I'm a bit slow to post, but here is the second part of my trip to Ladakh.
After three days of acclimatization, we took off on an 8-day trek through the Markha Valley. Although I battled a stomach flu the first few days, the trek was entirely a success. We traversed valleys, forded glacial rivers, and crossed two passes at 16,000 and 17,000 feet. We saw a bit of rain and snow, but mostly the sun was consistently strong and the skies an intensely beautiful blue.
Indus River Valley
Ponies taking a break
Day 3: Three tents at Shingo Campsite
Parachute tent selling tea and snacks.
First glimpses of Skyu - the monastery and stupa.
Huge Buddha in a 1,000 year old monastery in Skyu.
Metal smith in Skyu.
Ibex horns and other items stacked and hung to protect the valley and its travelers.
The Markha Valley.
Ladakhi woman coming down from the high sierra and trying to sell us some "fresh" sheep meat.
Baby in a basket!
Day 5 Stars! Psyching up for a climb up near the snow in the background.
Rinchen taking in the view.
Tents at Nimaling (15,500 ft) with Kang Yatse peak (21,500ft) in the background.
Last one across.
Pony men tent.
The group at the top of Gongmaru La Pass (17,000ft)!
Laura, Marie, Nicole, Amy, Guide Rinchen, Me, Chris.