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STOK KANGRI WITH THE MARKHA VALLEY TOUR


Duration : 20 Nights / 21 Days

Destination Covered : New Delhi, Leh Ladakh, Stok Kangri, Arusha, Petra

Price (Starting From) : On Request


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  • STOK KANGRI WITH THE MARKHA VALLEY TOUR

Tour Detail

The Markha Valley epitomizes the best of Himalayan scenery. With giant rock pinnacles, sheer cliffs, narrow defiles, prayer-flagged passes and evidence of a very old civilization, the history of which has been lost in antiquity. As you trek up the Markha Valley, you will see the ruins of many forts and castles, some built in some very unlikely places!
It is a fairly long trek, crossing a pass of over (5151m/ 17,000ft) and climbing (6153m/20,188ft) Stok Kangri.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVE DELHI

Our Local representative will greet you at the international airport and help you transfer to the hotel.

Day 2: FLY TO LEH

You will have an early morning transfer to the domestic airport for the flight up 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 military airport at Leh. Flight time is about 1 hour. You will be met on arrival and driven through Leh to check into your Hotel. Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 ft and therefore we recommend that the rest of the day is spent resting as it will be necessary to adjust to the altitude

Day 3: AT LEISURE IN LEH

Again we will take it easy today and your guide can show you around town. Leh is very Tibetan in many respects; the national dress, 'stove-pipe' hats and felt boots with turned-up toes are much in evidence. The Royal Palace which dominates the town is very reminiscent of the Potala in Lhasa and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, large chortens, prayer flags and mud brick houses with flat roofs are a dramatic culture change from the hot, teeming frenetic rush of Delhi. Don't try to do too much on this first day! Visit the palace, poke around the bazaars, and if you're feeling really keen and strong, walk out to one of the villages just to the north

Day 4: KHARDONG LA

We drive to Khardong La, 5602 meters (18,486 feet) the highest road in the world to acclimatize. The drive is 75Km up and down

Day 5: DRIVE TO PHY, TREK TO ZINGCHEN

After breakfast we drive to Spitok Gompa (approx. 1 hours) for a visit. This monastery was built about 500 years ago by Gyalpo Bumlde, although one temple, dedicated to Mahakala was built about 900 years ago. About 125 yellow-hat sect lamas are considered Spitok Lamas, but at least half of them live and pray at Spitok's dependent monasteries at Sankar, Stok and Sabu. All the lamas do however gather together for major festivals. The name Spitok is probably derived from the Central Tibetan language and means, Effective as an Example, referring to the fact that this was the Tibetans first monastery in Ladakh. The head lama for Spitok was the head lama for Ladakh and represents Ladakh as a member of Parliament, spending much of his time in Delhi. Spitok Gompa contains both old temples and those built in the 1970s. Ancient thankas are preserved there, some having been taken from the Potala in Lhasa after the Chinese invaded Tibet. After leaving the gompa, we cross the bridge over the Indus river and meet up with the horseman. The trek begins here and follows the Indus for a short distance, before striking out for the mountains. You soon enter the narrow gorge that leads to the first camp at Zingchen. There is an option to drive to Zingchen and camp.

Day 6: TREK TO YURUTSE

6 hours) You will follow the trail beside the river till the valley widens at Rumbak, where you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Stok mountains. Take the right fork of the river and continue to the very small village of Yurutse. The purple and green rock formations are quite impressive. Continue past the village to the base camp of Ganda La.

Day 7: TREK TO SKIU

(3370m/11,050ft) (7 hrs) The climb over the Ganda La is not as steep as that up to the Stok La, but it is a bit longer. From the top of the pass there is a fabulous view of snow-capped peaks. The descent into the Skiu valley is steady. The wide pastures at the top of the valley close into a narrow 'waist' at Shingo, where there is a stream junction and a few houses and fields. From here the river swoops exuberantly down the tight narrow gorge choked with willow and wild rose, with the trail following, swapping from bank to bank as it goes. The village of Skiu is at only 9,900 ft, and the Markha Valley here is narrow, so the temperatures can soar. We camp at Skiu, and at dusk it is worth climbing back up the valley to where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha river. Here there is a small monastery cared for by an old nun who comes every evening to light the candles at the altar of 'Chamba', the future Buddha.

Day 8: TREK TO MARKHA

(3568m/11,776ft) (6 hrs) This day includes a very pleasant walk up one of the loveliest sections of the Markha Valley. Woody bushes grow thickly along the river which is spanned by several bridges over which the trail marches to Thinlespa. The camp is beyond this small village on the right bank of the river, just before the village of Markha.

Day 9: TREK TO THACHUGTSE

(3963m /13,078ft) (6-7 hrs) The trail continues eastwards climbing steadily up the valley through the picturesque village of Markha, which has a fascinating monastery well worth a visit. Coming in from the south is the trail from Rubering La, one of the routes from Zangla. From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded section of the lower Markha is left behind. Between the twin villages of Lower and Upper Hankar is a ruined fort, the walls of which climb sharply up a crag to an aerie of a lookout tower - worth visiting for those with a good head for heights. Follow the Nimiling river up the narrow valley to the camp at Thachugtse. It will be considerably cooler here. Or Option camp at Hangkar.

Day 10: TREK TO NIMALING

(4877m/ 16,097ft) (3 hrs) The trail continues to climb up the valley to a picturesque lake with a reflection of snow-capped Kang Yatse, the highest peak in the Zanskar range. From here the Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow which slopes upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse which dominates the area. Nimaling, with tiny ponds and rivulets flowing all over its meadows, provides pasturage in the summer for an astonishing number of animals; yaks, sheep, goats, dzos and horses, not only from the Markha but also from villages all around. Himalayan marmots and white-tailed hares are seen in plenty and it is not unusual to spot the occasional blue sheep or wolf. You should reach camp in the early afternoon and have the rest of the day to relax and explore.

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Inclusions

  • MAP (Room + Breakfast + Lunch/Dinner)
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Sightseeing
  • All Accommodations in Delhi and Leh with Breakfast.
  • expert Climbing Guide
  • camping Accommodation as per the Program with all Meals During the Treks.
  • mule Drivers and Mules During the Trekking.
  • all Monastery Entrance Fees, Wild Life Fees and Camping Fees.
  • english-speaking Guide in Monasteries and While Trekking.
  • service of Cook and Attendants During the Trekking.
  • all Camping Equipment Including North Face or Equivalent Sleeping Tent, Foam Mattresses, Dining Tent and Toilet Tents
  • all Transportation from Delhi Airport Pick-up to Departure

Exclusions

  • Medical and evacuation insurance
  • Miscellaneous expenses and tipping to the staff
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and food in Leh and Delhi.
  • International Air ticket to and from Delhi.
  • A single supplement.
  • Laundry and other services not mentioned in the package. If you need any arrangement, please let us know.

Payments Terms

  • * some Advance Percentage of total booking amount
  • * Airfare/Transport fare to be paid full at one time in advance.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • * Upon cancellation, refund will be made after deducting the Retention Amount.
  • * Retention Amount varies as per the number of days left before your package start date.

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