|Suitable for:||15+ years.|
|Experience:||Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 5,000m/16,400ft.|
|Fitness:||Cover 6 km of distance in 30 minutes without a stress.|
If Stok Kangri is the most popular trek, Kang Yatse II is the less known of the 2 siblings. Both are 6000-meter peaks, almost of the same difficulty level. Kang Yatse II must be the preferred choice of the aspiring trekkers who want to try something endearing. It is just 320ft taller than Stok adding the spice of height. Despite that Kang Yatse II is considered the easiest 6000-meter peak.
Comprising of 11 days, the itinerary is perfect for gradual acclimatization as one gains height. The Kang Yatse peak lies in the renowned Markha Valley. Most of the trek route coincides with the approach to Markha Valley. Therefore, this trek offers buy 1 get 1 free benefit. Starting from Leh, one gets to explore the cultural heritage, monasteries, gompa during the early acclimatization days. Just as you gain height by traversing through small villages, you will get an insight of Ladakhi culture. At every camping site, you will be greeted by teahouses and authentic homestays. The major hamlets that pass by are Skui, Markha, Nimling, Hankar etc. All these form the impeccable portrait of small homes sheltered by the giant mountains. From arid terrains to vibrant grazing lands, from small streams to vivacious Markha river you will encounter the contrasting nature.
The trail enters Hemis National Park, that is known as a wildlife sanctuary. Snow Leopards, arghali, mountain deer etc will be spotted throughout the route. From Umlung the Kang Yatse peak comes to visibility, motivating you henceforth. The pastures of Thactungtse and Nimling are filled with colourful wildflowers. Mystic Mani stones and the refreshing Tigu lakes are the major revelations of the trek. Summit day is both gruelling and pleasurable. Kang Yatse summit ascend is filled with moraines and loose rocks. The crevasses are covered with snow most of the times, hence roping up is required. Atop shows the never-ending array of Karakoram and Zanskar range. You may also see the summit of the famous Stok Kangri and K2 peak.
Kang Yatse is the best option for those seeking a 6000-meter peak that is less crowded than Stok Kangri. This trek is recommended only to experienced trekkers. One must be well prepared physically and mentally for this trek.
Kang Yatse II Peak Expedition begins from Leh. Arrive in Leh through flight or train. Your stay will be in the hotel after you reach. Leh is already at a height of 11,000 ft, hence you should be acclimatized pretty well. Use this day as an opportunity to rest and get your body acclimatized to the high altitudes.
Good phone connectivity is available in Leh. You can use this day to shop for the forgotten things or rent equipment. Strictly stay from alcohol and smoking. If you arrive late, you can rest for the day. You can additionally roam around and get adapted to the culture. Leh is quite popular for its cultural treasures, monasteries, palaces and temples. Try to keep it low and easy on the body.
Yet another day to get used to the low temperatures or to discover the splendid Leh! Apart from adventures and surreal scenery, Leh is well-known for its monasteries and palaces. Step into the history of Leh through the Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery and ThikseyGompa. You can find thousands of adventure seekers or tourists in Leh during peak season. Try to interact with everyone to get used to the culture. Leh is famous for its cafes and hanging out places. If you wish you can try them. Again, strictly keep hands off alcohol and smoking.
Apart from cultural heritage, Leh must be travelled for its passes and lakes like Nubra valley, Pangonglake. We do not allow roaming of trekkers to such places. This is to avoid strain on the body that might hurdle the process of acclimatization. Therefore, try to avoid moving to higher altitudes and stroll to nearby places. Enjoy your wonderful stay in the hotel.
The drive from Leh to Chilling is like entering the ocean of barren, brownish yellow yet stunning region of the Himalayas. In the first half of the journey, major monuments Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Spituk Monastery will quaintly welcome you. The silent and vibrant Magnetic Hill also passes by as you make your own way. Through the views of color changing rocks, dry grasslands you will cross the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. Chilling is a popular village of Leh known as the Base camp for Chadar in winter and river rafting in summer.
The trek ahead incepts with a steep ascent going through Zingchen gorge. Amidst you will also cross the river on a trolley at Kaya-Do place. The trail many times comes across Indus River. Skiu will mark the first camping in the tents. It is located at the confluence of rivers Shgri Nala and Markha. The village has fairly 10-15 houses. They are also good for homestay and tea breaks. The habitat also has an old monastery. End your first day of the trek in Skui, looking forward to the upcoming thrills.
The advantage of Kang Yatse trek is that it seamlessly overlaps with the Markha valley. Therefore, you can boastfully complete Markha valley trek too. And today is the day to witness the Markha valley. This will be the longest day of trekking with a total of 20 km of the hike. On this pretty long day, you will be welcomed by 3-4 villages and their rejuvenating hot tea. The first such village, Harding comes immediately after 2 hours of hiking. Keep walking ahead for another 2-3 hours, till you reach Chalak village. It is placed beautifully amongst the barley fields with mountains in the background. Again, have some tea and get all energized for the remaining trek.
The next camping site is at Markha village, which is 5-6km from here. Despite that, it will take 2-3 hours due to the steep climb to Markha valley. The Markha river flows with a strong current and you will have to cross this furious river. The river level might be till knee, depending on the snowfall. The Markha valley is considered the largest because it has around 30-40 houses. For people interested in history, there are ruins of a fort. You can also find an old monastery that is believed to be built in the 1800s. Make sure to walk through the village and interact with the locals while sipping hot tea.
Wake up all fresh and be happy as today will be an easy trek. The upcoming trail meets streams and Markha river several times serving as a refreshment. Umlung village is a tiny village, which can be recognised by houses and a monastery on the route.
After Umlung the Kang Yatse peak comes to visibility and keeps calling you! Hankar village will be the next short break point. You can notice the Tacha monastery, skillfully placed on such a height. Hankar is also a camping site and one can have a night stay here.
Trudge along the well-marked trail from Hankar towards a stone bridge. There are many routes coming out, you keep following the same path. In the next 2 hours, the pastures of Thochungtse become visible. There camping sites and tea houses here. Find yourself comfortable with the beautiful grasslands and rest for the day.
This will be a short day filled with surprises. The sight of Kang Yatse gets closer and bigger. The trail is a gradual ascent of 700 meters comprising of 3-4 hours trek. Mystic Mani stones having prayer inscriptions will be found on the route. Recite the devotional prayers and hope for a wonderful summit. You will be greeted by twin Tigu lakes. Though these lakes are tiny they reflect the magnificent Kang Yatse peak.
The trails enter into a huge plain of Nimling where sheep, mountain goats, sometimes rabbits are found grazing. Nimling is renowned as grazing pasture lands and will also be your camping site. The entire setup is extremely pleasant and gives a contemplating experience.
This will be the smallest trekking day of the entire trek. Hence, chill and try to make the most of the beauty around you. The first half of the trek has loose rocks but the stunning views of Kang Yatse will ease the pain. The latter half of the trail is a descend. After 2-3 hours you will arrive at your base camp at 5,100 meters.
Make sure to remain out of the tent to get acclimatized. Try to not strain your body and relax at the camping site. This is the best time to study the mountains around you, try to capture as much as you can.
This is a thoughtfully added day to help you get acclimatized to the high altitudes. You can consider this as a training day. Our team will be granting training on usage of technical equipment. You will be taught how to walk in the snow, using crampons, handling of ice axe, and other techniques that are a must for the summit attempt.
Try to grasp as much as you can. In doing so try not to exhaust yourself, as next will be the summit day. The delightful Kang Yatse peak will be staring at you throughout. Additionally, you can also go nearby for height gain trek. Make sure you give enough rest to your body for the summit attempt. Pack your backpack for the summit day, keep it light and easy. You will have dinner early to wake up midnight for the last climb. Hence, try to sleep early to get enough sleep.
And the most exciting day rises! We will start midnight for the summit push to be at the top around 6 am for glistering sunrise. Carry packed lunch, refreshments and enough water for the strenuous climb.
Today you will be rising from 5100 meters to straightaway 6200 meters. Therefore, being mentally strong is the key. The route to the summit is through the famous Kang Yatse shoulder. The trail starts with loose moraine and scree. Loose rocks make is difficult to secure the foot on the trail. Use a trekking pole for assistance. The route upwards has crevasses which are covered with snow most of the time. Based on the level of snowfall you will have to rope up for safety. Be careful and watch every step. The route goes to the north face through the northwest ridge towards a rocky outcropping.
After a steep climb to the top, you will find the 360 degrees views of the Zanskar range, Karakoram peaks and mountains surrounding Kang Yatse. You might also notice the K2 peak (second highest peak in the world). You may also spot the distant Tibet mountains. The views are flawlessly satisfactory and will bring back all the energy to climb down.
The entire summit path is 5 km each way. When you retrace your steps, be cautious on the scree and moraines. Make sure you return from the top by 1 pm to avoid further issues due to weather. Come back to the base camp to rest after the exhausting summit attempt.
With satisfaction and happiness begin to return home. This day is like a bonus to enjoy the fulfilling mountains again. The terrain goes through the highest Kongmaru La pass. After a strenuous climb of 2 hours to Kongmaru La pass, you will be pleasantly welcomed by the Karakoram range and the excellent array of peaks. Hold your breath for the mind-blowing sight of the huge K2 Mountain, the second highest peak in the world. There are prayer flags moving along the wind. To your surprise, there is a good network connection from the pass.
Further trek of 5-6 hours will bring you to Chokdo. The route has a steep descent and rocky terrain. It will present the amazing side of the cold dessert as you trudge through Indus and Ladhak valley.
Today you will have mixed feelings, sadness because the trek ends today and satisfaction of completing the trek. The trail changes drastically through the scenery of Indus valley and Ladakh range. This is the last stop of the entire trek, that also has many homestays. Look back and try to fill the salient features of the Ladakh in your eyes that you have just experienced while remembering the Kang Yatse II trek. Your pick up vehicle will take you all the way down to Leh.
Buffer day is an extra day that is spent at the base camp for a summit attempt in case the whether does not allow. This day is used only when the summit is not possible as per the regular itinerary. Whether to use the buffer day or not is totally team’s decision. Most of the big expeditions have 1-2 days buffer day. Therefore, it is important to consider this day and carefully plan your travel dates too. The costing for buffer day is not included in the trek cost, buffer day cost is Rs 4,000 per day and per person. So, before using the day, make sure you and your team members discuss about it. Fortunately, if everything goes well as per the itinerary, we can plan the day for you. We can make arrangements for other activities like Rafting, Biking, Pangong Lake visit etc.
First of all everyone to reach Leh.
You have to come to our hotel, once you book the trek our trek coordinator will share with you the hotel name, location and contact person number.
Choose any option to reach Leh
You can take any option of Manali Highway, Srinagar Highway or direct flight to go back from Leh. Our services are up to hotel only and hotel check out time is 10:30 AM.
• Guest house in Leh on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 10 as per the itinerary
• Camping/Home stay during the trek (Day 3 to Day 9)
2. Meals (Veg + Egg):
• In Leh Day 3 Breakfast
• Trek Meals (Day 3 Lunch to Day 10 Lunch)
3. Trek equipments:
• Sleeping bag, Mattress, Utensils
• Trekkers tent (twin sharing), Kitchen & Dinning tent, Toilet tent
• Ropes, Helmet, Snow Boots and Crampon (if required)
• 1 Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader
• Guide (Number of guides depend on the group size)
• 1 High Altitude chef
• Support staff
5. First aid:
• Medical kits
• Oxygen cylinder
6. Transportation (as per the itinerary)
• Leh guest house to Chilling (Trekking Point)
• Return from Chokdo (Trekking Point) to Leh
7. Mules to carry the central luggage
1. Any kind of personal expenses
2. Airfare, pickup & drop from airport
3. Food in Leh
4. Any kind of emergency evacuation charges
5. Necessary permits, entry fees and Foreigner peak booking charges
6. Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
7. Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you wish to offload your backpack, you can give it to Mule/porter.
Charges of offloading backpack for entire trek:-
INR 3500/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 3700/- if you inform us after reaching Leh
The backpack cannot weigh more than 11 kgs. Backpack should have waterproof cover. Suitcases/strolleys/ bags will not be allowed.
In case of emergency: Safety of our trekkers is of prime importance to us. Our Trek Leaders are well trained to tackle medical emergencies, especially arising due to altitude. In more intense situations, the trekker will be shifted on a stretcher to the nearest medical centre at the earliest. The expenses at the medical centre, if any, are to be borne by the participant. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.
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For the cancellation of services due to any avoidable/unavoidable reasons, Trek The Himalayas must be notified of the same in writing at email@example.com At the time we receive your written cancellation, refunds based on the total fare are as follows.
Cancellations prior to 25 days from the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 24 days and 15 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the Trip
Cancellation less than 9 days to the start of the trek
If by a rare consequence TTH calls off/cancels a trek:
At TTH, we almost never call off or cancel our treks. But in the rare event that we do call off or cancel a trek due to any unforeseen circumstances or natural catastrophes like continuous rain or snow, thunderstorms, snowstorms, landslides, floods, earthquakes, or any other natural calamity that prevents us from carrying out a trek in a safe manner, unforeseeable circumstances like local riots, curfews, pandemics, lockdowns, government orders, or any such situations that prevents a safe trekking experience, TTH will issue a voucher summing up to the same amount as your trek fee. The voucher can be redeemed on any of the treks over a period of the next year.
In the rare event that TTH shifts a trek:
As we mention always, weather conditions at high altitudes are extremely unpredictable and can change at any time of any day. Also, situations like natural calamities or political unrest, pandemics and lockdowns, etc are out of our control and if an event cannot run under any such circumstances that we do not directly have control over then we will try to give you an alternative trek, which means your trek will be shifted from one trek to another, which will be safer and more favourable.
In these cases, a voucher is issued to mitigate the difference in cost between the two treks. You can redeem the voucher at any time over a period of one year from the date of issue. A refund fee or refund of the difference is not applicable.
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Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. "Trek The Himalayas" reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which TTH or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. TTH reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason whatsoever.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one liter each, People who use hydration pack 1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter, Carry at least one thermos flask.|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|T-shirts||4 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||3 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woolen gloves||1 Pair|
|Hand sanitizer||Antibacterial powder|
|Toothbrush and toothpaste||Lip balm / Chapstick|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Quick dry towel|
|Head torch||1 Nos. (Avoid Hand torch)|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Balaclava||1 Nos. (Optional)|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected, People who wear spectacles- (A)- Use contact lenses. (B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Cotton socks||6 pairs|
|Woollen socks||1 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (TTH will Provide)|
Fitness regime for:
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|Less than 16.5||Serverely Underweight|
|16.5 - 18.5||Underweight|
|18.5 - 25||Normal|
|25 - 30||Overweight|