Kang Yatse 2 (6250m)

Kang Yatse 2 (6250m)

Date/Time: 02/09/2022 - 19/09/2022, All Day Location: Indian Himalaya, Leh

2nd-19th September 2022

Join us on an exhilarating expedition into the heart of the remote and stunning Markha Valley in the Indian Himalaya.

Experience a truly stunning 11 day trek through the Ladakh mountain range which is full of rich cultural heritage to summit Kang Yatse 2 at 6250m!

Breese Adventures are offering a 11 day trek in the Ladakh region of the Indian Himalaya.

We will trek though the high mountain desert in northern India which is known for its stunning landscape, clear blue skies, ancient monasteries and its rich cultural heritage.

On this trek we pass through villages with irrigated fields against against a backdrop of stark, colourful rocky landscape with monasteries clinging high up in the cliffs. We will start our trip by way of the exciting flight into Leh which is at 3500m height, and then spend a couple of days taking it easy to aid acclimatisation, exploring some of the monasteries around the area.

After this initial acclimatisation period, we trek through the beautiful Markha valley visiting several settlements and monasteries before our summit attempt on Kang Yatse 2 at 6250m.

Our itinerary can be flexible and gives us the best chance of acclimatisation and lets us immerse ourselves in the history and the culture of this amazing region and we allow an extra day for our summit attempt.

We use only the best in country team and a Breese Adventures leader will also be on the trip.

Important Information

Kang Yatse 2 Itinerary – To be finalised

Day 1

Depart UK in the evening and fly to Delhi.

Day 2

Arrive Delhi and take early a spectacular early morning flight over the Himalaya to Leh, transfer to our hotel where we will spend the next 3 nights relaxing, eating plenty, hydrating, resting, sleeping and acclimatising for our trek ahead as we are already at 3524m in height!

Day 3

Rest, eat and hydrate today as we are already at 3524m in height!

Optional sightseeing tours of monasteries at extra cost.

Day 4

Today we will do a short acclimatisation walk of maybe 3-4 hours. This will be chosen by our guide at the time. It is important today that we don’t over exert ourselves and prepare well for the trekking that starts the next day.

TREKKING PHASE

Please note the trek itinerary has been created to give us excellent acclimatisation and therefore the best chance of submitting Kang Yatse 2. Please see the Altitude chart on next tab for more details.

Day 5 Leh (3524m) – Rumbak (3800m)

We drive for about an hour to Rumbak Lato. From here it is a short and easy walk to camp near Rumbak at 3800m.

This area is also famous for blue sheep, snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, wild dogs and red fox. Home stays are becoming popular in this village and we can visit one of the homes for a cup of local tea. We have the rest of the day to explore around and acclimatise.

Day 6 Rumbak (3800m) – Gandala (4000m)

Continue on to the lovely little settlement of  Yurutse by following a well defined path along the mountainside to a small valley and on to the base of Gandala at 4000m, our camp for tonight. A short walk to camp arriving by lunch.

Day 7 Gandala (4000m) – Skiu (3250m)

We follow the path up the mountainside to the top of Gandala pass at 4900m. Excellent views of the Stok range of mountains from here.

A long but easy descent to Shingo. The walk is now through wonderful gorges to camp near the village of Skiu which sits at 3250m, with its irrigated  fields and poplar trees.

Day 8 Skiu (3250m) – Markha Village (3760m)

Crossing the Markha stream several times, it is a fairly long day’s walk of around 7 – 8 hours to the 30 or 40 houses of Markha Village at 3760m. The trail passes through lush vegetation at the riverside, whilst the upper valley-slopes are uniformly brown and dry.

En route we pass several more small monasteries, which are often quite difficult to pick out, high on the valley sides. There are also a number of well maintained chortens and prayer walls.

Day 9 Markha Village (3760m) – Thachungtse (4265m)

We continue above Markha Village, trekking eastwards, deeper into the Markha Valley, to a good camping place at Hangkar or continue a little further to Thachungtse at 4265m.

In this high valley we are likely to see small herds of blue sheep (bharal) which often come right down to the river to graze . It is possible to visit the Techa gompa high up on a cliff after Markha in which case we can camp at Hangkar or else we will continue to Thachungste.

Day 10 Thachungtse (4265m) – Base Camp (4860m)

Leaving Hangkar/ Thachungste, we now have a good view of a prominent snow peak at the head of the valley. This is Kang Yatse 2, rising to a height of 6250m and it is sure to raise the excitement level a few notches!

We will continue gradually up to the high and wide open meadows of the base camp of Kang Yatse which sits at 4860m.

Day 11 Base Camp (4860m)

Rest day. (Eat, hydrate lots of rest today!)

Day 12 Base Camp (4860m) – Kang Yatse 2 (6250) – Nimaling (4700m)

This is it, the final big push! Unfortunately as this day is so long we leave our base camp at 1am for the summit but we wont care as the excitement levels will be so high we will just smash it!

We will begin by walking across scree and rocky terrain for 1 1/2 hours until we need to put on our crampons. From here we will rope up and begin climbing steeply for about 45 minutes on snow and ice.

From thereon it is a gradual climb for 2 hours until the ridge close to the summit. We continue on the ridge to the summit for another 2 hours.

Then we have done it…….Kang Yatse 2 summited at 6250m!!!

After spending time on the summit celebrating and taking photographs we will descend to base to base camp and further to Nimaling.

Day 13

Optional day built in for our summit attempt.

Day 14 Nimaling (4700m) – Chuskyurmo (4155m)

We trek up to the Kongmaru La at 5290m on a well  marked trail which zig-zags across scree for the final 250 metres to the pass.

From the pass there are views north to the hills of the Eastern Karakoram and China, whilst the southern panorama is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatse.

We descend further until we enter a narrow gorge to Chuskyurmo and our final camp for the night at 4155m.

Day 15 Chuskyurmo (4155m) – Leh (3524m)

From here we walk down for 3 hrs to Shang sumdo and drive to Leh

Day 16

Depart Leh and finally depart Delhi to UK.

Day 17

Arrive back in the UK.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

This 11 day trek is classed as TOUGH.

Although this is not a technically demanding climb it will be physically demanding as we climb over 6000m. Previous experience of crampon and ice axe use is desired but not essential.

We advise that you have experience of (and be comfortable with) long multiple back to back walking days in mountainous regions such as Snowdonia or the Lake District.

A high level of fitness is important and you may need to undertake some training before attempting this 11 day trek. You need to be confident of your physical condition and preferably have crampon and ice axe experience.

Conditions underfoot are generally good but loose scree and rough terrain will be experienced. (maybe with some short sections of scrambling). We will be roped up for a short section on summit night.

ALTITUDE

Altitude sickness, with the mildest form being acute mountain sickness (AMS) typically occurs above 2500m.

We have designed this 11 day trek to minimise the risk and better aid acclimatisation as we use the mantra climb high and sleep low.

For further information https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Altitude-sickness/

WEATHER

The temperature in Leh can vary from 20 °C to 30°C in the summers and dips to –5 °C or way below that in winters.

The months during June and September are the prime season to climb Kang Yatse 2 as the weather is more stable.

£1895 ex flights

Secure your place on a trip of a lifetime with only £100 deposit!

Please note we need a minimum of 6 people for this expedition to run.

Once you have booked and paid your deposit you will be sent a contract with all details and payments.

Payments

Secure your place with £100 deposit only.

Please make sure you have read our Booking Terms and Conditions.

Each day you will need to carry a day pack (35-40 litres) with everything you will need for the day.

Additional kit can be put into a 75-100 litre Kit Bag (maximum 15 kilos) which will be transported by mules during the trek.

Kang Yatse 2 KIT LIST (Essential (E) Optional (O)

PLEASE NOTE KIT LIST NOT COMPLETED FULLY FOR THIS TRIP YET

Rucksacks and Bag

  • Daysack 35-40L (E)
  • 75-100L Kit Bag (E)
  • Water proof inner liner and outer (E)

Sleeping

  • 4/5 season sleeping bag (E)
  • Sleeping bag liner (O)
  • Sleeping mats are provided but recommend bring your own (O)

Footwear

  • A good pair of 4 season walking boots. These should be a pair which are ‘worn-in’ and waterproof. (E)
  • 5 pairs of good quality walking socks (1 to be thermal) (E)
  • Comfortable shoes for evening (E)
  • Spare laces (O)

Clothing

  • Water proof Jacket (E)
  • Waterproof trousers (E)
  • 2 x Trekking trousers (E)
  • Trekking shorts (O)
  • Down jacket (E)
  • Fleece jacket (E)
  • Lightweight fleece top (O)
  • 2/3 wicking base layers (not cotton) (E)
  • Warm Hat (E)
  • 3 x Gloves (Down, fleece and waterproof)  (E)
  • Sunhat (baseball cap or wide brimmed hat) (E)
  • Buff (O)
  • Gaiters (O)
  • Casual clothes for travel/Leh (E)
  • Clothes to sleep in (baggy t-shirt etc) (O)

General Equipment

  • Ice Axe – can be hired in country
  • Harness – can be hired in country
  • Crampons – can be hired in country
  • Head Torch (with spare batteries) (E)
  • Walking Poles (O)
  • 2 x 1L Water bottles (or 2L Camelback) (E)
  • Water purification tablets/drops (E)
  • UV Protection sunglasses (E)
  • Sun cream (at least factor 30) (E)
  • Lip balm (at least factor 30) (E)
  • After sun (E)
  • Ear plugs (O)
  • Camera / Phone (O)
  • Water proof bags for keeping important items dry (E)
  • Watch (O)
  • Money Belt (to keep passport, cash and debit/credit cards in) (E)
  • Book (O)

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush (E)
  • Toothpaste (E)
  • Soap/body wash/shampoo (E)
  • Hand sanitiser (E)
  • Deodorant (E)
  • 1 roll of toilet paper (E)
  • Towel (E)
  • Antiseptic wipes (O)

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Paracetamol (E)
  • Ibuprofen (O)
  • Plasters (E)
  • Zinc Oxide Tape/Kinesiology Tape (O)
  • Compeed (E)
  • Imodium (O)
  • Personal medication (inform trip leader of meds and where they are) (E)
  • Antiseptic wipes (O)
  • Antihistamines (O)
  • Re hydration sachets/tablets (E)

Important Documents

  • Passport (E)
  • Copy of passport (kept separate from main passport) (E)
  • 4 passport photographs (kept separate from main passport) (E)
  • Travel insurance documents (E)
  • VISA (if required) (E)
  • Emergency contact details (E)
  • Recommend you take around $150 onto the mountain in small denominations for tipping. (E)
  • Plus around $100 spending money. (O)

3 nights Leh

3 star hotel bed and breakfast

On trek

Spacious 3 person mountain hardware tents on twin sharing basis

Last night in Leh

3 star hotel bed and breakfast

Fully catered 11 day trek including water (need to purify), snacks, breakfast, lunch and evening meal.

Fantastic home cooked food will be served every day whilst on the trek!

What’s included

  • All snacks, breakfasts, lunches and  evening meals
  • All accommodation – 3 nights guest house Leh, 10 nights camp on trek and 1 night in Delhi hotel
  • Fully catered trek with camping facilities
  • In country team with Sidar/guide, climbing Sherpa, ponies for luggage and cook
  • Kang Yatse 2 climbing permit
  • Airport transfers (fixed times)

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance (will need high altitude with rescue  and evacuation)
  • Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
  • International flights
  • Visas for India
  • Local sightseeing and any entrance fees
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips etc

PASSPORTS

To avoid possible problems at immigration, make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of entry into India.

Your passport must be machine readable, with 2 blank pages for your visa and valid for a minimum of 180 days at the time of your visa application.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay in India

For further information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco/entry-requirements

VISAS

You’ll need to get a visa before travelling to India. India issues various types of visas, including transit visas and e-visas.

Make sure you get the right visa for your travel and that it’s valid for the purpose and duration of your stay. If you enter India on the wrong visa, you could be detained on arrival and you may be deported and blacklisted, meaning that you can’t enter India again. Make sure you meet entry requirements. You can find further information on the Indian High Commission website or the Indian Immigration Bureau website.

For further information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/entry-requirements

VACCINATIONS

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A. However we recommend that you visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations.

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.

For further information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/health

MONEY

The currency of India is the Indian rupee (INR).

There are restrictions on bringing Indian rupees into India. Visitors, including tourists, are not permitted to bring any amount of Indian currency into the country. If you’re resident in India, you can bring up to INR 25,000 into the country.

If you’re visiting India, you can bring cash or travellers’ cheques (in pounds sterling or another foreign currency) and/or a bank card with you and exchange or withdraw rupees once in India. You will have to declare any amount exceeding US$5,000 in notes, or US$10,000 in notes and travellers’ cheques combined.

For more information https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india/money

INDIA TIME

There is no time difference between Morocco and United Kingdom.

We are looking to run this trip in 2nd-19th September of 2022. Please note departure dates are +/- 2 days and will be confirmed 6 months before.

Booking

Please complete your details by pressing the “REGISTER YOUR INTEREST” button near the top of the event page.

please make sure you have sufficient TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR THIS TRIP

You must show proof of your travel insurance for this trip and it must cover the following:-

Medical and Repatriation back to the UK

Trekking insurance up to 6500m

Helicopter Evacuation insurance mandatory

Some suggested Insurance companies for you to look at (you must do your own research, these are for guidance only):-

BMC https://www.thebmc.co.uk/insurance

BIG CAT Insurance https://bigcattravelinsurance.com/travel-insurance/trekking-insurance/

Snowcard Insurance https://www.snowcard.co.uk

True Traveller https://www.truetraveller.com

PACKAGE TRAVEL REGULATIONS 2018

The combination of travel services offered to you (trek, accommodation and transfers) is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel Regulations 2018. Therefore you will benefit from all rights applying to packages. Breese Adventures will be responsible for the package as a whole and as required by law have protection in place to refund your payments in the event that it becomes insolvent.

Please read the information on the Package Travel Regulations here.

BREESE ADVENTURES INSOLVENCY PROTECTION

NatWest Bank

Contact details will be sent to you in your contract.

 

CUSTOMER RIGHT TO CANCEL OR TRANSFER BOOKING

Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for details on cancelling or transferring your booking.

 

MINIMUM PEOPLE FOR TRIP TO RUN

6

We will need to have recieved full payment from a minimum of 6 people to run this trip no less than 12 weeks before the departure date. If this number is not reached Breese Adventures may cancel this trip and return deposits paid. Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions for more details.

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