Period of Operation : May to September.
Rating : Moderate.
Highest Attiude : Kongmaru La (5150m).
Duration : 11 Days.
ROUTE - Leh - Spituk - Jingchen - Yurutse - Ganda La - Shingo – Skiu – Markha – Tchatchutse – Nimaling – Shang – Hemis – Leh
At the heart of Ladakh trekking lies the crown jewel – the Markha Valley Trek. We leave from Stok traversing the high country to visit some of the most exceptional landscape in Ladakh. This is a nice circular route and it takes ten days of trekking time. Setting off from Leh you drive to Spituk, across the Indus River, and start the trek to Jingchen after which there are a few high passes like the Ganda La at 16,100 ft/4900 m and Kongmarula at 16,900 ft/5150 m. It takes a hardy and experienced trekker to do this trail.
I would recommend this trek particularly if you time it to avoid the peak tourist season, as it gets very crowded. And get yourself a guide at Leh.
The trek itself is thrilling. It’s set in part in the beautiful Hemis National Park, with two 4800-5000 m high passes to cross. There are waist-deep rivers to ford too. This trek satisfies the most demanding of adventurers. Add to that the pleasure of campsites set amongst aromatic shrubs and wild roses. You can spot bharal (blue sheep), nearly totally disguised on the bare mountains. Or chuckle at the antics of the phia (marmot) as you end up enjoying quite the perfect holiday.
Day 01 : Arrive Leh
Fly to Leh – the head quarter of Ladakh and often known as the “land of broken moon” is the most beautiful destination with endless discoveries. Arrive Leh and you will be received by the representative of Max Holidays. Transfer to the hotel for check in. Spend rest of the day to explore the city by your own. Night stay at Leh.
Day 02 : Leh – Spituk – Zinchen (12 kms.)
After breakfast in the hotel , head to Spituk – the place is known for Spituh Gompa situated on a hilltop. Begin the trekking tour from Spituk, firstly we will cross the bridge and then Indus River. After 8 hrs trekking, we will reach the Zinchen where we will camp just above the village for an overnight stay.
Day 03 : Zinchen – Yurutse (10kms.)(Alt.3530 – 4180 mts.)
Today, we trek through a narrow valley along the Rumbak Nala. In this trial, we will cross 6 River. We then walk the well marked trial until we enter a small valley. Further a easy trek to Yurutse. Here we just camp in the village of our night stay.
Day 04 : Yurutse – Shingo (12 kms.) (Alt. 4180 – 3850 mts.)
Today, we begin the trekking to Shingo. We will cross the river to the right hand side after a short walk of 10 minutes from the camp. A gradual ascends of 03 hrs. to Ganda la (4985 mts). If the day will be clear, we can get the mind blowing views all around the trial. Later we trek descend to Shingo. Overnight stay in the camp.
Day 05 : Shingo – Skiu (10 kms.) (Alt. 3850 – 3500 mts.) 05 hrs
Today, the trek is easy as we have to follow the trial descends to the valley of Skiu. Near the river, we camp for a night stay.
Day 06 : Skiu – Markha (16 kms.) (Alt. 3200 – 3500 mts.)
Markha is the longest valley in terms of area. Today, we follow the trial to Markha. After crossing the river, we enter the Markha valley. We camp just near the village for an overnight stay.
Day 07 : Markha – Nimaling (19 kms.) (Alt. 3500 – 4800 mts.)
Begin the trek down to Markha river through small settlements, wild shrubs and willow plantations. We will reach Nimaling after gradual ascend and descend climbing.
A gradual ascends & later steeps climb to Nimaling valley. Nimaling is the summer. The trek would be of 09 hrs. Camp and overnight stay in the tent.
Day 08 : Nimaling (Alt. 4800 mts.)
The whole day is at leisure. Optional, we can trek to the base of Mt. Kangyatse (6100 mts).
Day 09 : Nimaling – Kangmaru la – Chokdo (15 kms.) (Alt. 4800 – 5100 mts.)
Today, we trek to Kangmaru la which is a short and easy ascend trek. From Kangmaru, we descend a long walk to the willow grove near Chokdo Village we camp for a night stay.
Day 10 : Chokdo – Martselang – Hemis – Leh (07 kms.) (3600 – 3800 mts.)
We trek down to Martselang through a narrow valley of rocks. From Martselang, we drive to Hemis Monastery and then to Leh. Spend the last night of your tour in Leh.
Day 11 : Departure from Leh
After having healthy breakfast, board your flight from Leh airport to Delhi. On arrival Delhi, catch your flight back to home or onward destination from Delhi International Airport.
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