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INDIA 2009


STOK KANGRI AND THE MARKHA VALLEY

 

India

 

led by Emma Jack

18 July - 9 August 2009

 

Details of this year's trek can be found on the KE Adventure Travel website - Stok Kangri and the Markha Valley

(local agent Rimo Expeditions)

 

Markha Valley and Stok Kangri at EveryTrail

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Day 1 Fly to Delhi from London Heathrow with Air India.

 

Day 2 Rendezvous at the group hotel. Sightseeing tour of the city after lunch including Humayun's tomb and a carpet shop.  Pass India Gate, the Bahai Temple and Lal Qila (Red Fort).
       

 


Day 3 Transfer to the domestic airport for 1 hour flight northwards, across the Himalaya, to Leh, where we transfer to the group hotel. Afternoon free in Leh.
       

 
 

Day 4 Visit Phyang monastery where there was a festival taking place and Spituk monastery.  Dinner in the 'Tibetan Kitchen'.
       

       


Day 5 A full day's sightseeing tour. Visit some of the area's most important monasteries, at Thikse, Hemis and Shey.
       

       

   

 

Day 6 Drive up to the Khardung La (5380m / 17,650ft), one of the world's highest road passes. Great views of the Karakoram peaks, then return to the hotel in Leh.
       

       

 


Day 7 Whitewater rafting trip on the Indus on the way to our first camp at the village of Chilling.  

       

   


Day 8 Cross the Zanskar on a box and cable bridge, meet our crew and trek beside the river to a junction with the Markha River which we follow to Skiu. (3400m / 11,155ft). Lunch at Skaya.
       

 


Day 9 More river crossings today as we follow the Markha stream passing several ancient ruins to reach our camp at the village of Markha.  Lunch at Chalick.
       

       

 


Day 10 Pass more impressive monasteries, trekking to the village of Hangkar. Camp at 4000 metres.  Lunch at Umlu.  Visit monastery ruin and swim in river.

       

       

       

 


Day 11 A shorter day today climbing up to the Nimaling Plain. The scenery opens out as we traverse around to the north side of 6400 metre high Kang Yatze. Camp at 4740 metres (15,420 feet).
       

     


Day 12 Day hike to a view point on the north-west ridge of Kang Yatze. A second night at our camp on the Nimaling Plain.
       


Day 13 Crossing the Chikorma La with views of the Karakoram. We then descend via a narrow gorge of contorted rock formations to a camp.
       

 


Day 14 Leaving the Markha Valley trail we head west up a tributary valley to the Gyuncho La (4600m) and descend to camp at Shang Po (4350m / 14,270ft).
       


Day 15 Today we cross the Shang La (4800m), descending to the Tokpo River and continue trekking generally downhill to Gangpoche (4320m / 14,170ft).
       

 

Day 16 We trek to the Mato La (4800m) and descend. From here we have a short trek up valley to our basecamp for Stok Kangri. Camp at 4900 metres (16,075 feet).
       

Day 17 Trek to high camp (5500m).  Practice ice climbing skills.
       


Day 18 Summit Stok Kangri from high camp, starting to walk at 3am. Summit views include the Karakoram, Tibetan peaks and a bird's eye view of the Indus Valley. Return to basecamp.
       

   

 


Day 19 We descend directly to Stok Village, with its fields of barley and buckwheat.

       

 

 

Day 20 Jeeps arrive in morning and we transfer to Leh where we check back in to the group hotel.  Shop and final meal in 'The Pizzeria' in evening.
   


Day 21 Today we take the flight southwards across the main chain of the Indian Himalaya to Delhi. Transfer to the group hotel.  Explore Delhi a bit more using the Metro.
      


 

Day 22 A full day's visit to Agra.  Visit Taj Mahal and the Red Fort in the morning, and Itimadud-Daula (baby Taj) and Sikandra in the afternoon.

       

     

 

Day 23 Check in at Delhi airport in the morning for flight back to London Heathrow.