Valley Markha Ladakh Trekking Tour
Places covered: Delhi - Leh - Stock La - Yurutse - Ganda La - Skiu - Markha - Tchatchutse - Namaling - Knogmaru La - Shang - Hemis - Leh - Delhi
Duration: 15 nights and 16 days
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. 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 more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high to stop the Hills. As one trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley, we are rewarded with spectacular views of jagged snow-capped peaks before cross the 16500 Ft. Gonmar La Pass and descending to the famous Hemis monastery where we end our Trek.
Day 1: Delhi
Assistance on arrival at Delhi Airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Delhi
Afternoon half day sight seeing of Old Delhi and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Delhi - Leh
Early morning transfer to Airport for Leh flight. Assistance on arrival and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure to get used to the high altitude of Ladakh. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Leh
Morning visit Stok Palace and its Museum. On way back visit Tibetan Handicraft Centre, Settlement and SOS Children's Village at Chhoglamsar. Afternoon visit Spitok and Phyang monastery. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Leh - Stock La Pass
Drive from Leh to Stok and then start Trek to Stok La Pass following the left bank of the River which comes from Stok Kangri. After 2 hrs. trek, climb gently passing on the left and continue trek through small village. Camp at the foot of Stok La.
Day 6: Stock La - Yurutse
After passing this beautiful stopping valley, ascent towards STOK LA 4900 Mts. And then follow zigzag narrow path. Continue trek by steep descent To summer pastures and follow the river. Camp at Yurutse.
Day 7: Yurutse - Ganda La - Skiu
Trek along the mountain side and cross small valley Through zigzag steep path. Thereafter cross Ganda La and descent towards Shingo. After 2 hrs. trek arrive in the Markha Valley and continue trek further and reach SKIU. Overnight at Camp.
Day 8: Skiu - Markha
7 hrs. Start trek through right bank of Markha and gradually cross through barren plain and arrive at CHALUK. Thereafter trek along the left bank of river and climb towards Markha Village. Camp behind the Village and near the river.
Day 9: Markha - Tchatchutse
Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank through path and cross Humlung monastery. Continue trek along the right bank and reach HANKAR where there are several houses. After crossing broad valley which gradually narrows down and ascent further to cross bridge. Then arrive Tchatchutse and overnight at Camp.
Day 10: Tchatchutse - Namaling
Start trek through good path towards a small lake and cross pasture to Namaling. This is one of the beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang YAZE . Trek ascent towards other side and gradually reach Namaling. Overnight at Camp.
Day 11: Namaling - Kogmaru La - Shang
Cross the Markha Valley and Ascent towards mountain side which leads to zig zag path towards KNOGMARU LA. The steep descent into gorges and continue trek on left bank to CHUKIRMO. Thereafter crossing right and left bank and reach SHANG. Camp in groves and visit monastery an hour walk. Overnight at Camp.
Day 12: Shang - Hemis
Start trek along the river bed and then reach a dusty trail Passing through small house and series of Chortens. Leave Martsellang on the left and gently follow towards Hemis. Reach Hemis monastery and overnight at hotel/Camp.
Day 13: Hemis - Leh
Morning visit the famous Hemis monatery and its village around. After Lunch depart for LEH and enroute visit They and Thiktse monastery. Check in hotel and overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Leh
After breakfast half day River Rafting on Senge Tsangpo i.e Indus River. Evening Ladakhi Culture Show which follows with traditional Dinner. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Leh - Delhi
Morning transfer to Airport for Delhi flight. Arrival assistance and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Delhi
Morning half day New Delhi sight seeing and afternoon for shopping. Evening transfer to International Airport for return flight.