After spending 2 days acclimatizing to the altitude in Ladakh (3500 meters), during which time we will explore Leh and visit the surrounding monasteries,, the time that we actually spend trekking will be 6 days.. You will be camping higher than 3500m on this trek, therefore it is important that you acclimatize well before the trek. You will also be crossing two high passes of Ganda La (4900m) and Kongmoru La (5200m) during the holiday. This trek is suitable for most hill walkers and generally involves trekking at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. It is a great introductory trek in the high Himalayas for anyone looking for the same. Our professional guides will guide you all the way and will provide you the information and tips you need for the trek. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this trek. A fair level of fitness will be required and help you enjoy the holiday more.
Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30 am from Leh Airport to the group hotel in Leh is
provided. The first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest and drink water as much as possible. A short walk around the city to Leh Palace can be organized.
We will make an early start after tea and breakfast for Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated with the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on top of the hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. We will then visit Stakna Monastery and then head for Shey Palace and surrounding areas. You will be given some time to yourself to explore on your own. Lunch can be had at small eateries near these monasteries as per the group's needs. We will then visit Shanti Stupa and head back to our hotel for dinner.
Post breakfast we will drive to Zingchen which will take about 1.5 hours from Leh. This being the first day of the trek we will only walk for about 3-4 hours. The trail to Rumbak village is moderate with several stream crossings. You have to walk slow but steady to acclimatize for the first day of the trek. We will be camping at Yurutse, famous for being a 'one house village' , where we will make camp for the night. Tip: Drink lots of water, rest well and eat well.
The first challenge of the trek is to cross Ganda La (4900m). After breakfast, we set out for the pass which has a long steep approach. You can expect strong winds and unpredictable weather at the top of the pass. From the pass, enjoy views of valleys on both side, Zanskar range and some distant summits of the Himalayan range. Commence descending to Shingo Village, after which, the trail makes its way into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu, where a confluence of the rivers come from Markha Valley and Shingo.
A very picturesque and pleasant hike up the Markha valley and well known for its trails crossing numerous streams. Though a pleasant walk, it is quite tiring as we will be walking for around 6 hours. We could be crossing a few rivers on horseback or on foot as there might be no bridges. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small monastery.
From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. We cross the stunning village of Hankar, after which we leave the Markha valley to enter the Nimaling valley. We might be able to spot some wildlife in this area and also the forts and monasteries perched cliff tops are quite a sight.
Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of Mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kang Yatse II peak.
After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek.. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, with its strange and other worldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskirmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). We walk for another hour to Chukdo village , where the car will be waiting for us to take us back to Leh.
Transfers to be provided after breakfast to the airport. If you want to extend your stay to travel to Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso and other places in Ladakh please contact UFO consultants.