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The ultimate Kang Yatse II packing list

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It can be a bit overwhelming to pack for a high altitude expedition. After all, you’ve got to think about trekking gear, equipment and different temperatures. All while working out how it can all fit in one duffle bag! When you book an Earth’s Edge expedition, we send you an extensive packing list, so you’ll know exactly what you need to bring. But to give you a taster, here’s a glimpse of our Kang Yatse II packing list

The Ultimate Kang Yatse II Packing List


  • Walking boots (well broken in) 
  • 12 point crampons that will fit a standard walking boot, rather than a mountaineering boot
  • Runners or sandals (to wear in transit and around camp)
  • Mid-weight hiking socks (at least 3, some people bring them for every day)
  • Lightweight liner socks (for summit night)


  • Underwear (synthetic rather than cotton underwear is advisable)
  • Shorts x 1 (knee length or below)
  • Lightweight trousers x 1
  • Synthetic/wool/silk long johns (for night time use and summit night)
  • Waterproof trousers (N.B. make sure the trousers have zips to the knee at least)
  • Long sleeve base layer x 2 (silk, wool, or synthetic)
  • Short sleeve base layer x 2 (silk, wool, or synthetic)
  • Mid-weight fleece x 2
  • A down jacket (at least 600 grams in weight)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • A fleece hat to wear in the mornings and evenings
  • A balaclava/a buff


  • Sunglasses (category 3)
  • A sun hat with a wide brim to cover the face and neck
  • A pair of lightweight wool or synthetic liner gloves
  • A pair of down mitts
  • Walking poles
  • Rucksack (30 to 35 litres)  
  • Duffel bag (90 litres) or large rucksack to carry your equipment while trekking

Other bits

  • Water bottles: (2 x 1 litre nalgenes) and water bladder (2 litre)
  • A warm sleeping bag (comfort rating of -15°C or lower)
  • Suncream at least factor 30
  • SPF lip balm
  • Insect repellent (deet based products are best)

You’ll also need personal toiletries and other small items, but we will give you a comprehensive packing list well ahead of departure. 

Remember, when you book with Earth’s Edge you automatically are eligible to a loyalty card at Great Outdoors, which will get you a 15% discount prior to your expedition. 

If our Kang Yatse II packing list has made you want to take on the challenge, you can read more about our expedition to Kang Yatse II here

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