Markha Valley Trek
Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days
Destinations Covered : Leh - Spituk - Zingchen - Yurutse - Nimaling – Hemis - Leh
Day 1 : Leh - Spituk - Zingchen (5 hrs)
After breakfast, from Leh drive to the Spituk Bridge that is behind the Spituk monastery (7 kms). From the bridge start trekking along river Indus while walking throughthe Stok mountains. Slowly move towards the wilderness of the Himalayas, leaving the site of the Leh-Srinagar highway. You arrive at Zingchen through a gorge where you stay in a camp overnight.
Day 2 : Zingchen to Yurutse (4-5 hrs)
Start for Rumbak through Zingchen moving on a straight road. Now you will be entering the Hemis national park. It is popular for being home to wolf, snow leopard, Baharal, marmot etc. While walking on a slim path you will reach Rumbak where you will be setting a camp at Yurutse (below Gandala Pass). Overnight.
Day 3 : Yurutse to Skyu (6-7 hrs)
Follow the mountain path from Yurutse, crossing a valley while on a zig-zag route. Once you cross the Gandala pass (4380m). Walk downwards to reach Shingo and finally you will reach the Markha valley, 100 m to which is Skyu. Night halt in tents.
Day 4 : Sku to Markha (7-8 hrs)
From here walk on the right bank of Markha viewing its vegetation, after crossing which you pass a barren land too and reach Chaluk. Move a little along the left side of the bank, and finally climb towards the Markha village. At the end of the village, there camps are set near the river for an overnight stay.
Day 5 : Markha to Thachungtse (5-6 hrs)
Post breakfast, start trekking to reach Tchatchutse through Hankar village. Night halt in the tents.
Day 6 : Thachungtse to Nimaling (4-5 hrs)
After breakfast, you begin your trek journey to reach Nimaling (4900m). This place has a green pasture where during summers, you can spot thousands of sheep, goats and yaks grazing. Towards the south is Kang Yatse (Nimaling Peak) (6400m). Overnight stay in tents.
Day 7 : Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (6-7 hrs)
Start trekking towards Kongmaru La (5100 m), after breakfast. The top of the pass offers a view of the Ladakh ranges and villages to the north of Indus valley. Progress to Shang for an overnight in tents.
Day 8 : Shang Sumdo to Hemis to Leh (6 hrs)
Start walking downwards to visit the Hemis monastery, one of the oldest and the richest monasteries in Ladakh. Later drive to Leh, on the way visiting Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Stok Palace and museum.
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