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Markha Valley Trek
Duration : 8 Nights / 9 Days
trek has been, one of the most favorite trek among trekkers for a
long time because of Beautiful Valley of Markha, small villages,
shepherds camps and passes are main feature of this trek. The trek
begins from Chilling village passing through Gandala Pass, which
takes you across Markha valley. At last it crosses Kongmaru Pass
and finishes wonderful trek at the famous Hemis monastery.
Day 01 : Leh
On arrival at airport pick up and transfer to the hotel. Full day
free and rest for complete day for acclimatization. In the evening
visit to visit to Shanti Stupa, Leh palace & Market. Stay
overnight in Leh.
Day 02 : Acclimatization day in and around Leh
After Breakfast visit to leh Sightseeing, Magnetic Hill, Sangam,
Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace after leh local market. Overnight stay in
Day 3 : Drive from leh to Chilling (1and half hour)
Stay in Homestay. Walk from chilling to Skyu village about 3 hours
walk and night stay in Skyu village in homestay with local family.
Day 4 : Walk from Skyu to Markha village
En route there is an abundance of willow thickets and poplars
where ancient mani walls and chortens line the trail and barren
cliffs rise high above the valley.
Overnight stay in Homestay.
The trail continues through a series of willow and gorse thickets
to a bridge over the Markha River. Trekking along the Markha River
we get stunning views of the valley below. We will cross the river
at and reach Markha (3800m). Markha is the largest village in the
valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a
Day 5 Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4265m) - Stayed in
Thachungtse in Tent.
The Markha valley trail continues passed old stone-mills, a ruined
castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly
perched upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path then
intersects the river several times before cutting through the last
hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we
will be afforded our first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m),
which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we
break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the
valley), we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of
Thachungste (4100m), Overnight stay in Tent.
Day 6 : Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) - Stay in
After breakfast we will follow a trail which leads us up to the
beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha
Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At
4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us
spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.
Day 7: Trek Nimaling to Chogdo over the Kongmaru La (5130m)
Kongmaru La is the highest point of the trek. Enjoyed a lot with
light snowfall. Reached Chogdo in afternoon and enjoyed homestay
with delicious ladakhi food.
Day 8 : Trek to Chogdo and drive to Leh - 2 hrs drive to Leh
We will cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek,
and from there we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley
and Ladakh Range. The descent is quite steep, but will gradually
level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock
formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at
the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the
Day 9 Leh Airport Drop
After Breakfast drop to the Airport.
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