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The Markha Valley Trek

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Delhi, India

Visit: Delhi, Leh, Rumbak, Markha, Hankar, Delhi

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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In the remote north-western corner of India, the Himalayan region of Ladakh is a truly inspirational destination for a trekking holiday. Following a beautiful high valley, this superb trek leads through a spectacular mountain world, coloured by green irrigated fields and the red of the monks' robes at the villages and monasteries en route. After acclimatising and sightseeing at the monasteries around the ancient regional capital of Leh and taking a jeep ride up to the Khardung La, we set off on our trek into the Markha Valley. Crossing the Ganda La to reach Skiu in the Markha Valley, we enter a region where the way of life has changed little for centuries. Gradually gaining height on a riverside trail, our highest camp is at 4860 metres on the Nimaling Plain, in the realm of the snow leopard and impressive lammergeier or bearded vulture. Returning to the Indus Valley via the Kongmaru La (5290m), we have excellent views of nearby Kang Yatze (6400m) and northwards to the peaks of the Tibetan border. This popular holiday offers a real taste of the magical landscapes of Ladakh.

Highlights

    • Spectacular views from the Kongmaru La
    • Witness the traditional way of life in the Markha Valley
    • Ladakh is a veritable stronghold of Tibetan Buddhism
    • Visit several Indus Valley monasteries including Thikse and Hemis

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62366
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Delhi, India
Finishes: Delhi, India
Duration: 14 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • A professional English-speaking local leader
  • Delhi Airport transfers (on group arrival and departure days only)
  • Internal flights
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described (2 nights Hotel with swimming pool, 4 nights Hotel, 7 nights Camping)
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • Full trekking service including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,285 ($163/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Itinerary

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India Delhi, Leh, Shey, Thikse, Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Spituk Monastery, Lato, Jingchan Gorge, Rumbak, Yurutse, Ganda La, Skiu, Markha Valley, Hangkar, Thachungtse, Nimaling Plain, Kang Yatze, Kongmaru La, Chuskyurmo, Hemis Monastery
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Susan K  

Excellent all around - quick responses to questions. Handled exactly the way a trip booking should be handled. Equipment was great, the guide and support crew were the best I have ever travelled with. The food was unbelievable, close attention to hygiene, the crew treated the gear (personal and shared) properly. The pace and routing of the trip were splendid - not easy, considering the challenges of flying into altitude (Leh)and trying to quickly and successfully acclimatize. Tashi was extraordinary. I simply can't praise him enough - he is the ultimate guide. His patience, support for the group members, his constant attention to detail (I saw him going around a high camp one afternoon when we knew it would get cold - he was double-checking to make sure the tent flys were snugged). He was always working with/overseeing what everyone, crew and clients were doing. The scenery, the pacing, the incredible attention to detail, sensitivity to the environment (freshly dug latrines - what a luxury!) It was trickier than I expected, although I'd been warned it could be - flying into altitude and acclimatizing - but the pacing (and the drive up to the high pass) made it work. It is also a much-appreciated luxury to have clean, boiled water available whenever we needed/wanted it. It was so much more than expected - the monasteries, lovely lodging at Leh, and most of all the knowledgable guides, the fantastic crew (attentive, professional, unfailingly cheerful). I should also put in a wo

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Debbie S  

The Guide was professional, engaging, and very knowledgeable about the area and history, etc. Excellent leader. Hotel Florence was very nice, but in a difficult to access part of Delhi. Leh was great, hiking was wonderful. From a trip schedule, accommodation, food perspective - everything was great. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE. This is my third trip with you- always deliver on the promise....

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Lynda G  

We have not camped on trek before and was surprised by the high standard of service from the hardworking crew. Quality of food was a big surprise, I was amazed at what the cook could produce with such limited resources. Guidance on tipping is always appreciated. Even more detailed help would have been useful on this trip as we had to divide the pot up between everyone from the main guide to the pony man. I enjoyed Trekking through such a remote and amazing landscape and visiting the local monasteries. We have booked 4 trips now with you. We are not really hardcore walkers but love active holidays with an element of adventure. Your trips, even the cultural ones, always involve some walking off the beaten track, that we really enjoy.

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Ann S  

I most enjoyed the trekking in a remote area. We did not see other trekking groups. The group itself was unusual for me as I was the only Brit, we hit it off right from the beginning. We laughed from the minute we got up to the moment we went to bed. Our guide was the best local leader I have ever had on trek. He looked after us and his crew, going beyond what I would expect from a leader. I was very impressed by the way the ponies were looked after by their handlers. It's always a pleasure to visit your office for a chat and to discuss different trips with your knowledgeable staff.

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