beaten track. After an hour walk we arrive at Sumdo village, cross the river and continue in the valley and finally reach the summit of Charatse La (3700 mts). From the summit descent to Yangthang Village. Yangthang is a beautiful agricultural village. After spending some time at the village, we drive back to Leh by late afternoon.
Day 5: Extra day in Leh for acclimatization and preparations
Today your guide will organize a short walk to Leh monastery for further acclimatization. You can utilize the rest of the day for last minute preparations before the trek.
Day 6: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu
- Elevation of Skiu: 3360m
- Drive: 56 kms 2 hours
- Trek: 7 kms 2 hours
From Leh we drive to Sangam near Nimmo where the Indus river meets Zanskar river. From here we leave the Indus river and follow the Zanskar river and rive to Chilling where we cross the Zanskar river. The trek starts from here and we walk about 7 kms the first day.
Day 7: Trek Skiu – Markha
- Elevation of Markha: 3760m
- Time: 6-7 hrs
- Distance: 21.2 km
The trek from Skiu to Markha follows the river and passes through small villages. It is a fairly easy trail today. The village of Markha consists of around 20 households, it is the biggest village in the valley. We will visit the ancient gompa and the ruined fort above the village.
Day 8: Trek Markha – Hankar
- Elevation on Hankar: 4030m
- Time: 4-5 hrs
- Distance: 11.2 km
The trail is again fairly easy following the river with a gentle ascend. We will visit the small but impressive cliff-side monastery of Techa located a few kilometers before Umlung village.
Day 9: Trek Hankar – Nimaling
- Elevation of Nimaling: 4840m
- Time: 5-6 hrs
- Distance: 10.7 km
We continue our trek to the plateau of Nimaling which is the summer pasture for the livestock of Markha valley. Today is a bit of a climb and in total we gain about 850m. Overnight camping
Day 10: Trek Nimaling to Base Camp
- Elevation of Base Camp: 5100m
- Time: 2 hours
- Distance: 2 km
Today is a short day. The first half of the trek climbs on loose rocks and the latter half of the trail is an easy descend. There are splendid views of Khang Yatse from the trek. About two hours trek will bring you to Khang Yatse Base Camp at 5,100 meters.
Rest of the afternoon can be utilized to get your climbing gears organized, easy short hikes around Base Camp or just chill out.
Day 11: Rest and training
After breakfast we will get your climbing gears organized. Your guides will conduct a safety briefing and give instructions on usage of technical equipment. You will be taught how to walk in the snow, using crampons, handling of ice axe, and other techniques that are useful for this summit.
After lunch we will take a short height gain trek for acclimatization. Pack your backpack for the summit day while it is still daylight, keep it light and easy. You will have dinner early to wake up midnight for the climb.
Day 12: Summit (KANG YATSE II) back to Base Camp
- Elevation of Khang Yatse II: 6,250m
- Trek/ Climb: 12 hours return
- Distance: 5 km each way
We begin around midnight for the summit push. The climb is about 1100 meters, therefore it is essential to be focused. We begin with a climb through loose moraine and scree. Glacial rope traverse will be necessary since there are a few crevasses. The route follows the north face through the northwest ridge to reach the famous Kang Yatse shoulder. From here it is a fairly steep climb to the summit.
On the summit, you will be surrounded by a 360 panorama of the Zanskar range, Karakoram peaks and mountains surrounding Kang Yatse. On a clear day it is possible to see Mt. K2. You can also see the distant peaks of Tibet.
After spending a short victorious moment at the summit, we start the long climb down to Base Camp. Be cautious on the scree and moraines.
Day 13: Contingency day
Contingency day is to account for bad weather or other unforeseen circumstance.
Day 14: Trek Base Camp – Chuskirmo via Kongmaru La
- Elevation of Kongmaru La: 5200m
- Elevation of Chuskirmo: 4600m
- Time: 7 hours
- Distance: 16 kms
The trek is a steady ascent to Kongmaru La pass, although it is not very steep. At the pass you will be pleasantly welcomed by the Karakoram Range and the excellent array of peaks. It is possible to see Mt. K2 on a clear day from the pass.
After the pass a trek of 4 hours will bring you to Chuskirmo. The route has a steep descent and rocky terrain in the beginning which gradually gets less steep as we reach a stream. Soon we reach Chuskirmo which is marked with chortens and shops.
Day 15: Trek Chuskirmo- Shang Sumdo- drive to Leh
- Elevation of Shang Sumdo: 3600m
- Time: 2 hrs
- Distance: 3 km
- Drive: 50 km, 1 ½ hrs
An easy trek along the Shang River for couple of hours will bring us to Shang Sumdo and to the road head. Here, we get into our vehicles and drive to Leh via Hemis monastery. We will reach our hotel at lunch. Rest of the afternoon is free to walk around the interesting market in Leh.
Day 16. Fly to New Delhi/ Transfer to Hotel- Sightseeing around Old Delhi
Early morning flight to New Delhi. Due to airport security regulations, no cabin baggage is allowed on any flights originating from Leh. Upon arrival to Delhi, we drive to Aerocity and check in to our hotel. At around 3 PM we will take a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi.
The sightseeing begins with a drive through the historical monuments and government buildings of New Delhi. New Delhi was established by the British and most of the buildings were built in the Lutyen style. Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, was an English architect known for imaginatively adapting traditional architectural styles to the requirements of his era. He designed many English country houses, war memorials and public buildings in New Delhi.
After a short drive through New Delhi, we enter the heart of Delhi, the Chandni Chowk. Suddenly you are in another era of history and culture. We will take a rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Spice Market and Bride’s market, more commonly known as the Khari Baoli. It is a fascinating ride where you can witness real India, with people literally walking over each other, deafening noise along with the vibrant colors that Indian is known for, and intriguing aroma of the spices and food.
Day 17. Trip ends- Departure
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to Indira Gandhi International airport 4 hours before departure time.
- Arrival/ departure and all internal transportation while in Delhi in private vehicles
- Welcome dinner at Delhi’s finest Indian restaurant
- 2 nights hotel in Delhi at 5 star hotel
- ½ day sightseeing in Delhi with rickshaw ride through the narrow lanes of the Spice Market and Bride’s Market
- Round trip flight from Delhi / Leh/ Delhi
- 5 nights in Leh at tourist class hotel with all meals
- Transfers from airport/ hotel/ airport in Leh
- All Monastery fees.
- Wild life fee and Kang Yatze Expedition permit fees
- 1 English speaking guide
- 1 Experienced Climbing Sherpa from Nepal
- 1 Experienced Cook from Nepal
- Local kitchen helpers and mule herder with mules
- All meals while camping with all camping facilities
- Boiled and treated water 3 times a day
- Sleeping tent/ dining tent with comfortable tables and chairs/ kitchen tent/ toilet tent and shower tent
- Combination of Ridge mat and Exped 7 W Down Mattresses for sleeping in the tent
- Complimentary Hi On Life duffle bag (90 litres) to take away
- Use of 1 sleeping bag (-20C/ -4F) with fleece inner liner for sleeping bag
- Use of Hi On Life down jacket and rain poncho
- 15 kgs personal baggage allowance per member
- Bottled oxygen with mask & Regulator for Medical Use
- All personal climbing equipment except climbing boots and crampons
- Staffs Insurance/ wages and equipment allowance
- Transportation to Agra and back in private A/C car
- Full day sightseeing in Agra (Taj Mahal and Agra fort)
- 1 night at 5 star hotel in Agra
- 1 night at 5 star hotel in Delhi
- Insurance: Travel/Accident/Medical /emergency evacuation
- Private room accommodation in Delhi and Leh unless a single supplement is paid.
- Staff tipping
- Indian Visa
- Telephone, laundry, mineral water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
- Emergency rescue evacuation cost if needed
- All other personal nature expenses.