Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh, India

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    It is true. Some barren lands on this planet turn out to be the most outrageously gorgeous spectacles on earth.We are going to venture into the best kept secrets in the trekking world - Ladakh and specifically the Markha Valley in the Indian Himalayas. This region has the same landscapes as Tibet, and has been dubbed as Little Tibet; but with less hassle in terms of permits etc. The plan is to do high altitude trekking. We will also visit the monasteries in the area and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the town of Leh. This is a special trip as you will be guided by our female local trekking guide jointly with our female trip leader via Peak Explorations as a way to empower women on both sides of the world! By joining this trip, you will be supporting the local Ladakhi women who work in the trekking tourism industry where men continue to dominate in the roles of guides and porters. Note: This is a co-ed trip led by a team of Ladakhi women as guide and porters.

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    ITINERARY 

    DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN LEH
    You'll arrive in Leh in the morning and have free day to acclimatize.
    Note: You will likely have to fly into Delhi the day before and then catch a morning flight to Leh the next day.   

    DAY 2 - FREE DAY
    With our Peak Explorations ambassador, walk around Leh and visit the nearby monasteries and local markets. 

    DAY 3 - MONASTERY TOUR IN SHAM VALLEY  
    This is an all day tour to visit the monasteries in Sham Valley.  There's plenty of nature, culture and spiritual experience to be had on this tour.

    DAY 4 - 1st DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
    You will drive to the start of your trek at Jingchen (3380m) and end in Yurutse (4090m).   

    DAY 5 - 2nd DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
    From Yurutse, you hike to Shingo (4150m).  

    DAY 6 - 3rd DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK 
    From Shingo, you will descend to Skiu (3350).

    DAY 7 - 4th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
    You'll begin to walk your way to Markha Valley from Skiu (3770m).  Enjoy the magnificent views of the valley along the way. 

    DAY 8 - 5th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
    Walk from Markha to Hankar (4240m).

    DAY 9 - 6th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
    Walk from Hankar to Nimaling (4740m)

    DAY 10 - 7th DAY OF MARKHA VALLEY TREK
    Last day of the trek as you descend from Nimaling to Chogdo (3600m) where your vehicle awaits to take you back to Leh.

    DAY 11 - FLY HOME The group will be transferred to Leh airport. NOTE: The guide and his team reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary to accommodate the group, as needed.

    Optional add on: Pangong Lake or Nubra Valley driving tour or Agra's Taj Mahal tour from Delhi.


    TREK STYLE 

    This is a STRENUOUS trek.  Recent hiking and/or backpacking experience is highly recommended.  You will need to prepare in terms of cardio workout and consult with your doctor prior to joining the trip given the high altitude reaching up to almost 5000 meters.  You will be required to familiarize yourself with the hazards and risks of high altitude trekking, sign a liability waiver and terms & conditions forms.  A medical certification from your doctor may be required if Peak Explorations deems it necessary prior to joining this trip.

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    Details

    Duration: 11 Days
    Starts in: Leh
    Ends in: Leh
    Group Size: 4-12
    Difficulty: 4/5

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