"Leh (3505 m / pop: 28,000), the capital of Ladakh is a veritable kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. A quaint town nestling along the rugged slopes of the Ladakh range, it cradles a cultural legacy shaped at the crossroads of Asia on the Sub-continental Silk Route."
"Leh has many historic monuments, including the 17th century Leh Palace built by King Singe Namgyal on the hill overlooking the town. Higher up the hill called Namyal Tsemo, are the ruins of the earliest fort dating from 16th century."
"The Buddhist monasteries or Gompas constitute major cultural attractions of Ladakh. Out of the over dozen major monasteries situated on or near the Indus, the most famous from the heritage view point is that of Alchi, called Alchi Choskor on account of its ancient wall frescoes and other artistic elements dating from the 11th& 12th centuries, which pre-date the Tibetan style of paintings and art style seen in the other monasteries."
"Ladakh also boasts of high altitude lakes among which. Pangong Lake (a0 kms. from Leh) has the most dramatic setting. Located at an altitude of 14,500 ft / 4,267 M in, It is a long, narrow basin of inland water body, about 5-6 kms wide and about 140 kms long, one - third of which lies in India while the rest lies on the Tibet side of the border."
"Ladakh offers many options for adventure tourism amidst landscape of breathtaking natural beauty. These include jeep safaris, trekking & camping in the wilderness. The most popular activity, however, is rafting on the Indus & Zanskar Rivers which offers options for both amateurs and professionals."
"Kashmir is a destination of many hues and moods. Inspring and summer, the abundant orchards, rippling lakes and salubrious climate beckon all to experience the Valley's numerousdelights. Golfing in the picturesque courses, water-skiing in the lakes and angling for rainbow trout in the mountain streams-these are but some of the many pleasures you could indulge in on a Kashmir holiday."

MARKHA VALLEY CLASSIC TREK


Duration : 12 days (7 days of trekking)
Best Time : June to October
Highest Point : Kongmaru La (5135m)
Trek Highlight : Remote villages, people & culture, wildlife, mountain peaks & high passes.
Trek Category : Moderate

This has been a favorite trek mainly because of the great natural beauty and diversity of the landscape of the Markha Valley, whose scenic splendour is further enhanced by the snow-capped Kang-Yatse massif which dominates the area.. The trek passes through isolated mountain villages, shepherd camps and high passes. The trek takes off from the village of Chiling, across the Markha valley, crosses the Kongmarula and terminates a Martselang near the famous Hemis monastery. A major portion of this trek runs through the Hemis National Park.

Day-1 Arrival Leh (Alt: 11500 / 3505 M) - Acclimatization / Orientation.

Arrive Leh and transfer to the hotel. Take complete rest for acclimatization to the high altitude. In the late afternoon visit the city centre and take leisurely walk in the main market for general orientation. Overnight at Leh.

Day-2 In Leh: Visit Monasteries & Palaces / Leh Palace & Leh Markets:

After breakfast, proceed on sightseeing tour of Shey Palace, Thiksey M onastery & Stok Palaces Museum. Post lunch, visit Shanti Stupa & Leh Palace and then drop in the city centre to explore the markets. Overnight at Leh.

Day-3 Drive to Chiling (10,990ft / 3350 m):

After breakfast pack your trekking bags and drive out of Leh towards Chilling, en-route crossing the bridge on the Indus near Nimo to follow the winding road beneath steep cliffs up the Zanskar River towards. Leave the vehicles below Chiling and climb the narrow footpath into the village. Overnight in camp or Homestay at Chiling.

Day-4 Trek to Skiu. (10,794ft / 3, 290 m) 3-4 hrs:

Depending on the status of the road development, you may walk or drive further up the valley to a river crossing and then follow the dirt track which winds up the valley, climbing gradually to the small village of Kaya, ahead of which Skiu village comes into view. Overnight in camp or Homestay at Skiu.

Day-5 Trek To Markha (12,303ft / 3,750 m) 7-8 hrs:

Today's walk runs through the loveliest sections of the valley. The trail follows the river bed amidst luxuriant plantations to the pretty village of Markha. Camp near the village or check in a Homestay for overnight stay.

Day-6 Trek To Hangkar / Thachungtse (12,795ft / 3,900m) 7-8 hrs:

Leaving Markha, trek winds up the valley to the twin villages of Lower and Upper Hangkar which are the highest located in the Markha valley. You can enjoy great views across Upper Hangkar from the ridge towards Kang-Yatse. Walk past these villages to Thachungtse and set up camp for the night.

Day-7 Trek to Nimaling (15,574ft / 4,747m) 8 hours:

From Thachungtse the trail climbs steadily up the narrow valley to approach Nimaling, a broad undulating meadow, its slopes rising to the base of the snow-clad Kang Yatse peak (21,500ft / 6,553m.). Nimaling is the summer pastureland for thousands of cattle / sheep etc. from Markha and other surrounding villages. Camp overnight here.

Day-8 Cross Kangmaru La Pass (17,409ft / 5306m) & Trek to Sumdo (7-8 hrs):

From Markha the trail gradually leads up to the Kongmaru la (17,409ft/5,306m) which offers grand views of the mountain ranges all around. From here the trail descends steeply to the head of the Martselang valley past the sulphur springs of Chuskyurmo, and follows the Martselang stream to the village of Shang-Sumdo. Overnight in camp.

Day-9 Trek to Martselang (11,200ft / 3414m). Drive To Leh: 3-4 Hrs Trek:

Today's trek is easy descent along the left bank of the Martselang stream to Martselang village where transport will be waiting for the drive to Leh. Overnight at Leh.

Day-10 In Leh - Free for leisure:

Today is at leisure for rest and independent activities at Leh. Overnight at Leh.

Day-11 Depart Leh - Transfer to Airportext

In time transfer to the Leh airport to board the flight out of Leh.

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