Kang Yatse 2 Trek

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Kang Yatse 2 Trek

Kang Yatse 2 Trek is located in Markha Valley, Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. Kang Yatse 2 peak is at an altitude of 20,570 feet, the trek is a little tricky, and prior experience is needed. The total distance to the trek is approx. 80 kilometres. Kang Yatse 2 peak is less known as Stok Kangri, one of the twins. Kang Yatse 2 lies in the Hemis National Park, a wildlife sanctuary. If you are lucky, you could catch sight of argali, mountain deer and snow leopards, etc., which can be found on the trail. The trail will pass through various small villages which follow the Ladakh culture. You can experience their tradition by exploring cultural heritage sites, monasteries and gompas. The natural vistas you would endure are grasslands, waterfalls, rivers, and giant mountains.

Trek Route

Day 1: Coming to Leh

Day 2: Rest Day at Leh

Day 3: Leh to Chilling by Road, Chilling to Skiu by Trek

Day 4: Skiu to Markha by Trek

Day 5: Markha to Thochungtse by Trek

Day 6: Thochungtse to Nimaling by Trek

Day 7: Nimaling to Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp

Day 8: Rest Day at Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp

Day 9: Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp to Summit and Summit to Base Camp trek

Day 10: Buffer Day

Day 11: Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp to Chokdo trek via Kongmaru La and Chokdo to Leh by Road

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Adhish | Mountain Expert



Adhish was born and brought up in the Pauri Garhwal region. Since childhood, he has had an inclination towards Mountains. To fulfil this dream, Adhish did his Basic mountaineering Courses from Nehru institute of mountaineering, Advance mountaineering courses from Himalayan mountaineering institute Darjeeling and Skiing courses from ABVIM Manali. He has done various expeditions in the Himalayan region. And his love for mountains and adventure is never-ending. Make sure to get detailed help related to the Himalayan trek from him.

Why You Should Do Kang Yatse 2 Trek

The view will be mesmerisingly breathtaking at the top of the peak. Below we are providing a few of the sights you will witness.

1. You will find 360 degrees views of the Karakoram peaks, Zanskar range and surrounding mountains.

At the top, you can see the peaks of various mountains, like Karakoram, Zanskar range and others. Also, catching sight of Stok Kangri.

2. Rising high is the K2 peak (the world’s second-highest peak).

K2 Peak is one of the most picturesque sights in the world, and its view dumbfounds you.

3. At Hemis National Park, mountain deer, snow leopards, argali, and other animals might be seen.

On the trail, you might see snow leopards, argali and mountain deer at the wildlife sanctuary.

4. Visit religious places like Thiksey Monastery, Thiksey Gompa and Shey Palace at Leh.

Upon reaching Leh, you will visit Buddhist historical places like Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Thiksey Gompa on the acclimatization day.

Best time to do Kang Yatse 2 Trek

The ideal time to do Kang Yatse 2 Trek is in two seasons: the monsoon between July and August and the autumn season between September and November. You would be able to see colourful wildflowers blooming. You will be walking in the snow, so practice with the equipment. The ideal time is between July and September. However, if you are a professional and have experience walking on snow, you can participate in September, October, and November.

Day Wise Detailed Itinerary of Kang Yatse 2 Trek

Day 1: Coming to Leh

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Lunch and Dinner.
  • Altitude – Leh (11,500 ft / 3500 meters)

On the first day of your trip, you will arrive in Leh via road, train or flight. You will take this day to let your body acclimate to the high altitude. The network is available in Leh, and you can walk or learn about the region’s culture and tradition.

Day 2: Rest Day at Leh

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Lunch and Dinner.
  • Altitude – Leh (11,500 ft / 3500 meters)

Another day is used for getting your body accustomed to low temperatures and less oxygen at height. Along with the thrill of the trip and the surreal scenery, Leh is well known for its temples, monasteries, and palaces. Let’s Cafes provide a space to hang out and enjoy the luxurious facilities offered by the hotel.

Day 3: Leh to Chilling by Road, Chilling to Skiu by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Distance – Leh to Chilling by Road (65 km), Chilling to Skiu by Trek (9 km)
  • Time Taken – Leh to Chilling by Road (approx. 3 hrs), Chilling to Skiu by Trek (approx. 5 hrs)
  • Altitude – Leh (11,500 ft / 3500 meter), Chilling (10,978 ft / 3346 meters), Skiu (11,500 ft / 3500 meters)
  • Altitude difference – Leh to Chiling (522 ft / 154 meters), Chilling to Skiu (522 ft / 154 meters)
  • Trek grade – From Chilling to Skiu (Gradual to Moderate)

On the first day of trekking, enjoy your day with a delicious breakfast at the Leh Hotel. The trip will begin with rugged barren mountains, and you will pass through Spituk Monastery and Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. There is also the sight of Magnetic hills, Zanskar and Indus rivers. As you reach Chilling campsite, you will begin your trek ascending through Zingchen Gorge. You will cross two rivers, one at Kaya Do and the river Indus. After crossing, you will reach the first camping site, Skiu.

Day 4: Skiu to Markha by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 16 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Skiu (11,500 ft / 3500 meter), Markha (12,150 ft / 3703 meters)
  • Altitude gain – 650 ft / 203 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

The morning will begin with a hot tea and warm breakfast, with a picturesque view at the campsite as you will be around a field of barley with mountains around. Today you will be taking in the scenic of Markha Valley with four other villages. Today will be a long day of trekking as you will be covering a distance of approx. 16 kilometres. You will be trekking through a slowly ascending trail, passing through village after village till you reach Markha Valley, the largest village in the area, as it houses more than 40 houses. Markha Valley is an ancient village with ruins of a fort and monasteries built in the 1800s.

Day 5: Markha to Thochungtse by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 10 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 7 hrs
  • Altitude – Markha (12,150 ft / 3703 mtr), Thochungtse (13,000 ft / 3962 mtr)
  • Altitude gain – 850 ft / 259 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual

Today’s trek will begin with a healthy breakfast in the morning, and the trek will be easy today. You will cross streams of the Markha River several times, which will be refreshing. As the trek progresses, you will first cross through Umlung village. After crossing Umlung village, the peaks of Kang Yatse will come into view; the next village you will pass through is Hankar village, after which lies your camping site with beautiful meadows around. Hankar village is the largest village in the Markha Valley region; you will be reaching the campsite at Thochungtse.

Day 6: Thochungtse to Nimaling by Trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 14 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 8 hrs
  • Altitude – Thochungtse (13,000 ft / 3962 mtr), Nimaling (15,750 ft / 4800 mtr)
  • Altitude gain – 2750 ft / 838 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

This morning you will be trekking to a great height with magnificent views upon reaching the top. The trek will be a gradual climb. On the way, you will see Kang Yatse Peak reflecting on the twin Tigu lakes. On the lush grasslands at Nimaling, you will see mountain goats, rabbits, and sheep grazing.

Day 7: Nimaling to Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 3 km
  • Time Taken – approx. 3 hrs
  • Altitude – Nimaling (15,750 ft / 4800 meters), Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp (16,700 ft / 5090 meters)
  • Altitude gain – 950 ft / 290 meter
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

On this day, you will have reached very close to Kang Yatse 2, the trek today will be short, but you will be walking through loose rocks. In the second half, you will descend to the base camp. Upon reaching, you will use this day to get your body acclimatized.

Day 8: Rest Day at Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Altitude – Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp (16,700 ft / 5090 meters)

Today you need to take ample rest and let your body get accustomed to high altitude. Also, it would help if you prepared yourself by preparing your body and practising the use of the specialized tools which you will be using on the trek. After dinner, you should rest correctly so your body is fully prepared for the next trek.

Day 9: Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp to Summit and Summit to Base Camp trek

  • Stay – overnight stay at the campsite.
  • Meal – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trek Distance – 5 km from Base Camp to Summit and then from Summit to Base Camp 5 km.
  • Time Taken – approx. 13 hrs
  • Altitude – Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp (16,700 ft / 5090 meters), Kang Yatse 2 Summit (20,570 ft / 6270 meters)
  • Altitude gain – 3870 ft / 1180 meter
  • Trek grade – Difficult

This is the primary day as you will be trekking through a challenging trek to reach Kang Yatse 2 Summit. You will begin the trek from Kang Yatse 2 shoulders; you should be careful as you walk past Moraine and loose scree. You will use snow gear as you walk through the snow. After climbing uphill, you will see the Karakoram peaks and the Zanskar range around Kang Yatse 2. You will also catch the sight of the K2 peak (the second-highest peak in the world); once you reach the top, you will be thrilled at the sight of the peak. After enjoying the way, you need to return the same way as coming to the base camp.

Day 10: Buffer Day

This day is not a compulsion but can be used in uncircumstantial situations, such as bad weather. The cost incursion obtained on this day will be barred by the clients whether it’s staying or meals.

Day 11: Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp to Chokdo trek via Kongmaru La and Chokdo to Leh by Road

  • Stay – No Stay
  • Meal – Lunch
  • Distance – Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp to Chokdo trek via Kongmaru La (16 km), Chokdo to Leh by Road (60 km)
  • Time Taken – Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp to Chokdo trek via Kongmaru La (approx. 8 hrs), Chokdo to Leh by Road (approx. 2 hrs)
  • Altitude – Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp (16,700 ft / 5090 meter), Kongmaru La (17,150 ft / 5227 meter), Chokdo (12,150 ft / 3703 meter), Leh (11,500 ft / 3500 meter)
  • Altitude gain – Kang Yatse 2 Base Camp to Kongmaru La (450 ft / 137 meters), Kongmaru La to Chokdo (5000 ft / 1524 meters), Chokdo to Leh (650 ft / 203 meters)
  • Trek grade – Gradual to Moderate

You will be enjoying the view of the snow-covered peaks last time on the trek and crossing through the highest Kongmaru La pass. When you descend the hill, you will see a lot of prayer flags by the locals. You will be experiencing a change of scenic views as you pass through Ladakh and the Indus Valley range. After walking for a long while, you will soon reach the last camping site, and from there, you will be going by road. Once you reach Leh, the Trekup India Team will bid you farewell, and you will be on your own, where you can proceed to go down or explore the nearby area of Leh.

Food Provided by Us During Trek

We provide only Indian vegetarian food and mainly your meal is going to contain Indian bread, vegetable, lentils and Rice along with delicious dessert. During your trek, we will serve three meals a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the evening, you will also be served tea & snacks and lip-smacking soup before dinner. If it will be a long day of trekking, you will be given a packed snack.

After doing a lot of research on the nutritional requirements for the trekkers, we prepare the menu. Before putting all the meals together, we also consider altitude gained and weather.

The meal served by us while trek is perfectly balanced with the right amounts of calories, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein, fiber, and minerals. You need to know that all our cooks have great expertise in cooking and have undergone thorough training. So, get ready to enjoy delectable and lip-smacking dishes during your trek. You will be served with lemon tea in the tent in order to start your day with a refreshed feeling. Before leaving the campsite for trekking, you will be given a hot finger-licking breakfast like upma, Aallu Prantha, Besan Chilla, Poha, Daliya,  Corn flakes, Maggie, along with tea or coffee.

In case, your trek will be longer one then we also offer some fresh local fruits such as apples and even healthy drinks like Frootie or Maaza. In the afternoon, you will be served simple & healthy lunch, while at around 04:00 pm, you will be given tea and a light evening breakfast. After you reach your campsite at night, you will be served a hot and delightful dinner. After reading this, you must have got the idea about the food provided by us on trek, you don’t need to worry about food. Many trekkers trek with us again and again because of the food we provide. Thus, we will definitely give you unforgettable experiences.

Safety During Kang Yatse 2 Trek

Trekking with us for kang yatse 2 trek is completely safe because we have a team of trek leaders who are qualified in Wilderness first-aid and also have complete information about the high-altitude glitches. During Trek, we carry a complete first-aid kit that contains all the important medicines. Before trekking with us, you need to ensure that you are medically fit for the trek and if you are able to judge yourself then it is better to take advice from a professional. For us, your medical fitness is very important than anything else.

Know About Us:- You need to know that our company Trekup India has been in the field of Adventure Tourism for the last 23 years. Right from our inception, we have been involved in providing treks, voyage & hiking programs as well as high altitude expedition rafting.

We keep on organizing treks in Uttarakhand, Kashmir, Sikkim and Himachal, while being a part of the trekking community, we feature more than 75 Himalayan documented treks. Apart from other outdoor activities, our company also organizes trips for schools, colleges, and family.

We ensure complete technical safety in the mountain

Our company has a vast team of more than 100 guides, as well as trainers in order, serve in the mountain treks. One of the best things about our team is that all the members are trained professionally from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Indian mountaineering foundation Delhi as well as Hanifle Center Outdoor Education Mussoorie.

Therefore, we never believe in compromising on the quality as well as services offered to our valuable customers.

For Us, Your Safety Is the Top Priority

At Trekup India, you will find a team with local knowledge and fluency in English as well as Hindi. This helps in ensuring that you have an amazing trek and not only this, we also pay attention to your health as well as safety because this is something we cannot ignore. All the team leaders involved in trekking have already undergone several professional courses in First Aid, Portable Altitude Chamber Training, CPR, Environmental Awareness Training as well as Advanced Wilderness Emergency Medicine.

We also carry a complete first aid medical kit not only on the trek but on each and every trip which is organized by us. Apart from the medical kit, we carry a portable altitude chamber and medical oxygen for all kinds of high-altitude treks . Our company has great expertise in organizing all sorts of group adventure holidays for family groups, school & college groups as well as friend groups. When it comes to travel options, we have a wide range that suits different fitness levels as well as traveling styles.

Therefore, no matter who big the group size, we pay personal attention to each and every member present in the group.

How We Ensure That Your Trek Is Safe with Us

Right from our establishment, we at Trekup India, are continuously involved in introducing new safety practices into Indian trekking in order to ensure the safety of voyagers. For walking on snow, Trekpp India introduced Microspikes and also made emergency bottled oxygen mandatory for all kinds of treks. In order to test pulse as well as oxygen saturation levels, pulse oxymeters are used. As a safety communication device, we at TrekupIndia introduced radio.

Though we have noticed that most of the organizations organizing treks do not follow these systems but with time several competing companies are adopting these practices and organizing great and safe treks.

Explore our New Safety Protocols

In order to ensure a perfect Trek, we have introduced some new safety checks that will assure more safety for our trekkers. 

Our On-trek safety checks includes:

  • Daily oxygen saturation along with pulse readings
  • Stretchers team appointed on every trek
  • Radios
  • Trained mountain staff and full safety
  • Additional oxygen cylinders
  • Special medical kit for high altitude treks
  • Microspikes on all types of snow treks
  • Experienced Trek leaders as well as safety
  • Technical team on all snowy slopes

What should you pack for the Kang Yatse 2 Trek

Kang Yatse 2 Trek is an high altitude trek. The trekking gear you have to have for this particular trek differs from normal treks. Thus read this whole segment.

There is an essential question that the trekker who is doing trek asks, like what all things to carry while trekking. Below we have provided the details on everything you should carry; an easy way to remember is by Head to foot or foot to head. We have prepared from Head to foot.

  1. Head Lamps – If there are treks you might do at night and even when camping for the night. Headlamps help a lot.
  2. Hats or Cap – Beanie Cap will protect you from winds and sometimes freezing temperatures for the night. Hats protect you from the sun during the day, and make sure they have a strap so that the hat doesn’t blow from the wind.
  3. Sunglasses – if you want to carry sunglasses, you will need specific sunglasses for trekking. The glasses should protect from UV rays, fit your face perfectly so it doesn’t fall while you climb, jump, or cross an obstacle, and be according to the weather conditions of the place. Glass should be made to fit different weather conditions.
  4. Buff / Balaclava – You must carry this to protect your mouth or neck from extreme temperatures and keep it warm.
  5. T-shirt / Long sleeve shirt – you should carry at least 4 to 5 T–shirts, so if one gets wet or dirty, you can wear another. Long sleeve shirts help to protect from the sun’s UV rays.
  6. Hiking / Trekking Jacket – down jackets (-5 to-10 C) or three-layer jackets.
  7. Thermals – at least two pairs of thermals help keep the body warm during cold weather.
  8. Undergarments – you can carry them according to your habitual and hygiene requirements.
  9. Gloves – 1 pair of gloves will keep your hand warm.
  10. Shorts / Legging / Pants – Bring 3 to 4 warm, comfortable shorts. Leggings can be explicitly used in the chilling morning and evening to keep your body warm and act as dry. You can carry some nylon blends and light and quick-drying pants. Warm covers ups like fleece-lined tracksuit pants or ski pants.
  11. Socks – you should at least carry 3 to 4 pairs.
  12. Footwear – Trekking shoes which are waterproof and have ankle support. Walking / Hiking sandals which can be used off the trek, i.e., in the morning and evening hours, basically to get your feet rest from heavy boots, sometimes used for crossing streams and rivers, it’s more comfortable and safer than crossing barefoot or wetting your boots. Sneakers (Optional) can be worn for regular driving days or used around the camp.
  13. Rain Wears – you can carry a raincoat, rain jacket, and pants. During long rains, the waterproof jackets start leaking, but the poncho does get work in keeping you dry, so choose accordingly. Rain covers, small waterproof to cover your backpack and a daypack for your gadgets.
  14. Backpack – Make sure your backpack should be comfortable, neither too big nor too small, and for a week’s trek, 60-70 litres of the backpack should be enough to hold all your belongings. Ensure your backpack has good hip & Shoulder support, and pockets should be accessible quickly.
  15. Daypack – All trekkers should keep in mind that a daypack is essential; this will be a great help to you while on a trek, also every single day, you won’t be carrying your backpack; therefore, for day excursions, shorter hikers, sightseeing, you can carry your stuff in it.


Personal First Aid Kit

Below are some common medicines generally required/used during your adventure trip. However, please consult your doctors prior.

  • Antiseptic towel or water syringe (to clean the wound)
  • Butterfly bandage for a small cut
  • Cotton and elastic bandages and sterile gauze pad for larger wounds
  • Latex gloves are used when the wound bleeds.
  • Medicine for Diarrhea (Upset stomach)
  • Medicine for cold, flue/fever headache
  • Some pain killers
  • ORS pouches
  • Quick pain relief spray (External use)
  • Any personal medicine prescribed by your doctor.
  • Dimox / Similar for high altitude sickness
  • Bug Repellent
  • Carry some nutria/energy bars and drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • Note: Kindly consult your doctor before purchasing or taking any medicine.

Gadgets and Other Items

  • Trekking Poles
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Spare batteries for phone and camera, power bank
  • Light weight flashlight or headlight
  • Waterproof bag made up of plastic for the camera.
  • Music system / Bluetooth
  • Plug/converter for electrical items
  • 1-lite water bottle
  • A journal with a pen would be a good idea to keep your notes.
  • Some book of your interest for the ideal time
  • Get into the habit of keeping a Map and guidebook of the region.

Hygiene & Personal toiletry

  • Sunscreen with UV protection
  • 1 or 2 small quick-drying towels
  • Toilet paper/tissues/wet wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/ mouth freshener
  • Deodorant / Talcum powder
  • Shampoo
  • Lip-gloss/salve
  • Sanitary pads/tampons (For female travellers)
  • Bio gradable Soap
  • Nail clipper
  • Your other personal items that you use daily.

Compulsory Documents to Carry

These files must be submitted to the Forest Department before your trek. With none of these, you will not be permitted to trek. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Carry Ids like Aadhaar, voter id, etc.


Trek Cost Inclusion

  • Stay 9 Nights of tented accommodation at individual campsites of Trekup India on sharing basis.
  • Meals: Trekup India provided cooked meals during the trek starting with Dinner on Day 01 to Lunch on day 10 (Meals are simple, nutritious, and vegetarian and non-repeated meals)
  • Transport: Leh to Chilling, Chokdo to Leh on sharing jeeps  
  • Trek Equipment:  Sleeping bag, Sleeping tents, Kitchen tent, Dining tent, Toilet Tents.
  • Amenities: All utensils, sleeping mattresses (Black foam mats), Crampons, and Gaiters for snow.    
  • Health & Safety:  First Aid Box, Oxygen Cylinders, Stretchers, Oxi meters, BP Machines, health.
  • Permits: Forest Permits and Camping Permission Fee 
  • Trek Crew: High Altitude Chef, Helpers, Trek Leader & Guides, and other support teams.
  • Potters & Mules: Potters and Mules are to carry all trekking equipment, ration, and vegetables.

Trek Cost Exclusion

  • GST 5% (it is Mandatory)
  • Any insurance (Trekup India recommends each trekker get insurance)
  • Any Meals/accommodation beside the itinerary or not mentioned in the program.
  • Any Bus / Airfare to/from trek start/end point
  • Personal Medical expenses do carry your medication.
  • Any personal services such as Laundry, phone calls, liquors, mineral water etc.
  • Any still / video camera fee
  • Any Entrance fee Monuments, Monasteries, Museums, Temples – Pay directly on the spot.
  • Mules or porter charges to carry personal baggage (Offload Charges for bag 500 per day, per bag. Note: Bag weight should not be more than 10 kg.
  • Any emergency evacuation charges
  • Any services that are not mentioned in the cost inclusion section.

How To Reach Leh?

Leh is the largest town in the Ladakh region of India, in the northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is a popular destination among adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. Here are a few ways to reach Leh:

  1. By Air: Air is the easiest and fastest way to reach Leh. Leh has its airport, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, which is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar.
  2. By Road: Leh is connected to the rest of the country via two major roads – the Leh-Manali Highway and the Leh-Srinagar Highway. These roads remain closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall. You can hire a taxi or bus from Manali or Srinagar to reach Leh.
  3. By Train: The nearest railway station to Leh is Jammu Tawi Railway Station, about 700 km away. From there, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Leh.
  4. By Bike: Riding a bike to Leh is popular among adventure enthusiasts. The journey is quite scenic, but the roads can be challenging due to the high altitude and rough terrain.


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