SEASONMID JUNE – SEPTEMBER
MAX. ALTITUDE6001 Meters (Max. Elevation)
TREK GRADEMODERATE TO CHALLENGING
TREK DURATION13-14 Days
Knowing Himalayas beyond the mountain walls
Trek leads through the most varied landscape in Ladakh, barren and rugged yet inexpensively decorated with multi hued colors of high mountain desert. Over the high passes with fluttering prayer flags, deep gorges with giant rocks in contrast with infinite blue of the sky. The area homes some of the best wildlife in Ladakh. in the right timings of the day there are Great chances spotting Himalayan Blue Sheep, Ibex and, if you are lucky, the rare snow leopard. Extraordinary scenery towards the final leg of the trek.
Trek starts from Jigchan gorge, which too is the beginning of Hemis National Park, chances of spotting herds of bharal (blue sheep). The trek further passes through the beautiful villages with long mane walls and prayer flags. As the trail climbs towards Ganda La (4850 Mts.), the Stok Kangri dominates the skyline here. The top of the pass offers an enchanting view of Zanskar Range to the west and beyond the east lays Stok Mountains. The next part of the journey is through a spectacular gorge and after that lot of stream crossing is involved. As one approaches Markha, the glimpse of Kang Yatse (6400 mts) starts appearing. This magnificent mountain commands the view for next two days.
The trail now winds along the riverbed passing the Umlung Monastery to first Hankar with its beautiful campsite and then to the lovely Valley of Tahugste. Through Nimaling with its wide open pastures and semi – permanent population of Villagers who come up from Markha Valley to graze their live stock on the summer pastures. The last part of the Journey is over 5150 Mts. high Kongmaru La to Shang Sumdo a beautiful camp in grooves and a monastery. The trek eventually ends at Hemis, the biggest monastery of Ladakh.