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Trekking in Markha Valley

Trekking in Markha valley

Spituk to Hemis

Trekking in Markha Valley has become very popular for good reason: The landscapes are varied; the trail passes through villages and isolated oasis dominated by the snowy peaks of Yatse Kang (6400 m) and Stok Kangri (6121m).While trekking in Markha valley, you will enjoy spectacular views Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. Its multicolour hue and the hidden civilization maintain the rich culture of the place. In spite of arid landscapes we come across the willow groves, bushes of wild roses and green meadows. Shepherd with their flocks can be seen in the plateau. There are chances to encounter the wild lives such as blue sheep and Ibex. After crossing the highest pass of the trek (5150 m)   we will reach  at Hemis Monastery in the Indus Valley and finally  at Leh.

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi
Day 2: Delhi to Leh (3500 m)
Day 3: Around Leh visit Spituk, Phyang
Day 4: Leh – Zinchen (3400m), 5 hour trek; Trek 1
Day 5: Zingchen – Ganda La base (4500m), 5 hours trek; Trek 2
Day 6: Yurutse – Skiu (3400 m) by Ganda-la (4800 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 3
Day 7: Skiu – Markha (3710 m), 7 hours trek; Trek 4
Day 8: Markha – Tchatchutse (3750 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 5
Day 9: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m), 5 hours trek; Trek6
Day 10: Nimaling – Shang, by Konmarula (5150 m), 8 hours trek; Trek 7
Day 11: Shang — Hemis – Leh, 60 km
Day 12: – Transfer to the domestic airport, flight to Delhi.
Day 13: Departure

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

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

Day 2: Delhi to Leh (3500 m)

Transfer to domestic airport in the morning flight to Leh. Transfer to hotel, leisurely tour of the city to acclimatize: the old bazaar, the Palace, the Shanti Stupa, mosque; afternoon free, overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Around Leh visit Spituk, Phyang

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

Day 4: Leh – Zinchen (3400m), 5 hour trek; Trek 1

Drive early morning till Spituk , where you will meet the team of the trek. We will complete the load distribution and the first day of hiking begins here. Following the bank of the Indus River to the west, we 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, we camp near a small oasis; overnight at the camp.

Day 5: Zingchen – Ganda La base (4500m), 5 hours trek; Trek 2

Follow the gorge and cross the river many times through the multi-coloured rocks and willow trees. Continue to Yurtse and visit a family to know their life style (according to availability), after meeting the family, move upwards to the foot path of progressive cervical Gandala camp.

Day 6: Yurutse – Skiu (3400 m) by Ganda-la (4800 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 3

We see beautiful scenery of Yurutse along the mountain. Crossing a small valley is followed by a zigzag climb to the plateau. We continue for nearly three hours down the mountain till the pass, Ganda La. A long descent to Shingo easily leads us in a splendid fashion. After descending for about two hours, we arrive in the Markha valley where we use the beautiful land of Skiu for camping.

Day 7: Skiu – Markha (3710 m), 7 hours trek; Trek 4

The day starts on the right bank of Markha: nice trail with lots of vegetation. Several successive crossings from left bank to right bank happen in Chaluk (little houses); new traverses that flow before it, reaches after a short steep climb the beautiful village of Markha. We set up camp near the river.

Day 8: Markha – Tchatchutse (3750 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 5

The trek goes on the right bank of the main valley; the trail may be difficult by the riverbed. Before reaching the village of Hankar, we visit the monastery of Humlung, along the river. A little beyond Hankar, we turn from a wide valley on our right. We take a narrow valley that requires us to cross a bridge until the left bank to reach the pasture Tchatchutse.

Day 9: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m), 5 hours trek; Trek

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

Day 10: Nimaling – Shang, by Konmarula (5150 m), 8 hours trek; Trek 7

A zigzag ascends of about two hours to the pass Konmaru, which offers panoramic views of the valley on the remote Zanskar range. Then we continue with a steep descent in a zigzag across the Konmaru. The trail crosses the beautiful bed of the river and continues with a descent difficult for the horses. After several river crossings, arrive at Shang; beautiful camp in groves. You can visit a small gompa outside the village.

Day 11: Shang — Hemis – Leh, 60 km

Following the river again, you win a trek after a series of Chortens. Let Martselang right and follow the trail to Hemis.

Visit the monasteries: Thiksey and Shey; transfer to the hotel at Leh.

Day 12: – Transfer to the domestic airport, flight to Delhi.

Transfer from airport to hotel, free afternoon; overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Departure

Visit half day to Old and New Delhi; transfer to the international airport by evening for your flight to the onward destination; hotel check out time is 12 noon.

Cost per person —1320€ based on 4 pax

Cost per person—-1590€ based on 2 -3pax

Departure guarantee based on 2 persons,
Price guarantee based on 4 persons. (Departure of single person contacts us.)

Formed groups: If the proposed dates doesn’t suite to those who are already formed group of individuals, families, friends, club or corporates, we can tailor their trip for the date that match to their holidays schedule for the suitable period when your trip can be conducted.

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    17 Jun - 29 Jun  1,320.00
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    22 Jul - 03 Aug  1,320.00
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    29 Jul - 10 Aug  1,320.00
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    05 Aug - 17 Aug  1,320.00
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    12 Aug - 24 Aug  1,320.00
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    19 Aug - 31 Aug  1,320.00
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Validity of the price: Price is valid till (proposed dates) those wish to travel after proposed dates price may change due to inflation in local economy.

Cost Include

    • Ground transport as per itinerary and airport transfers (domestic and international)
    • Twin sharing room in medium class hotel; in homestays and monasteries, very simple mostly common room; dry pit toilet outside; simple food
    • Hotels in Delhi, on breakfast basis. Rest on full board.
    • While trekking and traveling lunch packed or in local restaurant
    • English-speaking guide
    • During the trek transport by pony or mule if necessary
    • Twin sharing spacious tent, foam mattress
    • Kitchen team and dining tent, with all necessary items
    • Common medical box with oxygen cylinder
    • Delhi-Leh-Delhi flight (Both way)

Cost Exclude

    • Visa fares, airport tax, insurance
    • Sleeping bag
    • Food in Delhi
    • Extra beverages
    • Medical evacuation
    • Monument fees
    • Still and video camera fees
    • Personal expenses
    • Tipping
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