Ladakh – Markha Valley Trek

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  • Total Duration : 15 Days
  • Transportation : Flight & Touristic Vehicles
  • Max Elevation : 5100 meters
  • Trek Grading : Difficult
  • Best Seasons : Summer
  • Journey Starts/Ends : New Delhi/New Delhi
  • Accommodation : Hotels, Lodges & Guest Houses

Tour Highlight

  • Explore Leh palace, a ruined fort.
  •  Visit Markha village, one of the world’s highest colonized plateaus.
  •  Sightsee the Hemis monastery, a serenely beautiful and wealthiest monastery of India, holding rich relics of ancient remnants.

Introduction

In the secluded northwestern corner of India lies Ladakh, a stunningly jagged kingdom with unforgettable landscapes and red-robed monks spinning their prayer wheels. Trekking along the beautiful valley of Markha River, we take in dramatic views of sweeping massifs, highlighted by green irrigated fields and serene mountain breezes. Amid the whitewashed Stupa (consecrated sites) and Mani walls, Ladakh is indeed an inspirational destination for a unique trekking holiday.

The trekking route passes over willow orchards, together with areas covering wild roses and pastel canyons adorned with multi-hued prayer flags fluttering spiritual messages in the breeze. The occasion to meet nomadic families in the simplicity of their day-to-day life and a visit to a small monastery where butter lamps are lit every morning and evening by an elderly nun leave lasting impressions of our journey through this gloriously enlightened land.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and transfer to your Hotel.

Day 02: Catch an early morning flight from Delhi to Leh (3,500m) complemented by spectacular mountain vistas and beautiful sceneries. The rest of the afternoon is kept for briefing and proper acclimatization.

Day 03: An entire day in Leh for sightseeing and exploring the picturesque Stupa’s that is spiritually enchanting.

Day 04: Since our trek begins tomorrow, an entire day is kept for resting or exploring the bazaars at your own convenience. For those who wish to do something more, there is an option for a day trip to Khardung La.

Day 05: Trek to Jingchen (3,400m) and enroute, stop over for sightseeing at Spituk Monastery.

Day 06: Trek to Ganda La Base (4,650m).

Day 07: Trek to Shingo via Ganda-La Pass (4,890m).

Day 08: Trek to Pentse (3,500m).

Day 09: Trek to Markha (3,700m).

Day 10: Follow the beautiful trail of Markha village.

Day 11: Trek to Nimaling (4,700m).

Day 12: Today, we trek to Chuskirmo via Gonmaru-la Pass (5,100m).

Day 13: Trek to a certain point of Martselang after which our private jeep will drop us to Leh and complete the sightseeing of Hemis Monastery.

Day 14: Catch a morning flight from Leh to Delhi.

Day 15: Trip concludes and departs for onward journey.

Date and Price

Note Regarding Dates:

Although this trip is currently unscheduled, Richa Tours is keen to prepare the necessary arrangements for the group or yourself. Feel free to contact us. The best months to travel this destination are between March to May and October to November.

Note Regarding Price:

Contact us with your needs and we will put forward the best feasible price for you.


Brief Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi and transfer to your Hotel.

Arrive at Delhi IGI Airport. Be received by our staff that will help in assisting you to get transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Delhi with BB Plan.

Day 02: Catch an early morning flight from Delhi to Leh (3,500m) complemented by spectacular mountain vistas and beautiful sceneries. The rest of the afternoon is kept for briefing and proper acclimatization.

Take a morning flight from Delhi to Leh (3500m). Enjoy the breathtaking scenery while flying to Leh. In the afternoon, your tour guide will give a brief orientation of Leh and its bazars. The rest of the day is spent acclimatizing and exploring the place. Overnight at a Hotel or Tourist Lodge.

Day 03: An entire day in Leh for sightseeing and exploring the picturesque Stupa’s that is spiritually enchanting.

Sightseeing around Leh. The jeep will take you to Shankar Gompa, the authoritative abode of the high-ranking incarnate monk of Ladakh. We will then visit Shanti Stupa, one of the prominent Buddhist monasteries for holding remnants of Buddha at its base. After lunch, we stop over at Leh Palace. Overnight at a Hotel or Tourist Lodge.

Day 04: Since our trek begins tomorrow, an entire day is kept for resting or exploring the bazaars at your own convenience. For those who wish to do something more, there is an option for a day trip to Khardung La.

Today, is a free day in Leh as our trekking starts the following next day. We have an optional daytrip to go to Khardung La, to have an understanding of the world’s highest motor able road. Overnight at a Hotel or Tourist Lodge.

Day 05: Trek to Jingchen (3,400m) and enroute, stop over for sightseeing at Spituk Monastery.

Drive to Spituk Monastery (3307m) for sightseeing. Then, begin your trek camp at Jingchen (3400m).

Day 06: Trek to Ganda La Base (4,650m).

Trek to Ganda La Base (4650m) above sea level lying within the Hemis National Park. We might get an opportunity to sight diverse wild animals like snow leopard, blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan wolf/goat, marmot and mountain hare.

Day 07: Trek to Shingo via Ganda-La Pass (4,890m).

Trek to Shingo via Ganda-La Pass (4890m) while stopping overnight for camping after a long day of trekking.

Day 08: Trek to Pentse (3,500m).

The whole day is spent trekking to Pentse (3500m).

Day 09: Trek to Markha (3,700m).

Following the Markha River (3700m), we will trek along the beautiful valley on a fairly level path appreciating the natural scenic beauty of various Tibetan settlements and Mani walls. Later in the afternoon, we reach Markha, the largest village in the valley consisting of very few houses, an old monastery and an abandoned fortress.

Day 10: Follow the beautiful trail of Markha village.

The Markha valley trail endures deep-rooted stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is settled on a soaring cliff that materializes above Markha. The trail then interconnects the river several times before cutting through the last settlements in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be offered our first view of 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 in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp.

Day 11: Trek to Nimaling (4,700m).

Trekking to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their flocks to crop during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below.

Day 12: Today, we trek to Chuskirmo via Gonmaru-la Pass (5,100m).

Today, we trek to Chuskirmo via Gonmaru-la Pass (5100m). Overnight at a campsite or lodge.

Day 13: Trek to a certain point of Martselang after which our private jeep will drop us to Leh and complete the sightseeing of Hemis Monastery.

Trek to Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up for Leh. Upon arrival we check in at our pre arranged hotel for some rest. Later, we leave to visit the Hemis Monastery.

Day 14: Catch a morning flight from Leh to Delhi.

Early morning transfer to Leh Airport to catch the flight for Delhi. Upon arrival, be received by our staff that will help in assisting you to get transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Delhi with BB Plan.

Day 15: Trip concludes and departs for onward journey.

Catch a flight for final departure back home.

Service Include and Exclude

Includes

  • ‘A’ class hotel in Leh
  • All meals throughout the tour
  • Experienced regional leader and porters on the trek
  • Trek permit
  • Park fees
  • Staff insurance
  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Sightseeing as indicated

Excludes

  • International airport taxes
  • Visas
  • All optional additional tours or activities during free time
  • Transfers outside of the tour program
  • Travel Insurance (buy insurance)
  • Tips(suggested amount $50 per week) and items of a personal nature
  • Domestic flight Leh-Delhi- Leh (Book early for cheaper airfare)