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Trekking in Markha Valley – 8 Days

Trekking in Markha valley

From 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 of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. Its multicolour hue and the hidden civilization maintain the rich culture of theLadakh. 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) enroute you will visit some of famous monasteries ( Hemis- Thiksey and shey ) lied along Indus Valley.

Day 1: Leh – Zinchen (3400m), 5 hour trek; Trek 1
Day 2: Zingchen – Ganda La base (4500m), 5 hours trek; Trek 2
Day 3: Yurutse – Skiu (3400 m) by Ganda-la (4800 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 3
Day 4: Skiu – Markha (3710 m), 7 hours trek; Trek 4
Day 5: Markha – Tchatchutse (3750 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 5
Day 6: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m), 5 hours trek; Trek 6
Day 7: Nimaling – Shang, by Konmarula (5150 m), 8 hours trek; Trek 7
Day 8: Shang — Hemis – Leh, 60 km

Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 6: Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 m), 5 hours trek; Trek 6

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 7: 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 8: 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: Hemis ,Thiksey and Shey; transfer to the Leh. End of service.

FIT (minimum 2 pax) cost:- €575/ per person

Group (minimum 4 pax) cost:- €455/ per person

Cost Include

  • Ground transport from Leh to beginning of trek and from the End of trek to leh
  • All meals ( Breakfast-Lunch – Snacks -dinner Lunch always pack )
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transport of baggage by pony or mule
  • Twin sharing spacious tent, foam mattress, Dining tents from 4 person onward and Toilet tent
  • Kitchen team with all necessary items
  • Common medical box

Cost Exclude

  • Hotel and meals in Leh
  • Sleeping bag, camping chair
  • Beverages except boiled water
  • Medical evacuation
  • Monument fees
  • Still and video camera fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Refund to any unused services and no show at the meeting point

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Cancelation Policies

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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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:

  6. 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.

What to carry for trek in Mountains / Himalaya

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, 2-3 pairs of long and short sleeves /Shirts, Track paint, trekking shoes, Sneakers for river crossing ( where applicable ), Camp shoes ( Sleepers ), 2 pairs of 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) , Back pack ( 60-70ltrs ) day sac ( 35 Ltrs ) , water bottle, If it is early or late season required the pair of gaiters to walk on the soft snow over the passes (in case of bad weather) and walking sticks if one required, personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Sleeping bag (-10/-15°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. walking stick those required.

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.

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 (avomin), 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.
According to your physical condition you are requested to consult your doctor to complete your medical kit.

Fitness and Acclimatization

Pre-travel conditioning is very desirable, as more you are prepared the more you enjoy the trips. For all the adventure trips at least light physical exercise is required however no exercise is obliged for cultural tours or jeep safari in hilly region. 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.