Markha Valley

Markha Valley

 

Day 1 & 2 : Travel to Manali from Takeover Point and stay for a day for proper acclimatization. Local sightseeing can be undertaken by foot. ( Walking is essential while acclimatize)

Day 3& 4 : Travel to Leh by Jeep / Tourist Bus

Day 5 : Rest Day at Leh ( Stay in Hotel )

Day 6: Spitok-Rumbak: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Spitok monastery is one of the most importance as being one of the oldest from 15th century. A gradual walk through village Jingchan 3600m to Rumbak 3750m.

Day 7: Rumbak-Yurutse: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Spectacular view of Stok Range from Yurutse 4150m.

Day 8: Ganda La-Markha Valley: Walking Time 6-7 hrs.> Gandal La 4920m requires steady ascent and slow pace. Scenic view of Zhanskar Range. Through village Kaya 3650 it is gradual walk to Skiu 3700m.

Day 9: Rest Day

Day 10: Skiu-Markha: Walking Time 7-8 hrs.> Trail crosses the river Markha several times. There are army bridges so no problem in crossing river although in past it was a big problem and people have to trek kms. for finding proper place to cross safely. Markha village at 3850m is gradual walk through typical Ladakh trail.

Day 11: Markha-Nimaling: Walking Time 7-8 hrs.> Nimaling at 4650m is steady ascending and descending. Nimaling Plateau is green pasture where you can see permanent encampment of shepherds. This is a place which further provides excess to deep hidden valleys.

Day 12: Nimaling-Chogdo via kangmaru La: Walking Time 6 hrs.> This is not as strenuous as it looks. Stady ascent to La 5050m will require 2 hrs. at most. From there you can see scenic view of Nimaling Plateau which seems like a land out of dreams as this is only green pasture among brown and gray land of rocks and scree. Chogdo at 4050m is gradual but long descent.

Day 13: Chogdo-Hemis: Walking Time 4-5 hrs.> Walking besides stream, this is gradual walk to world famous monastery of Hemis which is said to be having links with Christ and Guru Nanak Dev, a Saint/Guru of Sikhs.

Day 14 & 15: Traveling Back to Manali

Option 2: Do you think it is too much for you ? Instead of compelete circuit- choose this option in which..

Trek Day 1: Hemis – Shang: Drive from Leh and short walk to Shang/Chogdo.

Trek Day 2: Shang to base of Nimaling ( Kang Maru La ) La ( 5030m ). Gradual ascending besides tributary from Kang Maru La.

Day 3: Rest Day

Trek Day 4: Over La to camp in Nimaling Plateu. Gradual ascending and descending. This is rock and scree trail.

Day 5 : Rest Day

Trek Day 6 : Back to Shang

Day 7: Back to Hemis.

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