On a clear day, view K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum Massif in the North and Nun, Kun and the Zanskar peaks in the West.
Trekking through the Markha Valley, to reach the Base Camp for Kang Yatse
Highest Altitude 6245 Mts / 20,488 feet
Drive along the river Indus
Meet the rare blue sheep, the king of cliffs
Make your own base camp and advance base camp- offcourse you need help!
Scale 21,000 feet
All transfers in a Non-A/C vehicle as per the itinerary (Leh-Leh Airport)
All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotels, camps
Individual Climbing Equipment
All trekking arrangements with India's most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
Porterage upto 15KG/Person
All common camping and trekking equipment
Peak fee/Sanctuary fee/Royalty / Permits where applicable
Safe Drinking Water
A guide for all monastery sightseeing Shey, Thikse , Hemis Gompa
Any transfers outside of Delhi
Items of Personal Clothing
Expenses of Personal Nature- Laundry, Alcohol, Phone Calls, Insurance, Camera Fee, Etc
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
This is a basic, raw trek for culture vultures and adventure enthusiast
This is a difficult grade trek
Smoking and Drinking is strictly prohibited on the trek
This is a guided tour with a guide from accompanying you till the completion of the trip
Please carry Govt. ID's
Packing essentials will be shared on confirmation
If cancellation takes place more than 45 days prior to departure, your full deposit will be returned except a processing charge of Rs. 5000 or US$ 120
If cancellation takes place between 45 and 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour price will be forfeited
If cancellation takes place less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour price will be forfeited.
Cancellation prior to 10 days from the start of the trek Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund
Temperature on Trek will be 1 to 5 deg centigrade
Participants must be in good health and reasonable physical condition.
Medical and evacuation expenses will be the responsibility of the participant.
A team consisting of a qualified Trek leader, trek guides, porters and cooks will be with you throughout the trek.
Safe drinking water throughout the trek is available. Your trek leader will brief you about these before starting the day’s trek
Transport will be from Leh to Leh
Essentials and packing list will be shared post onboarding
Day to Day Itinerary
Leh Airport- Hotel 3500 Mts
Transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatise. Visit Leh market in the evening.
Leh Acclimatisation 3500 Mts
A day for acclimatization. Optional visit to the Leh palace and the Shey, Thikse and Hemis gompas. Last minute shopping in the Leh market.
LEH - CHILLING - SKIU 3400 Mts
The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus and swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchen gorge.
Skiu- Markha 3700 Mts
Today’s trail is not too strenuous, rising 300m over 22km, crossing the Markha river a couple times. There are a few ancient chortens along the trail, and a number of wolf pits used to trap wolves when they roam the valley during the winter months.
Markha is a big village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village
Markha – Thachungtse 4150 Mts
KangYatse, 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 popular place to spot blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility.
Thachungtse - Nimaling 4600 Mts
We pass several Mani 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. We descend slowly to the valley of Nimaling which has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come from the Markha Valley to graze their livestock on the summer pastures.
Nimaling - Base Camp 5100 Mts
We take a meandering path up the mountain to reach wide pastures where wild yaks graze. Walk over loose rocks to drop altitude to the other side of the mountain, where we establish our Base Camp right next to the stream
Base Camp - Base Camp 5050 Mts
Take the day to rest and practice some technical skills – useful for the snowy slopes of the next day. In the afternoon, gain some height and acclimatize your body
Base Camp - Advance Base Camp 5300 Mts
We walk 3 hours to establish Advance Base Take. We walk up to the snow to practice walking with crampons. Summit preparations and we eat dinner early and get to bed by 7 pm to be ready for the summit push.
Advance Base Camp - Sumit Base Camp 5100 Mts
Be prepared for a long day of 12 hrs- Summit Day! We start at midnight for our summit attempt of Kang Yatze II (6245M). Walk initially on scree and moraine before getting onto snow. It is a gradual walk all the way except for a few steep parts where we 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 brunch.
Base Camp - Chuskirmo 3300 Mts
Climb back up and descend to Nimaling. Make our way to Kangmaru La (5260m). The descent is steep and we enter a narrow valley. We camp at Chuskirmo, a little after the valley flattens out.
Chuskirmo - Shang Sumdo- Leh Hotel 3500 Mts
Walk 2 hours to get to our waiting vehicles at Shang Sumdo. Our cars take us to Hemis (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Wash up & spend the evening shopping in Leh.
Leh Hotel - Leh Airport 3500 Mts
Early morning transfer to Airport for Leh - Delhi flight. Trip Ends... Sighh. until next Time
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