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Markha Valley Trek

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Duration

07 days 08 nights

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

20 people

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Languages

English, Hindi

Overview

Markha valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575m) 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 from 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 (prayer) wall, which 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 15,500-ft (5000m) Gongmaru pass and descending to the famous Hemis Monastery where we end our trek. There are chances to see Himalayan Animals and Birds on this trek as it lies in Hemis National Park. (Snow Leopard, Himalayan Red Fox, Himalayan wolf, Lynx, Blue Sheeps, Yaks, Himalayan Hare & Marmots.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Remote villages and ancient Buddhist monasteries on the route.
  • Stunning Kang Yangtse peak (6,400m) from Kongmaru La (5265m) the highest point on the trail.
  • Hemis Monastery - the richest and the most famous monastery in Ladakh.
  • Nimaling – a scenic valley dominated by impressive Kang Yatze peak (6,400m).
  • Markha River – a treat to walk along.

Itinerary

Day 01: LEH-SPITUK-ZICHEN.(11200ft/3400mts.)

Drive from Leh by jeep to Spituk village. Visit Spituk Monastery. TREK STARTS Trek to Zinchen village .which is an easy walk, and have river crossing 3 times . overnight in camps at Zinchen village. Trek time:4/5 Hrs.

Day 02: ZINCHEN TO KANDALA BASE.(13500ft/4380mts.)

Start trekking for kanda-La base, which is a little hard trek having river crossing few times. Stop for lunch at Rumbuck village. Overnight in the camps at the base. Trek time 6/7 hrs.

Day 03:KANDALA BASE TO SIKU.(11200ft/3400Mts)

A walk along the mountainside up to the Kanda-La which is situated at the height of 4850, Mts. Further an easy and descend walk towards Shigo village. After easy walk camp at siku. Visit the Skiu monastery. Trek time 5/6 Hrs.

Day 04: SKIU TO MARKHA.(1220ft)

Today we have several river crossing but the trek is easy. Trek time: 7hrs. evening explorer the local village on a cup of tea with the locals. O/n camp.

Day 05:MARKHA -THACHUNGETSE.(12300/3700Mts).

En-route visit Hankar Yokma village & Umlung Monastery on a hill top. One can have very nice view from the monastery. Cross 2 times Markha river Trek time 5 hrs. overnight at camp.

Day 06: THACHUNGTSE TO NIMALING.(15000ft/4700Mts)

A bit beyond Thachungtse leave a broad valley on the river side. The valley narrows and goes higher . the river is far to the left. Walk near a small lake, and cross pastures to Nimaling. This one of the most beautiful high valleys of Ladakh, which is on the height of 4700 Mts . on the right side stands the Kangyatse peak 21000ft. trek time: 5-6 hrs . O/n camp.

Day 07: NIMALING-CHUSKURMO-SHANG SUMDO-(12100ft)

Long climb along the mountainside then Zigzag up to the GONGMARU LA at the height of 5150Mts. Several easy steam crossing. Trek time: 5 Hrs. overnight at camp.

Day 08:SHANG SUMDO-MARTSELANG-HEMIS-LEH.(12078ft/3660Mts).

Take the riverbed again, then a good footpath through large blocks. You reach the motorable trail pas a series of Chortens. Leave Martselang village on the right and follow a gentle rising trail to Hemis. Trek time:5/6Hrs. trek finish visit Hemis Monastery and drive back to Leh 01 Hr.

Included/Exclude

  • All meals during the trek (Day 1 lunch to Day 8 lunch). Regular Indian style nutritious vegetarian food during the trek (including occasional eggs), breakfast packed/hot lunch (depending upon the time you reach a campsite), snacks, dinner along with coffee/tea/soup.
  • Excellent Trekking Guide, who will be a local to this particular area and has profound knowledge of the trekking trails around.
  • Specialized Cook, Support staff, Porters/Packed Animals for carrying the central logistics of the trek.
  • Stay in tents (3 persons dome or ridge shaped tents) on sharing basis during the trek.
  • Camping equipment like Sleeping bag, Carry mattress, Gaiters, Micro spikes/Crampon. (Bring your own sleeping if you have a high altitude specific personal Sleeping Bag. This is always better for hygienic reasons.)
  • Kitchen tent, dinning tent and toilet tent as required during the trek.
  • All permit fee, camping charges, forest levy required for the trek inside Kanchendzongha National Park.
  • Basic Medical & First Aid kit.
  • Any tip/gratuity to the Off Road supports staff.
  • Anything is is NOT mentioned in the “Inclusions” or personal in nature.
  • Additional accommodation and food expenses if trek gets delayed due to any circumstances. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Cancellation, health or any other reason.
  • Health Insurance, Personal Insurance and other travel insurance.
  • Expenses for evacuation and rescue operations due to natural calamity, mishaps, injury or any health problem.
  • Alcohol , Cigarette and other personal expenses

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Created with Sketch. Ladakh, Leh

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