We have linked a classic trek in the Markha Valley with an unusual finish, crossing a high and little used pass at 5349m. Nearby is Dzo Jongo, a rarely climbed yet accessible peak at 6096m overlooking the plain of Nimaling. If fitness and weather allow, we will follow snow slopes and an easy ridge to its summit.
We fly to Leh (3505m), where from a gardened hotel we commence our acclimatisation in a relaxed manner. The walking starts gently from the village of Chilling and there is time to acclimatise while we pass through the small villages and monasteries of the Markha valley, surrounded by barley fields. The valley narrows to a rocky canyon which leads to the high pastures of Nimaling where sheep, goats and yaks graze at over 4800m during the short summer.
From a high camp, we follow easy angled snow slopes and a fine ridge to the summit of Dzo Jongo for views extending to K2 and the Karakoram, the Pamirs and Tibet - a justifiably memorable day.
The trip grade 'Tough' will drop to 'Steady Plus' if you decide to rest on the Dzo Jongo day, in which case the crossing our final pass at 5349m will be a fitting climax to the trip, with views almost as good as from the summit.
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