Kang Yatse Summit Expedition with Abhijeet Singh - 10 days, 9 nights

Visit : Leh, Shang Sumdo, Lartsa, Kang Yatse Base Camp

"Nature has always had more force than education"- Voltaire
This quote by French philosopher Voltaire rings true to the state of Jammu and Kashmir which is known for its idyllic lakes and snow-capped mountains. On this trek, we scale the summit of Kang Yatse, which is located at the end of the Markha Valley. We enter and pass through Hemis National Park known to be home of the Tib ...

"Nature has always had more force than education"- Voltaire
This quote by French philosopher Voltaire rings true to the state of Jammu and Kashmir which is known for its idyllic lakes and snow-capped mountains. On this trek, we scale the summit of Kang Yatse, which is located at the end of the Markha Valley. We enter and pass through Hemis National Park known to be home of the Tibetan wolf, Himalayan marmot, mountain weasels, Eurasian brown bear and red fox. On the course of this trek, you will cross charming hamlets like Shang Sumdo, Chogdo and Lartsa, which gives you insights into the day-to-day lives of locals. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable adventure that takes you through the majestic Shang gorge, the meadows of Nimaling and the piece de resistance, a climb to the summit of Kang Yatse up 6,200 m. In the course of these seven days, you will be taken on an unforgettable journey whose memories are sure to last a lifetime.
Apart from the amazing journey mentioned above, you will also have the company of our very own Abhijeet, who is an acro yogi and adventure photographer. Click here to know more about him: http://www.trip360.com/trekking/guide-experts/abhijeet-singh

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • This trek is suitable for experienced trekkers. Since it involves climbing at high altitudes and snowy terrain, physical fitness and some trekking experience are important for the journey.
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • Witness the sunset at Shang Sumdo
  • Trek through the majestic Shang gorge
  • Enjoy the views of Kang Yatse peak, Zanskar River and Karakoram Ranges from Gongmaru La
  • Scale to the summit of the mighty Kang Yatse peak
Start of Tour

Leh

End of Tour

kang yatse base camp

  • Day 1Arrive Leh (3500m)
    • On a clear day, flights to Leh offer excellent views of the mighty Himalayas. Very soon you are going to be right in the middle of these mountains. You will be picked up from the airport and taken to our hotel. We recommend you spend this day resting which will help your body acclimatize to the altitude.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2Leh (3500m)
    • Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
    • <p> Today is another day we spend in Leh in order to get acclimatized to the high altitude. You have the option of going out and exploring the beautiful town of Leh! You could visit the Shey and Thiksey monasteries in the morning and spend the rest of the evening wandering through the Leh market before retiring to our rooms for the night.</p>
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  • Day 3Leh - Martselang - Shang Sumdo (3660m)
    • After arriving at Leh, a jeep will be waiting to drive us towards the starting point of the trek at Martselang. Martselang, which serves as the entrance to Hemis National Park, is also where our guides welcome us and we meet fellow campers on the expedition. Without wasting much time, we kick-start the trek with a 2.5 hour walk. On the way, we come across sylvan birch and fir trees and, if we're lucky, even spot some rare wildlife like the golden eagle, Tibetan wolf, snow leopards and the Great Tibetan sheep. We also enjoy stunning views of the Stok Kangri peak and cross the Hemis monastery. After reaching the village of Shang Sumdo, we experience an ethereal sunset over the Himalayan peaks and then rest for the day as it's been a long one.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 4Shang Sumdo - Lartsa (4600m)
    • After a sumptuous breakfast, we hit the trail towards Lartsa. We first climb through the stunning gorge of Shang, which is replete with magnificently hued rock formations that evidence the collision between the Indian and Tibetan tectonic plates. The gorge provides fabulous views of vast lands with clouds touching the peaks with few patches of snow in the distance. We ascend a steep, rocky slope, which has dense vegetation. As we walk further, we get an opportunity to observe the culture and lifestyle of the people living nearby. After sometime, we pass Chogdo village and cross rivers several times before finally reaching our Lartsa campsite 6-7 hours after setting off from Shang Sumdo. At the campsite, we relax and refresh ourselves with a steaming cup of tea and enjoy the stunning vistas on show here. We stay overnight here.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 5Lartsa - Gongmaru La - Kang Yatse Base Camp (5150m)
    • We wake up to a beautiful sunrise, chow down some breakfast and make our way towards the base camp for our Kang Yatse climb by crossing Gongmaru La. Our trek today is expected to take about 3 hours. On the way, we halt at Gongmaru La to enjoy gorgeous views of Kang Yatse, the Zanskar and Karakoram Ranges. From Gongmaru La, the trail goes on a descent which leads us to the meadow of Nimaling, known for its verdant green landscapes. At Nimaling, time almost seems to stand still as villagers from Markha Valley calmly tend to their goats, yaks and sheep during the summer. From here, we climb up steadily towards the base camp at 5,100 m. After reaching the campsite, we rest our weary joints and muscles, chat with fellow trekkers over bowls of hot soup and immerse ourselves in the serenity of the snowy surroundings. We stay the night here.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6Kang Yatse Base Camp (5150m)
    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • <p> Today, we take a break from the physical toils of the expedition to recover our minds and bodies while acclimatising in the rarer atmosphere. It allows us time to wander a bit, explore adjoining areas, familiarise ourselves with the terrain and understand how to navigate through thick, sinking snow. Our trek leader briefs us about various challenges involved in the summit climb up Kang Yatse. After a delicious dinner, we retire early keeping in mind the 2 am start coming up on the next day!</p>
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  • Day 7Kang Yatse Base Camp - Kang Yatse Summit (6400m) - Kang Yatse Base Camp (5150m)
    • There's a buzz among the trekkers as we brace up for the climax of our journey - the summit climb! Fuelled by adrenalin, we set off from the base camp at 2 am for what will be a test of physical and mental strength. On the way, we stop at the western Kang Yatse summit. After enjoying the stunning views here, we push forth to the main (eastern) peak. The climb gets difficult here because of the altitude and the snow. Once at the summit (6,200 m), the surrounding awe-inspiring scenery of Tibet, the gushing Zanskar river and the mighty Karakoram Ranges melt away all of our numbing pains in the warm glow of success! Having basked in Nature's glory for some time, we start our descent back to base camp. Once at base camp, we unwind over a hot meal and rest for the night.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 8Kang Yatse Base Camp - Shang Sumdo
    • Still reliving the highs of Kang Yatse peak, we wake up from a deep slumber to some incredible views. After a hearty breakfast, we retrace our steps towards the village of Shang Sumdo. The journey is easy (and familiar) as we take the same route down. On the way, we recapture the incredible beauty of the majestic peaks and cross the incredible lush green surroundings of the Nimaling valley. Get mesmerized in the beauty of Lartsa and Chogdo while crossing these villages. As Shang Sumdo draws closer, we come across a charming monastery, which we could visit depending on the time on hand. We stay the night at Shang Sumdo.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 9Shang Sumdo - Martselang - Leh
    • As this is the last day of the trek, we leave Martselang and Hemis National Park behind and head towards Leh on a vehicle. On the way to Leh, we look back at the stunning mountains with a heavy heart for the last time on this trip.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 10Depart Leh
    • We bid farewell to our fellow trekkers who have now become friends and make our respective journeys back home. We'll have an early morning transfer to Leh airport for our flight, bringing our wonderful adventure together to an end.

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Inclusions

  • 09 nights accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Sanctuary Fee.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Professional guide.
  • All trekking arrangements with an experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.
  • Royalty and permits.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to / from Leh. Your tour price starts Ex Leh.
  • Optional activities.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Leh 38,000
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

You will sleep inside tents. Karrimats are provided for you to sleep on and are placed under your sleeping bag. If you have your personal Karrimat, please carry it along.

Things to Carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt & cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking / Climbing Boots (which can take crampons)
    • Depending on the snow conditions we sometimes need plastic boots for the climb which can be hired easily in Leh
    • Clothing apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal underwears / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / T- Shirt
    • Warm fleece / Jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Down clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear
    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens + 1 pair with hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 1/2 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs cotton / woollen)
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which gets loaded on mules
    • A day pack which one needs to carry oneself
    • Climbing equipments (if needed can also be hired in Leh)
    • Climbing boots
    • Harness
    • Crampons
    • Ice axe
    • Carabiner - 1
    • Gaiters
    • Other gears
    • Sunglasses
    • Sandals for the camp
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking poles
    • Water bottle - should have atleast 2 litres for the Summit bid
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc. (Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Personal medicines if any

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    Menus vary from Indian fare to Chinese, pasta, cold cuts, sandwiches, eggs etc.. We will provide you safe drinking water throughout the trek - it will either be bottled or boiled with a dash of iodine.

  • Clothes to carry

    While walking the body heats up and all we need to wear is a T-shirt & cargos/ trousers. However all our warm clothes will come into play in the mornings / evenings when we aren't doing much physically. A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest that you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Ankle high Trekking / Climbing Boots (which can take crampons)
    • Depending on the snow conditions we sometimes need plastic boots for the climb which can be hired easily in Leh
    • Clothing apart from the regular clothes
    • Thermal underwears / Long Johns (Upper + Lowers)
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Shirt / T- Shirt
    • Warm fleece / Jacket
    • Insulating layers
    • Down clothing (optional)
    • Wind protection and rain protection gear
    • Hands (gloves - 2 pair woollens + 1 pair with hard shell)
    • Feet (socks - 1/2 pair nylon + 2/3 pairs cotton / woollen)
    • Head (balaclavas / woollen, sun hat, bandana etc.)
    • A tough duffel bag / rucksack / soft travel bag which gets loaded on mules
    • A day pack which one needs to carry oneself
    • Climbing equipments (if needed can also be hired in Leh)
    • Climbing boots
    • Harness
    • Crampons
    • Ice axe
    • Carabiner - 1
    • Gaiters
    • Other gears
    • Sunglasses
    • Sandals for the camp
    • Headlamp / Torchlight
    • Trekking poles
    • Water bottle - should have atleast 2 litres for the Summit bid
    • Personal toiletries: toothbrush, comb, sunscreen, lip balm etc
    • Personal recreation: camera and film, books, music, cards etc. (Important for those long boring times when the weather turns bad)
    • Personal medicines if any

  • Our Crew

    Our entire crew will consist of guide and cooking staff (along with mules and mule men), who would prepare the meals for the days that we are camping out.

  • Flight Information

    You can arrive in Leh anytime on the first day. For this trek, we recommend you arrive prior to the beginning of the trek. Being present at this altitude earlier will assist your acclimatization process.

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like Electral etc. It is also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other mountain ranges because most of the regions lie in high altitudes 2500 meters (8000 ft). This is not something that you should worry about. The human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of barometric pressures and there is plenty of oxygen even at the highest point of our trips. However, this process of adaptation or acclimatization does take time and the most important rule is to gain height slowly. This trip itinerary gives the best possible acclimatization program within the limitations of the trip duration. Our trek leaders are widely experienced in these matters and will be able to give you good advice to help minimise any temporary discomfort that you might experience. If you have suffered serious problems at altitude before, you should seek the advice of your doctor or a specialist. We are always ready to give advice on this subject. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.

  • Luggage Info

    It is best to carry your belongings in a large, tough duffel bag or a big rucksack. Pack similar things such as clothes, washing things, camping equipments etc. in separate stuff sacks or polythene bags so they are easier to pull out and add to the waterproofing in your bag. Your main bag should be a tough one as it will be on mule back or with the porter, not the best place to be for a fragile backpack.
    While trekking you will need to carry a small daypack big enough to carry your camera, water bottle, packed lunch, a warm layer and wind/rain jacket.

  • Books to Read

    The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas - This is the story of a woman from Wales who follows her husband to Kashmir where she lives among the locals and gradually begins to accept the way of life before tracing the ancestry of her long lost grandparents in Kashmir.

    The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts - This is an account of India from the perspective of a foreigner who has made it his home. Though it is primarily set in Mumbai, it tells the story of an outsider's perspective into India and gets into the minds and thought processes of what an Indian identity means.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 am by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 am and reach our camp for the day by 2-3pm, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and an 8-10 hour walking day. On the climb up to the summit we start as early as 2:30 am to get the best of the weather conditions. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you'd get into camp for a welcome cup of tea.

  • Approximate Group Size

    Maximum 16 people

  • Money to carry

    10 to 15 thousand Indian rupees

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.