This climb offers you an opportunity to reach a height of 6200m without technical skills, and 6400 m with basic technical skills. The climb on Kangyatse is challenging and interesting, ideal for someone in quest of his/her first Himalayan summit.
Destination: Kangyatse Expedition
Best Time: June To Sept
Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL IN LEH
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by Mountain trails representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel
Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian “Silk Route”. A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.
DAY 02 : LEH
AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk
Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.
Spituk or dpe-thub mean ‘effective as an Example’ and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.
Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch
Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh’s head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.
Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.
DAY 03: LEH
Excursion to Shey, Thiksey, Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour.
We start with a visit to Shey the ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue, built in the memory of King Singee Namgyal by his son lDeldan Namgyal in 1633 A.D. It is the only kind of statue made of Gold, Gilt and copper in entire Ladakh.
Then we visit Thiksey Gompa an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future is one of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh,.
Drive further to visit the famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.
The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.
After covering these three monasteries we drive back to leh to our hotel for night stay
DAY4: LEH TO SHANG SUMO (2 ½HOURS)
We will leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang (3600 m). We will drive to Martselang, the entry point into Hemis National Park, where we can get glimpses of endangered high-altitude animals such as the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, the great Tibetan sheep and Golden eagle. There we will meet the crew and trek for 2 and ½ hours, before reaching our campsite in the tiny village of Shang Sumdo (3700m).
DAY 05: SHANG SUMDO -LARTSA (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 a dramatic evidence of the collision between the Indian and Tibetan plates. The trail crosses rivers several times before we reach our campsite (4600 m)
DAY 06: LARTSA – BASE CAMP VIA GONGMARU LA 5200 M
A steep 3-hour climb will lead us to Gongmaru La (5200 m), where there are jaw-dropping views of Kangyatse, the Zan kar and Karakoram Range. After satisfying ourselves with the surrounding views, we will make our descent toward the pasture of Nimaling ,where the villages of Markha Valley tend their sheep, goats and yaks during the summer. From Nimaling it is a steady climb up to Base Camp (5200 m).
DAY 07 : BASE CAMP -HIGH CAMP (2 HRS)
Day 4 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 to High Camp (5500 m). Although the distance is quite short, the altitude makes the hike quite strenuous.
DAY 08: HIGH CAMP -SUMMIT – BASE CAMP (9-10 HRS)
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 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. Note:If you choose to scale the primary summit (6400 m),you will need to be experienced and well prepared, as you must traverse a very difficult and technically challenging ridge.
DAY 09 & 10: 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 stopping at any places you may wish to visit.
DAY 11: LEH
Complete day at leisure to explore the beauty of Leh city on your own and time free for last day shopping.
one can take an optional excursion to KHARDUNG-LA-PASS (the highest motorable oad in the world) at 18,390 ft, around 39kms from Leh.
PANGONG LAKE, situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). A long narrow basin of inland drainage, hardly six to seven kilometer at its widest point and over 130km long, it is bisected by the international border between India and China.
DAY 12: LEH
Tour concludes. Mountain Trails thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination.