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Markha valley Trek from Lamayuru

Delhi- Leh - Phyang- Spituk- Shey- Thiksey- Hemis- Lamayuru- Wanla – Hinju - Sumdochenmo – Dundunchen - Chilling – Skiu -Markha Village – Hankar Village-Nimaling – Shang Sumdo Village - Namiling - Shang - Leh - Delhi  (TREKKERS TREK) ( 18 Days)

Day 01:Arrive Delhi:
Arrive Delhi you will be picked up from the airport and will transfer to hotel for overnight stay. After breakfast we will visit Old and New Delhi. Afternoon will be free

New Delhi
New Delhi is the Capital of India is the fastest growing large city in India, rapidly catching up the colonial cities of Bombay and Calcutta in size, and long since eclipsing them in political importance.  In some are it remains a spacious garden city, tree-lined and with beautiful parks.  Delhi today is essentially 4 cities, spreading over the remains of nearly a dozen earlier centers, which once occupied this vital strategic site. 

Old Delhi
The oldest is now know as “Old Delhi “ or Shah Jahanabad built by the Mughal Emperor Shah in the first half of the 17th century.  Focusing on the great imperial building of the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, this old City is a dense network of narrow alleys and tightly packed markets and houses, Muslim, Sikhs and Hindus living side by side. 

Day 02: Delhi – Leh:
Transfer to domestic airport and fly to Leh, arrive Leh transfer to hotel. Morning free to explore the bazaar and its monastery. Afternoon visit Phyang and Spituk monasteries by jeep / Car. Overnight Hotel. 

Phyang – It was founded in the 16th century by king Tashi Namgyal, for a Lama he had invited to establish the Digungpa order (branch of the Kagyupa order).  A prayer pole marks the place from which one can see the monastery and signifies that, from this point on, criminals escape punishment. 

Spituk – is the oldest Delgupta monastery in the Indus valley, dating from 15th Century.  It is interesting to note that the Delgupta monks created the precedent of building monasteries on hilltops, rather than on valley floors.  This follows the Tibetan notion that the higher the monastery sites, the closer it is to the Gods.  There was certainly no political significance attached to its strategic sting at the time.  Nowadays Spituk administers Shanker monastery in Leh and also the Stokh village monastery. 

Day 03 In Leh:
Full day tour of Shey, Thiksy and Hemis monasteries. Return to Leh hotel for overnight stay. 

Shey – the former palace of upper Ladakh before Leh was established, this site commanded an important vantage over the Indus valley.  Since 1834 however, after the royal family moved to Stokh, much of the palace and fort fell into disrepair; even the marshland immediately below was once a clear lake. 

Thiksey  - one of the most imposing monasteries in the Indus valley, Thiksey was part of the original Delgupta order in the 15th century.  The monk’s quarters stretch right the way along the hillside beneath the main assembly hall.  The library at Thiksy is supposedly one of the finest in Ladakh and a multi – denominations Gompa has recently been constructed – proof indeed of the continuing vitality of Buddhism in Ladakh. 

Hemis – the position of Hemis monastery lying in a small isolated valley south of the Indus, belies its importance.  As headquarters of the Drukpa (Old Buddhist) order, it administers monasteries throughout the whole Ladakh – from the Indus to the Zanskar valley and from the Markha to the Sumdah valley.  Hemis was established at the behest of Senge Namgyal in the early 17th century and since than has enjoyed the patronage of the royal family of Ladakh.  It provides monks as caretaker for royal monasteries at the Basgo, Leh and Shey palaces.   

Day 04:Leh – Lamayuru :Today after breakfast we will drive towards Leh – Srinagar highway for overnight stay at Lamayuru. En-route visit famous Alchi monastery.  After lunch at Alchi  we will continue our journey till we reach Lamayuru.  Camp at Lamayuru.  Evening visit Lamayuru monastery.

Alchi is 70 kms from Leh has a large temple complex and is regarded as one of the most important Buddhists centers in Ladakh and a jewel of monastic skill.  There are five shrines in the Choskor complex (11th Century) which has some splendid wall painted wooden flags, a reminder perhaps of the presence in ancient times of lakes in this desert.  

The monastery is perched on a crag overlooking the Indus.  The complex, which includes a library, thought to be the oldest in the region, was founded in the 11th century and belongs to the Tibetan Kagyupa sect.  The present monastery dating from the 16th century was partly destroyed in the 19th.   You can still see some of the murals, which mix Indian and Tibetan styles, the 11 headed and 1000 armed Avalokiteswara image along with the recently redecorated dukhang (hall) 

Day 05: Lamayuru  - Wanla:
Trek Lamayuru to Wanla (4 ½ hours). Start the trek after breakfast along with the river. Leaving Lamayuru behind ascend towards Prinkitila (3780 Mt). After crossing the pass descend towards Wanla village, which is a small village, surrounded by dark mountains. Overnight camp at Wanla village. 

Day 06: Wanla – Hinju :
Trek Wanla to Hinju (6 hours). From the camp we have a nice walk upto Phanjila village. At Phanjila village we have two gorges, one goes to Zanskar and another goes to the left which leads us towards Hinju. From Phanjila go up to Hinju village along with the river. Overnight camp at Hinju village. 

Day 07:Hinju – Sumdochenmo :
Hinju to Sumdochenmo (6 hours). From the camp we go along with the river. At the end of the river we reach the place meant for summer camps for Hinju villagers. From here starts the steep ascend to Kongskila pass (4850 metes). From the pass we can see the beautiful landscape of Sham valley and also we can see the view of Hinju village. After crossing the pass descend to village Sumdochenmo. Overnight camp at Sumdochenmo. 

Day 08:Sumdochenmo – Dundunchen:
Sumdochenmo to Dundunchenla base (5 hours). After breakfast start the trek along with the riverside and gorges. Today we go through the beautiful village Sumdochenmo, which has only few houses. After crossing the small river, starts the steep ascend to the Lanakla pass (4600 Mt). After crossing this pass we reach Dundunchen Base. Overnight at Dundunchen base. 

Day 9:Dundunchen – Chilling :
Dundunchen to Chilling (5 ½ hours). From the camp start the steep ascend to Dundunchen pass (4800 Mt). From the pass one can see the beautiful view of Kangyatse (6400 Mt) and Stok Kangri (6100 Mt). After crossing this high pass. We descend to the place called Sanak. After Sanak we have to cross the river stream 2 to 3 times to reach Chilling. Overnight camp at Chilling village. 

Day 10:Chilling – Skiu :
Chilling to Skiu (5 hours). Today we cross 80-meter cable car over Zanskar River. On the other side of the river we will meet the second team of pony man who are going to be with us for the rest of our trek. Walk along the narrow path upto Skiu village. Overnight camp at Skiu village. 

Day 11:Skiu -  Markha Village :
Skiu to Markha (6 ½ hours). After breakfast start the trek through a path on the right bank of the Markha river. Here you will find lot of greenery but after crossing left bank by a bridge, mountains cape changes to barren land, and by passing barren plain again cross a bridge to the right bank, we arrive at a small Challak village with few houses. Cross the river and walk a along left bank cross again after a short climb is the beautiful Markha village. Overnight camp at Markha village. 

Day 12:Markha Village – Hankar Village:
Markha to Hankar (4 hours). Morning visit Markha Monastery which is near by camp side. After visiting this monastery start trek to Hankar through crossing 3 times Markha River. Before reaching to Hankar one can see the Mount Kangyatse (6400 Mt) and also one can see the Hankar castle which is now in a ruined condition. Overnight camp at Hankar village. 

Day 13:Hankar Village – Namaling :
Hankar to Nimaling (5 hours). Today we have gradual walk until Nimaling. Nimaling is a beautiful plateau where the shepherds of Markha village live and take their cattle for pasturing in the summers. This plateau is the coldest place in Markha valley. The altitude of Nimaling is 4600 Mt. Overnight camp at Nimaling. 

Day 14:Nimaling:
Day rest or one can go near the glacier of Kangyatse, which will take 2 ½ hours. Here at Nimaling one can see many Yaks and thousands of Sheep and pashmina Goats. Overnight camp at Nimaling. 

Day 15: Nimaling – Shang Sumdo Village:
Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (7hours). Today we cross one of the Highest pass in this trek Kongmarula (5200 Mt). After crossing this pass, we start a steep descend down and then continue through narrow gorges until Shang Sumdo. On the way we have to cross small river streams several times. Overnight camp at Shang Sumdo village.

Day 16: Shang Sumdo – Leh:
Shang Sumdo to Marcelong (3hours). Today is the last day of our trek. To reach Marcelong we have to cross-streams two times. At Marcelong our cars will be waiting for us to take back to Leh which is 47 km and takes1 ½ hour. Overnight at Hotel in Leh. 

Day 17:Leh:
Day free. Overnight in Leh. 

Day 18:Leh – Delhi:
Morning flight to Delhi by IC432 which departs at 1030 and arrives at 1155 hours. Arrive Delhi and transfer to your Hotel. Rest of the day free .Late evening transfer to International airport for homeward flight.  

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