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MARKHA VALLEY

PACKAGE CODE  : L009
DURATION : 11 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS (09 DAYS OF TREKKING)
BEST TIME : MAY TO SEPTEMBER
ACCOMMODATION  : 03 NIGHTS AT HOTEL, 08 NIGHTS IN TENTS
MINIMUM PEOPLE REQUIRED  : TWO

LEVEL OF ENDURANCE  : HIGH moderate



introduction:

Take in the spectacular views of the Great Himalayan, Ladakh and Zanskar ranges as you trek along the Markha River through "Little Tibet," one of the world's highest inhabited plateaus. Cross high passes at elevations of up to 17,400 ft, as the trails wind past willow groves, alongside patches of wild roses and through pastel canyons festooned with multi-hued prayer flags undulating in the breeze. This is your opportunity to meet nomadic families as they herd their yaks and visit and witness the serenity of a small monastery where butter lamps are lit morning and evening by an elderly nun. These are experiences that leave an indelible impression on your mind and heart against the backdrop of a glorious journey through illuminated landscape.

 

Markha Valley
After the initial period of acclimatization to high altitude in Leh you will set out to explore the heartland of the central Ladakh Valley. It involves crossing of the three passes, Stok La – 4848 mt, Kagmaru La – 5274 mt, Gandla – 4878 mt and walking on the banks of the Markha River. The highlight of the trip is the camping at the base of the Kang-Yatze peak on the plains of Nimaling.

 

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive LehArrive Leh
On your arrival at Leh, a representative from Nomadier will meet, greet, assist and transfer you to your hotel in Leh. Remainder of the day would be for you to rest and acclimatize to the high altitude of Ladakh. Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Leh.

 

Day 02: Sightseeing around Leh

Morning at leisure or explore the nearby places on foot. Post lunch a visit to Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Jokhang and Local Bazaar would be scheduled. Overnight stay would be at a hotel in Leh.

 

Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)Shanti Stupa (Japanese Peace Pagoda)

Shanti Stupa/Japanese Peace Pagoda was built by a Japanese religious organization headed by Head monk Nakamura with help from organization and local people. It is situated at a hill top in Cahngspa village providing a bird's eye view of the Leh town and the surrounding mountain peaks. Architecturally it has the Japanese touch with small clean rooms on the side for meditators and the main Japanese shrine at the entrance.

 

Leh PalaceLeh Palace
The Namgyal Tsemo (Victory Peak) was built by King Tashi Namgyal after the reunification of upper and lower Ladakh and victory over Hor whose bodies are placed under an image of Mahakala, the guardian deity to stop further invasion of Hor. The Leh Palace known as 'Lechen Palkhar' was built by Singay Namgyal at the beginning of 17 th Century A.D. The nine-storied palace is now deserted, and the ASI (Archeological Survey of India) has taken up the renovation work.

 

JokhangJokhang
The Ladakh Buddhist Association, in 1957, built the small Gonpa known as Jokhang in the main bazaar, which is open throughout the day for visitors. The Gonpa contains statue of Joyo Rinpoche (crowned Buddha).

 

Day 03: Leh - Spituk - Zinchen (12 km.)Leh - Spituk - Zinchen

After early breakfast you would drive to Spituk.  After crossing the Indus River you would trek to Zinchen and set camp a little above the village.  The estimated trekking time is around 08 hrs.  Overnight stay would be in Zinchen.

 

Day 04: Zinchen - Yurutse (10 kms.) (Alt. 3530 - 4180 mts.)

This day includes a relatively easy trek to Yurutse through a narrow valley, which involves 6 river crossings.  At Rumbak you would enter a small valley before setting camp just below the village.  Overnight stay would be in tents.

 

Day 05: Yurutse - Shingo (12 km.) (Alt. 4180 - 3850 mts.)
Spectacular views await you after your gradual ascend of 03 hrs. to Ganda La (4985 mts.).  You would then descend to Shingo for overnight camp.  Overnight stay would be in tents.

 

Day 06: Shingo - Shiu (10 kms.) (Alt. 3850 - 3500 mts.) - 05 hrs.
After a pleasant down hill walk through a narrow valley and dense shrubs, the valley opens out as you approach Shiu.  You would camp overnight near the river.

 

Day 07: Shiu - Markha (16 km.) (Alt. 320 - 3500 mts.)
After you trek along the Markha River you would then have to cross the river and trek up to the Markha village – largest in the area.  You would camp overnight in tents set near the village.

 

Day 08: Markha - Nimaling (19 km.) (Alt. 3500 - 4800 mts.)
Your trek down Markha River past small settlements, wild shrubs and willow plantations will take you to Hankar village.  A gradual ascend would be followed by a steep climb to Nimaling valley.  Nimaling is the summer grazing ground for the live stock of the entire Markha valley.  The estimated trekking time is around 09 hrs. You would stay overnight in tents.

 

Day 09: Nimaling (Alt. 4800 mts.)
This would be a rest day. However those who wish, can opt for the trek to the base of Mt. Kang - Yatze (6100 mts.)

 

Day 10 Nimaling - Kangmaru la - Chokdo (15 kms.) (Alt. 4800 - 5100 mts.)
This day entails a short but steep ascend to Kangmaru La and a long walk down the other side through gorges and ravines.  You would camp in a Willow Grove near Chokdo village for the night.

 

Day 11 : Chokdo - Martselang - Hemis - Leh (07 kms.) (Alt. 3600 - 3800 mts.)
A short scenic trek down a narrow rocky valley, the beauty of which is accentuated by the different hues and colours of the rocks. This would be followed by a drive to Hemis Monastery and onto Leh.  Overnight stay would be in hotel.

 

Day 12: Airport Departure
Leave for Leh airport to board your flight to Delhi.

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