of Indus Valley, the trails through the Markha valley would
have been followed by villagers and monks for many
centuries. Eminent travelers William Moorcroft and
George Trebeck wandered these valleys while awaiting
permission to cross the Karakoram pass.
Grade: Moderate to Vigorous.
Duration: 15 Days. ( Actual Trek 08 Days, From
Spituk To Hemis)
Season: June – Oct
Itinerary: Delhi - Leh - Spituk - Trek -
Hemis - Leh - Delhi
01. ARRIVE DELHI
Morning arrive Delhi and transfer to hotel. Afternoon
combined guided tour of Old and New
Jammia Masjid Mosque, Cycle rickshaw ride through Chandni
chowk, Red Fort, drive through India Gate and Parliament
house, Qutab Minar and Humayuns Tomb.
02. DELHI – LEH Fly
Morning transfer to airport and fly to Leh, arrive and
transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure for
is a small picturesque town of about 10,000 people. Situated
at 3505 Mt. (11500 ft), the summer days are dry and sunny
but nights can be cold. A double lines of "Manies",
stone shelters for departed spirits, protects the towns
approaches. During these three days we will explore some of
the interesting monasteries of the area.
03. IN LEH
Morning half day
sightseeing of Phyang
– founded in 16th century by King Tashi Nangyal.
Spituk - The
monastery first belonged to the Kadampa order but in the 15th
century it was restored and Tsong Kapa sent two Lamas to
transfer it to Gelupa order. Afternoon free for preparation
of the trek.
04 to 11. TREK
Morning a short
drive to Spituk trek point, where the mules will be waiting.
After loading the mules, we commence the trek. To begin with
it is a short stage and moderate ascend to Zinchen.
The second stage to Yurutse
is too easy and moderate. Our next stage is strenuous all
the way up hill till Gandla Pass (4900 M.), then descend to Skiu
village. Trail now is fairly flat along the river, we will
have to switch several times from right to left and for this
purpose we have to begin our day very early in order to
complete river crossing in early hours of the day to avoid
high tide, finally we camp near Markha
village. From here the trek involve some steep ascends with
a few difficult stretch at the river bed and pass through
Humling monastery as well as Hankar village to Thanchungtse
pasture for night halt. Now a short and beautiful stretch
under at the foot of Kangyatse Peak (6400M.) in the
wonderful, one high valleys of Ladakh to Nimaling
(4700M.) for night halt. This is a gazing ground for yaks.
the trail climbs steeply for few hours up to Kongmarula pass
(5150M.) which commands a beautiful view of surrounding
peaks, we stop here for some time to enjoy the panoramic
views, then descend down in to gorge with few difficult
stretches over the boulders and cross several time the ford
for night halt. A short and easy stretch all the way down
hill to Martselang village, the a gradual ascend up to Hemis
12. HEMIS – LEH Drive 45 Km 2 Hrs
visit the famous Hemis
- largest monastery founded in 1602 by Tagtsangrepa
and drive to Leh. En-route visit Thiksey
Gompa – Tsong
Khapa had prophesied that a monastery would be built here
and Thiksey was founded by one of his disciple and Shey
Palace – once the
capital of Ladakh in the pre – Tibetan era until the 15th
century. Arrive Leh and check in at hotel.
13. IN LEH
day at leisure to explore the town and nearby monasteries.
14. LEH - DELHI Fly
fly to Delhi
arrive and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. Remainder
of the day at leisure.
Morning transfer to airport for onward / homeward flight