Markha Valley Trek

The Marka Valley is in Ladakh. Markha Valley is one of the most famous treks of Ladakh Region. It is an amazing trip to get introduced with magical and remote Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh. While trekking on through this trek tourists passes through beautiful Buddhist Monasteries, Mountain Villages, High altitude pastures of Nimaling and High altitude peak Kangyatse.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Delhi, where you will be met and transfered to your hotel.
Day 02: Delhi - Leh (3,500m) by plane. Afternoon at leisure in Leh. Visit the colorful bazaar. Overnight Hotel.
Day 03: Free day in Leh (Rest and acclimatise). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Drive to Marteslang and trek to Chokdo (4,050m) in 5 hrs. (trek).
We leave the Indus valley and head south. We progress along the river whose banks are punctuated with ochre rocks.
Day 05: Chokdo - Base of Kongmarula (4,800m) in 5 hrs.
After crossing narrow gorges, we start our ascension towards the Kongmaru La.
Day 06: Cross Kongmaru La (5,030m) - Nimaling (4,650m) in 5 hrs.
From the pass, there are great views north towards eastern Korakoram and China, whilst the southern view is dominated by the shapely Kang Yatze (6,400m) and the Ladakhi range. We take a ridge trail and descend zigzagging across scree. Afterwards, the path meets the Nimaling summer pastures, used by Hankar and Markha shepherds.
Day 07: Nimaling - Hankar (4,000m) in 5 hrs.
We steadily descend through meadows to Thachutse and cross the Nimaling river. The trail follows the Markha river now, and will do so for the next few days.
Day 08: Hankar - Markha (3,850m) in 4 hrs.
Several monasteries and ruins are scattered along the trail to Markha. After Umlung the valley narrows and becomes a gorge just before Markha. This large village has a fort and a monastery perched on the northern hill. The gompa is reputed to be one of the oldest in Ladakh.
Day 09: Markha - Chalok (3,450m) in 4 hrs.
The trail passes through quite lush riverside vegetation. En route, we come across more derelict monasteries, some well maintained shortens and at least one good example of a wolf trap. Wolves become a nuisance during the winter as hunger forces them into the villages.
Day 10: Chalok - Shingo (4,150m) in 6 hrs.
We criss-cross the Markha river and cross it on bridges set at many of the most difficult crossing places. From a tiny group of stupas, we leave the valley and continue upwards along a river bounded by willows and wild rosebushes.
Day 11: Shingo - Ganda La (4,920m) - Rumbak (3,750m) in 7 hrs.
At the pass, colorful prayer flags flap in the wind, with the Zanskari range in the background. Afterwards, we descend steadily along the Jingchan river. We get great views towards the Stock summit and the Stock Kangri (6,121m).
Day 12: Rumbak - Namlung La (4,570m) - Stok (3,700m) in 6 hrs - Leh (by Bus/Car).
Descending from the pass, we enjoy excellent views towards the Indus valley. Eventually, we reach Stock, which is famous for its palace and museum.
Day 13: Fly Leh - Delhi.
Day 14: At leisure in Delhi (cushion day in case the Leh - Delhi flight is cancelled).
Day 15: Transfer to airport and fly back home.

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