Markha Valley Trek – A Brief Description
Markha Valley Trek within accessible range of Leh is a popular and a fascinating trek in Ladakh. A trek through remote villages tucked away neatly in the valleys surrounded by the lofty mountains of the Hemis National Park. A 78Km long and five days of trekking in Ladakh mountains which goes to a maximum altitude of 5260m at Kongmarula Pass. Markha Valley Trek is a perfect trek that lets you discover the local culture and the way of life in remote villages of Ladakh.
Trekking in the Hemis National Park
The Markha Valley Trek from Chilling is shorter and easier than the Markha Valley Trek from Spituk. A Trek through the cold deserts of Ladakh, a journey through beautiful river valleys and high mountain pass of the Hemis National Park.
Markha Valley Trek being in Hemis National Park, there is always an opportunity to spot rare species of wild animals.
Markha Valley Trek set in the cold desert of Ladakh is a moderately difficult trek. A trek that starts from an altitude of 3400m and goes all the way up to 5260m and this trek also involves crossing many rivers and two high passes, Gandala and Kongmarula Pass.
What to look out for ?
Sculpted canyons, fantastic rock formations, medieval villages, Buddhist Gompas and snow filled peaks is what Markha Valley Trek is all about.
From Kongmarula pass and also from some of the high points you can witness breath taking views of Saser Kangri peak (7670m) Stok Kangri (6150m) Kang Yatse (6400) and Nun Kun (7135m) and of the Indus valley down below. This is the best Himalayan scenery that one can witness in the Markha Valley Trek.
Set in the middle of green oasis and surrounded by the barren and stark high altitude desert landscape the mud houses of Markha and Hankar villages stand out. Tibetan culture thrive here and decorated with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the high desert wind, also, gives a different dimension to these little villages and on the whole to the Markha valley trek.
Markha Valley Trek Itinerary in Brief
Day 01: Drive from Leh to Skiu village (3Hr/80Km). Overnight Tents. PS. NOTE : – Sometimes Tourist vehicles are not allowed till Skiu village as it comes under the Hemis National Park. In such case : Drive from Leh to Chilling and then trek till Skiu village approximately 2-3 hours
Day 02: Markha Valley Trek starts. Trek Skiu to Markha 3500 metres (7-8 hours)
Following the Markha River, hiking through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that has Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (Buddhist prayers inscribed on stones). During peak season, a number of tented teahouses will be open, providing hearty refreshment and a chance to interact with the locals. After crossing the river for the last time, we will arrive at Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort
Day 03: Trek Markha to Thachungtse 4200 metres (5-6 hours)
The Markha valley trek continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, the path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlet in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be sighting our first view of Kang Yatse (6400m), which will be in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After lunch break in the village of Hangkar (the last village in the valley), we will moving onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungtse, where we will camp
Day 04: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling 4700 meters (3-4 hours)
The trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below .
Day 05: Nimaling to Chokdo (3905 m) via Kongmaru la 5260 metres (6 hours)
After breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. One can have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually starts levelling as we approach Shang Gorge, with its strange and unique rock formations More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskyurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi/traditional doctors). After a lunch at Chuskyurmo, we will pass through a stream and reach at chokdo. End of Trek. Drive Back to Leh.
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- COSTS : US$560 per Person
- Indian Nationals do enquire for quotes in IRupees
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MARKHA VALLEY TREK COST INCLUDES :
- Twin share tent with mattress during camping/trekking.
- Twin Share Accommodation in Standard Hotel in Leh.
- Airport Pick up and Drop
- Fully organized trek services with guide, porters, camping equipment.
- All fixed three meals everyday during trekking/Camping.
- Service of an English speaking guide.
- Entrance fees to monuments visited.
- All Permits for Ladakh.
DOES NOT INCLUDE :
- Sleeping bag; personal clothing/equipment.
- Lunches and dinners during hotel stays.
- Bottled or alcoholic drinks.
- Tips, client insurance, evacuation costs.
- Any expenses of personal nature.
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Note: The above given trek itinerary is a sample, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, physical ability of the participants etc may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participant’s safety, comfort and general well being.
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