14 Day 13 Night
Start and end in New Delhi! With the Hiking & Trekking tour Ladakh: The Markha Valley, you’ve got a 14 days tour package taking you thru New Delhi , India and 4 other destinations in India. Ladakh: The Markha Valley includes accommodation during a hotel also as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Ladakh remains one among the simplest places to experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya. As our trek follows the Markha River, we discover a landscape where lofty peaks of the Stok, Matho and Zanskar Ranges tower above picturesque Ladakhi villages and verdant valleys below. From the very best pass, the Gongmaru La (5200m), we enjoy incredible views extending as far as Tibet, before descending to Hemis, Ladakh’s largest and most famous monastery.
The tour starts in Delhi today. The group flights usually arrive within the morning. there'll be a welcome briefing but otherwise, today is liberal to relax and get over the flight or for individual exploration of Delhi. Rooms within the hotel are usually available after mid day.
Fly to Leh (3500m); remainder of the day free.
In and around LehA very early start today for the flight to Leh. we frequently need to leave the hotel at around 2 am and drive to the airport for the very early morning but highly spectacular flight over Himalayas to Leh. If the weather is sweet and therefore the flight goes on time we should always be in Leh early. the remainder of the day is liberal to relax and acclimatise to the altitude (3,500m). within the morning we rest and catch abreast of some sleep and within the afternoon there'll be a mild orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars.
Exploring in and around Leh, visiting the town, palace and monasteries at Shey and Thikse.
In and around SheyToday there's a sightseeing tour to 2 of the main gompas within the area. We first drive to Shey, a former Royal Palace of the Ladakh kings. Inside may be a small temple containing a 350 year old copper and gold statue of Buddha . From Shey we drive (or we will walk across the fields) to Tikse, where we visit the monastery - perched on top of a hill - its red and white buildings are often seen for miles. A recently built temple contains a powerful image of the longer term Buddha. We return to Leh and therefore the remainder of the afternoon is liberal to explore.
Acclimatisation enter Leh Valley; optional jeep drive to the Khardung La (which at 5602m, is that the highest motorable road within the world).
Today we'll have an acclimatisation walk around the Leh Valley. Set above Leh on the Namgyal Hill, are the ruins of the Old Royal Palace. From here a winding path takes us to Tsemo Monastery, from where we are rewarded for our efforts by magnificent views of the entire of Leh and its surrounding villages. Descending around the back of the palace we walk via Sankar to the recently built Japanese Peace Pagoda. This huge stupa overlooks Leh and that we have stunning views of the town and therefore the Stok range of mountains across the valley. (There is that the chance today to form an optional jeep safari to the Khardung Pass; at 5,602m, one among the very best motorable roads within the world.The journey to the highest of the pass and back takes roughly 4/5 hours in total and may be booked and purchased locally. Your leader will have details. (If you are doing the jeep safari this may be within the morning and you'll do a enter the afternoon).
Short drive to Jinchen; trek to Rumbak.
In and around RumbakBy now we should always be acclimatised, and that we take a brief drive from Leh to Jinchen. We drive past Spituk, the location of the primary Gelugpa Monastery in Ladakh. There should be time to go to the monastery with its commanding views over the Indus Valley. From here a replacement road takes us across the Indus towards Jinchen. we'll drive as far because the road conditions allow and to where our ponies are going to be waiting. After they're loaded up we start our trek into the Jinchen Gorge at the foot of the Stok Mountains. The trail is simple as we follow the Jinchen Nala upstream. The valley closes in around us and spectacular rock formations tower above us. An ever-changing panorama of fantastic coloured mountains surrounds us as we ascend the valley. We may need to cross the river because the stream forces the trail closer to the side of the valley. Suddenly the valley widens and divulges the snow-topped peaks of the Stok mountains. Prayer flags on a good pasture mark the junction with the trail resulting in Rumbak village. Tonight's camp is below Rumbak village with stunning views all around - looking left towards Rumbak an incredible multi-coloured toothy skyline ridge appears within the distance. we will visit the village this afternoon and perhaps sample the local delicacy, salty yak buttered tea, in one among the various home stays.
Pass Yurutse village to succeed in the bottom of the Ganda La.
A short day today for acclimatisation. We head the most valley past a watermill and to a bridge, which we cross. The trail ascends the valley gradually and when the valley splits we take the right-hand hand over past the one house village of Yurutse. Leaving the fields behind we ascend towards the Ganda La and camp tonight by alittle stream below the pass. within the afternoon there'll be an acclimatisation walk on the hills around camp.
Cross the Ganda La (4970m) to Skiu within the Markha Valley.
A long day today as we cross our first pass. The trail is obvious because it zigzags towards the pass. As we climb the views become more and more spectacular. Behind us, Stok Kangri dominates the skyline. Finally, we reach the highest of the Ganda La (4,970m) decked with colourful prayer flags and therefore the views are worth all the trouble . Ahead is that the Zanskar Range and behind are the Stok Mountains. Far below within the valley are the fields of Shingo. As we descend keep an eye fixed open for marmots and blue sheep, both of which seem to thrive in these desolate, high altitude spots. The trail to Shingo is straightforward and within the main season, there's usually a tea tent here, which can sell cold drinks. From Shingo, the trail takes us through a spectacular gorge with beautifully coloured and eroded rocks. We continue down the gorge all the thanks to the tiny hamlet of Skiu. As we undergo Skiu we will stop and have a glance at a Women’s Eco Café that Exodus helped renovate as a part of our Himalayan Community Support. We camp either in Skiu itself or about 20 minutes beyond the village by the river. *Full-service Camping
Follow the river to Markha (3750m).
A fairly long, but easier walk today, as we trek along the valley to Markha. The terrain along the valley isn't demanding so there are many opportunities to admire the magnificent scenery. the colors of the barren mountains of Ladakh are truly spectacular, pastel pinks, blues and greens shine within the brilliant sunshine and alter colour dramatically because the sun rises and sets. We follow the river all day today and can need to cross the river a couple of times and although bridges are inbuilt some places there'll be some river crossings today. we'll have lunch in Sara, where there's usually some welcome shade during a tea tent. Beyond the settlement of Chalak, there's a powerful line of chortens and an enormous mound of goat horns, which are placed on the chortens to keep off any evil spirits trying to enter the valley. Climbing up to alittle col we descend again to the river and a mediaeval fort silhouetted on the hillside tells us that we've almost reached Markha. Just before Markha, we'll got to don our river crossing sandals for a minimum of 2 river crossings. Markha is merely alittle village and there'll be time to explore the tiny monastery within the afternoon. Our camp are going to be on grazing flats near the village.
Trek to Thachungste, visiting Tache Gompa perched above us on the way .
Just beyond Markha, the trail meets the Chacham Valley. we'll have one or two river crossings this morning. Just after the river crossings is Tache gompa, set way above us on the cliff face. there's time to go to the monastery, which is that the most vital within the valley and is affiliated to Hemis. it's a steep 10-minute climb up to the tiny temple but the stunning views from the highest are well well worth the effort. Continuing up the valley we rehearse Umlung village to Hankar where there are more impressive fort ruins and alittle gompa. we've lunch in Hankar at the Eco Cafe that Exodus has helped found out and support as a part of our Himalayan Community Support Projects. From Hankar the trail turns faraway from the most valley, climbs up alittle side valley past the ruins of Hankar Fort before dropping right down to Upper Hankar. Climbing more we now follow the Nimaling stream to Thachungtse where we camp. We could also be lucky and see Blue Sheep (a sort of wild goat) high on the grazing areas above the campsite.
Climb to the high plateau at Nimaling.
A short but quite tough walk today to Nimaling. The trail climbs steeply to a plateau where the valley opens out. Ahead are spectacular views of Kang Yangtse, at 6,400m, the very best peak within the valley. during this area, there's no permanent habitation but during the summer months, the shepherds bring their flocks of sheep, goats and dzos (cow-yak cross breeds) to graze on the high altitude pasture. The shepherds stay in stone shelters on the brink of the grazing area for the entire summer and that we can often buy yoghurt or local cheese from them. within the evenings, the animals are brought down from the hills and it's quite usual to possess many them wandering through the campsite. take care of your edibles! we should always get to Nimaling by lunchtime and within the afternoon, there's an optional walk up behind camp towards Kang Yangtse. this is often well worth doing and highly recommended for the impressive close-up views of Kang Yangste. *
Cross the Gongmaru La (5286m) with views of the high Ladakh Range.
A long day as we cross our second, and highest, pass of the trek. Our trail begins today by climbing to the Gongmaru La. it's a reasonably long, steep ascent zigzagging to the highest of the pass at 5,286m, but the views from the highest are well worth the effort. Looking back we see Kang Yangtse, Dzo Jongo East and West and Regoni Malari. Ahead there are views of the Stok Range and right down to the Indus valley. The descent is steep initially and that we then enter a spectacular gorge and descend more gradually with many small river crossings. high on the barren cliffs we may spot the elusive Blue Sheep which inhabit this area. Passing through Chuskurmo we continue our long descent crossing the river several times to the village of Chokodo. Today may be a tough one thanks to crossing the high pass and therefore the long descent.
Finish the trek near Hemis; visit the monastery and drive to Leh.
In and around HemisThis morning we drive to Hemis Monastery though very occasionally the road gets blocked and our transport cannot make it so we'll then got to walk down the jeep track to Hemis. Hemis was once the most important and richest of all the Ladakhi monasteries. A wander around the dimly lit temples containing grotesque yet beautiful masks and statues will take us back many years in time. We then repel to Leh and therefore the comforts of a hot shower at our hotel. we should always get to Leh for lunch and therefore the remainder of the day is free for eleventh hour sightseeing or shopping within the bazaars.
Fly to Delhi.
We fly from Leh to Delhi. the remainder of the day is free for individual sightseeing in Delhi.
The tour ends after breakfast today.