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MARKHA VALLEY TREK

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Leh. Kushok Bakula airport. 

From airport to be received by our representative and transferred to the Hotel. Check in to the hotel for a complete day of rest for acclimatization wherein welcome tea and coffee will be served. Lunch will be served at 02:00pm. After lunch visit Leh Market, and Shanti Stupa. Overnight at Leh in Hotel/Guest house.


Day 02: A Full-day sightseeing to the Monasteries of Indus valley (104 Kms / 5-6 hrs)

After breakfast drive to visit the 16thcentury Shey Palace shrine room, 14th century Thiksay, 17thcentury Hemis monasteries. Packed or Hot Lunch will be provided. Return to Leh in the evening. Overnight at Leh in Hotel/Guest house.


Day 03: Leh to Nubra Valley. (120kms / 4-5 hrs)
After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motorable road in the World, 18,380 ft). Arrive at Deskit by Afternoon. Check into hotel for rest after long drive. Early evening Double hump camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hunder Village. Overnight at Deskit village in Hotel/Guest house.


Day 04: Nubra Valley to Leh. (120 Kms / 4-5 hrs)
After Breakfast visit 14th century Deskit monastery and 32 metre statue of Maitreya Buddha. Drive back to Leh by same Route, crossing Khardungla Pass. Overnight at Leh in Hotel/Guest house


Day 05: Leh to Zingchen by Taxi and the start trek from Zingchen to Ganda-la base (3-4 hours)

After early morning breakfast drive by Taxi to Zingchen and after lodging the horses we will enter Hemis National Park, where we may be chance enough to get a glimpse of wildlife as diverse as the Snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Blue sheep, Red fox, Tibetan wolf, Dhole (wild dog), Marmot and Mountain hare. After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the imposing Stok range from time to time. Before reaching Rumbak, we will stop at a parachute cafe run by women from the village. After a warm cup of tea, we will continue through Rumbak, and pass by the house of Yurutse village, before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the whole of the Stok range. Overnight at Ganda-la base camp. 


Day 06: Trek from Ganda La base to Skiu village via Ganda-la (4900 m/6-7 hours)

After a breakfast, we will start your 2-hr ascend trek to Ganda-la; views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. The usual Chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep and marmots roaming the hills. After a short rest, we will make a gradual, hour-long descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Kashmir). Overnight at Skiu village.


Day 07: Trek from Skiu village to Markha (7-8 hours)

Today is easy trek just walking on plain on the bank of Markha River; Markha is the biggest village in the valley. Therefore valley was come known by Markha valley. We will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During peak season, a number of tented Prachute Parachute Café will be open, providing hearty refreshments. After crossing the river for the last time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. Overnight at Markha village. 


Day 08: Trek from Markha village to Thachungtse (5-6 hours)

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy. 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 have our first view of Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we 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, Overnight at Thachungtse. 


Day 09: Trek from Thachungtse to Nimaling (4700m / 3 /4 hrs trek)

Today is short trek and easy trek. After breakfast trek to Nimaling. Nimaling is the beautiful plateau where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range. Overnight at Nimaling. 


Day 010: Trek from Nimaling to Shangsumdo via Kongmarula (5200m 6 - 7 hours)

After a breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descent is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and other worldly rock formations. More 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 the Taxi will take you Stok village enroute sightseeing to Hemis monastery, Thiksay monastery and Shey palace. Overnight at Choglamsar in Hotel. 


MARKHA VALLEY TREK

  • Route: Hemis National Park sanctuary


  • Grade: Moderate


  • Durations: 14 Nights. 15 Days.


  • On trek Duration: 06 Nights, 07 Days


  • Season: June –September


Descriptions: The Markha valley trek comes under the “Hemis National Park sanctuary”. The park was established in the year 1981 with the aim to preserve the rich flora and fauna of the valley. Markha valley is one of the road less and remote valleys in the Ladakh situated in the gorge of Zanskar Range that runs parallel to the Indus valley. Markha valley trek is one of the most diverse and attractive treks in Ladakh. It has gigantic rock pinnacles, beetling cliffs, slender defiles and prayer-flaged passes and offers a large diversity of landscapes and green oasis of Valley which is guarded by Kang Yatse (6400mts) from east and Zanskar range from the south west. During this trek, we will go through many scattered high villages, each with ancient monastery and irrigated fields of barley, wheat and mustard which add brilliance to the landscape of this broken moon land. In this trek route, you may have chance for spotting many rare and endangered animal species ot this cold desert. Among these are the elusive Snow Leopard, Ibex, Tibetan Antelope, Blue Sheep, Shapo, Marmot, Tibetan Hare etc. Among the avi fauna population found is the Snow Patridge, Golden Oriole, Snow Cock, Golden Eagle, Horned Lark, Red Billed Chuff etc.

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