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Unique Experiences:

•  Go experience Ladakh – the far-flung peaceful eastern corner of the beautiful Jammu and Kashmir
•  Trek India's most remote and sparsely populated region, a high-altitude desert cradled by the ranges of Karakoram and Great Himalaya
•  Pass gigantic rock pinnacles, beetling cliffs, slender defiles and prayer-flagged passes on the southern skyline of Leh.
•  Enjoy stunning Stok Kangri Peak, which is perfectly suited to someone seeking for the first Himalayan summit

Participants:

Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary.
You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

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Trip Length: 12 Day(s) 11 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every day
Travel Season:

May to September

Type of Transportation: Vehicle,Trekking
Type of Accommodation: Camping - Stay in tents
Physical Rate: 4/5
Child Policy:

Child age: No special child rate, adult rate applicable for child aged 12 and above
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 12

Included in Price:

Accommodation: Camping in Tents.
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners, vegetarian food.
Transport:
Private vehicle for the Pickup and transfer for trekking place with all road taxes and parking fees.
Guide: English speaking guide during Trek.
Others: Kitchen equipment, tent, table and mattresses, cook, helper, horses/porters for luggage.

Excluded from Price:

•  Visas, travel insurance (compulsory)
•  No accommodation in Leh
•  Sleeping bags
•  Monument, Museum entrances, wild life fees etc.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Leh, Chiling, Skiu, Markha, Markha Monastery, Hankar, Nimaling, Kongmaru La, Chogdo, Gyuncho La, Shang La, Matho Phu, Stok Kangri
Start City:
Leh
End City:
Leh

Itinerary

Day 1: Leh - Chiling (3850 m) in 3 hours (car)
Today we drive you towards Srinagar and Kashmir to Nimmu, where the Zanskar River meets the Indus. You will follow the left bank of the Zanskar River through a gorge to Chilling. This village has gold smiths famous for local golden jewellery. (L, D)
Please make extra table lines if more days are needed!

Day 2: Chilling - Skiu
 (3500 m) in 5 hours
Today you will cross the Zanskar River by way of a box and cable bridge and meet our trekking team on the opposite riverbank. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Skiu - Markha (3850 m) in 7 hours

The trail joins the Markha River and will follow it for a few days. Today the trek is quite easy but numerous times, you will need to cross the river from left to right and back, this depending on the season and weather conditions. You will visit the Makha monastery and fort. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Markha - Hankar
 (4000 m) in 4 hours
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). (B, L, D)

Day 5: Hankar - Nimaling
 (4650 m) in 4 hours
Today you will do trekking in valley in direction of the Zalung Karpo and the Rupshu. You will go through Thagshungtse pasture and start our gradual ascent towards the wonderful high valleys of Ladakh. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 m) - Chogdo
 (4000 m) in 7 hours
Climb to the summer pastures of Nimaling, used by the shepherds of Hankar and Markha and 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. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Chogdo - Gyuncho La (4600 m)
- Camp at 4350 m in 6 - 7 hours
From now onwards, you 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. You will descent a few meters bellow to establish our campsite. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Camp at 4350 m - Shang La
 (4800 m) - Matho Phu (4350 m) in 6 hours
Today, you 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 you will trek downhill to a nice camping place. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Matho Phu - Mato La
 (4820 m) - Stok Kangri Base Camp (4700 m) in 5 hours
At the pass, colourful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan River. You will get great views towards the Stock summit and the Stock Kangri (6121m). (B, L, D)

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Base Camp
Day at leisure. Acclimatization day at Base Camp (B,L,D)

Day 11: Summit day (Approx. 8 - 9 hours)
Our route initially crosses spree 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 you will rest and recover some energy on top before descending to base-camp. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Stok Kangri Base Camp - Leh
 (5 hours walk to Stok)
All downhill and through wild gorge scenery. There should be time to visit Stok Palace and museum while you will wait for our jeeps. Then an hour's drive across the Indus valley to the comforts of the civilization in Leh. Upon arrival continue on your own with all the beautiful memories. (B, L)

Key: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner

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