Kang Yatse 2 | 6223 Meters | Climbing In Ladakh

Kang Yatse 2 Summit Trek Via Markha Valley

Trek above 6200 Meters and Climb the most elegant peak of Ladakh and the Markha Valley

Details Of The Kang Yatse 2 Trek

Rs. 74000/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
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Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12
Extra cost of Rs. 11000 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. Remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader

Above cost is assumed for 4-5 people team. Actual Cost is subject to the actual team size joining the trek and requested customizations. Higher team size will lower the cost while lower team size will significantly increase the cost. Assummed Inclusions can be read on Cost Inclusions

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Kang Yatse 2 Trek


6 Popular Peaks:
Kun ( 7077m ), Nun ( 7135m ), Saser Kangri I ( 7672m ), Kang Yatse 1 ( 6400m ), Kang Yatse 2 ( 6200m ), Stok Kangri ( 6153m )
1 High Passes:
Kongmaru La - 5130m ( 5130m )
3 Tranquil Rivers:
Markha River, Zanskar, Indus
1 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Leh
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Hemis National Park

Why Should You Do The Kang Yatse 2 Trek

  • The Kang Yatse Peak provides a rare opportunity to summit a 6000-meter mountain peak in the Himalayas, requiring no mountaineering techniques at all, though having it helps. The peak has very high climbing and aesthetic values. It is definitely not easy and summiting it takes your climbing goals to the next level.
  • Trekking through the mesmerizing, astonishingly beautiful, and heart-winning landscape of Ladakh offers an unmatched experience on its own. If you have not witnessed the magic which the mountains of Ladakh do to your heart, you surely must have lost on so many things in this life.
  • There is no substitute for experience in the Himalayas. However, the Kang Yatse peak probably offers a very rare opportunity to gain the experience of venturing Beyond 6000 meters in the Himalayas and helps you to test your fitness and mental endurance above 6000 meters in the mountains. It prepares you for your upcoming higher goals in the Himalayas.
  • The summit of Kang Yatse 2 Offers a glimpse of K2 - the second highest mountain of the World, in the Karakorams. Apart from that, on a clear day, K2, Nun-Kun, Nanga Parvat, Saser Kangri, Mamostang Kangri, etc reveal themselves from the summit offering you a rare opportunity to witness the grand panorama of the East Karakoram.
  • The Approach march to the base camp of the Kang Yatse goes through the classical route of the Markha Valley, which is one of the most beautiful valleys in entire Ladakh and has historical significance.
  • The sightings of rare flora and fauna of the Hemis National Park are definitely a great add-on to this trek. From Mountain Goats, Marmots, Red Foxes to the elegant and the elusive Snow Leopard. Here's we get it all.
  • Witnessing and experiencing the hospitality and cultural integrity of the locals and villages of Ladakh will be a life-defining experience. They are one of the most welcoming, peaceful, hard-working and humble people you will ever meet in the Himalayas.
  • 📅 Duration: 12 days/ 12 nights, Leh to Leh
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6223m
  • 🛑 Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jul - Oct
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, rocky, snow field
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Climb, Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
  • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
  • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
  • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL, Jio and Airtel postpaid in Leh, its vicinity and from the summit
  • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Leh and summit tops
  • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 6 on higher camps
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi

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Kang Yatse Summit Trek

Kang Yatse is an elegant mountain massif dominating the Markha valley. It has 4 summits. While the main peak - Kang Yatse 1 is a technical peak having a corniced dome summit measuring 6401 meters, Kang Yatse 2 on the other hand is a trekking peak with a summit altitude of 6223 meters. The route to its summit is challenging and climbs over the base camp steeply on soft snows and loose rocks. This is one of the highest trekking peaks in the entire belt of the Indian Himalayas. In fact, Kang Yatse 2 is higher than Stok Kangri which is more popular and commercial trek operators has wrongly made it famous as the highest trekking peak of India. Compared to Stok Kangri, climbing Kang Yatse 2 is a little more difficult task, remote, steeper, and is longer in the total distance as well.

Kang Yatse 2nd Peak thus offers a great chance to climb a 6223-meter peak requiring no mountaineering skills at all, though having it helps. The peak of Kang Yatse dominates the Markha Valley with its elegant presence and stands apart distinctively from its other surrounding peaks, a few of which are also over 6000 meters high. It can be taken as your introduction to mountaineering skills which is very much required to climb higher and deeper in the Himalayas. The altitude, terrain, gradient of the climb, snow conditions and cold presents enough challenge even to the fittest and experienced trekkers. Kang Yatse being a lesser-known peak and remote offers a great raw experience of the Ladakh Himalayas -  The Mystical Land Of High Passes.

If you ask us to suggest the best climbing and trekking adventure in Ladakh, we would keep Kang Yatse on top of the list.. not just because it is one of the most elegant looking mountains in the Himalayas, but climbing it also offers a high adventure quotient compared to the otherwise popular Stok Kangri which is over-commercialized and attracts a lot of noisy trekkers.

 

 

 

Approach March to The Base Camp of Kang Yatse, via The Markha Valley

approaching hankar from markha

The approach to this gem begins from Chilling and a trek through the beautiful Markha Valley. It passes by some of the oldest and remotest villages of India, namely Skiu, Markha, and Hankar. These villages are some of the historical villages, not only of Ladakh but also of India - a part of the ancient Silk Route and also the Indus Valley Civilization. The fertile land is further turned into a rich agricultural valley by the sheer determination and hard work of the dwelling locals.

On the approach march to the base of Kang Yatse, we come across local villagers living in this beautiful abode. Talking to them gives an enlightening perspective to your thought process and has the power to change your outlook towards the World. The vast and beautiful valley is further mystified by myriads of illusionary rock structures sculpted by wind erosion. As soon as you leave the Markha campsite and walk towards Hankar, the peak of Kang Yatse is seen for the first time and right away, it starts to dominate not just the valley, but also your mind and eyes.

After crossing Hankar and the campsite of Thochungtse, we reach the base camp, diverging from the trail to Nimaling near a natural Lake. Here, the massif of Kang Yatse stands right in front of you inspiring within you enough grit and determination to scale up to its summit.

 

 

 

The Summit Attempt

the final ascent

The peak of Kang Yatse 2 offers a lot of challenges to the climbers. Apart from altitude, which can be managed by proper acclimatization schedule, itinerary, and meal plan, the summit leg to the summit of Kang Yatse is a very long steep walk over scree and piles of snow. We start the trek properly geared up with all our climbing gears and start the trek with our headlamps on right after midnight. Initially, as we start our walk from the Summit Camp, we negotiate the loose scree zone to reach the summit ridge, often the Crampon Point from where we wear our climbing crampons to negotiate the snow and ice ahead. During early June and July, there is ample snow and crampons need to be worn right from the base camp itself. The climb gets steeper and steeper with time and the amount of snow deposit keeps on increasing as well. It's a difficult climb dwelling above 5000 meters and a hard walk for some 5 - 6 hours takes you to the summit of the Kang Yatse 2 Summit. The feeling of standing on the top does feel satisfying. The views from the top are breathtaking! The peaks of East Karakoram, Zanskar, and Ladakh are visible from the top like an eagle's view.

As the famous saying goes - "Getting to the top is optional, but getting down is mandatory". After offering prayers to the Mountain Gods for allowing us to climb it and experience the exquisite view from its top, we start our descend, and is quite fast. We reach the base camp in some 4 hours on a clear day. It does get tricky at times and requires extra cautiousness, specifically during white-out conditions or soft snow. In our itinerary, we have kept a reserved day that is to be used for bad weather or an unsuccessful attempt.

We have climbed this peak many a time from the base camp itself. So in case required, we can have an extra day by skipping the Advanced Camp day to answer weather uncertainties.

 

 

Team Himalayan High's Summit Attempt History On Kang Yatse 2

summit attempt history of kang yatse 2

We along with a very few other reputed trek companies had started to climb this peak long back while it was still unpopular, unlike these days when the popular and over commercial trek operators with a history of fatal injuries and deaths on treks like Stok Kangri or even simpler treks have started to bring their flock of large groups to this serious peak. They have started it recently as an alternative to Stok Kangri which is closed by the local administration due to the environmental pollution caused by venturing of large and irresponsible trekking groups. Generally, you will find these websites on top of Google Search as is the case with any commercial operators and their marketing power.

In the past 6 years of our operation, we have scaled this peak successfully many times and put many first-timers on the top. We have climbed this peak even under very difficult and unfavorable conditions when many others have failed time and again or followed our route. All thanks to our hard-working team right from the top till the bottom. We did so without any fatalities resulting in death or emergency evacuation. Thanks to our well-planned itinerary, medical knowledge, and preparedness, trek guides, meal plan, equipment, and experience. For a serious peak like this, you do need to check the background of your trek operator, their team size, the experience of their leaders, and their success rate for the summit.

Himalayan High is a small and transparent trek operator and Word Of Mouth is our only source of marketing. We have been thriving on it since our inception and that's what has brought us here. We have a summit success ratio of 73% from our past records and the above chart explains the same in detail. Read more by following the link Kang Yatse 2 - Summit History For Team Himalayan High from 2015 to 2019

 

 

 summit photo collage of kang yatse

 summit climb of kang yatse 2

 

 

 

Acclimatization Is The Primary Key To Success

On a difficult trek like this which climbs steeply on difficult terrain higher above 6000 meters, acclimatization is your primary weapon. Our itinerary is well designed from the acclimatization perspective and gives you enough rest to achieve success on the summit. Firstly, the 2 rest days in Leh ( we advise 1 more day in Leh ) and then the short acclimatization walks each evening not just give you better photographs but also help you acclimatize better for the upcoming challenges. The base camp is at 5000 meters and sleeping at this altitude is difficult. However, to be successful in achieving the summit, we need to adjust quickly and sleep well. We have kept extra rest and orientation days in the base camp to help you prepare well for the summit attempt and also acclimatize well for the difficult altitude and trek in the coming days.

The meal plan that we render on the trek is also designed keeping in mind better and quicker acclimatization with more hot garlic soups, more and more water, less oily food, and a balanced diet of carbohydrates and enough but not much protein which is easily digestible.

Slow walks on approach days give much better results with acclimatization, even if you could walk quicker. Preserve that extra energy for the summit walk.

Read more on 13 Ways to Acclimatize Naturally

 

 

 

Importance Of Rest Day and Orientation of Technical Equipment In The Base Camp:

After we reach the base camp, we have a full rest day the next day. Though we call it a full rest day, actually it is not so. We do spend some time getting acquainted with our equipment so that we gear up very quickly for the summit climb which starts right at midnight, around 12 or 1 AM depending upon the team speed. We will give you all the technical gear required for the trek which are - a helmet, walking ice-ax, seat harness, pair of gaiters, screw carabiner, pair of a double-layered mountaineering boot, pair of climbing crampons. Our leaders explain and demonstrate how to wear and use these technical gears. We are supposed to try everything and make sure everything is fine and fit. Our leaders will explain how to gear up for the summit climb and will also show you the rope technique as we will climb the peak roped-up with each other. It's a very important day and we need to very alert in the demo session. We also go for an acclimatization walk in roped-up condition to get acquainted with rope skills and acclimatize better. Its teamwork!

orientation in base camp of kang yatse

 

 

 

Setting Up Of Advanced Base Camp For The Summit

More snow and a smaller team allow us to set up Advanced Base Camp on the summit ridge. Since the route does not have any water source we will have to melt snow for water. Hence Early June, July eases up setting advanced base camp on the summit ridge. We carry a small butane cylinder and alpine stove to heat water and cook some ultralight food for the Bivouac Advance Camp. This eases our summit climb but one has to be acclimatized well to camp and sleep at ABC, higher up than the base camp. In August and September also it is possible to set up ABC but water has to be carried and a rougher campsite is to be expected which does not ease sleeping at all.

 

 

Photos from Indian Army’s Expedition to Kang Yatse 1 & 2 supported by Team Himalayan High

 

You may also have a look at Our Kang Yatse - Stok Kangri Twin Summit trek or Kang Yatse 1 Climb

Kang Yatse 2 Trek Package - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Delhi To Leh

Fly, Rest, Acclimatize Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Upon receiving you in Leh airport, we shift you to our Hotel which is one of the very best in Leh.  Acclimatizing and staying hydrated is the key to a successful summit trek in Ladakh. Today you will face some problem adjusting to the altitude, dryness and cold winds of Ladakh, but with proper rest, everything will be all fine. 

Our team leader will meet and brief about the entire plan in the evening around 6 PM. He will also check your preparedness and check all the gears which we provide you for the expedition, like climbing boots, down jackets, harness, etc. We share tomorrow's plan for the city walk and end the day with a lovely buffet dinner.

Day 2Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day. Excursion to Tsemo Monastery, Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa ( 5 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11480 feet
  • Tsemo Monastery: 3600 meters / 11808 feet
  • Shanti Stupa: 3600 meters / 11808 feet
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11480 feet
  • Tsemo Monastery, Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa: 3600 meters / 11808 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we start the day after a lovely fulfilling breakfast. Our team leader meets you in the hotel and takes you out on a guided tour of the Leh city. We start with an acclimatization walk to the higher points in Leh, namely the Tsemo Monastery and Leh Palace. Later we escort you to Leh market and help you shop the remaining essentials for the trek. You will be free to wander around the city a bit and have lunch. It is advisable not to have too much of spicy meals as it may hamper your digestive system which is still adapting to the change in environment.

We meet again in the evening to visit Shanti Stupa and also try meditating a bit, not forgetting to enjoy the classic view of the Leh city and suburbs during the dusk hours. We then walk back to the hotel and leave you for the buffet dinner. It was a very important day today as it not just gives us the opportunity to understand each other, but also helps us understand how it feels like trekking in the cold desert of Ladakh. Meanwhile we prepare and coordinate the pick up for tomorrow to start the trek.

Day 3From Leh To Skiu, Via - Chilling ( 11 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Drive, Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Early morning after breakfast, we board the cab for the beautiful drive to Chilling which is our trek start point. We cross the popular tourist points of Magnetic Hill, Sangam - the meeting point of Indus and Zanskar, after which we follow the Zanskar river to Chilling - the starting point of our trek. It takes about 3 hours to reach Chilling. We meet our remaining crew of horses here.

While the horses are loaded, our trek guide leads you to the trek to Skiu, a beautiful village in the Markha Valley. It's a habitat zone and local villagers, farmlands and beautiful monasteries keep you engaged throughout the trek. The grand beauty of Ladakh takes over the control of our heart as we walk towards Skiu. In about 3 hours we reach the campsite of Chilling. For a small team team, we may also choose to stay in a cosy homestay to experience the raw Ladakh.

Day 4From Skiu To Markha ( 19 Kms,6 - 7 hours )

Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Its a long walk today and we trek to the village of Markha. Its a flattish but a long walk with occasional short patches of ascends and descends like yesterday's. The views throughout are breathtaking. Watch out for the classic rockscapes and structures of the mountains formed by wind and water erosion. They will certainly give you variety of illusions. The campsite of Markha is very beautiful on a flat pasture land with a stream flowing by. Do take time out in the evening to visit an old monastery nearby as acclimatization walk.

Day 5From Markha To Thochungtse, Via - Hankar ( 15 Kms,4 - 5 hours )

Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

The trek to Thochungtse goes via the beautiful village of Hankar. The route to Hankar is similar to the day before with occasional ascends and descends. Today, we get the first glimpse of the giant peak of Kang Yatse hovering over the village of Hankar. It wins our hear straightaway and also motivates us silently to ascend to its top.

The route after Hankar is jaw-dropping with unique structures of the mountains and the rocks formed by wind erosion. Here it's very easy to spot blue sheep and ibex, snow leopards too! The campsite of Thochungtse is about 2 hours walk from Hankar.

In the evening, we will climb the nearby mountain for acclimatization. While it is an acclimatization walk, but climbing up the mountain greets us to a stupendous views of our peak in focus - Kang Yatse, and also other nearby peaks and the vast plateau of Nimaling

Day 6From Thochungtse To Nimaling . Excursion to Kongmaru La ( 8 Kms,6 hours )

Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Starting the trek from Thochungtse, we climb a mountain hump straight ahead of us. At that altitude, it does take some time, but once done, we do get to enjoy up-close views of of Kang Yatse - A huge snow-cladded mountain massif, overwhelming us with its presence. Also, the very thought that we will be approaching the base of it further adds to our spirit of climbing. We must remember that its a 6223 meter peak and acclimatization is the key to success. We don't want to come so close and return because of hurrying up or not acclimatizing well.

After an hour's walk from Thochungtse, we reach a small lake where we rest for sometime. The lake reflects the peak of Kang Yatse presenting in front of us a wonderful natural phenomenon on its water surface. There is a small chorten where we can offer our prayer for our successful summit and peace for the World. From here, the route splits and one goes to Kang Yatse base camp and the other one gradually descends down to Nimaling. For better acclimatization, we head towards Nimaling.

Nimaling is a vast meadow and is a wonderful campsite to spend many days. We are on a mission but, and hence, after lunch, we go out for the most important acclimatization walk to the top of the high pass of Kongmaru La, which stands at 5130 meters. Its helps us follow the most important rule of acclimatization - Climb High - Sleep Low. We return to Nimaling and sleep in cosy tents after having hot soupy meals.

Day 7From Nimaling To Kang Yatse Base Camp ( 4 Kms,2.5 hours )

Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we take it easy and spend an almost relaxed day. We start a little late and a steady walk brings us to the Base Camp of Kang Yatse. It takes about a little more than 2 hours. After reaching the campsite, we rest and relax the entire day. This helps our body prepare for the demanding summit attempt to 6223 meters. Tomorrow will be a rest and orientation day. In the evening, we brief you about the use of the technical equipment and also show you a demo of how to use those and a few safety tips.

Day 8Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Rest Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5050 meters / 16564 feet
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5050 meters / 16564 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Rest and acclimatization day. We will walk towards the ridge on Kang Yatse for acclimatization and also get acquainted with the route for the next day. Technical orientation and training required for the snow trek will be given on this day. We will teach Self-arrest, Group Arrest, Glissading, 3-point climbing and toe climbing and heel descending on snow. All of these techniques will come vey vey handy during the summit day.

Day 9From Kang Yatse Base Camp To Kang Yatse 2 Advanced Base Camp ( 3 Kms,3 hours )

Trek Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Kang Yatse Base Camp: 5050 meters / 16564 feet
  • Kang Yatse 2 Advanced Base Camp: 5400 meters / 17712 feet
Brief Details Of The Day:

Its a very important day today as we will attempt the peak tonight. We set up an intermediate camp to ease our summit attempt. However, we do not shift the Base Camp to answer emergency backups if required. It takes a gradual climb from the Base Camp, firstly walking through the meadow and then scree patch to get on the ridge, near the snow or crampon point. It's an intermediate camp with limited resources and Kitchen setup. We will cook on butane stoves and serve expedition meals only like soups, boiled carbohydrates, etc.

Please do note that setting up of intermediate camp is dependant upon snow and wind conditions and also availability of water. If we are not able to set up intermediate camps, we will attempt the peak from Base Camp itself.

Day 10Summit Day. From Kang Yatse 2 Advanced Base Camp To Kang Yatse Base Camp, Via - Kang Yatse 2 Summit

Summit Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today is the day for us as we attempt it just past midnight and aim to reach the top at dawn. All these days we had been walking slowly, when we could have walked faster, just for this day. Overall, it’s a challenging day right from the beginning and we try to beat it. To be able to be on top is a feeling inexpressible through words.

Day 11Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

Buffer Day


Brief Details Of The Day: Reserved Day for contingency. If not used, we will camp in between in points like Chuskirmo or Lartsa

Day 12Pass Crossing Day. From Kang Yatse Base Camp To Leh, Via - Kongmaru La, Chuskirmo

Pass Crossing Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we quickly descend to Nimaling. From Nimaling, we start climbing the switchbacks to the top of Kongmaru La (Gongmaru La) – 5130m, a high pass with wonderful views all around with fluttering prayer flags.

After crossing the pass, it’s a steep descent to the beautiful Markha gorge. The views and the trail passes down following the narrow Markha gorge and is unbelievably beautiful and will surprise you unless you trek it. A sharp descent from the pass top gets us to the base of the pass named Lartsa. From there, another 2 hours will bring you to the campsite of Chuskirmo. From Chuskirmo, we trek for another 2 hours to Shang Sumdo, where our cab waits to take us to Leh.

Note: If the reserved day is unused, we will trek down till Chuskirmo to make the return to Leh bit relaxing and comfortable.

Day 13From Leh To New Delhi ( 1100 Kms,2 hours )

Fly Out Day

Altitude Profile And Geo-Coordinates:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11480 feet
  • New Delhi: 200 meters / 656 feet
Brief Details Of The Day: Itinerary and our service ends. You will be dropped to the airport as per plan.

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Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

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  • Day 1

    Fly, Rest, Acclimatize

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m ) . 2 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel in Leh
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cost Of Transport Included: YES ( Leh Airport to Hotel)
  • Day 2

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Excursion to Tsemo Monastery, Leh Palace & Shanti Stupa (3600m )4 - 5 Hrs. 5 Kms
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel In leh
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3

    Drive, Trek

    From Leh (3500m ) To Skiu (3400m ), Via - Chilling (3200m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs. 11 Kms
    Overnight In: Skiu (3400m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents in Skiu
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Skiu (3400m ) To Markha (3700m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs. 19 Kms
    Overnight In: Markha (3700m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents In Markha
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Markha (3700m ) To Thochungtse (4200m ), Via - Hankar (3980m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs. 15 Kms
    Overnight In: Thochungtse (4200m )
    Accommodation: Tents In Thochungtse
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Thochungtse (4200m ) To Nimaling (4750m ) . Excursion to Kongmaru La (5130m ). 6 Hrs. 8 Kms
    Overnight In: Nimaling (4750m )
    Accommodation: Tents In Nimaling
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek

    From Nimaling (4750m ) To Kang Yatse Base Camp (5050m ) . 2.5 Hrs. 4 Kms
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5050m )
    Accommodation: Tents In Kang Yatse BC
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5050m )
    Accommodation: Tents In Kang Yatse BC
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Trek

    From Kang Yatse Base Camp (5050m ) To Kang Yatse 2 Advanced Base Camp (5400m ) . 3 Hrs. 3 Kms
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse 2 Advanced Base Camp (5400m )
    Accommodation: Tents In Kang Yatse ABC
    Meals Included: All Meals ( Limited Kitchen )
  • Day 10

    Summit Day.

    From Kang Yatse 2 Advanced Base Camp (5350m ) To Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m ), Via - Kang Yatse 2 Summit (6223m ) . 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 11

    Extra Buffer / Reserved / Contingency Day

    Overnight In: Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 12

    Pass Crossing Day.

    From Kang Yatse Base Camp (5000m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Kongmaru La (5130m ), Chuskirmo (4140m ). 8 - 9 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel In Leh
    Meals Included: Breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13

    Fly Out

    Departure Day
    From Leh (3500m ) To New Delhi (200m ) . 2 Hrs. 1100 Kms
    Overnight In: New Delhi (200m )
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: YES( Drop to Leh Airport)
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • Duration: 13 Days / 12 nights of trekking and climbing cost Ex. Leh
  • Accommodation In Leh: 3 nights of Stay in a Premium hotel in Leh with guided acclimatization walks and emphasis on local food and culture.
  • Accommodation On Trek: Spacious, sturdy and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and table for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals: All meals (except for lunch in leh), specifically curated for high altitudes will be provided from breakfast in Leh on Day 1 till breakfast on Day 13 in Leh. 3 meals (B, L, D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks and extra energizers/juice for summit days. Nutritious, Soupy, Balanced and light on the stomach.
  • Common Climbing Gears: All required climbing gears like rope coils, pitons, ice screws, snow stacks, pulleys, zumars, etc.
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:3. That is 1 guide for every 3 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local route guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Trekking Permits: All required forest and other local association permits as per the prevalent rules of Local administration and our Country.
  • Climbing Permits: IMF climbing fees and peak royalties. ( Free for Indians. To be paid extra by International climbers)
  • Transfers: Return transfers from Leh to for trek in 4X4 offroader for the trekking team and support crew. Also airport pick up and drop on Day 1 and Day 13.
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 10 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.
  • Personal Load Offload: allowed upto 8 Kgs only. Common equipment will be carried over mules or HAPs. 
  • Free Cloakroom in Leh: for extra leftover luggage while leaving for trek.
  • Personal Trek Equipments:  Essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)

 

 

Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 5000 need to be deposited. You may use what you need and also bring your personal gears. )

  • 1 Gaiter pair
  • 1 Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons
  • 1 Poncho
  • 1 Trek Pole
  • 1 Rucksack
  • 1 Fleece Inner Gloves
  • 1 Neck Warmer
  • 1 Waterproof Gloves
  • 1 Clean and Sanitized Down Sleeping Bag Inner
  • 1 Helmet
  • 1 Seat Harness
  • 1 Climbing Boot
  • 1 Climbing Crampon
  • 1 Screw Carabiner
  • 2 Open Carabiner
  • 1 Walking Ice Axe
  • 1 Sling
  • -20 deg waterproof expedition down jackets

 

ADD ONS:

  • Single Supplement For Tent & Hotel. ( @ INR 20000 )
  • Porterage For More Than 10 Kgs On Trek. (@ INR 9000)

 

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal Travel Insurance and purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Fixed Menu
  • Personal Clothing and Gears
  • Lunch in Leh
  • Bottled Water or Any Other Drinks
  • Peak Fees for Foreign Nationals ( included in extra money charged for foreigners)
  • Anything else not mentioned in the inclusion list

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How Is The Covid19 Situation In Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

Currently, this trek is undoable due to ongoing Covid19 restrictions in Ladakh, and especially the villages of Markha Valley are not open to tourists. We will update this section when the situation improves.

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When Does It Snow On The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

It typically starts to snow on this peak from the 2nd week of October and occasional snowfall keeps piling up until April. The usual winter months in Ladakh are from the end of November till early March. Ladakh being in a rain shadow, Trans-Himalayan region, the weather conditions are dry and the snow here is typically dry snow. The Base Camp which is at 5000 meters remains under snow cover till the mid of June while the higher ridgeline is always under snow cover. occasionally, it also snows in the months of August and September as well. However, the best climbing season for this peak is from July till the first week of October.

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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

The best time to begin your climb to Kang Yatse is from the mid of July till the end of September. While at the beginning of July, snow cover is more, August and September provide ideal climbing conditions. Our team has successfully climbed this peak in early July as well as mid of October as well, despite the odds.

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How Cold Is The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

On this trek we face a wide zone of temperature variations and it can vary between 25 Degree Celcius in Leh to -10 Degree Celcius in Base camp and Summit. The winds of Ladakh are typically very cold and dry. While the days are warm, the night gets very chilly. Leh, the starting point of this trek has a different temperature zone than that of the base camp or the summit as the altitude difference is nearly over 2700 meters. While July till the mid of September are comfortable, the temperature starts to decrease as we near October.

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What Varieties Of Flora And Fauna Can Be Seen On The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

The Kang Yatse Trek ventures deep into the wild land of the Hemis National Park which is one of the largest High Altitude National Parks in the World. It is rich in wildlife, and especially the densest habitat for the elusive Snow Leopard and its prey, namely the Blue Sheep, Ibex, and Argali. Red fox, Tibetan Wolf, marmot, Weasel, and bears are also found densely in these valleys along with over 70 species of birds. Belonging to rain shadow trans-Himalayan belt, The hemis Park does not boast of dense forest like other parts fo the Himalayas. Flora limits itself to dessert bushes, junipers, and few rare medicinal shrubs.

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How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

Accommodation in Leh has a wide variety of options from budget hotels to 5-star categories. On our trek package, we offer full board accommodation in 4-star accommodation and is one of the best in Leh. On treks, you have the choice of staying in homestays in the villages of Skiu, Markha, and Hankar but after that camping is the only option in Nimaling and Kang Yatse Base Camp. On our treks, we offer full board camping service in twin sharing 4-season tents with double-layered down sleeping bags and a thick waterproof foam mattress. Dining tents are equipped with camping tables and chairs for easy and hygienic dining while on camps. Separate Kitchen tents and staff tents are carried for the crew members.

Toilets in the camps are cat-style dry toilets or popularly known as Ladakhi toilets in the homestays. We carry toilet tents and camping toilet seats.

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What Are The Fitness Requirement Of The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

When you are climbing a 6000+ meter peak, that too in the cold desert of Ladakh, there are no limits for better fitness. There should be no much talk about this except for the fact that you should be as fit as possible possessing tremendous stamina and endurance. Physical strength matters very much as well. While stamina and endurance are basic requirements of this trek, it is a 70% mental game. Self-motivation and teamwork is the key to success. Do remember, we don't want you to be an olympic champion or a body builder.

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Can Novice Trekkers Do The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

Beginners who are very fit and strong can undertake this trek under the guidance of a professional team. You should be a good listener and a quick learner because a professional team takes care of the rest and will guide you to success. We have in the past put many first timers on the summit of Kang Yatse 2.

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What Are The Risk Of AMS On The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

From AMS point of view, the Kang Yatse 2 Trek is very critical as it ventures on altitudes above 6000 meters which is an extreme high altitude zone. Oxygen here is very less and acclimatization is the only answer for a successful summit. A well planned, slow paced itinerary, nutritious meals focussing on balanced meal, hydration and warmth, acclimatization walks and comfortable sleeping conditions are very very important to beat the challenges thrown by the extreme high altitude.
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Which Is The Nearest ATMs and Cash Points On The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

There are a lot of ATMs in Leh including Western Union Collection centers. However, once you leave Leh and start the trek, there will be no options to withdraw cash. Neither will you require any unless you plan to buy a few things from the homestays in the villages.
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Is Mobile Network Available On The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

Leh has good 4G mobile connectivity from operators like Airtel, Jio, BSNL. Only postpaid connections and local sim work. You can get a local sim card with the help of your passport or aadhar card. On the trek, you get mobile connectivity only from the summit and the top of Kongmaru La. Village of Skiu, Markha and Hankar have a satellite phone for emergency notifications.
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Is Internet Available On The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

Leh has good high speed internet connectivity on mobile as well as WiFi in hotels, restaurants and cafes. On the teek you don't get internet connectivity.
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What Are The Unique Religion And Cultural Beliefs Of The Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

Ladakh is also known as Little Tibet and often historians believe that true form of Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism is actually practiced in Ladakh than in present day Tibet. It's a destination where ancient monasteries are present in every nooks and corners where revered Monks reside, pray and visit. Majority of people here follow Buddhism and are very lovable, peaceful and welcoming.
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