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ABOUT MARKHA VALLEY
One of the most popular treks in the Ladakh region is the Markha Valley trek the allures adventurist across the world. It is a trek that passes through the place with a different landscape. The Markha Valley trek went onto the Hemis National Park and Rumbak Valley, will the opportunity to witness rare species of animals of the Himalayan belt and if you are fortunate enough you might encounter a snow leopard. Nonetheless, the valley is the home of several species like the Lynx, Ladakh Urial, Argali, Blue Sheep, Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, Marmot, Wolly Hare and many more. Moreover, this trail in Ladakh region also offers birding opportunity.
The Markha Valley trek covers some remote human settlement like Rumbak Village followed by Yurutse and Markha. One may also enjoy the Homestay in one of these remote villages. Further, the trekking trail in Ladakh region also lead your way up to the shrines like Lathos and Mani before entering the Markha Village. The journey winds and trails up to the Kongmaru la at 5100m, where from one can capture the spectacular view of the hulking high Kang yatze peak and the Tibetan border.
WHERE IS MARKHA VALLEY?
Markha valley is located between the Zanskar and Leh region of Ladakh in J&K state. This valley runs parallel to the Himalayan range and is at a short distance from Leh. Markha valley trek has beautiful, wild and barren landscapes and therefore it is often called as little Tibet. Strategically located, the valley offers the stunning views of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, the 21,000ft Kang yatze and the 20086ft Stok Kangri peaks.
Area:- Ladakh Himalaya
Duration:- 11 days (3 days traveling/ 8 days trekking)
Best season:- Mid June –Mid Oct.
Total trekking:- 85km
Day 01. Delhi to Leh
Arrive in Leh, transfer to the hotel and full day rest for acclimatizing to the high (3500m) altitude of Ladakh.
Stay overnight at the hotel in Leh.
Day 02. Leh – Shey – Thiksey – Hemis – Leh
Today we shall go on a sightseeing tour to some important Monasteries in the area. We will be visiting Shey Palace/Monastery, which was once the summer capital of Ladakhi Kings, Thiksey Monastery – which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and famous Hemis Monastery – belonging to Drukpa order.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh
Day 03. Leh – Spituk – Zingchen (5hrs)(3200m/10496ft)
After breakfast, from Leh drive to the Spituk bridge that is behind the Spituk Monastery, from the bridge start trekking along the river Indus while walking through the Stok mountain slowly move towards the wilderness of the Himalayas, leaving the site of the Leh – Srinagar highway. You arrive at Zingchen through a gorge where you stay in a camp overnight.
Day 04. Zingchen – Yurutse (4-5hrs)(3900m/12792ft)
Start from Rumbak through Zingchan moving on a straight road. Now you will be entering the Hemis National Park. It is popular for being home to wolf, Snow Leopard, Blue sheep, Marmot, Lynx etc., while walking on a slim path you will reach Rumbak where you will be setting a camp at Yurutse (below Gandala Pass).
Overnight at the camp
Day 05. Yurutse – Skiu (4-5hrs) (3100m/10168ft) via Gandala pass
Our trek today will end at Skiu, which can be reached by crossing reach Gandala (4900m). The pass offers the spectacular view of Zanskar range and other far-flung peaks of Himalaya. From Gandala walk downward to reach 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 the river from Markha valley.
Overnight stay at the camp
Day 06. Skiu to Markha (7-8hrs)(3800m/12464ft)
From here walk on the right bank of Markha viewing its vegetation, after crossing which you pass a barren land too and reached Chaluk. Move a little along the left side of the bank and finally climb towards the Markha village, at the end of the village, their camps are set near the river for an overnight stay.
Day 07. Markha to Thachungtse (5-6hrs)
Post breakfast, start trekking to reach Thacungtse through Hankar village, night halt in the tent.
Day 08. Thachugtse to Nimaling (4-5hrs)
After breakfast, you begin your trek journey to reach Nimaling (4900m). There is a sequence of Mani wall and Chorten on the route. This is counted among the most stunning high valleys in Ladakh and is repeated by Kang Yatse peak. (Nimaling peak)6400m.
Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 09. Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (6-7hrs)(5150m/16892ft)
Start trekking towards Kongmaru la 5100m, after breakfast. The top of the pass offers a view of the snowy peak and Karakoram Range, we will trek down to the Martselang valley leading Martselang stream to the Sumdo village.
Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 10. Shangsumdo – Hemis – Leh (6hrs)
Our trek today will be from Sumdo village to Martselang. We shall take the jeep waiting for us at Martselang village. Later drive to Leh, on the way visit Stok Palace and Museum.
Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 11. Leh – Delhi
Reach to the Leh airport in order to catch the flight to Delhi.
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