Duration of Trek: 05 Days
Best Time: Mid June to End of September
Highest Point: Matho La (4820 m)
Focus: Monasteries, Monks, People Villages
Highlight: Remote villages, High mountain Passes
Physical Challenge: Moderate overall
Day 01 Leh to Martselang to Chogdo (3-4 Hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Martselang and start trekking to Chogdo. Overnight in Camp.
Day 02 Chogdo - Gyuncho La (4600 m) - Camp at 4350 m in 6- 7 h.
From now on, we will follow a new and rarely traveled 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. We descent a few meters bellow to establish our campsite.
Day 03 Camp at 4350 m - Shang La (4800 m)- Matho Phu (4350 m) in 6 h.
Today, we 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 we will trek downhill to a nice camping place.
Day 04 Matho Phu - Matho La (4820 m) –Mankarmo (4500 m) in 4-5 h.
At the pass, colorful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan River. We get great views towards the Stock summit and the Stock Kangri (6121m). Overnight in Camp.
Day 05 Mankarmo to Stok to Leh
Morning after the breakfast walk down to Stok and drive to Leh.
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Ladakh Trekking India (LTI) did an excellent job for our large group for Markha Valley Trek with special spiritual interests. Mr. Sam accompanied us the whole time and took diligently care of our needs. We became friends, and this is all I would like to say: a great thank you from all my heart.