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Kang Yatse

  • Where?

    India

  • Altitude

    6,250m

  • Duration

    13 days

  • Weather

  • Physical

    P4

  • Technical

    T3

  • P4 - Sustained physical effort calls for a state of high conditioning. You should already have experience of tough challenges (P3) and be regularly training as part of your normal routine. Expect days of up to 8 hours and longer while carrying a pack up to 8-14kg in weight. Summit night could be easily in excess of 12 hours.

    Visit our Grading Information page for a full overview.

  • T3 - May involve harder scrambling or some trekking and climbing with ropes. If snow is encountered then glacier travel with ropes, ice axes and crampons will be necessary. Basic climbing skills is ideal, but will also be taught and certainly practiced during the expedition and  pre-summit phase.

    Visit our Grading Information page for a full overview.

  • Overview

  • Date & Prices

  • Pics & Vids

  • Itinerary

  • Kit List

  • FAQ's

Overview

Kang Yatse makes for a remote and stunning trek in the heart of Ladakh and is an equal to that of Stok Kangri. Our beautiful circular route takes you through ancient Buddhist culture, monasteries and ever-changing landscape of Markha Valley. The snowy peak of Kang Yatse, looming above the Markha Valley, is one of the most beautiful mountains in the region and provides a unique opportunity to climb a 6250m for someone who is looking for his/ her first Himalayan Summit.

Being inaccessible for many months in the winter the whole area feels as if time has stood still and has allowed rare Himalayan wildlife to thrive.

Ladakh is a land of many contrasts. It’s one of the highest, driest inhabited regions on Earth, a semi-desert where Buddhism meets Islam, India meets Tibet and where the Himalayas meet the Karakorum.  Dotted with small villages and ancient monasteries, the high mountain panoramas blend into eternal blue skies and vibrant festivals spring up with cheerful regularity. Arriving from Delhi into Leh (at 3,524m) we spend a few days acclimatising, exploring the town and local monasteries before heading off on our adventure.

Our Kang Yatsi trek will trek mixes adventure with festivity, authentic rural experiences and Western comforts to provide an introduction to mountain climbing that is hard to beat and long remembered.

 

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Date & Prices

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.

For private trips or bespoke itineraries inc. different dates, please contact the 360 office on 0207 1834 360.

Departure & Return

Duration

Price (excl. flight)

Price (incl. flight)

Start: 01 September 2020
End: 13 September 2020

Price without flights:  £1,845
Price with flights: £2,495

Leader: Sam Bradshaw

01 September 2020

13 September 2020

13 days

£1,845

£2,495

Leader: Sam Bradshaw

Start: 14 September 2020
End: 26 September 2020

Price without flights:  £1,845
Price with flights: £2,495

Guide: Rolfe Oostra

14 September 2020

26 September 2020

13 days

£1,845

£2,495

Guide: Rolfe Oostra

Included

  • Local guides and a 360 guide (depending on group size)
  • International and domestic flights plus taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Packhorses for porterage
  • Accommodation during trek (camping)
  • Accommodation in Leh in doubles/twins with breakfast
  • All accommodation based on two people sharing
  • All food whilst on trek
  • Breakfast when city based and 2 dinners
  • Climbing gear (crampons, ice axe) for those without
  • Park fees and monastery entrance fees
  • 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor
  • Monthly payment plan, on request

Not Included

  • Indian visa
  • Personal equipment
  • Staff and guide gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature – laundry, room service, alcohol etc
  • Unscheduled meals
  • Any additional costs associated with leaving the expedition early including any airline surcharges as a result of changing return airline tickets
  • Single supplement £240

Pics & Vids

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Depart UK

Fly to Delhi and connect for our Leh flight. The spectacular connection flight over the Himalaya takes us to one of the highest airports in the world at 3,350m.

DAY 2 : Arrive Leh

The spectacular connection flight over the Himalaya takes us to one of the highest airports in the world at 3,350m. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). In the afternoon we can have a wander around Leh and its bazaars and explore our home for the next couple of days.

DAY 3 : Leh. A day of sightseeing

We stay in Leh in order to begin acclimatising. You are welcome to join us on a very leisurely sightseeing tour to three of the major gompas (monasteries) in the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside is a small temple containing a 350-year-old copper and gold statue of Buddha. Next stop is Tikse, perched prominently on top of a hill, its red and white buildings visible for miles. A recently built temple contains a magnificent image of the Future Buddha. Final stop is Stakna, a small, friendly monastery high above the Indus River.

DAY 4 : Leh- Zingchen- Yurutse 4100m (1 hr dive & 4-5 hrs hike)

We drive from Leh to Spituk and continue on a dirt jeep road into a parched and exposed region. After about an hr drive we will enter the Zingchen Valley where the Rumbak River flows into the Indus which makes it way down a canyon. Further into the valley lies a beautiful village of Rumbak, inhabited by 15 families. From Rumbak it’s a short walk to our camp, but very important one in terms of acclimatization, so we will not hurry and take our time to reach the camp.

DAY 5 : Yurutse 4100m – Shingo 4000 m via Ganda La 4900 m (5-6 hours)

A gradual but long ascent will take us to the pass of Ganda La. The Stupas and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may get glimpse of wildlife such as blue sheep, Marmots and Arghali. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are spectacular.  A gradual descent will bring us to the tiny village of Shingo, inhabited by only 2 families. This will be our campsite for tonight.

DAY 6 : Shingo 4000m – Hamurtse 3500m (5-6 hours)

Shortly after leaving our campsite we enter a narrow gorge will spectacular colors and rock formations. We continue descending in the gorge until it opens onto the green valley of Skiu. In this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle, once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar. After getting some rest here, we continue to Hamurtse, a green pasture land by the Markha river.

DAY 7 : Hamurtse 3500m- Umlung 3900m (4-5 hrs hike)

The trail continues along the Markha River, with some crossings now and then. We pass the remains of old hermitage caves high on the opposite cliffs. Inside are the remains of tiny caves where lamas once sat in meditation, platforms carved in rock. Look also at the Chortens, inside

are piles of tiny ‘Tsatsas’, the remains of ashes of the departed formed into tiny pyramids. After about 4 hours of hike we reach the village of Markha, the largest village in the valley and inhabited by 20 families. After taking a good rest in the village, we continue along the Markha River and soon come across a mountain that seats the auspicious monastery of Techa. It’s a steep half an hour climb to the monastery, but it’s worth visiting. From here, it is a short walk to Umlung.

DAY 8 : Umlung 3900m - Thachungtse 4100m (4-5 hours)

The trail continues along the Markha River, past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the village of Hankar, the last one in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will get our first view of snowy peaks above Nimaling, which will stay in sight until we cross Chaktsdang La.  Our campsite for tonight will be the lovely green pasture of Thachungste.

DAY 9 : Thachungtse 4100m – Base Camp 4950 m (3-4 hrs)

It is a short distance from Thachungtse to Base Camp but the trail is steep at places and we are likely to feel the effect of the altitude.  After about 2 hours of ascend we reach the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha valley bring their animals to graze during the summer months.  From Nimaling, it’s a gradual climb up towards Base Camp.

DAY 10 : Acclimatization walk 4950m

After a hearty breakfast, we go for an acclimatization walk by climbing little higher.

By noon we are back at the BC and enjoy a warm meal for lunch. We spend the afternoon relaxing and preparing the gears.

DAY 11 : Base Camp 4950m - Summit 6200 m- Base Camp (8-12 hrs)

Early morning push for the summit. The first part of the mountain is usually free of snow by August and we walk on rocky terrain, but at around 5500m we hit the snow and put our crampons. The route is quite straightforward and easy to negotiate, however as we climb higher it gets steeper.

Once on the summit we have a spectacular views of the Himalayan range to the south and Karakoram to the north. After enjoying the view and putting prayer flags on the summit we descend down to Base Camp and get a well-deserved rest.

DAY 12 : BC- Shang Sumdo- Leh via Kongmaru La 5200 m (6-7 hrs hike & 1.30 hr drive)

After a short hike from BC we gradually ascend towards Kongmaru La, the highest pass on Markha Valley trek. Once on the top we have beautiful views of Kangyatse and the surrounding peaks. The descent is quite steep at places, but gradually levels out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its colorful and fascinating rock formations. Some river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the tiny village of Chogdo. Here, we say farewell to our horses and horsemen we drive back to Leh.

DAY 13 : Departure Leh/Arrive UK

We have an early start from Leh to catch our flight back to Delhi and then back to the UK. Flight depending there may be a day stopover in Delhi where you will be offered a free city tour, before catching your final flight back home. We plan that you arrive this same night but on some occasions, you land back early the next morning.

These are subject to minor changes depending on flight arrival and departure times, weather, group dynamics and fitness and so on, but the itinerary outlined provides an excellent indication of the expedition and what you will experience.

Check out our video on YouTube for what to expect –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1OIgvrSSPw

 

Kit List

Bags & Packs

Kit bag

A 90 -120L duffel bag to transport kit.  A duffel bag is a strong, soft, weather resistant bag without wheels but with functional straps for carrying. Suitcases and wheeled bags are not suitable

Daysack

Approx. 40L capacity. Your day to day pack that you carry with your daily essentials, fitted with shoulder straps and importantly a waist belt

Dry stuffsacks

Nylon rolltop bags that keep fresh clothing and other important items like passports and iPods dry in the event of a total downpour that seeps into your kitbag. Good for quarantining old socks.

Please note that many countries are now banning plastic bags. We would always advise buying re-usable nylon rolltop bags for keeping your kit dry (and sustainability).

Waterproof rucksack cover

To protect rucksack from rain

Small kit bag or light bag

This is for any kit you intend to leave at the hotel and could even simply be a heavy duty plastic bag

Padlocks

For use on your kit bag for travel and on the expedition plus your hotel bag

Quantity: 2

Sleeping Gear

4 Season sleeping bag

You should get a sleeping bag rated to -10C and choose a sleeping bag that functions within the comfort rating of this temperature. A silk sleeping bag liner will enhance this rating on the coldest nights

Sleeping bag liner

Silk is best for keeping the bag clean and you a little warmer

Sleeping mat

A full length self-inflating rather than ¾ length Thermarest

Headwear

Warm headgear

This can be a warm hat, beanie, balaclava, anything to reduce the heat loss from your head

Wide brimmed hat

Keeps the sun off exposed areas like ears and the nape of the neck

Buff/Scarf

Essential for protection from the sun and dust

Sunglasses

Preferably wraparound style

Ski goggles – Category 3 (excl. July - September)

For days when it may be snowing and very windy.  Very useful on summit day. Only required when trekking outside the period July to September

Sunblock

Buy the highest SPF you can find as UV intensifies with altitude

Lip salve

Sun cream will not work on your lips and they are very susceptible to burn without proper protection

Upper Body

Base layer

This is the layer closest to the skin and its principal function is to draw (wick) moisture and sweat away from the skin. You can also get thermal base layers for use at higher altitudes that provide an additional insulative layer while still drawing sweat during times of high exertion

Quantity: 3

Mid layer

These are typically lightweight microfleeces or similar technology that provide varying degrees of warmth and insulation without being overly bulky or heavy to pack

Quantity: 2

Gilet (optional)

Optional – A great low volume additional layer to keep your core warm, whether down, primaloft or fleece

Light insulated jacket

A lighter jacket such as a Primaloft or lightweight down which can be worn at lower to mid altitudes is a great addition to your kit offering greater flexibility with layering

Soft Shell (optional)

Optional – These should be windproof (not all are) and insulative. They are mostly made of soft polyester and sometimes resemble a neoprene finish which makes them very mobile and comfortable to wear. While offering a degree of weather repellence, they are not waterproof

Hard Shell

These jackets are thin, highly waterproof and windproof and worn over all other items of clothing. You’ll find these made of Gore-Tex or other proprietary waterproof yet breathable technology. Inexpensive hard shells that aren’t breathable will prevent evaporation, making you sweat intensely and are not recommended

Down jacket

These provide the best insulation and are worth every penny. Ask advice in the shop (or from us) when buying the jacket and mention you want it rated to -20C and the assistant will recommend the correct fill for you

Warm gloves

Consider liners or a light polartec pair for lower altitudes and evenings, and a thicker waterproof pair like ski gloves for higher altitudes

Down mitts & waterproof mitts

Essential for higher altitudes and cold temperatures. To be worn with a liner glove underneath and waterproof & windproof layer over the top.

T-shirts / Trekking tops

For wearing in Leh and lower down the mountain when the weather is warm.

Lower Body

Trekking trousers

These tend to be polyester so they dry quickly after a shower and weigh little in your pack. Consider perhaps a pair with detachable lower legs as an alternative to shorts

Quantity: 2

Softshell trousers

Windproof or thermal lined trekking trousers for higher altitudes and the summit phase. Thermal leggings can still be worn underneath if necessary

Long Johns

Thermal insulation for the lower body

Waterproof overtrousers

Like the jacket, an essential piece of kit to stay dry and should also be Goretex

Underwear

Merino or wicking material, not cotton. How many pairs you take is entirely up to you

Shorts

For wearing in Leh on your days off and for lower down on the mountain. Whilst Leh is fairly liberal, longer shorts are preferable.

Feet

4 season trekking boots

Well broken in with mid – high ankle support

High altitude plastic boots (excl. July - September)

Double or triple layered to keep feet warm. Either La Sportiva G2 SMs,  Scarpa Phantom 6000s, La Sportiva Spantiks or 8,000m boots are suitable. Make sure you can fit 2 pairs of socks for added warmth with room to wiggle your toes. Only required when trekking outside the period July to September

High altitude socks (excl. July - September)

These socks are super thick to provide maximum insulation. Three pairs, keep one clean for summit day, wear with a thinner inner. Only required when trekking outside the period July to September

Trekking socks

Start with lighter socks lower down, working up to thicker pairs for higher up as it gets colder. Some people like a clean pair every day, others are happy to change every other day – that’s a personal choice

Quantity: 4

Spare laces

Just in case

Trainers

For camp, saves stomping around in heavy boots for the entire day. You could also opt for walking sandals or Crocs.

Technical Equipment

Climbing harness (available locally at no cost)

We recommend Petzl harnesses. Try a variety on in a shop before you buy to ensure a good fit. Legs clips are a good option and avoid having to step into the harness to put it on. Harnesses are available locally at no cost.

HMS Locking karabiners

Climbing equipment, for attaching a rope to your harness

Quantity: 2

Sling (60cm)

Quantity: 1

Ice Axe (available locally at no cost)

A walking ice axe between 55cm and 65cm. Go to an outdoor shop and try different ones for weight and size so that you get one that feels good to you (available locally at no cost)

Crampons (available locally at no cost)

12 point mountaineering crampons with anti-balling plates that fit your specific boots (not ice climbing crampons), (available locally at no cost)

Hydration

Water purification

Although generally all water is boiled some prefer to double up and add purification tabs as well. Always good to have in your bag

Water bottles/bladder

3L equivalent – Camelbaks are useful at lower altitudes but have a tendency to freeze up at higher altitudes without insulation tubes, Nalgene bottles are better at altitude and can be put in your down jacket

Pee bottle (+ optional Shewee for the girls!)

A good idea if you are storm bound at higher camps. A 1ltr Nalgene bottle is a good option but do make sure you label it as your pee bottle!!

Toiletries

Wash kit

Keep it simple on the mountain. Essentials are toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant. Moisturiser is advisable, everything else is a luxury!

Travel towel

Travel towels from the likes of Lifesystems are perfect

Wet wipes

Preferably biodegradable, these are great for washing when modern shower facilities become a thing of the past

Alcohol gel

A must have for good camp hygiene

Insect repellent

For early stages and once back down

Toilet paper

Provided on the mountain but a spare in your daysack may be useful if you need to hide behind a rock between camps

Nappy sacks or dog poo bags

Only needed to bag your toilet paper if you are caught short in between camps and for keeping your rubbish tidy in your tent

Medications

Personal first aid kit

The 360 med kits are designed to be used in emergencies and akin to an A&E rather than a pharmacy on Expeditions so please come prepared with useful meds for yourself such as painkillers (Ibuprofen if you can take it and a Paracetamol) plus blister plasters, plasters, antiseptic, rehydration sachets and any muscle rubs you wish to use.

Personal medication

Keep this in your daysack

Misceallaneous

Head torch

We recommend Petzl head torches. Bring spare batteries.

Trekking poles

These tend to be a personal preference but help with your stability and can dampen the pressure on the knees coming down hill

Camera

Bring plenty of spare batteries and memory cards

Penknife (optional)

Sewing kit (optional)

Snacks

You will be fed very well and given snacks each day however we advise bringing a small selection as a little bit of comfort.  For summit night it’s always good to have a few extra chunky bars for that extra boost. Energy gels and protein bars are not suitable

Documentation

Passport

Don’t forget this! Your passport should have at least 6 months validity.  With your passport expiry date at least six months after the final day of travel.

Copy of passport

Scan of passport picture page

Passport photos x 4

We need these to obtain your climbing and trekking permits

Visa

A visa can be obtained from the Indian Embassy in London or using the e-visa website. Non UK residents should check with their local Indian Embassy

Dental check up

We recommend you have a dental check-up before your trip. New fillings can be an issue at altitude if there is an air pocket left in the gap

Money

We recommend you take around $120 – $150 onto the mountain in small denominations to tip the local team. Plus about $250 for any extras along the way, satellite phone calls etc.

Travel insurance

Copy of own travel insurance details.  And relevant contact numbers.

We have a partnership with True Traveller and would recommend that you contact them when looking for travel insurance for your trip with 360. However, it is vital that you ensure that the insurance cover they offer is suitable for you, taking your personal circumstances (items to be insured, cancellation cover, medical history) into account. Many other insurance providers are available and we do recommend that you shop around to get the best cover for you on the expedition you are undertaking.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip.  To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

FAQ's

Food and Water

What will we be eating?

Food served on this trek is vegetarian and consists of a wide variety of Tibetan, Indian and continental dishes.

Breakfast:  Chapati, bread,  jam, cheese, butter, cornflakes, omelette, porridge, pancake, tea, coffee

Lunch: bread, cheese, jam, fruit, spring rolls, chocolate, boiled potato and egg.

Dinner: Tibetan, Indian and continental dishes.

If you have food allergies, let us know in advance and we’ll do our best to cater for these.

Where does the drinking water come from?

Drinking water comes from a stream or spring near the campsite. As it’s mostly rain run off or snow melt it’s going to be pretty pure to start with but we’ll boil or treat anyway for good measure.

How often is fresh water available to top up during the day?

There are streams and springs on the way so bring purification tablets or a water filter (the latter are noticeably heavier and bulkier than the former) you can replenish whenever you run out, but generally we fill our bottles up in the morning before we set off.

Accommodation

How big are the tents?

We use 3 man tents for two people to give you a bit more personal space and more room for your gear.

Will I have my own room/tent?

Most altitude related symptoms manifest themselves at night. We therefore recommend room and tent sharing from the onset of all our expeditions. Room share is always organised according to sex and where possible age groups. Obviously if you are climbing this mountain with a friend or partner then share rooms with them. If you have joined the team by yourself then it is highly likely that you will be sharing a room with your pre-assigned room buddy unless prior arrangements have been made.

If you would like your own hotel room, please contact the office to make arrangements, a modest single supplement fee will be requested.

Do you use a mess tent for dining and relaxing?

Yes, we provide dining tents for meals and to relax and wind down in after a day’s walking.

Will the camp be freshly set up or will we be staying at existing camps at a set site on the way up? What will the lavatorial facilities be?

There are no fixed camps in the mountains, so we carry all camping gear with us on horses, pitching camp near some of the reliable water sources. In terms of the camp “facilities”, there is a portaloo toilet in its own tent, and a shower tent.

Health and Safety

Am I likely to suffer from altitude sickness on this expedition?

There are different types of altitude sickness. Although our acclimatisation regime ensures that everybody enjoys the best possible chance of getting high on the mountain, altitude-related problems can happen. The most common of this is high altitude sickness, (AMS – Acute Mountain Sickness).

Symptoms for this generally include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

It all sounds quite dramatic but generally this is just the process your body naturally goes through to adjust to the higher altitudes and the reduced partial pressure of the atmosphere.

For some people the acclimatisation process is a little longer and harder than others. For our guides this is all part and parcel of trekking at relatively high altitude and ascending a 6,000m peak and although we asses each client’s personal situation carefully we also further consider the compounding affects of dehydration brought on by excessive vomiting and lack of appetite.

 

There are different types of altitude sickness. Although our acclimatisation regime ensures that everybody enjoys the best possible chance of getting high on the mountain, altituderelated problems can happen. The most common of this is high altitude sickness, (AMS – acute mountain sickness).

Symptoms for this generally include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

It all sounds quite dramatic but generally this is just the process your body naturally goes through to adjust to the higher altitudes and the reduced partial pressure of the atmosphere. For some people the acclimatisation process is a little longer and harder than others.

For our guides this is all part and parcel of trekking at relatively high altitude and ascending a 6,000m peak and although we asses each client’s personal situation carefully we also further consider the compounding affects of dehydration brought on by excessive vomiting and lack of appetite.

AMS might sound frightening but our guides are fully trained (and experienced) in helping relieve your symptoms and providing advice on how to best proceed.

Please note that we don’t recommend using Diamox as a prophylactic and if you have been prescribed it by your GP, please raise this with your expedition leader.

AMS might sound frightening but our guides are fully trained (and experienced) in helping relieve your symptoms and providing advice on how to best proceed.

 

What can I do to help prevent AMS?

In most cases AMS can be avoided by following guidelines:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Walk slowly
  • Stay warm
  • Eat well

We recommend that you familiarise yourself with the various affects that altitude can cause. During your pre-climb briefing, we describe altitude sickness to you in detail, and advise you how to cope with it. The most important thing is not to fear it, but to respect it and to know how to deal with it and more importantly tell your guides how you feel.

Our guides have seen every condition that can occur on this trek, and they will always know how to deal with problems.

Is there a risk of getting HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) on the mountain?

HACE and HAPE rarely occur  on this trek and our guides are fully trained in recognition of the onset of these problems and will deal with them at the first sign of their development.

What happens if there is a problem on the mountain?

We’re in the developing world now, and help isn’t quite so easily at hand. However, if there’s a serious injury or sickness the 360 leader carries a satellite phone and we can get a helicopter from the Indian Air Force to airlift a casualty to Leh. Remember you’ll need insurance to cover the expenses if this happens.

What if I get sick and I am unable to complete the climb?

If you are unlucky and you become sick and are not able to complete the climb then we take you to the nearest road head, which will be Skiu which can take a few days to reach and drive back to Leh. In very severe cases we can also arrange helicopter. This cost will be covered by yourselves and thereafter your insurance company

Please do note that it is rare that people get any altitude sickness after being in the mountains for so long and crossing the other passes, but if you do we have an evacuation plan in place as mentioned.

Do I need to take Malarial drugs? Do I need to have a yellow fever certificate?

There is no malaria or yellow fever in Ladakh, and you don’t need a yellow fever certificate UNLESS you are traveling from an area where YF is present.

What vaccinations do I need?

The standard vaccinations  that  are  generally  recommended for travel to the Indian subcontinent are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio, some people consider a rabies jab to be important. However you should consult your doctor, travel clinic or nurse practitioner for the most recent accepted advice rather than take our word for it.

You advocate taking a small first aid kit, what should it have in it?

We advocate a little bit of self-help on the trek. If you have a blister developing for example then please stop take off your boot and treat it before it becomes a problem.

Your own first aid kit should contain: a basic blister kit, plasters, antiseptic, sun-protection, your own personal medication (sometimes your porter might get to camp after you and if he is carrying your medication you may not be able to take it according to the regime you are used to), basic pain relief (aspirin and Ibuprofen,)  a personal course of antibiotics if prone to illness etc. Foot powder in your socks every morning is great for preventing blisters.

Generally  the best approach packing your first aid kit is to include such basic medications as if you would on a family or personal holiday.

Your 360 expedition leader and/or a local porter carries a very comprehensive first aid kit which contains a wide range of supplies and medications. They are fully trained to use whatever is needed for any emergency that may arise. We advocate keeping this in mind when packing your own first aid supplies and keeping your own FA kit as compact and light as possible.

Kit

What clothing should I wear on the mountain?

If this is your first foray into high altitude climbing and don’t already own much equipment then we advocate borrowing gear from friends, buying second hand (not shoes) or hiring from our partners Outdoorhire.co.uk as the cost of buying everything on the kit list can be more than the trip itself.

Our guides usually start the walk wearing long, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts. Long trousers are recommended as a deterrent to insects, stinging plants and to act as sun protection. Shorts can also be worn on the initial few days of the trek as the temperature is usually warm. Ensure that you apply sun- protection frequently, or buy a once a day product such as P20 if you’re not very good at remembering to apply it. Sunglasses are worn for most of the trek as well as sunhats.

The prevailing conditions on the mountain will dictate what you will wear: if it is cold when you leave the camp in the morning then wear your fleece. As things warm up take advantage of the zipper system which most trekking clothing has – open and close the zips to adjust to your own preferred temperature. If you get too warm then take a layer off.

Over the top of your clothing you will wear a climbing harness and be attached to a rope for some of the day.

Waterproofs are needed on hand at all times. Kang Yatse is a big mountain that creates its own weather system. It is not unusual to be caught out in an afternoon rainstorm low down on the trek. Waterproofs should be Goretex material or similar.

What do your guides wear on summit day?

On summit day it gets cold and temperatures of 0C to -10C are not unusual.

Typically our guides wear 2 sets of base layers (long johns), a thick fleece layer (top and bottom) and then on the legs waterproofs whilst on the upper torso a down jacket is worn. As the wind picks up near the summit ridge our guides will put on their windproof layer to ward of the wind chill. On their hands they’ll wear a thin layer of fleece working gloves over the top of which a thicker set of ski gloves or mittens is worn.

Their heads are covered by a thermal beanie hat or a thick balaclava and the hood of their down jackets. On their feet the guides wear one pair of thin socks and one pair of thick.

Waterproofs are used as an invaluable windshield to protect you against the effect of wind chill when a strong wind blows.

What is the best type of footwear to use?

Whilst plastic boots are generally essential for climbing 6,000m peaks, Kang Yatse at the end of summer is generally the exception that proves the rule! You are very unlikely to need plastic boots as the summit (and summit day) are generally snow-free. If plastic boots are deemed necessary they will be supplied in-country.

In a similar vein, crampons aren’t always required on Kang Yatse and will very much depend on the snow conditions on the mountain. Crampons WILL be provided if you don’t have your own.

You will however need a good pair of trekking boots, which should be sturdy, waterproof, insulated against cold temperatures and offer adequate ankle support. In addition it is highly recommended that your boots are well worn in to prevent the formation of blisters. A range of suitable boots are on the market and further advice as to which brand names are available can be found online or at your local gear store and do also check out our useful guide for boots and crampons.

What will happen to my mountain hardware during the climb?

All the mountain hardware (plastics, crampons, ice axes, etc) are brought directly to the camp by porters.

What about back in Leh?

The temperatures in Leh will be anywhere between 15C and 35C so shorts and t-shirts will be fine, possibly trousers in the evening on a cooler day.

Can I leave my civvies at the hotel whilst we’re on the mountain?

Yes, you can leave a bag of clothes and personal effects that you’re not planning to take up the mountain in Leh, they will either be looked after by our local team or left in a lock-up at the hotel.

 

How much will my pack weigh during the trek?

A daysack is worn by the climber at all times during the trek.  The content of this is mandatory and should include: a fleece (for when taking breaks or the weather changes); a full set (top and bottom) of waterproofs; sufficient water for the day; snacks; camera equipment; personal medication and a head torch.

Your day-to-day rucksack should weigh no more then 3 – 4 kilos and a rucksack of around 30 – 40 L capacity will more than suffice. This rucksack can be filled to the brim with extra stuff when checking in at the airport. Our guides for example put their down jackets or a thick fleece and a pair of mountain socks in this bag so as to free up space in their hold luggage. It is important that your day sack has an adjustable waist belt to transfer the weight of your daily load onto your hips and from here onto your legs (strongest muscles) to do most of the carrying. Another handy feature would be a compartment in which to fit a platypus/ camelbak or water bladder.

Our main luggage will be carried from camp to camp by horses. Our initial check in luggage should be around 22kg.

 

Are down jackets necessary?

They are highly recommended and are worth their weight in gold on summit day. Our guides wear them every evening from the high camp up. A layer system comprising of several layers of base and thermal layers, fleeces, and a thick jacket will suffice on most summit nights but nothing beats the efficiency of a good down jacket (especially when topped with a water proof layer).

 

How warm does my sleeping bag need to be?

Should be rated within the -10C comfort zone. From the first camp upwards it is not unusual to experience frosty nights and a good night’s sleep is important to giving you the best chance to climb this mountain. Ensure you get a sleeping bag that has this temperature rating at this comfort zone rather than as its extreme zone.

Our guides take sleeping bags rated to well below -10C to ensure that they are warm at night. 3 season sleeping bags can be enhanced by using an inner silk liner (or similar), and ultimately by draping your down jacket over you. The idea is to be as comfortable and warm as possible for the night and henceforth to ensure plenty of sleep for the arduous days ahead. It is important to remember that down sleeping bags work by your own body heating the down that’s inside the bag.

Once you have warmed the bag up the feather down will retain the heat and ensure that you sleep at a temperature that’s your own body temperature. For best results wear as little as possible when inside your sleeping bag. Our guides will often only wear a set of thermals in their bag. It is important for the bag to trap the heat. By wearing multiple layers of clothing your clothing will trap this heat and your bag will not function properly.

Is it possible to rent equipment before I go?

You can rent equipment from our friends at www.outdoorhire.co.uk. Look under Partner Kit Lists, 360 Expeditions. However,we do advocate the use of personal equipment when it comes to footwear, your boots should be well worn in to your own feet.

The Climb

What is the best time of the year to do this trek?

September is the best month for climbing Kang Yatse, offering stable weather and good temperatures.

Whilst there can sometimes be rain/snow showers, it is usually very stable.

September also has the added advantage of  fewer trekkers.

How much ascent will there be in summit night?

Summit night, like that of Stok Kangri is punchy. We will start between midnight and 1 am and hope to be on the summit 8-10 hours later.  There will be approx.. 1200m of gain on this night and you are to expect a 16 hours day.

How high is Kang Yatse as on line I can see it is noted anywhere between 6195m – 6350m

Kang Yatse is split into two peaks. You have the higher more technical peak Kang Yatse at 6496m. This peak involves a difficult knife-edge traverse.

The lower western peak, Kang Yatse 11 (the one we will be climbing) has been recoded being the height of anything between 6195m and 6350m. No concrete height has been recoded.. so for now we will use the height of 6250m which seems to be the most common documented.

What is the ratio of leaders to clients?

On the trekking phase we have one overall 360 leader who runs the expedition, assisted by 1 local guide per 8 clients. Once we reach base camp the team increases and we use 1 local guide per 4 clients.

How out of my comfort zone will I be?

On a day to day level remember that you will be camping at altitude in cold temperatures. You are likely to be cold, washing and toilet facilities will be limited, your appetite may be affected by the altitude and as you get higher on the trek you are likely to suffer shortness of breath and many people experience difficulty sleeping. Remember that everyone on the trek is likely to be experiencing exactly the same symptoms, physical and mental.

How fit do I need to be for this expedition?

Climbers are expected to be in good physical condition. The better your physical shape the more you will be able to handle the demands of trekking to the base camp and then climbing the peak. Having a good level of fitness will allow you to enjoy the expedition all the better and increase your chances of reaching the summit.

The Weather

Is there always snow on the summit of Kang Yatse?

Yes.. as it is the north -west face there is always snow ! Due to this we will be providing you with crampons, ice axe and a harness for this summit push. Your boots must be good sturdy trekking boost B11 (3 season) with a semi – ridged sole. Once we reach the snow line we will be roped up.

How cold / hot can it get?

The temperature in the mountains can vary from 30C during the  day to 0C n the evenings. Add some windchill on summit day and it could be somewhat cooler. In Leh the temperature can vary between 15 – 35C.

Travel

Where do I meet my Leader?

Your guide will generally meet you at the airport. At the check-in desk look for someone wearing a 360 logo.

Insurance

Do I need special insurance fro this expedition?

You must carry individual travel insurance to take part in the trek. We cannot take you on the mountain without proof of insurance.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance for your intended trip. To include medical evacuation and coverage up to the maximum altitude of this trip.

Your insurance details are requested on the booking form, however this can be arranged at a later date. 360 Expeditions will be requesting your insurance details 8 weeks before your departure.

Training

Any tips on how I can maximise my chances of success?

The 360 training programs have been devised to be expedition specific. Use these as a guide but also feel free to contact us for individual advice on how to best incorporate the most suitable fitness program with your own lifestyle. The idea is to increase the intensity of the exercise over 4 to 6 months before you leave for the expedition. Concentrate on cardiovascular work-outs during the initial weeks by taking short runs when time allows and try to spend at least 2 weekends a month going on long duration walks (longer than 6 hrs) carrying a rucksack of around 10kg. As you get stronger increase this rate of exercise and the duration by walking every weekend and running 5km every second day.

A focused regime will not only prepare your body for carrying minor loads but will harden your body against the big days on the mountain itself. In addition the weekend walks will help break in your boots and get you used to your equipment. In combination this will pay dividends when you reach Kang Yatse because even though you can’t train for altitude your body will be ready for arduous days and you will be familiar with how to best use your equipment.

Finance

When is the money due for this expedition? What kind of payment do you accept?

Generally speaking deposits are due upon booking as we need to book your international flights well in advance. The full amount should be paid 4 months prior to departure. However having said this, our aim is to get you to the top of this mountain and we understand that personal financial situations can vary. Please contact our friendly office crew to discuss a suitable payment plan if monthly payments would make life easier.

What is your cancellation policy? What is your refund policy?

Please read our terms and conditions carefully before you depart. 360 Expeditions highly recommends trip cancellation insurance for all expeditions. Due to the nature and heavy costs of government and operator permits we must adhere to a stringent refund policy.

Money: what currency should I take?

You can’t buy or sell Indian Rupees outside of India. Therefore we would recommend taking either British pounds or American dollars and then changing them when you arrive in country. Both are readily recognised and are easily converted to the local currency. Upon arrival there will always be a bureau de change at the airport. There are also plenty of ATM’s around Leh. Generally either of these provide a better rate of exchange then your hotel.

Again, do check with your bank, what the charges are for withdrawing cash in India.

What additional spending money will we need?

The amount of money you will need depends on how many presents you wish to buy or how much you wish to drink when you come off the hill. As a basic rule of thumb $300 should be more than adequate for any post expedition spending. India is a relatively cheap place and when indulging in the local custom of haggling then goods can be very good value for money. The only cash you’ll need to consider taking with you on the mountain is the local crew tips which are presented to them usually on the final evening at the last camp before you sign out from the national park.

How much do we tip our local crew?

Our local crew work extremely hard to ensure that your expedition runs well. While tipping is not compulsory, once you see how hard the crew work and realise the small amount of money they get paid relative to one’s own income, tipping will seem the least you can do to say thank you. As a general rule we suggest between $80-100 for tipping the local crew.

For the leader this is your call.

Electronics

Will I be able to charge my camera/phone battery on the trek?

Opportunities to charge your batteries will be limited. If you can get hold of a solar battery charger this is probably the best option. This together with making sure that you keep your spare batteries warm i.e. by keeping them near your body day and night should mean that you can keep snapping all the way!

Is there mobile phone reception on the trek?

Your best bet is to buy a local SIM to use in and around Leh to call out as it’s very unlikely that the local networks will you let you join through your UK operator.

General

Will my valuables be safe?

While we will do everything we can to provide adequate safety for the group and security for your possessions, the general rule is that if you don’t need it, don’t bring it. This includes jewellery, necklaces, rings and even watches. Your passport and money should be kept on you at all times. As with travel in any foreign country, you need to look after yourself and your possessions, and this is no different.

I wanted a challenge and knew Stok Kangri would a good one! My personal highlights were camp, expedition life and summiting. The expedition was excellent and I would highly recommend it to my friends!

Peter Barty, Stok Kangri
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