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Markha Valley Trek

Duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days
Destinations: Leh - Spituk - Zinchen - Yurutse - Ganda La - Skiu - Markha - Hankar - Nimaling -Kongmaru La - Shang Sumdo - Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Delhi
Price: NA

Day 1: Delhi
On arrival Delhi pick up from airport. Transfer to Hotel and evening hrs free. Overnight stay in Hotel.

Day 2 : Delhi – Leh by Flight
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check into the hotel for a Complete day of rest wherein welcome tea and coffee will be served by the Hotel. Lunch will be served at 2.00 PM, after lunch visit Leh Market, Leh Palace, Hall of Fame and Shanti Stupa. Overnight Hotel.

Day 3 : Leh – Spituk – Zinchen (3200 m)
We drive 10 km to Spituk from where we start our trek. We cross Indus river and enter in the Valley of Zinchen river. Near the village in the Valley we will have our first camp after 4 hr walk.

Day 04: Zinchen -Yurutse (3844 m)
After by passing this beautiful stopping valley, we ascent up to 4900 m. by very steep zigzag, difficult footpath, by now it is 3 h. Now steep descent to summer pastures of Stok and follow the river which comes from Stok – Kangri massif.
Overnight in Camp

Day 05: Yurutse – Ganda La (4900 m) – Skiu (3510 m)
Yurutse follow path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Gandala. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu. Overnight in Camp

Day 06: Skiu – Markha (3850 m)
From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross right bank of river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good camp site beyond the village and near river. Overnight in Camp

Day 07: Markha – Hankar (4000 m)
Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses. Overnight in Camp

Day 08: Hankar – Nimaling (4650 m)
The path improves and cross a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste. We climb pastures to reach Nimaling. This is one of most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang Yaze. Overnight in Camp

Day 09: Nimaling – Kongmaru La (5150 m) – Shang Sumdo (3750 m)
Cross the Markha valley and follow long climb along the mountain side, then zig zag road leads towards Kongmarula. Follow steep descent into gorges and then keep walking on the left bank to Chukirmo. Thereafter crossing right and left bank and arrive Shang, a beautiful camp in groves and there is a monastery an hour away from the village. Overnight in Camp

Day 10: Shang Sumdo – Hemis (3600 m) in 3/4 h
Hemis is the most important monastery of Ladakh, 360 years old. The gigantic Tankha, one of the largest in the world, is displayed once in 12 years. Last was in 1992. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 11: Hemis – Thiksey – Shey – Leh
We visit Hemis monastery, then drive to Shey Monastery. This one has a 7.5m copper statue of Buddha plated with gold, the largest of its kind. We drive to Thikshy Monastery, situated on a hill top. There are several temples and wall paintings of Buddha. Close by is the summer palace of the old raja of Leh. This monastery is 800 years old, Silver and Gold statues are seen in it. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 12 : Leh – Delhi
In the morning after breakfast check out from the hotel, and transfer to the airport for the catch the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival at Delhi, transfer to IGI airport time to catch the flight for onward destination. Overnight stay in Hotel

Day 13 : Delhi / onward destination
After breakfast leave for full day city tour visiting India Gate, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Lakshminarayan Temple – modern Hindu temple, drive past President’s House, Parliament House & Secretariat Building. Afternoon sight-seeing of Old Delhi visit Rajghat & Shanti Vana (the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru), Jama Masjid and drive past Red fort and Chandni Chowk. And Evening transfer to international airport for flight to onward destination.

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