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Markha Valley trek is moderate trek which starts from Spituk Bridge and involves trekking along Indus river and walking through desolate plane at the foot of the Stok Mountain. This trek offers an abundant treasure of natural beauty, mountains with different colours, shapes and size, pasture-lands, numerous small villages, monasteries along the trails.
Leh / Spituk / Zingchen / Yurutse / Nimaling / Hemis / Leh
Day 01: Leh – Spituk – Zingchen, 5 hours.
After the breakfast drive to Spituk Bridge behind the Spituk monastery, around 7 kms from Leh town. From Spituk bridge starts the trekking along Indus River walking through flat and desolate plane at the foot of the Stok Mountain. Gradually, you will leave the view of busy Leh-Srinagar highway and move towards wilderness of Himalaya. Soon you arrive at Zingchen through a gorge, which gives you a feeling of complete isolation. Accommodation: Camp at Zingchen.
Day 02: Zingchen – Yurutse, 4-5 hours.
Leave Zingchen for Rumbak through a straight forward road; leaving village, you enter Hemis national park for the preservation of Snow leopard, Baharal, marmot, wolf etc. Walk through a narrow trail and valley widens as you arrive Rumbak and camp at Yurutse below Gandala Pass. Accommodation: Camp.
Day 03: Yurutse - Skyu, 6-7 hours.
From Yurutse follow the path along the mountain side, then cross a small valley and follow zig zag steep path. There after cross Gandala pass (4380m). Then walk the long descent towards Shingo for 2 hrs that will lead to the valley of Markha and after few hundred meters you reach Skyu. Accommodation: Tents.
Day 04: Sku - Markha, 7-8 hours.
From Skyu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross the right bank of river then the barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter, walk along the left bank of river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Towards the end of the village there are good camp site near the river. Accommodation: Tents.
Day 05: Markha - Thachungtse, 5-6 hours.
Right after breakfast you start trekking in the morning to reach Thachungtse via Hankar village. Accommodation: Tents.
Day 06: Thachungtse - Nimaling, 4-5 hours.
After breakfast start trekking to reach Nimaling. Nimaling (4900m) has a sweeping pasture where thousands of sheep, goats and yaks graze during the summer months. Rising to the south is 6400m high Kang-Yatse (Nimaling Peak), a lovely mountain, but not an easy one to climb. Accommodation: Tents.
Day 07: Nimaling - Shang Sumdo, 6-7 hours.
After breakfast start trekking to reach Kongmaru La (5100 M). The trek to Kongmaru la passes through narrow gorges. From the top of the pass, you can have a view of Ladakh ranges and the sight of villages to the north of Indus valley is excellent. Cross the pass and proceed to Shang. Accommodation: Tents.
Day 08: Shang Sumdo - Hemis - Leh, 6 hours.
Walk along the stream down to Hemis monastery, which is one of the oldest and richest monasteries in Ladakh. Visit Hemis monastery and drive to Leh, enroute visit Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Stok Palace cum museum.
Duration 8 Days