Markha Valley Trek

Destinations Covered

Delhi - Leh-Lamayuru-Alchi - Leh-Chilling -Skiu-Markha -Thochungtse-Nimaling- Shang Sumdo-Leh- Sarchu-Rohtang Pass and Marhi- Manali -Kullu- Delhi


12 Nights/ 13 Days


DAY 1 - Delhi -Leh

Transfer to Delhi airport (at your own) to catch flight to Leh
Begin your tour
Arrive into Leh
Welcome to Vardhman’s “Markha Valley Trek”!
On arrival in Leh, you will be met and transferred by Vardhman’s representative to your hotel. Full day rest to acclimatize yourself. Evening go for a brisk walk to stretch your body.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 2 - Leh And Surroundings

On the day 2 of your tour visit the most popular monasteries and palaces, namely Shey,Thiksey and Hemis.

Hemis Gompa: This monastery is the best-known in Ladakh. Ladakh’s largest monastery. It contains a number of gold statues and Stupas decorated with precious stones and a superb collection of Thankas, including one that is the largest in existence. Hemis gompa is believed to have been established in 1630 by Lama Tagstang Raspa and built by Palden Sara under the patronage of King Sengge Namgyal on a site previously sanctified by the construction of a cave hermitage dating from the 12th century. This monastery is the oldest one in the area belonging to the Kargyu school. The Gompa is a unique example of a monastic complex of this period which manifests in its structure the geomantic principles which underlie religious constructions of this type.
Thiksey Monastery: This is situated on a mountain from where you can see panoramic views of the Indus Valley. Within the monastery you can see many beautiful Buddhist artifacts. 19 Kms from Leh, spectacularly sited, Thiksey is one of the largest and architecturally most impressive Gompas. There are several temples in this Gompas, containing images, stupas and wall paintings of Buddha, which are exquisite.
Shey Palace: Shey palace with its remarkable statue of Buddha and panoramic views of Indus valley. Situated on a hillock 15 Kms upstream from Leh, it was once the residence of the royal family. According to tradition, it was the seat of power of the pre-Tibetan kinds. A 7.5 mts high copper statue of Buddha, plated with gold and the largest of its kind, is installed here.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 3 - Leh - Lamayuru-Alchi - Leh

This morning driv to the western part of Leh and visit the 11th century monastery Lamayuru and Alchi.
Lamayuru: Situated on a drained lake the monastery at Lamayuru is known for its scenic beauty. The monastery is the oldest in Ladakh, dating before the 10th Century, and is built on a sacred Bon (the pre-Buddhist religion) site. Lamayuru used to be an asylum for criminals, though not any longer! is situated at a distance of approximately 127 km to the west of Leh. The legend associated with this monastery goes that at the time of Sakyamuni (the Historical Buddha), nags (holy serpents) used to live in a Lake at the present day Lamayuru’s valley. It was the prediction of the Bodhisattva Madhyantaka that the lake would get drained out, making the place for the construction of a monastery. It is further believed that in 11th century, Mahasiddhacharya Naropa, Indian Buddhist scholar, meditated for many years in a cave in Dukhang, still seen today.
Alchi Gompa : Alchi has murals which predate the Tibetan style of painting, along with Tabo (Spiti Valley) and Phugtol Gompa (Zanskar Valley). The murals are the sole survivors of a style of painting prevalent in the first millennium. 70 Kms from Leh, on the banks of the Indus, is the Alchi Gompa dating a thousand years back. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the Buddha. Three large sized images made of clay and painted brightly are its focal attractions. No longer an active religious center, it is looked after by monks from the Liker monastery. This is the only monastery amongst 34 monasteries, which is not located on a hilltop.
Later in the evening drive back to Leh for an overnight rest in the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 4 - Leh -Chilling -Skiu

Morning drive to Chilling (about 4hrs), one of the famous villages in Ladakh, known for craftsmanship especially metal works. Rech there and then trek towards Skiu over Gand La (4930 m). It is a climb upto Gand La top & then a descending path upto Shingo & from there we reach Skiu (3380 m). A distance of 18 km will be covered in about 8 hr. Overnight saty will be in the Camp.

Overnight at Camp.

DAY 5 - Skiu- Markha

Trek (6-7hrs Walk).
The trek continues in the morning immediately after breakfast. The trail runs parallel to Markha River. Lush vegetation, stunning flora and fauna offers you awesome visual treat on the way. You halt for a while to lunch and thereafter head for your destination. 6-7 hours of trekking finally ends in Markha. Reach and check into your Camp for an overnight stay.

Overnight at Camp.

DAY 6 - Markha -Thochungtse

Trek (6-7hrs walk)
After enjoying a leisurely breakfast walk past Markha towards Thochungtse. Several descents bring you close to a monastery. Further ahead the trail crosses a bridge and enters traditional villages of Humlung and Hankar. Get few minutes of cultural immersion as you talk to local people who you will find very friendly and hospitable. This culturally-stimulating journey progresses towards the destination. 5-6 hours of trekking finally concludes in Thochungtse. Check into your camp for an overnight rest.

Overnight at Camp.

DAY 7 - Thochungtse -Nimaling

Trek (3-4hrs walk)
Today start trekking shortly after breakfast. Walking away from Thochungtse you follow the trail that ascends to Nimaling. The trail passes by a series of grassy ridges. As you move towards Nimaling, chortens and walls carved with Buddhist prayers become visible. After covering 7 km, you will approach rich pastures of Nimaling. Amid the unsurpassed beauty of Nimaling valley you get to overnight at your camp tent.

Overnight at Camp.

DAY 8 - Nimaling- Shang Sumdo

Trek (8-9hrs) Descending
Leaving behind Nimaling today start trekking towards Kongmaru La pass. On reaching atop the pass at an elevation of 5,200 meters, you can catch outstanding view of Karakoram ranges and the valley of Leh. Several pristine village settlements can also be sighted. Thereafter, the trail descends further, meets gorges and follows the left bank to Chumiktangmo. After lunch, you continue your journey towards Shang Sumdo. Reach and check into your camp for an overnight rest.

Overnight at Camp.

DAY 9 - Shang Sumdo- Leh

This morning you will be picked you up from last point of the trek and drive back to Leh. Upon arrical check into your hotel. Relax for a while and in the afternoon visit to the Royal Palace of Ladakh, Japanese temple and Sankar monastery, evening free for shopping.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 10 - Leh- Sarchu (Jeep Safari Towards Manali)

After an early breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Sarchu via through Tanglang La Pass 17,585ft world second highest motorable road. At Pang you can stop for lunch and continue driving to Lachungla pass, which is at a height of 5065 mts.
Upon arrival in Sarchu check in at your Camp for overnight. It will also be the coldest night during the whole tour.

Overnight at Camp.

DAY 11 - Sarchu-Rohtang Pass - Manali

Today drive to Manali via Baralacha Pass (4890m), Keylong (3350 m), & Rohtang Pass (3978 m). Manali, Located in the most charming and beautiful Kullu valley spreads out its charm on either side of river Beas. Kullu was once known as Kulanthpitha, which means the end of the habitable world. Beyond rose the forbidding heights of the Greater Himalayas, and by the banks of the shining river Beas, lay the fabled ‘ Silver Valley ‘. The valley runs north to south of Beas River and is 80 kms. Long and about 2 kms wide.
Upon arrival, check in at our hotel. Evening at leisure to explore the area on your own.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 12 - Manali Sightseeing

After breakfast proceed on a city tour of Manali. Manali is a wonderful place nestled in the midst of Himalayan ranges, although Manali is a well know tourist destination and in the summer it is bustling with crowd, one can still get away from the hustle and bustle by going to quite areas of Manali like Vashisht. Visit the Doongari Devi,Solang Valley, Hadimba temple, Vashisht hot springs, Manu temple, Tibetan monastery.

Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 13 - Manali-Kullu- Delhi

On the last day of your tour transfer to Kullu Airport to board the flight for Delhi with sweet and unforgettable memories of your “Markha Valley Trek” escorted by Vardhman Vacations.


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