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Trekking Begins

Namastey and Julley Family and Friends,

The Himalayas to the Ganges River group happy and healthy as we set out for our big Himalayan trek today. We are going to have very limited internet access and likely wont be posting yaks while we are on trek. We will be checking in with the office via landline phone and they will post when they hear from us.

Please have a look at this itinerary for our trek so that you can follow along at home.

27th Sep Day 1; Drive to Stok, trek to Mankarmo (4,350m).

We leave Leh and drive to the start point of our trek. The road follows the Indus River for a short while through Choglamsar before crossing the river and then climbing on a side road to Stok. We start trekking at the end of Stok village and an easy trail winds up a spectacular valley. We follow the Stok River most of the way (and may have to cross it once or twice). The multi-coloured rocks tower above us as we ascend. The walking is easy and not steep today and it will take us 5-6 hours to reach our first camp at Mankarmo. Look out for herds of Blue Sheep that graze on the hillsides around here.

28th Sep Day 2:Cross the Matho La to Ganpoche (4,350m).

Today we cross the first of our six passes. The trail takes us gradually to the top of the pass, the Matho La, at 4,930m. As we ascend the views become more and more spectacular with the magnificent rock formations of the Ladakh mountains surrounding us. The dramatic mountains in various shades of purples, greens and browns can be seen for miles in every direction. From the pass we descend to our campsite at Gangpoche by the shepherd huts.

29th Sep Day 3: Ganpoche (4,350m).

Explore toward glacier /high pasture area return to camp .

30th Sep Day 4: Cross the Shang La to Shang Drok.

Today we leave camp and have a long climb to our second pass, the Shang La, at 4,940m. From the top we get great views of the Matho
Range to the north, less well known, but no less spectacular, than the Stok Range to the east. We descend to a wild camp at about 4,300m.

1st Oct Day 5:  Trek down to Shang village (3700mt) ,drive to lehToday we follow the shang river down steam until we reach to Shang village .we visit the one of the historical monastery then drive to Secmol via Hemis Monastery.

Namastey from India and Julley from Ladakh…