This campsite doesn't have a name but it's just 300m short of the Kang Yatse base camp. Getting here was a 700m continuous uphill stretch from Thochungtse! On the way we passed two glacial lakes, spotted Kang Yatse 3 & 4 and witnessed two Himalayan Griffon Vultures circling the air - one of my major highlights of the trek!
Here's a picture of our campsite facing Kang Yatse 2, while the other side overlooked the best sunset shadowing the entire valley we walked through!
We crossed Markha & Hankar village to head to our campsite at Thochungtse at 4700m. Loved the weather we were greeted with here!
This picture was taken from atop a mountain we climbed for acclimatisation. We spent quite sometime up here since with the rain and the landscape, what surrounded us looked like a description right out of the Lord of the Rings book! We also spotted a Woolly Hare run across us.
PS: The homestay/cafe in Markha (before Hankar) is the last place you can make phone calls on this route. Charges - Rs. 5/minute.
PPS: The route between Hankar and Thochungtse is known to have quite a few leopard singhtings. Our guide told us how they witnessed a snow leopard chase on the mountains just across us!
On a long, hot day with blistered feet and numb shoulders, we made it to our campsite in Markha just in time for sunset! All of us were beat that day, but the route was so breathtaking (pun intended), we wanted the day to end and not end at the same time. Our 17km stretch from Skiu to Markha included river crossing, walking on undefined narrow trails and alongside green and yellow paddy fields!
Needless to say, it poured quite a bit that night! :)
Day 1 of our trek to Kang Yatse 2:
We started our trek from Chilling, crossed the river in a pulley and walked for 5-6 hours to reach our campsite in Skiu (the sun was merciless that day!). The route till Markha is quite a popular one among trekkers, foreigners more than Indians. You'll find quite a few cafes and homestays along the way if you want to refill your bottles or rest a while!
PS: some places charge Rs. 10-15 so make sure you have some cash on you!
A trek to Peb Fort.
Peb looked pretty far in sight when we stood at the starting point (along the tracks). Only once we started did we realise that's not the case. While it's a decently short trail, it's incredible narrow and the rains just made it even more challenging.
It's a popular weekend trek, but don't let that put you off! ;)