LADAKH ZINCHEN HEMIS AND MARKHA VALLEY ADVENTURE TOUR
Duration: 18 Days / 17 Nights
DESTINATIONS: DELHI / LEH / SPITUK / ZINCHEN / YURUTSE / GANDA LA / SHINGO / SKIU / MARKHA / HANKAR / NIMALING / SUMDO / HEMIS / LEH / DELHI / AGRA / JAIPUR / DELHI
Best Season July till mid September
One of the popular treks in Ladakh over 2 passes, Ganda La (4970 m) and the Kongmaru La (5250 m). Following meandering Markha river system, basking on the high grassy plains of Nimaling with the majestic presence of Mt. Kang Yatze (6400 m) and passing through beautiful villages and old monasteries along the trail. Markha Valley trek gives you an exhilarating experience of Ladakh. Enroute one might find ibex, blue sheep, marmots, foxes and a rare possibility of finding snow leopard!
Note: This might not be for everyone, but for those of you who are seeking a new challenge in their hiking careers can join this Trekking and Hiking Tour.
Weather during Trekking
The weather during high altitude trekking can be extremely dangerous for a hiker. You should take care to track the weather before you hit the trail, and have a plan in case of inclement weather erupts when you are in the middle of your hike. The weather can change anytime and the team should be prepared for any kind of natural calamity.
About General Conditions
High Altitude Trekking is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature and enjoy the beautiful world around you but This may be the biggest danger on the trail especially high altitude trekking in the Himalayas. Many people underestimate the amount of water they need when engaged in a vigorous activity. At an altitude one looses more water than then at lower altitudes while breathing because of the dry air. Due to the lower temperatures people don’t feel like drinking water and end up being dehydrated.
Day 01 ARRIVAL DELHI
Arrival and transfer to hotel, after refreshment day at sightseeing. Overnight at Delhi Hotel.
Day 02 DEL/LEH (3500 m)
Morning after breakfast Fly to Leh. Afternoon only a small walk as pax are advised to rest on the first day at this altitude. Overnight at Leh Hotel.
Day 03 LEH SIGHTSEEING
Morning after breakfast Sightseeing of monasteries like Tikse, Shey, Spituk, Phyang and Stock Palace.
Day 04 LEH/SPITUK/ZINCHEN TREKKING TOUR (3600 m)
Morning after breakfast We drive 10 km to Spituk from where we start our trek. We cross Indus river and enter in the Valley of Zinchen river. Near the village in the Valley we will have our first camp after 5-6 hr walk. Overnight at Camps.
Day 05 ZINCHEN/YURUTSE TOUR (4200 m)
After about 3 hr walk we reach at Rumbak village, cross the small stream and later in the afternoon we arrive at Yurutse. Walk about 2 km ahead of the village and camp. Total 5-6 hr walk.
Day 06 YURUTSE/GANDA LA/SHINGO TOUR (4200 m)
The first Pass, Ganda La (4950 m), which we reach after 1 1/2 hrs. From here we have a view to the Zanskar range and the Valley. While descending we pass a small village nearby where we camp. 5-6 hr.
Day 07 SHINGO/SKIU TOUR (3400 m)
Today We descend through the beautiful gorge to Skiu village alongside Markha river. 6-7 hr. Overnight at Guest House or Family home stay.
Day 08 SKIU/MARKHA TOUR (3600 m)
Morning after breakfast Always along Markha river, which we have to cross some time. En route we see beautiful chortens. 6-7 hr. Overnight at Guest House or Family home stay.
Note: Markha valley trekking is also available on request.
Day 09 MARKHA/HANKAR TOUR (4200 m)
The village of Hankar is the highest village in Markha Valley and the last before Nimaling plateau. Mt Kang Yatze (6400 m) slowly rises in front of us as we continue walking to Hankar. 6-7 hr. Overnight at Tents.
Day 10 HANKAR/NIMALING TOUR (4750 m)
Beyond Hankar the trail leaves Markha river, ascending gradually to vast Nimaling Plateau, presided by the magnificent Mt Kang Yatze snow mountain. 4-5 hr. Overnight in Tents.
Day 11 NIMALING/SUMDO TREK (3660 m)
Today we reach the highest point on our trek, 5150 m (Kongmaru La) where we arrive in about 2-3 hrs from our camp. A steep descent follows after the Pass, later through the gorge, and the valley slowly opens us as we arrive in Zanskar Sumdo to camp. 7-8 hr. Overnight at Tents.
Day 12 SUMDO/HEMIS TREK TOUR(3550 m)/LEH
We reach Hemis Monastery where our trek ends, 3-4 hr. Hemis is the most important monastery of Ladakh, 360 years old. The gigantic Tankha, one of the largest in the world, is displayed once in 12 years. Last was in 1992. We visit the monastery and drive 40 km/ 1 hr to Leh to our hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 13 LEH/DELHI TOUR
Morning at leisure and later Fly back to Delhi around noon. Rest of the time free. Night stay in Delhi Hotel.
Day 14 DELHI/AGRA TOUR
Drive 210 km to Agra. En route visit Sikandara, the mausoleum of Akbar. Upon arrival proceed for sightseeing, visiting Itmad-ud-Daula’s Tomb and world famous Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jehan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaj Mahal. It took 22 years and 20,000 people to build the Taj Mahal.
Day 15 AGRA/JAIPUR TOUR
Drive 240 km to Jaipur. En route visit Fatehpur Sikri.
Day 16 JAIPUR SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Sightseeing of City Palace, Observatory, Wind Palace. Afternoon Amber Fort on Elephant back.
Day 17 JAIPUR/DELHI TOUR
Morning after breakfast drive back to Delhi 260 km. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 18 DELHI/DEPARTURE
Transfer to international airport.