Kang Yatse II Peak Expedition

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Region :- Ladakh (Leh & Kargil)
Duration :- 11 Days
Grade :- Difficult
Max Altitude :- 20,500 Ft.
Approx Trekking Km :- 80 Kms.

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.

Brief Itinerary
Day 01- Arrival Leh

Altitude:- 3,500 m/11,500 ft
Check in Hotel
Briefing about the trek at 5 pm (mandatory)
Bring a copy of ID proof and 2 photo graphs. foreigner, a copy of passport and visa
Network is available (only post-paid)
ATM is available
Can purchase or rent trekking equipment from Leh
Visit of any very high altitude place or pass is not advisable
Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited
Stay in hotel
Day 02- Acclimatisation at Leh

Acclimatization and sightseeing in Leh
Can visit to monasteries: Shey, Thiksey, Sangam, and Hemis
Avoid River Rafting, You can plan it after your trek
Visit of any very high altitude place or pass is not advisable
Stay in hotel
Note: Down hill cycling tour around Leh without straining body. for more detail “Click Here”

Day 03- Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu

Altitude:- Chilling 3,200m/10,500ft, Skiu 3,400m/11,150ft
Drive:- 65 km, 2-3 hours (Leh to Chilling)
Trek:- 9 km, 4-5 hours (Chilling to Skiu)
First one hour is steep ascent, rest is easy walk
Drive through Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnetic Hill and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus
Day 04- Skui to Markha

Altitude:- Markha 3,700m/12,200ft
Trek 20 km, 7-8 hours
Longest but normal and plan slope
Markha is one of the largest village in the valley
Cafes on the way
2-3 river crossing
Monastery and palace to visit at Markha
Day 05- Markha to Thachungtse

Altitude:- Thachungtse 4,100m/13,400ft
Trek:- 13 km, 5-6 hours
Teahouse at Umling village
Last village of the valley
View of a beautiful monastery
Path will intersect the River a number of times
After Umlung, you will have a first look of Mt. Kang Yatse(6400m)
Day 06 – Thachungtse to Nimaling

Altitude:- Nimaling 4,700m/15,400ft
Trek:- 7 km, 3-4 hours
An easy trek
Amazing view of Mt. Kang Yatse
Amazing view of Tigu lakes (double lakes)
Day 07 – Nimaling to Base Camp

Altitude:- Base Camp 5,100m/16,700ft
Trek:- 2 km, 2-3 hours
First half is up hill through loose rocks, rest is gentle downhill and across the river
Don’t exhaust your body, take rest as much as possible
Day 08 – Rest + training day

TTH team will issue you the technical equipments
Learn how to use technical equipments
Briefing and planning for the summit
Push for the Summit at 11 pm (Timings may get change)
Day 09 – Summit (KANG YATSE II) back to Base Camp

Altitude:- 6,250m/20,500ft
Trek:- 5 km each way, 12 hrs
Reach on the Summit by 6 am
Reach to Base camp by 11 am
Packed breakfast and hot lunch at camp site
Carry enough hot water
Day 10 – Base Camp to Chokdo via Kongmaru La & drive to Leh

Altitude:- Kongmaru 5,200m/17,100ft, Chokdo 3,700m/12,100ft
Trek 16 km, 7-8 hours
Descent to Chokdo (Shang Valley) from KongmaruLa is little long
Highest Altitude pass crossing to the trek makes it a difficult day
It will take 3-4 hours of hike for Kongmaru La Pass
Amazing view of Indus Valley and Ladakh Range
Steep descent and rocky terrain
Drive to Leh 60 km
Stay in Hotel
Day 11:- Buffer day

Buffer day will be used if unable to summit due to of any unforeseen circumstances.
Opting a buffer day will be a team decision not an individual.
Keep a buffer day in your travel plan.
Buffer day is not included in the cost.
Rs 4,000 has to pay, per day and per person.
Please make any further travel plan on Day 12.
If buffer day is not used in the Expedition then it can be used to explore Leh.
o Rafting in Zanskar
o Mountain Biking
o Motorcycle Tour
o Khardung La visit
o One day trip to Pangong lake
o full day sightseeing
o Zip line

Who Can Go:-

Here are the fitness criteria one has to match absolutely for conquering KANG YATSE II Peak with us:
Experience of high altitude trek at least 2 treks of more than 4500 mt. or 14,700 ft.
The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 6 km of distance in 35 minutes without a stress.
A goods carrying benchmark relevant in this expedition, the climber should be able to carry a 10 to 15 kg expedition bag pack.
Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have these conditions mentioned above.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 01- Arrival Leh

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.

Day 02- Acclimatisation at Leh

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.

Day 03- Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu

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.

Day 04- Skui to Markha

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.

Day 05- Markha to Thachungtse

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.

Day 06 – Thachungtse to Nimaling

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.

Day 07 – Nimaling to Base Camp

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.

Day 08 – Rest and Training day

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.

Day 09 – Summit, back to Base Camp

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.

Day 10 – Base Camp to Chokdo via Kongmaru La & drive to Leh

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.

Day 11 – Buffer day

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.

How to Reach
By Air :-

Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. In the summer season, the services may even be provided twice a day. However if you plan a trip to this area of the country, you must try to book your tickets well in advance. This might even cut down the prices which may be levied on booking at the last time. You would enjoy the flight as you would fly over many untouched areas and even some mountain ranges. The aerial view is just fascinating and gives a great start to your tour.
By Road :-

The road from Manali to Leh is only open in the summers. The road trip may take you 2 days, but depending upon the weather conditions, the travel may also extend to 3 or even 4 days. You should also make sure that you carry at least two spare tires. A good advice would be to carry a sleeping bag with you well, as the bus may stop in the middle of nowhere for the overnight stay. Another route to Leh via Srinagar, also takes around two days. On this route, you would pass through some lonely yet famous villages like Kargil and Khalsi.

Cost Terms
Inclusions: –

1. Accommodation:
• 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)
4. Support:
• 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
• Stretcher
• 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

Note : 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 6000/- if you make an online payment, 10 days in advance
INR 6500/- 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.
Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee:

The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.
When to book:

It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking). In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)

Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund

Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.

Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.

1)- Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch.
2)- In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by TTH.
3)- TTH holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.