This is a part of the Markha Valley trek, famous for wild animals, National Geographic made an award winning documentary in the Rumbak valley regarding Snow Leopards. This is the perfect trek If you are looking for a shorter option, beautiful view and moderate difficulty, this trek is definitely for those who have very short time in Ladakh, yet they want to have a flavor of trekking in Ladakh.
Spituk to Stok Trek (4 days) Rumbak valley Trek :
Cost: 250 USD/ person for a group of 3 to 6 Pax
Cost: 180 USD/ person for a private group of 2 Pax
Size Of group: Min 2 & Max 6
Highest Point: Stokla Pass 4850mts
Duration: 4 Days
What’s included in the price:
Transportation both ways (to the starting point and coming back from the finishing point by Jeep)
Homestay accommodation with all meals
Ponies or Donkies to carry the luggage
Monastery entrance fees
Inner line permission where ever it’s required
Spituk to Stok Trek (4 days) Rumbak valley Trek :
Day 1: Drive from Leh to Spituk and Trek to Zingchen 4 hrs
Day 2: Zinchen to Rumbak 5 hrs
Day 3: Rumbak to Changmar via Stokla pass 4900m 6-7 hrs
Day 4: Chamar to Stok 5 hrs of trekking and we will drive you back to Leh after the visit of Stok Palace and Museum.
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Monasteries that you can cover during this Trek :
Location: 24 Km
Founded in1515 by Chosje Damma Kunga
Phyang Monastery of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 26 km to the west of the Leh town. It belongs to the Red Hat Sect of Buddhism. The hill of Phyang served as the venue of a monastery, known as Tashi Chozong, established in the year 1515. It also has its 900 years old museum. Its rich collection boasts of numerous idols, thankas, Chinese, Tibetan and Mongolian firearms and weapons, etc. The festival of Gang-Sngon Tsedup is held every year from 17th day to 19th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar. The monastery also serves as the venue of the sacred dances, held every year on the 2nd and 3rd of the 6th month of the Tibetan calendar.
Location Thicksey Village 7 Kms from Leh
Founded by Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od in 11th centuryO
Spituk Gompa of Ladakh dates back to the 11th century. It owes its inception to Od-de, the elder brother of Lha Lama Changchub Od. Od-de led to the establishment of a monastic community at this place. A three-chapel monastery, Spituk is located at a distance of approximately 8 km from the town of Leh. The name "Spituk", meaning exemplary, has been derived from a statement of a translator, Rinchen Zangpo, about the monastery. He said that an exemplary religious community would develop there, providing the name Spituk for the monastery. The festival takes place from the 27th to 29th day in the eleventh month of the Tibetan calendar. A sacred dance also forms a part of the celebrations.
Location 14 Kms from Leh
Lama Lhawang Lotus in 14th Century
Stok Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 15 km to the south of the Leh town. It dates back to the 14th century and was founded by Lama Lhawang Lotus. Stok is a subsidiary of the Spituk Gompa and belongs to the yellow-hat sect of Buddhism. As you enter the verandah of the monastery, you will come across bright friezes, depicting the Guardians of the Four Directions. The Dukhang of the monastery was repainted, not a long time back, and displays a rich collection of banners and thankas. A new temple, dedicated to Avalokitesvara, was added to the monastery some time back. The central image inside the temple is that of Avalokitesvara, with his 1,000 arms and 11 heads. A ritual dance-mask takes place near the gompa, on the 9th and 10th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar.
Location Thicksey Village 20 Kms from Leh
Founnded in 1430 AD. By Spon Paldan Sherab, nephew of Sherab Zangpo
Thiksey Gompa of Ladakh is situated at a distance of approximately 18 km from the town of Leh. One of the most beautiful monasteries of Ladakh, it belongs to the Gelukpa Order of Buddhism. Sherab Zangpo of Stod got the Thikse Monastery built for the first time, at Stakmo. However, later Spon Paldan Sherab, the nephew of Sherab Zangpo, reconstructed the monastery in the year 1430 AD. The new monastery was sited on a hilltop, to the north of Indus River. Thikse Monastery of Leh Ladakh houses a temple, known as Lakhang Nyerma. This temple, built by Rinchen Zangpo, the Translator, is dedicated to Goddess Dorje Chenmo. A huge temple in its time, today it stands mostly in ruins. Apart from this temple, there are a number of other sacred shrines inside the monastery complex. The monastery also has a rich collection of numerous valuable artifacts and ancient relics. Thiksey Gompa serves as the residence of approximately eighty monks. It has been served, for quite a long time, by the successive reincarnations of the Skyabsje Khanpo Rinpoche. The monastery also plays the host to Gustor ritual, organized from the 17th to 19th day of the ninth month of the Tibetan calendar. Sacred dances also form a part of this ritual, which takes place on an annual basis.
Shey Palace & Gompa
Location : 14 Km from Leh
Founded by King Deldan Namgyal in 17th century
Shey Gompa of Ladakh is situated on a hillock, at a distance of approximately 15 km to the south of Leh town. The monastery was erected on the instructions of King Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal. The main image inside the Shey Monastery is that of Buddha Shalyamuni. It is a huge image of the seated Buddha and is considered to be the biggest metal statue and the second largest Buddha statue in the Ladakh region. Copper sheets, gilded with gold, make up this amazing Buddha statue. An annual festival is also held at Shey Gompa, on the 30th day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar.
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Client Name: Charlie O Connor & Family Recommends October 31, 2011
We had a universally excellent experience with the whole team at Dreamland and we cannot recommend them highly enough. They were efficient, friendly, cheerful, informative, responsive and everything went exactly according to plan - which has not been our experience with other operators in India.
We booked our trek from Australia and via email exchanges were able to work out the best plan for our family (we have 2 boys aged 9 and 10 years old). All of the team were great from the guys who picked us up at the airport to Javeed, the owner. We did a 4-day trek including a 4,900m pass (Stok La) and the team (guide, cook, assistant cook, pony guy) were very cool, from the 6am wake-up cup of tea delivered to our tent, to the delicious meals each night. They were particularly generous to the kids, making sure that they had suitable food, playing cards with them, chatting and joking, as well as pointing out things of interest along the way. Back in Leh, after the trek, one of our boys got a stomach bug he couldn't shake easily, and needed to see a doctor. Although we were no longer their responsibility, both Javeed and our guide (Achuk) came with us and helped negotiate our way to a doctor who spoke English. They were genuinely concerned and keen to ensure that Matt got the attention he needed.
We all had a fabulous, memorable experience in a spectacular part of the world, mostly as a result of the cheerful attention, professionalism and local knowledge of the Dreamland team. We would recommend them to anyone and many operators in more developed parts of the world could learn from their example.
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Client Name: Hanne Knudsen from Norway Recommends July 19, 2011
It was my first ever visit to India and also to Ladakh and I wanted to arrange my trek in advance. I went on the chat room here and found so many good reviews (backed up on other websites) that I decided to book my Markha Valley trip with DreamLadakh. It was great communication from day 1 and on arrival we were met and taken to the offices where we met the team to chat through the plans. From the moment the trek started until we were dropped off at Leh airport afterwards we were looked after so well. We had a team of 3 - a lovely guide Nurbu, talented cook Lakba and jolly horseman Angdu. They were so respectful (we were 2 girls travelling on our own), informative, smiley and hard-working during the 8 day trip we did not want to leave. Nothing was too much trouble. Always greeted with tea after the treks or at wake up......3 course meals cooked on fire - even cakes were baked! Cannot recommend DreamLadakh enough!!!!!!
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Client Name: vitake 11-1recommends this, January 12, 2011
Dreamland Trek & Tour offers more than 'just' a trekking tour. The trekking is guided by very helpful, proffesional and friendly guides. Even the food was daily prepared very nicely. The guides never hesitated to adapt the tours to our own tempo and needs. They made our trip unforgettable.
Perfectly organised trekking!! dagmar2 11-1recommends this, January 3, 2011 We made a perfectly organised trekking in the Himalayas. Our hiking tour was led by a big hearted and attentive guide and a helpful and friendly crew. They knew the Himalayas by heart. We could enjoy a cup of delicious tea each morning and the food was the best I ever ate in India. Thank you Dreamland Trek & Tour for the nice experience ! Good for: Himalayas
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Client Name: Liesbeth recommends December 29, 2010
Our Dreamland experience was certainly a very postive one, mainly due to two things. First of all: the tour. Ladakh is probably one of the most beautiful areas on earth and more and more people are discovering this. Nonetheless we didn't see a single other tourist during our five-day trip. What we did get to see was some incredible scenery, wildlife and a sense of authentic village life.
The second thing that made the tour great was the team accompanying us: the assistance of our guide, the delicious food, the wake-up tea in the morning and the sense of home-coming when seeing our small blue tents on our arrival every evening. Thanks for the beautiful memories!
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Uwe & Elke Recommends, December 2, 2010
with Javed and his team we have done many trekking tours in Ladakh Stok Kangri, marka valley or improvised treks were organized professionally. our leaders / cooks/horsemen were always friendly and competent. a great compliment also to the team for there doing during the 2010 flood disaster.
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Important Questions :
How long does it take to get acclimatize?
Abruptly going to a height of 3500 m, one naturally feels a difference. Your body reacts and behaves differently in rarified air at high altitude. What you need to do is just take it easy and give some time to your body to adjust in to less oxygen (hypoxia) by a slow physiological process called Acclimatization. Time taken for acclimatization varies from person to person; usually you nee atleast 2-3 days in order get well acclimatized and you need to take complete rest for the 1st day even if you are feeling fine. Drink plenty of fluids at least 3-4 litres. Diet should be high in carbohydrates, less oily and predominantly vegetarian. Avoid excess of alcohol and tobacco in any form.
Why are some treks more expensive than others?
If we have to organize a trek near Leh than it's less expensive for transportation and same is for the pack horses as we have to send them to the starting point. Even after finishing the trek we have to pay for the horses for reaching Leh. That's why there are different rates for different trek routes.
Who carries the things/gears and food during the trek?
In Ladakh normally you have to trek around the height of 4000mts and the passes are around 5000mts so its very difficult to carry heavy loads at this height, that's why we provide pack horses/ponies they will carry everything, trekkers will have to carry only the pack lunch, water, camera, note book, and some delicate things which they don't want keep with the horses.
What we do with the garbage that are produced during the trek?
We are very keen to keep Ladakh clean, that's why we strictly instruct our staff to bring back all the garbages produced during the trek.
What about the temperature (maximum and minimum) during the trekking season?
The average temperatures in the trekking routes during the trekking season are as under:
May................. (Max 15*C & Min -3*C)
June................ (Max 25*C & Min 6*C)
July................. (Max 30*C & Min 10*C)
August ............ (Max 27*C & Min 8*C)
September...... (Max 15*C & Min -2*C)
October........... (Max 8*C & Min -8*C)
How we look after your health while trekking?
Our guides are careful to prepare your meals with your enjoyment in mind. Typically these plentiful meals will be primarily vegetarian in nature with some meat or protein in the form of canned fish or tofu. This is typical of the Ladakhi diet in general. Our guides are encouraged to use hand sanitizers such as alcohol based gels prior to food preparation. You are encouraged to do the same. Dishes are typically stainless steel bowls and pans and are cleaned after meals with scrub pads and soap. Our staff will provide rehydrating liquids in large quantities throughout your trek. Take advantage of tea, coffee, juice and water whenever you can. At altitude it is natural not to feel much hunger or thirst. Make sure you stay adequately fed and drank plenty of fluids both at meals and along the trail. During summer, heat can be a real factor requiring significant intake of liquids while you trek. So always carry 2 liters of water with you.
Our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or other chronic illness it would be wise to let Dreamland Trek and Tour know of this condition prior to leaving Leh. This way your guide will understand that you have medication along with you should someone other than yourself have to administer the drugs.
Preparation for altitude during the trek is vital. Acclimatize in Leh prior to departure on your trek. Take at least 4 days doing tours or other easy to moderate physical activity prior to beginning your trek. If possible start low and go slowly for the first few days of your trek. Some routes will not allow this, so acclimatization is even more important in these cases.
Prior to your trek meet with your doctor and discuss your overall physical condition and your doctor's recommendation for high altitude medication. You may also wish to discuss treatment and medication for traveler's diarrhea as you experience new foods and bacterial environments.
With these simple ideas in mind, your trekking experience will be most enjoyable for you and other travelers along the way.
What do we do if someone is sick or injured during the trek?
During the trek our guides will make every effort to pace your day so you are not pushed to your physical limits. This means you will be getting up and away in good time so your day will allow a consistent but moderate pace. And in case it hits a member of the tour then our assistant guide will immediately bring him/her down asap. He will use the ponies to ride for the sick person in the mean time he will inform us through a satellite phone (now we have satellite phone in almost every remote villages of Ladakh) and we will soon send a jeep to bring her/him to the hospital in Leh.
Rescue in Emergency:
In case if someone is critically sick or injured and requires helicopter evacuation, this can be done with the cooperation of JK Tourism Department & Indian Airforce as long as you have the insurance to cover this so it would be useful to let us know which insurance.