Leh

Markha Valley Trek

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  • Leh
  • 13 Days- 12 Nights
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  • Unlimited
  • Unlimited
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick and Drop
  • Entrance fees
  • Environmental fee
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Speaking tour guide
  • Travel by Xylo/Innova/Tata Arya
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Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley trek (Trek): The trip is a mixture of monasteries, river rafting and high passes. After arrival in Leh one could explore in and around Leh visit its ancient Monasteries, Rafting in Indus river, Trek through Hemis national park in Markha valley. Your trek will finish near Martsellang on the upper part of Indus From here you will drive back to Leh.

 

Markha Valley trek

  • Duration; 12 nights 13 days
  • Best time: June to Sept.
  • Grade: Moderate to Strenuous.
  • Max alt: 5200 mtrs. 

 

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Day 01: Fly Leh

Today we have a very early morning flight to Leh (approximately 55 min), the capital of Ladakh. Only opened to foreign tourists in 1974, Leh has changed somewhat from the days yak trains would set off from the main bazaar toward Central Asia. It has, however, retained that Wild West feel. Wander the alleyways of the main bazaar, viewing traditional wares and sampling the local produce; Visit the 9-storey Leh Palace, a reminder of what was once was the thriving royal residence of the ruling Namgyals. The palace not only pre-dates but also served as the model for the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Scramble further up the hill to the Victory Fort for an encompassing view of the city. Please note: You may experience altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation while traveling in Ladakh. This is particularly apparent when arriving in Leh, at just above 3500m, so we have allowed time for acclimatization just after arrival until evening. rnOvernight stay at hotel in Leh.rnrn

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Day 02: Spitok, Shanti Stupa and Sankar Monasteries

Post breakfast you will visit Spitok Monastery, which was founded in 15 ce and belongs to Yellow hat School of Tibetan Buddhism, Back to Hotel for Lunch. Afternoon you wil make a visit to Shanti Stupa where one could get good orientation of Leh town and witness the beautiful sunset. Overnight stay at hotel in Leh. rn

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Day 03: Shey, Thiksey and Stakna.

Post breakfast you will visit some of Ladakh ancient monasteries along the Indus river. Shey used to be the capital of Ladakh, you could visit the royal chapel which has got the largest metal ( copper gilded) statue of Buddha in the region, Continue to Thiksey,rnThiksey Monastery is the most picturesque and one of the largest Monastery in Ladakh, Thiksey is belongs to Yellow hat school of Tibetan Buddhism. At present there are about hundred monks reside in the monastery. Stakna Monastery is built on a top of a hill lock on the left bank of Indus river, this monastery was founded in end of 15th and early 16th ce by a Bhutanis priest and used to govern by the Bhutanis government until 1950. This is belongs to red hat school of Tibetan Buddhism.rn Drive back to Leh for overnight stay.rnrn

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Day 04: Raft trip to Nimmu and drive to Chilling.

Today we will drive to Phey the pointing point of your raft trip to Nimmu village, This trip is ideal for beginners you will get upto grade 2+. The trip will finish just after the confluence of the two rivers Zanskar and Indus. From here you will drive along the Zansker river to get to Chilling. You will be spending your night over here in mobile camp.rnOvernight stay at camp.rnrn

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Day 05: Chilling to Skiu trek. 4 to 5 hr

After leaving the camp you will be hiking on a dot road along the Zansker river for 2km, from here you will be crossing the river on a trolley and trek over a small hump to trek to Skiu. Skiu is the lowest village during your trek; it is consist of two small villages Skiu and Kaya. rnOvernight stay at camp.rn

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Day 06: Skiu to Markha (7-8 hours)

Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During peak season, a number of tented teahouses will be open, providing hearty refreshment. After cross the river for the last time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort could be visit. Overnight stay at camp.rnrn

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Day 07: Markha to Thachungtse (5-6 hours)

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy! The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung , we will be afforded our first view of Kang-Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungtse, where we will camp. rnOvernight stay at Camprn

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Day 08: Thachungtse to Nimaling (04 hours)

Today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below.rn

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Day 09: Rest day at Nimaling.

Today one could explore the plains of Nimaling also one could get a chance to hike upto 5800mtrs. Where one could get a view os Ladakh and Karakoram ranges,rnrn

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Day 10: Nimaling to Shangsumdhoo via Kongmarula 5200 m (7 hours)

After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). After a break, we will pass through a couple of villages before reaching Shang Sumdo, where we will spend our last evening together. Enjoying a nice camp fire and some chilled beer in the evening. rnOvernight Stay at camprn

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Day 11: Shangsumdhoo to Leh via Martsellang (3 hours trek, 40mnts drive)

Our spirits lifted by a successful trek, we will enjoy a pleasant 3-hr walk along a jeep road to Martsellang, where the jeep will pick us up  and then drive to back to Ladakh Sarai or a short stop at Hemis monastery en-route. Founded by the 25th King of Ladakh in early 17th ce. That time it used to house 500 monks. At present there are about 250 monks reside in the Monastery. Every year 10th and 11th days of the fifth month of Tibetan calendar celebrate the birth day of Padma Sambhava. Where the monks perform mask dances. Drive back to the hotel Overnight stay at hotel. rn

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Day: 12: Free day in Leh

Free day in Leh or an optional tour to drive upto highest motorable pass or visit to Alchi Monastery one of the oldest monastery in Ladakh.Overnight stay at hotel.

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Day: 13: Fly to Delhi

Transfer to airport and flight back home.