OverviewKang Yatse is located in the Markha Valley, in the Ladakh region. The mountain features 2 summits, the western one at 6200m and the eastern one at 6400m. The main summit (eastern) is quite technical as the western is very easy and often climbed.
Day : 1
Leh to Shang Sumo (2½ hours)
We leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang (3600 m), the entry point into Hemis National Park. There you meet the crew and trek for 2 and ½ hours, before reaching the campsite in the tiny village of Shang Sumdo (3700m).
Day : 2
Shang Sumdo - Lartsa (6-7 hrs)
You begin the day climbing through the spectacular gorge of Shang, which is rife with magnificently hued rock formations that provide a dramatic evidence of the collision between the Indian and Tibetan plates. The trail crosses rivers several times before you reach the campsite (4600 m)
Day : 3
Lartsa – Base camp via Gongmaru La 5200 m
A steep 3-hour climb will lead you to Gongmaru La (5200 m), where there are jaw-dropping views of Kangyatse, the Zanskar and Karakoram Ranges . Then you make a descent toward the pasture of Nimaling, where the villagers of Marka Valley tend their sheep, goats and yaks during the summer. From Nimaling it is a steady climb up to Base Camp (5100 m).
Day : 4
Base camp – Summit – Base camp
The final push, beginning at 2 am , will be both physically and mentally challenging. But once atop the summit (6200m), the surrounding awe-inspiring scenery of Tibet , and the Zanskar and mighty Karakoram ranges, all of our numbing pains melt away in a warm glow of success!
Day : 5 & 6
Base Camp - Shang Sumdo – Martselang – Leh
You will spend these last two days retracing our footsteps, strolling casually downward while taking in the otherworldly beauty.