Markha Valley Trek (Ladakh)
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
Best Time : June to September
The Markha Valley trek which has another nick name, tea house trek because here one can expect parachute tents accommodation at most of the villages on the way. An arid cold desert trekking area which offers the best views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges have admirers worldwide. You will come to see the 21000 feet Kang Yissay and 20086 feet Stok Kangri peaks also while you embark on this trek. Hemis National Park and Gandala La and Kongmaru La are the promising attractions one gets while taking Markha Valley trek route.
Day 01 Leh/Spituk/Zingchen
After the breakfast drive to Spituk Bridge behind the Spituk monastery. Arrive Spituk Bridge at Indus River and start your trek through flat and desolate plane at the foot of the Stok Mountain. Gradually, you will leave the view of busy Leh-Srinagar highway and move towards wilderness of Himalaya. Arrive Zingchen, overnight in camp at Zingchen.
Day 02 Zingchen-Yurutse
Leave Zingchen for Rumbak through a straight forward road leaving village, you enter Hemis national park for the preservation of Snow leopard, Baharal and the marmot and wolf etc. Walk through a narrow trail and valley widens as you arrive Rumbak and camp at Yurutse below Gandala Pass. Overnight in camp.
Day 03 Yurutse-Skyu
From Yurutse follow path along the mountain side, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. There after cross Ganda La pass. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 hrs of descent arrive in the valley of Markha and after few hundred meters you reach Skyu. Overnight in tents.
Day 04 Sku-Markha
From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross right bank of river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good camp site beyond the Village and near river. Overnight in tents.
Day 05 Markha-Thachungtse
Morning after breakfast start trekking to reach Tchatchutse via Hankar village. Overnight in tents.
Day 06 Thachungtse-Nimaling
After breakfast start trekking to reach Nimaling. Nimaling 4900M has a sweeping pasture where thousands of sheep, goats, yaks and graze during the summer months, rising to the south is 6400M high Kang Yatse (Nimaling Peak), a lovely mountain. Overnight in tents.
Day 07 Nimaling-Shang Sumdo
After breakfast start trekking to reach Kongmaru La. The trek to Kongmaru la passes through narrow Gorges. At the top of the pass, you can have view of the Ladakh range & villages. Cross the pass and proceed to Shang. Overnight in tents.
Day 08 Shang Sumdo-Hemis –Leh
Walk along the stream down to Hemis monastery. Visit Hemis monastery and drive to Leh enroute visit Thiksey, Shey and Stok Museum Palace.