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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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