This is the best introduction to trekking in Ladakh. The itinerary reflects over 30 years experience in Ladakh and in our constant look for upgrading treks our ‘Beyond the Markha Valley’ would be hard to beat. In essence we extend our classic trek from the Markha Valley, following established trails linking whitewashed settlements and tiny monasteries to the vast grazing pastures of Rupshu. Rupshu is that the home of the Khampa, the first mountain nomads and is ideal for those trying to find an unusual and remote trek. this is often a shocking trek that explores the Ladakh heartland, where the flutter of prayer flags and therefore the ancient mani walls reflect the deep seated Buddhist heritage and where views of the Zanskar Range stretch to the borderlands of the Tibetan Plateau.
Representative and transferred to your hotel. the rest of the day is liberal to explore the sights and sounds of this great city, where cows walk freely through busy streets laden with rickshaws and old style font cars, and sari clad ladies with bundles of shopping balanced on their heads travel by beggars and street peddlers all the time against a ground noise of beeping horns and bicycle bells. do you have to arrive earlier within the day we are happy to help with any optional sightseeing. thanks to the differing times of arrival of group members and therefore the early morning departure to Leh the subsequent morning the initial briefing are going to be on ‘a got to know basis’ like what to pack, ordering a packed breakfast, what time for departure from the hotel, arrangements for leaving gear in Delhi etc. Your World Expeditions kit bag also will be distributed after the initial briefing. Overnight group hotel. Note: the most briefing are going to be on arrival in Leh and distributions of sleeping bags, liners, insulated mattress and down jackets are going to be made. Please note if you're arriving in Delhi on a late night flight, you would possibly wish to arrive the day before the trip commences. Please ask your World Expeditions reservations consultant or agent for pre–tour accommodation options.
Fly to Leh
We board the first morning flight from Delhi to Leh within the Indus Valley. If the conditions are clear you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the good Himalaya and Zanskar ranges before landing at the capital of Ladakh. On arrival we transfer to our hotel to rest and acclimatise. Optional walks to the most market will provide your first insight into Ladakh’s rich cultural history.
In Leh (3510m)
The gradual ascent to the Kings Palace then to the Tsemo monastery and Victory Fort will help to organize for the trek. The Kings Palace is found above the old town of Leh with views of the labyrinth of alleyways that cause the market and to the Polo Ground. The seven storied palace inbuilt the 17th century has been extensively restored within the last decade. it is a short ascent to the Victory Fort and therefore the Tsemo monastery inbuilt the 16th century to commemorate Ladakh’s victories over the armies from Baltistan and Central Asia. From the fort you gain superb views north to the Ladakh Range and south across the wide reaches of the Indus Valley to the snow capped peaks of the Stok range .
Drive to Kanji via Lamayuru (6.5 hours)
From Leh we head west and drive down the Indus Valley to Nimu before ascending to Lamayuru monastery. After visiting the monastery we drive another hour and a half up to the spectacular Kanji gorge to the outlying fields of Kanji village (3790 m). it's from here that our trek will begin the subsequent morning.
Trek to Shila Kong (6 hours)
From Kanji village we slowly ascend across open meadows before a brief steep climb to the Yoma La (4650 metres). From the pass we gain our first dramatic views of the Zanskar Range before an extended gradual descent to the camp at Shila Kong (4030 metres).
Shila Kong to Doksa (9 Hours)
We ascend Nagutse La (5080m) then gradually descend to our secluded camp (4550 metres). On our trek today, we'll pass many ""doksar,"" a neighborhood where local villages bring their sheet and goats to graze on the luxurious green meadows throughout the summer months.
Trek to Photaksar (6 hours)
We ascend a minor pass before completing a gradual ascent to the Sisir La (4720 metres). The pass affords dramatic views of the Zanskar Range and therefore the trail which heads right down to the substantial village of Photaksar (4100 metres). Evidence of construction is additionally apparent, as a road is planned which will eventually reach Lingshet.
Trek to Singge La and camp (8 hours)
The trail winds across meagre grazing pastures for several km to succeed in the bottom of the Singge La before a brief , steep climb to the pass. From the Singge La (5100 metres) there are panoramic views across the Zanskar Range - to the north are the snow-capped ridges of the Ladakh Range on the far side of the Indus Valley. From the pass there's a descent (steep in places) to a flat, albeit rocky campsite with a birds eye view right down to the Zanskar River.
To Lingshet (5 hours)
There are two small passes - the Khyupa La (4360 metres) and therefore the Neruka La (4280 metres) - to succeed in the substantial village of Lingshet (3850 metres). The village is found during a secluded, fertile valley high above the Zanskar Gorge. The monastery was built during the 17th century although the first foundations may go back to the 11th century when Buddhism was first established within the Zanskar.
To Snertse (8 hours)
It's a long and quite formidable ascent on the far side of the valley to the summit of the Hanuma La (4710 metres). Anticipate fine views that stretch across to the Singge La and north to the Ladakh Range. From the pass the trail enters a dry valley that heads right down to the shepherd encampment at Snertse (3740 metres).
To Hanumil (7 hours)
From Snertse there's a steep descent to the Zinchen Tokpo followed by an equally steep ascent to the Purfi La (3850 metres). From the pass the trail descends to the banks of the Zanskar River and continues to the tiny settlement of Hanumil (3380 metres) with its willow trees and well-tended barley fields.
To Pishu (5 hours)
The trail follows the silent, swirling current of the Zanskar River along to the village of Pidmu before continuing on to the village of Pishu (3470 metres) and an enormous grassy campsite .
Drive to Zangla (3370m) via Karsha Monastery and Padam
In and around KarshaToday may be a day of rest of sorts before the reasonably demanding second stage of this trek. From Pishu we drive to Karsha the most important monastery in Zanskar. From the monastery the views across the Zanskar Valley and therefore the snow capped peaks of the good Himalayan Range are something the truly savor. We then still Padum, the executive centre of Zanskar and if time permits visit the local amchi centre, where traditional medical practices are still in use to the present day with the support of organisations like the Australian Himalayan Foundation (AHF). We complete our drive heading direct to Zangla Village (3370 m), on the other side of the Zanskar River from Pishu, where we camp overnight.
To the bottom of the Cha Cha La (6 hours)
We will also ascend to the dilapidated fort with its commanding views across the lower reaches of the Zanskar Valley. We then enter a side gorge and follow the course of a side stream to succeed in the camp (3800 metres) at the bottom of the Cha Cha La.
Ascend Cha Cha La and camp at Chupchak (8 hours)
From camp the trail finishes up to a dry valley before gradually ascending a series of scree slopes to succeed in the ultimate steep stage to the pass. From the Cha Cha La (4950 metres) savour views of the Zanskar Range also because the snow capped peaks of the good Himalaya to the south. From the pass it is a long, gradual descent. sometimes the ill-defined trail climbs high above the ground of the gorge while at other times it follows the most stream to the camp at Chupchak (4000 metres).
To Tilat Sumdo (10 hours)
Today's planned routes sees us utilising a number of the foremost remote and isolated trekking routes in Ladakh. The sun only penetrates the depths of the awesome gorge country for a couple of hours every day and with variety of river crossings required today as we forge a route to the confluence of the Tilat and Khurna rivers. the shortage of bridges during this a part of the planet means keeping your boots dry are going to be a challenge and although river levels are generally at their lowest this point of year the feeling of crossing a glacier fed river can't be avoided and are some things that you simply won't forget during a hurry. On reaching the confluence the prayer flags on the other bank are a welcome sight before fording the Khurna River to Tilat Sumdo (3750 metres).
To base of Rubrang La (8 hours)
Another testing stage that originally follows the course of the Khurna River, requiring yet more river crossings to succeed in a side gorge that marks the route to the Rubrang La. The trail along the gorge is difficult in places for laden mules which will need to be offloaded several times before we finally reach an open grassy camp (4680 metres). While resting keep an eye fixed out for bharal, the blue sheep who regularly graze within the vicinity of the camp.
To Markha Valley and Humlung village (10 hours)
From camp it's a gentle haul to the Rubrang La (5020 metres) with impressive views across the Zanskar Range, while to the north are the snow capped peaks of the Stok Range, the trail then descends gradually to the confluence of the Markha Valley about two km above the village of Markha. We head the valley – fording the Markha River - to the settlement of Humlung.
To Nimaling (7 hours)
We are now on the favored Markha Valley trail so expect to satisfy other trekking groups as we ascend to the campsite at Thochuntse. it is a further two to 3 hours ascent, steep in places, to the windswept meadows that constitute Nimaling. Villagers from Hankar bring their yaks to graze on these vast meadows set against the dramatic backdrop of Kangyaze (6400 metres).
Cross Kongmaru La to Shang Sumdo (8 hours)
The ascent to the Kongmaru La (5150 metres) should take no quite two hours. From the summit there are unrivalled views of Kangyaze while to the north are the peaks of the Ladakh Range. There also are glimpses of villages on the far side of the Indus Valley over 1500 metres below. From the pass the trail descends through a spectacular gorge that leads on right down to the village of Chogdo (4000 metres). The well-defined trail then continues to Shang Sumdo(3690 metres) and our final campsite.
To Shang monastery, drive to Leh (2 hours)
An early morning trek to the nearby Shang monastery provides a fitting conclusion to our trek. Returning to camp our vehicles are going to be able to drive to Hemis monastery before continuing down the Indus Valley to Leh.
Depart Leh & fly direct to Delhi, trip concludes
This spectacular flight takes us across the backbone of the West Himalaya on the way to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi your trip concludes. If you're departing on late flights and need each day room in Delhi please liaise together with your World Expeditions reservations consultant or agent . this is often not included within the cost of your tour.