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Markha Valley : A Classical Highland Trek in India along the Tibetan Cultural Belt.
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Markha Valley Trek
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Introduction:

Trekking in Ladakh is a rewarding experience, it is not enough to be physically fit; trekkers must also be prepared to face the rigors of back country travel. There are considerable fluctuations in day and night temperatures even during the height of summer. While the days are pretty warm, even hot, due to the desert effect of the barren landscape, evenings can become chilly.

The Markha to Himis trek is one of the most beautiful treks; in difficulty rated moderate to strenuous on account of the high passes that need to be crossed. It includes an exciting crossing of the Zanskar River by trolley at the village of Chiling. It leads through several villages in the Sham and Markha valleys, passing many chortens and mani walls, but mostly through remote areas. At the start of the trek you visit the oldest monastery of Ladakh, Lamayuru, which is reputedly also the most stunning in terms of its site and views.

The beautiful valley of Markha is overshadowed by many spectacular peaks, Stok Kangri (6123m) and notably Kang Yatse (6400m) among others. The walk follows crossing the Kongmaru La (5150m), the highest pass on this trek, the trail passes through Hemis National Park, created to preserve the endangered snow leopard and other wildlife, and finally brings you to Hemis, the richest and most famous monastery of Ladakh, and the conclusion of the trek.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Delhi via respective airlines.
Day 02: Fly from Delhi to Leh, Ladakh.
Day 03-04: Sightseeing tour of Leh.
Day 05: Drive to Spituk 7 km. Trek to Zinchen 5-6 hrs walk.
Day 06: Trek to Yurutse. 6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Skiu. Approx. 6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Markha. Approx. 7 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Tahungtse 5-6 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Nimaling 4-5 hours.
Day 11: Rest day in Nimaling.
Day 12: Trek to Shang Sumdo via Kongmaru-La. 6-7 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Martselang or Hemis, 5-6 hrs.
Day 14: Free day in Leh.
Day 15: Fly from Leh to Delhi. Sightseeing tour of Delhi.
Day 16: International Departure.
Day 01:

Arrive at Delhi via respective airlines.

  On arrival at Delhi International airport terminal, walk towards the exit and meet our staff and transfer to the Hotel.
   
Day 02:

Fly from Delhi to Leh, Ladakh.

 

As per your flight schedule, transfer towards Delhi domestic airport for a short flight to Leh after an hour of sweeping scenic flight, on reaching Leh airport our staff will meet and transfer you to the Hotel, with just 10-15 rides drive. Afternoon free at leisure, optional walk to the center of Leh and its market.

   
Day 03-04:

Sight seeing tour of Leh. Acclimatization

 

These two days you will be engrossed with interesting tour at places of interest.

Leh has a vast range of main bazaar on the street where colorful local ladies sells fruits and vegetables, the streets are busy with roadside restaurant, cafes and craft shops. The old Leh Palace stands on the top of the high hill overlooking the Leh city and its valley. The white Peace (Shanti) Stupa stands nearby high on hill which is worth a visit for the great views of Leh, the world's highest Polo ground located beyond the main bus station. During these two days in Leh with ample time for a visit to the old Ladakh capital at Shey and its fort, Thiksey Monastery.

   
Day 05:

Drive to Spituk 7 km. Trek to Zinchen 5-6 hrs walk.

 

From Leh after breakfast, our driving journey near the Indus River, after crossing the  Indus before turning right along a bumpy road and then crossing a flat windswept plain towards Spituk  At Spituk on the road head meet our trekking staffs and pack ponies. As soon our staffs finish sorting out the loads on the ponies, we start our walk following the Indus into a narrow valley and reaching soon to the Hemis National Park. Just further is a chorten a Buddhist prayer monument festooned with prayer flags, from here you can have a wonderful views down the Indus gorge.

After leaving the Indus river behind and heading into the mountains along the willow-lined Zinchen gorge sometime spelled and pronounced as Jingchan., finally reaching to our overnight destination to the village Zinchan. Camp is set nearby the village.

   
Day 06:

Trek to Yurutse. 6 hrs.

 

Our route follows the Zinchan river upstream. The valley narrows as our walk progress and passing between two rock buttresses, offering wonderful scenery ahead of a impressive jagged ridge. From here after crossing a couple of stream and reaching towards a willow plantation, ahead within a short distance lies the village of Rumbak.

Our walk continues towards upstream. After crossing the right bank our route diverts to a climb up the valley of a subsidiary stream and towards the small settlement of Yurts for the overnight camp.

   
Day 07:

Trek to Skiu. Approx. 6 hrs.

  An earlier breakfast for the long walk today, soon after leaving the camp the path climbs steadily to the top of Ganda-La at 4,878 meter, the slope is not that steep but it is a long haul, as the walk continues on the slow uphill a great view of Stok Kangri which dominates the south-eastern skyline. On reaching the pass, a breathe taking views a panorama of white capped peaks merging with the distant Karakoram mountain range. The path descends continuously to the head of the Skiu valley, where several small waterlines joins to form a stream. Trek continues further to the broad grassy shoulders towards the upper valley where it narrows sharply at Shingo a tiny settlement with few houses and farm fields,  a lovely for the overnight campsite after a wonderful six hours walk.
   
Day 08:

Trek to Markha. Approx. 7 hrs.

  Heading up the Markha Valley along the Markha River, it is relatively an easy day of walking. All along the way you will be feasted with wonderful views of the valley. Towering prominently above the floor of the Markha Valley ahead lies the spectacular massif of Kang Yatse Peak (6400m). Finally reaching a small village, Markha, with an ancient fort on a hill in ruins. Overnight camp just below the fort by the river.
   
Day 09:

Trek to Tahungtse 5-6 hours.

  A short climb up to the main village, visit of the small monastery. Descending to the river walking along and crossing the river. Then again re-crossing the river, stopping at the base of the Tetsa Gompa. By late afternoon reaching at Thachungtse for the overnight camp after a lovely walk passing through Umlung on the way.
   
Day 10:

Trek to Nimaling 4-5 hours.

  Our walk starts following the Markha river again, and the whole day will be filled with wonderful views of Kang Yatse and by several fine mani walls. Just before Nimaling the valley widens up and arriving at a picturesque pasturelands where we make our overnight camp.
   
Day 11:

Rest day in Nimaling.

  Today a rest day with optional short hike toward Kang Yatse Glacier. After a late breakfast walk toward the glacier for the magnificent view.
   
Day 12:

Trek to Shang Sumdo via Kongmaru-La. 6-7 hours.

 

After crossing the river heading up toward the Kongmaru La (5,270m), the highest pass on this trek, leaving behind the Markha Valley, it is a solid walk of around 3 hours to get to the top. On reaching the top a grand view of the Markha valley and never ending array of ridges and to the distant snow capped peaks.

After a short rest, a final steep descend and along the way you may come across herds of Blue Sheep, finally walking along a small stream getting to our overnight camp at Chyuskarmo or Chukirmo. At Chukirmo there's a hot spring of strong smell of sulphur.

   
Day 13:

Trek to Martselang or Hemis, 5-6 hrs.

  Morning walk to Martselang stream to Chogdo, from here turning west to enter a tributary valley which leads to the Gyuncho La at 4,600m. Walk continues on the dirt road toward Hemis Monastery. On reaching at the road head our transportation will be waiting for an hour drive back to Leh.
   
Day 14:

Free day in Leh.

  A great place to be here at the end of the great adventure, a free day at leisure day for optional walk around the busy colourful bazaar of Leh overnight at Hotel in Leh.
   
Day 15:

Fly from Leh to Delhi. Sightseeing tour.

  Morning after breakfast as per the flight schedule, transfer to the Leh Airport for the flight back to Delhi. Transfer to Hotel, after refreshment start the sightseeing tour of Delhi.

The tour starts from Old Delhi visiting The Raj Ghat, Red Fort & Jama Masjid. Time permitting visit Chadni Chowk, local market etc. After this proceed to New Delhi visiting imposing India Gate, The President House, Qutub Minar, tallest stone tower in India and the Red Fort. O/N Hotel.

   
Day 16:

International Departure.

  Morning free for independent activities, after lunch transfer to the airport for the final departure and flight back home.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in New Delhi on Bed & Breakfast basis and Hotel in Leh on full board basis
 2.  Airport transfers in New Delhi and Leh.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour of New Delhi and Leh with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Internal flight New Delhi / Leh / New Delhi.
 5.  Local transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
 6.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by crew on full board basis.
 7.  Applicable Permit & Entry Fees.
 8.  Insurance for crew.
 
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from New Delhi.
 2.  India entry visa fees.
 3.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 4.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 5.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 6.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 7.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 8.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom. We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.


Chitwan National Park:

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies. ...(More)

 

Bardia National Park:

The far west Nepal is one of the least explored regions of the Himalayas. Within this region is a seldom visited National Park, which still offers challenging adventure. Bardia National Park is the largest park in the lowland Terai covering an area of 968 sq kms and remains a very much untouched wilderness which appeals to the nature lovers. The park situated in Nepal’s Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems ...(More)

 

Kathmandu:

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites. ...(More)

 

Pokhara:
Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and ...(More)

 

Nagarkot:

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. ...(More)

 

Tibet:

Encircled within Himalayan fortress, the image of Tibet has portrayed as “Shangr-la” in the western world. A ‘Land of Snows’ and the ‘Roof of the World’ is mysterious in a way that few other places are. Following virtual closure after the Chinese annexation of the Buddhist Kingdom, Tibet was opened to foreign tourism in 1984. Tibet has become dream adventure destination for the people living in the most sophisticated silicon cities. ...(More)

 

India:
The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape  ...(More)

 

Bhutan:

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values ...(More)

 

River Rafting:

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. ...(More)

 

Mount Everest Flight:
Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty ...(More)

 

Bungy Jumping:

(Jumping beyond imagination): Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border. ...(More)

 

Paragliding:

(Flying like a bird): Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas. ...(More)

 

Ultralight Flight:

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience. ...(More)

 

Hotels:

We have allowed our packages with just right number of nights of hotel accommodations which enables you to spend nights with quick visits of local market or monuments in the area. However if you have some extra days before or after your main package holiday, you can spend extra nights in Kathmandu or nearby destinations so that you can cover the interesting sights or just relax while you are here. ...(More)

 

Hotel Yak & Yeti:

The Hotel Yak & Yeti with the historic character, suitable for both short or long stay, is fashioned as the fusion of modern design and the noblesse of original heritage interiors. This exceptional city centre hotel is located minutes away from both domestic and international airport. It continues to be the city's leading luxury hotel for business and leisure. ...(More)

 

Hotel Shanker:

Shanker Hotel is housed in a palace built at the turn of the 19th century by a Rana Maharajah with a penchant for French architecture, international cuisine and Eastern hospitality. It was converted into a hotel in 1964. The façade and traditions were kept intact but the interior was redesigned to give travelers the kind of comfort they would expect of a world class hotel. You will live in palace when you live at Hotel Shanker. ...(More)

 

Hotel Malla:
Superbly located between the Royal Palace and Kathmandu's fashionable tourist district, Thamel, in the heart of the city. The Malla Hotel is only a 20 minutes drive from Kathmandu's International airport. Besides excellent accommodation and Central location the Malla Hotel is Offering a well equipped business center, extensive meeting and conference facilities, a health club with the latest work out equipment, sauna, massage, steambath and jacuzzi. ...(More)

 

Hotel Marshyangdi:

Hotel Marshyangdi situated in the heart of Thamel is the best choice for those who want to be in the main tourist hub of Kathmandu. Because of its friendly & professional staff, home like atmosphere, Marshyangdi has been a popular name and home away from home for most of the repeated visitors. The hotel now has 50 deluxe and 5 mini suite rooms besides the regular standard rooms. ...(More)

Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Markha Valley Trek
  • Trip Duration : 16 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : 5270 m
  • Month :

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