Kang Yatse II Climb

Quick Facts

2024 - 06-17 July, July 27-Aug 07 | 12 Days

INR 1,09,300 + 5% GST

Single Supplement: INR 28,000 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 6250 M

Difficulty: ChallengingOur most demanding trips include climbing at high elevations in excess of 5000 meters, in remote and extreme conditions with no access to roads; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips, and demanding whitewater trips with Class IV-V rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

The Western Summit of the Kang Yatse Peak, or Kang Yatse II, offers the perfect challenge for folks looking to move a step up from trekking peaks. A semi –technical peak (Rated Alpine PD), just above the magical 20,000 feet barrier, it lets you dip your feet in the exciting world of mountaineering without overwhelming you. On a clear summit day, view K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum Massif in the North and Nun Kun and the Zanskar peaks in the West.

Trekking through the Markha Valley, to reach the Base Camp for Kang Yatse, offers a great acclimatization opportunity. Kick off two bucket list items in one go with this 12-day Adventure.

Kang Yatse 2 Trek
Kang Yatse 2 Trek

DAYS 1-4

  • Day 1: Leh Airport – Hotel (3500 M)

Transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatise. Visit Leh market in the evening. 

  • Day 2: Leh (3500 M)

A day for acclimatization. Optional visit to the Leh palace and the Shey, Thikse and Hemis gompas. Last minute shopping in the Leh market.

  • Day 3: Leh – Chilling – Skiu (3400 M)

The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus and swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchen gorge.

  • Day 4: Skiu – Markha (3700 M)

Today’s trail is not too strenuous, rising 300m over 22km, crossing the Markha river a couple times. There are a few ancient chortens along the trail, and a number of wolf pits used to trap wolves when they roam the valley during the winter months. Markha is a big village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery.

DAYS 5-8

  • Day 5: Markha – Thachungtse (4150 M)

Kang Yatse, commands the views for the next two days. On the walk there are sights of some fascinating geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. Continue down over a bridge to Thachungtse, a popular place to spot blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility.

  • Day 6: Thachungtse – Nimaling (4600 M)

We pass several Mani walls and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here – both of KangYatse, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. We descend slowly to the valley of Nimaling which has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come from the Markha Valley to graze their livestock on the summer pastures.

  • Day 7: Nimaling – Base Camp (5100 M)

We take a meandering path up the mountain to reach wide pastures where wild yaks graze. Walk over loose rocks to drop altitude to the other side of the mountain, where we establish our Base Camp right next to the stream.

  • Day 8: Base Camp (5050 M)

Take the day to rest and practice some technical skills – useful for the snowy slopes of the next day. In the afternoon, gain some height and acclimatize your body.

DAYS 9-12

  • Day 9: Base Camp – Advance Base Camp (5300 M)

We walk 3 hours to establish Advance Base Take.  We walk up to the snow to practice walking with crampons. Summit preparations and we eat dinner early and get to bed by 7 pm to be ready for the summit push.

  • Day 10: Advance Base Camp – Summit – Base Camp (5100 M)

Be prepared for a long day of 12 hrs- Summit Day! We start at midnight for our summit attempt of Kang Yatze II (6250M). Walk initially on scree and moraine before getting onto snow. It is a gradual walk all the way except for a few steep parts where we rope up. We should be at the summit by daybreak to catch the sun rise and the glorious view of the Zanskar range and the distant Karakoram. Descend to Base Camp for brunch.

  • Day 11: Base Camp – Chuskirmo (3300 M) -Leh

Climb back up and descend to Nimaling. Make our way to Kangmaru La (5260m). The descent is steep and we enter a narrow valley. We reach Chuskirmo, a little after the valley flattens out, and board waiting vehicles to take us back to Leh, a two hour drive.  Wash up and walk into town for your last evening in Ladakh.

  • Day 12: Leh Hotel – Leh Airport

Early morning transfer to Airport for Leh – Delhi flight. Trip Ends!

  • All transfers as per the itinerary (Leh airport to Leh airport)
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in Tents/Hotel
  • Individual climbing equipment
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • All trip arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Porterage upto 15kg/person
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
  • A guide for all monastery sightseeing Shey, Thikse, Hemis gompa
  • Sleeping bag
  • Flights not included in the above-mentioned cost
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Bottled water
  • Items of personal clothing
  • Expenses of any personal nature (laundry / phone calls / alcohol / cigarettes / insurance / camera fee / etc.)
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance


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