Markha Valley Trek – 12 Nights and 13 Days
Day 1: Arrival Delhi
Upon landing, our representative welcomes you and assists you to transfer at the Hotel. Check into the hotel upon reaching and take some rest. After refreshment, head out for a visit to Garden of Five Senses, India Gate, and Nehru Planetarium.
Evening is for Sound & Light show at Red Fort.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.
Day 2: Fly to Leh
Today, you will be assisted to transfer at Delhi Airport to catch flight to Leh. Upon landing, our chauffeur welcomes you and takes you at the hotel. Check into the hotel upon reaching and enjoy your day in visiting colorful Leh markets.
Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Day 3: Drive to Spituk and Trek to Zingchen
Today is the day full of excitement as it is the first day of Markha Valley Trekking. After breakfast at leisure, we will depart for Spituk from Leh by jeeps. In Spituk there will be a team with their horses to carry our trekking equipment. Spituk serves as the starting point of Markha Valley Trek. Follow the trail to Zingchen through an old kucchha(un-metalled) road into an infertile and dried locale of Leh Ladakh with wild roses. By crossing a Bridge and then continue our trek toward the south-west of Indus river will lead us to the confluence of Indus and Zingchen.
Overnight halt at camp near the village of Zingchen.
Day 4: Trek to Yurutse via Rumbak
Today we start our trek to Yurutse via Rumbak village and will enter Hemis National Park where we may be fortunate to glimpse wildlife. It’s a gradual climb from Zingchan to Rumbak. Subsequent to paying the entrance charge, we will climb continuously through a wonderful gorge before reaching the valley taking to the town of Rumbak. The views of the snow capped Stok Mountains from here is absolutely fascinating and breathtaking. After some tea at Rumbak, appreciate the trail through Rumbak Village to achieve Yurutse and go over a few stream crossings where you will discover fields of grain and potatoes.
Overnight in the Tents.
Day 5: Trek to Skiu via Ganda La
Today an hour gradual ascent followed by a steep climb will lead us towards Ganda La. Appreciate the colossal view of elevated Zanskar Range and the far off Himalaya Range from the Pass. After a short rest, we will make a steady descend to Shingo, after which, follow the trail through a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu, where a confluence of the rivers come from Markha Valley and Shingo.
Overnight in the Tents
Day 6: Trek to Markha
Today, finally our trek leads us to Markha Valley with the trail crossing numerous streams and passes winter settlements that contain Lhatos and Mani walls. It may be quite a long trek with moderate hike till the charming Markha Village.
Overnight stay in a village homestay in Markha or in the camps spot at a higher spot above the village.
Day 7: Trek to Thochuntse
After morning nutritious Breakfast, head out for another day of moderate trekking. Follow the trail from the village of Markha close by Markha River, flowing at the right side. After leaving Umlung village, catch the very first view of Mount Kang Yatse (6400m), which will remain in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After a short meal break in the town of Hangkar, continue further to the flawless green field of Thachungste.
Overnight in the tents.
Day 8: Trek to Nimaling
After breakfast we will follow a trail with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges which leads us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling that offer spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right. Nimaling is a beautiful high valley where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months.
Overnight halt in the camps.
Day 9: Trek to Shang Sumdo via Kongmaru la pass
Today is a difficult day as the climb to Kongmaru La is steep and uneven. After an early breakfast, we start our trek toward Shang Sumdo by crossing the Kongmaru La Pass, one of the three highest passes that offer a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. After this, the trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo. The downhill descent from the pass to Sumdo is brutal. The terrain is rocky and drops down steeply as you enter into a narrow canyon.
Overnight in the tents.
Day 10: Drive to Leh
Shang Sumdo serves as the end point of Markha Valley Trek. From here, our Chauffer heartily greets you and assists you to transfer you to your pre booked hotel in Leh. On arrival, check into the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure in your hotel. Dinner and Night stay.
Day 11: Explore Leh
In the morning after scrumptious Breakfast at the Hotel, head our for local sightseeing. Here, you will be visiting Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis monastery, Shey Palace, and Pathar Sahib Gurudwara.
Overnight at Hotel in Leh.
Day 12: Fly to Delhi
Today, you will be transferred at Leh Aiport to catch flight for Delhi. Upon landing, our chauffeur meets you and takes you at your pre-bokked hotel. Check into the hotel upon reaching and Relx.
In the evening, take a visit to Lodi Gardens. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 13: Departure
Today, you will be assisted to transfer at Delhi Airport to catch flight to next destination.
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