10-day Markha valley trek & Kang Yatse climb (6200m) - Fixed departures
This itinerary combines the beautiful Markha valley trek in the Hemis National Park with the ascent of a spectacular peak - Kang Yatse II (6200m).
The climb of Kang Yatse II does not require special mountaineering skills but a good physical condition and prior trekking experience at high altitude are essential for a successful summit attempt.
|-||Trek through some of Ladakh's most dramatic landscapes in Hemis National Park|
|-||Ascend Kang Yatse II, a great peak for a first mountaineering experience in the Himalayas|
|-||Explore picturesque villages in remote valleys|
|-||Visit the Buddhist monasteries of the Indus valley|
|-||Trek duration: 10 days (from Leh to Leh)|
|-||Trek difficulty level: difficult|
|-||Group size: 5 to 10 persons|
|-||Highest point: Kang Yatse II summit at 6200m|
|-||Highest night: base camp at 5130m|
|Day 1:||Leh to Zingchen by car (45 min), visit Spituk monastery on the way.|
Zingchen (3402m) - Rumbak (3956m)
2-3 hrs, 6.5 km, +555m / -0m | Camping | meals: L, D
|Day 2:||Rumbak (3956m) - Stok La (4855m) - Rumbak (3956m)|
Those who prefer to rest can skip the Stok La ascent and explore Rumbak area instead.
5 hrs, 10.1 km, +995m / -995m
Rumbak (3956m) - Yurutse (4148m)
2 hrs, 3.5 km, +266m / -73m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 3:||Yurutse (4148m) - Ganda La (4961m) - Skiu (3366m)|
6-8 hrs, 17.8 km, +813m / -1595m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 4:||Skiu (3366m) - Markha (3760m)|
6-7 hrs, 21.2 km, +451m / -57m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 5:||Markha (3760m) - Tachungtse (4376m)|
6-7 hrs, 16.0 km, +655m / -39m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 6:||Tachungtse (4376m) - Base Camp (5130m)|
5-6 hrs, 9.3 km, +771m / -17m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 7:||Acclimatization day (short walk above Base Camp) / rest day|
Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 8:||Base Camp (5130m) - Kang Yaste II summit (6200m) - Base Camp (5130m)|
7-10 hrs, 6.2 km, +1070m / -1070m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 9:||Base Camp (5130m) - Kongmaru La (5260m) - Chogdo (3905m)|
6-7 hrs, 15.6 km, +425m / -1650m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
|Day 10:||Chogdo (3905m) - Shang Sumdo (3680m)|
2 hrs, 4.9 km, +20m / -245m | meals: B, L
The car will pick you up from Shang Sumdo. Visit Hemis, Stakna, Thiksey and Shey monasteries.
Drive back to Leh.
|Note:||the number of walking hours stated includes lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.|
|-||Camping equipment (tent, mattress, kitchen tent, etc., except sleeping bag) for 9 nights|
|-||Meals (vegetarian): 9 breakfasts, 9 packed lunches, 1 lunch in a local restaurant and 9 dinners prepared by the accompanying cook|
|-||Experienced Ladakhi guide (English speaking) supported by assistant guides as the group size dictates|
|-||Horses for the transportation of the luggage, 1 bag of maximum 13 kg per person|
|-||Transportation by car from Leh to Zingchen and from Shang Sumdo to Leh|
|-||Wildlife fee, entrance tickets to monasteries (Spituk, Hemis, Stakna, Thiksey and Shey), permits, climbing equipment (crampons, ice axe, etc.)|
What's not included
|-||Hotel and meals in Leh|
|-||Sleeping bag and trekking poles|
|-||Any deviation from the itinerary|
Single supplement (optional)
|-||Our prices are on twin-sharing basis, which means that if you book on your own, we will arrange for you to share the tent with a person of the same gender.|
|-||An optional single supplement of 120 € is available for those who wish to have a single tent during the trek.|
Note: you should spend 3 days at 3500m for altitude acclimatization before starting the trek.
Group trek from 11th to 20th Septembre 2023, thanks Bart for this video!