Kangla Pass Trek
Trip Type: Trekking Holiday India
Region: Lahaul Valley - Himachal / Zanskar Valley - Ladakh
Duration: 12 days
Max Altitude: 5300m
Batch Dates: Custom Dates Only
Kangla Pass Trek Overview
The Kangla pass (5500m) connects the Lahaul valley to the Zanskar valley. We begin our trek from the village of Shukto in the Miyar Valley. The Miyar valley is famous for its wildflower meadows and pristine alpine pastures. It is also famous for its tall granite towers comparable to the Yosemite valley in America. Over the years the Miyar valley has attracted many alpinists and rock climbers from all over the world to climb its many amazing rocks towers.
Over the next 10 days we will cross beautiful Alpine Meadows, some small emerald green alpine lakes, a large glacier to eventually reach the Kangla pass at 5500m and then descend into the Zanskar valley. Our exit point for this trek is at a famous 17th century buddhist monastery called Bardan Gompa along the banks of the Lungnak Chu.
The Zanskar Valley is a mystical land entranced deep into esoteric practises and eastern mysticism. Many different sects of Buddhism has flourished in the Zanskar valley since the 8th Century. There is a lot of history, culture dating all the way back to the Bronze age that you can discover here. There are many amazing monasteries here that continue to follow its old traditions and coexist with other religions.
Zanskar is a part of the Kargil District in the region of Ladakh. Padum is the largest town of the Valley. Padum is 12 Kms from Bardun where we will end our trek. We will spend a night at Padum when we end of our trek.
You can extend your trip and do a 2-4 days Zanskar cultural safari with us where you explore some of the old monasteries like Phugtal, Karsha etc, discover 2000 year old petroglyphs and also experience some local culture along the way.
This is a custom departure tour and so please write to us for prices and more info on this trek.
Kangla Pass Trek Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Manali.
One way of reaching Manali is to take an overnight Volvo bus from either Delhi or Chandigarh. You will reach Manali in the morning. Once you arrive in Manali you transfer to your Hotel. Your above14000ft guide will meet you during the day to brief you on the next few days of your trek and also assist you with any last minute shopping you may need to do. You can also choose to sign up on one of our Discover Manali Tours and get some sightseeing done. Or you can choose to do a Rafting and Paragliding Tandem flight with us.
If you are driving from Delhi or Chandigarh you will reach manali only in the evening. In this case we would advise you to do an extra day of acclimatisation here in Manali.
Incase you take the Flight to Kullu (Bhuntar) from Delhi. Then you should get to your hotel in Manali by 10:30 - 11:00 am.
Day 02: In Manali.
It's our acclimatisation day and we will do a 4-5 hour walk. Your Above14000ft guide will meet you at your hotel and we will do a long trek in the mountains. We will drop you back at your Hotel in the afternoon and post lunch you can choose to explore the local Manali market.
Day 03: Manali - Udaipur (2800m) by road.
Duration: 5-6 hours
We will start form Manali around 9 am. Your guide will pick you up from your Hotel. We suggest you have your breakfast and be ready by 9 am. We will drive through the Atal tunnel into Lahaul Valley. Enroute we will make a detour to visit the famous Triloknath Temple. We will stay at a local hotel in Udaipur tonight. You can also choose to visit the local Mirkula Devi Temple when in Udaipur. It is an 11th century temple dedicated to the Goddess Kali. Udaipur is a small township and the accommodation for the night will be very basic.
Day 04: Udaipur - Shukto (3250m) by road and trek to Tharang Camp (3600m).
Duration: 2 hour drive and 4 - 5 hour trek.
Today we will leave early after breakfast and drive to our road head which is the village of Shukto. Shukto is a small charming village in the heartland of Lahaul and is quite prosperous. Once we reach Shukto we will meet our porters there and we will begin our trek once we have finished with all the load distribution and packing. The trail is easy passes through the beautiful Lahaul countryside. we will walk past local fields and cross some small local villages. Local villagers grow Barley, Buckwheat, Finger Millet etc in addition they also grow some fresh vegetables like Peas, Carrot, Cauliflower, Turnips etc. The trail to Tharang is quite easy by Himalayan standards and is dotted with flowers early in the season. We pass a large Chorten enroute and we get grand views of the upper Miyar valley from here.
Day 05: Tharang Camp - Zardung (3900m)
Duration: 6 hours
Trek through lush green meadows to the next camp at Zardung. Enroute we will cross a few Emerald green lakes. If you are doing this trek in spring then in these upper reaches of the Miyar valley you will find many flowers in bloom. You will also run into many hearts of Yaks and Dzo’s grazing in the alpine meadows.
Day 06: Zardung - Kesar Yon Chhap (4100m)
Duration: 6 - 8 hours
Today we walk to the snout of the Miyar Glacier and the valley turns even more beautiful as it opens up and spreads out wide. Today’s walk is an easy to moderate trek through more meadows and the scenery is quite serene. Enroute we will encounter another small lake before we reach out camp at the snout of the Miyar glacier.
Day 07: Kesar Yon Chhap (4100m)
Today is a Rest Day
Day 08: Kesar Yon Chhap - Miyar Glacier Camp (4500m)
Duration: 6-7 hours
The trail begins to get harder today and the landscape also changes dramatically. The alpine Meadows give way to Moraine and scree debris left behind by a melting glacier. As we continue up the lateral moraine we also traverse the snout of the Jangpar Glacier and axillary valley that meets the main Miyar Glacier. We continue up the Terminal moraine and eventually get onto the main Miyar Glacier again and setup our camp at a suitable spot on the glacier.
Day 09: Miyar Glacier Camp (4890m) - Kangla Base camp.
Duration: 6-7 hours
Trek up the Miyar Glacier to the base of Kang La pass. The glacier is crevassed in places and we negotiate it carefully. The walk is relatively easy as we continue up the ice highway.
Day 10: Kangla Base Camp - Over Kang La (5450m) - Tema Snout Camp (4900m)
Duration: 8 - 9 hours
The trail to the pass is challenging and we take the necessary precautions as we progress up to ensure the safety of the team. Once at the pass the descent is just as hard and long thought a crevassed glacier. We will setup tonight’s camp at the snout of the snout of the Glacier. The Tema Nulla originates here. This site is usually a small grassy patch surrounded by rocks and boulders.
Day 11: Tema Snout Camp - Bardun
Duration: 5 hours Trek and 1 Hour Drive.
Trek into the Heart of Zanskar along the Tema Nulla. As we get close to Bardan we start seeing first glimpses of civilisation again. We will find our cabs waiting for us at the road head. Before we head to Padum we can visit the Bardan Monastery. The Drive to Padum is 12 kms and take us less than an hour. We will Spend the night at a Guest house in Padum.
Day 12: Padam - Kargil by road
Duration: 7-8 hours
If you are not doing a side trip here then you will take your cab to Leh. Enroute you will drive across the Penzila Pass, Rangdum Monastery, Cross the plains of Panikhar from were you will get amazing views of the Nun-Kun Massif. Enter Suru Valley and reach Kargil by evening. Kargil is the district headquarters of the area and also a site for the 1999 Indo-Pak conflict. Once you settle into your hotel you can choose to visit some of the tourist sites of the area. Overnight at a good hotel in Kargil.
Day 13: Kargil - Leh by road
Duration: 7-8 hour
Today after breakfast we will continue our drive to Leh over the Fotula. Enroute we will stop by at the famous Lamayuru monastery. From here we will drive to Leh. We will drop you off at the Hotel that you will be staying at in Leh. Once in Leh you can also choose to sign up on one of extensions of Discover, Adventure or Cultural Leh tours.
Tour ends !!
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tents.
- Camping Tents, Kitchen tents, Dining Tents, Western Style Toilet Tents.
- Sleeping bags (Down Feather/ Primaloft).
- Insulated sleeping pads.
- All meals as detailed in the itinerary and safe drinking water.
- Guides, Cook and camp staff.
- Porters to carry loads on the route with personal portage up to 10kg/person
- All HP/ J&K state Forest Permits as applicable
- All transport Manali to Shukto and Padum to Leh
- All hotel stays in Manali and Leh
- Any food in hotels.
- All expenses of personal nature like bottled water, drinks, tips, telephone calls, mineral water etc.
- Personal Clothing.
- Medical and evacuation expenses, we strongly recommend purchasing a suitable insurance cover - asc360 provides adventure insurance in the Indian Himalayas.
- Any transport outside of mentioned inclusions.
- Any expense incurred due to force majeure such as landslide, bad weather or reasons beyond our control.
- Backpack 40 - 50 Lt with rain cover - Goes on the horse/porter
- Day Pack 15 - 20 lt with rain cover- to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc.
-Trekking Shoes: Please do not wear sports shoes as on most treks, as we go higher it gets harder to use sports shoes.
- 2 -3 pairs of trekking socks.
- 2 pairs of woolen socks - ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp. We do not recommend them while trekking
- Pants: 3 pairs (including the ones you wear) - Ideal are the quick dry trekking pants. Alternatively, track pants are also comfortable to trek in.
- T-shirts 3 pairs (including the ones you are wearing) - Preferably quick dry, full sleeve t-shirts You can also choose to get T-shirts with collars, they offer extra protection for the neck from sunburns.
- Fleece Jacket
- Rain & Wind Protection
- Down filled / Hollow fiber fill insulated Jacket
- Thermal liners - 1 pair upper and lower (optional).
- Warm Cap
- Sun Cap
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
Other recommended necessities:
- Toiletries - sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturiser, lip balm, soap, toilet paper.
- Repair Kit (needle and thread).
- Headlamp/ Torch.
- Water Bottle- Ideally keep two bottles 1 liter each.
- Trekking Pole - Optional.
- Plastic Packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also, carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)