LTT brings you one of the most popular treks in the Ladakh region , the Markha Valley Trek that allures adventurists across the world. It is a trek that passes through places with different landscapes. The Markha to Kharnak Nomad Trek is a wonderful, high altitude trek that crosses a few of the mountain passes offering spectacular views of the Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges. It begins from Chilling and proceeds up the Markha Valley just past Hankar, where the trail turns south towards the Zalung Karpo La and the Kharnak Valley. After crossing the Yar La, we enter the “Changtang” plateau where nomads move from place to place with their yaks and sheep in search of pasture. The trek ends at the beautiful salt Lake of TsoKar where we might be able to view bar-headed geese, brahminy ducks, and rare, black-necked cranes. On the drive back to Leh we cross the Tanglang La. another spectacualr pass.

The itinerary allows for us to visit a couple of nomad camps and get an impression of the Markha Valley and the more remote valleys of the Nomads.

 

 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION New Delhi – Leh Ladakh –  New Delhi
PLACES COVERED Markha Valley – Tsomoriri Lake – Leh- Buddhist Monastery
DURATION 19 Days, 10 Days Trekking
ACCOMMODATIONS Camping on Trek
BEST TIME May-October
GRADE Strenuous
WEAR Comfortable warm clothings, gloves and sunscreen.

 

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Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

You will be met our LTT representative on your arrival at Delhi IG Airport and escort to your hotel and help you check in. You will have rest day to the rest and relax from long trip to Delhi. Delhi, India’s capital and a city of more than 15 million inhabitants.

Overnight stay at Delhi.

Hotel: Ashok country Resort / Similar

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 2: FLY TO LEH

Early morning depart for Airport, Our representative will receive you at Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the MOST SENSATIONAL FLIGHTS IN THE WORLD. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) and will escort to the Hotel, he will also assist you to do Hotel check-in formalities. After check-in relax for the day. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize. Leh is at an altitude of 11,500 ft and therefore we recommend that the rest of the day is spent resting to help adjust to the altitude.
Hotel: Oriental Hotel / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 3: AT LEISURE IN LEH.

Again we will take it easy today and your guide can show you around town Post breakfast leave for local sightseeing and photography opportunity in Leh. We visit Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace, Hemis Monastery, Leh Palace and Shanti Stupa. Overnight at Leh.

Hotel: Oriental Hotel / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 4: SIGHTSEEING OF ALCHI MONASTERY.

We drive to Alchi to see the most beautiful murals and paintings in Ladakh. Alchi was built in the 11th century by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Drive back to Leh and prepare for trekking the next day.

Hotel: Oriental Hotel / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 5: DRIVE TO CHILING, TREK TO SKIU. (3369m/11,050ft).

After an exciting ride across the Zanskar River in a cable car, we trek (3 hrs) to the village of Skiu. The Markha Valley here is narrow, so the temperatures can soar.  We camp at Skiu, and at dusk it is worth climbing back up the valley to where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha river. Here there is a small monastery cared for by an old nun who comes every evening to light the candles at the altar of ‘Chamba’, the future Buddha.

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Day 6: TREK TO MARKHA. (3764m/12,350ft). (8-9 hrs)

A very pleasant walk up one of the loveliest sections of the Markha valley. Woody bushes grow thickly along the river which is spanned by several bridges over which the trail marches to Thinlespa. The camp is beyond this small village on the right bank of the river, just before the village of Markha.

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Day 7: TREK TO LANGTANGCHAN. (4139m/13,078ft). (7 hrs)

The trail continues eastwards climbing steadily up the valley through the picturesque village of Markha, which has a fascinating monastery well worth a visit. Coming in from the south is the trail from Rubering La, one of the routes from Zangla. From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded section of the lower Markha is left behind. Between the twin villages of Lower and Upper Hankar is a ruined fort, the walls of which climb sharply up a crag to an aerie of a lookout tower – worth visiting for those with a good head for heights. Follow the Langtang river up the narrow valley to the camp at Langtangchan. It will be considerably cooler here.

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Day 8:TREK TO YAKRUPAL. (4569m/14,990ft) (6 hrs)

This day we follow the valley up towards the base of the Zalung Karpo La. Don’t
forget to look for wolves. Camp at  Yakrupal.

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Day 9: YAKRUPAL TO TSOKRA (4289m/14070ft) (8 hrs)

This morning, you will climb up, up, up, finally reaching the fabulous Zalungkarpo La after several hours. After a short break (bring prayer flags!) on the pass, you will descend into the wilderness of Kharnak, finally camping at Tsokra. Your horses will be happy with the abundant grass, and you will have the opportunity to see both ancient ruins and one of the most beautiful cliff faces in Ladakh.

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Day 10: TSOKRA TO DAT (4332/14212ft) (7 hrs)

Today’s walk is one of the most beautiful on the trek, and there is no climbing –– so you can really enjoy it! Your path will wind through willow groves and around rivers that flow into Zanskar. Check for snow leopard prints on the sandy banks! You will camp in Dat, the winter site for the Kharnak nomads.

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Day 11: REST DAY AT DAT (4332/14212ft)

Relax in a pleasant meadow. Visit the Gompa. Walk through the empty nomad village.

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Day 12: DAT TO LUNGMOCHE (4642/15230ft) via Yar La (4950 m/ 16335 ft) (6 hrs)

This morning, you will walk on flat ground for several hours, appreciating the vastness of the fairly bleak Dat valley. Towards lunchtime, you will take a turn at a natural spring, and begin your approach to the Yar La. From this pass, you will see a great change in landscape. You are now arriving in the Changthang plains. A one-hour descent from the pass will bring you to Lungmoche, a windy but beautiful campsite.

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Day 13: LUNGMOCHE TO ZARA (4609m/15,120ft)

via the nomad settlement at Yagang. (7 hours) Today’s walking is fairly gentle, and after several hours you should reach the nomad headquarters of the Kharnak people at Yagang. Here you can interact with the nomads and enjoy some lunch. Several more hours of walking will bring you to the settlement of the Rupshu nomads at Zara, where you will spend the night.

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Day 14: ZARA TO PANGUNAGU (4430m/13290 ft) (4 hrs)

Leaving the nomad camp after breakfast, you should arrive on the Manali road after a pleasant walk. From here, an opening into the Tsokar basin lies in front of you, and it is a short 2 hour walk to your camp at Pangunagu. For the rest of the day, you can explore the TsoKar basin. An afternoon walk to the shore of the lake (45 min) should be considered a must.

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Day 15: REST DAY AND CLEAN UP THE CAMPING SITE.

Afternoon The taxi will meet you and drive to Leh via Tanglang La (5328m/17,582ft) the second highest road in the world.

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Day 16: RELAX IN LEH

You will have a chance to relax in the relative luxury of Leh, and do any last sightseeing and exploring. There will no doubt be a chance to have a final celebration with your guide and crew before the flight tomorrow. In the summer there are often polo matches on a Sunday. Overnight in the hotel.

Hotel: Oriental Hotel / Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 17: FLY TO DELHI

Our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel: Ashok country Resort / Similar

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 18: RELAX IN DELHI

International flights usually leave after midnight, so sleep in and relax. Leave for the airport about 10 pm.

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Day 19: FLY HOME

Hotel: Ashok country Resort / Similar

Meals: Breakfast

From $ 1850 for more than 6 person,

$ 2110 for 2 people.

What is included in trek cost?

  1. Accommodation in best tourist category hotels as listed or similar during tours.
  2. Flight to and from Delhi – Leh – Delhi.
  3. All the meals including evening Tea.
  4. All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
  5. Cook, Helper and English Speaking LTT local guide.
  6. During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, and beverages.  All trekking gears including Tents, Thermal mats, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag for warmth during night. Pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, Basic Medical Kit. Trekking staffs include  Guide, Cook, assistants and horseman.
  7. Sleeping bags can be borrowed ! (cleaning charges will apply)

What is not included in above cost?

  1. Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered /Phone calls
  2. Anything which is not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”.
  3. Tips and gratuities (optional).
  4. Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
  5. Travel/Medical and evacuation Insurance – purchased separately

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