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Markha Valley Trek

Overview

The Markha Valley Trek takes you through the beautiful Zanskar Himalayas, contrary to popular belief are actually part of the trans-Himalayas. The Markha Valley Trek is one of Ladakh’s most popular treks. Experience Ladakh in a way you’ve never done before. Trek through remote villages, with mesmerizing views of the Stok and Zanskar mountain ranges. The trek begins in the heart of the famed Hemis National Park, popular for the various flora and fauna such as the Shapu, The Tibetan wolf, Brown Bears and various smaller mammals such as the Himalayan Marmot, Mountain weasels. A moderate level trek with a maximum altitude of 5,260 metres. Additionally, you will be crossing numerous streams that are tributaries for the mighty river Indus. A trek that will make you awe at the multi-coloured mountains, the sea buckthorn berries and the beautiful culture of the Ladakh.

Quick Facts

Best Time : July, August and September

Duration : 08 Days

Max. Altitude : 5260 m

Commences At : Leh

Ends At : Leh

  • Arrival in Leh. Check-in at Hotel. Rest and acclimatization.
  • Rest & Acclimatization day in Leh
  • 3 to 4 Hour Drive from Leh to Skiu
  • 5 to 6 Hour Trek from Skiu to Markha
  • 5 to 6 Hour Trek from Markha to Thachungtsey
  • 5 to 6 Hour Trek from Thachungtsey to Nimaling
  • 3 to 4 Hour Trek from Nimaling to Chuskurmo
  • Departure from Leh

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On arrival at the Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, also referred to as the LEH Airport, you will immediately be overcome by a sense of awe and wonder with respect to the stark contrast of the landscape when compared to the Indian and Nepal Himalayas. You immediately notice the cold, the complete absence of vegetation, as well as the effort it takes to possibly walk up or downstairs due to the rarity of the atmospheric oxygen. When you exit the airport, look out for the ADVENTURE PULSE BANNER (that’s us, by the way), which will be your ride to our Hotel. The first day is spent just resting in and around the hotel so that you allow yourself to acclimatize to the environment and the high altitude. In the evening, we will go for a small walk to the City market, where if you like, you can explore the local culture, purchase souvenirs, and indulge in the local cuisine.
Early on Day two, we will go out for a small hike to Shanti Stupa. The idea is to stretch your legs and get a feel of exerting your muscles, at high altitude. This is a short two-hour hike to Shanti Stupa and back post which we will head back to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day walking around the Leh market or the nearby monasteries of Thisksey and Shey.
Today, we will make our way to the start of the Markha Valley Trek, Skiu a village at the heart of the Hemis National Park.
The start of our trek. A 5-6 hour trek through relatively flat terrain. You’ll cross a couple of streams and get a scale of how majestic these mountains are. With the music of the Magpies pushing you forward, you’ll make your way to the Markha. The capital of the Markha valley
One of the longer days of the trek, you will leave Markha and descend to an altitude of around 3900m. Towards the end of the trail, you will need to ascend 500m to reach the Thachungtsey. The trail is filled with beautiful mani walls and prayer flags. You will also meet a couple of shepherd along the way. You can also meet some new friends in the form of beautiful horses and cows.
The most scenic part of the trek. You start the journey by climbing up to an alitutde of 4800m passing more shepherd and herds of yaks. Nimaling is located in a beautiful open area. This is the end of the penultimate day of trekking on the Markha Valley Trek
As you leave Nimaling, you start the journey to the highest point of the trek Gongmaru La. This mountain pass is at an altitude of around 5200m. The climb up to the pass can be a little tiring but the views from the top are worth it. After resting, you make your way down to the road head at Chuskurmo where Adventure-Pulse will arrange transport to take you back to the city of Leh. This is the end of the Markha Valley Trek

Package Details

TRIP COST INCLUDES

Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport by our representative.

Transportation Airport pickup and drop.

Transportation to the start point of the trek and from end point to Leh

Accommodation in Leh on a MAP plan for 03 Nights.

Tented accommodation during trek in 03 man "A" Shaped tent on twin sharing basis.

All Meals (Bed Tea, Breakfast, Hot / Pack Lunch, Evening Tea & Dinner) during the course of the trek. (For full board service).

Porters/Mule caravan to transport Personal luggage and common climbing Equipment. (For full board service)

Currently applicable permit fees and Wildlife fees of INR 2500/- (For full board service).

TRIP COST EXCLUDES

Airfare to and from Leh.

Additional days either on the trek or in Leh other than the standard itinerary.

Any kind of Personal Equipment or Optional Tours/Extra Meals Ordered.

Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.

Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated).

Guide fee, camera fee, soft or hard drinks, starters.

Anything not specifically mentioned under the head "Prices included"

International Flights

Extreme temperature variations, high altitude, snow glare & proximity to the sun are certain factors which necessitate the need for proper mountaineering equipment. In order to enjoy your experience in the mountains, we have recommended that you carry the following with you.

Apparels

  1. Trekking Boots/Shoes (Preferably up to ankle length & water resistant)
  2. Multiple pairs of Cotton and woollen socks (at least 02/03 pairs of each)
  3. Track Pants for comfortable trekking, Denims to be avoided. (At least 2)
  4. Thermal inners and Sweater/warm sweat shirt (1 each)
  5. Cotton T-shirts (02 to 03 minimum)
  6. Water proof Jacket/Wind Cheater.
  7. Warm thermal jacket/Down jacket.
  8. 01 Peak Cap + at least 01 Woollen Cap
  9. Pair of warm gloves.
  10. Sleeping bag (Can be hired in Leh approx. at INR 150/- per day)

Accessories

  1. Air bag/Duffel bag (No Suitcases)
  2. Day Back Pack in case you do not want to carry your own rucksack
  3. Drinking-Water Bottle 01 Litre
  4. Torch + Batteries
  5. Camera + Batteries
  6. Knee / Ankle / Wrist Guards (if required)
  7. Nail Cutter / Pocket / Pen Knife
  8. Cold cream
  9. Hand sanitizer
  10. Chap-stick / Vaseline
  11. Personal toiletries (Tooth Paste / Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes or Baby Wipes etc.)
  12. Medical kit (With basic medicines for headache, upset stomach, sour throat, water purification tablets/drops, band-aids, painkillers & Moov/ Iodex, Vics Vaporub, D-Cold etc.)
  13. Any personal medication (Individual specific)
  14. High energy snacks like Dry fruits, Bars of chocolate, Tang, glucose etc.
  15. Good Quality Sun shades
  16. Sun block (SPF40+)
The Markha Valley Trek can be steep & strenuous at some places, even though it does not require that you have any previous trekking experience, in particular, It’s important that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike at a comfortable pace for 5-6 hours over hilly terrain with a light day pack. Good cardio-vascular conditioning and muscles that are used to hiking will make your trip much more enjoyable.
We recommend the following schedule to the participants
  1. WEEK ONE: The participants should develop the habit of being able to get up in the morning and run / brisk walk for a minimum of 3-4 Km atleast 3-4 days a week. This would represent atleast 20-25 minutes of cardio exercise. Though difficult at first, keep at it. You can stop and take breaks as well.  During the day, you should get into the habit of avoiding elevators and taking the steps.  You should be able to climb at least 4/5 flights of steps daily. (Avoid going down steps too fast as this could result in some knee injuries). If you don’t enjoy running and are into some other sport like cycling or swimming, spend about 45 mins cycling or about 600 – 800 mts of swimming for atleast 4 days a week.
  2. WEEK TWO: Assuming you have successfully survived week one and are consistent with your exercise, you can take up the pace a notch. Increase your distance to 5/6 kms per day and 5 times a week, you can additionally go to a gym.  Avoid heavy weight training. Focus more on a core workout. These are your muscle groups that run along the length of your body and helps maintain your posture and sustains you during your long hours of working.
  3. WEEK THREE: In addition to the week Two exercise, one additional feature you should add in Week three is walking for half an hour during the evenings with a backpack on carrying 3-4 kgs.  This could be 2lts of water, some snacks, a jacket etc. This will help strengthen your back and shoulders thus preparing you for the long hours of trekking. If you don’t want to just simply walk, also try increasing your time on climbing flight of steps. As compared to week One, you should aim to be able to climb 10-12 flight of stairs comfortably.
  4. WEEK FOUR: Sustenance. Keep up the tempo, sustain the workout. Try avoiding doing anything very rigorous but be consistent with morning and evening walks / runs and climbing flight of stairs.
  5. WEEK FIVE: Sustain the workout. Increase only if you feel comfortable.  Start doing an additional 10-15 mins of climbing stairs in the morning / evening with a daypack of 2-3 kgs, about 20-25 floors once a day should help increase the stamina and Endurance considerably.

Please remember Consistency is the Key here. Do not do anything to exert yourself or something that will increase chances of Injury. Running / brisk walking 4-5 kms for 5 days in a week is far better than running a 20 km on one day of the week and injuring your Knee / Ligaments in the process. If you can be consistent with above-mentioned schedule, The Markha Valley Trek can be enjoyed thoroughly. Feel free to call us or mail us in case you want more details on how to prepare for this trek!

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