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Kang Yatse 2 Trek From Altitude Adventure India

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1:- Arrival Leh
Day 2:- Acclimatisation at Leh
Day 3:- Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m)
Day 4:- Skui to Markha (3700m)
Day 5:- Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)
Day 6:- Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m)
Day 7:- Nimaling to Base Camp (5150m)
Day 8:- Summit (6250m), back to Base Camp
Day 9:- Base Camp to Nimaling
Day 10:- Nimaling to Chokdo via Kongmaru La & drive to Leh
Day 11:- Check out from Leh

Day 12:- Buffer Day

(Kindly keep one buffer day in your travel plans. Your return flight ticket should be on the 12th day. If we utilize the buffer day it will cost  INR 3,000 extra in trip cost)

Description:

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

Kang Yatse 2 peak is located in Hemis National Park, near Stok village which is around 15 km southwest of the city of Leh, the capital of Ladakh.

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.

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.

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.

Read Kang Yatse 2 complete expedition details here

Day 1:- Arrival Leh
Day 2:- Acclimatisation at Leh
Day 3:- Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m)
Day 4:- Skui to Markha (3700m)
Day 5:- Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)
Day 6:- Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m)
Day 7:- Nimaling to Base Camp (5150m)
Day 8:- Summit (6250m), back to Base Camp
Day 9:- Base Camp to Nimaling
Day 10:- Nimaling to Chokdo via Kongmaru La & drive to Leh
Day 11:- Check out from Leh

Day 12:- Buffer Day

(Kindly keep one buffer day in your travel plans. Your return flight ticket should be on the 12th day. If we utilize the buffer day it will cost  INR 3,000 extra in trip cost)

Day 1
Arrival Leh

Day 2
Acclimatisation at Leh

Day 3
Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu

Day 4
Skui to Markha

Day 5
Markha to Thachungtse

Day 6
Thachungtse to Nimaling

Day 7
Nimaling to Base Camp

Day 8
Rest + training day

Day 9
Summit (KANG YATSE II) back to Base Camp

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

Day 11
Buffer day

How safe is the Kang Yatse 2?

a. While our itineraries are designed to allow for adequate acclimatization, most treks in the Indian Himalayas climb quickly, which is called forced ascents. Unavailability of camp sites and the Indian Himalayan terrain are the reasons for this. There are chances that you will feel the effects of altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while on this trek. Please be aware that your trek leader may deem it unsafe for you to continue trekking at any time, and arrange for you to descend to a lower attitude.

b. Our trek leaders will conduct routine health checks at all camps to measure oxygen saturation, pulse and blood pressure. Altitude Adventure reserves the right to exclude any trekker from climbing higher on the trek without refund if the trekker’s vital readings are below accepted norms for that altitude. These norms are available with Altitude Adventure trek leaders.

c. This is a high altitude trek with rough, rocky and snowy terrain. It is important that you are a fit and confident walker in mountain terrain, able to manage ascents and descents by yourself within a reasonable time. Altitude Adventure reserves the right to send a trekker back if, in the opinion of our trek leader, they are unable to complete the itinerary without requiring exclusive assistance. Please realistically self-assess your fitness and suitability for this trek before registering.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Cost includes Taxes
  • Accommodation In Leh (triple sharing) at a Guesthouse
  • Camping/Homestay during the trek (Day 3 to Day 9)
  • All Meals during the trek (Veg + Egg):
  • Sleeping bag, Mattress, Utensils
  • Tent accommodation (triple sharing),
  • Ropes, Ice Axe and Crampons (if required)
  • Qualified & Experienced Guide
  • Transportation to Trek starting Point and return

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Airfare, pickup & drop from airport
  • Food in Leh
  • Emergency rescue or evacuation charges
  • Permits and Entry fees of any kind
  • Snow Shoes
  • Backpack offloading to carry personal luggage
  • Any personal expenses
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head inclusions

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: You will need trekking shoes with good grip. Sports shoes will not be comfortable enough.
  2. Backpack (40-60 liters): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

  1. Four warm layers: On the pass crossing day, you will need at least four warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece, one light sweater and one padded jacket) for this trek.
  2. Three trek pants: Wear one pair and carry two pairs. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.
  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry two. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek.
  4. Thermals (Mandatory): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are to prevent snow blindness. These are more important in June. There might be snow at the upper campsites regardless of the season. So carry a pair of sunglasses.
  2. Suncap: The sun is intense at higher altitudes and a sun cap is absolutely essential to keep your face and neck safe from sun burns.
  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof gloves.
  4. Balaclava: You may use woolen scarves instead as well.
  5. Socks (2 pairs):  Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woolen socks for the night.
  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory

Others

  1. Daypack (20 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks.
  2. ToiletriesSunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains.
  3. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.
  4. Two water bottles: 1 litre each
  5. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit 

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
  2. Dexamethasone – one strip
  3. Nifedipine – 5 tablets
  4. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
  5. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
  6. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
  7. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
  8. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
  9. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
  10. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
  11. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
  12. Gauze – 1 small roll
  13. Band aid – 10 strips
  14. Cotton – 1 small roll
  15. ORS – 10 packets
  16. Betadine or any antiseptic cream
  17. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
  18. Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury
  19. Anti fungal powder

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp.
  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)
  • Medical Certificate (first part to be filled by a doctor and second part by the trekker) – Download PDF
  • Disclaimer form (to be filled by the trekker) – Download PDF

A high altitude trek in the Himalayas requires considerable fitness. Your body needs to train itself to process more work with lower levels of oxygen. Cardiovascular training before a trek is critically important. Training must include strength and flexibility workout. We have laid out the eligibility criteria here. Registering for the trek is an understanding that you will undertake the mandated fitness training. Altitude Adventure has the right to reject candidates who do not meet our eligibility requirement at the base camp.

Cardiovascular endurance – Target 10 km in 60-70 minutes before the start of the trek. You can begin by jogging everyday. Start slow and increase your pace everyday. Swimming, cycling and stair climbing without too many breaks in between can help too.

In order to be prepared for a high altitude trek, you should have a combination of distance and speed targets.

Here’s a fitness routine that works:In case you’re just starting with a regular fitness routine, phase out your distance targets in the following manner –

–>Target completing 5 km in 35 minutes when you begin. –> Gradually increase your pace by running 4 times a week and bring it down to 5 km in less than 35 mins. –>If you are above 45 years and is comfortable with brisk walking, then target covering 10km in 90 minutes.

If you are somebody you prefers cycling over running, then try to cover 22 km in 60 minutes.How to send us a proof of your fitness routine?Record your run on an app like Nike Run. Start recording your run when you start running. At the end of your run, hit the stop button.Take a screenshot of the summary of your run. We will need a detailed split of each kilometer of your run. This is usually integrated in all running apps.Note: Make sure your GPS is on when you record your run. If the GPS is off, we will not accept the screenshot.Upload two screenshots 10 days prior to the start of the trek — one of you covering 5km in less than 35 mins along with your picture and the other with splits of your run.

Strength – Target 4 sets of squats with 20 in each

This is another area you should work on. There is a lot of trekking distance that you will cover in high altitude carrying your backpacks.  You have to walk on uneven terrain during the trek. It could be taxing for your legs. For this, strengthening your legs will help. You can do some squats to strengthen them. Start with 3 sets of squats, with 8 squats in each set and work towards reaching your target in 3 weeks.

Flexibility

Another aspect that will help you trek comfortably is flexibility. For this, you can do some stretching exercises – stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower back muscles and shoulders regularly. On your trek, it is important that you arrive on the slopes with your muscles relaxed. Carrying a backpack, however light, can become a strain after a while. These exercises will help you to be in good shape before the trek.

  1. Cancellation: If a trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rains, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh etc), Altitude Adventure will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.

In case, you wish to cancel your trek, please fill the cancellation form and cancel. Cancellation requests will not be taken over phone or email.

The cancellation charges are as under.

  • Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek — full refund.
  • Cancellation between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek — 50% refund.
  • Cancellation less than 20 days to the start of the trek — no refund.

Please note: In case of refund, there will be a deduction of 4% (cancellation charges) from the total fee you have paid. Also, if you have opted for a trek insurance, the amount will not be refunded.

2. Backpack offloading: Altitude Adventure expects all trekkers to carry their own backpacks. All common gear will be carried by the support team. If for some reason a trekker is unable to carry his or her backpack, he/she can offload the same by paying an additional charge.

Backpack offloading charges – Rs 1,650 plus GST of 5%. Charges for last minute offloading during the trek will be Rs. 375 per day inclusive of tax. Partial offloading is not allowed.  The backpack cannot weigh more than 9 kg. No suitcases/trolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

Online offloading in advance is possible up to two days prior to the trek start date.

  1. Emergency during trek: In a trek a medical emergency or any other emergency may arise. If for any reason you are sent down from the trek then Altitude Adventure will make arrangements for your return to the base camp or nearest road head. A staff will accompany you. He may not be a trained personnel.

Evacuation or dealing with emergencies is extremely difficult in the mountains. It is time consuming as well. A normal trek of 2 hours may take 6 hours in an emergency (a sick person is not easy to evacuate). Doctors do not go along with a team. Doctors are not available at the base camp or nearest road head either. Altitude Adventure trek leaders are trained to administer first aid and know how to deal with issues related to the mountains. However, they are not doctors.

4. Non-liability: Altitude Adventure is not responsible for any loss/damage of your gears/equipment or other belongings on the trek.

5. Payment: Payment for the trek can be done online through credit/debit card or net banking. Cheque/draft or cash is not accepted.

6. Drinking and smoking: during the trek is strictly prohibited. If found flouting the rules, your participation on the trek will be cancelled with immediate effect.

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