In the remote north-western corner of India, Ladakh is a truly inspirational destination for a trekking holiday. Following a beautiful high valley, this superb trek leads through a spectacular mountain world, colored by green irrigated fields and the red of the monks’ robes at the villages and monasteries en route.
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After acclimatizing and sightseeing at the monasteries around the ancient regional capital of Leh, our classic Ladakh trek starts from picturesque Chilling Village, renowned for its black smiths and craftsmen. We cross the Zanskar River by rope trolley and walk along the river to reach the substantial village of Markha, where the way of life has remained virtually unchanged for centuries. We then follow the trail passing through lush vegetation and traditional villages experiencing the ancient Ladakhi culture. Head of the Markha Valley is dominated by the glaciated Kang Yatze peak (6400m) rising above the idyllic Nimaling plains. Gradually gaining height on a riverside trail, our highest camp is at 4850 meters on the Nimaling Plain, in the realm of the elusive snow leopard, Himalayan marmots and griffon and lammergeyer vultures. Returning to the Indus Valley via the Kongmaru La (5135m) - the highest point of our trek, we have excellent views of nearby Kang Yatze (6400m), distant Nun-Kun peaks and northwards the peaks of the Tibetan border.
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Arrive in Delhi. Arrive at the international airport of Delhi at night and receive assistance from a representative from the local office to board the early morning flight to Leh. Overnight No Hotel
Delhi – Leh (3500m). Enjoy the scenery while flying from Delhi to Leh. In the afternoon there will be a gentle orientation walk of Leh and its bazaars. Overnight Hotel
Shankar Gompa – Shanti Stupa – Leh Palace – Leh In the local sight-seeing programme of Leh, visit Shankar Gompa – a subsidiary of Spituk Gompa, Shanti Stupa (the Buddhist Dome Structure) and the Leh Palace situated on the Namgyal Hill. Overnight Hotel
Free Day in Leh (Optional excursion to Khardung La; 5360m) Today is a free day with an option to go to Khardung La to experience world’s highest motorable road and the abundant natural beauty around. Overnight Hotel
Leh – Chilling – Skiu (3350m;3-4 hrs). This morning, transfer to Chilling, a small village renowned for its black smiths and craftsmen who work with metals like copper, tin and silver to make ladles, Chhang pots and tea pots etc. This is the starting point of the trek. Cross Zanskar river by rope trolley and trek to Skiu. Overnight Camp
Skiu – Markha (3750m;7-5 hrs). Trek along the valley from Skiu to Markha appreciating the natural scenery around. Follow the river all day to the camp. Overnight Camp
Local Exploration of Markha Valley. Free day in the village of Markha that can be spent doing a day-trek into the surrounding area and visiting the Markha Village and the small monastery. Overnight Camp
Markha – Hankar – Thachungtse (4300m;6-7hrs). Trek from Markha to Thachungtse, visiting Umlung Gompa en route. Continuing up the valley walk through Umlung Village and Hankar to Thachungtse. Overnight Camp
Thachungtse – Nimaling (4850 m;5-6 hrs). It is a short walk to Nimaling. Views of Kang Yangtse, at 6,400m are extraordinary. Evening optional walk is highly recommended for the impressive close up views of Kang Yangste. Overnight Camp
Nimaling: Rest or Exploration. Today is the day for rest and further acclimatization. Optional walk towards Kang Yatze, to a high point (5500 m) is highly recommended for this purpose. Overnight Camp
Nimaling – Kongmaru La (5135m) – Shang Sumdo (3810 m ;6-7 hrs) Start the day with an initial climb to Kongmaru La at 5,286m. From there continue descent to Shang Sumdo through a long gorge along the stream. Overnight Camp
Shang – Hemis – Leh. From Shang Sumdo drive to Hemis Monastery, once the largest and the richest of Ladakh monasteries. Visit the monastery and drive to Leh. Rest of the day free. Overnight Hotel
Rest Day in Leh. Today is a free day in Leh to provide an opportunity to further explore this amazing region. Overnight Hotel
Leh – Delhi (By Flight) – Agra (220 kms-4 hrs). Early morning transfer to Leh airport for flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi, drive straight to Agra. Evening is free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel
Agra – Delhi & Departure Transfer. In the sight-seeing programme of Agra visit Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Later, drive to Delhi and late in the evening transfer to the international airport to catch respective flights.
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Suitable for families with young children
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5-7 hours activity per day with steep uphill and downhill sections or high passes. Some days at high altitudes, good level of physical fitness recommended.
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