Duration : 18 Days / 10 Days trek / Level : difficult / Best season : mid May to beginning of September / Trek & Culture
Embellished by the visit of the great monasteries of the region, this trek, THE great classic of Ladakh, crosses valleys and passes and bypasses a part of the mountains along the Indus.
Villages and hamlets succeed each other through a setting of breathtaking peaks and passes of high altitude, in a decor of a mineral desert of rock, eternal snow and rivers and streams.
The starting point of the trek is in Stok, a small village on the outskirts of the Markha Valley. After climbing to the base camp of Stok Kangri (4965m), for better acclimatization, we cross several high altitude passes before arriving at La Kongmaru, the highest point of our trekking at 5175m. altitude and arrive finally at Shangsumdo which marks the arrival.
We then return to Leh for two days of rest before returning by flight to Delhi and leaving India.
Day 1 : Arrival in Delhi & flight to Leh
Day 2 : Leh
Day 3 : Matho Tours – Stok – Shanti Stupa – Samkar
Day 4 : Likir – Alchi (68 km)
Day 5 : Stok – Chang Ma (3990 m)
Day 6 : Chang Ma – Mankarmo (4500m)
Day 7 : Mankarmo – Base Camp (4965m)
Day 8 : Stok Kangri Base Camp – Acclimation
Day 9 : Stok Kangri Base Camp – Stok La (4900m) – Rumbak (3500m)
Day 10 : Rumbak – Shingo (3380m)
Day 11 : Shingo – Markha (4500m)
Day 12 : Markha – Hanker – Thachungtse
Day 13 : Thachungtse – Nimaling (4700m)
Day 14 : Nimaling – Kongmaru-la (5175m) – Shangsumdo
END OF TREK
Day 15 : Shangsumdo – Hemis – Thiksey – Shey – Leh (58 km) by jeep
Day 16, 17 : Leh – rest
Day 18 : Flight Leh – Delhi & Departure
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Arrival Delhi, transfer to the hotel for a few hours. Then transfer to the domestic airport to take flight Delhi – Leh, the capital of Ladakh, at 3500 meters above sea level.
Day 2: Leh
Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Full day of acclimatization; rest and walks in Leh.Day 3 :
Visits at Matho – Stok – Shanti Stupa – Samkar Gompa
After lunch, departure for Stok (14km), crossing the Indus to Choglamsar. In Stok, visit of the Royal Palace, built by King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825. Collection of royal objects, Thankas (painting on canvas) and ancient statues. After the visit, direction Matho, 10 km from Stok. This monastery was built by the Lama Tumgpa Dorje in the 13th century. Two famous oracles (known as Rongtsan), who were invited from Tibet by the monastery’s founder, still appear during the festival. After visiting Matho, return to Leh. In the evening, visit Shanti Stupa and Sankar Monastery in Leh. Overnight in guesthouse in Leh.
Day 4 : Acclimatization & Visits from Likir & Alchi (68 km)
In the morning after breakfast, departure for Alchi. Today we are traveling on the Leh -Srinagar highway. Spectacular views and beautiful landscapes between gigantic mountains, sometimes impressive gorges; crossing Magnetic Hill with its great view of the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar before the village of Nimoo. Beautiful and charming villages of Ladakh. Arrival in the village of Likir and visit of the monastery. The village took its name from the monastery (Lu-khil) which means encircled naga – a myth associated with the founding of this monastery. Visit the monastery located on the top of the hill overlooking the beautiful village, and founded in 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje (of the Gelugpa sect) under the reign of King Lhachen Gyalpo. After the visit, continue to Alchi. We pass the village of Saspol then we cross the Indus on a bridge on the left side and we follow the road that leads to Alchi. Visit the Seche Gelugpa monastery, built more than 1000 years ago by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Back to Leh. Night at the hotel.
Day 5: Leh – Stok – Chang Ma (3990 m)
Taxi transfer to Stok village, south of Leh. In this first step towards Stok Kangri, hike up a wide, arid valley. Crossing a first pass and climb quite difficult until Chang Ma (2-3hrs) where we stop for our first stage and our first level of acclimatization. Night in tent (tent camp)
Day 6 : Chang Ma – Mankorma (4328m)
Aujourd’hui rando de plus ou moins trois heures sur une piste relativement facile. Traversée de jolis cours d’eau et de pittoresques vallées montagneuses Ladakhi. Le paysage se désertifie peu à peu à mesure de la progression. Arrivée à Mankorma, qui se compose d’un terrain plat et large avec des buissons épineux. Nuit sous tente (camp de tentes).
Jour 7 : Mankarmo – Stok Kangri Base Camp (4965m)
Climb from 3 to 4 hours. We feel the altitude becoming extreme. Many breaks. Check-in at lunch time. The rest of the day will be spent resting and acclimatization. The base camp is located on relatively flat ground. Night under tent.
Day 8 : Stok Kangri Base Camp – Acclimatization
This day is devoted to acclimatization: here we are at almost 5000 meters altitude. If you feel good you can climb a promontory overlooking the camp in the afternoon, which makes us gain 200 meters above sea level. Then return to camp.
Day 9 : Stok Kangri Base Camp – Stok La (4900m) – Rumbak
We start a difficult day down the valley to a torrent that branches off to the left, an hour after Mankorma. We cross and up the torrent from which we are moving away for a long climb (very steep) of several hours towards the Stok La that we cross early afternoon. Then we go down for a long and (very) steep descent to the small village of Rumbak where we house and eat to some inhabitants.
Day 10 : Rumbak – Ganda La (4950 m) – Shingo – 8-9h (4600m)
We leave Rumbak and descend to a torrent that we cross cautiously on a small wooden bridge. We continue the trek along a well-defined path that, going up in a valley, gradually moves away from the river to the left. We soon reach Yurutse at the foot of Ganda La . We have lunch here and refuel (more sources before Skiu) before starting the final climb of the day to the Ganda La at 4950 m. Long gradual ascent to the pass on a zigzagged trail that becomes hard as you ascend. From the summit, incredible views of the Markha Valley and the Zanskar Range. We begin our – easy – descent to the village of Shingo where we dine and spend the night at the inhabitant.
Day 11 : Shingo – Skiu – Marka – 7h (4500m)
Long descent into the valley that opens and reveals the village of Skiu. Then, starting to the left we arrive at the camp after a few minutes of an easy walk, river crossing and splendid landscapes. We continue on the right bank of the river Markha. Green path populated with willows, poplars of sea buckthorn bushes. Then, on the left bank (bridge) crossing a vast rocky plain, then return to the right bank (bridge) to the village of Chaluk. Back on the left bank and arrival in the village of Markha our destination of the day. Good camp at 4300 m.
Day 12 : Trek Markha – Hanker – Thachungtse – 4240 m (6 hrs)
Today, crossing the river several times and crossing the beautiful landscape of the Markha Valley, surrounded by huge multicolored mountains.
Departure from the camp after breakfast for Thachungtse. We follow the road along the right bank of the main valley. The path is a bit complicated and sometimes gets lost in the riverbed. Past the Humlung monastery, we continue along the right bank to the village of Hankar. Past this charming village, the path improves a little. The valley becomes narrower and deeper. We cross the river on a wooden bridge and fork to the right towards the pastures of Thachungtse and its marmot colonies. Good camp near the Markha River at 4240 m
Jour 13 : Trek Thachungtse – Nimaling (4 hrs)
Départ du camp après le petit-déjeuner pour Nimaling. Le sentier peut être facilement vu du camp. Randonnée facile au début puis ascension progressive, plusieurs passages raides jusqu’à Small Lake. La rivière se trouve assez loin sur la gauche (gorge).
Du lac, vue magnifique et enchanteresse sur le pic du massif Kangyatse (6400 m). Passé le lac, randonnée facile en suivant le chemin sur un paysage lunaire et stérile jusqu’à Nimaling qui se niche dans l’une des plus hautes et merveilleuses vallées du Ladakh (4700 m) dominée par le spectaculaire massif du Kangyatse. Troupeaux de Yaks, Baby Yaks, vaches, chevaux, chèvres qui paissent sur les magnifiques prairies… Après-midi, promenade à travers Nimaling et contemplation de la vue panoramique de la magnifique vallée de Markha. Nuit en camp. (4740 m)
Day 14 : Trek Nimaling – Kongmaru-la (5175m) – Shangsumdo (6/7 hrs) Leh
Departure after breakfast, the hike begins with the crossing of the creek on a wooden bridge. Gradual ascent on a zigzag path to Kongmaru-la (5150m). Exceptional view : on one side of the Kangyatse and the enchanting Markha Valley ; on the other side, incredible and imposing view of the Indus Valley. After the pass, steep descent to the camp. After a first camp, easy descent to a stream located downstream along beautiful gorges. Several easy crossings. We leave the gorges soon and we continue our trek on the left bank to Chuskirmo (source of salt water in spring). Continue hiking, sometimes in the river bed, right bank, and again on the left bank. Crossing the charming little village of Chokdo. Past the village easy descent into the valley until Shangsumdo. Night at the inhabitant (3450 m). This is where our trek ends.
Day 15 : EN ROUTE Shangsumdo – Hemis – Thiksey – Shey – Leh (58 km)
Morning after breakfast, departure by jeep to Leh via the monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey and Shey. After a long time along the valley to the village of Martselang, turn left towards the monastery of Hemis hidden behind beautiful mountains. Arrival in Hemis, visit of the monastery. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa built this monastery (the largest of the Drugpa sect) in the 16th century with the 35th king of Ladakh, Singey Namgyal. After visiting this monastery, head to the Thiksey Monastery, the monastery of the Visti Gelugpa sect, located on top of a hill. Built by the great Lama Paldan Shesrap in the 14th century, it offers breathtaking views of the Indus Valley, its beautiful surrounding mountains and snow-capped peaks. It houses the large statue of Buddha Maitreya (Buddha Future). Later, head to Leh visiting Shey Palace where you visit the large golden copper statue of Lord Buddha dating from 1633AD. Night at the hotel.
Day 16, 17 : Leh
Rest at Leh, pre-departure shopping.
Day 18 : Flight Delhi Leh & Departure
Departure for Leh airport and flight back to Delhi (1h30) Transfer to the hotel and rest. Later transfer to International Airport and departure from India.
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THE PACKAGE INCLUDES :
- Hotels in Delhi and Leh based on double room.
- Domestic flight Delhi-Leh-Delhi
- Local transport.
- English speaking guide for visits
- Entrance fees of monasteries in Ladakh
- Arrival and departure transfers to Delhi and Leh airports with assistance
- All-inclusive trek (homestay or tent camp)
- Trekking staff: Guide, help (s)
- Oxygen cartridges
- Portable hyperbaric chamber
- First aid pharmacy
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