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Ladakh - Markha Valley Trek

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Ladakh - Markha Valley Trek – 09 Days

Leh – Yurutse – Skia – Markha – Thachungtse – Nimaling - Leh


Spectacularly jagged, arid mountains enclose this magical land of passes – Ladakh. Begin this beautiful trek by spending initial two days in Leh to get acclimatized to the thin air conditions and visiting nearby monasteries, museum and local market etc.

Markha Valley Trek, also called as ‘Tea house Trek’, is a perfect blend of beautiful Trans-Himalayan landscapes and Ladakhi villages. The trek will take you to the top of two very high passes - Gandala la (4600m) and Kongmaru la (5200m) offering stunning views over the Himalayas. You will also pass through various quaint villages in the valley where you can witness the Ladakhi culture and way of life.

Markha Valley Trek has some breathtakingly beautiful landscapes which aptly fit the description "picture perfect.

Day 01 Delhi to Leh (3500 M) – By flight

After an early breakfast you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! During the afternoon, you can walk through the old town, beneath the Leh Palace, to allow you to get oriented to this fascinating city.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

Day 02 In Leh – Visit The Indus Valley

After an early breakfast you will drive to Thikse to witness in the morning Puja. THIKSE MONASTERY, is one of the most vibrant and active monasteries in the region. It dates back to the 16th century.

A short drive from Thikse, you visit the Stakna Gompa situated on the right bank of the Indus River, at a distance of approximately 25 km from the town of Leh. The name, 'Stakna' literally means 'tiger's nose'. The monastery was so named because it was built on a hill, which is shaped just like a tiger's nose.

Overnight stay at your hotel

Day 03 Leh to Zingchen–By road to Yurutse (3530 M) Drive / 1 Hr – Trek Approx 5 Hrs

After an early start from Leh, we will travel by jeep to Zingchen, where horses will be waiting to carry our equipment. We will enter Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of wild lives as diverse as the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), arghali (great Tibetan sheep), blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan wolf and dhole (wild dog).

We will climb through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the imposing Stok Range from time to time.

Before reaching Rumbak, we will stop at a teahouse run by village women. After a warm cup of tea, we will continue towards Yurutse.

Overnight will be in home stay

Day 04 Yurutse to Skiu via Gandala la (4545 M) – Trek / Approx 6Hrs

After a light breakfast, we will begin ascending to Ganda La. The view of the lofty Zanskar and StokRanges will leave you breathless. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass.

After a short rest, we will make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo and break for lunch. Finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3300m).

Overnight in home stay.

Day 05 Skiu to Markha (3660/ 3200 M) – Trek / Approx 7-8 Hrs

Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points.

After the last river cross, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.

Overnight will be in trekking tents.

Day 06 Markha to Thachungtse (3589 M) – Trek / Approx 5-6 Hrs

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa.

The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will cross Kongmaru La.

After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp.

Overnight will be in trekking tents

Day 07 Thachungtse to Nimaling (4700M) – Trek Approx 4 Hrs

Today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below.

Overnight will be in trekking tents.

Day 08 Nimaling to Shangsumdo (3600M) via Kongmarula (5200M) – By road to Leh - Trek / Approx 8 Hrs

After breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Many river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). After a break, we will pass through a couple of villages before reaching Shang Sumdo, where our taxi will be waiting to take us back to Leh.

Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 09 Departure Leh

Transfer to Leh airport for flight back home/onward journey with sweet memories of the tour.

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