14 Days KANG LA (5468m) TREK

 

 

 

 

Glacier

Remote and unfrequented trek

Massive meadows carpeted with wild flowers

Miyar Valley- one of the picturesque campsites on the way

Miyar Valley- Horses grazing freely

Miyar Valley- Big mountains and flower-carpeted Valley

The majestic looking Kang Yatze is the most prominent peak in the Markha Valley. It can be approached through the Makha Valley from either side. It has 2 summits and resembles a King’s Throne. The Western summit, Kangyatse II is lower at 6250m and is quite often climbed, at the same time it is not at all busy like the neighbouring Stok Kangri. It is perfect for people who would like to climb their first 6000-er and would like to stay away from the crowds. The Markha valley offers the perfect acclimatisation trek needed for climbing a 6000m mountain. On a clear day you see views as far Nun Kun & Zanskar ranges in the West & the K2, Broad Peak & Gasherbrum Massif in the far North.

Day 01: Overnight Bus from Delhi to Manali
Day 02: Arrive Manali
Day 03: Drive Manali to Shukto
Day 04: Trek Shukto to Thanpattan
Day 05: Trek to Zardong
Day 06: Trek to Phalpu, the snout of the glacier
Day 07: Trek to Camp 1 on the glacier
Day 08: Trek to Camp 2 – Kangla Jot Base
Day 09: Cross Kan La and descend to the other base
Day 10: Trek to Bardan. Drive to Padum
Day 11: Drive to Kargil
Day 12: Drive to Leh
Day 13: Free Day
Day 14: Fly to Delhi

KANG LA (5468m) TREK

 

Day 01: Overnight Bus from Delhi to Manali

We board the overnight Volvo which starts from Himachal Bhawan at Mandi House in Delhi. Buses generally depart between 5:30 to 7:00pm in the evenings.

Overnight Bus.

 

Day 02: Arrive Manali

Arrive Manali(1950m) in the morning and transfer to Hotel. Spend the day resting and doing any last minute shopping.

Overnight Hotel.

 

Day 03: Drive Manali to Shukto (approx 8 hrs)

This is a long driving day. We make an early start and drive over the Rohtang Pass (3980m) to enter Lahaul Valley. We remain on the Manali-Leh Highway until we reach Tandi which is the point of confluence of Chandra and Bhaga Rivers which originate from Baralacha La pass in J&K state. We then turn west and follow drive along the Chandra-Bhaga River until we reach Udaipur, where the Miyar River which empties itself into the Chandra-Bhaga.  Udaipur is a sub-divisional headquarters of Lahaul and gets its name from Raja Udai Singh of Chamba. It was renamed in 1695 from its old name Margul. It is famous for 2 unique temples – Trilokinath and Margul Devi. From here we turn North-East, and follow the Miyar River till we reach Urgus and further on to Shukto, the roadhead.

Overnight Homestay.

 

Day 04: Trek to Thanpattan

After we crossover on the wooden pedestrian bridge to the left bank it is a short climb up to Khanjer, the last village in the Miyar Valley.The road now goes all the way to this village and is a dirt track. We walk all along the left bank crossing some beautiful campsites at Doksa to reach Tharpatan.(5 to 6 hrs)

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 05: Trek to Zardong

The change in gradient is gradual and most campsites are big and grassy and abound with little flowers seeming like a flower carpet.From Gumba Nala we turn Northwest and continue to follow the Miyar Nallah to reach our beautiful Campsite at Zardung. (5 to 6 hrs)

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 06: Trek to Phalpu, the snout of the glacier

We walk on towards Kesar Yon Chhap(meaning 7 holy waters), another beautiful campsite. There are several stream crossings all along the way and surrounded by peaks throughout. We go further ahead to camp at Phalpu which is very close to the snout of the Miyar Glacier.The campsite is on a dry lake bed and is surrounded by mountains and glacial lakes.(4 to 5 hrs)

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 07: Trek to Camp 1(4400m) on the glacier

We trek for about 1 hr to reach the snout of the glacier and continue on through difficult moraine and enormous snowfields. There are also many glacial lakes that we pass and camp on the glacier. A tough day of about 7 hrs. We are surrounded by snow capped peaks all around.

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 08: Trek to Camp 2(4870m) – Kangla Jot Base

An early start to make the walk on snow easier (4hrs). The climb is gentle, and depending on the snow conditions and open crevasses the total time can vary till our campsite which is the base of Kangla Jot. We camp on a field on the glacier with snowy mountains and glaciers all around.Amazing view all around , all snowy peaks and glaciers.6 – 7 hrs.

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 09: Cross Kang La (5450m) and descend to the other base (4400m)

Leave camp by first daylight or earlier. We walk along the middle of the huge snow covered glacier at a gentle incline for about 3 hrs, then rope up. Climb steeply for about an hour until a small summit. We zig zag our way around some crevasses to Kangla Jot pass (5450m). You are rewarded with stupendous views of snow capped peaks and glistening glaciers all around. We descend along the right side of the valley to the river, the junction of 2 valleys where we camp in a small meadow. (8 to 9 hrs)

Overnight Camp.

 

Day 10: Trek to Bardan(3670m). Drive to Padum

Descend on rocks and scree and follow an easy path by the Tema River through grazing grounds and meadows with flowers. The landscape gets more arid and stunning as you enter the Zanskar valley and the road head – back to civilization .We follow a rough jeep track for 2 km to Bardan gompa set dramatically atop a riverside cliff. Meet with vehicles and drive to Padum, the district headquarters of Zanskar (1 hrs). Later we drive to Karsha to see the monastery spread across a cliffside, the largest and most dramatic in Zanskar. Camp is in the Village’s camping grounds.

Overnight Lodge.

 

Day 11: Drive to Kargil(8-9 hrs)

A long drive on a rough jeep track over the Penzi-La (4400m) to reach Rangdum with a checkpost. We continue on through Shafat Nala and the green Suru Valley to reach Kargil, the muslim heartland in the Buddhist dominated Ladakh.Fantastic scenic drive through the Zanskar Valley. (8 to 9 hrs)

Overnight Hotel.

 

Day 12: Drive to Leh/Srinagar

There are 2 options here. You can either turn right and drive towards Leh or turn left and drive towards Srinagar. [8 hrs drive anyway].

Overnight Hotel.

Day 13: Free Day

A day to relax, sight see and shop.

Overnight Hotel.

 

Day 14: Fly to Delhi

Depart.

LAND Price per person in SGD:   $ 2280

Tour Code: IND-KL-14

Price is subjected to changes without prior notice
Airfare:
SIN-Delhi; Leh-Delhi-SIN: From S$ 850 including taxes

LAND Price includes

  • Volvo bus tickets from Delhi to Manali
  • All travel starting with pick up from Manali till drop to Leh airport.
  • All accommodation on twin sharing basis at ‘A’ category hotels in Leh & Kargil
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from lunch on Day 2 till breakfast on Day 14
  • Professional guide and camp staff from Manali till Padum
  • Camping & Permit Fee
  • Sightseeing of Shey, Thikshey monasteries
  • Includes local Service tax &  Clean India Cess
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Railway station / airport transfers in Delhi
  • Personal gears such as sleeping bag
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, camera fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Tips
  • Visa and Visa application fees