Marka valley Homestay Trekking with Stok Kangri Climb
The trekking starts from Spituk village, from the bank of Indus river. Its a 5hrs flat hike from Spituk village. Zingchen is the first village of Marak valley with two family hosting home-stay trekkers. You will be accommodated in a family house as soon as you show our booking voucher (generated while booked or handover by our office in Leh). We recommend you to carry at-least 2-ltr. of drinking water and some pack lunch or a trail mix, however you will be provided with a pack lunch every day from the first day onward.
Day 1: Drive from Leh to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village An early start is imperative for the Markha Valley Trek as there is no shade along the south banks of the Indus River until you enter the Zinchen Gorge. You will depart for Spituk from Leh by jeeps. In Spituk .The trek will begin along an old kucchha (un-metalled) road into a barren & dried region of Leh Ladakh with wild roses along the trail. After trekking through the parched land you will enter the lush Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus. Further into the valley lies the two-house hamlet of Zingchen (meaning ‘big field’). Overnight in Home-stay accommodation
Day 2: Trek from Zingchen to Ganda La Base. Today you will enter in the Hemis National Park and if you are fortunate you will get a rare sighting of a Ladakhi Ural or Arghali and other wildlife. Hemis National park is home to the lynx, Ladakhi Ural (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare etc.(link) . After paying the entrance fee, you will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley leading to the village of Rumbak. At Rumbak you will stop for tea at tea house made of a parachute run by women from the same village. Further you hike for half an hrs. reach yurutse village: Overnight home-stay tents.
Day 3: Trek from Yourutse to Skiu via Ganda La A big day and if this is your first pass crossing in the Himalaya you will be impressed.From the Ganda La there are views north to the Ladakh Range while to the south the rugged folds of the Zanskar Range extend to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya. After a few stretching exercises and breakfast, you will begin a 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). The ubiquitous chorten and Tibetan prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see Blue sheep, Marmots and Arghali roaming the hills around us. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as youll. After a short rest, you will make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. You will finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before reaching Skiu village. There are ruins of an old monastery. Overnight in Home-stay
Day 4: Skyu to Markha From Skiu you head east up the Markha Valley. After 2km the trail winds high above the riverbed. Floods in 2005 wiped out most of the then existing trails. There are a number of tiring 50m ascents and descents before the trail reaches a side gorge and potential campsite about 3km above Skiu. There is a dhaba selling buckthorn juice and locally made wheat biscuits run by the Women’s Association of Ladakh.En route there is an abundance of willow thickets and poplars where ancient mani walls and chortens line the trail and barren cliffs rise high above the valley. The trail continues through a series of willow and gorse thickets to a bridge over the Markha River. Trekking along the Markha River you get stunning views of the valley below. You will cross the river at and reach Markha (3800m). Markha is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. explore the village in the evening overnight in Home-stay
Day 5: Markha to Thochuntse. The Markha valley trail continues passed old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, you will be afforded our first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until you cross Kongmaru La. After you break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), you will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m), where you will be in a camp accommodation with all meals.
Day 6: Thochuntse to Nimaling After breakfast you will follow a trail which leads us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right. Overnight in Camp accommodation with all meals.
Day 7:Nimaling to Shang Sumdo You will cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from there you will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The descent is quite steep, but will gradually level out as you enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before you arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). Overnight in Home stay
Day 8:Shang-Sumdo-Martselang village Hike down hill along the shang river for 2-hrs and you reach Martselang village.
How to Book?
01: Select the date you want to start in the Check-in date field
02: Check the number of participants (member) in the Number of room area
03: There is an extra service option while booking, for transportation. porter and other needful while trekking if you wan to add on as an extra (if its not included).
Extras during trekking: There will be a wildlife fee of Rs 20 per person per day on Marka valley trek, if you visit a monastery in villages or along the way, might charge an entrance fee of Rs.20 to Rs30
Why Book with Us: You’re booking with a local booking office located in Ladakh itself (no middle man commission) means your benefiting the local community directly to encourage using more locally produced good and generate direct income from the visitors to the village households. Thus they are (the village community) more personal, eco-conscious and respect wild life to attract more guests.
Our Guide: Our guides are natives who know the trail and how to use those, acquainted with flora and fauna. Will guide you and teach the local way of life, means more interaction with the local community along the trekking trail. Will take care of you at utmost for safety, and comfort.
What to expect on home-stay trekking
Meals: you will be served with tea and local cookies on your arrival. Your dinner will be served on your preferred time (mostly by 7 to 8 PM). Let them know your meal timing & specification an hour in advance .
02: Breakfast will be served with tea coffee, eggs local Jam & breads from 7Am to 9AM.
Night Out: You will be provided with clean bed cover and blanket at all home stays, If you like to use your own, we suggest you to take along your own sleeping bag.
Toilet: in All home stay, there is only local dry toilet facilities available, you will find WC at some places only on Sham trek, hence we suggest you to take along your own stock of toilet paper and other sanitary needs.
Drinking Water: You will be provided boiled water for drinking purposes, even-though we suggest you to carry your own water purifier pills (iodine) or other purification equipment, and always refill your bottle in the morning for rest of the day hike.
Pack Lunch: Lunch will be provided as a packed lunch every morning before, you begin your day hike. Other beverages like cold drinks beer or extra tea coffee are available on extra payment in most of the home-stays.
Transportation drop to the trekking point
shared accommodation on all trekking night in local home-stay/ Tented accommodation in Nimalaing
Pick up transportation (you have to add on as an extras service )
porter (to carry your luggage sack )/Camera bag or any other persona equipment) if need porter you have to add as extra service
drink like alcoholic or non
other extra expenses due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstance which are beyond our control (please Read this link to know our trekking terms and condition)
Gear list and personal items to bring along:
Sleeping bag (optional)
Pair of good Hiking shoes and floater/sandal for water crossings and in-house use
Pair UV protected sunglass
SPF 30to50 sun lotion
Water purifier equipment or pills
Sun Head /p-cap
Cargo paints /shorts
Torch with extra batteries
Trail mix or cookies/dry fruits (can be purchased in Leh)
Multi purpose small knife (carry with your check-in baggage while on Air travel)
A solar charger if you need to charge your battery constantly
We want you to enjoy a trek with us, so before you book we set out a few points of information to avoid any disappointment.
We ask for a deposit of 10% per cent of the trek cost to guarantee a booking. The balance of 90% percent is payable in full, no later than the date of starting.
1/Read up on it before you book a trek. You may want to look at indiamike.com, which has posts on Ladakh in the J & K section, both from Indians and India-loving foreigners and provides contrasting perspectives.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is at best debilitating and at worst fatal, far too many people suffer from it on a trek despite it being almost entirely avoidable. Please read about it before you come, a useful website is http://www.altitudemedicine.org/ - American biased but accurate, it contains all you need to know.
If you look at this website please absorb the advice about Diamox (check with your Doctor) and hydration.
A safe rate of ascent can be summarised as sleeping for 3 nights at 3500 metres then ascending to 4000 on day 4, 4400 on day five and no more than 4700 on day 6. If you plan to sleep higher than this, take an extra day at 4700. Slower will be better, faster and some of you will definitely get sick. As this may mean abandoning the holiday of a lifetime.......
2/ Please remember that whilst you don't need to be paratrooper fit to enjoy a trek in Ladakh, you do need to be fit. This can be difficult for some of you who are chained to a desk for your working day but you have to do it. (Hats off to those bravehearts who go jogging in the early morning Delhi smog.) If you are unfit you will not manage to finish. Go to the gym, work out at home etc etc
3/ Buy decent boots, they don't have to be expensive but trainers don't grip well enough on trails. Don't even think of chappals. Believe us, some people do.....
4/ Buy or hire decent clothing, waterproofs, sun hat, plenty to keep you warm at night, it can drop below freezing on some campsites. Don't underestimate the cold if you come from the South.
5/ The Himalaya is the Abode of the Gods. This means that They, not you or us are in charge. If They send rain or snow the trek may be curtailed - rivers get too high, snow blocks the pass etc. We cannot refund in these circumstances if we have to turn back.
6/ We always trek at a proper rate of acclimatisation, in order to keep you safe. This may mean that some days are short and you may want to speed up and go further; if the guide says no then this will be because it is not safe to do so. We will not compromise on this, so don't ask.
7/ We cannot refund monies if the Client or one of their party has to return because of illness or unwillingness. Sometimes it happens that one person wants to go home, that will mean that horseman, carrying a tent, cooking materials and the client's bag may have to go with them. Often this will not be practical for our team to be split and the trek will have to be abandoned by everyone
Our guides and horsemen have to be paid and have given up other work to do this, supplies have to be paid for. The same goes for bad weather conditions that force detours or cancellation. We cannot give money back in these situations, so please think carefully before making that decision. Sometimes, in case of illness, especially AMS, your guide will insist on delay or return, please respect that decision. All of that said, most of our treks go smoothly and you will in fact have the holiday of a lifetime!
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|Tariff||Homestay Trekking 01 person (With All Meals)||1||1||Monday, April 22 2019||Sunday, April 22 2029||24.89€ (Rs2,200.00) Per night||1||365|
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