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.
Reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel and a relaxing overnight at hotel.
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.
This day is spent visiting two monasteries of Ladakh, which are upstream from Leh. Back to Leh, the afternoon is free. Night in hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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