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Kang Yatse and Dzo Jongo Trek


Kang Yatse & DzoJongo are located in the Markha Valley, in the Ladakh Region. Actually there are two peaks one is easy and non-technical (6200mts high), and the other one is technical (6400mts. high). Though there are many options for this summit, but the best way is to do it with the Markha Valley trek with 6 days of acclimatization trek from Spituk to Hankar, 4-5 days to reach upto summit and back to base camp, and 2-3 days from base to Nimaling and then to Shang Sumdo Via Gongmarula (5150mts). Our journey commences from Leh Ladakh tour in a jeep after which we head onto Zingchen.


Short Itinerary

  • Day 1     Day 1: Leh – Chiling & Trek to Skiu (3400m)
  • Day 2     Day 2: Skiu – Markha (3700m)
  • Day 3     Day 3: Markha – Thachungtse (4150m)
  • Day 4     Day 4: Thachungtse – Nimaling (4720m)
  • Day 5     Day 5: Nimaling – Kongmaru La – Nimaling (5260m)
  • Day 6     Day 6: Nimaling – Kang Yatze Base Camp (5150m)
  • Day 7     Day 7: Kang Yatze Base Camp – DzoJongo Base Camp (5500m)
  • Day 8     Day 8: DzoJongo Base Camp – Dzo-Jongo – DzoJongo Base Camp (5500m)
  • Day 9     Day 9: DzoJongo Base Camp – Dzo-Jongo – DzoJongo Base Camp
  • Day 10   Day 10: DzoJongo Base Camp – Chuskirmo
  • Day 11   Day 11: Chuskirmo – Shang Sumdo & drive to Leh

Day 1: Leh – Chiling & Trek to Skiu

Starting our Trek from Leh, the trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus till its confluence with the Zanskar where we make a u-turn and enter the Zanskar Valley and drive up along the muddy Zanskar till we reach Chilling. A little ahead of Chilling lies Kaya-Do where we cross the river on a trolley and make our way to the small village of Skiu. We are going to stay overnight.

Day 2: Skiu – Markha

The trail to Markha rises about 300m across 22km, crossing the Markha River a couple of times. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. Overnight Camp here.

Day 3: Markha – Thachungtse

Kang Yatse (6400m), a magnificent snow-clad mountain commands the views for the next two days. On the walk there are sights of some fascinating geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. Continue down over a bridge to Thachungtse, a lovely valley to camp in and a popular place to spot herds of blue sheep. Overnight Camp.

Day 4: Thachungtse – Nimaling

You pass several mani (stones with prayer inscriptions) walls and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here – both of Kang Yatse, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. Overnight Camp.

Day 5: Nimaling – Kongmaru La – Nimaling

After breakfast we start our acclimatisation walk to Kongmaru La which is a gain of around 540m. The trail is steep uphill till we reach to the ridge from where it’s flat to the foot of the pass and then the trail is again steep uphill to the top of the pass. We walk back for lunch at Nimaling. After lunch we will relax and will check our climbing gear

Day 6: Nimaling – Kang Yatze Base Camp

It’s uphill from Nimaling through the loose rocks till we reach to the point from where we get the views of Kang Yatze base camp. Now the trail eases down a bit with gentle walk till we reach to base camp. Total walking hours from Nimaling should be 2-3hrs.

Day 7: Kang Yatze Base Camp – Kang Yatze II – Kang Yatze Base Camp

We start a little after midnight for our summit attempt of Kang Yatze 2, also popularly referred to as Kang Yatze shoulder. It is gradual all the way except for a few parts where we might have to rope up. We should be at the summit by daybreak to catch the sun rise and the glorious view of the Zanskar range and the distant Karakoram. Descend to Base.

Day 8: Kang Yatze Base Camp – DzoJongo Base Camp

Now since one summit is being achieved, we will start our trek for the other. We will leave from Kang Yatze Base camp in the early morning to reach Dzo Jongo Base Camp on time. On the trial, we will pass beautiful views of the barred mountains, since Dzo Jongo Base Camp is at an altitude of 5500m.

Day 9: DzoJongo Base Camp – Dzo-Jongo – DzoJongo Base Camp

We start our trek for Dzo Jongo early morning from the base camp. It is gradual all the way except for a few parts where we might have to rope up. After reaching the top of the summit, we can see the glorious view of Karakoram. Then descending back to the Base Camp before nightfall and staying overnight.

Day 10: DzoJongo Base Camp – Chuskirmo

We pack camp and proceed to the grazing grounds of Nimaling. From there it is a gradual ascent to Kongmaru La pass at 5260m with prayer flags fluttering. Beautiful views all round from the pass. We descend steeply at first before it becomes gradually as we reach the stream. A little ahead from there is Chuskirmo with chortens and a small shop.

Day 11: Chuskirmo – Shang Sumdo & drive to Leh

Trek along the Shang River for couple of hours before we reach to Shang Sumdo – road head and then get into vehicles to go to Hemis monastery (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Lunch at the hotel, wash up & spend the afternoon visiting the interesting market in Leh.


  • Travel arrangements between Litherwath Trek in Tempo Traveller or similar vehicle
  • Accommodation at Litherwath Trek for 1 nights in hotel rooms on twin/triple-sharing basis
  • Accommodation during the trek for 1 nights in tents on twin-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: dome tents, sleeping bags, mattresses
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom tents
  • Vegetarian meal package from lunch on Day 2 to lunch And Dinner
  • Technical and safety gear required for the trek, if any
  • Services of experienced trek leader and camping crew
  • Services of porters to carry common camping equipment
  • Complimentary insurance (details on request)
  • First aid kit
  • All applicable taxes


  • Travel arrangements between home city and Litherwath
  • Any meals during stay in Litherwath
  • Permit fees by ALTOA and LAHDC (will be approximately INR 2,500, to be paid in cash)
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Personal expenses such as tips to staff, additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

We Provide

  • Qualified and experienced trek Leader
  • Services of guide, cook and support team

You need to get

  • Ruck sack bag with rain cover
  • Hand torch with spare batteries
  • UV-protection sunglasses
  • 1 Litre water bottle
  • Pair of light weight slippers/sandals (for the campsite)
  • 2 quick-dry, warm lowers or track pants
  • 4-5 full sleeves T-shirts or sweatshirts
  • 4-5 pairs of thick woollen socks
  • Thermal body warmer (T-shirt and pants)
  • 8-9 undergarments
  • Warm jacket closed at wrist and neck
  • Full sleeves sweater
  • Rain wear (jacket and pants)
  • Pair of warm gloves
  • Woollen cap
  • Sun-shielding hat
  • Personal toiletries kit (towel, toilet paper, paper soap, bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)
  • Sunscreen lotion (small pack)
  • Lip balm
  • Utensils: small size, light weight and leak-proof lunch box, plate, spoon, tea/coffee mug
  • Camera (optional)
  • Dry fruits, nuts, chocolate bars (optional)

What to Wear

  • T-shirts
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trekking boots
  • Warm clothing

What not to Wear

  • Expensive jewellery or watches
  • Sports shoes/floaters/slippers
  • Restrictive clothing

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