MARKHA VALLEY TREK- 8 days 7 nights

Here is a eight-day Markha Valley trekking package with the aim to give you the astonishing views of Markha Valley. When you arrive in Leh, the trekking expedition starts with acclimatization. Spend one or two days to get familiarized with the climatic conditions there before you begin the actual trek. Sightseeing in Leh will help you know the culture and Buddhist traditions prevailing in the town. Markha Valley becomes closer after your reach Yurutse, the first camping destination. Yurutse to Ganda La that has steep ascents throughout will be the route letting you watch the Zanskar Range and the distant summits in the Himalayas. A confluence of rivers at Skiu is the one prominent site that steals our heart easily.

From Skiu, it is just a 6 to 7 hours trek to reach Markha after moderate climbing through the long unwinding trails. Several streams come your way but happily overcome those in order to relish the trove situated in the middle of the cold arid region. Green fields, willow trees and quaint villages are seen from the top of Markha Valley, more beautifully. The stunning view of Kangyatze Peak is the reward you get from Markha. Nimaling, Kongmaru La, Sumdo and finally Leh- this would be the route you take to return to the vibrant Leh to conclude the trek.

Overview

The region of Ladakh has acquired the attention of many adventurists all over the globe due to its well-acquainted trekking sites and sightseeing. One such trek is the Markha Valley Trek, located in the Himalayan region of Zanskar andLadakh, moving alongside the River Markha. One doesn't just happen to take the trekking fun but also gets a chance to see ancient scripted Buddhist monasteries, palaces, and villages on the way. As the place is situated near Tibet so it's being called as the Little Tibet. One can even witness the Tibetan culture among the compassionate and generous people of Markha Valley,who also happen to be Buddhist. An added pinch of uniqueness is the opportunityt o stay in parachute tents during the trek. This is the reason it has acquired its new name as-Tea House Trek. This notable trek is only performed during Summer period including little drizzle ofrain in the region i.e June till mid of October and during the winter months this valley remains totally isolated.

Brief Itinerary
Day 01: Delhi – Leh (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)

Board the morning flight to reach Leh. Arrive at Leh and transfer to hotel/guest house and take a complete rest. This relaxation is essential for becoming accustomed to the climate. Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse.

Day 02: Leh - Spituk (drive) – Trek to Zingchan (3200 mts/10496 ft)

Today, early in the morning, we will leave for Zinchen, which is an hour journey away. We will cross Spituk Gompa, which is believed to be 500 years old. we will b and passing a bridge and strolling southwest of Indus River, we will reach Zingchan Village. Zingchan - Yurutse (3900 mts/12792 ft) via Rumbak Post breakfast, we shall ascend to Rumbak from Zingchan. We shall trek along the Rumbak Nala via Yurutse Village, which has lush fields of potatoes and barley. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 03: Yurutse - Skiu (3100 mts/10168 ft) via Ganda La

Our trek today will end at Skiu, which can be reached by crossing Reach Ganda La (4900 meters). The pass offers spectacular view of Zanskar Range and other far-flung peaks of Himalaya. From Ganda La is a long descent to the village of Shingo. The trail then leads to a gorge from Shingo Village, which is at a short distance from Skiu. At Skiu, we will witness the confluence of river from Markha Valley. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 04: Skiu - Markha (3800 mts/12464 ft)

An easy climb today from Skiu will lead us to Markha Valley. The trekking trail passes through several streams. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 05: Markha – Thochuntse

Our today's trek will be from Markha to Thochuntse. It is to be noted that at Markha, there is a change in landscape and from now onwards the view of heavily forested sections will not be witnessed rather barren and rugged landscape will follow. We shall be crossing river andl come across Hankar en route to Thochuntse. Hankar is the highest village in Markha Valley. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 06: Thochuntse - Nimaling (4700 mts/15416 ft)

In the morning today, we will begin our trek to Nimaling. We will be crossing a number of gentle slopes and a chain of glassy ridges. There is a sequence of Mani Walls and chortens on the route. This is counted among the most stunning high valleys in Ladakh and is separated by Kangyatse Peak. Overnight stay in the tents.

Day 07: Nimaling – Kongmaru La (5150 mts/16892 ft) – Sumdo

After the breakfast, we will cross to the north of Markha and shall ascend to Kongmaru La (5306 meters), which is the highest passes in the region. After taking a good view of the surrounding snowy peaks and Karakoram range, we will trek down to the Martselang Valley leading Martselang Stream to the Sumdo Village. We shall take the jeep waiting for us a Sumdo village Village. We will also be exploring Hemis Monastery and then drive to Leh via Thiksey and Shey Gompas. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Day 08: Leh

Reach the airport in order to catch flight.

*In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled or change of dates might happen, and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

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The Markha Valley trek which has another nick name, tea house trek because here one can expect parachute tents accommodation at most of the villages on the way. An arid cold desert trekking area which offers the best views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges have admirers worldwide. You will come to see the 21000 feet Kang Yissay and 20086 feet Stok Kangri peaks also while you embark on this trek. Hemis National Park and Gandala La and Kongmaru La are the promising attractions one gets while taking Markha Valley trek route. Another factor that makes this trek amusing is the waist deep river crossing which helps us to cross Markha River to reach the trails to Buddhist villages and rock structures. Markha Valley is in very close proximity to Leh and every traveller comes to Leh can easily find the way to Markha and do the trek. Your initial two days of the Markha Valley trekking will be spent for acclimatization as it is vital for a healthy trip ahead. In the meanwhile unravel monasteries, museum, fort, the local market place and Leh Palace. Cross over Ganda La (4800 m) and arrive at the winsome Markha Village that is laced with green fields and willow trees and has barren mountains in the backdrop. Other thrills include camping beside a gurgling stream, getting the stunning view of Kangyatze Peak and more. Till the final day, there is something to revel in every step of the way.

Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.

Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.

Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek.

Avoid trekking during the nights.

Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.

Do not litter in the local sites or campsites.

Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt

Water resistant Trekking Pants

Windproof/water resistant jacket, Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating

Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater

Thermal inner wear

Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, Outer water proof gloves

Thick woollen socks and regular socks

Scarf/muffler (optional)

Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes

Gaiters

Raincoat / Poncho

Small light weight towel

Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)

Cap / floppy, Sun glasses

Sturdy walking stick /Trekking pole

Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm

Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)

Personal medication

Personal toiletries

Experience of any high altitude trek at least 1 trek The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress. The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack. Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

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