The Markha Valley trek
Tour Character: High Altitude trek, Monasteries, Village Home stay, Village to village trek and drive
Best Time: June-September
On Trek: 15 Days
Trek Style: Local mountain guide / day walking / night camping / Pony / Cook/ Helper
Day 01: Home - Delhi
On arrival at International Airport. you will be met by representative at the waiting lounge with your name placard, assistance and Transfer to hotel in New Delhi. Depending upone your flight timings, if it is night arrival or very early morning flight you may rest till afternoon and post lunch you may do a sightseeing of Old and New Delhi historic monuments. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Delhi-Leh
After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Domestic Airport to connect flight to Leh. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Leh Airport by our Ladakh team and transfer to hotel. Day complete rest to acclimatize to the high altitude. Buffet lunch and dinner at the hotel in Leh.
Introductory / acclimatization sightseeing of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis monasteries with packed lunch. Dinner and overnight hotel at Leh.
Day 04: Trek starts
Spituk to Zingchen: After early morning breakfast drive to Spituk, the staring point of the trek. A quick visit to the Spituk monastery which is 08 Kms drive from Leh near the end of the airfield. Many icons of Buddha and fine Thanka painting are to be found in this 15th century monastery. The face of the Kali image is kept covered and is revealed only at the annual function in January.
After the visit we cross the river Indus after the final preparation by the riverside. Trek to Zingchen which is 12 Km from Spituk and an 08 hours trek. We camp little above the village. Overnight at Zingchen.
Zingchen to Yurutse: It is an easy day of 10 Km trekking. Trek through a narrow valley. While reaching Rumbak we enter a small valley where we camp for the night. This trek involves 06 river crossings and altitude varies form 3530-4180 Mtrs.
Yurutse to Shingo: Today we trek for 12 Kms and reach an altitude of 3850-4985 Mts. A gradual ascend of 03 Hrs to Ganda-La (4985 Mts.). We get a spectacular views all around from the top of Ganda La, from where we slowly descend to Shingo village where we camp for the night.
Shingo to Skiu: Today again is an easy day comparatively, trekking distance is 10 Kms. And altitude reaches from 3500-3850 Mts. and it's a 05 Hrs of pleasant down hill walk through a narrow valley and dense shrub. The valley opens out as you approach Skiu. Today we camp near the river.
Skiu to Markha: Today we trek for 16 Hrs and reach an altitude of 3200-3500 Mts, 08 Hrs trek along the Markha river. Cross the river and trek upto Markha village. It is the longest valley, a beautiful oasis of terraced green fields and small irrigation canals, contains quite a few houses, a school and a monastery. Overnight amp near the village.
Markha to Nimaling: Today is the longest day of trekking, we trek for 19 Kms and altitude reaches 3500-4800 Mts and 04 Hrs walk along the Markha river, we pass small settlements, wild shrubs and willow plantations then to Hanker village. A long but gradual climb takes us to the grazing pastures at Nimaling. Beautiful views back down into the Markha valley and out across the jagged sub-ranges of Zanskar enroute. Overnight camp near Nimaling.
Nimaling: Rest day at Nimaling to enjoy our last high altitude vistas of Zanskar. We may be visited by some shepherds at this camp. Nimaling is the summer grazing ground for the love stock of the entire Markha valley.
Nimaling to Chokdo: Today we trek 15 Kms and reach an altitude of 5030 Mtrs from a minimum 4800 Mts. Begin a gradual climb of about 02 Hrs to the top of Kongmarula pass (5030 Mts), the highest point on the trek with excellent views of the Stok range of mountains and of the Karakoram. Descend to the wooded gorge to camp at Chokdo.
Chokdo to Martselang: Today we do the finishing trek of Just 07 Kms across an altitude of 3600-3800 Mts. A short scenic trek down a narrow valley of rocks in different hues and colors to Martselang. Our trek finishes here and from here we drive back to Leh via Hemis. Overnight at hotel Spic-n-Span at Leh.
Day at leisure in Leh. Overnight in Hotel.
Transfer to Airport, to connect flight to Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to Hotel in Delhi. Overnight hotel in Delhi.
Delhi Home: Transfer to International airport to fly home.