Trekking in the Markha valley – from Spituk to Hemis

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15 days / 14 nights
Availability : June - September
New Delhi Airport
Min Age : 18 +
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Trekking in the Markha Valley has become very popular for one main reason: landscapes are so incredibly varied and unforgettable! The trail passes through villages and isolated oasis dominated by the snowy peaks of the Yatse Kang (6400 m) and Stok Kangri (6121m). While trekking in the Markha valley, you will enjoy spectacular views of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. Its multicolor hue and the hidden civilization add up to the rich culture of the place. In spite of arid landscapes, you will come across willow groves, bushes of wild roses and green meadows. After crossing the highest pass of the trek (5150 m), you will reach the Hemis Monastery in the Indus Valley and, finally, Leh.

 

Itinerary

Day 1The Adventure begins - Arrival in Delhi

Reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel and a relaxing overnight at hotel.

DayFrom Delhi to Leh

Transfer to the airport in the morning to catch the flight to Leh. Transfer to hotel, tour
of the city to acclimatize: the old bazaar, the Palace, the Shanti Stupa, mosque; the afternoon is free, Night in hotel.

Day 3Visit Spituk, Phyang

This day is spent visiting two monasteries of Ladakh, which are upstream from Leh. Back to Leh, the afternoon is free. Night in hotel.

Day 4From Leh to Zingchen

Early morning ride to Spituk, where you will meet the team of the trek. Following the bank
of the Indus River to the west, you will cross a large tray on the shadow of Stok Mountain
range, then enter the gorge which is a part of the Hemis National Park. In late
afternoon arrive at Zingchen, and set up the camp near a small oasis. Night in camp.

Day 5To Gand La base

Follow the gorge and cross the river through the multi-colored rocks and
willow trees. Continue to Yurtse and visit a family to know their lifestyle, after meeting the family, move upwards to the footpath of Gandala. Night in camp.

Day 6Yurutse and Skiu

You will have the chance to see the beautiful scenery of Yurutse along the mountain. You will continue for nearly three hours down the mountain till the pass of Ganda La. After descending for about two hours, you will arrive in the Markha valley where you will set up the camp in the beautiful land of Skiu. Night in camp.

Day 7From Skiu to Markha

The day starts on the right bank of Markha: nice trail with lots of vegetation. Several crossings from left bank to right bank happen in Chaluk; after a short steep climb, you will reach the beautiful village of Markha. Set up the camp near the river.

Day 8From Markha to Tchatchutse

The trek goes moves to the right bank of the main valley; the trail may be difficult by the
river. Before reaching the village of Hankar, visit the monastery of Humlung,
along the river. A little beyond Hankar, you will reach the pasture of
Tchatchutse. Night in camp.

Day 9From Tchatchutse to Nimaling

The trail climbs gradually; the river is rather far to the left. The path continues near a
small lake, then crosses the pastures of Nimaling. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh, dominated by the Yatse Kang (6400 m). Many roads leading to the summit are rather difficult. Night in camp.

Day 10From Nimaling to Shang, passing by Konmarula

About two hours going uphill will lead you to the Konmaru pass, which offers panoramic
views of the valley on the remote Zanskar range. Then you will continue with a steep descent in a zigzag across the Konmaru. After several river crossings, arrive at Shang; settle in the beautiful camp in groves. You can visit a small gompa outside the village.
Night in camp.

Day 11From Shang to Hemis and Leh

Following leave Martselang at your right and follow the trail to Hemis. Visit the monasteries of Thiksey and Shey; transfer to the
hotel at Leh.

Day 12From Leh to Delhi by plane

Transfer to the airport, flight to Delhi. In Delhi transfer from airport to the hotel, later enjoy half a day sightseeing the Temple of Laxminarayan, the Bhai Temple, the India Gate. Night in
hotel.

Day 13The Adventure ends

Visit the Spice market in old Delhi by rickshaw, with an overview on India Gate. After lunch, visit the
Grand Mosque (closed during prayer time). Transfer to the airport by evening for your flight back home.

Changes in the itinerary may incur. Organizers may modify the tour accordingly to weather conditions to ensure the safety of participants.

The price includes

  • Ground transport as per itinerary and airport transfers
  • Twin hotel room / shared room or tent
  • Hotels in Delhi, on breakfast basis. Rest on full board
  • English-speaking guide
  • During the trek, transport by pony or mule
  • Common medical box with oxygen cylinder
  • Delhi-Leh-Delhi flight

The price does not include

  • International flights
  • Contract management fee (10€ per person, mandatory)
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Anything not explicitly mentioned in "the price includes"
  • Visa fares, airport tax, insurance
  • Food in Delhi
  • Access to monuments

Partner Terms and Conditions

Cancellation: All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who
signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the
company.
1. 40 days or more before departure: The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his
client deducting the registration fee of 30% per persons.
2. 20 to 30 days before departure: The agency will charge the 50% of total tour amount as
registration fee .
3. Less than 20 days before departure: The agency will be obliged to withhold the full
amount of the deposit paid by the customer.
Liability: The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather
condition, flight cancellations, war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political
unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company
reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness
or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation,
flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot.
Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous and culture
holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any
illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable
for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip.
It is strongly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and
cancellation charges:
Travel insurance: This is mandatory for all clients travelling on any tour/ trek or
independent itinerary arranged by us. You are responsible for obtaining adequate
insurance covering expenses of unexpected, the loss of baggage, medical expenses,
helicopter (air or ground) rescue, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment
of the itinerary.

Clothing and advise:
Due to wide range of temperature and climate conditions, it is advisable to bring
appropriate clothing. For protection against cold a layered clothing is better than a few
thick ones, so choose your cloths accordingly. Cloths should be preferable be made
from natural materials which allow the body to breath better. You will be offending
people if you walk around in skimpy or tight fitting clothes. Although there are normally
opportunities to wear shorts, it is strictly forbidden to be with short in any religious
places as monasteries and temples. We would advise women to wear shirts or loose
trousers, men should not wear singlet
What you should pack for the trip in mountain:
Warm jacket type of gore axe or else, Raincoat, full sleeve Pull over while in camp , 2-3
pairs of long and short sleeves /Shirts, Track paint, suitable shoes, Camp shoes (
Sleepers ), 2 pairs of waterproof Gloves, 2-3 pairs of warm socks + normal socks,
Sunglasses / Spare glasses or contact lenses, Sun hat / cap, Scarf, sun cream, lips
balm to protect the lips, Washing kit, toilet kit including light towel, A small sewing kit,
Safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, Camera with spare batteries and
cards, battery Charger ( used while in villages) , Duffle bags or back packpack (
personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Sleeping bag (-10/-15-20°C ) small
pillow if you required , A light towel, a knife, a role of toilet paper, a plastic bowl for
shaving ( for men ), a large plastic bag to protect your clothing inside the back pack and
wet tissue paper, fanny pack to keep safely your important docs as passport, insurance
paper, credit cards, cash etc. Your personal medical kit.
Meals: Health friendly veg. and non veg. meals will be provided, Non veg. meals is
Sub. to availability in rural. We do not recommend you the fried street food and fruits
might be properly washed before consuming. While trekking Luch is always packed or
will be provided in local restaurants.
Mineral water: While in city, mineral water is in your charge, during the ride, boiled
cold water will be provided or you may carry the water purification pills to use when
refilling the water bottled, We advise you to drink daily minimum 2 litters of water. On
the way you can buy mineral water as there. Are tea shops at different places.
Climate:
Due to the vastness of country climate is vary in different part of Indian states as from
plains of India to the mountains of Himalaya. Where summer Temperatures can be
minimum 10 to 20°C and maximum 25-30°C. But while in bad weather temperature can
go under Zero, so please be prepared accordingly.

During the ride in summer ( July- August ), temperature vary from low to higher altitude
“minimum 10 to 20°C and maximum 25-30°C.” when at higher altitude days are
scorching hot in clear weather and night are fresh and can be freezing. In Autumn
“September and Oct.” Day are hot can get sun stroke, but the night are freezing ,
temperature can go -0 and road can found frost at certain places.
Transport: Transfers by private vehicles from Delhi to Manali ( car or minibus.)
While riding you will be supported by back up vehicle, in case some one need break
can just jump in to the back up vehicle to relax for while. You bages and a ll logistic will
be transported by back up vehicle as well.
Individual room occupancy: persons occupying Individual room will be charged
automatically for the pax of Impair number as of 3-5-7-9-11-13 -15-17-19.etc, So
please mention in your terms and condition that such impair persons may have agree
to bare automatically the surcharge for Individual room occupancy until he / she may
not get room partner. Or unless he / she required specially individual room and is agree
to pay surcharge of individual room.
Extra Days /Night: Those guest who will reach in India earlier and will leave after the
schedule program, hence the number of days or night will increase more than schedule
program, In that case the surcharges will be applied for number of extra days/nights as
per the tariff of hotel used in city. Kindly note that check in and check out time is subject
to hotel policy, for example check in – out 12 noon and check out 12 noon – check in 14h
etc. policy can be applied.

What minimum should be in your first aid kit:
Preparation of relief of sun burn, Lip salve, Anti septic cream, Antihistamine cream (for
relief of insect bites), Anti diarrhea (flagyl or any other), Anti headache (Diamox, aspirin,
paracitamol, zimalgin), Anti vomiting (avomine), For stomach-ache (baralgan,trigan or
other diagnose) Dettol, wash proof Dettol plaster, Bandage and cotton, Balm, Anti
cramp spray, Pills to purify the water, Scissor and knife are must in the medical kit.
Apart from your personal kit, Himalayan Frontiers will also provide a common first add
box containing general medicine including an Oxygen cylinder
According to your physical condition you are requested to consult your doctor to
complete your medical kit.
Fitness and Acclimatization:
This is one of the most challenging cycling trip in the world, you will be crossing 7
passes vary from 3950 to 5600 mtrs, There fore Pre-travel conditioning is very advised,
as more you are prepared the more you enjoy the trips. For such the adventure trips

good physical preparation is required. As we gain altitude slowly, so we get acclimatize
naturally. And for the vast majority the slow ascent to height will produce minimum
effects. The most important attribute for any adventure travel trip is positive attitude.
Documents required to ride/travel in India:
You are required to bring your travel insurance policy with you on the tour. Please print
two copies, one for yourself and hand over one copy to the tour operator upon arrival.
Please ensure it has the address and contact details of the travel insurance company
on it. Without these documents you will not be able to take part in the tour as your
safety is our primary concern.
Documents required for restricted area permit:
its mandatory to carry the copy of passport, copy of visa, 4 passport size photos to get
issue the restricted area permit to complete the last challenging ride till mighty
Khardungala pass elevated 5600mtrs.
Environment and Culture:
The Himalayas have a very fragile environment and it is our special concern and
Endeavour to protect and preserve the existing ecology. We are also sensitive to local
cultures and traditions and make special efforts to sensitize all our clients on this matter.
The Himalayan Frontier escorts:
All Himalayan Frontiers tours / treks are escorted by professional guides who are
chosen for their experience of mountains , knowledge of the outdoors, local culture and
ability to communicate with foreign clients.

Sharewood can also provide for:

  • Airline ticket office
  • Transfers on site
  • Reservation of any extra nights (aside from the selected package)
  • Cancellation insurance policy
  • “Assistance / Medical / Luggage” insurance policy
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