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About Markha Valley
The Markha valley is in the Ladakh. Markha valley is one of the most famous treks to get introduced with magical and remote Buddhist Monasteries, Mountain Villages, High altitude pastures of Nimaling and high altitude peak Kangyatse.
Markha valley runs parallel to the Himalayan range, it has beautiful wild and barren landscapes. These landscapes are linked with the Ladakh also known as “Little Tibet”.
About Stok Kangri
Being one of the most difficult treks in India, the Stok Kangri trek meant for those amateur and experienced trekkers that have one or two trekking experience above 5000m. Ladakh brings for many trekking tours but the Stok Kangri trek is simply a walk to heaven. If one is lucky enough, he has the opportunity to catch the glimpse of the towering peak of k2 and the view of several crystal crests and large moraines winding down the barren valleys. During the trek get the chance of a 360-degree view of the Saser Kangri.
The Stok Kangri trek is one of the strenuous treks in the Ladakh region that require serious acclimatization. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12km South West of the trailhead (3610m/11844ft) in the village of Stok and around 15 km southwest of the city of Leh, the capital of Ladakh.
Over the last few years, Stok Kangri has tremendously popular amongst trekkers and novice mountaineers due to its non- technical nature. The peak is considered as non- technical from July – August but becomes quite technical during the height of winter. Even in summer, novices should be well prepared, with appropriate physical fitness and equipment. The climb is exhausting and requires a good amount of stamina, both physically and mentally. The journey en route and thereafter passes through some narrow tracks and dangerous moraines; one might encounter snowstorms, which may slow down or hold back trekking to Stok Kangri.
Day 1 Delhi to Leh
Travel from Delhi to Leh by air. On arrival at Kushok Bakula Rinpochey airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. After completing the check-in formalities, the day is scheduled for resting and acclimatization to the high altitudes of Ladakh (3500m). A successful trek in Ladakh requires you to acclimatize well.
Day 2 Leh -Alchi – Lamayuru – Leh
After breakfast start driving towards Lamayuru and Alchi, en route explore Sangham (the confluence of Indus and Zanskar), Gurudwara (Phathar sahib) and Magnetic Hill.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Day 3 Leh – Spituk – Zingchen (5hrs) (3200m/10496ft)
After breakfast, from Leh drive to the Spituk bridge that is behind the Spituk monastery, from the bridge start trekking along the river Indus while walking through the Stok mountain slowly move towards the wilderness of the Himalayas, leaving the site of the Leh – Srinagar highway. You arrive at Zingchen through a gorge where you stay in a camp overnight.
Day 4 Zingchen – Yurutse (4-5hrs) (3900m/12792ft)
Start from Rumbak through Zingchan moving on a straight road. Now you will be entering the Hemis National Park. it is popular for being home to wolf, snow leopard, blue sheep, marmot, lynx etc. while walking on a slim path you will reach Rumbak where you will be setting a camp at Yurutse (below Gandala pass).
Overnight at the camp
Day 5 Yurutse – Skiu (4-5hrs) (3100m/10168ft) via Gandala pass
Our trek today will end at Skiu, which can be reached by crossing Gandala (4900m). The pass offers a spectacular view of Zanskar range and other far-flung peaks of Himalaya. From Gandala walk downward to reach the village of Shingo. The trail then leads to a gorge from Shingo village, which is at a short distance Skiu. At Skiu, we will witness the confluence of the river from Markha valley.
Overnight stay at the camp
Day 6 Skiu to Markha (7-8hrs) (3800m/12464ft)
From here walk on the right bank of Markha viewing its vegetation, after crossing which you pass a barren land too and reached Chaluk. Move a little along the left side of the bank and finally climb towards the Markha village, at the end of the village, their camps are set near the river for an overnight stay.
Day 7 Markha to Thachungtse (5-6hrs)
Post breakfast, start trekking to reach Thacungtse through Hankar village, night halt in the tent.
Day 8 Thachugtse to Nimaling (4-5hrs)
After breakfast, you begin your trek journey to reach Nimaling (4900m). There is a sequence of Mani wall and Chorten on the route. This is counted among the most stunning high valleys in Ladakh and is repeated by Kang yatse peak. (Nimaling peak) 6400m.
Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 9 Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (6-7hrs) (5150m/16892ft)
Start trekking towards Kongmaru La (5100m), after breakfast. The top of the pass offers a view of the snowy peak and Karakoram range, we will trek down to the Martselang valley leading Martselang stream to the Sumdo village.
Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 10 Shangsumdo – Martselang – Stok Village (6hrs)
Our trek today will be from Sumdo village to Stok village via Martselang. We shall take the jeep waiting for us at Martselang village. Later drive to Stok village.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Stok.
Day 11 Stok Village – Stok Base Camp
On this day, we will carry out a trek trekking a few hours up to the base camp area of Stok Kangri. It is a very congenial campsite on a grassy area beside lots of Mel – water streams. We can enjoy the view above the camp in the afternoon. The area above the camp offers breathtaking views of contiguous peaks like Gulap kangri, Stok Kangri, Parcha kangri and many more.
Day12 Stok Kangri base camp
It is the day for taking rest and acclimatization to make certain that the group is feeling all set to carry out the climb of Stok Kangri. It takes the half – four ascents up to the pass of 5000m above our campsite, perhaps taking the climbing hardware that can be accumulated at the pass in preparation for the following day’s ascent.
Day13 & Day 14 we have scheduled two days for the climb, to attempt to give each person a chance
This is the day for ascending up to the peak. We will start only after ensuring that they is no contingency like poor weather, etc. according to the fitness of the team, we will either go for a one – day scaling from our base camp, or decide on to institute a high camp, from where we can make the climb on the next day. Much of the ascent encompasses walking transversely through scree and rocky gradients, which are likely to be unadorned of snow by the time of our excursion; if not there has been unseasonal snowfall. The ultimate part of the ascent will comprise the use of crampons and ice-axe on the snow – slopes up to approximately 35 degrees. However, this is not a technically challenging ascent, at an elevation of over 6000m displaying peaks in Tibet at the northeast and a bird’s eye view of the Indus valley, there is certain demand of good physical fitness. If we accomplish to hike the peak on the first day itself, there may be a chance to go for one of the other easy peaks above the base camp.
Day15 Stok Kangri Base Camp – Stok village – Leh
We will descent directly from our base camp to the upper extents of Stok village, with its meadows of Barley and Buckwheat. The jeeps at Stok will take us back tothe hotel in Leh.
Day16 Leh – Delhi
Reach the airport for the pleasant flight across the spectacular chain of Himalayas in order to reach Delhi.