Kang Yatse II Expedition
Leh, Badgis, India
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  • Trip introduction

    The Kang Yatse II expedition takes you to an altitude of 20,500 feet deep from where you will enjoy breath-taking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and valleys. You will also see the magnificent K2 peak, the world's second-highest peak, and the Stok Kangri peak. The trail also takes you to the confluence of Indus and Zanskar river, and Markha Valley, and you enjoy the never-ending array of Karakoram and Zanskar ranges all around you. You will also visit various remote villages where you will experience the authentic Ladakhi culture and heritage. Please note that this trek is challenging, only suitable for trekkers with prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas.

    Destination

    Kang Yatse is a mountain located in the Markha Valley of Ladakh. The mountain has two peaks, Kang Yatse I and Kang Yatse II, the latter being easier to summit. On this trek, you will summit the Kang Yatse II peak which stretches to an altitude of 20,500 feet. This peak is considered as the less popular sibling of Stok Kangri, and one of the easiest 6000-meter peaks to summit.

    The trail goes through a constantly varying landscape. You begin in the barren Ladakhi desert, and then cut through the Hemis National Park and the lush pastures of Thachungtse and Nimling until you reach the surreal snow-covered landscape around Kang Yatse.

    Destination highlights

    • Try and spot a leopard in the Hemis National Park.
    • Trek to an altitude of 20,500 feet on the Kang Yatse II Expedition.
    • Take a glimpse at the peaks of Stok Kangri and K2 from the summit of Kang Yatse II.
    • Trek past the confluence of Zanskar and Indus rivers.
    • Explore the authentic Ladakhi culture.
    • Cross the vivacious Markha River.
    • Trek in the constant company of imposing Himalayan mountains on this trek to Kang Yatse II.

    Fine print

    Rules on the trip

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/guide at all times during the Kang Yatse II Expedition.

    Consumption of alcoholic beverages/drugs during the Kang Yatse II Expedition is not permitted.

    Cancellation policy

    For any cancellations made 24 days or more prior to the departure of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: 95% of the total trip cost will be refunded minus any transaction charges, or you can use this amount to book any other trek with the same operator within a year.

    For cancellations made between 14-24 days before the departure of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: 70% of the total trip cost will be refunded minus any transaction charges, or you can use this amount to book the same trek with any other batch of the same operator within a year.

    For any cancellations made between 10-14 days before the departure of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: 50% of the total trip cost will be refunded minus any transaction charges, or you can use this amount for the same trek in the same season.

    For cancellations made less than 10 days before the departure of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: No refund but you can transfer the same trek to a friend.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the Kang Yatse II batch.

    In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should satisfy all the mandatory requirements put forward by the operator.

    The operator holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

    Trip details

    Pick up point
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    Mode of transport
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    Start point
    Chilling
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    End point
    Chilling
    Time of departure
    10:00 AM
    Time of return
    10:00 AM

    Activity Details

    Total trekking time
    48 hrs
    Total distance covered
    80 kms
    Start point elevation
    11500 feet
    Maximum elevation
    20500 feet
    Minimum elevation
    10500 feet
    Average per day distance
    10 kms
  • Day 1 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Arrive in Leh

    You will check in at the hotel in Leh. Leh is already at an elevation of 11,000 feet, hence you should be acclimatized well before you begin your trek. Today, you can explore the town and make last minute preparations. Try to keep it low and easy on the body, and avoid strenous activities for today. Overnight in hotel at Leh.

    Day 2 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Acclimatisation at Leh

    Today is yet another day to acclimatize in Leh. Today too you can explore the culture of Leh and visit some of the famous sites like Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery and Gompa. Again, do not put strain on your body and choose to engage in easy activities. Overnight in hotel at Leh.

    Day 3 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Drive to Chilling, Trek to Skiu

    You'll begin your day with a short drive to chilling. The drive is quite scenic and you will enter into the barren landscape of the Himalayas today. You will pass Gurudwara Pathar Sahib and Spituk Monastery, the Magnetic Hill as well as the confuence of Zanskar and Indus rivers. From Chilling, you will begin your trek to Skiu. The campsite is located at the confluence of Shgri Nala and Markha rivers, at the tiny village of Skiu. Overnight in tents at Skiu campsite.

    Day 4 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Skiu to Markha

    Today, you will trek through the Markha Valley. It will be the longest trek of the trip at 20 kms, and you will cross a few villages on the way, including Harding and Chalak. From Chalak, the trail gets a bit steep and it will take 3 hrs to cross the 6 kms trail. You will have to cross the furious river of Markha before reaching the campsite. Overnight in tents at Markha campsite.

    Day 5 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Markha to Thachungtse

    You will trek to Thachungtse today. The trail is quite easy and you will cross many streams on the way. You will trek across Umlung and Hankar villages. You will get your first glimpse of the Kang Yatse II peak today, just before you reach Hangkar Village. The trail comes to end in the pastures of Thohungtse. Overnight in tents at Thachungtse campsite.

    Day 6 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Thachungtse to Nimaling

    Today, you will trek to Nimaling and you will notice the Kang Yatse peak get bigger as time passes. On the trail, you will find mystic Mani stones with prayer inscriptions. You will also pass by the twin lakes of Tigu. You will then enter into the plainland of Nimling, dotted here and there with sheep and mountain goats. Overnight in tents at Nimling campsite.

    Day 7 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Nimaling to basecamp

    Today will be the shortest trek of the entire trip, where you will descent to the basecamp. The first half of the trail has loose rocks and the latter half is a descend. Upon reaching the campsite, stay out of the tent and do not strain your body further and let it acclimatize to the altitude. Overnight in tents at the basecamp.

    Day 8 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Training Day

    Today will be a rest and training day at the base camp. You will get acclimatized to the altitude. You will be briefed about the equipment and their proper usage, how to walk over snow, use crampons, hold ice axe, etc. You will have dinner early in the evening and sleep in the evening, since you have to begin the summit trek at midnight. Overnight in tents at the basecamp.

    Day 9 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Summit Kang Yatse II

    You will begin at midnight and start pushing for the summit. The trail to the peak is through loose rocks and scree, which can be challenging but mental strength is the key. You might even have to rope up for the trek if the snow is too much. The climb too is quite steep. From the summit, you will notice K2 which is the second highest peak in the world. You will then descent back to the basecamp. You will get to the basecamp by 13:00 hrs, after which you will rest for the rest of the day. Overnight in tents at the basecamp.

    Day 10 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Basecamp to Chuskirmo via Kongmaru La

    Today, you will begin your trek to Chuskirmo via Kongmaru La. The trail till the pass is steep, and beyond that the trek will begin to descent. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the Karakoram range and its excellant array of peaks. From the pass, the trail gets steep, so caution is adviced. Overnight in tents at Chuskirmo campsite.

    Day 11 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek to Chokdo, Drive to Leh via Hemis

    You will begin your day with a short trek to Chokdo. From Chokdo, you will be driven to Leh in a private shared vehicle. You will go past the Hemis Monastery, and if time permits you can even visit the monastery. Overnight in hotel at Leh.

    Day 12 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Depart from Leh

    Today is the last day of your trip. You will check out of the hotel and move on to your next adventure. Your trip ends here.

    Day 1 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    10:00 AM

    Day 2 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 3 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Skiu
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    9 kms
    Trekking time
    5 hrs

    Day 4 - Milestone

    Start point
    Skiu
    End point
    Markha
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    20 kms
    Trekking time
    8 hrs

    Day 5 - Milestone

    Start point
    Markha
    End point
    Thachungtse
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    13 kms
    Trekking time
    6 hrs

    Day 6 - Milestone

    Start point
    Thachungtse
    End point
    Nimaling
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    7 kms
    Trekking time
    4 hrs

    Day 7 - Milestone

    Start point
    Nimaling
    End point
    Basecamp
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    2 kms
    Trekking time
    3 hrs

    Day 8 - Milestone

    Start point
    Basecamp
    End point
    Basecamp
    Day start time
    06:00 AM

    Day 9 - Milestone

    Start point
    Basecamp
    End point
    Basecamp
    Day start time
    12:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    10 kms
    Trekking time
    12 hrs

    Day 10 - Milestone

    Start point
    Basecamp
    End point
    Chuskirmo
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    16 kms
    Trekking time
    8 kms

    Day 11 - Milestone

    Start point
    Chuskirmo
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
    Trekking distance
    4 kms
    Trekking time
    2 hrs

    Day 12 - Milestone

    Start point
    Leh
    End point
    Leh
    Day start time
    06:00 AM
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  • Includes / Excludes

      Includes
    • Accommodation in hotel/guesthouse at Leh on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 11 on twin-sharing basis
    • Accommodation in tents from Day 3 to Day 10 on twin-sharing basis including sleeping bags, mattresses, dining and toilet tents
    • Transportation from hotel in Leh to Chilling, and from Chokdo back to the hotel
    • Breakfast on Day 2 to Day 11
    • Lunch from Day 3 to Day 11
    • Dinner from Day 3 to Day 10
    • Trekking equipments: ropes, helmet, snow boots and crampon (as required)
    • Services of 1 mountaineering qualified trek leader, experienced guide, chef, and support staff
    • First aid kit including stretcher and oxygen cylinder
    • Mules to carry technical equipment
    • All inclusive taxes
      Excludes
    • Mules and porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 3500 per person for the entire trip)
    • Any kind of personal expenses
    • Airfare, pick-up and drop-off to the hotel in Leh
    • Meals when in Leh except breakfast on Day 2 and Day 3
    • Any kind of emergency evacuation charges necessary permits, entry fees, etc.
    • Any kind of travel/medical insurance

    What to Wear

      What to Wear
    • Full sleeve t-shirts (non-cotton)
    • Fleece t-shirt
    • Fleece jacket
    • Down feather/hollofil jacket
    • Wind and waterproof jacket and pant
    • Thermal inners
    • Trek pents
    • Poncho/raincoat
    • Waterproof trekking shoes with ankle support
    • Cotton socks and woollen socks
    • Gaiters
    • Waterproof gloves
      What not to Wear
    • Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Denim jeans, capris, shorts, etc.

    Equipment / Gear

      We Provide
    • Trekking and camping equipment: sleeping bags, mattresses, utensils, tents, kitchen and dining tent, toilet tent, ropes, helmet, snow boots and crampon (as required)
    • First aid kit including stretcher and oxygen cylinder
    • Transportation from hotel in Leh to Chilling, and from Chokdo back to the hotel
    • Mules to carry technical equipment
      You need to get
    • Backpack (50-60 ltrs) with comfortable shoulder straps and rain cover
    • Day pack with rain cover
    • Walking stick
    • Head torch
    • 2x water bottles (1 ltrs each)
    • 1x thermos flask
    • Extra snacks like energy bars, dry fruits, ORS, etc.
    • Personal medical kit
    • Personal utilities like sunscreen cream, hand sanitizer, moisturiser, antibacterial powder, toilet paper and wet wipes, toothpaste, lip balm, quick dry towel, etc.
    • Sun-cap and sunglasses (photo chromatic, UV protected with side cover)
    • Woollen cap
    • Balaclava
    • Neck gaiters
    • Floaters/flip-flops
    • Fleece/woollen gloves

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry any prescribed medication and a personal first-aid kit.
  • Day 1 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Arrive in Leh

    Overnight in hotel at Leh.

    No meals will be provided today. Remember to carry extra cash so you can indulge in some local cuisine at Leh.

    Day 2 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Acclimatisation at Leh

    Overnight in hotel at Leh.

    Today's meal package includes only breakfast which will be served to you at the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be on your expense.

    Day 3 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Drive to Chilling, Trek to Skiu

    Overnight in tents at Skiu campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served at the hotel before you begin your drive and trek to Skiu, packed lunch will be served en route and dinner will be served at the campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 4 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Skiu to Markha

    Overnight in tents at Markha campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at Skiu campsite before you begin your trek, packed lunch will be served en route and dinner will be served at Markha campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 5 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Markha to Thachungtse

    Overnight in tents at Thachungtse campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served to you at Markha campsite, packed luunch will be served en route and dinner will be served at Thachungtse campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 6 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Thachungtse to Nimaling

    Overnight in tents at Nimaling campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served at Thachungtse campsite before you begin your trek, packed lunch will be served to you en route and dinner will be served at Nimaling campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 7 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek from Nimaling to basecamp

    Overnight in tents at the basecamp.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served at the Nimaling campsite, lunch and dinner will be served at the basecamp. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 8 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Training Day

    Overnight in tents at the basecamp.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All the three meals will be served at the basecamp. Dinner will be served in the early evening, and you will sleep during the evening. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you.

    Day 9 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Summit Kang Yatse II

    Overnight in tents at the basecamp.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Packed breakfast will be served to you en route, or at the summit. Lunch and dinner will be served at the basecamp. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 10 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Basecamp to Chuskirmo via Kongmaru La

    Overnight in tents at Chuskirmo campsite.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast will be served at the basecamp, packed lunch will be served en route and dinner will be served at Chuskirmo campsite. Sleeping bags and mattresses will be issued to you for the night.

    Day 11 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Trek to Chokdo, Drive to Leh via Hemis

    Overnight in hotel at Leh.

    Today's meal package includes breakfast and lunch. Breakfast will be served at the Chuskirmo campsite and packed lunch will be served en route. Dinner will be on your own expense.

    Day 12 of the Kang Yatse II Expedition: Depart from Leh

    Your journey ends before nightfall.

    No meals will be provided today. You will check out of the hotel by 10:00 hrs.

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