Kang Yatse II Climb in Ladakh | UFO Adventure Travel
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Tour description

The Markha Valley is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m) as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses. This valley is well known for its ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries. The majestic looking Kang Yatse is the most prominent peak in the Markha Valley. It can be approached through the Markha Valley from either side. It has 2 summits and resembles a King’s Throne. The Western summit, Kang Yatse II II is lower at 6250m and is quite often climbed, at the same time it is not at all busy like the neighboring Stok Kangri peak. It is perfect for people who would like to climb their first 6000-er and would like to stay away from the crowds. The Markha valley offers the perfect acclimatization trek needed for climbing a 6000m mountain. On a clear day you see views as far Nun Kun & Zanskar ranges in the West & the K2, Broad Peak & Gasherbrum Massif in the far North. Kang Yatse II is often referred to as the protector of the region.

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After spending 2 days acclimatizing to the altitude in Ladakh (3500 meters), during which time we will explore Leh and visit the surrounding monasteries,, the time that we actually spend trekking and climbing will be 7 days. The approach to our base camp traverses a wild area where trails are not always well-defined. In normal conditions, the ascent of Kang Yatse II involves no technical climbing. It may be necessary to rope up at some point of the climb but the slope is mostly gradual. to cross a small glacier before starting the ascent which will mainly be over easy-angled scree and boulder slopes. Although this is not a technically demanding climb, at an altitude of over 6000 meters, it will be physically demanding. Previous crampon experience is preferable but not essential.

Excellent introduction to Himalayan climbing

Experience the culture and hospitality of Ladakh

Fantastic summer Climbing holiday

  • 12 Days, 3 nights hotel, 8 nights camping
  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
  • max group size: 10
  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime

Start Date End Date Code Adult Price Status  
29-08-2023 09-09-2023 KYII-0823 1500 Available

  • Local guide and kitchen team
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tank (for descent only)
  • Private group toilet
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Personal gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas,etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 12 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office
  • During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Leh and 8 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags.

More reasons to love the experience

Climb a 6000m+ peak
Make new friends
Cross 5000m+ pass
All land transport included
Customized dietary requirements available
Personal attention to each client




Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30 am from Leh Airport to the group hotel in Leh is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest and drink water as much as possible. A short walk around the city to  Leh Palace can be organized.




We will make an early start after tea and breakfast to catch the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on top of the hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. We will then head towards Shey where a picnic lunch will be awaiting us. After lunch we will rest a bit and then head for Shey Palace and surrounding areas.  You will be given some time to yourself to explore on your own. We will then visit Shanti Stupa and head back to our hotel for dinner. 




Post breakfast we will drive to chilling which will take about 2 hours from Leh. This being the first day of the trek we will only walk for about 3 hours. At chilling we will cross the Zanskar River on a hand pulled trolley. Once on the right bank of the river we will follow the Markha River upstream for about 3 hours until we reach Skiu village. At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers from Markha and Shingo valleys. We will camp in the beautiful Skiu village for the night.

2 hrs drive; 3 hrs walking(5-6 kms)



A very picturesque and pleasant hike up the Markha valley and well known for its trails crossing numerous streams. Though a pleasant walk, it is quite tiring as we will be walking for around 6 hours. We will also be crossing a few rivers on horseback or on foot as there are no bridges. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small monastery.

6-7 hrs walking(10-12 kms)



From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. We might be able to spot some wildlife in this area and also the forts and monasteries perched cliff tops are quite a sight

5-6 hrs walking(8-10 kms)



Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of Mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kang Yatse II peak.

5-6 hrs walking(8-10 kms)



This day is crucial, so we will spend the morning recuperating from the last few days' fatigue. After sufficient rest, we will embark on a steep 3–hour climb to High Camp . Although the distance is quite short, the altitude makes the hike quite strenuous.

3-4 hrs walking(5-6 kms)



This is a day for rest and acclimatization prior to our ascent. Our guide will also give basic instruction on the simple techniques we will require for the climb. Afterwards there will be opportunities for walks above the campsite. Early dinner to get ready for our climb at midnight. Rest the day and check our gear.

2-3 hrs walking(4-5 kms)



The final push, beginning  around midnight , will be both physically and mentally challenging. But once atop the summit (6250m), the surrounding scenery of Tibet is awe-inspiring. With the beautiful panoramic views of the Zanskar and the mighty Karakoram ranges, all of our numbing pains will melt away in a warm glow of success. After spending an hour on top of the world, we will descend to Nimaling, where we will while away the afternoon, relaxing and recovering from the climb.

10-11 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

DAY 10


After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek.. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, with its strange and other worldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskirmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors).

8-9 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

DAY 11


Post breakfast we will pass through a couple of villages walking along the Shang river before reaching the small village of Chukdo, where we will be received by the car to drive us back to Leh.

2-3 hrs walking(5-6 kms); 1.5 hr drive

DAY 12


Transfers to be provided after breakfast to the airport. If you want to extend your stay to travel to Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and other places in Ladakh please contact UFO consultants.


Why trekkers love us?

The Twin peaks initiative was a great success with members of the group ascending two tough peaks, Stok kangri (6150m) & Goelp Kangri (5900m) in two successive days. However, the expedition was much more beyond that. The cleaning drive was a great experience and an opportunity to act-upon rather than grumble over environmental issues.The facilities provided in hostile habitats and at suffocating altitudes were kingly. Mountain health and safety protocols were in place and well informed. Group size was not over-whelming and felt like a very close-knit community made of strangers.

Viraj Sose

I had a great trekking experience with UFO in Kashmir. The hospitality in such weather conditions was way more than expectations. I was able to complete the trek in spite of fever & flu which seemingly had doubled the hindrances for me! All thanks to UFO for taking care of me!

Rahul Girdhar

What an amazing experience with this guys climbing Kang Yatse II (6250m) in Ladakh. Most of all, they became great friends and the team was like a family.It was my first expedition with UFO and we had plenty of joy, great food and guides.Thank you for amazing trip, all the best, keep up the good work and I hope I'll be back soon to experience other mountains with you guys!

Júlio César Furquim Silva

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Frequently asked questions

How do we travel to Ladakh?

There are three ways to reach Ladakh- a) you can take flight from Delhi to Leh from major airlines such as Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Indigo and Go Airlines. b) You can take road journeys either from Manali or Srinagar. It takes 2 day journey (474 kilometers) from Manali to Leh with a night stopover in Sarchu. On the other hand, Srinagar to Leh will take 2 days (434 kilometers) with a night halt at Kargil. All the roads remain open from May to October.

What are the symptoms of High Altitude sickness? How long does it take to get acclimatize in Ladakh?

Some common symptoms of high altitude sickness include giddiness, loss of appetite, lack of sleep and difficulty in breathing. The best way to acclimatize in Ladakh is a natural rest for at least 48 hours, keep yourself well hydrated and & eat well. Even then it depends from person to person as to how long it takes to acclimatize before trekking in the Himalayas.

Am i fit enough for an adventure in Ladakh?

Anyone with an enthusiasm for the outdoors, different cultures and overseas travel and is prepared to be open minded and flexible. Our trips are fun and informal and attended by a wide range of people. We offer a range of trips which are all graded for difficulty to help you choose your holiday, if you would like advice please get in contact us at. You will always enjoy your trekking holiday in Ladakh better if you have a good level of fitness. Running, cardio vascular exercises or playing sports always helps.

What kind of food is provided during the trek?

We provide clean, hygienic and tasty food during treks and climbs. Below items will give you an idea with regards to the meals:

Breakfast: Porridge, Cornflakes, Muesli, Bread, Apricot Jam, Honey, Butter, Peanut Butter, Cheese, Pan-Cake, Omelette, Tea and Coffee.

Lunch: (You will have Packed Lunch while trekking mostly) Sandwiches, Boiled Eggs, Boiled Potatoes, Fruit Juice, Chocolate Bars,Biscuits,etc.

Tea Time: Instant Noodles,Popcorn, Pakoda, Tea, Coffee with Biscuits

Dinner: Soup, Rice, Curry (Veg. Mushroom, Paneer, Dal) Noodles (Thukpa, Chowmien) Momos, Pasta, etc. and deserts.

Please Note: All of the above items are served different on different days, and the items are subjected to the availability in the market. Meals can be customized according to clients and private groups.

Which treks should be considered in Ladakh?

Ladakh has a wide array of treks and climbs of different grades. Treks with multiple high altitude passes, average camping altitude and remoteness determine the toughness of the trek.

Easy treks: Markha valley trek, Sham Valley trek, Lamayuru to Chilling trek

Moderate Treks: Phyang to Hunder, Tsokar to Tsomoriri

Challenging treks: Rumtse to Tsomoriri, Chadar Trek

Which are the famous mountaineering peaks in Ladakh?

Stok Kangri(6150m)is one of the highest walking peak in India and draws a lot of climbers due to its height and non-technicality. Kang Yatse II (6250m) Mentok Kangri II (6210m), Golep Kangri (6000m) and Nun (7135m) Kun (7085m) are other famous mountaineering peaks.

Why our some treks more expensive than others?

If we have to organize a trek near Leh, the transportation cost and carriage cost is less expensive. Markha Valley trek is more accessible from Leh than the Rumtse to Tsomoriri trek, therefore it will be cheaper than it. Horses to carry your luggage also play an important component to trek cost. Ultimately though, it is the services that the client or the groups require and want i.e accommodation, food, experiences, etc that will determine your trek or adventure cost.

How difficult is the Kang Yatse II climb?

Kang Yatse II is a moderate climbing expedition to a peak above 6000m. The climb also has a physically demanding trek before to help you acclimatize well for the trek. You will be camping above 4000m almost throughout the trek while your summit basecamp will be about 4900m. These climbs generally have a short approach march and a challenging summit day which is attempted from a base camp or an advance base camp. The climb will require basic climbing skills and would involve being roped up on glacial terrain and climbing with mountaineering boots and crampons in excess of 10 hours on the summit night. Some climb may even require you to climb on fixed rope on steep terrain. The level of difficulty both physically and technically is a notch above a trekking peak.