Travel number: 39
Trek over the Kang La Pass 5450 meters
9 days Himalaya Trekking
Number of participants: from one participant
Requirements: 8 von 10
Most of the route is not particularly demanding. However, crossing the pass will be more difficult and we have to pay attention to glacial crevasses. Constantly we have to go over and past big rocks. The descent is also technically very difficult. In addition, there is a height of 5450 m. Here, the low oxygen content of air is clearly noticeable. Endurance, physical fitness, sure-footedness are prerequisites for this trek.
A spectacular and challenging trek: We cross the rarely visited Kangla Pass to reach the Zanskar Valley.
We start the trek in the Lahaul Valley, in a small town called Udaipur, with its famous Hindu temple.
Along the river Miyar, we hike through the lonely and beautiful Miyar valley with its rocky and snow-capped mountains. Many ambitious mountaineers come here from all over the world to climb summits that have not yet been climbed. The high valley is flooded with flowers during the short summer period from July to the end of September. The wide green pastures quickly give way to a rocky ground until we reach the great Miyar Glacier. Countless crevasses have to be bypassed to cross the 5450-metre-high Kangla Pass. We arrive at the Zanskar Valley with its moon-like landscape and ancient Buddhist monasteries, which are dramatically close to the slopes of steep rocks.
This challenging trek offers you the chance to hike through the wilderness and at a high altitude and get an insight into the local culture, with the Hindu culture in the Kullu Valley and the Buddhist culture in Lahaul and Zanskar. The latter is cut off from the rest of the world for 6 months (November to May). At this time, all passes are uncrossable and the only way to Leh is across the frozen Zanskar River.
Day 1 Manali to Udaipur (2743 m) by jeep
We start early in the morning with the jeep and cross the 3890 meter high Rothang Pass to get to the beautiful Lahaul valley to Udaipur. There are many potato and pea fields here and the green of the cultivated fields stands in clear contrast to the rugged landscape. In Udaipur we have the opportunity to see the famous Mrikula Devi Hindu temple. (Overnight in the tent) -/L/D
Day 2 Udaipur to Urgos (3250 meters) by jeep, then on to Tharang (3700 m)
From Udaipur,we take a 2-hour jeep to Burgos, a charming and relatively prosperous village in the heart of Lahaul. For Himalayan standards, today’s five-hour walk through flower meadows is still quite easy. We will gain some height and walk along the Miyar River. Due to the seasonal flowers and colored shrubs, the valley is also known as the Valley of the Flowers of the Western Himalayas. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 3 Tharang to Gumbah Nala (3900 m)
We trek for about 6 hours through lush green pastures to our next camp. This area is also known for its flowers in spring, although the landscape is now changing and the mighty mountain ranges are impressive. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 4 Gumbah Nala to Base Camp of the Miyar Glacier (Alyas)(4200 m)
Our last slightly easier acclimatization day for us. After today’s six-hour hike, the path will be harder. The Miyar Valley is not only a very unexplored area, but also carries a cultural heritage. This region has experienced countless years of rule of cruel indigenous kings and has been the site of a struggle between the Hindu religion and Buddhism. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 5 Base Camp of Miyar Glacier – Base Camp of Kang La (4600 m)
Today it takes 8 hours over the boulder-covered Mijar glacier to the base camp of Kangla Pass. It’s going to be a long and hard day. We have to get up early. The path is a bit tedious and every now and then we go over snowfields, where we have to make steps into the hard snow. The view from our camp is unique. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 6 Base Camp of Kang La – Kang La (5450 m) – Camp after the pass
Today we cross the pass and reach the highest point of the trek. It’s going to be exhausting and we need to be careful to ensure the safety of our team. Today we can clearly feel the low air pressure. We will rest at the nearest campsite after crossing to spend the night there.
Today’s route is very technical, both up and down. Large rocks and crevasses should be treated with caution. At the top of the pass we will honor the pass with a sacrifice (Hindu ritual) and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 7 Camp after the pass to Burdun
We hike to the heart of Zanskar and stop after a 5 hours walk near the ancient and well-preserved Burdun Monastery. It is famous for its 180 cm high Mani prayer wheel and was founded by Shabdru, who also founded the Hemis Gompa and later went to Bhutan. (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 8 Burdun to Padum and on to Kargil by jeep
Along the passable small road we go for three hours to Padum (3650 m) -our destination. It is the administrative center of Zanskar. The palace was destroyed by the Dogras and is now in ruins. From here we continue by jeep to Kargil (5 hours). (Overnight in a tent) B/L/D
Day 9 Kargil to Leh
We continue by jeep to Leh. B/L/-
- Transport from Manali to the starting point of the trek and from the end point of the trek to Leh
- All accommodations during the trek always in the two-man tent
- complete trekking equipment (tents, mattresses, sleeping bags)
- During the trek full catering
- local guide, driver, cook, helper; Carriers/horses during the trek
- Kitchen, toilet, dining tent
- filtered water during the trek
- Arrival Manali
- Departure Leh
- Akkomodation before and after the trek
(can be all arranged)
This tour is possible in the months of July, August and September!
Price on request
Mountain guide and trekking team
On all our treks we have at least one (for larger groups of 6 participants two) trained local mountain guide. Our mountain guides have all completed at least the Indian mountaineering training, many of them have also completed the advanced courses.
They are familiar with the trekking routes and know the terrain excellently. All our mountain guides speak English.
In addition, there is a local team consisting of a cook (if the group consists of only two participants, the mountain guide also takes over the tasks of the cook), helpers, horsemen with horses or Nepalese porters, depending on the type of trek.
All our team members have been working with us for years, are very friendly and always strive to provide our guests with a great trekking experience. Their English (besides of the Guide) is rather mediocre or non-existent, but this is not necessarily a hindrance to communicating with them.
The trekking routes are designed according the skills of our guests and are all feasible for a person with a good fitness level, unless otherwise mentioned. The daily routes are between five and eight hours long (with breaks) and an average increase of around 500-800 metres of altitude is completed.
In between, rivers may have to be crossed. The paths are partly well developed, but sometimes also almost non-existent. On our trekking routes there are hardly any villages in between, so we will take enough food for the whole tour.
On our treks we cross passes, snow or glaciers. On steep slopes, we have safety equipment with us.
Daily routine (Depending on the length and intensity of the trek, the times may vary)
7: 00 am Get up with Tea
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
7:00-9:30 am Dismantling of the camp
8:00- 9:30 am Start Trek
1:00 pm Lunch on the way
3:00-5:00 pm Arrival at the camp and camp construction
3:30-5:30 pm Snacks
7:00 pm Dinner
Altitude and altitude sickness
Altitude sickness is a very important topic that should not be underestimated, especially during our trekking tours in the Indian Himalayas. At altitudes above 3500 m, our body has to slowly get used to the low air pressure, which also causes less oxygen to enter our lungs. The first signs of altitude sickness are headaches, which are accompanied by dizziness, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite. It becomes problematic when water accumulates in the lungs and brain and edema occurs. Then only the immediate descent to lower altitudes will help. To prepare for the heights on our treks, we will either spend a few nights at high altitudes before the trek or slowly ascend during the trek to acclimatize. If we notice that there are problems with our guests (each person is otherwise able to acclimatize, regardless of age, gender and fitness level), it may happen that either the entire group or the concerned participant descends/returns with a team. In addition, it makes sense to take an emergency drug for altitude sickness. For this, it is best to consult the pharmacy or the travel doctor. For certain treks we will also have oxygen with us.
Each trekking participant is responsible for his own clothes and personal belongings. Depending on the trek, we are either with horses or porters. If we have load horses, one bag per participant can be loaded onto the horse. In the case of treks with porters, all personal luggage must be carried independently. Tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and food are carried by our porters.
For trekking tours with horses, a day backpack with space for the lunchbox, a water bottle and warm overcoat clothing should be taken with you. Here to the complete packing list for our trekking tours.
Packing list for trekking tours
☐ sleeping bag at least -10°C
☐ large backpack or soft carrying bag so that the load animals can carry the luggage
☐ Small carrying backpack for the day approx. 30-40 l with rain protection
☐ 2 refillable water bottles
☐ hiking poles
☐ passport and passport copy
☐ camera with spare battery and memory card
☐ headgear as sun protection
☐ Good Sunglasses
☐ Scarf, Buff
☐ wind-proof trekking pants
☐ trekking pants
☐ Functional Underwear Long
☐ hiking boots
☐ socks thick and thin
☐ sneakers, sandals and/or slats
☐ Warm Jacket
☐ fleece sweater/jacket
☐ sunscreen, lip balm min. Protection 40
☐ fat cream
☐ water purification tablets
(boiled and filtered water is provided)
☐ own medications for headaches, nausea, digestive problems, colds)
☐ bubble patches and dressing material
☐ own hygiene articles
☐ hand disinfection
During the trek there will be a vegetarian full catering. Water is either boiled or we have a water filter with us.
Breakfast (daily selection):
- Oatmeal porridge/muesli/cornflakes/Indian porridge
- Indian breakfast
- Sliced fruit/vegetables
Lunch (mostly lunchbox), sometimes warm in the camp
- Sandwiches/Indian (rice, chapati, vegetables)/potatoes
- French fries/Indian snacks
Dinner (depending on the length of the Trek mix of Indian/Chinese/Continental)
- Vegetable dish
- Lentil dish
Accommodation and camp
We have very comfortable and spacious two-man tents. Our mattresses are practical but simple if there are problems with sleeping on hard surfaces, please take your own mattress with you or order from us. Our sleeping bags are freshly washed and have a very good quality with comfort zone up to -5°C/extreme zone up to -20° C. It is recommended to bring personal indoor sleeping bags.
In addition, we have a spacious dining tent with tables and chairs, a kitchen tent for the team and a toilet tent. For treks up to 4 people, the kitchen tent can also act as a dining tent at the same time.
For trekking tours with porters, we will take our smaller, lighter tents with us and do without a toilet tent.
In the Himalayas, temperatures fluctuate widely. While it can get warm up to 25°C during the day and the sun is not only warming, but also very intense (sun protection is a must), it can also cool down significantly below the minus-grade at night, especially in the months end of September and October, as well as in June. There may also be weather changes with snow on the passes.