The Markha trek is that the most often visited trek in Ladakh for several reasons. Endangered and rare Himalayan wildlife, high passes and remote buddhist villages that are still linked to the surface world only by trails. you’ll get glimpses of traditional, Ladakhi villagelife and be met by hospitability and friendliness along the way, before getting into the rough wilderness that surrounds the 2 high passes on the trek.
Leh- Zingchen- Rumbak 4000 m (4-5 hrs):
We drive from Leh to Spituk and continue on a mud jeep road into a parched and exposed region. After about an hour drive, we'll enter the Zingchen Valley where the Rumbak River flows into the Indus which makes its way down a mighty canyon. Further into the valley lies a gorgeous village of Rumbak, inhabited by 15 families.
Rumbak - Ganda La Base 4500 m (3-4 hours):
From Rumbak it’s a brief walk to our next camp, but vital one in terms of acclimatization, as we'll camp very high tonight and cross the high pass subsequent day. So, we'll not hurry and take our time to succeed in the camp at the bottom of Ganda La. After a brief walk from the camp, we'll encounter the village of Yuruche, inhabited by just one family. From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and therefore the whole Stok range.
From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and therefore the whole Stok range.
Ganda La base - Skiu via Ganda La 6-7 hours:
After a light-weight breakfast, we'll begin our 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). the standard chorten and prayer flags mark the highest of the pass, where one may even see blue sheep, marmots and arghali roaming the hills around. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and therefore the distant Himalaya Range are great also . After a brief rest, we'll make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. we'll finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle, once a layby for the royalty on their thanks to Srinagar.
Skiu - Markha (7-8 hours):
Following the Markha River, we'll hike through the stunning valley on a reasonably level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During high season variety of tented teahouses are going to be open for refreshment. Markha (3800m) is that the largest village within the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.
Markha - Thachungtse (5-6 hours):
The Markha valley trail continues pass old stone-mills, a ruined castle and therefore the auspicious monastery of Techa, which proudly perches upon a cliff that looms above Markha. the trail then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets within the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we'll be afforded our first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which can stay in view until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch within the village of Hangkar (the last one within the valley), we'll continue onward to the stunning green pasture of Thachungste (4100m), where we'll make camp.
Thachungtse - Nimaling 4 hours:
Today the trail will lead us up to the gorgeous plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is that the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us spectacular views of the large peak of Kang Yatse to the proper .
Nimaling - Shangsumdo via Kongmaru La (7 hours):
After a hearty breakfast, we'll cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the very best expire the trek, and from here we'll have an exquisite view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The descent is sort of steep, but will gradually level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we reach the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). Camp overnight in Shang Sumdo.
Shangsumdo - Leh via Martselang:
We will enjoy a pleasing 2-hour walk along a jeep road to Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up. On the thanks to Leh, it'll be possible to go to a number of the good monasteries of Ladakh like Thikse, Hemis and Shey.