Markha Valley trek has been, one of the most sought after holiday trek among whole range of trekkers from expert to naive, partly because it lies adjacent to the most favorite Valley of Ladakh and partly because at the culmination point where the valley ends lies the famous and the massive mountain Kangyatse with snow-capped peak touching the sky with glory.
The Markha River is a river in Ladakh, India. It is a tributary of the Zanskar River. The Markha Valley is one of the most popular trekking routes in Ladakh, accessible from Ganda La pass near Spituk in the west, which is usually the beginning point of the trek,and Gongmaru La pass near Hemis, where the trek usually ends. On top of the valley you can find the Kang Yatze, a 6,400 m (21,000 ft) high mountain. The Markha River also passes to the south of the 6,153 m (20,182 feet) high Stok Kangri mountain.
Nomadic families herd their yaks in this valley. Many small monasteries exist, of which Tache gompa is the most important Buddhist monastery in the valley.
Highlights of the Markha Valley trek:
- This trek would start from Chilling.
- The difficulty level is moderate. There is one high pass which is a bit strenuous, otherwise the whole route is very enjoyable.
- It is one of the favourite treks of the westerners.
- You would be traversing through several villages, typically small, 10-15 houses, such as Skiu,Rumbak,Markha,Hankar.
- Markha Valley is located very near to Tibet, due to which tourists can feel the touch of Tibet culture in the life style of people living here.
- Stay would be in authentic mountain home stays.
Day 1 - Arrive at Leh
Day 2 - Leh To Chilling Drive- trek to Skiu (5-6hrs walk)
Day 3 - Skiu To Markha Trek
It’s a very pleasant hike, up the Markha valley today with the trail crossing numerous streams. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small village Overnight in homestay.
Day 4 - Markha To Thochungtse Trek
From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. One will be required to cross the river several times as there are no bridges here. Hankar, en route, is the highest village in the Markha valley. Overnight in homestay.
Day 5 - Thochungtse To Nimaling Trek
Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kangyaze peak. Overnight in homestay.
Day 6 - Nimaling To Shang Sumdo Trek
Today one will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,306 M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumd.. Our Vehicle will pick you up from last point of the trek and drive back to Leh and transfer to the hotel.
Day 7 - Leh departure
|INCLUDED||Accommodation in non-ac rooms in Leh||All Meals during trekking.|
|Activity point transfers|
|Permits and Road taxes||Airport transfers.|
|LAFL coordinator||Accommodation in Home stays|
|LAFL Service Charges||trekking permits|
|NOT INCLUDED||All beverages (including bottled mineral water)||travel fare coming in Leh & departure.|
|Camera fees||Meals apart from those during the trek|
|All insurance||All tips|
|Any sightseeing out of the itinerary||Personal expenses|
|Personal medical requirements||All not mentioned in the ‘Included’ section|
|Monument and Park Entrance Fees||Luggage Porterage on trek|
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