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Markha Valley with Stok Kangri (6150m)

Experience climbing Stok Khangri along with Markha Valley Trek and enjoy the beauty of Markha Valley and the  scenic beauty of the Himalayan Mountains from the summit of Stok Khangri. The climbing is easy even for a trekker without any experience or mountaineering skills.

Tour Route

Leh / Chiling / Markha / Stok kangri / Stok / Leh

Tour Program

Day 01: Leh to Chilling - Skyu (3500 m), 5 hrs
After Breakfast drive to Chilling. We cross the Zanskar River with a trolley bridge turn wise to join the waiting team on the other side of the river. Overnight camp.

Day 02: Skyu - Markha (3850 m), 7 hrs
The trail joins the Markha stream and will follow it for a few days. The day’s trek is relatively easy, but it involves crisscrossing the stream at numerous points depending on the water level. Markha has a monastery and a fort for a local cultural sightseeing. Overnight camp.

Day 03: Markha - Hankar (4000 m), 4 hrs
Many monasteries are spread along our route today. After the Umlung monastery, the valley narrows and we stop to camp at the foot of Kang Yaste (6400 m). Overnight camp.

Day 04: Hankar - Nimaling (4650 m), 4 hrs
Trek in the valley in direction of Zalung Karpo and Rupshu. We pass through Thagshungtse pasture and start our gradual ascent towards the wonderful high valleys of Ladakh. Overnight camp.

Day 05: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 m) - Chogdo (4000 m), 7 hrs
Climb up 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 camp.

Day 06: Chogdo - Gyuncho La (4600 m) ( Camp at 4350 m ) 6-7 hrs
From now on, we will follow a new and rarely travelled 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 descend a few meters bellow to establish our campsite. Overnight camp.

Day 07: Camp at 4350 m - Shang La (4800 m) - Matho Phu (4350 m), 6 hrs
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 camp.

Day 08: Matho Phu - Mato La (4820 m) - Stok Kangri Base Camp (4700 m)  5 hrs
At the pass, colourful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskar 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). Overnight camp.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Base Camp:
Spend this day to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude. Overnight camp.

Day 10: Summit day (Approx. 8-9 hours to base-camp).
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 camp.

Day 11: Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh (5 hrs walk to Stok)
Descend downhill and through wild gorge scenery. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and museum while we wait for our jeeps. Then it will take only an hour's drive across the Indus valley to the comforts of the guesthouse in Leh.

Tour Ends

See what our Customers say about Markha Valley with Stok Kangri (6150m)

Tundup Dorjey (Overland) arranged the trek from Lamayuru to Darcha for a very fair price. Also to climb Stok Khangri in 3 days. I can only say, he is a very good tourist manager. Very helpful in every aspect. I can only recommend him and his services. I will come back. Thanks to all

Peter, Germany



This was a hugely successful expedition. Feedback from parents during this last week has been wholeheartedly positive and has expressed a lot of gratitude for the wonderful opportunity we gave to the pupil participants. Maybe I should start with a few short quotes from participants: 'I have seen and experienced things that I am certain I shall never forget'. 'This trip will stay with me for the rest of my life' 'This incredible trip was a once-in a lifetime chance and I have enjoyed every moment of it'. 'This trip was the most amazing experience of my life' I will certainly never forget the experiences, the views and the comradeship that I have enjoyed'. The Transport went very smoothly throughout. The flights were efficient and on time. Ladakh flights are, of course, dependent on weather conditions, but we managed to get to our destination reasonably on time in both directions. Local transport had been very efficiently organised by Tundup Dorjey, who leads ôOverland Escape', the local outfit we used. The cultural programme in Ladakh was very successful, at least partly due to an excellent guide, who could really give us insight into the Ladakhi way of life and its religious background. The Ladakhi cultural evening with songs and traditional dances on our last evening in Leh was also really appreciated. The trek was brilliantly organised by Tundup, the guide and support team were excellent and we were really well looked after throughout. Food was of a very high quality both in the Lotus Hotel in Leh and during the trek. As a consequence, there were only a few cases of (thankfully short-term) sickness. Very importantly, the weather was very kind to us. After some snow on our first day in Leh, the weather cleared and for 10 days on the trek it was absolutely brilliant. As we had clear sunshine on all high days on the trek, the views and the light were absolutely stunning. When there was some rain and more cloud on the last day of the trek, it did not matter to us anymore, as we just had an easy route to complete. Thankfully, we did not need the satellite phone during this expedition, but it provided a safety net just in case. We knew that altitude sickness was a potentially high risk and took every precaution possible. We had built in a long acclimatisation period in Leh before starting the trek and once on the trek ascended very slowly before we reached the highest pass. A number of pupils suffered mild symptoms of altitude sickness on the first two days in Leh, but quickly recovered. Rory Gascoigne was taken to hospital to receive oxygen in order to help his acclimatisation process and subsequently managed to complete the trek without any further difficulties. Choice of destination: Ladakh proved an extremely popular destination with all participants due to the immense opportunities it offers with regard to its culture and its mountain challenges, which are just appropriate for a group like ours. The experience of the region I brought to the expedition was also a very important safety factor and it enabled us to devise a relevant and valuable programme throughout. It is quite amazing, in a way, that on an expedition of this magnitude there was not a single injury. This was at least partly due to the excellent discipline within the group. The staff team worked extremely hard, supported each other well and got on very well with each other. They had prepared the group well for the EFL teaching at Druk Pema, they entertained the students positively after arriving at campsites during the trek, and formed good positive relationships with the participants. Future expeditions: I have already made tentative plans for the next expedition in April 2009. Ladakh is an ideal destination, and the fact that we have an excellent support team there (Tundup Dorjey and Overland Escape) together with our educational connections with White Lotus School guarantee the educational value of an expedition there.

Edwin Gruber, St Christopher School, England



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