Markha Trek via Chilling

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The Markha valley is located south of Leh, between the ladakh and Zanskar mountain ranges. Markha is a beautiful valley consists of quaint villages and is worth visiting. Unfortunately it is only accessible on foot, so unless you are willing to trek you won?t be able to visit Markha valley. The Markha valley trek is one of the most popular and the most scenic trek route. There are high passes and pastures, ruined forts and important gompas in the valley, as well as astonishing views of snow-cap


  • Day 1 Delhi-Leh arrival

    Arrive at Leh kushok bakula rinpoche airport, where you will be received by our service executive and he will transfer you to pre booked hotel at Leh. Full day rest for proper acclimatization. Overnight stay at Leh.

  • Day 2 Leh Local Monastery tour- Shey, Thiksey and Hemis.

    Today after breakfast you will visit various famous monasteries of Leh . You will visit Shey, Thik and Hemis Monastery. Shey Palace is 16 kms from Leh. It used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. There are lots of Stupas built around the palace. Shey palace was built by Deldan Namgyal in the beginning of 17Th century AD. Thiksey Monastery close to Shey is about 3 kms. Thiksey monastery also known as the Mini-Lhasa is the biggest Monastery under Gyelukpa Sect. Hemis, about 45 kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa Sect and was founded in the early 17Th century. Overnight stay at the guest house.

  • Day 3 Drive Leh-Chilling and trek to Sku.

    Walking time: drive-2 hours/ trek -4-5 hours. Easy trek: plain easy walk altitude Chilling 3158m Skyu 3312m Morning after breakfast you will drive Leh to Chilling with the drive of 2 hours. At the starting you will find a interesting and adventures to crossing Tully. Here you need to cross Zangskar River with a cable car of Tully. And we have to change the horses too. Because the horses cannot cross the other side of River. The staffs will transfer all the luggage by tully. And the trek starts with some up and downs. You will enjoy the landscape and scenery. After noon you will Reach Sku via Kaya Overnight in Camp .

  • Day 4 Skiu to Markha

    Walking time: 6-7 hours Moderately Hard day: Very gentle ascent. Altitude: Markha: 3815m Another long day of trekking. The trail is well laid out along the Markha River. In some places you find the direction marked by Bharal Horns. Keep going as you cross the settlements of Narding, Zara and Chalak each having parachute tents. Beyond Chalak, you see green barley fields, colorful birds and huge mounds of baral horns. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach Chalak from Skiu. From Chalak the trail ascends gradually as you pass by a trail marked with Bharal horn for directions. Observe chortens and mani walls set high above the river throughout the way. After 2 to 3 km the valley opens up and a river crossing takes you to Markha Village. Let the guide decide the best spot for the river crossing. You may find the level of water to be thigh high. The water is icy cold so better to take off your shoes and socks and pull up your pants. Once you cross over, trek for a couple of kilometres till you see a final bridge crossing. As you cross over the bridge you approach Markha -the biggest village of the area. This village has 25 houses. An old fort dated back to 1830?s can be seen here. Towards your north, look for a renovated Gompa. Look for a camping spot at a higher spot above the village. Overnight stay at Marka.

  • Day 5 Markha to Thachungtse

    Walking time: 5 hours Easy Day: Very gentle ascent Altitudes: Hankar-3897m Thachungtse: 4730m Moderate day for trekking. From the Markha village take the trail that climbs immediately to take you to upper Markha valley. The monastery and settlement on top is a nice spot to capture good photographs. From there, it?s a gradual climb along the side of the Markhariver. 2 hours of climbing brings you to Umlung. The trail goes on a ledge over the bank of the river. In two hours, spot the summit of Kang Yissay on your right. The next two dwellings enroute are Tacha and Hankar. A couple of stream crossings bring you to Tacha monastery. There is a tea shop where you may stop by and take a break. Its takes about 2 hrs from tea shop to Hankar. After Hankar a rocky and steep ascent brings you to Thochuntse camp site. Enroute you pass through green wheat fields and finally cross a stream. Overnight at Thachungtse.

  • Day 6 Thachungtse to Nimaling

    Walking time: 6 to 7 hour Moderate day: Steep ascent Altitudes: Nimaling-4730m Easy trek today. It?s a shorter 6 kms trek to Nimaling.15 minutes from the Thotchuntse campsite, the trail forks. Take the trail to the left. After an hour?s climb, the terrain is smoother, curvier. The climb becomes gradual. One and a half hours into the climb, brings you to a pond where you can fill water. A long walk on a grassy meadow brings you to Nimaling. You see gushing streams on your left with a glacier behind the Kang Yatse and to the right is the Kang Yatse peak. The campsite of Nimaling is in a broad valley and is completely exposed to strong winds. When it snows, the green of the valley turns to a complete white carpet. Yak herders from Hankar Village have temporary stone settlements here in the summer months. Overnight at Nimaling.

  • Day 7 Nimaling to Shang sumdo ?and Drive back to Leh

    Walking time: 6-7 hours/Taxi ride to leh 1-2 hours. Hard Day: Moderate ascent and Steep descent Altitudes: Kongmaru la- 5130m Chogdo-3980m Shang sumdo-3680m Today is a difficult day due to the highest altitude pass crossing of the trek. From Nimaling look ahead towards Kongmaru la Pass. Cross a stream section and proceed towards the north climbing a long face of a ridge leading to Kongmaru la Pass. The hike from Nimaling to Kongmaru la pass takes around 2 hours and is a steep incline hike. At the top of the pass you will get a great view of Indus valley and Ladakh ranges. The downhill descent from the pass to Sumdo is brutal. The terrain is rocky and drops down steeply as you enter into a narrow canyon after trekking down 2 to 3 km. The hike from Sukarmo to Shang Sumdo is a long one with a major part on a dry river bed. At Shangsumdo Taxi will be waiting for us to transport us to leh hotel.



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