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20-Day Ladakh Trek with Markha Valley and Stok Kangri Climb

Ladakh Trek with Markha Valley and Stok Kangri Climb -- Trip Photo of India trek  India map

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Come to a land that is arguably more "Tibet" than Tibet itself; a land where ancient Tibetan traditions and vital religious shrines have been carefully protected and honored. We start by flying into the Ladakhi capital of Leh, where the imposing peak of Stok Kangri (20,080 feet) is prominent on the southern skyline. While spending several days acclimatizing, we visit the colorful ancient Buddhist monasteries at Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis before setting off on the gorgeous trek through the Markha Valley. Our route winds through several remote and picturesque villages to the high Nimaling Plain below the magnificent peak of Kang Yatze. Crossing the Kongmaru La, we then follow a scenic high route to Stok Kangri Base Camp, a three-day approach to the mountain, which includes superbly located campsites and far-reaching views of Tibet and the eastern Karakoram. Although very safe and technically straightforward (involving low-angle scree and easy snow slopes), the climb on Stok Kangri is both physically challenging and interesting. This trip is perfectly suited to someone seeking his or her first Himalayan summit.

* Note that this trip can start any day during the Ladakh summer, however the best season is between mid-June through early September.

* Special Festivals: A host of dazzling local festivals (such as the brilliant Hemis Festival) occur all year; we can time your trip to coincide with festivals for added culture! Contact us for suggested dates.

* This trip can be shortened for those who need a shorter trip by removing Day 4 and Day 9.

* We can easily add an English-speaking professional tour leader to join your party throughout the trip for an extra cost. The flat fee is $4,000 per group. This option truly enhances your experience so we highly recommend it!

Itinerary in Brief

  • DAY 1: Arrive in Delhi
  • DAY 2: Fly to Leh, Ladakh
  • DAY 3: Explore ancient Leh
  • DAY 4: Discover more of magical Leh
  • DAY 5: Drive to Chilling (10,498 ft) and trek to Skiu (10,971 ft)
  • DAY 6: Trek Skiu to Markha (3,760 m / 12,040 ft)
  • DAY 7: Trek to Thachungste (4,265 m / 13,992 ft)
  • DAY 8: Trek Markha to Nimaling (4,700 m / 15,419 ft)
  • DAY 9: Acclimatization Day in Nimaling
  • DAY 10: Trek to Chuskyurmo (4,000 m / 13,123ft)
  • DAY 11: Trek from Chuskyurmo to Shang Phu (4,365 m / 14,320 ft)
  • DAY 12: Trek from Shang Phu to Gangpoche (4,435 m / 14,550 ft)
  • DAY 13: Trek to Smankarmo (4,380 m / 14,370 ft) via Matho La Pass (4,965 m / 16,390ft)
  • DAY 14: Trek to the Base Camp of Stok Kangri (16,434 ft / 4,980 m)
  • DAY 15: A rest day and time for final preparations for ascent
  • DAY 16: Summit Day - Ascend Stok Kangri (6,220 m / 20,406 ft)
  • DAY 17: Trek to Stok Village from base camp / Drive to Leh
  • DAY 18: Fly back to Delhi
  • DAY 19: Explore Delhi or Agra/Taj Mahal
  • DAY 20: Transfer / Depart Delhi


  • Ascend a 20,000 foot mountain in the rugged Himalaya - the highest non-technical peak possible in India!
  • Trek through friendly indigenous villages rippling with authentic culture
  • Visit ancient Buddhist Monasteries perched on the cliffs
  • Opportunities to time your trek with astounding local festivals

LOCATIONS: Ladakh, India

ACTIVITIES: Mountain Trekking

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