LADAKH: MARKHA VALLEY & STOK KANGRI
LADAKH: MARKHA VALLEY & STOK KANGRI
DELHI – LEH – LADAKH – KANGMARU – HANKAR – MARKHA – SKIU – SHINGO – STOK
15 DAYS MAY TO SEPTEMBER

Stok Kangri 6,153m is the highest mountain in the Ladakh region of northwest India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 24 km southwestof Leh. Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering.

Ladakh is an enchanted land, which amid the global chaos, seems in control of its own destiny. This rugged region is home to one of the lastundisturbed Tantric Buddhist populations on earth, protected from the modern world by sheer force of geography. The scenic splendour of thesoaring mountains and pristine valleys, coupled with the vibrancy of its cultural life, makes Ladakh one of the last undiscovered destinations; anadventure to feed the soul and enrich the senses.

Tour Highlights
  • 10 DAY REMOTE HIMALAYAN TREK
  • NIMALING PLAINS
  • STOK LA BASE CAMP
  • SUMMIT OF STOK KNAGRI
  • REMOTE AND PROTECTED LEH
  • REMARKABLE THIKSE GOMPA
  • HEMIS MONASTERY
  • TREK WITH COOK, HELPER, TOILET, TENT, PONIES, TENTS (2 MAN ALPINE TENTS) AND ONE INCH TREK MATTRESSES
  • FULL BOARD FROM LUNCH ON DAY 1 TO BREAKFAST ON DAY 14.
  • OXYGEN CYLINDER FOR CLIMBING
  • ENTRANCE FEES, AND PORTERAGE
  • ENGLISH SPEAKING TREK GUIDE
  • GUIDED SIGHTSEEING IN DELHI

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    INDIA

  • When
    :

    MAY TO SEPTEMBER

  • What
    :

    WALKING AND HIKING, NATURE AND WILDLIFE, ESCORTED JOURNEY

Itinerary

Arrive Delhi. Meet and greet on arrival andtransfer to domestic airport to connect early morning flight G8 195 for Leh. An hour’s exitingflight over the Himalayas with spectacular views of mountain ranges brings you to Lehthe capital of Ladakh. Transfer to hotel. The town is dominated by the Leh Palace, built in the same style and about the same time as the Potala Palace. Remainder of day at leisure to acclimatise because you have suddenly landed at 3500m and the air is thin.

A walk through Leh Market is suggested late afternoon. Sidewalks are filled with women in traditional ladakhi dress selling fresh vegetables and stalls filled with perfect souvenirs for the burgeoning numbers that visit Leh during the tourist season.

Take an early morning excursion to visit Thikse Gompa at sunrise, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery 19km to the east. Noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, it is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. The monks assemble before sun rise in the main prayer hall to participate in the early morning Puja. The Puja is conducted by the head monks with Lamas following with musical instruments including drums and gongs. After breakfast take a two hour walk to Shey, the ancient capital of Ladakh, and the seat of it’s heartland. Return to hotel for lunch.

In the afternoon take a walk up to Leh Palace, built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. Continue to Shanti Stupa, a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa, which holds the relics of the Buddha. The stupa attracts visitors for its religious significance and the panoramic views.

(3,956m, drive and trek 3- 4 hrs)

Today you will drive to Hemis, the largest and richest Monastery of Ladakh, founded in the 1630’s by Tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Singe Namgyal.Meet the porters and mule men for today’s gentle trek. Passing through the first village, the trail thins between paddy and wheat fields, before following the river bed, over the small streams and boulders, for an hour before reaching your campsite.

Today’s trek (4300m, 5-6 hrs) passes through some spectacular gorges, and then rises gradually for a couple hours before it takes a steep ascent to reach the campsite at the base of Kongmaru La. This afternoon is free to explore.

La(5,250m) – Nimaling(4668m, 5-6 hrs)

Trek to Nimaling with a very gentle rise in the beginning before becomiong steeper as you approach you approach one of the most strenuous part of the trek where the trail becomes steep and turns into small zigzag stretches. Once you reach the pass, the views of Nimaling plains and Mt. Kang Yatze (6400m) are breathtaking. Gradually descend to the plains and cross the Markha river, either by a plank bridge or through knee deep water, before arriving at one of the biggest grazing grounds of Markha Valley and your campsite for tonight. An evening walk towards the ridge line will bring great views of Mt. Kang Yatze.

(3,650m, 6 hrs). Walk through pastures and cross a small lake, as you descend to the village of Hankar, where you cross the river several times and enter the paddy fields enroute to Markha. In the afternoon explore the village and if you like its old Monastery.

Today’s trail (3,567m, 6-7 hrs) crosses the river, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers).

Walk by Skiu village and start a gentle ascent to cross the village of Shingo, (4,150m, 3-4hrs) with a magnificent views of Ganda La.

(4,950 mts) – Rumbek(3,750m, 6- 7 hrs)

A gradual ascent to the top of the pass rewards you with spectacular views of Stok Kangri. Descend on the other side, passing village homes at Yurutse, and continue trekking through Rumbak village.

(4,900m)-Bace Base Camp (4,500m, 6-7 hrs)

Today’s trail to the base of Stok La becomes steeper as you approach the pass. Views of the Indus valley and remarkable colourful rock formations of Stok La will reduce the hardship of our climb. Descend along the mountainside until we reach stone houses, used by the Stok villagers for summer pasture at Mancarmo, then farther trek up to the base camp.

Climb straight up the moraine, tiring work first thing in the day but it soon eases to give a gentle descent and access to the glacier beyond. We may put on crampons as we walk onto the glacier as there are a few, very small crevasses, which are crossed easily. At the top of the glacier the slope steepens as we climb up onto the south face where the camp is located on a promontory of rough ground at approximately 5,300m. Using this high camp also engenders a real ‘expedition feel’ and heightens the anticipation of the climb itself.

We cross scree and boulder slopes, leading to easy angled snow slopes, which require ice axe and crampons. The route is not difficult but at this altitude, it will be strenuous. From the summit of Stok Kangri (6,116m), we should see as far as the Karakoram, the Pamirs and Tibet. If it’s warm enough we’ll rest and recover some energy on top before descending to base-camp.

Return to Stok and Leh. An early start is recommended as it is long descent to Stok village where your cars will be waiting to drive you back to Leh. On arrival in Leh check in at hotel.

Early transfer to airport to board a 07:00 flight to Delhi, where you are met and transferred

to your hotel. Early afternoon orientation tour of Old and New Delhi.In old Delhi visit jama Masjid the largest mosque of Delhi, walk through the Chandni Chowk bazaar and a short bicycle rikshaw ride here. Continue to New Delhi where you drive past Government buildings and see India Gate and war memorial.

The journey ends after breakfast with a transfer to the airport, or perhaps you’ll stay longer and travel elswhere in India.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    2018 FROMTWINSINGLE SUPP
    2 PAX$3,248$700
    4 PAX$2,828$700

    *Discounts apply for 3 or more passengers.  Airfare from Delhi to Leh return is approximately $460 per person extra.

    INCLUSIONS

    • Arrival and departure transfers with English speaking driver in each location.
    • All land transportation, from your arrival on day one through to departure on the final day.
    • Good quality, well located accommodation, with private facilities and breakfast daily.
    • Other meals are listed in each itinerary.
    • Private sightseeing tours (except Wellness, Rail and Oberoi cruise), with your own English speaking guide.
    • Porterage for 1 bag per person.
    • Prepayable entrance fees. Some National Parks are pay as you go. We’ll let you know if this applies to you.
    • Camera charges may be extra
    • 24 hour assistance by our trusted partners in each location.
    • Prices are ‘from’ prices and are subject to availability and seasonal price changes.
    • Prices are correct as at 19Mar18 and valid to end 2018.
    • Flights are NOT included. Some internal flights can often be included with your International ticket to save you money. We will discuss flights with you and advise the best options.
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