MARKHA VALLEY TREK
|Duration: 11 Night / 12 Days
|Destinations: Leh - Ladakh
The 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 (4575 m) 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 form 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 "Mani"(prayer) walls that 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 5150m Kongmaru La (Pass) and descending to the famous Hemis Monastery, where we end our trek. There are also a few days to explore the fascinating town of Leh and raft the Indus River.
Day 01: Arrive Delhi:
Arrive Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to hotel.
Day 02: New Delhi to Leh:
Morning after breakfast transfer to domestic airport to catch flight for Leh, arrive Leh receive by our local representative and drive to hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Spitok, trek to Zinchen (3,530m) 5-6 Hours:
our trek begins from Spitok by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the River Indus. The trail passes through barren countryside for about 3 hours until the Indus enters a narrow gorge at its confluence with the Zinchen. overnight stay in camp.
Day 04: Trek to Yurutse (3530-4,180m) 5-6 Hours:
the trail from Zinchen ascends gradually all the way along the Rumbak Nala until you reach Rumbak. We then follow the well-marked trail on the left bank of the Rumbak Nala until we enter a side valley leading to the south. Further trek on along the river until you reach Rumbak. Here you take the right fork of the river and continue a gradual ascend towards Yurutse. Overnight stay camp
Day 05: Trek to Shingo (4180-4985mt) 6-7 Hours:
Today we follow the trail beside the river until the valley widens at Rumbak. After 10 minutes walk from the camp you have to cross the river to the right hand side. Here you can see Golden Eagle nests up in the rocks. We make an early start today to ascend the Gangala pass (4985 mts). From here descend to Shingo for overnight in camp.
Day 06: Trek to Skiu. (4985-3660m) 5-6 Hours:
After we leave camp, a gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets us to the Kundu La. The trail descends steadily to the head of the Skiu Valley. We follow the trail as it leaps from bank to bank all the way to the village of Skiu on the banks of the Lower Markha.
Day 07: Trek to Markha (3660-3200 mts):
Cross the river and trek upto the Markha village. It is the longest valley. A beautiful oasisterraced green fields and small irrigation canals.
Day 08: Trek to Thachungtse (3,589m) 6-7 Hours:
A very pleasant walk up one of the loveliest sections of the Markha valley. Woody bushes grow thickly along the river, which is spanned by several bridges over which the trail marches to Thinlespa village and further to Hankar village from where we get a goog view of Gyalpo-Ri peak. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 09: Trek to Nimaling (3500-4,800m) 5-6 Hours:
The Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow, sloping upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse, 21,500ft/6,553m, which dominates the area. Overnight Stay in Camp.
Day 10: Cross pass, Trek to Shang (4800-3600m) 7-8 Hours:
Crossing to the north of the Markha, climb to the top of the highest of the three passes the 5,400m Kangmaru La. Snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of the Karakoram, including K2 can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends steeply to the head of the Martselang valley past the sulphur springs of Chyushkarmo, and follows the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo or Shang-Sumdo. Overnight Stay in Camp
Day 11: Trek to Martselang:
Today you make an easy descent mainly along the left bank of the Martselang to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at the village of Martselang. Overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 12: Leh to Delhi:
Transfer to Leh airport to catch flight for Delhi, arrive Delhi transfer to hotel. Late evening transfer airport to catch flight for home. Trip End.