Spituk To Hemis (Markha Valley)
Best Time: Mid May to October
Short description: Still the most popular classical trekking route, because of its accessibility and beauty. Markha Valley is situated in the Hemis National Park and there are usually lots of Blue Sheep to see. Starting from Spituk, one enters Markha Valley after crossing the Ganda La and leaves the valley again via the Gongmaru La, finishing at Hemis that has a famous monastery.
Markha Valley Trek
(Spituk To Hemis - Markha Valley Trek)
This trek follows a circular route around the Hemis National Park. The trek is a thrilling experience what with two 4800-5000m high passes to cross as well as waist - deep rivers to ford on the way. The campsites are among aromatic shrubs and wild roses. You can spot blue sheep on the bare mountains or get entertained by the antics of the marmot while following the beaten trail. The Markha trek is one of the most sought after treks in Leh.
Day -1 :The early morning flight from Delhi gets to Leh in less than two hours. From the airport guests would be transferred to city hotel / Guest House. Leh is at an altitude of 3500 mts. And all guests are advised to rest for the entire day. A successful trek in Ladakh requires you to acclimatize well.
Day -2 : On second day a trip to the monasteries at Shey. Thiksey and Hemis monasteries..Night in Leh.
Day -3 : Early morning drive to Lamayuru enroute visit Alchi and Rizong monasteries. Night in Lamayuru.
Day - 4 : Lamyuru to Leh enroute visit Phyang Spituk monasteries… Night in Leh.
Day- 5: Spituk - Zingchan (4 hrs.) :
The first day's walk can begin from Phey Village, instead of Spituk. It is a fairly pleasant walk in a south-westerly direction along the Indus on your right. It is long gentle walking before you enter Zingchen Gorge. The gorge is dotted with poplar trees and you reach Zingchen village after an hour's walk. To skip the regular rush of trekkers at the normal campsites it is advisable to continue walking to Hemis National Park to reach the village of Sumdzom. There are nice camping options here and we pitch up here for the night.
Day-6 : Zingchan to Kandala Base Camp (5/6 hours) :
From Sumdzom we walk upstream and then climb up the hill till we get to Kandala Nallah, along which a path leads to high pastures. On the east is a path that leads to Rumbak Village which we avoid taking. Instead we go westward following the path to Yurutse and the Kandala Base Camp. The flat campsite a commands a very nice view of the valley below, and we shall pitch up here for the night.
Day-7 : Kandala Base Camp to Skiu (7/8 hours) :
Today is a long day. The trek up to the Kandala Pass (4870m) takes a little under two hours of steady climbing from the base camp. From the pass a well-defined path leads down to Shingo. This descent takes around two hours. Beyond Shingo we head lend for Skiu after crossing the Shingo Nallah. This stretch takes around three hours. Skiu is a fascinating place with ruins of ancient monasteries. Our campsite is beyond the village by the Markha River.
Day-8 : Skiu to Markha (6/7 hours) :
An early start is recommended for this day as it gets very warm when it is sunny, although the walking is not very strenuous. The trail from Skiu leads to Sara where one can stop for a quick lunch. Beyond Sara the trail goes up to the village of Chalak. We cross a river and keep going ahead for around two hours till we reach the swift Markha River. After fording across the river from the shallowest spot we carry on further to arrive at Markha Village. There are a number of options for camping here.
Day-9 : Markha to Thujungtse (6/7 hours) :
This day is a moderately tough walking day, passing through the villages of Umlung and Hanikar. The Kangyatse Peak (6400m) dominates the landscape. The trail goes northwards upto the confluence of two rivers Luntang Chu and Nyimaling Chu. At the end of the trail we get to Thujungste village. The campsite is excellent.
Day-10 : Thujungste to Base of Kanyatse (3 to 4 hours) :
Today is a easy walk. The trail from Thujungste leas you to passing through several Mani walls and shepherd camps. On the way the views of Kangyatse Peak are simply spectacular. Camp at Base camp , 5200, meters of Alt, .
Day-11 : Early morning ( 3 A.M, in the morning ) expedition to Kangyatse Peak of 6100 meters of alt, around afternoon you will be at base camp .
Day-12 : Base to to Nimaling :
Easy walk of 3 hrs towards Nimaling.. Nimaling is a beautiful place and one can spend the afternoon exploring the valley. You can spot Blue Sheep and other wildlife in this area.
Day-13 : Nyimaling to Shang Sumdo across Kongmaru La (7/8 hours) :
From Nyimaling the trail crosses the Nyimaling Chu and ascends steeply upwards to the pass at Kongmaru La (5130m). From here the descent is sharp and an hour's walk takes you to Lhartse. The trail leads to Shang River and beyond this are the shepherd camps at Chuskumo and Chukdo. Finally we get to Shang Sumdo where the campsite is located before the confluence of two tributaries.
Day-14 : Shang Sumdo to Hemis Leh.(3/4 hours) :
The early morning may be spent exploring the side valley and the monastery of Shang. Then we set out along the jeepable road to Martselang. From here a taxi would be prearranged to take us to Leh.
Day-15 : Depart for Delhi by the morning flight.
For the more adventurous a drive to either Manali or Srinagar can also be arranged on request. The road journey is covered in two days with an overnight halt at either Sarchu, which lies on the Leh-Manali highway, or Kargil, which lies on the Leh-Srinagar highway.
Total cost for this trip
For 02 persons, 1900 euros, per personnes 950 euros..
For 03 persons, 2400 euros, per personnes 800 euros,
For 04 persons, 3000 euros, per personnes 750..euros,
For 05 persons, 3500 euros, per personnes 700..euros,
For 06 persons, 3900 euros, per personnes 650..euros,
For 07 persons, 4340 euros, per personnes 620..euros.
For 08 persons, 4800 euros, per personnes 600..euro.
For 09 persons, 5040 euros, per personnes 560..euros,
For 10 persons, 5400 euros, per personnes 540..euros,
For 11 persons, 5720 euros, per personnes 520..euros.
For 12 persons, 6100 euros, per personnes 510..euro.
Services included in the Price : Service compris dans le prix.
A - Transfer upon arrival from Leh air port to Guest House.
B - Hotel / Guest House with Beak fast and Diner for 03Nights in Leh.
C - All surface transport indicated in the itinerary.
D - All Camping fees Monasteries fees and Kangyatse permit fees
E - Wild life fee for the applicable area.
F - Local English speaking guide during trek only..
G - 01, Cook, (Helper, pony man and horses or mules depends on group size)
H - Foam mattresses for each person ( 3 inch thick) .
I -- Tents (Alpine or Dome for two men or single)
J - 01, Kitchen, Dining and toilet tent.
K - Table Chairs and all Kitchen materials.
L - All three times meals during trek. (Picnic at lunch time)
M - Transfer from Hotel to Leh air port.
What is not included in above cost?
Any flight tickets
Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing sun cream.
Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”.
Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.