Markha valley group trek 2019Markha Valley trek is a moderate grade of trek. It focuses on monasteries, monks, landscapes.It starts from Spituk bridge as you trek along Indus river walking through desolate plane at the foot of the Stok mountain.
Leh / Markha Valley / Leh
Duration of Trek: 07 Days
Best Period: June to September
Highest Point: Kongmaru La (5,100m)
Focus: Monasteries, Monks, People, Villages.
Highlight: Markha Valley Trek, Monasteries and Landscape.
Physical Challenge: Moderate
Day 01 Leh to Zingchen to Rumbak 4-5 hours
After having breakfast drive to Zingchen and walk towards Rumbak through a straight forward road. Leaving Zingchen village, you enter Hemis national park – habitat of Snow leopard and mountain ungulates etc. Walk through a narrow trail and valley widens as you arrive Rumbak village. Rumbak offers you an opportunity to stay in a village house with the family – a trend began in recent years under home stay system being promoted and supported govt. NGOs and travel agencies. You get to try different local food during your home stay experience. Camp at Rumbak.
Day 02 Rumbak to Base Gandala Pass (4500 m)
After breakfast start trek to Ganda La Base Camp follow the path along the mountains, and then cross a small valley to a zig zag steep path,it’s a area for spotting wildlife and high altitude birds.. Camp at Gandala Base Camp.
Day 03 Gandala Base to Syu (3500 m) via Gandala Pass (4380 m)
Trek across Ganda La pass (4380m)and after about two hours of descending walk you get to the beautiful valley of Markha. A few hundred meters further is the Kaya village, where you stay in a family house. Gandala Pass, via Shingo and enter the Markha Valley. Enjoy spectacular view of Zangskar Rage from the Pass. Camp at Skyu.
Day 04- Sku to Markha 7-8 hours
From Skyu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross the right bank of river then the barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter, walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Towards the end of the village there are good camp site near the river. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 05- Markha to Thachungtse 5-6 hours
Right after breakfast you start trekking in the morning to reach Tchatchutse via Hankar village. Overnight in tents.
Day 06- Thachungtse to Nimaling 4-5 hours
After breakfast start trekking to reach Nimaling. Nimaling (4900 M) has a sweeping pasture where thousands of sheep, goats and yaks graze during the summer months. Rising to the south is 6400 M high Kang Yatse (Nimaling Peak), a lovely mountain, but not an easy one to climb. Overnight is in tents.
Day 07- Nimaling to Shang Sumdo to Leh 6-7 Trek-6 Hrs Drive
After breakfast start trekking to reach Kongmaru La (5100 M). The trek to Kongmaru
la passes through narrow gorges. From the top of the pass, you can have a view of Ladakh ranges and the sight of villages to the north of Indus valley is excellent. Cross the pass and proceed to Shang. Arrive Shang and pickup by car and drive back to Leh.