Markha Valley Trek with Homestays

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Overview

Short Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrival in Leh

DAY 2: Leh (Acclimatisation)

DAY 3: Leh - Spituk - Zingchen | Trek to Yurutse | 3 hours | 5 KMS | 13520 feet

DAY 4: Yuruste - Ganda La - Siku |8 hours | 25 KMS | 16076 feet

DAY 5: Skiu - Markha | 8 hours | 20 KMS | 12369 feet

DAY 6: Markha - Thachungtse | 6 hours | 13 KMS | 13165 feet

DAY 7: Thachungtse - Nimaling | 4 hours | 7 KMS | 15518 feet

DAY 8: Nimaling - Kongmaru La - Shang Sumdo - Leh | 7 hours trek | 16-18 KMS | 17060 feet

DAY 9: Departure

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrival in Leh

As you reach Leh, head towards your pre-arranged lodging and enjoy the overnight stay there. Encompassed by three parallel ranges of the Himalayas – Ladakh, Karakoram and Zanskar, Leh is precariously positioned at an altitude ranging from 7545 to 16404 feet. Located in Jammu and Kashmir, it is the second largest district in India after Kutch, Gujarat. Being a popular tourist destination, this place boasts several attractions, which include Nubra Valley, Shanti Stupa, Pangong Lake and Stok Monastery.

DAY 2: Leh (Acclimatisation)

Day two is for you to continue gathering energy for the ensuing Stok Kangri trek, and acclimatise to the cold weather, high altitude and diminishing oxygen levels. You can also utilise your free time to stroll through the town, and learn about its culture. You may see the raw beauty of the Ladakh plateau, shop at local markets or pay visits to numerous Buddhist stupas and monasteries nearby. In the evening, return to your lodging for another overnight stay in the town.

DAY 3: Leh - Spituk - Zingchen | Trek to Yurutse | 3 hours | 5 KMS | 13520 feet

Freshen up in the morning and pack your bags for commencing Markha Valley trekking. The trek will begin with a drive to the village of Spituk, which is a long stretch of barren desert. From here, you have to hike at a short and moderate gradient to reach Zingchen. Amid rocky and sandy mountainous terrains, Zingchen is a beautiful, green valley, and it is here where the Rumbak River mixes with the Indus River.  After witnessing the contrasted regions of Spituk and Zingchen, start trekking to Yurutse .On your way to Yurutse, you will see beautiful barley fieldsand. Stay there overnight.

DAY 4: Yuruste - Ganda La - Siku |8 hours | 25 KMS | 16076 feet

On this day, get ready for continuing your onward journey on Markha Valley trek. Explore the beauty of Hemis National Park today, where you can see rare species of wildlife like snow leopard, Ladakhi urial (a type of goat), blue sheep, argali (a Tibetan sheep) and red fox. Continue walking till you reach the base of Ganda La After ascending for about 2 hours, you will reach to the top of Ganda La (16076 feet), which is usually marked by prayer flags. After a breathless ascent, take a short break, and then continue your Markha Valley trekking tour. A gradual descent to Shingo followed by a short walk through a gorge will take you to Skiu. After the sightseeing tour of Skiu, get back to your lodging and stay overnight.

DAY 5: Skiu - Markha | 8 hours | 20 KMS | 12369 feet

Today, you have to follow an easy path along the banks of the Markha River, which is on the route of Markha Valley trekking. On your way to the Markha village, visit the religious shrines at Lhatos and stone inscriptions at Mani Walls. After crossing this beautiful river, you will arrive in the village of Markha. With around 20 houses, a fort and monastery, it is the largest village of the valley. As the sun is about to set, proceed towards your lodging and stay overnight over there.

DAY 6: Markha - Thachungtse | 6 hours | 13 KMS | 13165 feet

Past old stone-mills, a fort and monastery, the Markha Valley trek intersects the river several times before passing through the last villages of this valley. After crossing Umlung, Kang Yatse and Hangskar (the last hamlet in the valley), you will finally reach Thachungtse. On your arrival in Thachungtse, head towards your lodging and rest overnight.

DAY 7: Thachungtse - Nimaling | 4 hours | 7 KMS | 15518 feet

Get ready in the morning for your journey to the wonderful plateau of Nimaling, which is the easiest route during Markha Valley trekking. A gradual ascent through the lush green meadows will take you to Nimaling. As you reach there, proceed towards your lodging and stay overnight.

DAY 8: Nimaling - Kongmaru La - Shang Sumdo - Leh | 7 hours trek | 16-18 KMS | 17060 feet

On this last day of your Markha Valley trekking tour, you will be crossing the highest pass along the entire trek. Initially, the descent is a bit steep but will be levelled out as you reach the Shang gorge. From here, an easy walk of a few hours will take you to Shang Sumdo, where you have to board the vehicle for your return journey to Leh.

DAY 9:Departure

Today, depart for your onwards journey.

Inclusions:

1. Guest house stay in Leh , homestay during trek days

2. All meals during trek days (veg meals )

3. Experienced Mountain Guide.

4. Homestays/guest house stays on triple/quad sharing basis

5. Transportation from leh to road head and return.

​6. First Aid medical Kit and oxygen cylinder.

7. All Permits

Exclusions:

1. Any expenses of personal nature like phone call etc

2. Any air/train to reach Delhi and return from Delhi

3. Medical/travel Insurance

4. Meals in Leh Hotel

5. Mules for carrying personal bags .

6. Government Service Tax at 5%

7. Airport transfers in Leh

Activities Options

19,500 per person

Activity Policy detail

How to Book :

Join Now Our participation process is very simple. You may book online to reserve your seat or call us at 8010 22 44 22 between 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM on any working day. Alternatively, you may email us at info@internationalyouthclub.org for booking and assistance.

You may Book Offline through NEFT or Direct Transfer by making the payment in below bank account: 

Bank Name: YES Bank 

Account Name: International Youth Club 

Account Number: 006188700000308 

IFSC Code: YESB0000061 

Branch: Saket, New Delhi 

You need to email NEFT/Transfer/Proof of deposit details at info@internationalyouthclub.org along with Expedition Name, Date of Reporting, Participant’s- Name, Mobile, Email, DOB, City and Gender in order to send you the confirmation within 48 working hours from our side. 

 

Cancellation Policy detail

1. We would love to host you, but in case you are unable to travel as planned and need to cancel your booking, do not worry. Our simple cancellation process makes sure you receive a quick confirmation and fast refunds.

2. Cancellation made before 30 Days – 70% Refund

3. Cancellation made within 30 to 15 Days – 50% Refund

4. Cancellation made after within 15 Days – No Refund

5. Rescheduling dates within the same trek – 20% of trek charges subject to availability

6. The applicable refund amount will be credited to you within 30 days after trek completion date