Markha trek, Ladakh – day 3

trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles

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I had a peaceful night camped above 5000m close to the rocky face of the big mountain – Stok Kangri.

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What little water I had left was frozen.

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My challenge today was to scramble “Rick’s ridge” back to the trail.

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You could say I was lost. On the other hand, I could see the official route many kms below.

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In fact I loved the ridge walk. One of the highlights of the week.

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The only difficulty was the last scramble down to Rumbak 3847m.

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Rumbak turned out to be a pretty, interesting town. Everyone getting ready for winter.

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Feed. Wood. Fuel.

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These contraptions are used for melting snow.

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These are used for gates and fences.

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They use some solar power in Ladakh, but not nearly as much as in Nepal.

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I carried on up to Yurutse 4150m.

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And finally Kanda La “Base Camp” 4345m. (Calling these Pass jumping off points Base Camps is embarrassing, I agree.)

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The young guy running the parachute was getting drunk on rum and beer. And looking forward to partying.

I left as quickly as possible after my Masala Chai.

I hiked up to about 4600m metres to a place that my guidebook called “Advanced Base Camp”.

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It was me. The marmots. The partridge (?). And a horseman that stopped to let his animals graze and drink for a half hour.

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As always, you need watch the cattle and Yak hybrids. They like to snoop in tents for food.

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I hid my passport and most of my money under a stone. Just in case.

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Good night. 🙂

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See all my high resolution photos from this day on flickr.

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