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MARKHA VALLEY TREK [4970M] GANDALA PASS

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  • 11 Nights & 12 Days
  • Max People : 40
  • Wifi Available
  • Ladakh ,Markha Valley, Zingchen-Rumbak
  • Min Age : 12+
  • Pickup: Airport

Cross flowing rivers and wind through friendly towns as you travel through breathtaking scenery on the route to your destination in the Markha Valley Trek hike. The unique flora and fauna of the region, as well as the breathtaking views of the Zanskar and Karakoram mountains that you can get from Kongmarula, will keep you enthralled the whole way through. The Markha Valley trek in Ladakh is a popular choice among trekkers and hikers. 

Duration

11 Nights & 12 Days

Category

ADVANCED

Group Size

02 Pax (Min)

Peak Point

GANDALA PASS (4970M)

Best time to Plan:

June till end of September

Activity

Adventure

Places Details:

Ladakh ,Markha Valley, Zingchen-Rumbak

Cost Per Person (excludes airfare)

  • 2 Pax : Rs 54,500/- per person
  • 4 pax : Rs 49,700/- per person
  • 6 pax : Rs 44,960/- per person
  • 8 pax : Rs 36,550/- per person
  • 10 pax : Rs 32,890/- per person
  • 12 pax : Rs 26,750/- per person

What to Expect in MARKHA VALLEY TREK

With our Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh package, have some fun discovering the undiscovered grandeur of Hemis National Park. In this Markha Valley trek over Ganda La Pass & Kongmaru La Pass, you will explore two of the highest crossings in the Himalayas.

Trail through the most colourful mountains and spend some time taking in the sights of Leh so that you may get a better understanding of the Buddhist culture and traditions. This Markha Valley trek via Zingchen also takes you through the breathtaking scenery of Nimaling, which is dotted with ponds and streams that are sure to calm your spirit. When you reach an elevation of 16,830 feet, you will be able to look down across verdant landscapes, picturesque villages, and willow-lined streams.

As a reward for completing Markha, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking panorama of Kang Yatze Peak—a pain worth taking.

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Leh

On Arriaval, you will be received by our representative at the Leh Airport and transferred to the Hotel. You need to take complete rest for the first 24 hours to acclimatize to the high altitude. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2Leh (Acclimatisation/Local Sight-seeing)

After Breakfast you will visit some of the monasteries in the indus Valley along Indus river. Shey palace and Thiksay monastery are the two most popular monasteries of Ladakh. Leh palace and Shanti Stupa. You spend the evening exploring the leh market, as there are couple of good adventure shops as well. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3LEH – SPITUK TO ZINGCHEN (4-5 HOURS)

After an early start from Leh, we will travel by jeep to Spituk, where horses will be waiting to carry
our equipment. The trek will begin along an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region, so
water and sunscreen are absolutely vital! After plodding through the shattered land for 3-hours,
we will enter the lush Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus.
Further into the valley lies our campsite, in the two-house hamlet of Zingchen (meaning ‘big
field’). The rest of the day may be spent relaxing, or even taking a dip in the stream.

Day 4ZINGCHEN TO GANDA LA BASE (3-4 HOURS)

Today we will enter Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of
wild lives as diverse as the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), arghali (great
Tibetan sheep), blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare.
After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the
imposing Stok Range from time to time.

Before reaching Rumbak, we will stop at a teahouse run by women from the village. After a warm
cup of tea, we will continue through Rumbak, and pass by the house of Yurutse village, before
reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular
view of Stok Kangri and the whole of the Stok range.

Day 5GANDA LA BASE TO SKIU VIA GANDA LA 4900 M (6-7 HOURS)

After a light breakfast, we will begin our 2-hr ascend to Ganda La; views of the lofty Zanskar and
Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the
pass, where one may see blue sheep and marmots roaming the hills.

After a short rest, we will make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We
will finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3300m).
Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the
Royal family on their way to Srinagar).

Day 6SKIU TO MARKHA (7-8 HOURS)

Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail
crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos
(religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers).
During peak season, a number of tented teahouses will be open, providing hearty refreshment.
After cross the river for the last time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley,
consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.

Note: Water and sunscreen are essential, since the valley is quite exposed.

Day 7MARKHA TO THACHUNGTSE (5-6 HOURS)

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious
monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well
worth visiting if we have the energy! 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 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 in the valley), we will press onward to
the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp.

Day 8THACHUNGTSE TO NIMALING (4 HOURS)

Today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha
Valley brings their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest
camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range
and the Markha Valley below.

Day 9NIMALING TO SHANGSUMDO VIA KONGMARULA 5200 M (7 HOURS)

After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have
a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep,
but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly 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).

After a break, we will pass through a couple of villages before reaching Shang Sumdo, where we
will spend our last evening together enjoying the camaraderie and an excellent beer!

Day 10SHANGSUMDO TO LEH VIA MARTSELANG (2 HOURS TREK, 1 HOUR DRIVE)

Our spirits lifted by a successful trek, we will enjoy a pleasant 2-hr walk along a jeep road to
Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up for Leh. Upon arrival we check in at our pre arranged
hotel for overnight stay.

Day 11LEH

Excursion to Hemis, Stok Palace Museum.
Or
Excursion to Khardongla (World’s Highest Motorable road)
Today we proceed for monastery tour.
We start with a visit to Famous Hemis Gompa, This is the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa
Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Most of the other Drukpa monasteries are the branch
monasteries of Hemis. It was built during early 17th century with the blessing of Lama Stagtsang
Raspa (Shambunatha), by famous Namgyal dynasty king Singee Namgyal..
Later drive to Stok Palace Museum, a museum in the stok palace owned and managed by the
descendants of the royal family of Leh. The museum is beautifully located below Stok Kangri
glaciers overlooking the Indus valley. The museum is house to some of the oldest artefacts and
articles owned by the royal family. The museum gives a sense and peek into the life of bygone
era and the ancient Ladakhi lifestyle.
Or
Khardongla- The World’s highest motorable road (18850 feet)
After finishing the sightseeing tour we drive back to Leh and explore the Leh market for last
minute shopping.

Day 12DEPARTURE

Drop back to the Airport for your onward journey.

End of a memorable tour with India Private Tours

The above cost includes:

1. Arrival Assistance / Departure assitance
2. Tour Manager available on phone/whatsapp Services throughout the tour
3. Travel by comfortable A/C Car/Coach as per the tour itinerary
4. All sightseeing places to be visited from inside 
5. Accommodation in best hotels on Double/ twin sharing basis
6. Meals Breakfast
7. Driver expenses
8. All Applicable taxes

The above cost does not include:

1. Porterage, laundry, telephone charges, shopping, wines & alcoholic
beverages, items of personal nature and food or drink.
2. Any extra cost incurred on behalf of an individual due to illness, accident,
hospitalization, or any personal emergency
3. Anything specifically not mentioned in the itinerary.

Documents Required:

For foreigners
A Valid passport and VISA
For Indians
Address proof of any one documet Passport /Voter ID card/Driving License or
Aadhaar Card

 

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FAQ

What is the level of difficulty of the Markha Valley Trek?

The Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh is rated as a moderately difficult trek. The trek begins at an elevation of approximately 10,490 feet and ascends to a maximum elevation of 17,060 feet.

When is the best time to do the Markha Valley Trek?

We recommend that one must book our package for Markha Valley trekking during the months of June and September. The summer season in Ladakh lasts from May through August. It is neither too hot nor too cold during these months, and the landscape is relatively free of any hurdles. Additionally, both the Srinagar-Leh route and the Manali-Leh route are at their peaks during this season. Call us at +91-9810069104 to book and get the best itinerary for Markha Valley trekking map and complete guide. 

Is this hike physically demanding?

Markha Valley trekking is a high-altitude hike. This 11-night and 12-day Markha Valley trek over Ganda La Pass and Kongmaru La Pass, due to high climbs and challenging portions, requires athleticism, endurance, and stamina. Thus, we recommended that hikers workout for at least 1–2 weeks. No matter how experienced you are, you need to prepare for the hike and stay fit. Call us to reserve the best Markha Valley trekking.

What kind of weather might we expect during this Markha Valley trek?

Our Markha Valley Trek begins in Leh, where hikers will spend one day acclimating to the high altitude conditions before beginning the trek.In the summer, temperatures here range from 22 degrees Celsius to 30 degrees Celsius, while in the winter, they can drop as low as -5 degrees Celsius or lower. So plan your Markha Valley trek hike accordingly to make it much more enjoyable. We offer our Markha Valley trek in Ladakh from the middle of May all the way through September. The weather will be pleasant, with clear skies and calm evenings and days.

Is the Markha Valley trek in Ladakh beginner-friendly?

Any beginner with decent fitness can opt for Markha Valley trekking. Due to the high altitude, the walk is not quite tough, but lung difficulties may make it challenging at high altitude. We at India Private Tour offer the best services to make your Markha Valley Trek memorable, even for beginners.

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