Markha Valley – Trek with Ascension To Summit Stok Kangri
- Ancient monasteries of the Indus Valley
- Views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges
- Hemis High Altitude National Park
- Stok Kangri
|Title||Markha Valley - Trek With Ascension To Summit Stok Kangri|
|Details||Delhi - Leh – Spituk - Zinchen – Yurutse – Skiu via Ganda la - Skiu - Markha - Thachungtse - Nimaling - Shangsumdo - Martselang– Hemis - Leh – Matho – Matho Phu - Stok Kangri BC - Advance Base Camp - Climb Stok Kangri -Stok Kangri BC – Stok Village– Leh - Delhi|
|Duration||18 Nights / 19 Days|
The trail starts from Spituk village and heads towards the Markha village through some of the most scenic areas in Ladakh. A portion of the Hemis High Altitude National Park [4400 Sq.Kms] falls within this route and you are likely to spot Bharal or Blue Sheep and colourful birdlife and certainly the hyperactive marmots. Two passes over 4800m / 15,750ft are crossed besides a few stream and rivers forded as the trail offers you spectacular views of valleys and towering snow clad mountain peaks.
Stok Kangri is one of the most beautiful peaks in Ladakh. The climb is technically not difficult, and requires no special mountaineering skills. It gives you a real opportunity to climb a 6150 m mountain in less than a week, which is not possible in any other part of the world. The summit presents one of the most spectacular views of the Saser peak in the Karakoram Range, where the K2 lies.
Some of them which could cherish your mind with the beauty of places are Red fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi – a truly memorable experience. A visit to Qutab Minar, the tallest stone tower in India
Flight to Ladakh. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.
After an early breakfast you will drive to Thikse to witness in the morning Puja. THIKSE MONASTERY, is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region.
A short drive from Thikse you crossing the Stakna Bridge you visit the Stakna Gompa situated on the right bank of the Indus River, On your drive back to Leh, you visit SOS Village (Choglamsar). Choglamsar is an important center for the study of Tibetan Culture and History.
After an early start from Leh, we will travel by jeep to Spituk, where horses will be waiting to carry our equipment. The trek will begin along an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region, so water and sunscreen are absolutely vital! The rest of the day may be spent relaxing, or even taking a dip in the stream.
Today we will enter Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of wild lives as diverse as the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), etc. Continue through Rumbak, and camp at Yurutse age, before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the whole of Stok Range.
After a light breakfast, we will head towards Ganda La; views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. We will finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3300m).
Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. We will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.
The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy!. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp.
At 4700 m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below.
After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Enjoying the camaraderie and an excellent beer at your overnight camp.!
Our spirits lifted by a successful trek, we will enjoy a pleasant 2-hr walk along a jeep road to Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up. Before heading to Leh you will visit the famous monastery of HEMIS GOMPA. Hemis or Changchub Samstanling (
Leaving Leh early in the morning, you drive across the Indus River to the village of Matho (one hour’s drive). Matho itself is an idyllic village with a fantastic monastery set on a rocky ridge above the houses below. Commence your trek up to Matho Phu along the side of the Matho stream.
This is an exciting moment as from here you can see the whole of the route and base camp below
Time to sort out the gear, enjoy the scenery, perhaps do a little local exploration and basically enjoy being high in the mountains.
Base camp is located not far from a stream and you may well also see Ladakhi sheep/goat herders up here in the summer months. Crossing this stream, you now follow a rising traverse which will eventually take you up to the snout of the glacier coming off Stok Kangri.
It is an easy and relaxing walk back down to Stok village.
The day serves as a reserve for any unexpected delay in the itinerary or as an opportunity to visit a few monasteries of the Indus valley. Stay overnight at the hotel.
In time transfer to the Leh airport to board your flight back to Delhi
Depending on your flight. Afternoon City tour Of Old Delhi. Later in time transfer to the International Airport to connect your flight for home / onward journey.