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2.) Markha Valley & Dzo Jongo

A classic and colourful trek following a varied route through remote villages, past cliff-top monasteries and venturing through rocky gorges and canyons. We climb up to the high pastures of Nimaling where sheep, goats and yaks graze at over 4800m during the short summer. A seldom used pass at 5350m provides a final challenge and tremendous views stretching as far as the Karakoram and Tibet.

We fly to Leh (3505m), where from a gardened hotel we commence our acclimatisation in a relaxed manner with time to visit some of the important monasteries in the area. The walking starts gently from the village of Chilling and there is time to acclimatise while we pass through the small villages of the Markha valley, each surrounded by barley fields. The valley narrows to a rocky canyon which leads to the high pastures of Nimaling, dominated by the snowy slopes of Kang Yatse (6400m).

After two nights at Nimaling with the chance to climb to a high viewpoint, we head off the normal trekking route. Gaining height slowly and steadily, we are soon standing on a pass at 5350m with the world at our feet! From here on in, it’s all downhill.

Would you recommend High Places to others? “Yes” Why?

“The trek was fantastic. Have now been on three trips with High Places. All fantastically well organised…….staff have all been brilliant and groups a good size”
Ann Griffiths and Bob Lauder, Markha Valley

 

Everest from Kala Pattar. Photo Uta Purcell
Yaks descending from Nyile La. Photo Uta Purcell
The Khumbu village of Pangboche. Photo Uta Purcell
Everest peeping out on the left. Photo Uta Purcell
Nimaling Valley by Maggie Graham
Heading towards second camp
High camp

 

 

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