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Kang Yatse 2 Trek Expedition Guide

What is the Kang Yatse 2 height?

Kang Yatse 2 height is 6250 meters or 20,600 in feet. It is one of the highest trekkable mountains in the Ladakh region of India.

Where is Kang Yatse 2 located in Ladakh?

Kang Yatse 2 peak is located in Hemis National Park, near Markha Village. The trek starts from Chilling village which is around 60 km southwest of the city of Leh, the capital of Ladakh.

How do I book the Kang Yatse 2 peak trek?

You can book the Kang Yatse 2 Peak trek with us by paying a token amount.

The balance you can pay on arrival in Leh.

What is Kang Yatse famous for?

Kang Yatse stands apart distinctively from its other surrounding peaks in the Markha Valley. The altitude, terrain, and gradient of the climb pose a challenge even to the fittest and experienced trekkers. Along with the snow conditions and cold, it offers a raw experience of the Ladakh Himalayas.

It is higher than the highest mountain in Europe, Mt. Elbrus at 18,510 ft and slightly higher than the highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro which is at 19,340 ft.

What is the toughest challenge in Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

The toughest challenge during Kang Yatse 2 Trek is the summit day, where you have to climb up to 1200 meters in a day to reach the peak. Trekkers have to start for the summit around midnight, brave cold temperatures to reach the summit. The route to Kang Yatse 2 summit is challenging and climbs over the base camp steeply on soft snows and loose rocks.

But once at the top, the views are breathtaking! Peaks of East Karakoram, Zanskar range and Ladakh are visible from the top like an eagle’s view.

Kang Yatse 2 trek is a thrilling adventure and every trekker dreams to summit this peak once in his lifetime.

What is the best season to go for Kang Yatse 2 trek?

The best season is from June to September with July & August as the peak summer months to plan for Kang Yatse 2 Trek. During these months, the trail towards Kang Yatse 2 peak is relatively clear and easy to walk with snow visible on the peaks.

How difficult is Kang Yatse 2 Trek?

Kang Yatse 2 is not an easy trek. It requires considerable fitness to climb Kang Yatse II.  Experienced trekkers attempt the Kang Yatse II summit to check their fitness level before going for other higher altitude treks.

Is it okay for a beginner to attempt a trekking expedition to Kang Yatse II?

Prior experience is preferable but not mandatory for Kang Yatse II Trek. Even first-time trekkers can summit Kang Yatse 2 provided they have a high level of fitness. Youngsters who pursue some other high endurance outdoor sports like running, swimming or playing football are known to have reached Kang Yatse 2 peak in the first attempt.

How many days does the Kang Yatse 2 trek require?

Kang Yatse 2 trek requires a total of 11 days, Leh, to Leh. Here is a brief itinerary of the trek.

  • Day 01: Arrive at Leh (3500m). Rest and Acclimatize
  • Day 02: Sightseeing around Leh
  • Day 03: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m)
  • Day 04: Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m)
  • Day 05: Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)
  • Day 06: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m)
  • Day 07: Trek from Nmaling to Kang Yatze Base camp (5150m)
  • Day 08: Climb Kang Yatze II & descend to Base camp
  • Day 09: Base Camp to Nimaling
  • Day 10: Nimaling to Chokdo via Kongmaru La & Drive to Leh
  • Day 11: Fly back home for Leh
  • Day 12: Buffer / Contingency day

Does this trek require proper acclimatization in Leh?

Yes, you need to acclimatize for at least two days in Leh before embarking on the Kang Yatse 2 trek. The two days acclimatization is included as part of the itinerary, which will help you deal with thin air and low oxygen at the high altitude of Leh.

How much do we trek each day, and what will be the daily altitude gain?

You will trek a distance of 7 – 8 km daily and trekkers will not climb more than 500 meters each day till they reach the base camp.

Is the Kang Yatse 2 trek safe for girls?

Trekking in Ladakh for girls is extremely safe. Locals have the highest regard for women’s safety, and they ensure that girls are safe during the entire trek. Girls will have separate tents for themselves. If there is only one girl on the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent for herself.

How should one train for the Kang Yatse 2 trek?

For Kang Yatse 2 trek you need to be aerobically fit and comfortable to walk for 7 – 8 hours each day up to the base camp and over 12 hours on summit day. The best preparation for Kang Yatse 2 trek is regular hiking in hills near to your city, particularly involving steep slopes. Brisk walks with slow jogs, cycling or swimming for 1 hour every day for four weeks before the trek is highly recommended.

Which type of shoes are recommended for Kang Yatse 2 trek?

For Kang Yatse 2 trek, you need waterproof trekking shoes with good soles that would let you smoothly go through the ridges and glaciers till the top. Buy trek boots one size larger than your feet size so you will feel comfortable after wearing multiple socks on summit night to deal with the cold.

Are snow boots and crampons required for Kang Yatse 2 trek?

Depending on the snow condition on summit day, either snow boots or crampons or both will be provided to you on the final day of the Kang Yatse 2 trek.

What is the temperature during the day and night?

In day time if the weather is clear, the temperature will be around 10-15 degrees, but in night times it gets cold, and the temperature drops up to 0 to -5 degrees. If it rains, the temperature may further dip to up to –10 degrees.

How do I protect myself from cold during the Kang Yatse 2 trek?

We recommend dressing up in layers to protect yourself from cold after sundown. Carry full sleeves thermal innerwear as our first layer followed by a fleece and a down jacket. An outer layer of a windproof jacket or raincoat is required in case of rain of heavy winds.

What kind of food is available during this trek? 

Nutritious vegetarian meals will be served during the Kang Yatse 2 trek. You will get Breakfast, hot lunch, and dinner. We will also provide evening snacks with tea and warm water for drinking purposes. Food will be strictly vegetarian, and only eggs are available on request.

What backpack do I need to carry?

We advise trekkers to carry a backpack of 60L or below. The bag should weigh between 8-10 kgs only. Do not take books or any other unwanted stuff in your backpack. Cloakroom facility is provided n Leh for your excess baggage.

What things should I carry in the backpack?

  • Dry fit shirts and trousers – four pairs
  • Fleece jacket
  • Balaclava
  • Hand Gloves
  • Toilet paper
  • Two one ltr water bottles
  • Lip Balm
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Water purification solution/tablets
  • Body Moisturizer,
  • Body Powder / Anti-Fungal (feet and body)
  • Warm socks (3 pairs)
  • Water and windproof jacket
  • Thermal inner wear – two pairs
  • Daywear shirts
  • 3 Underwear
  • Sun cap,
  • Sunscreen lotion,
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch with extra batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Small light towel and napkin
  • Personal medications
  • Rain cover for your bags
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