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|Trekking in Ladakh-
Shangla Valley Trek|
Maximum - 08 Days
About This Trek:
Shang La-Matho La-Stok
Kangri - In the cold desert of Ladakh each village stands out like an oasis.
The availability of water determines the village's size the cropping season is
restricted to one-third of the year because of the lengthy winter. Over the
ages, barley has become the fulcrum around which culture of Ladakh revolves. Its
flour forms the staple diet and it is fermented to make chaang. Animals provide transport, labour, wool, milk, and dung, the main
climbing Permit, required for all peaks over 19,700 ft / 6,000 m is
obtained from the "Indian Mountaineering Foundation based in Delhi.
I t i n e r a r y
the treks of Leh is connected by 'air' with Delhi, Chandigarh, Jammu
and Srinagar to the west and from Manali to the South.
For the first day a two-hour drive from Leh takes you
to Martselang (11,200 ft / 3,414m), above the Indus river and close to
the famous Hemis monastery. Descending from the village, enter the
gorge of the Indus valley. The trail criss-crosses the river through
the narrow gorge. Houses in Shang la village cluster on a slope
with the trail passing a little below. A visit to one of the mud
houses is interesting.
For the day of Second
the climb to the village is rewarded
with a good view of the stone-walled fields and irrigation channels.
Going down to the trail, start climbing slowly as the valley narrows.
The trail becomes steeper as you make your way to the camps
of Shang Phu (13,900 ft / 4,237m.) A clump of juniper trees with a
small shrine marks the pasture. This is a typical Ladakhi pastoral
setting with small stone-huts called phu-lus that serve as summer
Third Day take the valley on the right from the
junction where you had pitched camp the day before. Climb up past
scrubs and wild rose bushes. Leave the stream to climb up the side of
the valley, to the top of Shang La (16,300 ft / 4,968m.) The ascent
takes around three and a half hours. From the pass, the views open
up, with the Stok and Matho La Kangri peaks in front and the summit of Parcha Kangri behind.
This trails is tremendous.
Day of Fourth the trail stays high on the hill side.
A three hour walk on an incline, crossing side streams, leads to the
base of the Matho La (14,100 ft / 4,297 m.). As this has been a short
day, you can go on a hike on the east slope of the Matho Kangri
Massif. A steady climb can take you as high as 19,000 ft / 5,800 m as
you do not encounter any ice or snow. Across the valley are the
Ladakh range and the Khardung La and beyond that the lofty mountains
of the eastern Karakoram Range.
On the day of fifth the step climb to the Pass begins
just after camp. On the Pass (16,100 ft / 4,907m), the Stok Kangri
looms up. Descend from the Pass to the pastures of Myungkirmo next to
a stream. Leave the main valley and climb up westward to the Stok
Kangri (16,077 ft / 4,900m).
Sixth day take a much-needed rest before you
try the summit of Stok Kangri. In mountaineering parlance, a trekking
peak is the name given to a summit that does not require any technical
knowledge for climbing or any equipment for the ascent. But 20,506 ft
/ 6,250 m does require fitness and stamina and mental conditioning.
Day of seventh a long, arduous walk awaits you.
Start before the sun is up. Climb up, switch backing to the top of
the ridge in front. A tough ascent on the mountainside for an hour
from the ridge top takes you to the moraine coming down from the
glacier. A grueling ninety-minute climb takes you to the summit. If
you go in August or later, you will encounter no snow except on the
summit. From the top you get a magical 360-degree view of the whole
of Ladakh - the twin peaks of Nun (23,400 ft / 7,132m)) to the east,
the Karakoram range to the north.
On the day of eighth
turn left from the Mungkirmo pastures
to follow the Mankyarmo river to its confluence with the Stok river.
The trail follows the Stok river down to the Stok village. After
the creditable feat of scaling a peak, you may want to look at some
local history at the Stok
of this trek.
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