Markha Valley Trekking
Horses, horsemen, food, cook, helpers, back up Jeep, dinning tents, kitchen tents, table, stool, sleeping tents, mattresses, Back up jeep etc.
Duration12 Nights and 13 Days
Group Size01 Pax (Min)
Peak PointGandala pass of( 4970m)
Best timeMid June till end of September
This itinerary between Ladakh and Zanskar offers a large diversity of landscapes, from the jagged Kongmaru La pass (5000m) to the green oasis of the Markha valley with breath-taking views of the Korakoram snow-capped peaks. Many scattered high villages, each with irrigated fields of barley and potatoes, add color to this otherwise quite barren environment, and provide the chance to meet the Ladakhi peasants in the simplicity of their daily life. Markha will be an opportunity to visit the old monastery, famous for its paintings.
|Hotels on APAI, all transfer and sightseeing by car.|
|Horses, horsemen, food, cook, helpers, back up Jeep, dinning tents, kitchen tents, table, stool, sleeping tents, mattresses, Back up jeep etc.|
|Cost doesnt include:|
|Sleeping bags, Personal drinks, tips, monasteries insurance if any..|
|Area||97,000 sq kms out of which nearly 38,000 sq. kms are under Chinese Occupation since 1962.|
|Population||Approx. 2.40 lakh in the 2 districts of Leh & Kargil.|
|Ethnic Composition||Ladakhi including Balti / Purgi, Shina or Dardic, Urdu / Hindi.|
|Languages||Mongoloid / Tibetan, Dardic and assorted Indo-Aryan elements.|
|Altitude||Leh3505m, Kargil 2750m|
Maximum:27 degree centigrade
Minimum : 10 degree centigrade
Maximum5 degree centigrade
Minimum : (-20 degree centigrade)
|Rain-Fall||15cm, 6" (annual average)|
|Clothing||Cotton & light woollens in summer and heavy woolens including down-filled wind proof upper garments in winter.|
One of the most popular trek in Ladakh ,Markha valley . The trek is followed by barren start up at Zinchen which continuous and leads to Mesmerizing landscape filled with mustard fields. It will provide you beautiful landscape, people , wild life and valleys with passes.
Trekking in Ladakh Himalaya (Lamayuru Trek)Day 01: Delhi – Leh (3500m) by plane.
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the guest house and relax the whole day. This is necessary for getting acclimatised. Overnight at hotel.Day 02. Leh /Likir/Alchi 60km
Breakfast drive to Likir monastery on way visit Phater Sahib, magnetic hill and the Indus & Zansker Sangam. Continues to Alchi monastery and back to Leh. Overnight HotelDay 03: Leh - Spitok -Zinchen (3200 M) – Yurutse
Leave Leh early morning by Jeeps and reach Spituk (1 hr). Visit the Spituk Gompa, built about 500 years ago. Start the trek from here by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the river Indus. The gorge section leads to the confluence of Indus and Zinchen.Drive the village of Zinchen. Later trek to yurutse for 4-5 hours …Overnight in Tents.Day 04: Yurutse (3900 M) - SSkiu (3100 M)
A gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets one to the Ganda la (4900 M). From here views extend south to the Zanskar range and distant summits of the Himalayan range. This is followed by a long descent to Shingo village. From Shingo the trail heads into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu. At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers coming from Markha valley and Shingo. Overnight in Tents.Day 05: Skiu - Markha (3800 M)
It's a very pleasant hike, up the Markha valley today with the trail crossing numerous streams. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small village Overnight in Tents.Day 06: Markha - Thochuntse / hanker
From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. One will be required to cross the river several times as there are no bridges here. Hankar, en route, is the highest village in the Markha valley. Overnight in Tents. Overnight Thochuntse.Day 07: Thochuntse - Nimaling (4700 M)
Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kangyaze peak. Overnight in Tents.Day 08: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 M) - Sumdo
Today one will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,306 M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo. Overnight in tents.Day 09: Sumdo - Hemis (4 Hrs Trek) - Leh
Today make an easy descent along the Martselang to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at Martselang village. Board the awaiting jeeps. Visit Hemis monastery and after that drive to Leh via Shey and Thiksey monastery. Overnight in a hotel.Day 10: Leh Local sightseeing of Shey thiksey hemis Day 11. Leh/Delhi
Morning transfer to airport to catch flight to Delhi….
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