17 Days

An amazing adventure in the inner heart of scenic Markha valley
On least ventured areas of Ladakh by only few group of adventurers
Enjoy the absolute wilderness of beautiful landscapes of Ladakh country
Tour of impressive religious, cultural sites of great historical importance
Climb the most popular and striking peak of Ladakh Stok Khang-Ri”


Shang Sumdo to Stok Khang-Ri via Markha valley, an adventure leads you into the heart of the scenic wilderness of Markha valley. An exciting combination of adventurous walks with a climb to Stok Khang-Ri, one of the most striking peaks of the Ladakh Himal range. This will be a great adventure compared to other normal trekking and climb. As our route leads to remote, hidden pockets of Markha valley on least ventured corners by only a few trekkers.


Shang Sumdo to Stok Khang-Ri via Markha valley, a wonderful blend with an exciting sightseeing tour around Leh and beyond. Allows you to get acclimatized by staying in one place for a few days at 3,500 m, the height of Leh. In the capital town of Ladakh, the tour takes you to famous places of great historical and cultural interest.

Visiting famed monasteries of Thiksey, Shey with an interesting tour around Leh and the market areas. The very best way to get familiarized with the local culture and custom of great ancient heritage. Tour includes exciting drive over one of the world’s highest motorable passes at 5,602 m and 18, 379 feet high.


From Leh after an enjoyable time, then our adventure Shang Sumdo to Stok Khang-Ri via Markha Valley begins. On route visit of another famous historical Hemis monastery, established in 1672 by the King Sengge Namgyal of Ladakh. As the drive continues to Shang Sumdo within Hemis National Park and the entrance to scenic Markha valley. The home to exotic wildlife like elusive snow-leopard, mountain goats, and antelopes, including various mammals and birds.


From Hemis and Martselang village, our adventurous walks for near two weeks start heading towards inner Markha valley. On an alternative route, where few adventures dare to venture, heading towards the high pass of Kongmoru-La at

5,260 m. Where the high outer trail follows away from the main route to Hankar and then at Markha, Sara and Skiu. Then approaching Stok Khang-Ri base camp from the northern side within a complete wilderness of inner Markha valley.


On reaching the main base camp right beneath the stunning peak of Stok Khang-Ri, with time for preparation for the ascent. Our expert guide will lead you on the safe path, with full support on difficult sections.

The climb to Stok Khang-Ri at 6, 153 m / 20, 187 feet high is not a technical peak. However, all climbers must be equipped with necessary gear like ice-axe, good climbing boots, and crampons, besides personal warm clothing.

The grade of the climb is set as ‘F’ which means Facial Easy, a straightforward steep climb on snow and ice. A climb without technical difficulty, all the way to the summit, sometimes in deep snow condition main ropes are required. For a safe climb and descend to the base camp, after getting fully organized, then towards the summit of Stok Khang-Ri.


On achieving the main goal and highlights of the adventure, facing a superb panorama of the surrounding snow peak range. Views of Ladakh Himal to Zaskar as far towards Karakorum Himalaya range, after rejoicing moment back to base camp. On completing all major destinations and then drive back to Leh, after walking past Stok village. At Leh our wonderful adventure on Shang Sumdo to Stok Khang-Ri via Markha Valley completes. Then on scenic air-borne from Leh to Delhi for connecting flights homeward bound, after a memorable experience at wild Ladakh.


Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:          Arrival at Leh / Ladakh 3, 500 m Kushok Bakula Rimpoche
airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:          A day in Leh for acclimatization and tour of Leh former
palace, Shanti Stupa overnight in View Point Hotel.
Day 03:          At Leh tour of Shey, Thiksey Monastery to Khardung-La.
Day 04:          Drive to Hemis Gompa and Martselang trek to Shang Sumdo
3,680 m-02 hrs.
Day 05:          Trek to Chuskirmo 3, 915 – 03 hrs.
Day 06:          Trek to Nimaling 4, 720 m via Kongmaru-La Pass 5,260 m-07 hrs.
Day 07:          Trek to Hankar 4, 030 m -05 hrs.
Day 08:          Trek to Markha 3, 720 m-06 hrs.
Day 09:          Trek to Skiu 3, 400 m – 07 hrs.
Day 10:          Trek to Shingo 4, 267 m-05 hrs.
Day 11:          Trek to Rumbak 4, 038 m via Ganda-La Pass 4, 900 m-07 hrs.
Day 12:          Trek to Chortenchan 4, 380 m via Stok-La Pass 4, 900 m-07 hrs.
Day 13:          Trek to Stok Base Camp 4, 969 m – 04 hrs.
Day 14:          Free Day at Stok Base Camp acclimatization, preparation for the
Climb to Stok Khang-Ri summit.
Day 15:          Climb to Stok Khang-Ri 6, 153 m summit descend to Base Camp.
Day 16:          Trek to Stok Village drive to Leh-06 hrs.
Day 17:          Final departure from Leh to Delhi for connecting international flight.


Best seasons for Shang Sumdo to Stok Khang-Ri via Markha valley:

The best time for this wonderful adventure is from the late spring, summer, and early autumn seasons, late spring from April and May, and autumn/fall begins from September to October, where November month is fine but chances of much snow and freezing temperatures.


April & May to August are fine clear days most of the time, with longer sun-light hours but can get overcast in the late afternoon with chances of snow sometimes. Autumn another best time for the trek, climb, and tour around Ladakh with a fine clear day. But days are shorter due to sunlight hours can be cold, especially in the morning, and night times with clear and bright starry nights. Chances of snowfall during the trek and climb.


For interested people can visit Ladakh for a tour, trek, and climb during summer times of June to August also. As Ladakh falls within rain shadow area, where monsoon dark rain clouds blocked by the great Himalayas. That is why Ladakh most areas are dry, arid with less rainfall.


Religion and Culture:

Ladakh and the North West Himalaya are populated by Ladakhi people descendants of a mixed tribal race of Mons of North India, and Dards of Baltistan with Mongols of Central Asia. History shows the Mons were the first immigrants, followed by Dards who founded different settlements in the Indus valley.

80 % of Ladakh natives interwoven to strong Buddhism religion and culture, similar to its Tibetan predecessors enriched with ancient Buddhism heritage, having many monasteries of great historical and religious significance.




Morning after a short scenic of an hour flight to Leh from Delhi, on arrival at Leh, Ladakh Kushok Bakula Rimpoche. As you head outside the air terminal, our staff and guide receives you for short drive in the heart of Leh town to your Hotels. Afternoon free at leisure, optional walk to the center of Leh and its market.

At Leh, for acclimatization and for exciting tour at places of interest, Leh has a vast range of main bazaar on the street colorful local fruits and vegetables vendors. The streets are busy with roadside restaurant, cafes and craft shops.
The old Leh Palace perched on hill top above the town overlooking the Leh bazaar and the town. The white Peace (Shanti) Stupa stands close by on a high hill which is worth a visit as well for views of Leh and the valley. Witness the world's highest Polo ground located within town main bus station, rest of the day free at leisure to browse around Leh, Ladakh capital.

Morning after breakfast, a full day tour taking a drive beyond Leh visit to Thiksey Gompa built in 16th Century, situated on a hill top. The monastery enriched with Tibetan-style books, a huge Buddha statue and excellent works of arts.
An exciting drive to reach one of world’s highest motorable pass at Khardung-La which is 40 km driving distance from Leh, at an altitude of 5, 602 m / 18,379 feet.
The drive to this high pass to experience the highest altitude as well a good support for acclimatization. Enjoy grand panoramic views of the Zaskar Range beyond the Indus Valley, with Stok Khang-Ri stands out prominently as one of the higher peaks within the range. The view extends as far towards Eastern Karakoram peaks, after taking a warm refreshing drink at the pass, gasping in the thin atmosphere, return drive to Leh. But before an interesting visit of ruined Shey Palace, once a summer palace of the pre-Tibetan kings. Shey and its fort also known as Lachen Palkar Palace, the massive nine-story stone structure lies at the base of the Tsemo ridge and towers over the old town. Built by King Senge Namgyal during 15th till 17th Centuary in a Tibetan style. The palace monastery houses a large, bronze, blue haired Buddha statue and then drive to Leh hotel for overnight.

Having good breakfast at the hotel, getting ready for trek departure towards Shang Sumdo within Markha valley and climb of Stok Khang-Ri peak.
An interesting drive through farm country to Hemis village and its large religious complex. Hemis, one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Ladakh with more than 150 monks; an annual Hemis festival is held. The monastery, stands in a gorge surrounded by mountain scenery, built in 18th Century.

Hemis Monastery is a Himalayan Buddhist monastery of the Drokpa Lineage, in Hemis, Ladakh, India. Situated 45 km from Leh, it was re-established in 1672 by the Ladakhi king Sengge Namgyal. The annual Hemis festival takes place in honor of great Padmasambava, a Guru of 6th Centuary who reformed Tibetan Buddhism and founder of Nyinpa sect. After an interesting tour a short drive to Marteselang
as ride leads close to the Hemis National Park, which is also a good habitation of endangered snow leopard and other wild-life. From Marteselang a small settlement of Yak herders, where our first day walk starts for few hour to Shang Sumdo, with first overnight in tented camp backed by camping crews and chef and pack animals to carry the camping gears and foods for the whole trek and climb.

Another short day, after a leisure morning breakfast prepared by our camping cook and kitchen staff. After breakfast a gentle walk on a flat valley path to reach at Chuskirmo, a small settlements of cattle herder and nomads.
Overnight camp is set on a grassy meadow with grand views of distant snow-capped peaks. Afternoon enjoy short acclimatization hike around, chances of spotting some wild-life.

From here onward into remote and isolate country far north of Ladakh high valley plains, as route leads towards desolated and scenic landscapes to reach a small place of Chogdo around cattle herder temporary camp.
After a refreshing stop, continue the long day walk to the base of Kongmaru-La Pass, a steep climb for few hours walk uphill to a ridge then on top of Kongmaru-La, the highest point of the trek. Rewards fantastic panorama of surrounding snow peaks with Kang Yatse at 6,400 m high, after a tough climb then downhill to Nimaling, a small settlement of Yak and cattle herders. Overnight camp is set on a level ground with a huge green grassy meadow.

Compared to previous day, walk today is of average hours to Hankar isolated settlement of cattle herder. As walk follows on wide terrain past temporary shades of Yak men and nomads with gentle climb for some hours then reaching at a small place of Tachungtse. Time permitting stopping here for a dry picnic lunch, finding a shade against the cool wind, afternoon a short walk of few hour downhill to overnight at Hankar, camp is set on a wide field close to small settlement of Hankar.

After being around the wild country of northern Ladakh, morning walk on flat level path with short ups and down to Umlung by mid-day. A summer pasture and grazing ground of Nomads and local Yak herders of Stok and Nimaling villagers.
Enjoy rest at Umlung a steep climb for short hour and the on winding path as walk follows downhill to a desolate and remote Markha village for overnight camp, on the wide grassy field.

From this pleasant campsite, adventure leads towards inner valley of Markha towards Northern areas of Skiu and Stok. Walk on gradual path on high ridge with short ups and down to a small area at Sara, after a refreshing rest. Trail follows for another 3-4 hours to Skiu, at first on gentle wide path to a high ridge facing grand views of surrounding white peaks with Stok Khang-Ri in the south. From this high point descend to a gorge, and then climb for an hour or more to Skiu, a remote windswept settlement direct north from our next day route to Stok Khang-Ri areas. Overnight camp on a wide open field facing grand views of rolling high hills with snow peaks.

After enjoying wonderful and exciting adventure around pure wilderness and off the beaten tracks, from here walk leads to another hidden trails of Markha valley to join the main trail at Stok Khang-Ri area. Route follows the south east direction to Shingo from Skiu on a hidden trail, walk on the high ridges enclosed within high snow-capped peaks, all the way to Shingo a nomads temporary summer camps where our overnight camp is set.

An adventure on forgotten trails, hardly few adventurers use this hidden routes which is quite interesting walk crossing Ganda-La Pass. Facing grand views of
Stok Khang-RI rare East Face. As most trekkers and climb sees the peaks from southern direction, so this will be a special view. Follow the fain path on a high ridge till walk ends on a small plateau where our camps is pitched for overnight halt.

Morning trek leads due south and then to cross a scenic Stok-La Pass where trail leads to a junction of Spituk, Stok and Mankarmo. An enjoyable trek on least trekked area before our walk leads on the main path of Spituk and Stok valleys.
Walk on gradual up than traverse Stok-La Pass towards Chortenchan, then end the long of the day, within a nice meadow for overnight camp around pure wilderness.

After enjoying the adventure around the hidden areas of Markha, morning walk continues up the valley making a steep climb to the base of Stok Kangri at 4,969 m. The walking is shorter compared to previous days, as route leads within windswept terrain and then reaching at the base of Stok Khang-Ri, enjoy the free afternoon at leisure for short walk, after getting organized in the campsite.

A rest day or exploration day, visit to the glacier to see the route for next day climb to Stok Khang-Ri afternoon our guide will brief with information regarding the route of the climb and other safety measures. Here take a hike in the side valleys for few hours for acclimatization and return to camp for lunch. Rest of the day at leisure preparation for the climb to Stok Khang-Ri Peak summit.

Starting early at the break of down for the climb to the summit of Stok Khang-Ri, depending on snow condition heeding slowly with care following our lead expert guide. When the path is clear with rocks and dirt trail then most likely no need for crampons as climbs takes you over scree and boulders, heading up towards a south ridge.

Close to 460 m high ridge stretches all the way to exciting and superbly exposed summit. After a great climb without much technical but with steep and very straightforward haul. On reaching the top rewarded with superb scenery of Ladakh high valley plateau, facing views of Zaskar and Karakoram Himalaya range. Includes distant view of Leh, after a pleasant photo session and perhaps a bite with pack lunch, and then descend towards all the way to base camp for last overnight in tented camp, after a great adventurous day.

Clear the camp, and taking care of garbage leaving the camp site as pristine as it were. After a marvelous time in complete wilderness and achieving our goal and highlight of the adventure of life time experience. Completing packing, then set off heading back to Stok village continue trek down the valley towards the Stok village. On reaching Stok village after more than five hours walks, our transport will be at disposable for scenic drive to Leh, for last overnight at Ladakh.

Depending upon the flight time, guide and staff transfer you for a short drive to the airport for flight to Delhi after a memorable experience on Shang Sumdo to Stok Khang-Ri Peak via Markha Valley adventure.

Cost Includes

Cost Includes

  • All arrival and departure ground transport Leh to Leh from airport to hotel and vice-versa.
  • Hotel accommodation on 3 stars or in tourist standard hotels in Leh, or in major towns like at Manali-Himachal Pradesh as per the itinerary and related trip cost. B-L-D.
  • From Leh and throughout the treks on full board from hotel-lodge-guest house accommodation with three time meals B-L-D includes afternoon tea and light snacks.
  • On treks and tours in a private cars, jeep, coach, or buses as per the itinerary to the start of trekking and at the end of trek.
  • On treks or tours all applicable entrance permits, including national park and conservation fees.
  • All guided tours with professional guides, tour escorts, and good drivers.
  • Applicable Trekking Permits and national park or conservation entry fees.
  • Wages, medical insurance, meals, and transportation allowance of guide, trekking staff, and porters. Including horse / yak or mule drivers.
  • Comprehensive Medical / First Aid Kit and Gamow Bag in high altitude trek.Groups briefing on arrival.
  • Full board on tented camping with all meals included, with separate kitchen unit of cook, kitchen staff, guides and porters or horsemen.
  • At Camping with large dining tents as per size of a group, includes toilet tents. Shower tents and generator to charge electronic gadgets on request.
  • Applicable Climbing Permits, with guide special bonus on above 6,000 m peaks.
  • Guides special climbing insurance, climbing equipment allowances.
  • Staying in guest-house or lodges where ever available on trek and climbing trips, includes all meals B-L-D.

Cost Excludes

  • International air-fare, Personal medical / travel insurance and flight from Delhi to Leh and back. As well India Visa entry fee.
  • Expenses of individual nature drinks, laundry, telephone bills, gratitude and meals in Leh or in major villages on route trekking or tour. As per the itinerary chosen. As well laundry, recharge of electronic items and hot-showers.
  • Personal Trekking-Climbing gear and equipment’s including down jackets- sleeping bags if not provided by the company as per the trip cost.
  • Single Supplement on hotel rooms as well on trek in lodge where clients should inform ahead on booking with extra charge on booking single private rooms where available.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportations including immediate Helicopter services if required on accidents, sickness and personal problems.
  • Early return from the tour or treks will not be entertainment with refund, where client should borne all the expenses incurred including accompany guide-porters services.
  • Gratitude / Tipping at the end of treks and climbs.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions):

01: How to book with a reliable company for trekking Ladakh?

Almost all local companies are reliable depending upon your choice of holidays, duration, and budget-wise. But one can try Brown Bear Treks & Expeditions, one of the renowned adventure companies based in Nepal. Brown Bear runs exciting trips all around India in Ladakh, Sikkim, and Darjeeling, including Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. You can search our home page sites and choose the right holidays, and book accordingly with one and only Brown Bear for Himalayan Adventure Holidays.

02: What will be the weather in Ladakh?

The weather is fine in most parts of Ladakh, however, Himalayan weather sometimes is unpredictable. Depends upon the region of trekking and other holidays in Ladakh North West India as altitude wise, higher above 3,000 meters day times are sunny most of the time with cooler morning and evening times.
Ladakh with four main seasons spring from March to May and summer / Monsoon starts from June to August. Includes autumn/fall from September to November, as well as winter from December to February.
The best favorable seasons for visiting the Himalayas around the spring and autumn seasons.

03: What ages does the company allows for trekking?

Age is no bar in all our trekking adventures, we have space for all ages from children from 5 to 70 years old person, as long one is physically, medically, and mentally fit. In treks that involve high passes of over 5,000 meters then we consider the age groups.

04: How are the foods and accommodation on trekking?

Most places around Ladakh due to its remote and isolated region, trekking with tented camping. Staying in the lodge where available, but using tented camping on most treks and climbing peaks in Ladakh.

Few trekking regions have good lodge facilities with excellent, neat, and cozy lodges. During camping our cook will provide excellent home-cooked food as per the areas of trekking. Trekkers will be delighted to find food from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Tibetan, and Nepali meals as well fresh bakery products in some time. All meals are cooked in a healthy and hygienic manner using LPG cooking gas or in kerosene stoves. Meals are served in a large dining tent as per the size of the group, we carry gas lamps to light the dining tents.

05: What happens if one is sick on trek?

Our guides are fully prepared for this kind of situation, we carry medical kit and the guides have gone through yearly medical training if it’s very serious needs to be evacuated by any means of transport like a helicopter the safe and quickest way(for this reason one should have strong travel/ medical insurance to cover this extra expenses) we will contact our helicopter companies to uplift and evacuate and then bring back to the nearest hospital and medical care or in Leh depending upon distance and circumstances.

06: What to expect on trekking?

Depending upon the area of trekking routes as Ladakh is a wild country of high hills and downhill, so on a normal trek, there are many ups and downs walking with few gradual trails. Trekking routes encounter several mid hills and traditional villages full of culture and religions with shrines, monasteries with prayer symbol like Mani, and stupa along the walks, and villagers are friendly and greet you with smiles.

07: Is there facilities to re-charge our electronic items as well with Wi Fi?

Internet, Wi-Fi, and phone are available around every village and large settlement on route main trekking areas. Sometimes the internet and WI-FI are slow and might be disturbing due to weather-wise.

As well depending on the landscapes around the gorge and deep valleys, the internet and WI-FI will not reach the areas. One must be prepared and wait until one reaches certain high places, where communication works.

Electricity available run by hydro-power, as well solar power nearly in all main villages on route trekking. Only around remote areas where camping is required, will not have electricity facilities or Wi-Fi for some days.

At every lodge charging fees includes per hour and per item, and the price differs from one place to another.

08: Can we have hot showers on trekking?

Hot / Cold showers are available in every lodge where you stay overnights mainly around popular trekking routes. All lodges charge some amount for using hot-showers in all standard lodges. But on camping days there will be no hot showers available, but we can provide a shower tent on request.

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