Martselang to Stok
If you are looking for a relatively short, accessible trek with beautiful view and moderate difficulty, this trek is definitely the one for you to explore.
Destination: Martselang to Stok
Best Time: Oct to Feb
Duration: 09 Nights / 10 Days
DAY 01 : ARRIVAL IN LEH
Upon arrival at Leh Airport you will met by Mountain trails representative and Welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to our pre-arranged hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize. Overnight stay at hotel
Leh City: The capital of Ladakh, at one time was a major stop on the Asian “Silk Route”. A stroll along the main bazar, observing the varied crowd and peering into the curio shops, is an entrancing experience. Chang Gali, behind the main bazar is less bustling but has intriguing little shops selling curios and jewelry like pearls, turquoise, coral, malachite, lapis and many other kinds of semi-precious stones, as well as curiously carved Yak-horn boxes, quaint brass locks, china or metal bowls etc.
DAY 02 : LEH
AM: Excursion Spituk
PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa
Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk
Spituk monastery was built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Spituk lies some 5 kms south of Leh. Nesting at the foot of the crags are the flat-topped houses which go to form the village of Spituk.
Spituk or dpe-thub mean ‘effective as an Example’ and this is thus a suitable name for the first Gelug-pa monastery in Ladakh. Inside the monastery, which includes several courtyards and temples of various sizes, has been built at different levels, following the shape of the rock.
Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch
Later in the afternoon, guided sightseeing tour visiting Sankar Gompa, located at a distance of approximately 3 km from the town of Leh. A subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa, it belongs to the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect. The monastery also serves as the official residence of the Ladakh’s head of Gelukpa Sect, known as The Kushok Bakul. There are time restrictions for visiting the Sankar Monastery of Leh Ladakh. You can also go either between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, or between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. These restrictions have been placed because a few of the monks, of the yellow-hat sect, attached to the monastery reside here permanently.
Later we visit Shanti Stupa A magnificent white-domed structure, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see the nice spectacular view of Leh town. The stupa looks best at night, when it is beautifully illuminated with glittering lights. A large number of tourists come to Ladakh every year to visit this amazing stupa.
DAY 03 : LEH – MARTSELANG (VISITING HEMIS MONASTERY ENROUTE) – SHANG SUMDO
Drive to Martselang enroute visiting Hemis monastery
Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal.
The two-day festival of monastic dance in June-July has raised the reputation of Hemis particularly high. The festival is dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava, popularly known as second Buddha and responsible for spreading Buddhism in the Tibetan world
Later we carry on with our further drive to Martselang and then trek to Shang Sumdo (3750): 2-3 hrs trek: pitch the tent near by the village & rest of the time explore the village.
Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
DAY 04 : SHANG TO SHANG PHU (4200MTRS) 5 TO 6 HRS
After leaving the campsite we will trek along the shang village which is a long and Narrow village, will pass some pass some chortens, and Mane Walls beside an old Monastery which is about 5ooyrs,old.Trek continue for another couple hrs before you get to a small shrine which is the sign of local deity.
Continue trekking for another an hrs to get to the camp site. Which is known as shaang Phu. The summer pastuer of shaang villages.Dinner and overnight at the camp.
DAY 05 : SHANG PHU TO GANGPOCHEY (4880 METERS) 6 TO 7 HRS
Over Shaang laa. Today you will have a choice of exploring the surrounding or trek to Gangpochey, cross over shaang la where one can get a magnificent view of Stok, Zanskar, Ladakh and Karakorram ranges, pass through some more shepherd camps on the way before you get to the camp site at Gangpochey.
DAY 06 : GANGPOCHEY TO MANKARMO 5 TO 6 HRS
After breakfast leave the camp and trek towards North direction to get to Matho la, 4850 mts. Then trek down to Mankarmo which is used by climber as lower base camp for Stok kangri. Mankarmo has also got a small shepherds settlement of stok Village, Camp will be setup at an altitude of 4200mtrs. Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
DAY 07 : MANKARMO
Day hike to Upper base camp. 5hrs.Today you will be day trip to upper base camp of Stok kangri. Then trek down to the same at mankarmo.
Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.
DAY 08 : MANKARMO – STOK – LEH
After breakfast, we start descending to Stok village through a narrow valley of beautiful rock patterns. It is possible to visit the Stok palace.
Stok Palace lies south south of leh on the opposite side of the singe Tsangspo River. The castle was built on a hill at the end of village in about the year 1825 by king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal. In stok there is also the sacred monastery of Gurphug, a branch of Spituk Monastery. On the 9th and 10th days of the first tibeten month of the festival called the “Guru Tshechu” is held during which the monks of Spituk Monastery come to perform the sacred dances. At that time two gods make their appearance.
which is currently a museum was built in 1840 to house the Ladakhi royal family after the Dogra army had exiled them. The drive to Leh is about 30 minutes.
Car will pick you up at stok to take you to the hotel in leh.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 09: LEH
This morning, We visit to the local oracle. If you have any ailments or problems, she can conduct a healing. Should you have questions to ask, she can also help. That will take a good part of the morning
DAY 10: LEH
Tour concludes. Mountain Trails thank you for your patronage and ensure a punctual transfer to Domestic Airport to catch the flight for your onward Destination