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Peaks & Passes

Area : Stok & Markha range

Duration : 19 nits / 20 days

Grade : Strenuous

Best time : 25 May Sep.

Max. Alt : 6120mtrs.

Overview
This challenging trek which includes ascends of Stok Kangri and Kangyatse peaks offer of the most spectacular panoramic view of many of the Ladakh's mountain ranges. Our trip involves crossing few of tall passes over 5000 meters and through beautiful Ladakhi village and valleys.

Day 01: Arrv Leh
On arrival Leh you will be meeting by our representative & transfer to hotel. Day free to acclimatize, in the evening local market walk

Overnight stay at hotel (B, L, D)
Day 02 : Excursion to Shey, Thiksey & Hemis
Today we proceed for Indus Valley monastery tour. We start with a visit to
Shey : The ancient capital of Ladakh. The monastery here has a huge gold-gilded statue of Buddha Sakyamuni with a large silver lamp burning in front of the statue.

Thiksey Gompa : An impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. The monastery has a beautiful 30 m high gold-plated statue of Maitreya Buddha, the Buddha of the future. Drive further to visit the famous

Hemis Gompa : Founded in 1630's by Stag-tsang-ras-pa under the royal patronage of Sengge Namgyal. Hemis is one of the largest and richest gompa of Ladakh. The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world.

Overnight stay at hotel (B, L, D)
Day 03 : Leh Chilling
Later we drive to chilling (04hrs drive) a famous village known for craftsmanship especially for metal work.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 04 : Chilling-Skiu 3300m (05hrs trek)
Ferry across Zanskar River in Cable car and then walk for a gradual ascend to village of Skiu.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 05 : Skiu-Markha 3500m (06-07hrs)
Follow the Markha River; we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers).

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 06 : Markha-Thachungtse (05 -06hrs)
Today we trek to Thachungtse, a gradually walk about 15km

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 07 : Thachungtse-base of Kangyatse 4800m (06-07hrs trek)
Today we trek gradually to base Nimaling and trek towards base of Kangyatse.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 08 : Rest day at the base of Kangyatse

Acclimatization day around Kangyatse

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 09 : Trek to the advance base camp of Kangyatse
Today we trek towards advance base camp

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 10 : Summit day (6400m)
Summit and trek back to base camp

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 11 : Base camp to Chuskyurmo over Kongmaru-la After breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskyurmo.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 12 : Chuskyurmo to Shang Phu
Today Instead of hiking towards Shangsumdhoo you will travels through small hump and trek into Shang-phu, Where the villagers of Shang Move with their Cattle for the summer Months,

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 13 : Shang Phu to Gangpochey 4880m (06-07hrs trek)
Today we trek to Gangpochey cross over Shang la where one can get a magnificent view of Stok, Zanskar, Ladakh and Karakorum ranges,

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 14 : Gangpochey to Mankarmo 4200m (05-06hrs trek)
Today we trek towards North direction to get to Matho la, 4850 mts. Then trek down to Mankarmo which is used by climber as lower base camp for Stok Kangri. Mankarmo has also got a small shepherds settlement of Stok Village,

Overnight stay at the camp (B, L, D)
Day 15 : Mankarmo to Base camp of Stok Kangri 6120m (03-04hrs trek)
Today we trek towards base camp.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 16 : full day at base camp / preparation day


Day 17 : Summit and back to base camp (10-11 hrs climbing)
Depending on weather and snow conditions, we leave early morning around 1:00 am or 2:00am Usually conditions are better in the night/morning, when the sky is clearer because it is colder and the snow will be harder to walk on. We just take a cup of tea and bring our lunch bag, before walking into the night with our torches. However, if it is a full moon night, the moon will guide us in its silvery glow. It is a strenuous walk, and in the last part we will most likely use not only ice axes, but also crampons and, maybe, even rope, depending on snow conditions.

By the time we come close to the top, you will forget about the hardship as you are surrounded of the most beautiful sights in the Himalayas, lighted up by the slowly rising morning sun.

In good weather conditions we can see the Saser group in the Great Karakoram Range, where K2 lies. To bring good fortune, we leave our Khatag, a religious scarf, on the mountain top with prayer flags. Leaving the peak, we go down to Base Camp and by the time we arrive, the only thing running in our mind is diving into your sleeping bags for a rest.

Overnight stay at camp (B, L, D)
Day 18 : Trek back to Stok and then drive to Leh
This morning we will not hurry and by the time we open our eyes, you realize that you have scaled a peak higher than any mountain in Europe or North America. After breakfast we will walk down to Stok, retracing our footsteps. Upon arrival drive to Leh, in the evening you could celebrate your successful expedition,

Overnight stay at hotel (B, L, D)
Day 19 : Leh
Full day at leisure at Leh for own activities or Optional sightseeing to Sankar Monastery, Shanti stupa & Leh Palace

Overnight stay at hotel (B, L, D)
Day 20 : Depart Leh
Morning departure transfer to Leh Airport