Markha Valley Trek

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Area :

 Ladakh Himalaya

Duration :

 11 Days (3 days traveling/8 days trekking)

Best Season :

 Mid June - Mid October

Grade :

Moderate

Altitude :

 5150 Mtrs

Markha Valley trek has been the most popular trek in Ladakh himalayas for many years now, and rightly so. Some of the reasons that contribute to its popularity are:

one gets to climb on top of two very high passes, Gandala la (4800 m) & Kongmaru La (5150 m) offering stunning views from the top the quaint hamlet of Markha which is nothing less than an oasis in this cold semi arid terrain of Ladakh One gets to hike through remote gorges and vast undulating grazing grounds, cross several streams & rivers, and get a very up close and personal experience of the Ladakhi culture and way of life. This trail is good for fit first timers also, but before we head for trekking in Ladakh himalayas adventure advices you to spend some time at lower altitudes and get acclimatized properly.The Markha River is a river in Ladakh, India. It is a tributary of the Zanskar River and starts at the junction of the Langtang Chu and Nimaling Chu. Villages along the river valley include Skiu, Markha, Umlung and Hangkar For the Markha trek we spend the first 2 days in Leh to get acclimatized to the thin air conditions. This is the most important factor in this trek as one is required to hike to altitudes above 5000 m. While in Leh we will get an opportunity to soak in the local culture as we visit the nearby monasteries, museum, fort & the local market place. We start the Markha trek from Zingchen and then cross over the Ganda La (4800 m) the next day to reach the valley on the other side having playing host to the beautiful Markha village.This village is a real paradise with picture perfect setting; there is a beautiful river, Markha flowing by the village, big jagged and dry mountains and gorges in the background and totally contrasting green field and willow & popular trees all around the village. To top it all the people of the village, that you will come across during the Markha Valley trek, are inviting and very forthcoming of local information. Having seen this jewel in the mountains we start moving towards the next big pass of Kongmaru La (5150 m) which we need to cross over to get on the valley on the other side.

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  • Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)
    Board the morning flight to reach Leh. Arrive at Leh and transfer to hotel/guest house and take a complete rest. This relaxation is essential for becoming accustomed to the climate. Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse.
  • Day 02: Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis
    Today, we shall go on a sightseeing tour to some important monasteries in the area. We will be visiting Shey Gompa, which was once the summer capital of Ladakh kings; Thiksey Gompa, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and the famed Hemis Monastery belonging to Drukpa Order. Overnight stay at the guest house.
  • Day 03: Leh - Spituk (drive) – Trek to Zingchan (3200 mts/10496 ft)
    Today, early in the morning, we will leave for Spituk, which is an hour journey away. We shall explore Spituk Gompa, which is believed to be 500 years old. After visiting Spituk, we will begin our trek and passing a bridge and strolling southwest of Indus River, we will reach Zingchan Village. Overnight stay in camp.
  • Day 04: Zingchan - Yurutse (3900 mts/12792 ft) via Rumbak
    Post breakfast, we shall ascend to Rumbak from Zingchan. We shall trek along the Rumbak Nala via Yurutse Village, which has lush fields of potatoes and barley. Overnight stay in the tents.
  • Day 05: Yurutse - Skiu (3100 mts/10168 ft) via Ganda La
    Our trek today will end at Skiu, which can be reached by crossing Reach Ganda La (4900 meters). The pass offers spectacular view of Zanskar Range and other far-flung peaks of Himalaya. From Ganda La is a long descent to the village of Shingo. The trail then leads to a gorge from Shingo Village, which is at a short distance from Skiu. At Skiu, we will witness the confluence of river from Markha Valley. Overnight stay in the tents.
  • Day 06: Skiu - Markha (3800 mts/12464 ft)
    An easy climb today from Skiu will lead us to Markha Valley. The trekking trail passes through several streams. Overnight stay in the tents
  • Day 07: Markha – Thochuntse
    Our today's trek will be from Markha to Thochuntse. It is to be noted that at Markha, there is a change in landscape and from now onwards the view of heavily forested sections will not be witnessed rather barren and rugged landscape will follow. We shall be crossing river andl come across Hankar en route to Thochuntse. Hankar is the highest village in Markha Valley. Overnight stay in the tents.
  • Day 08: Thochuntse - Nimaling (4700 mts/15416 ft)
    In the morning today, we will begin our trek to Nimaling. We will be crossing a number of gentle slopes and a chain of glassy ridges. There is a sequence of Mani Walls and chortens on the route. This is counted among the most stunning high valleys in Ladakh and is separated by Kangyatse Peak. Overnight stay in the tents.
  • Day 09: Nimaling – Kongmaru La (5150 mts/16892 ft) – Sumdo
    After the breakfast, we will cross to the north of Markha and shall ascend to Kongmaru La (5306 meters), which is the highest passes in the region. After taking a good view of the surrounding snowy peaks and Karakoram range, we will trek down to the Martselang Valley leading Martselang Stream to the Sumdo Village. Overnight stay in the tents.
  • Day 10: Sumdo - Hemis (4 hrs trek) – Leh
    Our trek today will be from Sumdo Village to Martselang. At Martselang Valley, the trail broadens into the Indus Valley. We shall take the jeep waiting for us at Martselang Village. We will also be exploring Hemis Monastery and then drive to Leh via Thiksey and Shey Gompas. Overnight stay in the hotel.
  • Day 11: Leh – Delhi
    Reach the airport in order to catch flight to Delhi
  • Accommodation (Camping /Guest house/Home stay/Hotel).
  • All Meals during trek (Veg.)
  • Qualified & experienced trek Leader, Guide and Support staff.
  • Transportation during the trek program.
  • Trek equipments (tent, sleeping bag, matters etc).
  • Permits & entry fees.
  • First aid medical kit.
  • Any kind of personal expenses.
  • Insurance.
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Inclusion”.

Things to Carry
  • id-proof-icon
    Photo ID Proof
  • backpack-with-cover
    Rucksack/Backpack (40 to 50 Litre) & Rucksack cover (Waterproof)
  • daypack
    Daypack- one small day pack (15-20 L) with you during the walk.
  • trekking-shoe
    Trekking Shoe- A good quality rubber sole shoe.
  • t-shirt
    T-shirt Dry fit/Quick dry type
  • warm-jacket
    Warm Jacket-Warm Fleece Jacket/Synthetic fill
  • windproof-jacket
    Windproof Jacket/Wind Cheater
  • thermal-wear
    Thermal wear
  • trek-pants
    Trek pants
  • raincoat
    Raincoat/Poncho
  • woolen-cap
    Woolen cap
  • hat-bandana
    Hat/Bandanna
  • inner-wear
    Under garments/Inner wear
  • warm-socks
    Warm Socks
  • woolen-gloves
    Woolen gloves
  • woolen-gloves
    Waterproof gloves
  • trekking-sticks
    Walking Sticks/Trekking Poles
  • water-bottle
    Water bottle/Hydration pack
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses -UV protected
  • torch
    Torch/Head Lamp with extra batteries
  • lotion
    Sunscreen lotion
  • sanitizer
    Sanitizer
  • tissue-paper
    Wet tissue paper
  • towel
    Small Towel
  • anti-fungal-powder
    Anti-Fungal Powder
  • camera
    Camera with extra cells
  • first-aid-kit
    Medications and a first-aid kit

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