The trail continues to climb above Thathungtse and keep the mountain on your right always, the trail rises gently past lots of mani walls and then descends slowly to the high-altitude valley of Nimaling.
The beautiful eroded rock spikes down to the left. You pass several mani walls, in summer there is a tent for refreshment
This large flat-bottomed valley has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come up from the Markha valley to graze their livestock.
The Gongmaru la pass lies on the east side of the valley opposite kang- Yatse as you climb the last short and steep slope to the top of the pass there are good views over the Zanskar Range and of the vertical ice walls of north face of Kang-Yatse peak.
The trail climbs steeply from behind a small group of shepherd’s huts.
From the pass descent to Chogdo, a tiring descent. Below the trail follows the stream as best as it can.