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India Markha Valley Tour

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Markha Valley Tour in India traverses mountain passes to isolated villages and monastic settlements in the fantastically lit lunar landscape of the Markha Valley. The Markha Valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two Passes over 15,000 Ft. as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley. With its excellent trekking routes, colorful Buddhist religion and charming inhabitants, India's northern region of Ladakh makes for an exciting location for Markha valley tour. Markha has a remote feel that belies its proximity to the heart of Ladakh, ideal for Buddhist monks in search of seclusion.

Since 1974, when Ladakh first became accessible to foreign visitors, this high and arid region has captured the imagination of adventure travelers. Our journey starts out by way of the exciting flight to Delhi and next morning to Leh.  Start in the beautiful metalworking village of Chiling on the Zanskar River, one of many lovely orchard campsites. With time to explore the active monasteries on the way, reach at Skiu and Markha village. Along the way we pass prayer flags rippling silently in the fresh wind, and walk into small green valleys, greeted by cheery herders. We cross three passes including Kongmaru La (5150 Mts.). We descend the pass through a steep canyon with wonderful colored rock and then drive back to Leh.

Trekking along the Markha valley and River through "Little Tibet," one of the world's highest inhabited plateaus, we take in spectacular views of the Great Himalayan, Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. Markha valley tour will be an opportunity to visit the old monastery, famous for its paintings and to meet the peasants in the simplicity of their daily life. Considered as accessible to every person in good physical shape, the trekking in the Valley of Markha is very popular tour in India.

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi and transfer to hotel
On arrival in Delhi you will meet our representatives and transferred to your hotel for rest and refresh.

Day 02: Fly to Leh
After breakfast transfer to airport and fly Delhi to Leh (3500m). There is no doubt the spectacular early morning flight over the mountains.  Afternoon at leisure in Leh you can take a walk to the colorful bazaar.

Day 03: Drive to Lamayuru

Day 04: Trek to Pringhitila – Wanla, camping at night

Day 05: Trek to Hinju, camping at night

Day 06: Trek Kungski La - Sumndha Chemno, camping at night

Day 07: Trek to camp before the Dungdungchen La, camping at night

Day 08: Trek to Pass – Chilling, camping at night
It takes a few hours by jeep to Chilling (3,250 m/10,660 ft), up the Zanskar River from its dramatic confluence with the Indus, the meeting of two great rivers.

Day 09: Trek to Skiu, camping at night
The trail follows side ridge walk of the mountain then cross a small valley. Trek towards Skiu over Ganda-la (4930 Mts.). It is an ascending upto Ganda-la top and then a descending path upto Shingo.

Day 10: Trek to Markha, camping at night
After having breakfast at the camping site you will trek forward along the river Markha, which is a slow mountain river. Observe a beautiful oasis terraced green fields and small irrigation canals. An easy walk of about 15 kms will be covered in about 6 hrs. Markha is main village at the height of about 4500m. We carry on through the village fields, and into the trees that line the valley floor, to reach our campsite (3480 m/11,420 ft), a meadow.

Day 11: Trek to Hanker, camping at night
You will be trekking towards village Hankar, which is the highest human dwelling in Markha Valley. Steadily descend through meadows to Thachutse and cross the Nimaling river.

Day 12: Trek to Nimaling
You will ascend gradually towards vast Nimaling Plateau, presided by the magnificent Mt Kang Yatze snow mountain. The Nimaling plain is a broad undulating meadow, sloping upwards to the base of the ice-clad Kang Yatse, 21,500ft/6,553m. Dinner overnight in tents at Nimaling.

Day 13: Trek to Kongmaru La - Shang Sumdo, camping at night
This day you will be crossing the Markha valley and follow long climb along the mountain side towards Kongmaru La Pass. One feels fresh on reaching the top of Kongmor-la after viewing the beautiful range of Mountain peaks and forgets the tiredness of steep ascent.

Day 14: Trek to Hemis
Trek down to Hemis via Oza and Sumdo. A gradual walk of about 13 kms will be covered in about 6 hrs. Hemis Gompa is famous because the gigantic Tankha, one of the largest in the world, is displayed once in 12 years.

Day 15: Trek to Thiksey - Shey and drive to Leh, hotel

Day 16: Free day in Leh, hotel

Day 17: Fly to Delhi, afternoon leisure day, hotel

Day 18: Transfer to airport for final departure

What’s included in the Cost:

  • Airport Pick up and Drop
  • Tibet Travel Permit, entrance fees
  • Twin share accommodation in respective hotels
  • Tours and transfers with English speaking guide
  • All land transport in 4-Wheel Drive jeeps
  • Breakfast everyday.

Extra Cost to Consider

  • China Group Visa fees (US$ 58.00 per person)and For USA Nationality(US$142 per person)
  • Flight Ticket (Kathmandu-Lhasa/Lhasa-Kathmandu)
  • Departure Tax at Kathmandu airport (Rs. 1600)
  • lunches & dinners; refreshments, bottled/alcoholic drinks
  • any tips (hotels, restaurants, guide, driver, etc.)
  • photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites
  • Nepal re-entry Visa (multiple entry visas are available)
  • extras cost for up-grading rooms at hotels if/when applicable
  • Any cost arising from political disturbances, strikes, cancellation of flights, deviation in program, delays due to landslides/ road blockage or otherwise
  • Any services in Kathmandu/Nepal (hotels, transport, etc.).
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Trip Facts & Figures:

Duration: 16 Days

Grade: Moderate

Max. Altitude: 5150m

Best Travel Time: June to October is the best season.

Transportation:  Private Car/Van/ Plane


India Markha Valley Tour