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Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh


Flit off to the celestial like destination of Markha Valley, Ladakh with a trekking extravaganza. The 9 days of this moderate level activity is nothing short of awe-inspiring. With this, you get an opportunity to scale Gandala La that towers at 4800m and Kongmaru La that sits at 5150m. Other appeals include getting a whiff of the winsome Markha Village, a treasure in the chilly semi-arid Ladakh topography. You also get to cross many brooks along with rivers and make way amidst isolated gorges and endless grazing fields. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh

Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh
The adventure begins once you land here - Leh
Day 1 Arrive Leh Acclimatize
Take the morning flight for Leh. Check in to the
hotel and relax the whole day. This is necessary
for getting acclimatized. Overnight stay in the

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Day 2 Leh Shey Thikshey Leh Palace
On this day you will go on a sightseeing trip to
some of the ancient monasteries in this area.
Also enjoy a hike to Leh Palace.   Overnight stay
in the hotel
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Day 3 Leh Zingchen (drive) 4 hours Trek from
Zingchen to Yurutse (4150m)
After breakfast drive through Spikut Village to
reach Zingchen. This is where your hike begins.
Enjoy the trail through Rumbak Village to reach
Yurutse and come across several stream crossings.
Pass the village before setting up camp.
Overnight stay in tents
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Day 4 Yurutse - Ganda La (4800m) - Skiu (3400m)
(Trek 7/8hrs)
In the initial stretch of the trek, ascend to
Ganda La (4900 m). Expect a steep climb and
strong winds towards the latter half. 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. Overnight will be spent in tents.
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Day 5 Skiu 6/7 hours trek to Markha (3400m)
Start a long and moderate hike till the charming
Markha Village. Cross several streams along the
way. Reach the hamlet that is a trove in the
middle of this cold and arid desert. The place is
laced with green fields, willow trees and a
deserted palace.. Overnight Camp beside a
gurgling stream.
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Day 6 4/5 hrs Trek from Markha to Thochuntse
Today lap up fetching views all around and come
across many stream and river crossings. Make way
through settlements and grazing ground. Take in
the stunning view of Kangyatze Peak (6400m) when
walking towards Hankar. Overnight will be spent
in tents.
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Day 7 Thochuntse - Nimaling (4700 m) (Trek/ 4hrs)
Wallow in a short walk to arrive at the Nimalaing
campsite. The place is a beguiling one with wide
open valley with unbridled grazing grounds, and
the backdrop of Kangyatze Peak. Do note that
there is constant wind blowing in the area making
situation slightly uncomfortable. If you wish,
you can also avail of a side trip today towards
the base camp of Kangyatse. Overnight will be
spent in tents.
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Day 8 Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150m) - Sumdo
(3800m) Leh 3500m (Trek 7hrs) (Drive 2hrs)
Dig into an early breakfast and take on a steep
climb to reach the top of the highest pass on the
trail - Kongmaru La (5200m). Take in the great
sights of Nun Kun in the West and Saser Kangri to
the North. Cherish some moments here before
climbing down to Sukarmo, from where your trail
is a flat walk along the river till you come to
the road head at Sumdo. From here, hop on to a
vehicle to drive back to Leh. Overnight will be
spent at a hotel.
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Day 9 Departure from Leh
Your trip ends here as you go ahead with your
onward journey or stay back in Ladakh.
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