Leh - Zinchen - Markha
10 Nights / 11 Days
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Delhi – Leh
Arrive in Delhi and Depart to Leh Arrival in Leh, meet and transfer to hotel. Later visit Sanker and Shanti Stupa. Overnight at Hotel in Leh. SHANKAR: The Sankar Gompa is a couple of kilometres away from Leh town. It belongs to the Gelukspa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This small Gompa is a branch of the Spityk Monastery, founded by the first incarnation of Skyabje Bakula (head monk of Spituk).Shanti StupaThe Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1985. Its state of the artwork attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch.
Leh - Sightseeing
Full day tour of Shey, Theksey & Hemis. Today we start our excursion by visiting the monastery of Thikse. Thikse is one of the most imposing monastery in Ladakh. The monastery has 12 stories, 10 temples, a nunnery and 60 lamas in residence. It contains numerous stupas, statues, tankhas, wall painting and a large pillar engraved with the teaching of Buddha. We can also see here a collection of Tibetan scripts. After the visit of Thikse, we visit the village of Shey on the eastern bank of the Indus. Shey was the royal residence and was located at an important vantage point in the Indus valley. It has a large victory stupa which is topped with gold. After the visit of the monastery of Shey, we visit the monastery of Hemis. The rich monastery of Hemis is the biggest in Ladakh and is perched on top of a pleasant green hill surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery. Overnight stay in Leh.
Spituk and trek to Zinchen
Leave Leh early morning by Jeep and reaches Spituk. Visit the monastery and Start trek from Zinchen easy climb gently leaving a small pass on the left, continue onto a small valley, Overnight in Tents.
Zinchen – Yurutse
Easy gradual ascending and passing some interesting small pastures with shepherds and finally reaching Yurutse. Overnight in Tents.
Yurutse – Gandala – Skiu
Yurutse follows the path along the mountainside, then cross a small valley and follow zig-zag steep path. Thereafter cross Gandala. Then long descent towards Shingo. After 2 Hrs. descent arrive in the valley of Markha and then after few hundred meters further will reach Skiu. Overnight in Tents.
Skiu – Markha
From Skiu, follow a good path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. Then cross a right bank of the river and cross through barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter walk along the left bank of the river and after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Good campsite beyond the village and near river. Overnight in Tents.
Markha – Tchatchutse
Start trek towards the main valley on the right bank. The path is sometimes difficult in the river bed and pass the monastery of Humlung. Then carry on trek along the right bank and arrive in Hankar where there are several houses. The path improves and crosses a broad valley on the right side. The valley becomes narrow and higher and cross bridges on to the left bank and then reaches Tchatchuste. Overnight in Tents.
Tchatchutse – Nimaling
Trek starts on a good path and several small inclines. The river is rather far to the other side and walks near a small lake, then cross pasture to Nimaling. This is one of most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by the Kang Yaze. Trek ascent towards other side and gradually reach Nimaling. Overnight in Tents.
Nimaling - Knogmarula
Cross the Markha valley and follow long climb along the mountainside, then zig zag road leads towards Kongmarula. Follow steep descent into gorges and then keep walking on the left bank to Chukirmo. Thereafter crossing right and left the bank and arrive Shang, a beautiful camp in groves and there is a monastery an hour away from the village. Overnight in tents.
Shang - Hemis
Trek starts from the riverbed, then follow a good path through large blocks and then go left bank. You reach a dusty trail suitable for motor vehicles and then pass a small house and series of Chortens. Leave Martsellang on the right and follow a gently rising trail towards Hemis. Visit Hemis monastery after that drive towards to Leh via Shey and Thiksey monastery. Overnight stay in Leh.
Leh - Delhi - Departure
Transfer in time to the airport to connect onwards flight for Delhi and depart for home town.