Nepal Worldlink Adventure "Trekking & Expeditions"
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Monday 8th Aug 2022
Travel Packages : India,Ladakkh,Markha valley trek & Stok Khangri Expedition,Ladakh India

Markha Valley Trek & Stok Khangri Expedition (18 Days)

Markha Valley Trek & Stok Khangri Expedition

Stok Kangri is a delightful trekking peak that lies in the Ladakh area in the northern part of india. The capital city Leh is the starting point of your trek towards the fascinating Markha valley. The long trek is designed to help your body to ajust to altitude and maximize your acclimatization before the summit bid. You trek in unspoiled Indian himalayan region through arid landscape and remote valleys. From Base Camp you wake up in early morning to start your climb for an awe-inspiring sunrise at the summit. From the top you enjoy the magnificient view over Indus Valley, Karakoram Range and Pakistan mountains.
Combining the Marka Valley Trek with the Stok Kangri ascent allow to gain altitude steadily and to acclimatise to the low oxygen conditions before reaching the summit . Although very safe and technically straightforward, the climb on Stok Kangri remains challenging with crossing high passes, boulder terrains and steep snow slopes. The climb of Stok Kangri provides stunning views over the Ladakh region, the Karakoram valleys and the the Himalayan range across Tibet.

Program Itinerary (Short)

Day 01: Arrive Delhi 
Arrive Delhi.Meet and assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 02: Delhi - Leh flight
Early morning transfer to the domestic airport to catch the flight to Leh. This surely is one of the most sensational scheduled flights in the world, taking you right over the top of the Greater Himalaya before dropping down in a series of steep turns, to land at the small airport at Leh. Flight time approx. 1½ hours. You will be met on arrival and driven through Leh to check into the Hotel. Leh is at an altitude of 11,500ft/3,500m and therefore we recommend that the rest of the day be spent resting to help adjust to the altitude.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Sightseeing Leh
visit the monasteries at Shey and Thiksey. Shey gompa is situated on a small hill 10 miles south of Leh and was once the residence of the royal family. It was constructed by the first king of Ladakh, Lhachen Palgyigon, and was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kings. Thiksey gompa is located 15 miles from Leh. It is a very imposing monastery and one of the finest example of Ladakhi architecture of any type. The 12 storey building contains numerous stupas, statues, thankas and wall paintings as well as a large pillar engraved with the Buddha's teachings. The main prayer hall has a 50 feet high seated Buddha figure.
Overnight: Hotel
Day 04: Drive to the Khardung La
As part of our acclimatisation process we take a jeep drive up to the Khardung La, a spectacular pass which at 5300 metres is probably the highest motorable road in the world. This remote road leads to the Nubra valley and the mountains to the north of Leh, and until recently it was closed to foreign travellers. The panoramic views from the pass extend right into the Zanskar Range beyond the Indus River. We can spend time at the pass, gasping in the rarefied atmosphere, before returning to our hotel in Leh.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 05: Leh - Spituk - Zinchen (3200 m) in 4 h
We drive 10 km to Spituk from where we start our trek. We cross Indus river and enter in the Valley of Zinchen river. Near the village in the Valley we will have our first camp after 4 hr walk.
Overnight Tent
Day 06: Zinchen - Yurutse (3844 m) in 5 h
After by passing this beautiful stopping valley, we ascent up to 4900 m. by very steep zigzag, difficult footpath, by now it is 3 h. Now steep descent to summer pastures of Stok and follow the river which comes from Stok - Kangri massif.
Overnight Tent

Day 07: Yurutse - Ganda La (4900 m) - Skiu (3510 m) in 6/7 h
urutse follow path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Gandala. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu.
Overnight Tent

Day 08: Skiu - Markha (3850 m) in 7 h
From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross right bank of river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good camp site beyond the village and near river.
Overnight Tent

Day 09: Markha - Hankar (4000 m) in 4 h
Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses.
Overnight Tent

Day 10: Hankar - Nimaling (4650 m) in 4 h
The path improves and cross a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste. We climb pastures to reach Nimaling. This is one of most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang Yaze.
Overnight Tent

Day 11: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 m)- Chogdo (4000 m) in 7 h
Climb to the summer pastures of Nimaling, used by the shepherds of Hankar and Markha, then follow the hedge to the top. The Kongmaru La pass commands a beautiful view of the Kang Yatze north face (6400 m), the Ladakh ranges and the Indus valley.
Overnight Tent

Day 12: Chogdo - Gyuncho La (4600 m) - Camp at 4350 m in 6- 7 h
From now on, we will follow a new and rarely traveled route through the valleys to the east of our objective.
Today, we turn towards the west into a tributary valley that leads after a long and gradual ascent to the Gyuncho La. We descent a few meters bellow to establish our campsite.
Overnight Tent

Day 13: Camp at 4350 m - Shang La (4800 m)- Matho Phu (4350 m) in 6 h
Today, we will cross many spurs and minor passes with occasional views northwards towards the Indus Valley and the peaks beyond. We climb up to the Shang La and then descend to the Tokpo River. Afterwards we will trek downhill to a nice camping place.
Overnight Tent

Day 14: Matho Phu - Mato La - Stok Kangri Base Camp (4700 m) in 5 h
At the pass, colorful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan River. We get great views towards the Stok summit and the Stok Kangri.
Overnight Tent

Day 15: Acclimatization day at base camp
From base camp, we climb straight up the moraine, which stands immediately above our camp. This is tiring work first thing in the day but it soon eases to give a gentle descent and access to the glacier beyond. Depending on snow conditions we may put on crampons as soon as we walk onto the glacier. The surface of the glacier will probably be uneven and furrowed by melt water streams. 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/17,400ft. Using this high camp also engenders a real 'expedition feel' and heightens the anticipation of the climb itself.
Overnight Tent

Day 16: Summit day
Our route initially crosses scree and boulder slopes, and then leads 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 (6116m), 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.
Overnight Tent

Day 17: Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh (5 h walk to Stok)
All downhill and through wild gorge scenery. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and museum while we wait for our jeeps. Then an hour's drive across the Indus valley to the comforts of the guesthouse in Leh.
Overnight Hotel

Day 18: Fly to Delhi
We leave our hotel very early in the morning for our flight back to Delhi . Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer to hotel for wash and change. Later in the evening transfer to the International airport to catch the flight to home.


Program Outline
  • Trekking Days -› (14)
  • Total Days -› (18)
  • Min. Altitude -› (3500m./11483ft.)
  • Max. Altitude -› (6116m./20066ft.)
  • Walking Per Day -› 5-8hrs
  • Route Nature -› Camping [FOT]
  • Difficulty -› Medium
  • Season -› June-October.


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