Markha Valley with Stok Kangri
The Markha Valley trek is certainly one of the most diverse trek in the Western Himalayas and the barren landscape of Leh Ladakh and its unique Buddhist culture.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Large Group
Markha Valley with Stok Kangri (6150m)
Experience the bliss of paradise by climbing Stok Kangri with Markha Valley. Markha Valley trekking tours offer a plethora of dense foliage, impeccable views of the valley, and the imposing mountains from the summit of Stok Kangri. Climbing in Stok Kangri is not a daunting endeavor for most trekkers as the incline is not too steep. Moreover, one can even attempt this trek with no experience. The Markha valley with Stok Kangri trek derives its origin from a river called Markha, a tributary of Zanskar. Massive mountains enclose the boundaries of the river like a protective sheath which gives shape to the pristine Markha valley. While traversing along the valley and proceeding with the Stok Kangri climbing tour, numerous Tibetan settlements form a fence around the valley. These settlements have been transformed into tiny hamlets created from mud-brick houses and Buddhist gompas. Before being discovered in the 19th century, this region was completely isolated from the modern world. The Markha valley with Stok Kangri trek helps Tibetans earn a living from the few trekkers that visit the scenic beauty during the summer months.
Stok Kangri Markha Valley trekking includes an intricate trail through the colossal Himalaya mountains. In Ladakh, Stok Kangri Markha Valley trekking is an underrated gem. Due to its astounding height, which reached an elevation of 6153 meters, the challenging expedition is the highest in the Stok Range of the Himalayas. Climbing in Stok Kangri is rather strenuous as it covers 70% of the height of Everest. The streams, glaciers, moraines, grasslands, and snow-capped mountains hypnotize every traveler seeking refuge on the Markha Valley trekking tour.
Grade – Challenging
Duration – 13 days
Max. Altitude – 20500ft
Total trekking – 80 kms approx.
Region – Leh, Ladakh
- Accommodation during trek on triple/quad (Guest House/Homestay/Camping)
- All veg meals while on trek (Veg)
- Transport from Leh to base village and return
- All necessary permits and entry fees
- First aid medical kit
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff
- All taxes
- Any meals during transit
- Personal expenses
- Travelling insurance
- Cost Escalation due to unforeseen reason
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head
Arrive at Leh ( 11480ft)
Arrive by flight at Leh for the Markha Valley with Stok Kangri trek, followed by recuperation at the hotel that has been allotted. Before starting, one needs to get acclimated to the cold weather conditions of Leh. Explore the different parts of the bustling town and the local bazaar replete with unique shops. Return to the hotel by the evening and have a comfortable sleep.
Leh-Chilling-Sku (11450 ft)
Wake up to a mouthwatering breakfast at the hotel and get ready for a drive to Chilling. Cross the pristine Zanskar river with the help of a trolley bridge to join the team waiting on the other side of the river. The trek begins here.
Skiu - Markha (12630ft)
The trail meets the Markha stream at a convergence. The group will follow this trail for a few days. Today, the trek is relatively easy, but numerous inflow streams intersect, which is rather tricky to cross depending on the water level. Markha houses a monastery and a fort for the locals and trekkers alike.
Markha- Hankar (13120ft)
The Stok Kangri climbing tour includes numerous monasteries that are spread out along the route today. After climbing in Stok Kangri to Umlung monastery, the valley narrows down disproportionately. At this juncture, retire at the base of Kang Yaste (6400m), our first campsite.
Hankar- Nimaling (15255 ft)
Trek down the valley towards Zalung Karpo and Rupshu. Travel through the picturesque grasslands of Thagshungtse and proceed towards Ladakh’s breathtaking upper valleys.
Nimaling- Kongmaru La (16900ft)- Chogdo (13120ft)
Ladakh Stok Kangri Markha Valley trekking is an unforgettable experience for many trekkers because it traverses through various landscapes such as grasslands, snow-covered mountains, moraines, and the summer pastures Nimaling, a bustling spot for shepherds of Hankar and Markha. After marveling at the panoramic sights, follow the hedge to the top. The Kongmaru La pass offers a commanding view of the Kang Yatze north face (6400m), the breathtaking Ladakh ranges, and the Indus valley.
Chogdo - Gyuncho La (15090ft) - (Camp at 14270ft)
From now onwards, follow a new and rarely traveled route through the valleys to the east of the vantage point. Today, the trail runs towards the west into a tributary valley that leads to the long and gradual ascent to the Gyuncho La. Descend a few meters to retire for the night at the next campsite.
Camp at 4350 m - Shang La (15750ft)- Matho Phu (14270ft)
Traverse several spurs and minor passes today, with views northwards into the Indus Valley and beyond. Gradually ascend to Shang La before descending to the Tokpo River. After there, hike down to the next camping spot.
Matho Phu - Mato La (15815ft) -Stok Kangri Base Camp (15420ft)
Colorful prayer flags flail in the breeze at the pass, with the Zanskari range in the distance. Following that, continue the Stok Kangri climbing tour by gradually descending into the Jingchan River. The location offers fantastic views overlooking Stok peak and Stok Kangri (6121m).
Acclimatization day at Base Camp
Acclimatization day at Base Camp
Summit day (20500ft)
The route begins with scree and boulder slopes before transitioning to easy angled snow slopes that require an ice ax and crampons. The journey is not difficult, but it will be difficult at this altitude. Several mountain ranges stand tall in the distance, like the Karakoram, Pamirs, and Tibet from the peak of Stok Kangri. Climbing in Stok Kangri is worth the strenuous journey due to the encapsulating views at the top. The group will stop and recuperate on the summit before heading down to the base camp if it is warm enough.
Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh
Leh to Delhi
The Stok Kangri climbing tour ends after reaching Leh. Check out from the hotel after a delicious breakfast and depart to the respective hubs. Markha Valley with Stok Kangri Trek ends here.
- Backpack with rain cover(40-60lts)
- Daypack/Knapsack – Optional
- Floaters or Sandals
- Trekking Shoes – Medium or High ankle length(Get a pair and “break-in” well in advance that you don’t face any sores/blisters once you are on mountains)
- 2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
- 3 Pair of sports Socks and 1 pair of woolen
- Woolen Gloves
- Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
- Windproof Jacket
- Sun Cap
- One Scarf/Balclava
- Quick dry towel/Light towel
- Lip Balm
- Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
- Water Bottle 1 Lt – good quality plastic bottle
- Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
- Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
- Personal Medicine Kit –
- General medicines comprising of headache, fever, vomiting, stomach upset and pain killer
-Anti-inflammatory -Nurofen or diclofenac sodium
- Dark Sunglasses
- Trekking Pole
- CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries.
- Extra Polythene bags.
- Dry fruits/Energy bars
P.S You may use and share common kit for toiletries and medicines if travelling in a group