The Classic Markha Valley Trek - 16 Nights / 17 Days
The classic Markha valley trek, the most popular in Ladakh, this trek traverses mountain passes to isolated villages and monastic settlements in the fantastically lit lunar landscape of the Markha Valley. The trail climbs past ancient monasteries to the pastel alpine meadows of Nimaling in the shadow of Kangyatze Peak. From here we ascend to the Kongmaru La (5,150 meters, the highest point on the trek) with its impressive views of the Karakorums and K2. The trail ends at Hemis where we spend the night and visit the monastery. We meet our vehicles in the morning for the ride back to Leh.
Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, flight to Leh.
Day 2: Tour of Leh city, including the seventeenth century Palace and Gompa.
Day 3: Tour of Spitok and Phyang gompas.
Day 4: Tour of Shey and Matho gompas and Stok palace, the home of Ladakhi royalty.
Day 5: Tour of Tikse and Hemis gompas, two the wealthiest and most influential institutions in Ladakh. Camp at Hemis.
Day 6: Trek from Hemis to the village of Chogdo.
Day 7: Trek to Kongmaru La base camp.
Day 8: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 9: Trek over Kongmaru La (5150 metres) to the plain of Nimaling, a vast high altitude pasture.
Day 10: Trek through the tiny settlements of Hankar and Umlung to the valley's largest village, Markha.
Day 11: Trek to the lovely oasis at Tunespa.
Day 12: Trek to the village of Skiu, with its medireview gompa.
Day 13: Trek to Zanskar River. Take the pulley bridge across before boarding the rafts on the Zanskar River. Ride the river to its confluence with the Indus at Nimu, then board jeeps for the trip to Alchi. Overnight at Alchi village.
Day 14: In Alchi, we tour the remarkably well preserved 11th -century gompa and the famed frescoes within. In the afternoon, we return by jeep to Leh.
Day 15: Rest day in Leh.
Day 16: Morning flight to Delhi. Check into hotel there. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 17: Transfer to Airport for flight to onwards journey.
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Note: At the end of this trip, you can extend your great holiday to Nepal for trekking to the World's highest peak Mt Everest (8848m) base camp, visit to Buddha's birth place-Lumbini, and sightseeing tour in holiest Pasupatinath temple including a lot of historical and world heritage sites. You can also combine a trip Tibet through Nepal.