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Trekking at Markha Valley, Ladakh By Lamdik Eco Ventures
The trek begins after crossing the bridge on the Indus river below the Spituk Monastery involving trekking through very arid areas and enables to experience directly the life styles of the Ladakhi villagers who still practice ancient forms of Buddhism and lives within the shadow of the local Monastery. The trail crosses the high but gentle Ganda - la (4850 m) and descends to Markha Valley which commands a magnificent views of Kang Yaze/ Nimaling peaks. The next few days are spent following the Markha River upstream passing through under - populated villages until we climb to the high valley of Nimaling. After crossing Kngmaru -la, trek ends at Hemis - famous for its monastery which is headquarters of the Drupka (old Buddhist) order and administers monasteries throughout the whole of Ladakh. Optional - From Hankar trek through the pastures of Tachatchustse and arrive at the base of Kang Yatze. Leaving early morning Peak (6400m) can be climbed without any major difficulty and can return to the base camp. (Ice axe, Crampons required).
Delhi/Leh: Arrival assistance and transfer to the National airport to catch flight for Leh. Overnight Leh.
Leh – Stok (drive) – Foot of Stokla (4900M) 3 Hrs Trek: Leave Leh early morning by Jeeps and reaches at Stok. Start trek from Stok, after passing off Stok village and following left bank of the river for two hours, climb gently le
Foot of Stokla – Stokla – Yurutse 6/7 Hrs. Trek: After by passing this beautiful stopping valley, ascent upto Stokla 4900 Mtrs. by very steep zigzag, difficult footpath, by now it is 3 Hrs. Now steep descent to summer pastures of Stok and follow the river which comes from Stok – Kangri massif. Overnight in Tents.aving a small pass on the left, continue onto a small valley, It is the foot of Stokla. Overnight in Tents.
Yurutse – Gandala – Skiu 6/7 Hrs. Trek: Yurutse follow path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Gandala. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu. Overnight in Tents.
Skiu – Markha 7 Hrs. Trek: 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.
Markha – Tchatchutse 6/7 Hrs. Trek: Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses. The path improves and cross a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste. Overnight in Tents.
Tchatchutse – Nimaling (4700 M) 3 Hrs. Trek: Trek starts on good path and several small inclines. The river is rather far to the other side and walk near a small lake, then cross pasture to Nimaling. This is one of most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang Yaze. Trek ascent towards other side and gradually reach Nimaling. Overnight in Tents.
Nimaling – Knogmarula (5150 M) – Shang 8 Hrs: Trek: Cross the Markha valley and follow long climb along the mountain side, then zig zag road leads towards Kongmarula. Follow steep descent into gorges and then keep walking on the left bank to Chukirmo. Thereafter crossing right and left bank and arrive Shang, a beautiful camp in groves and there is a monastery an hour away from the village. Overnight in tents.
Shang – Hemis 4 Hrs: Trek – Leh 1 ½ Hrs. drive : Trek starts from the riverbed, then follow a good path through large blocks and then go left bank. You reach a dusty trail suitable for motor vehicles and then pass a small house and series of Chortens. Leave Martsellang on the right and follow a gently rising trail towards Hemis. Visit Hemis monastery after that drive towards to Leh via Shey and Thiksey monastery. Overnight Leh.
Leh/Delhi: Morning fly back to Delhi. Arrival assistance and transfer to the International airport for onward journey