MARKHA VALLEY, JUNE-JULY

17 Days
1,660/- Per Person
Trekking in Ladakh Trip Type
Celebrate the famous Yuru Kabgyat at Lamayuru monastery and Hemis festival, 2020.
  • Duration: 16 Nights / 17 Days
Per Person Cost: 1,660
Per Person Cost
Extra Bed
W/o Extra Bed
Booking Amount: 1,660
Total Price:
Overview

EMBRACING THE WILDERNESS WITHIN 

The most popular trek in Ladakh is the Markha Valley trek. This short trek walks you through the flat Spituk desert to deep river gorges to high mountain passes, the landscape ever-changing, a paradise for an adventurer. Every day is different from the last, scenes melting into myriad shapes, sights, and colors. The rugged high peaks boast of adolescence in the face of the rest of the Himalayas.

 

These mountains and valleys offer sanctuary to some of the rarest species of plants and animals like blue sheep, marmot, snow-leopards, ibex, eagles and etc.

The beauty of isolated nature, the soulful whistling of the wind, while the rumbling mountain stream lends its rhythm along with the joyful accompaniment of the horse-bells in the valleys far removed from the man-made hustle-bustle of the cities, and camping near a rivulet under a sky full of bright stars is every wanderer’s fantasy.

 

A mountaineer would enjoy the climb to Kang Yatse from Nimaling Base Camp, a pastoral plateau covered in summer grassland so that the herdsmen of Markha Valley may feed their cattle, enjoying the view of an unimaginably beautiful landscape from this vantage point.

 


To complete the experience, Markha Valley trekking tour package also brings you close to the inherent lifestyle of the region putting you in way of several Monasteries, villages and their inhabitants. Spirituality is in the air as Buddhism is a large part of people’s life here. This is a trek that can never fail to leave its impact.

 

TOUR INFORMATION:

 

17 DAYS 16 NIGHTS

15th JUNE - 2nd JULY, 2020

STAYS:

DELHI: 3 STAR HOTEL
LEH: LOCAL HOMESTAY

LAMAYURU: HOTEL
ON TREK: TREKKING CAMPSITES

TRANFERS: INNOVA

TREKKING CREW:

GUIDE

COOK

SUPPORT TEAM

PONY MAN

PONIES

ALTITUDE RANGE: 3500 - 4700 Meters



 



 

itinerary
  • Day 1 DELHI ARRIVAL - 15th JUNE 2020
    DELHI ARRIVAL - 15th JUNE 2020

    On your arrival at IGI airport Delhi, the capital city of India, our representative will transfer you to the hotel in Delhi.


    STAY: Hotel 3 *
    MEALS: B
    Transfers: Innova (7 seaters MUV)




  • Day 2 DELHI - LEH - 16th JUNE 2020
    DELHI - LEH - 16th JUNE 2020

    Check out from the hotel in Delhi for the early morning flight to Leh. On arrival in Leh the guests will be transferred to the home-stay in Leh and rest for the day to acclimatise to the altitude. In the evening visit Leh market and Sankar monastery.


    STAY: Homestay
    MEALS: B/L
    TRANSFER: Innova (7 seater MUV)

    AlTITUDE: 3524 meters



  • Day 3 LEH HERITAGE WALK - 17th JUNE 2020
    LEH HERITAGE WALK - 17th JUNE 2020

    After a homely breakfast at the home-stay in Leh, the guests will walk down to Lala’s cafe (the oldest cafe in town) before they start on the heritage walk. On this walk, a storyteller will escort us through. We will start by visiting the museum built by the Leh Old Town Restoration Initiative (LOTI) group, with locally available materials and infrastructure. The structure evolves around a skyscraper (Thokskar) on the top floor and has relics of Ladakh. From there we will enter the old town streets where the entire landscape is still as it was back in the day of the King Singay Namgyal (14th - 17th century AD) times, some of which have been restored by LOTI. The walk will take us through the King Singay Namgyal’s palace. After finishing the walk around Leh town we will explore the market and have lunch in a garden cafe. Post lunch the group will visit Women’s Alliance and LEDeG to explore the contemporary. The group will have dinner at Bon appetite restaurant in Leh.


    STAY: Homestay
    MEALS: B
    AlTITUDE: 3524 meters



  • Day 4 LEH - LAMAYURU FESTIVAL -18th JUNE 2020
    LEH - LAMAYURU FESTIVAL -18th JUNE 2020

    Rejoice the esteemed Yuru Kabgyat festival at Lamayuru monastery, an ancient two-day festival dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava (the second Buddha) and Yama (the lord of death) and stands for the destruction of ego. Marvel at the sacred masked dances performed by the monks and the sounds from the gigantic pipe reverberating many a times during the entire festival.


    STAY: Hotel
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 3510 meters



  • Day 5 LAMAYURU FESTIVAL, ALCHI MONASTERY - 19th June 2020
    LAMAYURU FESTIVAL, ALCHI MONASTERY - 19th June 2020

    Revere the Yuru Kabgyat festival at the Lamayuru monastery once again before the journey back to Leh. On the way, visit the 10th century-old Alchi Monastery with astonishing architectures adorned with finely carved paintings.


    STAY: Homestay
    MEALS: B
    AlTITUDE: 3500 meters



  • Day 6 LEH TO ZINGCHEN VIA SPITUK (2 HOURS) - 20th JUNE 2020
    LEH TO ZINGCHEN VIA SPITUK (2 HOURS) - 20th JUNE 2020

    A jeep will drop you at Zingchen via Spituk at the start point of your trek. Zingchen valley is scattered with trees. Zingchen is a small village next to Spituk with gushing glacial water streams and high mountain passes of the mighty Ladakh ranges running throughout the trail. It's a scenic first day on the epic Markha Valley trail.

     

    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 3500 meters



  • Day 7 ZINGCHEN TO KANDHLA BASE (5/6 HOURS) - 21st JUNE 2020
    ZINGCHEN TO KANDHLA BASE (5/6 HOURS) - 21st JUNE 2020

    The second day’s trek enters into the Hemis National Park and is slightly tougher than the first day. Rumbak Sumdo (3752 m) is known to be the homeland of Snow Leopards. You will pass the Yurutse village and head to the next campsite where you will be welcomed by marmots and rabbits during your climb to the base of Kanda La (4500m). Rumbak, Sumdo, and Yurutse are also well-known for sightings of argali sheep. This trail is complete with its singular wildlife, spectacular landscapes, and its physically challenging hike.



    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 4300 meters




  • Day 8 KANDHALA TO SKU (06/07 HOURS) - 22nd JUNE 2020
    KANDHALA TO SKU (06/07 HOURS) - 22nd JUNE 2020

    The third day starts with the ascension of Kanda-La (4900mtr). Once on top, a long but easy descent will follow up to Shingo village (4145 m). The lunch-break at Shingo will be followed by trekking down the deep narrow gorge until the beautiful camping site at Skui village (3600 m) is reached. In Skiu, you can just relax, visit the local monastery or take a dip in the freezing river.


    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 3500 meters



  • Day 9 SKU TO MARKHA (5/6 HOURS) - 23rd JUNE 2020
    SKU TO MARKHA (5/6 HOURS) - 23rd JUNE 2020

    This day’s trek is quite long but mostly flat, walking along the river while crossing it several times. The valley-trail keeps changing because of floods which leave it green and rich in flora and fauna. This night you will spend in one of the most picturesque and isolated spots in the trek. The green meadows, surrounded by deserted and snow-covered mountain peaks will draw at your heart-strings.


    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 3700 meters



  • Day 10 Day 10: MARKHA TO HUNKAR (5/6 HOURS) - 24th JUNE 2020
    Day 10: MARKHA TO HUNKAR (5/6 HOURS) - 24th JUNE 2020

    This trail is very relaxing and refreshing, trekking up and down all along the green meadows and crossing the river at several intersections. The richness of Himalayan trees and herbal plants along the route is noticeable. You will also find several local teahouses along the trek where you can partake of tea and light snacks. 

    You will pass by an old monastery and a ruined castle surrounded by Mani Wall, Chortens and Prayer Flags. The night-stay will be in Hunker, the highest village in the Markha Valley where blue sheep can be seen on the high rocky mountains.


    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 4000 meters



  • Day 11 HUNKAR TO NIMALING (5/6 HOURS) - ?25th JUNE 2020
    HUNKAR TO NIMALING (5/6 HOURS) - ?25th JUNE 2020

    This day’s trek starts by entering a river gorge and then walking alongside the river where after crossing a bridge, a steady 2 hrs climb up the mountain will take you to a little lake. The impressive view of Kang-Ya Tse (6400 m) and the colourful surrounding mountain ranges will leave you breathless. Nimaling, your next campsite, is only a short walk from there. You will encounter big, furry yaks en route. This is one of the most beautiful high pastoral valleys of Ladakh (4710 m). Camping in the lush green meadows next to the river and enjoying the nomadic herdsmen’s life in the Markha Valley is an experience to carry home. Here you will have the chance to buy fresh, homemade bread and curd from the local farmers.


    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 4700 meters



  • Day 12 REST AT NIMALING ?- 26th JUNE 2020
    REST AT NIMALING ?- 26th JUNE 2020

    With vast green meadows, yaks and other cattle lazily grazing impervious to the beautifully majestic mountains that surround the valley, Nimaling is a charming little village at the foothills of the great Kang Yatse Peak. If you are the adventurous sort you may want to take this opportunity to hike up to the base camp of Kang Yatse (5000 m) which is by itself quite a feat. It will take you 6hrs back and forth.


    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 4700 meters



  • Day 13 NIMALING TO SHANG CHOKDO. ?END OF TREK & DRIVE TO LEH (6/7 HOURS) ?- 27th JUNE 2020

    After breakfast, a hard and rather steep climb will take you up the mountain until you reach Gongmaru- La (5150 m), the highest pass on this trek. A long and steep descent will take you down into another deep river gorge. The spectacular view and the intense coloration of the vast surrounding mountains make it hard to concentrate on the rocky path. After a 3 hrs walk, you will reach Chu-skurmo where you can rest and enjoy lunch followed by tea. Another couple of hours’ walk will take you to Shang Chokdo where the trek ends. You will be picked up at this point and brought to Leh.

    STAY: Trekking campsite
    MEALS: B/L/D
    AlTITUDE: 3524 meters



  • Day 14-15 LEH 28th-29th JUNE 2020
    LEH 28th-29th JUNE 2020

    Take time to relax and explore the town of Leh on your own or allow us to give you a taste of the culture of Ladakh through our authentic local experiences at an additional cost. Indulge in the culinary secrets of traditional momo making led by local chefs and savor your handmade momos for lunch. Pay a visit to a local Shaman (Oracle) to witness an ancient tradition of healing or meet a local Amchi (Doctor) to explore insights into holistic medicine.   


    STAY: Homestay
    MEALS: B
    AlTITUDE: 3524 meters



  • Day 16 HEMIS FESTIVAL 30th JUNE 2020
    HEMIS FESTIVAL 30th JUNE 2020

    Celebrate one of the most magical events in Ladakh, Hemis Monastery Festival celebrating the birth of Lord Padmasambhava. This vibrant event is the best way to soak in the culture of Ladakh and get the most soul-enriching experiences.  

    STAY: Homestay
    MEALS: B/L
    AlTITUDE: 3524 meters



  • Day 17 DAY 17: HEMIS FESTIVAL - 1st JULY 2020
    DAY 17: HEMIS FESTIVAL - 1st JULY 2020

    Another day in the unparalleled beauty of Ladakh’s most loved Hemis Festival. The traditional Cham dance is performed by the Lamas wearing the intricately designed masks telling stories of victory of good over evil. Explore the magnificent 11th century-old Hemis monastery that houses a wide collection of historical and religious Thangkas, stupas and statues made of precious metals and is also one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries of Ladakh.


    STAY: Homestay
    MEALS: B/L
    AlTITUDE: 3524 meters



  • Day 18 Day 18: LEH TO DELHI - 2nd JULY 2020
    Day 18: LEH TO DELHI - 2nd JULY 2020

    After breakfast, the group will head to the airport for the return flight to Delhi. On arrival in Delhi, the guests will check in hotel and rest for the daytime their flight for onward journey with sweet memories of the tour.


    MEALS: B
    Transfers: Innova (7 seater MUV)



    End of trip and services.



 

INCLUSIONS:

 

  • DELHI - LEH RETURN FLIGHTS
  • STAY THROUGHOUT IN PREMIUM HOMESTAYS AND CAMPSITES
  • MEALS AS MENTIONED
  • WELCOME & SOUVENIR KIT
  • ALL ACTIVITIES MENTIONED IN THE ITINERARY
  • TRANSFERS IN TOYOTA INNOVA THROUGHOUT THE TRIP
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS
  • TREKKING EQUIPMENT AND CAMPING GEAR
  • ACCOMPANYING LOCAL EXPERTS AND RESOURCE PERSONS THROUGHOUT THE TRIP
  • ALL PERMITS AND PASSES
  • DOCTOR ON CALL

 

 

 

EXCLUSIONS:

 

  • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
  • TRAVEL, LUGGAGE & MEDICAL INSURANCE
  • SLEEPING BAG
  • TOURIST VISA
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TAXES
  • TIPS
  • ALCOHOLIC DRINKS

 

 

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

CHANGES TO YOUR ITINERARY

For your best interest, sometimes it might have to make necessary alterations to your holiday itinerary. Where practical, we will advice you before you depart from your hometown, although occasionally we may be forced to make changes en route. We will keep you informed at all times.

MOUNTAIN FLIGHT DELAYS

Bad weather in mountainous regions can cause flight delays. These problems mainly happen in Ladakh region of India. If the delay is extended it may be necessary for us to re-route the trek and tour, perhaps to an area more readily accessed by road transport. We do not accept responsibility for charges incurred as result of flight delays and missing international flight connections. However, we will make every effort to assist you.

INHERENT RISKS OR DANGERS

 You understand and accept that your proposed tour may expose you to levels of physical exertion to which you may not be accustomed to or be exposed to inherent dangers when traveling through remote areas which may be subject to, among other things, unfavourable political, physical, health or climatic conditions. By agreeing to use our services, you accept these dangers and unfavourable conditions.

INSURANCE

 You must purchase comprehensive travel insurance that includes a provision for helicopter rescue when you pay your deposit.

YOUR HEALTH AND FITNESS

 We strongly recommend that you visit your doctor and dentist before your holiday. You must ask your doctor about current inoculation requirements. Full details of pre-existing medical conditions must be forwarded to us when you book. Older clients or clients with pre-existing medical conditions may require a letter from your doctor clearing them for the trek and Beyond Himalayas Pvt. Ltd. reserve the right to check these documents prior to confirmation of tours and treks

PASSPORT

A valid passport is required for all tourists. The passports must be valid for minimum of six months from the start of journey, with at least two clean pages per country to be visited.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

A valid visa is required for the entire destination. You should always consult your doctor or nearest travel clinic for the latest information on recommended health precautions, both vaccination and malaria prophylaxis.

 HEALTH AND SAFETY

 GENERAL

 Extensive medical kits are carried on all trips. In addition, medical oxygen and Portable Altitude Chambers are carried as a precaution on high altitude treks and climbing expeditions. All meals on trek are prepared specifically for your group to strict hygiene standards, and sterile washing facilities are provided.

 HIGH ALTITUDE

 Sickness from altitude can affect anyone. Serious problems are avoided by building in rest and acclimatisation. For normal symptoms a drop in altitude, or time in portable acclimatisation chamber, leads to quick recovery.

 All trips are graded. There are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Mountaineering categories.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE

 Travel insurance that includes helicopter evacuation is highly appreciated

 AGE LIMITS

 Clients over sixty are required to complete a medical and personal travel history questionnaire. Persons under sixteen can join specified family departures and private groups.