Trekking at Stok Kangri Via Markha Valley, Ladakh

White Magic
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  • 15 days
    (Duration)
  • 4.9
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  • Hilly
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Trekking at Stok Kangri Via Markha Valley, Ladakh By White Magic



Description

One of the most popular treks in Ladakh, the proximity to Leh brings a lot of people in the Markha valley. It offers beautiful landscape and there are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife. We traverse from the Markha valley to the Stok valley over 4 successive passes and by the time we reah the Stok Kangri base camp we would all be quite tired. We have almost 48hrs at the base camp to rest and recuperate before we set off for the climb. Stok Kangri (6153m) is not a difficult peak to climb, classified as a trekking it is probably one of the easiest 6000m mountain in the Himalayas.

Quick Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)

Day 02: In Leh (3500m)

Day 03: Drive Leh to Chilling (60km / 2hrs) and trek Chilling to Skiu (3400m) 3-4 hrs

Day 04: Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m) 5-6hrs trek

Day 05 : Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs trek

Day 06: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) 3-4hrs trek

Day 07: Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 08: Drive Shang Sumdo to Stok village (3650m) 2 hrs

Day 09: Trek Stok village to Mounkarmo (4380m) 6-7hrs

Day 10: Trek Mounkarmo to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m) 3 to 4 hrs

Day 11: Rest at the base camp

Day 12-13: Climb Stok Kangri (6150m) and back to Base camp

Day 14: Trek to Stok village and drive to Leh

Day 15: Onward flight from Leh


Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m) The flight takes us over the Greater Himalaya and makes an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. We may chance upon stunning and breathtaking views of Stok Kangri as we fly-into Leh and if it is a clear day, to the north we can get views of the great peaks of the Karakoram. We are met at the airport and taken to our hotel. Advised rest for the whole day. Leh is at an altitude of nearly 35000m and you might experience the effects of the altitude, most likely a little breathless and a slight headache. These symptoms are not lasting and are mild as they usually disappear quite quickly, nevertheless, for first day or two everyone is advised to take it easy. Overnight Hotel

  • Day 2

    In Leh (3500m) Take a day trip to the famous monasteries of Shey & Thiksey and head back to the hotel for lunch. Overnight Hotel.

    Day 03: Drive Leh to Chilling (60km / 2hrs) and trek Chilling to Skiu (3400m) 3-4 hrs Crossing the massive Zanskar river on cable trolleys is going to be the days highlight. The trail traverses the river Zanskar and along the pretty ,willow-lined Markha Valley , winds up into the mountains. We reach the Skiu village and pay a visit to the old gompa. Option of camping an hour further at Pentse. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 3

    Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m) 5-6hrs trek The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m over the 13.5 miles, crossing the Markha river a couple of times . The colours of the barren mountains of Ladakh are truly stunning , greens, blues and the pastel pinks shimmer in the brilliant sunshine and change colour dramatically as the sun rises and sets. Along the trail one can see a few ancient chortens and a few wolf pits, to trap wolves in the winter months as they roam freely then. Markha is a sizable village, with a desserted fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 4

    Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs trek KangYatze (6400m), a magnificent snow clad mountain commands the views for the following two days. As we walk along, we chance upon some magnificent geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. Going down and crossing the bridge we camp in a beautiful valley , Thachungtse. A favorite area to spot herds of blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 5

    Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs trek KangYatze (6400m), a magnificent snow clad mountain commands the views for the following two days. As we walk along, we chance upon some magnificent geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. Going down and crossing the bridge we camp in a beautiful valley , Thachungtse. A favorite area to spot herds of blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 6

    Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) 3-4hrs trek You pass several mani walls and suddenly come across a small lake. Here we get the amazing views of KangYatze’s massiveness being reflected in the still waters of the lake. Also the views of Marka Valley which is well below us now. A gradual descent leads to Nimaling, which is a flat bottomed valley. Nimaling which has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come from the Markha Valley to graze their live stock on the summer pastures. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 7

    Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m) 6-7 hrs trek As we climb the last short but steep slope to the top there are good views over the Zanskar Range and of the vertical ice walls on the north face of Kang Yaze. Its takes about 3 hrs to reach the top. The initial descent is steep as we enter into a spectacular gorge and then descend more gradually with a few small river crossings. On top of the barren cliffs we may chance upon the sight of the elusive Blue Sheep which inhabit this area. Passing through Chogdo we continue our descent to the village of Shang Sumdo. Today is quite a hard day due to the crossing of the high pass and the long descent. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 8

    Drive Shang Sumdo to Stok village (3650m) 2 hrs Get into vehicles to go to Hemis Monastery . Continue onwards to reach the Stok village. Wash up & the spend the afternoon exploring the Stok village. Overnight Guest House.

  • Day 9

    Trek Stok village to Mounkarmo (4380m) 6-7hrs We walk along the Stok river coming from the Stok glacier. Depending on the water level we will need to cross the stream a couple of times. It’s a gradual uphill walk all the way till Mounkarmo. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 10

    Trek Mounkarmo to Stok Kangri Base Camp (4975m) 3 to 4 hrs It’s a short day as we follow the busy trail which gradually ascents and leads up to the base camp of the Stok Kangri. The base campsite is on a huge meadow and is usually quite full with trekkers from all parts of the world. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 11

    Rest at the base camp Relax at the base camp which also houses one of the biggest camp; best stocked parachute cafés on the trek. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 12- Day 13

    Climb Stok Kangri (6150m) and back to Base camp We have reserved two days for the climb which would allow for contingencies due to bad weather. Fluttering with prayer flags the summit rewards with wide open views, the Karakoram range & Ladakh range on the north, the Zanskar range on the west and a bird’s eye view of the Indus valley and the Leh city. Later descend to base camp. Overnight Camp.

  • Day 14

    We exit out of the Stok valley at Stok village and then drive for another 1hour to Leh. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 15

    Onward flight from Leh Early morning transfer to the airport to take the onward flight. Trip ends!


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