Kang Yartse - Detailed Itinerary


Kang Yartse Expedition.

Specially Design for our guest.

No of days:12 days
Highest point: Khangyartse (elevation) 6400 meters.
Grade: Moderate to Challanging.
Attraction places:Leh town,, Shey,thiksey , hemis, Zingchen, Rumbak,Sku,Markha, Nimaling, Khangyartse,Tochungtse, Shang sumdo.


Program

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive in Delhi, transfer to hotel for few hours.


DAY 02 DELHI – LEH (3,500 M / 11,550 FT) - BY FLIGHT 9W 1609 – DEP AT 0630 HRS / ARR AT 0745

After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif. Upon arrival you will be received and transferred to Hotel Spic 'N' Span. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! The rest of the day is at leisure for you to acclimatize.



DAY 03 IN LEH – VISIT SPITUK (3,210 M / 10,593 FT) & STOK – LEH PALACE, SANKAR & SHANTI STUPA

In the morning you visit Spituk Monastery that is seven km from Leh. It is built on a rock overlooking the River Indus. The Monastery was founded in the 11th century and belongs to the Gelug-pa sect. The oldest section of the monastery is the Gonkhang located at the top of the hill that contains images of the guardian deities.

The main dukhang is located lower down in the four storeyed structure which also houses the private apartments of the Rimpoche. The principal statue in the dukhang is that of Sakyamuni Buddha. Then you drive to Stok Palace, which is the present residence of the former royal family of Ladakh. King Teswang Thondup Namgyal built the palace in 1825. The last king of Ladakh died here in 1974. The main palace is five storeys high.

The palace museum displays the collections of the royal family. In the queen's chamber can be seen royal ornaments such as the beautifully crafted turquoise studded perak (head dress), the queen's crown as well as the necklace of the Balti Princess, Gyal Khatun. Within the king's room are displayed exquisite thangkas, most significant of which is the set of 35 thangkas depicting the stories relating to the former lives of Buddha. Other artifacts include silver chortens, the king's crown and a 7th century image of Avalokitesvara as well as jade cups, fine porcelain and ritual objects.

  In the afternoon you visit Sankar Gompa, which belongs to Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of Spituk Gompa, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk monastery). From here you return to downtown Leh on foot (a half hour of walk in descent) by a small path, which curves in the middle of the fields and orchards. There after you visit Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa.



DAY 04 IN LEH - HEMIS - BY SURFACE / 48 KM / APPROX 1 ½ HRS – THIKSEY – BY SURFACE / 29 KM / APPROX 45 MINS - SHEY – BY SURFACE / 3 KM / APPROX 10 MINS – LEH – BY SURFACE / 16 KM / APPROX 30 MINS

After breakfast you drive on a well mettled broad road traveling upstream along the Indus River to Hemis Gompa, crossing over the Indus at the village of Karu. The most famous of Ladakh's monasteries, Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (The love palace of the compassionate person), dates back to the 17th century and was built over a period of 40 years (1602 – 1642 A.D.). Today Hemis is well known for its festival or Hemis Tsechu commemorating the birthday of Guru Padmasambhava. In the year of the Monkey (every 12 years) a giant thangka depicting Guru Padmasambhava is unfurled from the terrace draping the five-storey facade. Delicately wrought in pearls and appliqué, it is one of the most famous art treasures of Ladakh. The central courtyard forms the focus for the masked dances held every year in summer. In the dukhang, remnants of the original 17th century murals can be seen. The Gompa boasts of an excellent library, well preserved frescoes and murals, silver gilt chortens and a Kashmiri lacquered wooden throne.

On the road back to Leh you stop to visit Thikse Monastery, which is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century and is part of the Gelug-pa Sect. It is headed by successive reincarnations of the Khanpo Rimpoche. The monastery is 12 storied and painted in deep shades of red, ochre and white. It has evolved around a central courtyard with buildings surrounding it from three sides. At one extreme lies the main dukhang, which houses numerous racks containing religious texts. Behind the main alter lies a small chamber that contains images of revered deities.

Then three km ahead you will visit Shey. Overlooking a small lake, the palace and fortification of Shey was the site of one of the former capitals of Ladakh. In the 10th century the first ruler of Western Tibet, Nyima-Gon, laid the foundations of the first dynasty of Ladakh. On a large rock below the palace is an engraving in shallow relief of the Five Dhyai Buddhas, credited to him. His son constructed the small place and made it the first capital of Ladakh. During subsequent reigns the palace was expanded and the present structure dates back to the time of Deldan Namgyal who lived here for the better part of his reign. The significance of the sight is apparent from the large number of chorten that dot the entire landscape around Shey. After the visit, you return to Leh.



DAY 05 LEH TO MARTSELANG – BY SURFACE (APPROX 45 KMS / 2 HRS) – TREK TO - SHANG SUMDO (2½ HRS)

We will leave Leh by jeep to the starting point of the trek at Martselang (3600 m). En route, we will visit the first Palace of Ladakh at Shey, followed by the famed Yellow Sect Monastery of Thikse, which houses one of the biggest Buddha statues in Ladakh (the statue of the Coming Buddha).

Our next destination will be Hemis, the largest and most famous Drukpa monastery in Ladakh, where the renowned Naro Gentuk festival is held every 12 years. After the gompa tour, 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 06 SHANG SUMDO TO LARTSA – TREK (APPROX 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 07 LARTSA TO BASE CAMP VIA GONGMARU LA (5200 M) – TREK (APPROX 4-5 HRS)

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. From Nimaling it is a steady climb up to Base Camp (5200 m).



DAY 08 BASE CAMP TO HIGH BASE CAMP(5500 M) – TREK (APPROX 2 HRS)

Day 8 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 09 HIGH BASE CAMP – SUMMIT – BASE CAMP - TREK (APPROX 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 10 - 11 BASE CAMP – SHANG SUMDO – MARTSELANG - TREK – LEH – BY SURFACE

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 12 IN LEH – DAY FREE AT LEISURE 

Today is a day free at leisure to do ones own activities and shopping.



DAY 13 LEH – DELHI  

BY 9W 610 DEP. 0735 HRS / ARR. 0850 HRS



 
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