Trek Dates2nd July-9th July
11th July-18th July
Trek ItineraryDay 1
Arrive in Leh
Drive from Leh to Chilling (1.5 hours) and walk from Chilling to Skyu
village about 3 hours walk and night stay in Skyu village,a home-stay with local family.
Walk from Skyu to Markha village and home-stay overnight. En
route there is abundance of willow thickets and poplars where ancient
mani walls and chortens line the trail and barren cliffs rise high above
The trail continues through a series of willow and gorse thickets to a
bridge over the Markha River. Trekking along the Markha River we get
stunning views of the valley below. We will cross the river at and reach
Markha (3800m). Markha is the largest village in the valley, consisting of
around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.
Markha to Hankar or Thachungsay. The Markha valley trail continues
passing old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of
Techa, which is proudly perched upon a cliff that looms above Markha.
The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through
the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will
be afforded our first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will
stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the
village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), we will continue onward to
the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m), where we will camp
for the night.
Hankar to Nimaling. After breakfast we will follow a trail which
leads us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the
Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At
4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us
spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.
Nimaling to Chokdo village and home-stay at night.
Chokdo to Shang sumdo and drive to leh. We will cross
Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from there we
will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The
descent is quite steep, but will gradually level out as we enter Shang
Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. More river crossings bar our
way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in
traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors).
Depart to Leh
Depart from Leh
Trek FactsDuration 8 Days
Best Time: June to October
Highest Point: Kongmaru La (5135m)
Highlight: People, Village, Wildlife and High Passes.
This trek has been a favourite amongst trekkers, because of the beautiful valley of Markha, small villages, shepherd camps and passes. The trek begins from Spituk monastery or Chilling village passing through Gandala Pass, which takes you across Markha valley. At last it crosses Kongmaru Pass and finishes at the famous Hemis monastery.
Terms and Conditions (Please read the Terms and Conditions before registering for the trek)
The cost includes cost of transportation from Leh to Leh, Guide, 5 nights at
home-stays, including all meals.
Important Note: An Environmental Fee of Rs. 2200 per head from all foreign nationals and Rs. 2000 per head from all Indian nationals is to be given directly at Leh. This is not inclusive in the Trek Fee.
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