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Ladakh-Markha Valley Trek - Combined With Stok Kangri Climb (6100m)

21 Nights/22 Days
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Duration
22 Days
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Trip Overview

Duration: 21 Nights / 22 Days
Trekking Peak Fees only payable $ 300.00 (total price to IMF UPTO 12 PAX)
Best time: Mid June / July / August / September

Proposed Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrive Delhi

    On arrival at Delhi pick up at International airport followed by transfer to Hotel for overnight

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    Day 2

    Delhi (Sightseeing)

    After having breakfast tour briefing by India Insight Staff after briefing followed full day combined sightseeing of Old and New Delhi, (Monuments includes Red Fort, Jama Mosque, Gandhi Museume, Government Building, Qutab Minar & Humayun Tomb)

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    Day 3

    Delhi/Leh (3520 M)

    Early morning transfer to domestic airport to connect flight to Leh ETD 0540 hrs ETA 0715 hrs…. for all Leh flights one must report at least 2 hrs before the flt…. On arrival at Leh airport transfer by jeeps to Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to get used to the rarefied air of Ladakh… Evening you can take a small walk in the market overnight at hotel.

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    Day 4

    Leh

    After breakfast am sightseeing Shankar Gompa, Shanti Stup & Tsemo Castle (Victory Tower) with local English speaking monastery guide, Pm local visit in the markets. Overnight at hotel.

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    Day 5

    Leh Sightseeing : Shey/Thiksey & Stok Palace

    After breakfast drive toward Hemis around 45 km from Leh, En route visit Shey, & Thiksey monasteries accompanied by local English speaking guide : - Shey was the old capital and the home of the kings of Ladakh before the new capital became established in Leh the palace sits in a strategic position on a spur jutting out into the Indus valley. the main temple contains a large Buddha statue sculpted by Nepalese craft men. Thiksey, this large Gompa is an impressive sight, situated on top of a craggy hill while the rest of the complex sprawls down beneath it. it was founded in the 15th century by Gelukpa monks. Stok, 14 kms southeast of Leh, is a place, where the present day royal family resides. King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal built Stok palace & Museum in the year 1825, after Zorawar Singh's annexation of Ladakh. The royal family resides here since Ladakh lost to Zorawar Singh. At present the palace has a collection of royal dresses, old Thankas, King's crown etc. that is open for visitors. Gurphuk Gonpa, a branch of Spituk Monastery is a little away from the palace, which is famous for its festival "Guru Tsechu" held on the 9th and 10th of the 1st month of Tibetan Calendar.

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    Day 6

    Leh/Hemis/Martselang/ Sang Sumdo (3750m): 2-3 hrs trek

    After breakfast drive toward Hemis around 35 km from Leh, On arrival at Hemis visit the richest monasteries in this valley. As his famous annual mosque dance this is very very popular in Leh. After drive to Martselang & trek to Sang Sumdo around 2-3 hrs pitch the tent near by the village & rest of the time explore the village.

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    Day 7

    Sang Sumdo/BC of Kongmaru-la (Churkirmo) (11,200 ft/3,400 m) 5 hrs. Trek

    An easy ascend mainly along the true left bank of the Martselang chu to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at the village of Martselang. En route explore the local village & wild animals. Chukirmo is the place where you can find the sulpher water. On the opposite side we pitch the tent for overnight.

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    Day 8

    BC of Kongmaru-la (Chukirmo) /Kongmaru-La (5120M) /Nimaling (4880 M)

    6 hrs trek after crossing narrow gorges, we start our ascension towards the Kongmaru La. From the pass, there are great views north towards eastern Korakoram and China, whilst the southern view is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatze (6400m) and the Ladakhi range. We take a ridge trail and descend zigzagging across scare. Afterwards, the path meets the Nimaling summer pastures, used by Hankar and Markha shepherds

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    Day 9

    Nimaling

    Full day local visit on the fine meadowland on the base of Kengyatse (6130m) Overnight at camp.

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    Day 10

    Nimaling - Hankar (4000m)

    5 hrs Trek. We steadily descend through meadows to Thachutse and cross the Nimaling River. The trail follows the Markha River now, and will do so for the next few days.

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    Day 11

    Hankar - Markha (3850m)

    5 hrs Trek. Several monasteries and ruins are scattered along the trail to Markha. After Umlung the valley narrows and becomes a gorge just before Markha. This large village has a fort and a monastery perched on the northern hill. The gompa is reputed to be one of the oldest in Ladakh.

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    Day 12

    Markha - Skiu (3450m) 6 hrs Trek

    The trail passes through quite lush riverside vegetation. En route, we come across more derelict monasteries, some well maintained shortens and at least one good example of a wolf trap. Wolves become a nuisance during the winter as hunger forces them into the villages.

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    Day 13

    Skiu/ Shingo (4150m)/Over Gandla (4920m)/Base of Gandla (3930M) 7-8 hrs trek

    We criss-cross the Markha River and cross it on bridges set at many of the most difficult crossing places. From a tiny group of stupas, we leave the valley and continue upwards along a river bounded by willows and wild rosebushes.

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    Day 14

    BC Gandla /Rumbak (3750m) 7 hrs Trek

    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 Stock summit and the Stock Kangri (6121m).

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    Day 15

    Rumbak - Stok La (4900m) - Stok BC (4200m) 07 hrs Trek

    Ascending from the Rumbak village till the Stok La (4900m) the pass, we enjoy excellent views towards the Indus valley. Eventually, we reach Stock la; take the right way to go to BC of Stok la. On arrival pitch the tent for 03 days. Overnight at tent.

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    Day 16

    Climbing :

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    Day 17

    Climbing :

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    Day 18

    Climbing :

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    Day 19

    Manikarmo Stok Village/ Drive to Leh

    After break trek to Stok village, en route visit the Stok Museum & drive to Leh. Overnight at hotel.

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    Day 20

    Leh

    Full day leisure for individual activities. Overnight at hotel.

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    Day 21

    Leh/ Delhi

    Early in the morning drive to airport take flight to Delhi ETD 0735 hrs ETA 0850 hrs. On Arrival meet to assistance drive to hotel for overnight. Pm day leisure for the individual activates. Overnight at hotel

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    Day 22

    Delhi /Dep

    Am day leisure for the individual activates (Check-Out 1200hrs.) Later evening entime transfer to international airport for onward journey

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