Markha Trek

12 NIGHTS – 13 DAYS

DELHI – LEH – LIKIR – ALCHI – LAMAYURU – NUBRA VALLEY – TSOMORIRI LAKE

One of the most popular and fascinating trekking trails in Ladakh is the Markha valley trek. It is one of the most diverse treks in barren landscape of Western Himalyas in Ladakh. You will get breath-taking views of Karakoram peak, Stok Kangri peak, Kang Yatse and Nun Kun. You pass through Ladakhi villages, Buddhist monasteries, fluttering Tibetan prayer flags. Himalayan National Park gives you an opportunity to explore rare wild life at such a high altitude. You might also get a chance to meet the nomadic families as they herd their yaks.

1

Day:

Delhi

Arrive at Delhi. Welcome at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Delhi is the capital city of Republic of India and is located in the heart of the country. It is one of the oldest inhabited places and finds its name in the great Indian epics. The city has served as the capital city to many ruling dynasties of India. The city shows a perfect amalgamation of past and present. Contemporary Delhi is symbolized as chaotic embroidery of primitive establishments, Mughal tombs, dusty bazaars, and colonial architecture.
In the afternoon we start the tour of Old Delhi. First we will visit Red Fort.
The impressive sandstone structure, Red Fort, was the seat of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan till two centuries. This iconic symbol of India is used as a stage by the Prime Minister of India to address the public and hoist the National flag on Independence Day.
Enjoy rickshaw ride through intricate alleys of bustling Chandni Chowk Bazaar with a stop at Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is one of the largest Mosques in Asia, built by the fifth Mughal king, Shah Jahan in 1656. Towering over the Old Delhi, the monument is constructed in red sandstone and white marble. It is covered with intricate carvings and has verses inscribed from the holy Quran.
Return to hotel for overnight stay
2

Day:

Delhi – Leh

( By Flight – 1 ½ hours )

Early morning transfer to airport to board a flight to Leh. Flights to Leh operate only in morning hours due to unpredictable weather. The flight into Leh, the capital of Ladakh, is an unforgettable experience – over the dramatic expanse of the Himalayas. Flying over snow-clad ranges of pristine Himalayan peaks is a never-to-be-forgotten travel experience. Arrive at Leh airport which is 13th highest airport in the world and upon arrival transfer to Hotel.
Leh is a picturesque little town, cocooned amid the hills and is drowned in calmness. Beautiful monasteries and historical monuments attract numerous tourists around the world. The rugged terrain with snow clad mountains in the clear blue sky is the perfect holiday destination.
Day is free to relax in the hotel for acclimatization because of high altitude.
In the evening short walk around the Leh Bazaar.
Overnight stay at hotel.

3

Day:

Leh

( Monastery Tour )

Full day tour of Likir and Alchi monasteries.
Likir Monastery belongs to Gelugpa sect or Yellow Hat sect. The monastery was founded in the year 1065 by Lama Duwang Chosje under the reign of the fifth king of Ladakh. The monastery houses a 25 ft high gold covered Buddha statue. It is a repository of old manuscripts, magnetizing array of Thangkas, and ancient costumes. It has very colorful buildings and offers breathtaking views over the mountains.

Alchi village is ancient site which is known for its Alchi monastery. It is known more as a complex of temples. The monastery is situated on the banks of River Indus and is the only monastery situated in the plains. The place houses a spot where Lama’s walking stick was planted and has now grown into a tree.
Return to hotel for overnight stay.
4

Day:

Leh – Spituk – Zinchen

(3200 m) 4 Hours Trek

Morning drive to Spituk Gompa which was built 500 years ago.
Spituk Monastery is perched over a hill overlooking the Indus River. The monastery houses a huge collection of Buddhist artifacts. Spituk is also world renowned for its Spituk festival.
The trek begins from Spituk by crossing the bridge and walking west of the River Indus.
We follow the trail of 3 hours until River Indus enters a narrow Gorge at its confluence with the Zinchen. From here, it is a gradual ascent through the Zinchen Valley, before we reach the small village of Zinchen.
Zinchen is a beautiful village situated on the foothills of Stok La range and the village serves as the Gateway to Hemis National Park
Overnight in tents
5

Day:

Zinchen – Yurutse

( 4150 m) 6 HOURS TREK

The trail from Zinchen ascends gradually all the way along the Rumbak Nala until you reach Rumbak, the largest village in the Zingchen Valley.
You then follow a trail passing cultivated fields and scattered houses until you reach the village of Yurutse. Yurutse has a dripping, filtered spring water and enjoys a seamlessly picture perfect view of Stok Kangri.
Overnight in tents.
6

Day:

Yurutse – Gandala – Skiu

( 3018 m ) 8 HOURS TREK

A gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets you to the Ganda La.

From the pass you are treated to fine views of snowcapped mountains merging into the distant ranges of the Karakoram. The trail descends steadily to Shingo, the head of the Skiu Valley and continues down into Skiu village.

You enter the village confronted by towering rock faces.
Overnight in tents.
7

Day:

Skiu – Markha

( 3793 m ) 6 HOURS TREK

The trail to Markha is not too strenuous. Markha is a significant village, complete with a fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. En-route you will pass through several monasteries perched high on the hillsides and the path is dotted with Chortens and prayer walls.
You will reach camp site beyond the village and near river.
Overnight in tents.
8

Day:

Markha – Tchatchutse

( 3900 m ) 7 HOURS TREK

Start trekking in the morning to reach Tchatchutse via Hankar village. Tchatchutse is a popular place to spot herds of blue sheep walking up and down the steep cliffs with incredible swiftness.
Overnight in tents.
9

Day:

Tchatchutse – Nimaling

(4700 m ) 3 HOURS TREK

You pass several mani walls and will come across a small lake. Here, you can get the amazing views of KangYatze’s massiveness being reflected in the still waters of the lake. A gradual descent leads to Nimaling, which is a flat- bottomed valley. Nimaling has a sweeping pasture where thousands of sheep, goats and yaks graze during the summer months and has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come to graze their livestock on the summer pastures.

Overnight in tents.
10

Day:

Nimaling – Knogmarula

(5150 m ) – SHANG (8 HOURS TREK)

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.
Overnight in tents.
11

Day:

Shang – Hemis

(4 HOURS TREK) DRIVE TO LEH

Today, trek starts from the riverbed, 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, en-route visit Thiksey Monastery.

Hemis monastery is the oldest and the most important monastery in the Ladakh region. The walls of the monastery are adorned with paintings of Shakyamuni or the Historical Buddha. The Tshogs-Khang houses a huge gilded image of the Sakyamuni Buddha with blue hair. The monastery is also famous worldwide for its Hemis festival.

Also visit Thiksey monastery, perched on a hill high above the Indus, has the largest contingent of monks in Ladakh. It is the most beautiful monastery in Ladakh region. The monastery houses high Buddhist statue, the largest statue in Ladakh region. It is also houses repository of numerous Buddhist volumes.
Then drive to Leh.
Overnight stay at hotel.
12

Day:

Leh – Delhi

( By Flight – 1 ½ hours )

Morning transfer to airport to board a flight to Delhi
Arrive at Delhi airport and transfer to hotel
Then a tour of New Delhi, drive past through India Gate, parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan.
India Gate is a red sandstone Arch that is also known as All India War Memorial. The memorial was constructed to honor all those soldiers who died during the First World War. In the middle of The Arch is the Black marble podium with a flame that burns throughout the day and night.
The parliament building is a circular colonnade building housing offices of various ministries and a well-stocked library. This imperial style architectural monument comprises of open air verandah and 144 columns. It is indeed a sight to watch.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residential estate of President of India. This splendid monument cannot be equated to any other monument in terms of its size, enormity and grandeur.
Then will visit Humayun’s Tomb. It was the first garden tomb of the Indian subcontinent. The tomb of Humayun was built by his widow, Biga Begum (Hajji Begum) in 1569-70, 14 years after his death, at the cost of 1.5 million rupees. It has inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.
Qutub Minar is the 2nd tallest Minar in India. This UNSECO World Heritage site is made up of red sandstone and marble, constructed by Qutub Ud Din Aibak. At the foot of the tower lies the first mosque of India, Quwwat-UL-Islam Mosque.
Overnight stay at hotel.
13

Day:

Departure

Transfer to airport to catch flight for onward destination.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is this a group tour?

No, this is a private travel exclusively for you, your friends and family who may accompany you on the tour.

Is this trip possible for single traveler?

Yes, it is possible. But, the cost may be high in case of a single traveler. You may send us information in the form and we shall send you our best offer depending on number of persons in your group or for a single person.

May I choose dates according to my choice?

Yes, since this is a private tour, you may decide the dates as per your choice. Only in case of certain tours, we have to check if there are any operational difficulties for organizing a tour of your choice. Certain tours are not possible for particular period which we shall let you know. Besides, the cost may vary depending on seasonality.

Could you provide us international flights to India?

It is better if you could buy international tickets directly through your local agent or on internet. Although we can provide you international flight tickets, but you may a get a better deal locally.

Is visa service included in your cost?

No, you have to obtain visa on your own. The visa regulations will depend on your nationality. You may contact us for further details.

Is it possible to make extension or modify tours?

Yes, it is very much possible. You can extend your stay on arrival or departure or at any other place. You may also modify the tour. You may let us know your interest and we can send you modified tour itinerary with cost.

What’s included in the cost?

Our cost normally includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, private air-conditioned car with driver which includes fuel, parking and all taxes, entrance fee to monuments, train tickets if any, guided city tours in English or in other foreign languages, viz French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian or other foreign languages subject to availability which we can notify at the time of reservation request. Our cost also includes some other services viz Elephant ride at Amer fort in Jaipur, camel safari in Jaisalmer and boat tour in Varanasi. We shall send you all details at the time of sending you quotation.
We may also include other services viz lunches, dinners or other services if you wish. We may also exclude guide service and entrance fee to monuments if you so wish.

Are domestic flights and trains are included in our cost ?

Train tickets are included in our cost. But, we give supplement cost for domestic flight tickets as these days, there are dynamic fares and these are not fixed. We send you indicative fare at the time of sending you quotation which is subject to change until issue of tickets with advance purchase for which we need payment from you to issue flight tickets. You may also purchase domestic flight tickets directly on your own if you prefer.

What kind of hotel accommodation is provided ?

We provide minimum standard (3 star or similar), superior (4 star or similar), deluxe (5 star or similar) hotels and the cost will depend depending on category of hotels. We can send you quotation for the category that you are interested in. We usually provide heritage or palace hotels which fit in your category of hotels. We may also mix the hotel category if you prefer and can also provide you rates based on hotels of your liking in all places if you like.

When do I have to pay?

We usually request 25% advance upon confirmation of our services unless otherwise informed at the time of sending you quotation. We shall send you all payment terms at the time of sending you our offer.

I am interested. What is next step?

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