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Markha Valley Trek
Since 1974, when Ladakh first became accessible to foreign visitors, this high and arid region has captured the imagination of adventure travelers.
This itinerary between Ladakh and Zanskar offers a large diversity of landscapes, from the jagged Kongmaru La pass (5000 m) to the green oasis of the Markha valley with breath-taking views on the Korakoram snow-capped peaks.

Many scattered high villages, each with irrigated fields of barley and potatoes, add color to this otherwise quite barren environment, and provide the chance to meet the Ladakhi peasants in the simplicity of their daily life. Markha will be an opportunity to visit the old monastery, famous for its paintings.

A varied route which crosses two high passes and reachTrekking, Markha Valley Trekes remote villages to reveal Ladakh's colourful people within a stark landscape. The first departure is timed to coincide with an important festival at Hemis.

From Spituk the walking starts gently and there is time to acclimatise before the first pass, the Ganda La (4600m). Beyond are the small villages and monasteries of the Markha valley, surrounded by barley fields. We climb up to the high pastures of Nimaling where sheep, goats and yaks graze at over 4800m during the short summer. Now we head for the highest pass, at 5334m on a rarely trekked route. From its summit are magnificent views of the Indus valley stretching as far as the Karakoram and Tibet.

Duration : 14 days

Day 01: Delhi
. Airport - hotel transfer.

Day 02: Delhi - Leh (3500 m),
by plane
Afternoon at leisure in Leh, where we can take a walk to the colorful bazaar.

Day 03: Leh - Spituk - Zinchen (3200 m) in 4 h
We drive 10 km to Spituk from where we start our trek. We cross Indus river and enter in the Valley of Zinchen river. Near the village in the Valley we will have our first camp after 4 hr walk.

Day 04: Zinchen -Yurutse (3844 m) in 5 h.
Trekking, Adventure Tours IndiaAfter by passing this beautiful stopping valley, we ascent up to 4900 m. by very steep zigzag, difficult footpath, by now it is 3 h. Now steep descent to summer pastures of Stok and follow the river which comes from Stok - Kangri massif.

Day 05: Yurutse - Ganda La (4900 m) - Skiu (3510 m) in 6/7 h.
Yurutse follow path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Gandala. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu.

Day 06: Skiu - Markha (3850 m) in 7 h.
From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross right bank of river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good camp site beyond the village and near river.

Day 07: Markha - Hankar (4000 m) in 4 h.
Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses.

Day 08: Hankar - Nimaling (4650 m) in 4 h.
Trekking, Andventure Tours IndiaThe path improves and cross a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste. We climb pastures to reach Nimaling. This is one of most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang Yaze.

Day 09: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 m) - Shang Sumdo (3750 m) in 7 h.
Cross the Markha valley and follow long climb along the mountain side, then zig zag road leads towards Kongmarula. Follow steep descent into gorges and then keep walking on the left bank to Chukirmo. Thereafter crossing right and left bank and arrive Shang, a beautiful camp in groves and there is a monastery an hour away from the village.

Day 10: Shang Sumdo - Hemis (3600 m) in 3/4 h.
Hemis is the most important monastery of Ladakh, 360 years old. The gigantic Tankha, one of the largest in the world, is displayed once in 12 years. Last was in 1992.

Day 11: Hemis - Thiksey - Shey - Leh
Trekking, Adventure Tours IndiaWe visit Hemis monastery, then drive to Shey Monastery. This one has a 7.5m copper statue of Buddha plated with gold, the largest of its kind. We drive to Thikshy Monastery, situated on a hill top. There are several temples and wall paintings of Buddha. Close by is the summer palace of the old raja of Leh. This monastery is 800 years old, Silver and Gold statues are seen in it.

Day 12 : Leh - Delhi by plane.

Day 13 : Delhi
Day at leisure. Safety day for your international flight.

Day 14 : Delhi
Hotel - airport transfer.


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