Duration

8 Nights / 9 Days

Trip

Start: Leh – Chilling – Skiu – Markha / End: Delhi

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Markha Valley Trek

Leh – Chilling – Skiu – Markha - Hankar – Nimaling – Shangsumdo – Leh - Pangong - Delhi

Introduction

Also known for being a 'tea house trek', the Markha Valley Trek allows you to witness amazing views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges. This 8 nights and 9 days popular trek proceeds on a moderate trekking route. During the enthralling expedition, you will get a chance to stay in camps at most of the villages en route. Grab your chance to sightsee ethereal rock formations, amazing sights, stunning villages, scenic Buddhist monasteries, and snow-covered mountains. The views of the Stok Kangri will leave you spellbound. The journey starts from Chilling where you will cross a bridge to trek towards the south-west of the Indus River. It further involves gradual climbs and ascents and crossing the Skiu, Hankar, and other scenic villages. Undoubtedly, this trekking expedition is full of surprises and worth every effort that goes into it.


Trip Highlights
  • Sightseeing tour of Leh
  • Camp stay at Skiu, Markha, Hankar, and Nimaling
  • Admire the mesmerizing scenery sprinkled all around
  • Cross the Gandala Pass and Kangmaru Pass
  • A beautiful upward path towards Markha valley
  • Walkthrough the green pasture of Nimaling
  • Get an enchanting view of the Stok Kangri massif and Karakoram ranges

Expedition Detail
Day 1 Arrive at Leh (3500m) (Full day rest for acclimatization)

You will have an early morning flight from Delhi to Leh. Enjoy the enchanting views of the Himalayas from the window. Upon your arrival in Leh, our tour representative will greet you at the airport and assist to the pre-booked hotel. After your check-in at the hotel, spend the rest of the day relaxing and acclimatizing. You will be at 3,500 m above the sea level and at a place where the air is thin and pressure is less. So you just need to take rest so that your body will get acclimatize according to the weather and altitude. Drink a lot of water as it will help your body to get more oxygen. You can explore the market in the evening.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 2 Leh Sightseeing (Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Local Market)

On day 2 of the Markha Valley Trek tour, enjoy sightseeing of Leh and get acclimatized. After having your breakfast, you will head towards the Shanti Stupa, this white dome structure is dedicated to Buddhism. From the Stupa you can enjoy the panoramic views of the entire Leh city as the monument is perched on the hilltop, at a dizzying height of 11,841 feet above the sea level. Leh Palace is another stopover of the day, it is one of the tallest building of its time with nine stories in all. From the top of the palace, one can enjoy the picturesque view of the city, as well as of the Stok Kangri and Zanskar ranges

In the evening you will visit the local market of Leh. The vibrant aura of the local market will make you fall in love with the place. You can buy antiques from here. After the sightseeing tour, return to the hotel.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 3 Leh – Chilling – Skiu (Transfer from Leh to Chilling)

You will start your day early, after having breakfast you will leave from Chilling from where you will start your trek. First, you have to ascend the Ganda La (4,985 m) which will be tiring so you have to walk slowly. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the Stok Kangri massif and surrounding valleys. After descending from here, you will reach to a tiny hamlet of Shingo. Have your lunch here and then head towards the Skiu village. The path from Shingo to Skiu is easy and surrounded by several small streams. Skiu is located in the lower Markha valley at an altitude of 3,400 m. The Markha valley is quite narrow, the temperature at night will be quite high.

Overnight stay at the camp in Skiu.

Day 4 Skiu - Markha

Start for Markha village on the 4th day of the trip. Cross the river and trek up to Markha village which is the longest valley. This day will be the longest trek day. The beautiful green fields and irrigation canals can be seen on the way. It is worth walking along the trail where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha to visit the small monastery.

Enjoy an overnight stay here.

Day 5 Markha to Hankar

On the 5th day of the tour, you will walk alongside the river and the woody bushes grow thickly along the river. You have to cross the several bridges over which the trail marches towards the Thinlespa Village and further to the Hankar village from where you will be able to get the enchanting views of the Gyalpo-Ri Peak. Enjoy the dinner at Hankar and enjoy the majestic beauty of the valley.

Night halt in tents.

Day 6 Hankar to Nimaling (4,700 m, 3 to 4 hours)

On the 6th day of the trip, after having breakfast you will head towards the Nimaling. You have to climb steadily on this day through the narrow valleys and villages. The Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow which sloping upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse Peak (6,440 m). Nimaling is surrounded by ponds and streams which provide grassland to a large number of animals namely Yaks, Sheep, Goats, Horses, and Dzo. You can also spot occasional blue sheep and wolf here.

Overnight stay at the Nimaling.

Day 7 Nimaling to Shangsumdo (Transfer from Shangsumdo to the hotel)

On the last day of the trek, you will start climbing the Kangmaru Pass and enjoy the panoramic views from the top. The snow-laden peaks in every direction and on a clear day you can see the massive Karakoram Range including the K2. From there you will start descending and the trail will be steep towards the Martselang valley past the Sulphur springs of Chyushkarmo, and follows the Martselang stream, to the village of Shangsumdo. The village is situated at the confluence of Shang Nala and Mastselang. From Shangsumdo you will get an assisted transfer to the hotel in Leh.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 8 Leh – Pangong - Leh

After early breakfast, you will leave for Pangong Lake which is situated at a distance of 200 km from Leh. Enjoy the astonishing views of the beautiful valley on your way to Pangong. The emerald color lake is situated at an altitude of 4,350 m and this lake is extended from India to Tibet. The lake changes its color from azure to blue to green to grey. Soak in the enchanting beauty of this lake and spend some time in the tranquil surroundings.

Later, return to Leh in the evening. Overnight stay at the hotel in Leh.

Day 9 Leh - Delhi

After having a delicious breakfast, leave for the airport in the morning for your homebound flight from the Leh Airport.


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