Markha Valley Trekking
The Markha Valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m) as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses! It is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high atop hills.
The trails are decorated by elaborate “chortens”(shrines) and “Mani”(prayer) walls that further exemplify the region’s total immersion in Buddhist culture. As we trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley we are rewarded with spectacular views of jagged snow capped peaks before crossing the 5150m Kongmaru La (Pass) and descending to the famous Hemis Monastery, where we end our trek. There are also a few days to explore the fascinating town of Leh and raft the Indus River. Trekkers seeking for adventure trek in Himalaya must choose Markha Valley Trek with best tour company of India to get best services during Trekking in Himalayas.
- DURATION 12 Nights / 13 Days
- START CITY Delhi
- END CITY Delhi
- TYPE OF TRIP Adventurous
Arrive New Delhi airport, meet & greet by our representative with Garland welcome & mineral water bottle & transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel at New Delhi.
Early morning board flight for Leh, which is probably the most mesmerizing flight over Himalayas. Upon arrival in Leh, traditional Himalayan welcome by our representative and transfer to a Ladakhi style hotel. Rest of the day free to take a complete rest for acclimatization due to the high altitude of Leh (3505 m). Evening take a walk in the colorful Market of Leh. Overnight in Leh.
Morning after breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion to the Indus valley, visiting
Shey Palace - a ruined Castle, Thikse monastery,It is a glorious Buddhist monastery & a marvelous Buddha statue in the seated position is adorning the main prayer hall. In the last visit the Hemis monastery- the richest monastery in Ladakh. Later back to Hotel. Overnight in Leh.
Start short jeep ride to Spituk to visit the monastery. We meet up with the team of mule drivers and begin our trek to the village of Zingchen on a fairly flat path. Overnight in campsite.
TREK - The valley narrows as we climb to the village of Rumbak. We soon reach the hamlet of Yurutse high above us. Overnight in campsite.
TREK - We follow a good trail contouring the mountainside before crossing a small valley and zigzagging steeply upwards to the top. We then take another path cutting across the slope to Ganda La (4900m). Camp in the village of Skiu.
TREK- We follow a good path along the right hand bank of the Markha through cultivated land before we reach an arid plain which takes us to the very beautiful village of Markha. Overnight in campsite.
TREK We climb up the Markha valley and visit the monastery of Humlung before reaching Hankar hamlet. The valley closes in and gains altitude. Overnight in campsite in the high mountain pastures of Tachungtse.
TREK - We follow a couple of steep paths as the valley opens out. We soon reach the wonderful high mountain pastures of Nimaling, overlooked by Kang Yatse (6400m). Overnight in campsite.
TREK - Long climb cutting across the mountainside before zigzagging through scree to Kongmaru La (5150m). At the top we are offered a beautiful panorama of Kang Yatse and the Zanskar range, as well as Karakorum to the north. The long descent is initially steep and then starts to level out. It takes us first through fabulous gorges, where we have to cross several fords, then to a small valley which widens out as we approach Shang. Small monastery. Overnight in campsite.
TREK - We follow a good path before joining the road from where we see a series of chortens which lead to the great monastery of Hemis. Visit Hemis and return to Leh by jeep. Overnight in hotel.
Very early flight to Delhi. Check into hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day free for leisure or last minute shopping in Delhi. Later in time transferred to Airport to board your return flight for home.