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MARKHA VALLEY TREK




 
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MARKHA VALLEY TREK

The Markha Valley  is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m) as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses. This valley is well known for its ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries. The majestic looking Kang Yatze is the most prominent peak in the Markha Valley. On a clear day you see views as far Nun Kun & Zanskar ranges in the West & the K2, Broad Peak & Gasherbrum Massif in the far North. Kang Yatse II is often referred to as the protector of the region. Walk one of the most popular and stunning trails of this trans Himalayan state!

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  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out at anytime.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

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.

  • Excellent introduction to Himalayan trekking
  • Experience the culture and hospitality of Ladakh
  • Cross two high passes of Ganda La (4900m) and Kongmoru La(5200m)

  • Local guide and kitchen team
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees in the itinerary
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Oxygen tank
  • Private group toilet
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Personal camera equipment
  • Personal gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe along with eggs, paranthas,etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 8 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office
  • During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Leh and 5 nights camping.. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office
  • Day will start with a hot cup of tea served to you in the tent at around 6.30 am. At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way and by 8.30 we should be back on the trail to our next camp. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be transported safely to the next camp on mules. Please make sure you fill you water bottles for the trek ahead. After breakfast, you can pick your packed lunch prior to setting off. Usually, our route will involve a mix of walking through rugged terrain and scrambling over loose rocks. Be prepared for some uphill climbing every day. We will pick a beautiful spot with some shade or a meadow for Lunch. Usually we walk for around 5-6 hours every day. On arrival at camp, we can relax in our mess tent and take tea or coffee. Dinner is ready at around 7 p.m. in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socializing. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their sleeping bags
  • 9 Days, 3 nights hotel, 5 nights camping
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH (3500m). TRANSFERS FROM AIRPORT ARE PROVIDED.

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.



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Hotel
  Meals
Lunch & Dinner

EXPERIENCE LEH & SURROUNDING MONASTERIES

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. 



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
Breakfast & Dinner

DRIVE TO ZINGCHEN. TREK TO YURUTSE(4150m)

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.



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Camping
  Meals
B,L,D
  Time
1.5 hr drive; 3-4 hours walking (6-8 kms)

CROSS GANDA LA (4900m) to SKIU (3400m)

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.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
B,L,D
  Time
7-8 hrs walking(12-14 kms)

TREK FROM SKIU TO MARKHA (3800m)

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.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
B,L,D
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(10-12 kms)

TREK TO THACHUNGTSE (4100m) VIA HANKAR

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. 



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
B,L,D
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(8-10 kms)

THACHUNGTSE TO NIMALING (4720m)

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.



  Accommodation
Camping
  Meals
B,L,D
  Time
5-6 hrs walking(8-10 kms)

TREK TO CHUKDO (3400m) VIA KONGMARU LA (5260m). DRIVE TO LEH.

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.  



  Accommodation
Hotel
  Meals
B,L,D
  Time
8-9 hrs walking(12-14 kms); Drive : 1.5 hrs

TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR ONWARD JOURNEY

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.

 



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