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MARKHA VALLEY-STOK KANGRI EXPEDITION MARKHA VALLEY- KANG-YATSE EXPEDITION
 
 
 
 
MARKHA VALLEY- KANG-YATSE EXPEDITION
   
Duration : 15 DAYS
Place Covered : Delhi , Leh , Yangthang , Temisgang, Leh, delhi
 
MARKHA VALLEY- KANG-YATSE EXPEDITION
   

DAY 01: Arrive Leh .Met & Transfer  Hotel.

Day 02: Leh; Visit Sanker Shanti Stupa Leh Palace: Leh. . These are a couple of kms away from Leh. Sankar Monastery belongs to the Gelukpa School of Tibetan Buddhism and is a branch of Spituk Monastery. Shanti Stupa at the Hilltop was built by the Japanese for World peace which was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1985. Leh Palace was built by King Singey Namgyal in the beginning of 17 century AD. The nine-storey palace is now deserted and ASI has taken up the renovation work.

Day 03: Leh - Shey - Thiksey - Stok
Shey is 15 Kms south of Leh and was the seat of power of the first King of Ladakh who constructed the hilltop Fortress. The ruin Fort can be seen above the present Shey Palace. Shey Palace was built in the beginning of 17th Century AD. The main image in the monastery is the three storey image of Buddha Sakyamuni made of copper gilt.

Thiksey Gompa :
En route to Hemis Gompa, the Thiksey monastery is a most imposing structure providing a panoramic view of the green Indus valley from its vantage atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, stupas and tannkhas.
 Stok is 14 kms south east of Leh where the

present day Royal family resides. Stok Palace and museum built in 1825 has a collection of royal dresses, King's crown and many other interesting antiques items etc which is open for visitors.

Day 04:DRIVE TO SPITOK, TREK TO ZINCHEN (3,530m) 5-6 hours.
Our trek begins from Spitok by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the River Indus. The trail passes through barren countryside for about 3 hours until the Indus enters a narrow gorge at its confluence with the Zinchen. From here the trail climbs steadily through the Rumbak Valley, which is lined with trees, providing sufficient shade for a rest stop, before we reach the tiny village of Zinchen, which consists of just 4 or 5 houses. Camp overnight.

DAY 05: TREK TO Yuru tse. (3530-4,380m). 5/6 hrs. The trail from Zinchen ascends gradually all the way along the Rumbak Nala until you reach Rumbak, the largest village in the Zinchen Valley. If the fields are cultivated you may have to ford the river a few times up to Rumbak junction. We then follow the well-marked trail on the left bank of the Rumbak Nala, passing cultivated fields and scattered houses until we enter a side valley leading to the south. Further trek on along the river until you reach Rumbak where you can see the snow capped peaks of the Stok mountains

DAY 06: TREK TO SKIU. (4,380-3660m). 5-6 hrs. Immediately after we leave camp, a gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets us to the Kundu La (4906m). From the pass there is a fabulous view of white-fringed mountains merging into the distant ranges of the Karakoram. The trail descends steadily to the head of the Skiu Valley, where a number of rivulets join to form a small stream. The broad grassy shoulders of the upper valley narrow sharply to the pinched waist at Sumdo, with its few houses and fields at the junction of a small stream with the Skiu Nala. From here the river swoops exuberantly down a tight, narrow gorge, choked with willow and wild roses, and we follow the trail as it leaps from bank to bank all the way to the village of Skiu on the banks of the Lower Markha. You enter the village confronted by towering rock faces. Since Skiu is only at about 3660m and the Markha Valley is quite narrow, the temperature is higher here.

DAY 07: TREK TO MARKHA (3660-3200 MTS).  Cross the river and trek upto the Markha village. It is the longest valley. A beautiful oasisterraced green fields and small irrigation  canals. At dusk just as the evening shadows begin to envelop the valley, it is worth walking along the trail where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha to visit a small monastery. This is cared for by an old nun, who comes every morning and evening to light the butter lamps at the altar of Chamba - the Future Buddha. Camp overnight.

DAY 08: TREK TO THACHUNGTSE. (3,589m).  6-7 hrs.  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 village and further to Hankar village from where we get a goog view of Gyalpo-Ri peak. The camp is beyond this small village on the bank of the river. Camp overnight.

Day 09:Thochung-Kangyatse base camp . Today, A gradually long climb upto Kangyatse base camp.5/6 hour

Day 10:Rest A rest day and time for final preparations for the climb. The trek leader/mountain guide will check the route to the glacier and the Summit.

Day 11:  Submit;A very early morning start (approx 2 a.m.). After about an two and half we reach the base of the glacier. Depending on the snow condition we will all put on crampons as soon as we climb on to the glacier. There are very few crevasses and these are small and not dangerous but much more technical then Stok Kangri.However one must be very careful while crosing them. It is always advisable to stay close to the group and stay in rope while climbing.. At an altitude aproaching 6000 meters, it is extremely very tiring .The summit is a superb reward for your effort giving magnificent views in every direction . The town of Leh is so small that you can barely see it. After taking photographs and perhaps a bite to eat, we set off back down hill to the base camp.

Day 12(Trek to Nimaling -4,800m)...  The Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow, sloping upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse, 21,500ft/6,553m, 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. Camp overnight.

Day 13: Nimaling - Shang. 6-7 hrs.
A short but steep climb to takes you over Kongmarula (5030 mts), the highest point on the trek with excelent views of Stok Kangri range and Karakuram. Descend to Shang Sumdo, pickup and drive Leh via Hemis monastery is before 55 km from Leh, built in 1630 and is one of the most Famous, largest and richest monastery in Ladakh.

Day 15 :Fly Leh/ Delhi

 
 
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