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Duration: 22 days, 14 days trekking
Accomodations: Camping on trek
Best time: May-October
Grade: Strenuous

This sensational climb offers you an opportunity to reach a height of 6200m/20460ft without technical skills, and 6400m/21120ft with technical skills. Climbing Kangyatse is challenging and interesting. It is ideal for someone in search of his/her first Himalayan summit.

If you choose to scale the primary summit (6400 m), you will need to be experienced and well prepared, as it requires a traverse of a very difficult and technically challenging ridge.

Kangyatse Close up


Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI. Upon your arrival at Delhi airport our representative will transfer to the hotel. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick up and transfer. Overnight hotel.

DAY 2: FLY TO LEH. (3,505m/11566ft) Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Leh. The rest of the day you can rest to adjust to the altitude and the early start. You may also start exploring Leh, including the Leh palace and old town. Overnight hotel.

DAY 3: SIGHTSEEING AROUND LEH. Leh is the ancient capital of Ladakh and has many hilltop forts and palaces to visit including the Royal Palace, which overlooks the town. The town is situated on the old Silk Route and still has a trading tradition- it is well worth wandering around the colourful bazaar. Overnight hotel includes a view of Leh and the surrounding mountains, as well as Shanti stupa.

DAY 4: SIGHTSEEING AROUND LEH. DRIVE TO START THE TREK AT CHILLING. This day includes a stop at the well known monastery, Thiksey. Thiksey gompa is a very impressive monastery containing numerous stupas, statues, thankas, wall paintings and a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. Overnight camping.

DAY 5: TREK TO SKIU. (3370m/11,050ft) (4 hrs) We begin this day by crossing the Zanskar River in a cable car located upstream a short distance from Chilling. We follow the well worn path to the village of Skaya. From here it is a short walk to the lush green campsite at Skiu. The village of Skiu is at only 9,900ft, and the Markha Valley here is narrow, so the temperatures can soar. We camp at Skiu, and at dusk it is worth climbing back up the valley to where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha river. Here there is a small monastery cared for by an old nun who comes every evening to light the candles at the altar of 'Chamba', the future Buddha.

DAY 6: TREK TO SHINGO. (4,150m/13695ft) (6 hours walking) Today we follow the Zanskar River upstream to the village of Skiu where we turn away from the main river and follow a beautiful gorge up to Shingo. Overnight camping.

DAY 7: TREK TO RUMBAK. (3,800m/12540ft) (7 hours walking) From Shingo village we follow a long gradual ascent to the Ganda La at 4,850m. We pass through Yurutse and then continue to our camp near the village of Rumbak. Overnight camping.

DAY 8: TREK TO KHILCHAY. (4,200m/13860ft) (5 hours walking) From Rumbak we start the the steep climb to the Stok La at (4,900m/16170ft) where we have views of the Stok Kangri range. The camp is at Khilchay which is a short descent from the pass. Overnight camping.

DAY 9: TREK TO MANKARMO. (4,300m/14190ft) (5 hours walking) Today we walk to to Mankarmo. Overnight camping.

DAY 10: TREK TO MATHO PHU. (4,480m/14,700ft) (5 hours) We cross the river in the morning and walk up in the valley and cross Matho La pass (4850m/16005ft) then continue with a gradual walk on the rocky slope to Matho Phu. Overnight camping.

DAY 11: TREK TO SHANG PHU. (4502m /14856ft) (6-7 hours) We leave in the early morning to negotiate the steep slope of Matho Phu. Just past Matho Phu, people leave in the summer with their cattle. Cross Shang La (5100m/16830ft) then steep down to the other side of the pass to camp. Overnight ccamping.

DAY 12: TREK TO SHANG SUMDO. (3600 m/1090ft) (4 hours) We follow the Shang River via Shang Gonpa up in the rock cliff. Then walk down to Shang Sumdo. Overnight camping.

DAY 13: SHANG SUMDO – LARTSA. (4600 m/ 15180ft) (6-7 hrs) We will begin the day climbing through the spectacular gorge of Shang, which is rife with magnificently hued rock formations that provide dramatic evidence of the collision between the Indian and Tibetan plates. The trail crosses rivers several times before we reach our campsite. Overnight Camping.

DAY 14: LARTSA – NIMALING VIA KONGMARU LA. ( 5200 m/17160ft) A steep 3-hour climb will lead us to Gongmaru La (5200 m), where there are jaw-dropping views of Kangyatse, the Zanskar and Karakoram Ranges. After satisfying ourselves with the surrounding views, we will make our descent toward the pasture of Nimaling, where the villagers of Marka Valley tend their sheep, goats and yaks during the summer. Overnight camping.

Kangyatse Reflection

DAY 15: NIMALING– HIGH CAMP. (5500m/18150ft) (3-4hrs) This day is crucial, so we will spend the morning recuperating from the last few days' fatigue. After sufficient rest, we will embark on a steep 2–hour climb then continue with another hour or two up the slope to High Camp at 5500 meters. Although the distance is quite short, the altitude makes the hike quite strenuous. Overnight camping.

DAY 16: HIGH CAMP – SUMMIT – BASE CAMP. (10-12 HRS) The final push, beginning at 2 am, will be both physically and mentally challenging. But once atop the summit (6200m/20460ft and high summit 6400m/21120ft), with the surrounding, awe-inspiring scenery of Tibet, and the Zanskar and mighty Karakoram ranges, all of our numbing pains will melt away in a warm glow of success! After spending an hour on top of the world, we will descend to Base Camp, where we will while away the afternoon, relaxing and congratulating each other on a job well done. Overnight camping.

DAY 17-18: BASE CAMP - SHANG SUMDO – MARTSELANG – LEH. We will spend these last two days retracing our footsteps, strolling casually downward while taking in the otherworldly beauty. Now is the time for us to enjoy the rare wildlife, unique scenery, and each other's company. On the final day of our adventure, we will travel by jeep back to Leh.

DAY 19: RELAX IN LEH. You will have a chance to relax in the relative luxury of Leh, and do any last sightseeing and exploring. There will no doubt be a chance to have a final celebration with your guide and crew before the flight tomorrow. In the summer there are often polo matches on a Sunday. Overnight in the hotel.

DAY 20: FLY TO DELHI. Our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

DAY 21: RELAX IN DELHI. International flights usually leave after midnight, so sleep in and relax. Leave for the airport about 10 pm.


LAND COST: on request

What’s Included:

  • All accommodation in Delhi and Leh with breakfast.
  • Camping accommodations as per the program with all meals during the treks.
  • Expedition with expert leader
  • All monastery entrance fees, wild life fees and camping fees.
  • English-speaking guide in monasteries and on the safari.
  • Service of cook and attendants .
  • All camping equipment including North Face sleeping tent, foam mattresses, mess tent, dining tent & toilet tent
  • All Transportation from pick up from the Delhi Airport and return.

What’s not included:

  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses and tipping to the staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and food in Leh and Delhi.
  • International Air ticket to and from Delhi.
  • A single supplement.
  • Laundry and other services not mentioned in the package. If you need any arrangement, please let us know.

To join the climbing trek, you will need the following equipment:

Ice Axe:* 50 - 65 cms. General Mountaineering or Alpine Pick. e.g. Grivel Air Tech Evolution.
Crampons:* 12 point. One pair that fit boots reliably. Clip-on crampons are recommended. E.g. Grivel G12. Ensure that you bring any relevant adjusting tools.
Anti-Balling Plates:* You must fix anti-balling plates to your crampons.
Harness:* Sit harness with adjustable leg loops and large enough to be worn over all clothing layers. Black Diamond Alpine Bod recommended.
Climbing helmet:* Petzl Elios or Black Diamond Half Dome recommended
Sling: Two long (120cm) sewn slings. Wild Country Dyneema recommended.
Karabiners: One HMS (e.g. Wild Country Synergy) and three "D" shaped, screwgate karabiner ( e.g. Wild Country Titan). Four snaplink karabiners.
Descender: For abseiling. Figure 8 or similar.
Ascender: For use on fixed rope. Petzl Ascension with handle.
Prussic loops: 2 Prussic loops made from approx 3 metres of 6mm accessory cord (1½ metres each loop but cut to less for shorter loops as required).

Whilst every effort is made to keep to the above itinerary, clients will hopefully appreciate that this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region. There will quite likely be changes to the itinerary in terms of anything from on-the-spot choice of campsite to when a rest day is taken. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns off the beaten track, local availability of, horses or yaks, can contribute to the need for changes. The Trek guide will do everything in his power to see that you are inconvenienced as little as possible in such circumstances. Timings are approximate.

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