General Information About MARKHA VALLEY TREK
The Markha Valley name comes from a tributary of the Zanskar that flows somewhere between the Stok and Zanskar Mountain range. The Markha Valley Trekking is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the Ladakh Himalaya. After the initial period of acclimatization to high altitude in Leh you will set out to explore the heartland of the central Ladakh Valley. It involves crossing of the passes – Kongmaru La 5130 mts, Gandla 4875 mts and walking on the banks of the Markha River. The highlight of the trip is the camping at the base of the Kang-Yatse peak on the plains of Nimaling. A few days later the trek ends at the wonderful Hemis monastery, with its warm austerity welcoming you back to a gentler and familiar world.
On the beaten trail
Day 01 - Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)
Take the morning flight for Leh. Our representative will lead you to the hotel and relax for the complete day. This is necessary for getting acclimatized. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 02 - Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Leh
On this day you will go a sightseeing trip to some ancient monasteries in this area. Shey Gompa is about 15 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17’Th century AD. Main attraction in Shey is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17 kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order. Shanti Stupa gives new dimensions to inner peace.
Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17’Th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery cradled in a lovely valley, surrounded by streams and fronted by long Mani walls. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Day 03 - Leh – Spituk – Zingchen 4-6 hours
Level - Moderate - Easy
After the breakfast drive to Spituk Bridge behind the Spituk monastery, around 7 kms from Leh town. The trek traditionally starts at the bridge over the Indus river about a kilometer west of Spituk Village. However, a jeepable road slated to connect Spituk runs nearly all the way to Zingchin. Soon you arrive at Zingchen through a gorge, which gives you a feeling of complete isolation. Stay overnight in Camp at Zingchen.
Day 04 - Zingchen to Yurutse 4-5 hours
Level - Moderate - Tough
Leave Zingchen for Rumbak through a straight forward road; leaving village, you enter Hemis national park for the preservation of Snow leopard, Baharal, marmot, wolf etc. Walk through a narrow trail and valley widens as you arrive Rumbak and camp at Yurutse below Gandala Pass (4875 Mts). Overnight in Camp.
Day 05 - Yurutse to Skyu 6-7 hrs
Level - Tough
From Yurutse follow the path along the mountain side, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. There after cross Gandala pass (4380m). Then walk the long descent towards Shingo for 2 hrs that will lead to the valley of Markha and after few hundred meters you reach Skyu. Overnight halt in tents.
Day 06 - Sku to Markha 7-8 hrs
Level - Moderate
From Skyu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross the right bank of river then the barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter, walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Towards the end of the village there are good camp site near the river. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 07 - Markha to Thachungtse 5-6 hrs.
Level - Tough
Right after breakfast you start trekking in the morning to reach Tchatchutse via Hankar village. Overnight in tents.
Day 08 - Thachungtse to Nimaling 4-5 hrs.
Level - Easy
After breakfast start trekking to reach Nimaling. Nimaling (4900m) has a sweeping pasture where thousands of sheep, goats and yaks graze during the summer months. Rising to the south is 6400m high Kang Yatse (Nimaling Peak), a lovely mountain, but not an easy one to climb. Overnight in tents.
Day 09 - Nimaling to Shang Sumdo 6-7 hrs.
Level - Tough
After breakfast start trekking to reach Kongmaru La (5130 M). The trek to Kongmaru la passes through narrow gorges. From the top of the pass, you can have a view of Ladakh ranges and the sight of villages to the north of Indus valley is excellent. Cross the pass and proceed to Shang. Overnight in tents.
Day 10 - Shang Sumdo to Hemis to Leh 6 hrs.
Level - Easy
Walk along the stream down to Hemis monastery, which is one of the oldest and richest monasteries in Ladakh. Visit Hemis monastery and drive to Leh, enroute visit Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Stok Palace cum museum.
Day 11 - Leh – Back to Destination.
Early morning transfer to airport and fly back to Destination with Sweet and enthralling Memories of Ladakh.
- Hotel or Upper Class Guest House in Leh.
- All ground transportation in Ladakh by non air-conditioned jeep. All camping/trekking arrangements such as:-
- Food (during trekking and camping)
- Two men tent with mattress
- Kitchen/mess tent with utensils
- Cook & Helpers
- Pack ponies for luggage
- Camping fee
- Trekking bag for protection of your personal luggage.
- Local English speaking guide
Cost Does not Includes :
- International Flights/ Domestic flights
- Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
- Insurance and medical evacuation.
- Tips, hard & soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
- Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
- Entry fee to monuments
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.
Things to Carry for MARKHA VALLEY TREK
- Duffel bag Down/synthetic camp booties
- Sunglasses, Light gloves
- Sleeping bag
- Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
- One liter water bottles wide mouthed
- Trekking Boots
- Water purification/filter
- Camp shoes/sneakers
- Walking stick/Trekking pole
- Cotton socks
- Note book with pens and pencils
- Gore-Tex jacket
- Lip balm
- Light wind jacket Sunscreen / Moisturiser
- Down jacket/vest
- Camp towel/towel/sarong
- Fleece jacket/vest
- Personal toiletries
- Personal medicines
- Money pouch/belt
- Trekking pants
- Energy bars
- Thermal tops
- Vitamin tablets
- Thermal bottom
- Extra passport photos
- Warm hat and Bandana/scarf
- Sun hat/baseball cap
- Wind- and rain-gear with hood
- Swiss Army Knives (Classic pocket tool)
- One pair cotton trousers or shorts
- Two cotton shirts/T-Shirts One warmer (jacket with hood)
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