PASTURES & PASSES OF MARKHA VALLEY

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PASTURES & PASSES OF MARKHA VALLEY

TREKKING
12 Nights / 13 Days
includes:
  • transports
  • sight seeing
  • food
  • hotels

LEH, NORTHERN INDIA. It is one of the most frequented and popular trek in Ladakh passing over 3 high passes and many villages. The trek offers most enchanting view of Ladakh Himalayas. High altitude pastures of Nimaling in the fore ground of Mt. Kang Yatse is campers delight. Activities: A moderately strenuous and exiting trek for adventurous soul which offers everything in a single trek which any trekker would like to experience. On a clear day , one can see Nanga Parvat from Ganda La (4900 mt).

DAY 1: ARRIVE - DELHI

Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. You will be received at the airport in a traditional manner with garlands and proceed to your hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 2: DELHI - LEH

Morning after an early breakfast transfer to domestic airport to board one of the most spectacular Trans- Himalayan flight to Leh. Welcome on arrival at Leh airport (3500 mt) and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for high altitude acclimatization. In the afternoon proceed to visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace. later drop at the main Bazaar and walk down to the hotel.

DAY 3: LEH

Morning after breakfast, we will take you to sightseeing of Hemis,Shey & Thiksey Monastery. HEMIS (45 KMS. SOUTH OF LEH) This monastery is also known as Changchub Samling is 45km from Leh and is one of the richest, largest and most important monastery in Ladakh and has the patronage of the royal family. It was built in 1630 and belongs to the Drukpa Order. The famous Hemis festival is held annually in the month of June in honour of the renowned Indian sage Guru Padma Sambhava's birth and a 12 meter long thanka (the largest in the world) with his painting is displayed every 12 years. The monastery houses well-preserved frescoes with Kashmiri influence, including the famous "Wheel of Life", a three storey statue of Padmasambhava, silver chortens studded with precious and semi precious stones, an impressive library of Tibetan style books, large number of thankas and various images of Buddha. The view from the top of the monastery is truly a breathtaking. SHEY (15 KMS SOUTH OF LEH) On the East bank of the Indus river lies the beautiful Shey Monastery. Up to the 16th century it was the royal palace. There is a 17.5 m high blue haired Maitreya Buddha of copper, brass gilded and studded with precious gemstones. Return to your hotel by the later part of the afternoon. Evening Morning after breakfast, we will take you to sightseeing of Hemis,Shey & Thiksey Monastery. HEMIS (45 KMS. SOUTH OF LEH) This monastery is also known as Changchub Samling is 45km from Leh and is one of the richest, largest and most important monastery in Ladakh and has the patronage of the royal family. It was built in 1630 and belongs to the Drukpa Order. The famous Hemis festival is held annually in the month of June in honour of the renowned Indian sage Guru Padma Sambhava's birth and a 12 meter long thanka (the largest in the world) with his painting is displayed every 12 years. The monastery houses well-preserved frescoes with Kashmiri influence, including the famous "Wheel of Life", a three storey statue of Padmasambhava, silver chortens studded with precious and semi precious stones, an impressive library of Tibetan style books, large number of thankas and various images of Buddha. The view from the top of the monastery is truly a breathtaking. SHEY (15 KMS SOUTH OF LEH) On the East bank of the Indus river lies the beautiful Shey Monastery. Up to the 16th century it was the royal palace. There is a 17.5 m high blue haired Maitreya Buddha of copper, brass gilded and studded with precious gemstones. Return to your hotel by the later part of the afternoon. Evening.

DAY 4: LEH - ZIGCHEN - RUMBAK

Morning after breakfast drive to Zigchen.From here start first day trek trek to Rumbak. Arrival of Chortens announces the village in vicinity. Rumbak is a small shepherd village with few houses. Overnight Camp at Rumbak village at the altitude of 3800 mt.

DAY 5: RUMBAK - YURUTSE

Morning after breakfast start trek to reach Yurutsu. Crossing to the right bank our trail climbs up the valley of a subsidiary stream to the tiny settlement of Yurutse. Camp is set a little beyond at the foot of the Ganda La pass.. Overnight camp.

DAY 6: YURUTSE - GANDALA-SKIU

Today is a long day & after early breakfast start trek towards Skiu over Gand La (4930 m). Cross the village, and follow the trail in the north direction valley being separated by the purple band or rock. Observe the contrast in the physical features to the Leh town and surroundings. Move in the south-west direction and by the time ascend to Gandala Pass must have almost gained the height by approx. 900 mtrs Descend down hill inside the Shingri Nallah. Arrive Skiu village (3380 mt).The tiny Skiu village entrance is dominate by the towering rock faces. Arrive and set the camp at Skiu for overnight stay.

DAY 7: SKUI- MARKHA

Today we trek to Markha via Hermoger & Sase. An easy walk will be covered in about 6 hr. Markha (4500 m) is the main village at the height of about 4500 m. Arrive and set the camp at Markha for overnight stay.

DAY 8: MARKHA - TAHUNGTSE

The trail continues eastwards climbing steadily up the valley through the picturesque village of Markha and its interesting monastery, which is well worth visiting. Coming in from the south is the trail from Rubering La, one of the routes to Zanskar. From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded section of the lower Markha is left behind. The trail continues past the twin villages of Lower and Upper Hankar. Between the two villages is a ruined fort, the walls of which climb sharply up a crag to an eerie lookout tower - worth visiting for those with an exceptionally good head for heights. We leave the Markha Valley and climb through a canyon to our alpine meadow camp at Tahungtse. Overnight Camp.

DAY 9: TAHUNGTSE-NIYMALING

From Tahungtse the trail climbs steadily through alpine meadows towards the broad, undulating Nimaling plains at the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatze peak, which dominates the area. Nimaling with tiny ponds and rivulets flowing all over its meadows provides pasturage in the summer for an astonishing number of animals - yaks, dzos, sheep, goats, horses – not only from the Markha but also from villages all around. Set the camp on arrival for overnight stay.

DAY 10: NIYMALING-KONGMORLA-CHUGDO

oday we start our steep ascent of 4 to 5 km to Kongmor La (5200 m). On reaching the top one forgets the tiredness of the steep climb after viewing the beautiful range of Mountain peaks & feels refreshed. From the Pass we descend all the way to Chugdo (4050 mt). Overnight Camp at Chugdo.

DAY 11: CHUGDO-MARTSELANG-LEH

Today make an easy descent along the Martselang to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at Martselang village. Board the awaiting jeeps. Visit Hemis monastery and after that drive to Leh via Shey and Thiksey monastery. Overnight in a hotel Upon arrival at Hemis drive down to reach Leh. Arrive Leh and check it to the hotel for overnight stay.

DAY 12: MANKARMO - STOK - LEH

Trek to Stok, Visit Stok Palace and museum and drive to Leh.

DAY 13: LEH-DELHI-ONWARD DESTINATION

Morning after breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi. Arrive Delhi and further transfer to international airport to board flight for onward destination.

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