12 Nights / 13 Days
Delhi - Leh - Spituk - Zingchen - Yurutse - Skiu - Markha - Thachungtse - Nimaling - Shang Sumdo - Leh - Delhi
Want to travel to the coldest desert in the world? Go for the Markha valley trekking. Ladakh region that is blanketed with the high peaks of snowy mountains and dense clouds and beneath it is this coldest desert region. Most of the travellers are mystified why this land is amazingly popular among the varied tourists since it is the only region in India which is totally isolated from the modern world. But once a person marks his/her presence in this authentic land he will surely understand its specifications.
Ladak is known for its multiple adventures and hight trails and is known as the "land of high passes". A number of passionate travelers make their presence here to enjoy trekking experience at different trekking locations. One of the famous trekking among this ladak is the markha valley trekking. This is certainly the most attractive and beautiful treks in the world. The Markha Valley Trekking can be ventured through the Himalayan crossing at an altitude of 5150 meters along the edges of the Indus Valley and the down parts of Zanskar.
The entire adventure towards the markha valley covers 5150 meters of altitude and includes lot of exciting moments. Surprisingly, our tour package covers the whole trekking within a period of 12 days and the adventure lovers can find the best time during the treks.
Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Initially you have to reach Delhi and this is the starting point of your travel. You have to move from your destination to the Delhi international airport. Once your flight arrives, you will be received from the airport by our representative. On arrival at the Delhi airport, we pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel for the night stay. You will be transferred to the hotel for some relaxation and overnight stay. The next day you will be moving to Leh.
Day 02 Arrive at Leh (3500m)
In the next day morning, you will be flying from Delhi to Leh. After finishing your breakfast at the hotel, we pick you up from the hotel to the airport. Then, you will fly from Delhi airport to Leh airport. This travel is more spectacular as you will enjoy the view of high snow filled peaks and you will land at the Leh airport covered with mountains on both sides. Once you arrived at the Leh airport, we will pick you up to the hotel for check-in. As, it is situated at above 10, 0000 feet acclimatizing yourself is necessary so that you can enjoy your trip.
Day 03 Leh
Check-in to the hotel and relax yourself for the first half of the day. Then, before starting your trek go out for a walk in Leh. You can enjoy your lunch at some of the resorts in Leh, go to the leh market. In the evening, try some traditional ladaki bread and ladaki butter milk tea. After enjoying the rest of your day in Leh, return back to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 04 Leh - Spituk - Zingchen (5 hrs)
In this day, your markha valley trekking starts from Leh. We will arrange you a jeep for depart from Leh. After breakfast, from Leh drive to the Spituk Bridge that is behind the Spituk monastery (7 kms). From the bridge start trekking along river Indus while walking through the Stok mountains. Slowly move towards the wilderness of the Himalayas, leaving the site of the Leh-Srinagar highway. The trek will continue along the old un-metalled roads into the dried region of Leh. After trekking through this way, we will reach the Zingchen valley. Here the Rumbak River flows into the Indus valley. You arrive at Zingchen through a gorge where you stay in a camp overnight.
Day 05 Zingchen to Yurutse (4-5 hrs)
Start for Rumbak through Zingchen moving on a straight road. Now you will be entering the Hemis national park and you will get an excellent finding of a Ladakhi Ural or Arghali and other wildlife. You get an opportunity to see different wildlife beings like Ladakhi Ural (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare etc in the Hemis national park. It is popular for being home to wolf, snow leopard, Baharal, marmot etc. While walking on a slim path you will reach Rumbak where you will be setting a camp at Yurutse (below Gandala Pass). Overnight stay at the camp.
Day 06 Yurutse to Skiu (6-7 hrs)
This day you will take quite big travel. If it is first time in crossing the wonderful Himalayas, you will be filled with excitement. Follow the mountain path from Yurutse, crossing a valley while on a zig-zag route. Once you cross the Gandala pass (4380m). You will enjoy the views of Himalaya range and Zanskar range along the trek. Walk downwards to reach Shingo and finally you will reach the Markha valley, 100 m to which is Skiu. Night halt in tents.
Day 07 Skiu to Markha (7-8 hrs)
The next day you will trek to Skiu from Ganda La base through Ganda la. We head up towards the east to reach the Markha valley from Skiu. From here walk on the right bank of Markha viewing its vegetation, after crossing which you pass a barren land too and reach Chaluk. Move a little along the left side of the bank, and finally climb towards the Markha village. This is the largest village in the Makha valley and it contains nearly 20 houses. At the end of the village, there camps are set near the river for an overnight stay. You enjoy your night stay in the village camps.
Day 08 Markha to Thachungtse (5-6 hrs)
The trail continues the next day by passing a ruined castle, old stone-mills and the monastery of Techa. You will intersect by the river along your path many times before cutting through the final hamlets in the Markha valley. Then you will cross the Umlung village and continue to trekking to reach Tchatchutse through Hankar village. Then we will halt at the tents to spend our Night.
Day 09 Thachungtse to Nimaling (4-5 hrs)
After breakfast, you begin your trek journey to reach Nimaling (4900m). You will enjoy this beautiful plateau during your trekking. This place has a green pasture where during summers, you can spot thousands of sheep, goats and yaks grazing. This highest trek gives us a spectacular view of the gigantic peaks of Kang Yatse. Towards the south is Kang Yatse (Nimaling Peak) (6400m). Overnight stay in tents.
Day 10 Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (6-7 hrs)
On this day, we will start trekking towards Kongmaru La (5100 m), after breakfast. The top of the pass offers a view of the Ladakh ranges and villages to the north of Indus valley. It gives us an excellent view of the Ladakh range and Indus valley. Progress to Shang for an overnight in tents.
Day 11 Shang Sumdo to Hemis to Leh (6 hrs)
Start walking downwards to visit the Hemis monastery, one of the oldest and the richest monasteries in Ladakh. Later drive to Leh, on the way visiting Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Stok Palace and museum
Day 12 Leh
After reaching Leh, you will spend the full day at Leh and relax yourself. You can go for a walk in Leh streets again and spend your night at the hotel. You can go for shopping and purchase something from the Leh market. Then, go for your dinner to any Leh hotel and spend your evening. Then, return back to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel. You will be taking to the Delhi airport tomorrow for your travel.
Day 13 Leh Delhi
The next day you will be taken to the Delhi airport by our representative. After the breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to airport to board flight to delhi. You will take your flight to your destination.
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