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Markha valley Trek Ladak India

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Markha Valley Trek is one of the famous trekking areas in Ladakh to meet the magical kingdom of Ladakh. Trekking across the Markha Valley and its famous Markha River is will take the trekkers along the beautiful monasteries, quaint villages, lush greenery of Nimaling and the tall peak of Kangyatse. Markha Valley Trekking is actually an incredible journey to the “Little Tibet” where the vicinity is all set for the amazing hill vistas and dry mountains with rural parishes and lavish grazing lands altogether. Although the area remains snow-bound in winters but during the summers or rest of the season, the landscape panorama of this place, Markha Stream, mustard areas and the small towns of Stok, Matho and Zanskar attracts many people around the world for trekking. 

Trekking across this region also brings an opportunity to spot Blue sheep and Ibex over the shaky slopes very often. One can also have the spectacular views of the Karakoram, Saser Kangri- peak of 7670m, Stok Kangri of 6150m, Kang Yatse of 6400m and Nun Kun of 7135 meters. While trekking up the hill you will find the overwhelming scenery of high towns, each with irrigated areas of wheat, barley, and mustard, and can also discover different species of animals at Hemis National Park which is an essential part of the Markha valley hike. 

Trip Summary

Name of Trek:

  • Trekking Duration: 6 days
  • Difficulty Level: medium
  • Trekking Season:April to october
  • Accommodation Type:Homestay or tent
  • Maximum Elevation:5,150m

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful city of Leh and immerse yourself in the Tibetean culture
  • trek to indus valley
  • Get the view of ladak's most dramatic landscape
  • Explore Raainshadow area of indian mountain
  • Explore tibetean village in remote valley
  • Experiences to be with local people by staying in homestay
  • visit Buddist monestries of Indus valley

Itinerary

 

  • Day 1 - Day Highlights: Arrival at Leh

     

    Meet at Leh and check in to the hotel. This day is reserved for relaxation and acclimatisation as it is vital for a healthy trip ahead.

    Overnight will be spent in hotel.

  • Day 2 - Day at Leh

     

    Spend one more day at Leh. Unravel the ancient monasteries, palaces and museums that the place is famous for. Visit Shey and Thiksey Gompa and also Stok Gompa. Being in the same destination will assist in getting acclimatised well for high altitude. Towards the evening, enjoy a hike to Leh palace. The remaining evening will be spent at leisure.

    Overnight will be spent in a hotel.

  • Day 3 - Leh - Zingchen (3400m) - Yurutse (4150m) (Trek/4hrs)

     

    Today; on the first day of the Markha Valley trekking, indulge in an early breakfast and drive through Spikut Village to reach Zingchen. This is where your hike of short stage and moderate gradient begins. Enjoy the trail through Rumbak Village to reach Yurutse and come across several stream crossings. Pass the village before setting up camp. The site is a winsome one with barley fields all around.

  • Day 4 - Yurutse (4150m) - Ganda La (4800m) - Skiu (3400m) (Trek 7/8hrs)

     

    This balmy day, in the initial stretch of the trek, ascend to Ganda La (4900 m). Expect a steep climb and strong winds towards the latter half. From the pass, enjoy views of valleys on both side, Zanskar range and some distant summits of the Himalayan range. Commence descending to Shingo Village, after which, the trail makes its way into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu, where a confluence of the rivers come from Markha Valley and Shingo.

    Overnight will be spent in tents.

  • Day 5 - Skiu (3400m) - Markha (3800m (Trek 6/7hrs)

     

    Brace yourself for a long and moderate hike till the charming Markha Village. Cross several streams along the way. Reach the hamlet that is a trove in the middle of this cold and arid desert. The place is laced with green fields, willow trees and a deserted palace. Camp beside a gurgling stream.

    Overnight will be spent in camps.

  • Day 6 - Markha (3800m) – Thochuntse (4150m, Trek /4-5hrs)

     

    Today lap up fetching views all around and come across many stream and river crossings. Make way through settlements and grazing ground. Take in the stunning view of Kangyatze Peak (6400m) when walking towards Hankar. We will select a great camping ground and set tent there.

    Overnight will be spent in tents.

  • Day 7 - Thochuntse (4150m) - Nimaling (4700 m) (Trek/ 4hrs)

     

    Wallow in a short walk to arrive at the Nimalaing campsite. The place is a beguiling one with wide open valley with unbridled grazing grounds, and the backdrop of Kangyatze Peak. Do note that there is constant wind blowing in the area making situation slightly uncomfortable. If you wish, you can also avail of a side trip today towards the base camp of Kangyatse.

    Overnight will be spent in tents.

  • Day 8 - Nimaling (4700m) - Kongmaru La (5150m) - Sumdo (3800m) - Leh 3500m (Trek 7hrs) (Drive 2hrs)

     

    Dig into an early breakfast and take on a steep climb to reach the top of the highest pass on the trail - Kongmaru La (5200m). Take in the great sights of Nun Kun in the West and Saser Kangri to the North. Cherish some moments here before climbing down to Sukarmo, from where your trail is a flat walk along the river till you come to the road head at Sumdo. From here, hop on to a vehicle to drive back to Leh.

    Overnight will be spent at a hotel.

  • Day 9 - Departure from Leh

     

    The charm and allurement of the Markha Valley trekking ends here as you go ahead with your onward journey or stay back in Ladakh.

Price and Cost Details

 

Cost include
• Accommodation: Leh: Hotel on bed and breakfast basis. 
• Transport: CAlso all sightseeing, drop and pick up for the trek in Leh by Toyota Qualis/Tavera. 
• Meals: Leh: Only breakfast
• Trek: All meals will be provided. The meals will be a mix of Indian, Chinese & Continental. 
• Mules/Porters: For carrying camping equipment, rations, vegetables and some amount of personal gear of the clients (one bag not weighing more than 15 kgs). 
• Professional local trekking guide & cook would accompany the group.  
• Trekking & camping fees
• Monument entry fees at Leh

 
Cost does not include
• Air fare (Delhi – Leh return)
• Any charges for carrying still/video cameras etc. 
• Alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, beverages, etc. 
• Entrance fees for private museums, monasteries, sideshows etc 
• Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc. 
• Travel insurance

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