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One of the most popular treks in the Ladakh region is the Markha Valley Trek that allures adventurists across the world. It is a trek that passes through places with different landscapes. The Markha Valley Trek when winds onto the Hemis National Park and Rumbak Valley, will give the opportunity to witness rare species of animals of the Himalayan belt and if you are fortunate enough you might encounter a Snow Leopard. Nonetheless the valley is the home of several species like the lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Blue sheep, Red fox, Tibetan wolf, Dhole (wild dog), Marmot and Mountain hare. Moreover this trail in Ladakh region also offers birding opportunity.
The Markha Valley Trek covers some remote human settlements like Rumbak village followed by Yurutse and Markha that leave the explorers mull over the rich indigenous culture of the Indo-Tibetans. One may also live get a chance to enjoy a home stay in one of these remote villages. Further the trekking trail in Ladakh region also lead your way up to the shrines like Lhatos and Mani before entering the Markha village. The journey winds and trails up to the Kongmaru La at 5100 meter, wherefrom one can capture the spectacular view of the hulking high Kang Yatze Peak and the Tibetan border.
The traditional Markha Valley Trek commences from Spituk and heads up to Ganda La en route Zingchen and thereafter to Skiu, which is an isolated village and houses an old monastery and ruins of an old castle that was once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar. From Skiu, the tracks lead to Markha and thereby to Shang Sumdo via Kongmaru La.
• Get the chance to explore the multi-hued Tibetan markets and historically rich Buddhist monasteries
• Witness some of the most sublime Himalayan sceneries throughout the picturesque trek
• Get the opportunity to stay at remote mountain villages and interact with its sweet and simple inhabitants
• Camp at scenic locations under the starry sky
Board the morning flight to reach Leh. Arrive at Leh and transfer to hotel/guest house and take a complete rest. This relaxation is essential for becoming accustomed to the climate. Overnight stay at the hotel/guesthouse.
Today, we shall go on a sightseeing tour to some important monasteries in the area. We will be visiting Shey Gompa, which was once the summer capital of Ladakh kings; Thiksey Gompa, which is said to be one of the most beautiful structures in Ladakh and the famed Hemis Monastery belonging to Drukpa Order. Overnight stay at the guest house.
Today, early in the morning, we will leave for Spituk, which is an hour journey away. We shall explore Spituk Gompa, which is believed to be 500 years old. After visiting Spituk, we will begin our trek and passing a bridge and strolling southwest of Indus River, we will reach Zingchan Village. Overnight stay in camp.
Post breakfast, we shall ascend to Rumbak from Zingchan. We shall trek along the Rumbak Nala via Yurutse Village, which has lush fields of potatoes and barley. Overnight stay in the tents.
Our trek today will end at Skiu, which can be reached by crossing Reach Ganda La (4900 meters). The pass offers spectacular view of Zanskar Range and other far-flung peaks of Himalaya. From Ganda La is a long descent to the village of Shingo. The trail then leads to a gorge from Shingo Village, which is at a short distance from Skiu. At Skiu, we will witness the confluence of river from Markha Valley. Overnight stay in the tents.
An easy climb today from Skiu will lead us to Markha Valley. The trekking trail passes through several streams. Overnight stay in the tents.
Our today’s trek will be from Markha to Thochuntse. It is to be noted that at Markha, there is a change in landscape and from now onwards the view of heavily forested sections will not be witnessed rather barren and rugged landscape will follow. We shall be crossing river andl come across Hankar en route to Thochuntse. Hankar is the highest village in Markha Valley. Overnight stay in the tents.
In the morning today, we will begin our trek to Nimaling. We will be crossing a number of gentle slopes and a chain of glassy ridges. There is a sequence of Mani Walls and chortens on the route. This is counted among the most stunning high valleys in Ladakh and is separated by Kangyatse Peak. Overnight stay in the tents.
After the breakfast, we will cross to the north of Markha and shall ascend to Kongmaru La (5306 meters), which is the highest passes in the region. After taking a good view of the surrounding snowy peaks and Karakoram range, we will trek down to the Martselang Valley leading Martselang Stream to the Sumdo Village. Overnight stay in the tents.
Our trek today will be from Sumdo Village to Martselang. At Martselang Valley, the trail broadens into the Indus Valley. We shall take the jeep waiting for us at Martselang Village. We will also be exploring Hemis Monastery and then drive to Leh via Thiksey and Shey Gompas. Overnight stay in the hotel.