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Markha Valley Trek (Spituk Hemis Trek)

During this trek, you take in spectacular views of the Mighty Himalaya, Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. You will cross two high pass at elevations up to 5150m. Trails wind pass willow groves, alongside patches of wild roses and through canyons beautified with multi-colored prayer flags flapping the breeze. You have opportunity to meet nomadic families as they herd their yaks, sheep, goats and other animals and a visit to a small monastery where butter lamps are lit in morning and evening by an elderly nun leave indelible impressions of your journey through this gloriously illuminated landscape. The highlight of the trek is the camping at the base of Kangyatse massif peak (6400m) dominating the wonderful meadows of Nimaling.

Sketch Itineray

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

 

Days 02: Flight Delhi - Leh

 

Days 03: Sightseeing tour to Matho – Stok –Shanti Stupa - Samkar

 

Day 04: Full day sightseeing to Likir – Alchi (68 km)

 

Day 05: Drive Leh – Spituk then Trek to Zingchen (4/5 hrs)

 

Day 06: Trek Zingchen – Base of Ganda-la (5/6 hrs.)

 

Day 07: Trek Gandala Base – Gandala (4900m) – Skiu (5/6 hrs)

 

Day 08: Trek Skiu – Markha (6/7 hrs)

 

Day 09: Trek Markha – Hanker – Thachungtse (6 hrs)

 

Day 10: Trek Thachungtse – Nimaling (4 hrs)

 

Day 11: Trek Nimaling – Kongmaru-la (5175m) – Shangsumdo (6/7 hrs)

 

Day 12: Drive Shangsumdo – Hemis – Thiksey – Shey - Leh (58 km)

 

Day 13: In Leh

 

Day 14: Flight Leh – Delhi

 

Day 15: Departure

Day 01: Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi, transfer to hotel for few hours.

Days 02: Flight Delhi - Leh

Transfer to domestic Airport for fly to Leh. Arrive Leh, transfer to hotel. Day is at complete leisure to get you fully acclimatize with the altitude of Ladakh. Evening explore Leh Bazar. Overnight at hotel in Leh. (3500 m)

Days 03: Sightseeing tour to Matho – Stok –Shanti Stupa - Samkar

After breakfast, drive to Stok (14km) by crossing a bridge over Indus river Indus at Choglamsar village. In Stok, visit the royal palace, constructed by the king Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825AD. Inside the palace, you see great collection of ancient royal ornaments, Thankas (scroll paintings) and old statues. After the visit, drive to Matho village, 10 km from Stok. This monastery was built by Lama Tumgpa Dorje in 13th century. Two famous oracles (known as Rongtsan), (who were invited from Tibet by the founder of this monastery) still make appearance during the festival of monastery. After visiting Matho, drive back to Leh. Evening, visit Shanti Stupa and Sankar Monastery in Leh. Overnight at Hotel in Leh.

Day 04: Full day sightseeing to Likir – Alchi (68 km)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Alchi. Today you drive long journey upon Leh-Srinagar highway. On the way, you travel through spectacular and magnificent view of landscape with wonderful huge mountains, sometime imposing gorge and you pass across Magnetic hill, awesome view of confluence of Indus and Zanskar before Nimoo village; beautiful and charming villages of Ladakh. Enroute visit Likir monastery. Arrive Likir. In fact the village got its name from the monastery (Lu-khil) meaning naga encircled–a myth associated with the founding of this monastery. Visit the Gelugpa sect picturesque monastery, founded in 1065, on hill top overlooking the beautiful village, by Lama Duwang Chosje during the reign of King Lhachen Gyalpo. After the visit, continue drive to Alchi. Pass Saspol village then you cross Indus River over a bridge on left side and follow the road that leads to Alchi. Visit the 1000 years Gelugpa sect monastery built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Later drive back to Leh. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Drive Leh – Spituk then Trek to Zingchen (4/5 hrs trekking)

Leave hotel after breakfast for Spituk 7km. Visit Gelugpa sect picturesque monastery built on hill top, with wonderful view of Indus valley, by Lama Od-lde in 11th century. After then drive to trekking point. After loading all luggage's, start your first day trek with gentle trek upon vast open terrain. Follow the clear path and continue easy and gentle trek keeping Indus River on right. As you come across the valley on left, leave Indus behind and enter in the valley. Continue trek along the upstream small river as far as Zingchen (small village). Afternoon explore village and in the evening visit local house. Overnight at camp.

Day 06: Trek Zingchen – Base of Ganda-la (5/6 hrs.)

Leave camp after breakfast for Base of Gandala. Continue trek along the well-defined route that leads away from the river. Climb gently till we reach Rumbak. Pass the village, cross the river then gently walk up along the right side. You pass Yurutse village (one house), then continue trek with gradual ascent as far as Base of Gandala pass. Overnight at camp (4500m)

Day 07: Trek Gandala Base – Gandala (4900m) – Skiu (5/6 hrs)

Right from the camp, you gradually ascend to the pass. Long ascend along zigzag path as far as top of the pass. From the top, you capture spectacular and imposing view of landscape. Cross the pass then easy and gentle descent down in the valley. Pass Shingo village and stunning gorge. When the valley opens out, you reach at Skiu village. Take left then easy trek for few minutes takes you to campsite. Good and nice campsite across the meadows near the river. Afternoon, visit the village monastery and explore this remote village of Markha valley. Overnight at camp (3350m).

Day 08: Trek Skiu – Markha (6/7 hrs)

Today you have easy long trek, crossing of river but with enjoyable spectacular landscape across the trek. Morning after breakfast, continue trek along good path on the right bank of the Markha river. A great deal of greenery with full of willow, Poplar trees and see buckthorn bushes. Then on the left bank (bridge) cross a barren plain, go back onto the right bank (bridge) and then you reach at Chaluk village. Pass the village; continue towards the riverbank to cross. Cross the river then go on along the left bank. Cross the last river towards right then short and gentle climb leads you to Markha (charming village). Good and nice campsite across the meadows near the river. Overnight at camp (4280m).

Day 09: Trek Markha – Hanker – Thachungtse (6 hrs)

Today you cross the river several times and you pass across beautiful landscape of Markha valley surrounded with huge wonderful towering mountains. Leave camp after breakfast for Thanchungtse. Follow the clear trek route along the right bank of main valley. The path is sometimes little bit difficult in the riverbed. Pass the monastery of Humlung. Then, carry on along the right bank river as far as Hankar village. Pass this charming village. The Path improves a bit beyond Hanker; leave a broad valley on the right-hand side. The valley narrow and goes higher but with panoramic landscape. Cross the river over a wooden bidge towards right then continue trek further for few meters to reach at the pasture land of Thachungtse with colonies of Marmot. Overnight at camp across the meadow near the Markha River. (4240m)

Day 10: Trek Thachungtse – Nimaling (4 hrs)

Leave camp after breakfast for Nimaling. The path can be seen easily from the camp. Follow the clear route and continue up along right side. Easy walk in the beginning then gradual ascend, several small incline, as far as Small Lake. The river is rather far to the left (gorge). From the Lake, you capture the view of wonderful and enchanting view of snow clad Kangyatse massif peak (6400m). pass the lake, then continue easy trek by following path across lunar landscape of barren terrain as far as Nimaling that is one of the most enchanting and marvelous high valley in Ladakh ( 4700m) dominated by the spectacular Kangyatse massif(6400m). Here you find several Shepherds with their animals (Sheep, Yak, Baby Yak Cow, horse, Goat) grazing across the beautiful meadows. Afternoon, hike across Nimaling and enjoy the view of panoramic landscape of the scenic Markha valley. Overnight at camp. (4740m)

Day 11: Trek Nimaling – Kongmaru-la (5175m) – Shangsumdo (6/7 hrs)

Morning after breakfast, continue trek with crossing of stream over wooden bridge. Cross the stream then ascend gradually to the rolling ridge (like small pass). You enjoy wonderful landscape of valley with some zigzag trail up to the Kongmaru–la (5150m). Enjoy eternal awe inspiring and wonderful view of Kangyatse and enchanting Markha valley on one side, on other side marvelous and imposing view of Indus valley. Cross the pass, Steep descent down as far as campsite. Pass a campsite and continue easy and long descend down with downstream stream along the marvelous gorge. Several easy crossing of stream. Leave the gorge and keep walking on the left bank to stream as far as Chuskirmo (spring salt water). Continue trek, sometimes in the riverbed, right bank, and again on left bank. You pass across small charming village of Chokdo. Pass the village and continue easy descent down in the valley as far as charming village Shangsumdo. Campsite across meadow. Overnight: camp with campfire.(3450 m)

Day 12: Drive Shangsumdo – Hemis – Thiksey – Shey - Leh (58 km)

Morning after breakfast, drive to Leh via Hemis, Thiksey and Shey monastery. You drive along valley down till Martselang village. Then turn left towards Hemis monastery hidden behind the wonderful mountains. Arrive Hemis, visit the monastery. The great Mahasiddha Staktsang Raspa along with 35th King of Ladakh Singey Namgyal built this biggest, Drugpa sect monastery in 16th century. After visiting this monastery, continue drive to Thiksey monastery, Visti Gelugpa sect monastery, picturesquely founded on hill top by the great Lama Paldan Shesrap in 14th century. It provides imposing view of Indus valley and surrounding wonderful mountains and its snow clad peaks. It houses the exquisite big statue of the Maitreya Buddha (Future Buddha). Later, drive to Leh via visiting Shey Palace wherein you visit big copper gilt statue of Lord Buddha dating back 1633AD. Overnight at hotel in Leh.

Day 13: In Leh

Day free, Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Flight Leh – Delhi

After early breakfast at hotel, transfer to Leh airport for return flight to Delhi. Arrive Delhi, transfer to Hotel. Afternoon, visit Old and New Delhi. Late evening transfer to International Airport to catch return flight to your home country.

Day 15: Departure

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No. of Pax

Cost with Guest House

Cost with A Category Hotel

  • 02 to 03 Pax
    Euro 890 per person
    Euro 1120 per person
  • 04 to 06 Pax
    Euro 830 per person
    Euro 1010 per person
  • 07 to 09 Pax
    Euro 770 per person
    Euro 945 per person
  • 10 to 12 Pax
    Euro 720 per person
    Euro 900 per person
  • Single Room Supplement
    Euro 95 per person
    Euro 180 per person

 

One Tour Leader Compliementary on Paying for 10-12 Pax Included: A class category guest house with Bed & Breakfast Included: A class category hotels with Breakfast & One meal (lunch or dinner) Rates are valid till December 2017.

Cost Includes :

  • Hotel or Guest House: Neat & Clean in Central Delhi with Bed & Breakfast.
  • Hotel or Upper Class Guest House in Leh.
  • All ground transportation in Delhi by air-conditioned car/coach.
  • All ground transportation in Ladakh by non air-conditioned jeep.
  • All camping/trekking arrangements such as:-
  • Food (during trekking and camping)
  • Two men tent with mattress
  • Kitchen/mess tent with utensils
  • Cook & Helpers
  • Pack ponies for luggage
  • Camping fee
  • Trekking bag for protection of your personal luggage.
  • Local English speaking guide in Delhi & Ladakh.
  • Entry fee to monasteries / monuments in Ladakh only.

 

Cost Does not Includes :

  • International/ Domestic Flights
  • Lunches & Dinners in Delhi.
  • Sleeping bag and Personal clothing.
  • Insurance and medical evacuation.
  • Tips, hard & soft drinks, laundry, postage, telephone calls, anything not specified above and any item of personal nature.
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as road block and flight cancellations due to natural calamities etc.
  • Entry fee to monuments in Delhi.
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Cost includes”.
  • GST (Goods & Services Tax) 5% on the complete bill

 

PRICE FOR TREKKING PORTION ONLY

No. of Pax Cost only includes for Trekking Portion from Leh to Leh
02 to 03 Pax €560 per person
04 to 06 Pax €500 per person
07 to 09 Pax €450 per person
10 to 12 Pax €420 per person

 

Note:-

  • Cost does not include hotel accomodation in Leh.
  • Services Starts From Day 5 to Day 12 till Leh without accomodation in Leh.

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