Markha Valley Trekking

Trip Facts :

Program Code: TT-IH01
Duration: 22 days
Program Type: Trekking
Minimum Pax: 2+
Mode of Travel: Land
Start Trip: Leh
End Trip: Leh
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Overview

Markha Valley Trekking is one of the most diverse and gorgeous tramps in the Himalayan region. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m) as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses! It is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high atop hills.

The trails are decorated by elaborate “chortens”(shrines) and “Mani”(prayer) walls that further exemplify the region’s total immersion in Buddhist culture. As we trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley we are rewarded with spectacular views of jagged snow capped peaks before crossing the 5150m Kongmaru La (Pass) and descending to the famous Hemis Monastery, where we end our trek. There are also a few days to explore the fascinating town of Leh and raft the Indus River.

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

Day 02: Delhi – Leh

Day 03: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Leh

Day 04: Leh – spituk (drive) – Trek to Zinchen (3200 M)

Day 05: Zinchen – Yurutse (4100 M) via Rumbak

Day 06: Yurutse – Skiu (3700 M) via Ganda La

Day 07: Skiu – Markha(3850 M)

Day 08: Markha – Thechungtse

Day 09: Thechungtse- Nimaling (4700 M)

Day 10: Nimaling – Kongmaru La (5200 M) – Shang Sumdo

Day 11: Shang Sumdo – Hemis (4 Hrs Trek) – Leh

Day 12: Leh – Delhi

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
Arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. overnight at hotel

Day 02: Delhi – Leh
Morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatized. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 03: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Leh
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area. such as Hemis Gompa, shay palce, stakna, Thiksey Monastery. In the evening back to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Leh – spituk (drive) – Trek to Zinchen (3200 M)
Leave Leh early morning by Jeeps and reach Spituk (1 hr). Visit the Spituk Gompa, built about 500 years ago. Start the trek from here by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the river Indus. The gorge section leads to the confluence of Indus and Zinchen. Camp near the village of Zinchen. Overnight in Tents.

Day 05: Zinchen – Yurutse (4100 M) via Rumbak
It’s a gradual climb from Zinchen to Rumbak. From here one gets fabulous views of the snow capped Stok Mountains. From here we move along the Rumbak Nala towards Yurutse. At Yurutse village you will find fields of barley and potatoes. Overnight in Tents.

Day 06: Yurutse – Skiu (3700 M) via Ganda La
A gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets one to the Ganda la (4900 M). From here views extend south to the Zanskar range and distant summits of the Himalayan range. This is followed by a long descent to Shingo village. From Shingo the trail heads into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu. At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers coming from Markha valley and Shingo. Overnight in Tents.

Day 07: Skiu – Markha(3850 M)

Early in the morning trek to Markha, crossing back and forward over the Markha Stream, to the Markha village (3850 m). There are bridges at many of the more difficult crossing places. The lush vegetation along the riverside is in stark contrast to the dry and barren upper valley slopes, overnight stay in tents. Rest of the time visit village and monastery.

Day 08: Markha – Thechungtse
From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. One will be required to cross the river several times as there are no bridges here. Hankar, en route, is the highest village in the Markha valley. Overnight in Tents.

Day 09: Thechungtse- Nimaling (4700 M)
Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of main walls and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kangyaze peak. Overnight in Tents

Day 10: Nimaling – Kongmaru La (5200 M) – Shang Sumdo
Today one will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,306 M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo. Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Shang Sumdo – Hemis (4 Hrs Trek) – Leh
Today make an easy descent along the Martselang to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at Martselang village. Board the awaiting jeeps. Visit Hemis monastery and after that drive to Leh via Shey and Thiksey monastery. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 12: Leh – Delhi
Transfer to the airport for the spectacular flight across the main chain of the Himalaya to Delhi.

Cost Include

  • Arrival/Departure transfers, sightseeing by Non AC Tata Sumo.
  • Accommodation inclusive of Breakfast.

Cost Exclude

  • Entrance fees at any point.
  • Extra charges as levied by the hotels for early check in Service tax as applicable.

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