Ladkah Markha Valley

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Located on the very North of Himalaya within the state of Jammu & Kashmir in Northern India, the only Buddhist province after Sikkim surrounded by Muslim and Hindu religious sects, and close to the border of Pakistan, bounded by world’s two mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, the Ladakh and the Zanskar range.

Markha Valley in Ladakh a complete wilderness in remote area with high-altitude terrain makes the adventure destinations for travelers. As the border lies close to South West of Tibet and North of Ladakh and its an extension of Tibetan plateau and with strong Tibetan influence as well, with its ancient traditions and lifestyles remain firmly deep-rooted and untouched by outside world.

Ladakh at an altitude ranging from 2750 meters at Kargil to 7,672 meters at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram mountain range. The summer temperatures rarely exceed 27 degree Celsius in the shade, while in winter down below -20 degree Celsius including the capital and the main city Leh. However, the thin air makes carried the heat of the sun even more strong than at lower altitudes.

The beautiful valley of Markha is in the shadow of range of spectacular mountains which is close to Stok Kangri 6,123 meters and notably Kang Yatse 6,400 meters among others. The walk follows crossing the Kongmaru La 5,150 meters, the highest pass on this trek, the trail passes through Hemis National Park, established to preserve the endangered snow leopard and other wildlife, and the journey finally reaches to Hemis with famous monastery of Ladakh, and then ending the trek here with an interesting drive back Leh for the flight to Delhi after an enjoyable and fascinating time in Ladakh Markha valley.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotels & Camping basis
  • Total Trip : 14/15 days
  • Higest Point : 5,270 meters at Kongmaru La Pass
  • Trip Grade : Moderate to adventurous
  • Season : All season except December to February

Day 01: Arrive at Delhi via respective airlines.
Day 02: Fly from Delhi to Leh, Ladakh.
Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Leh 3,450 m.
Day 04: Drive to Spituk 3, 520 m 7 km trek to Zinchen 3,580 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Yurutse -06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Skiu -06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Markha valley - 07 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Tahungtse 5-6 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nimaling -05 hours.
Day 10: Rest day in Nimaling.
Day 11: Trek to Shang Sumdo via Kongmaru-La - 07 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Martselang or Hemis and drive to Leh - 06 hrs.
Day 13: Free day in Leh.
Day 14: Fly from Leh to Delhi.
Day 15: International Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Arrive in Delhi international airport and meet Annapurna Encounter representative and transfer to hotel, with time in the afternoon visit the bazaar in Delhi. Our guide in India will brief and inform of the program on tour and trekking in Ladakh and of Delhi sightseeing tour.

Day 02: Fly to Leh and transfer to hotel with afternoon at leisure.
Morning transfer to Delhi domestic airport for a short flight of an hour to Leh the main city and capital of Ladakh, located northern India, the flight offers tremendous views of snow capped mountains of Karakoram and Zanskar range, on arrival meet our trekking guide who will transfer you to a nice hotel in Leh, afternoon relax and short walk for acclimatization.

Day 03: Sightseeing tour of Leh 3,450 meters.
Morning an interesting sightseeing tour of Leh and its old palaces and monasteries and visit the market in the afternoon and observe the locals in their daily way of life an important to have extra day at Leh for acclimatization.

Day 04: Drive to Spituk 3,640 m and trek to Zinchen 3,690m - 06 hrs.
Starting the first day journey in Ladakh with a drive along the Indus River, on crossing the river towards a bumpy road and then over the flat windswept terrain towards Spituk At Spituk meet our trekking staffs and ponies to carry the loads, walk leads following the Indus river and into narrow gorge and valley to reach Hemis National Park. Just beyond lies a chortens a Buddhist prayer monument festooned with prayer flags, and then leaving the Indus river behind to head into mountainous area along Zinchen gorge lined with willow trees, and then finally reaching Zinchan village for overnight camp.

Day 05: Trek to Yurutse 3,740 m - 06 hrs.
Our route follows the Zinchan River upstream. The valley narrows as our walk progress and passing between two rock buttresses, offering wonderful scenery ahead of a impressive jagged ridge. From here after crossing a couple of stream and reaching towards a willow plantation, ahead within a short distance lies the village of Rumbak. Our walk continues towards upstream. After crossing the right bank our route diverts to a climb up the valley of a subsidiary stream and towards the small settlement of Yurts for the overnight camp.

Day 06: Trek to Skiu 4,130 m -06 hrs.
An earlier breakfast for the long walk today, soon after leaving the camp the path climbs steadily to the top of Ganda-La at 4,878 meter, the slope is not that steep but it is a long haul, as the walk continues on the slow uphill a great view of Stok Kangri which dominates the south-eastern skyline. On reaching the pass, a breathe taking views a panorama of white capped peaks merging with the distant Karakoram mountain range. The path descends continuously to the head of the Skiu valley, where several small waterlines joins to form a stream. Trek continues further to the broad grassy shoulders towards the upper valley where it narrows sharply at Shingo a tiny settlement with few houses and farm fields, a lovely for the overnight campsite after a wonderful six hours walk.

Day 07: Trek to Markha 3,660 m - 07 hrs.
Heading up the Markha Valley along the Markha River, it is relatively an easy day of walking. All along the way you will be feasted with wonderful views of the valley. Towering prominently above the floor of the Markha Valley ahead lies the spectacular massif of Kang Yatse Peak 6,400 meters. Finally reaching a small village, Markha, with an ancient fort on a hill in ruins. Overnight camp just below the fort by the river.

Day 08: Trek to Tahungtse 3,570 m - 06 hours.
A short climb up to the main village, visit of the small monastery. Descending to the river walking along and crossing the river. Then again re-crossing the river, stopping at the base of the Tetsa Gompa. By late afternoon reaching at Thachungtse for the overnight camp after a lovely walk passing through Umlung on the way.

Day 09: Trek to Nimaling 4,050 m - 05 hours.
Our walk starts following the Markha river again, and the whole day will be filled with wonderful views of Kang Yatse and by several fine mani walls. Just before Nimaling the valley widens up and arriving at a picturesque pasturelands where we make our overnight camp.

Day 10: Rest day in Nimaling.
Today a rest day with optional short hike toward Kang Yatse Glacier. After a late breakfast walk toward the glacier for the magnificent view.

Day 11: Trek to Shang Sumdo 4,450 m via Kongmaru-La - 07 hours.
After crossing the river heading up toward the Kongmaru La 5,270 m, the highest pass on this trek, leaving behind the Markha Valley, it is a solid walk of around 3 hours to get to the top. On reaching the top a grand view of the Markha valley and never ending array of ridges and to the distant snow capped peaks.

After a short rest, a final steep descend and along the way you may come across herds of Blue Sheep, finally walking along a small stream getting to our overnight camp at Chyuskarmo or Chukirmo. At Chukirmo there\'s a hot spring of strong smell of sulphur.

Day 12: Trek to Hemis 3,750 m and drive to Leh - 06 hrs.
Morning walk leads on Martselang stream to Chogdo, from here turning west to enter a tributary valley which leads to the Gyuncho La at 4,600m. Walk continues on the dirt road toward Hemis Monastery. On reaching at the road head our transportation will be waiting for an hour drive back to Leh.

Day 13: In Leh free at leisure.
Today after an awesome trekking and adventure over high passes and remote areas of Ladakh, a rest and free day at leisure for short walk around the market square and souvenir shopping.

Day 14: Fly to Delhi and transfer to hotel.
Depart from the hotel early morning for the scenic panoramic flight to Delhi, on arrival meet our representative for hotel transfer, afternoon at leisure for tour around Delhi.

Day 15: International departure for homeward bound.
As per international and connecting flight back home or to respective countries, transfer to Delhi international airport for the flight onwards home.

In northern India Himalaya on old caravan route of high terrain
in between Karakoram and Zanskar range of Himalayan Mountains
in beautiful windswept landscapes and isolated farm villages
visiting old monasteries with its rich culture and traditions
in one of the world’s highest city Ladakh with panorama flight.