Area: Ladakh Himalaya
Duration: 11 Days (3 days traveling/8 days trekking)
Best Season: Mid June - September
Altitude: 5150 Mtrs
Total Trekking: 85 K.M
One of the most popular treks in the Ladakh region is the Markha Valley Trek that allures adventurists across the world. It is a trek that passes through places with different landscapes. The Markha Valley Trek when winds onto the Hemis National Park and Rumbak Valley, will give the opportunity to witness rare species of animals of the Himalayan belt and if you are fortunate enough you might encounter a Snow Leopard. Nonetheless the valley is the home of several species like the lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Blue sheep, Red fox, Tibetan wolf, Dhole (wild dog), Marmot and Mountain hare. Moreover this trail in Ladakh region also offers birding opportunity.
The Markha Valley Trek covers some remote human settlements like Rumbak village followed by Yurutse and Markha that leave the explorers mull over the rich indigenous culture of the Indo-Tibetans. One may also live get a chance to enjoy a home stay in one of these remote villages. Further the trekking trail in Ladakh region also lead your way up to the shrines like Lhatos and Mani before entering the Markha village. The journey winds and trails up to the Kongmaru La at 5100 meter, wherefrom one can capture the spectacular view of the hulking high Kang Yatze Peak and the Tibetan border.
The traditional Markha Valley Trek commences from Spituk and heads up to Ganda La en route Zingchen and thereafter to Skiu, which is an isolated village and houses an old monastery and ruins of an old castle that was once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar. From Skiu, the tracks lead to Markha and thereby to Shang Sumdo via Kongmaru La.
The best time to visit Markha Valley is between June and mid-October. During this time, the weather is Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the ideal months for Markha Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also opens for private vehicles.
Markha Valley is located between the Zanskar and Leh region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir State. This valley runs parallel to the Himalayan range and is at a short distance from Leh. Markha Valley trek has beautiful, wild and barren landscapes and therefore it is often called as Little Tibet. Strategically located, the valley offers the stunning views of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, the 21,000 ft Kang Yissay and the 20,086 ft Stok Kangri peaks.
By Air: Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is the main airport in Leh City. It has a number of flights that connects Leh with Delhi as well as few major cities of India.
By Road: Leh is connected to the rest of India by two highways: NH 1D (Srinagar-Leh Highway) and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La (3505m), whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through famed Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La (5325m). It also passes through the upland desert plateau of Rupshu whose altitude ranges from 3,660 m to 4,570 m.
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.
Today, we shall go on a sightseeing tour to some important monasteries in the area. We will be visiting Shey Gompa, which was once the summer capital of Ladakh kings; Thiksey Gompa, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and the famed Hemis Monastery belonging to Drukpa Order. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Today, early in the morning, we will leave for Spituk, which is an hour journey away. We shall explore Spituk Gompa, which is believed to be 500 years old. After visiting Spituk, we will begin our trek and passing a bridge and strolling southwest of Indus River, we will reach Zingchan Village. Overnight stay in camp.
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.
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.
An easy climb today from Skiu will lead us to Markha Valley. The trekking trail passes through several streams. Overnight stay in the tents.
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.
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.
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. Overnight stay in the tents.
Our trek today will be from Sumdo Village to Martselang. At Martselang Valley, the trail broadens into the Indus Valley. We shall take the jeep waiting for us at Martselang Village. We will also be exploring Hemis Monastery and then drive to Leh via Thiksey and Shey Gompas. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Reach the airport in order to catch flight to Delhi
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You should book Markha Valley trek two months in advance so that you get ample amount of time to prepare for the trek.
There shall be pony/porter that will carry your backpack while on trek; you only need to carry small knapsack.
Once you book your trek with us we will provide you a list of things to carry, which should not weigh more than 12 Kgs.
Our pick up and drop point for Markha Valley Trek is at Leh airport. From airport, our guide will pick you and then assist you through the expedition.
We have an experienced trekking guide who leads the trek.
Our group size is minimum 2 people and maximum 18 people with mix of men and women.
Markha Valley Trek is a moderate trek with a maximum altitude of 5150m, so the minimum age required is 12 years.
Between the months of June and mid-October, the temperature during the trek can go as low as 8 Degree Celsius during the night and by the day time it remains between 20 and 30 degree celsius.
We plan our treks in a way that after 6 – 7 hours of trekking we can reach next camp around the lunch time. Normally, 10-15kms per day of trekking is required.
Markha Valley trek is only conducted between the months of June and mid-October, which are the monsoon months; however, the area of Ladakh does not get affected by this rainy season.
Diamox is indeed helpful when you have little time for acclimatization but we strongly advise to consult the doctor before taking Diamox.
Safety is of prime importance for us that is why the tours are managed by us personally and not by a third party. Thus, we assure that the trek is absolutely safe even for solo female trekkers, who can join us for fixed departure treks.
Trekking shoes with ankle support are a must for any trek in the Himalayas. Quechua Forlclaz 500, Hi-Tec Colman and Salomon are good shoes with value for money.
We serve nutritious simple vegetarian food during the trek. We maintain variety in lentils, vegetable and breakfast. At times, we also treat our trekkers in the Himalayas with delicacies like Thukpa, local dishes etc.
Himalayan stream water is safe to drink as well as for cooking but we also have water filters, and chlorine tablets in case of an emergency.
Most of the Himalayan roads towards the trek are in bad shape, so vehicle with high ground clearance like Mahindra Bolero, Tata Sumo, Scorpio, Max, Tempo Traveller etc are used for transportation.
We guarantee that even if that there will be only one trekker, we will head out on that particular date.
Our trek leaders are certified mountaineers with knowledge of first aid in wilderness and they carry necessary first aid kit. At each camp they asses your condition and can take relevant and prompt action in case a rescue is required. Please note in the case of a rescue, all the additional cost will be borne by the trekker.
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