Markha Valley Tour
Tour Route : Delhi - Manali - Leh - Markha
Day 01 : Arrival Delhi : Assistance on arrival and followed to transfer by representative to hotel for overnight.
Day 02 : Delhi ( Sightseeing ) : After Breakfast tour breifing by India Insight Staff after briefing followed full day sightseeing of Jama Mosque, Red Fort, Gandhi Museum, Government Building, (India Gate, Indian President House, Parliament House) PM Qutab Minar & Humayn Tombe. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 Dehi /Kalka/Manali : After early breakfast drive vice versa to New Delhi Railway Station, for in time train to Kalka Shatabadi Exp. ETD 0740 hrs and arrival at Kalka around at 1200 hrs. Then continue drive to Manali, 275km/06-07 hrs. from Kalka. Through the himalayan village. O/n hotel.
Day 04 Manali : After breakfast Half day local excursion of the" Queen of the mountain "Situated at an altitude of 1965m. (6730ft) On the west bank of the Beas River, it makes an idyllic stop before heading on over the Rohtang Pass the barren mountain landscapes beyond. This rapidly expanding resort caters for both Western and Indian people. Lush orchards and dark forests, typical of the fertile Kullu Valley, surround it and it has enticing views to the north to snow-capped 6000m. Peaks. The three km north is the attractive village of Old Manali, its peaceful surroundings, a good view from there the main city of Manali, Vashist, 03 km north-east of Manali, although the main reason for visiting is to soak in the hot springs. 12 km north another small village Jagatsukh, that was the former capital Kullu and the site of ancient temples
The Shiva temple in Shikhara style and nearby old Devi Sharvali Temple, decocted to the Goddess Gayatri (a sister of Durga) walk one km from the heart of the town and visit the 600 years old Hadimba Devi Temple with a four tiered pagoda shaped roof, a somber, wooden shrine set in a cedar grove. According to the Mahabharata Bhima, who wanted to marry Hadimba, first had to kill cruel demon brother Hadimba that he did in this grove. Another exterior and door covered with handsome carvings received a dubious token of gratitude from the king. He was so enamored with the result; he cut off the artist's hand to prevent him from duplicating another temple that might rival the Hadimba. The influx of Tibetan refugees in Manali has left its stamp on the town. The new Tibetan Monastery just behind the bus stop, in an area called Model Town and adjoining it the Tibetan Bazaar, are examples. Over night at Hotel.
Day 05 Manali / Jispa: After an early breakfast at 0730 hrs commence morning drive 6 -7 hrs to Jispa 140 kms. Over the Rohtang pass 3990m. Lahaul valley is quite rocky & barren & totally opposite to the lush green Kullu valley, the people of this valley are mainly Buddhists & the local society still follows the ancient culture of polygamy!!!! The first part of the climb from Manali of about 51 kms brings us to the top of Rohtang pass, which offers panoramic views of the snow capped mountains on a clear day. From here on the road descends 21 kms into Lahaul valley to the first village of Koksar, where passports are checked. Normally Lunch break is taken at Koksar due to its numerous small restaurants. From here the drive continues past several Lahauly villages & among them the most prominent being Sissu & Gondla. The vehicle stops at Keylong, which is the capital town of the valley for clients to walk around this town & markets to get a insight into this wonderful community.
From Keylong we continue on to Jispa village, just before Jispa stop to visit the Gemur monastery which is perched high above the village, it is a good 20 minutes walk from the road but the monastery & the views from the top are very rewarding. Continue on to Jispa or one can even walk 6 kms. On arrival check into Hotel Jispa. Rest of the time is at leisure to walk around Jispa village & visit the local monastery. Overnight at Ibex Hotel.
Day 06 Jispa / Sarchu (6-7 HRS) : After a leisurely breakfast around 0900 hrs commence drive to Sarchu (4250m) 120 kms 4-5 hrs over the spectacular Barlachla pass (4998m) on arrival check into North Quest fixed tented camp for overnight.
Buddhist-Monk in Leh & Ladakh, Leh & Ladakh Tour PackagesDay 07 Sarchu/Leh : Early breakfast at 0700 hrs in camp, commence the long drive to Leh, 220 /9-10 hrs drive over some of the highest passes on this road & through the southern tip of the Tibetan plateau cross the highest pass on this road & second highest pass in the world called the Tanglang la (5359m/17,582ft). Arrival in Leh in the evening. On arrival check in hotel for overnight.
Day 08 Leh Half Day Sightseeing : After breakfast visit Shankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa & Tsemo Castle, Shankar Gompa first Gelukpa (yellow hat) monastery to be established in ladakh. Richen zangpo predicted that a monastery would be founded here that would set and example to the other monasteries in the land. As it is situated in middle in the Leh town. Shanti stupa visible from most of the town this new stupa was officially opened in 1985 the peace pagoda is part of the legacy of the Japanese Fuji Guru. Tsemo Castle called the victory tower in Ladakh. Rest of the dey local markets. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 Leh Full day sightseeing : Shey/Thisey & Stok Palace : After breakfast drive toward Hemis around 45 km from Leh, En route visit Shey, & Thiksey monasteries accompanied by local English speaking guide : - Shey was the old capital and the home of the kings of Ladakh before the new capital became established in Leh the palace sits in a strategic position on a spur jutting out into the Indus valley. the main temple contains a large Buddha statue sculpted by Nepalese craft men. Thiksey, this large Gompa is an impressive sight, situated on top of a craggy hill while the rest of the complex sprawls down beneath it. it was founded in the 15th century by Gelukpa monks. Stok, 14 kms southeast of Leh, is a place, where the present day royal family resides.
King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal built Stok palace & Museum in the year 1825, after Zorawar Singh's annexation of Ladakh. The royal family resides here since Ladakh lost to Zorawar Singh. At present the palace has a collection of royal dresses, old Thankas, King's crown etc. that is open for visitors. Gurphuk Gonpa, a branch of Spituk Monastery is a little away from the palace, which is famous for its festival "Guru Tsechu" held on the 9th and 10th of the 1st month of Tibetan Calendar.
Day 10 Leh/Spitok/Jingchan: (12,375 Ft/3750 M) .(12 kms, 5 hrs trek) The Trek Begin On This Day. The Car Will Drive You Spitok Village About 15 Minutes Drive 7 Kms From Leh. Start Trek From Spituk To Jingchin For The First Two Hours You Will Be Walking On Flat Surface Which Is Good Fr Acclimatization Later You Will Enter Into The Jingchin Valley Following The River On The Left Bank Up Stred Jinchen Is Small Village With One Family Divided Into Three Houses. Afternoon To Explore Around Jinchen & Acclimatization. Meal & Overnight Camp.
Day 11 Jingchin/Yurutse ( 14,124 Ft/4280m) : (5-6 hrs Trek), After Breakfast Start Trek, The Initial Part Of The Trail Gradually Ascends It Is One Of The Beautiful Walks & Is Also Know As The Snow-Leopard Area & You May Come Across Lot Of Wild Life On This Days Walk. At The End Of The Gorge You Will Reach Rumbak Village & From Here On The Trail Continues On The Right To The Tiny Settlements On Yurutse. Camp Is Set A Little Beyond This At The Foot Of Gandhala.
Day 12 Yurutse/Skiu ( 10,378 ft/ 3145m) : (7-8 hrs Trek) The Climb To Gandhala(16,097 Ft/4,920m) Follow the mail trail that heads to the true right of the valley. from the highest campsite about 03 km from Yurutse village. Take the right trail to ascend the yak pasture towards the pass. From the Gandla 4920 m view extend south to the Zanskar Range and the distant summits of the Himalaya Range.
After the initial descent the trail leads to the true right to the valley to the out laying village Singo village (4090 m) From Singo the trail heads into a narrow gorge, the initial descent is on the true left of the valley. before the trail regularly recesses the stream throughout the 5 -6 km stage to Skiu. The wall of the gorge are particularly impressive, while the willow poplar and rose bushes. On arrival at Skiu visit the gompa, mark the confluence of Shingo & Markha river. overnight at camp.
Day 13 Skiu/Markha (12,797 Ft/3,878m) : 6 Hrs. A Very Pleasant Walk Up One Of The Loveliest Sections Of The Markha Valley. Markha Is One Of The Biggest In This Valley. The Way Through Woody Bushes Thickly Along The River Which Is A Spanned By Several Small Bridges Over Which The Trail Marches To Thinlespa. The Camp Is Set After Thinlespa 1 N Half Hrs We Set The Camp Beneath The Markha Village The Landscape Is Very Nice Evening We Enjoy And Drink Local Wine With Villagers.
Day 14 Markha/Thachunche (14,097 ft/4,250m) : (4-5 hrs trek) The Trail Continues Eastwards, Climbing Steadily Up The Valley Through The Picturesque Village Of Markha And Its Interesting Monastery, Which Is Worth Visiting. Coming In From The South Is The Trail From Rubering La One Of The Routes To Zangla In Zanskar, From Markha The Country Changes And The And The Warm Relatively Heavily Wooded Section Of The Lower Markha Is Left Behind The Camp Below The Twin Villages Of Lower And Upper Hankar Is Distinctively Cooler Than At Thinlespa.
Day 15 Thachunche/Nimaling : (16,097ft/4,878 M) (4 hrs Trek) From Thachunche Camp Join The Normal Trail Back To Nimaling Past Villages Seemingly Poorer Than Those Of Lower Areas. The Nimaling Plain Is A Broad Undulating Meadow Which Slopes Upwards To The Base Of Ice Clad Kangyatse Which Dominate The Area . Nimaling With Tiny Ponds And Rivulets Flowing All Over Its Meadows, You Find Numbers Of Animals Like Yak, Dzos, Sheep, Goats, Horses And Himalayan Marmots And White Tailed Hares Are Seen.
Day 16 Nimaling : Full day free for explore the high meadow land. overnight at camp.
Day 17 Nimaling/Shang Sumdho (13,230 Ft/3,973 M) : 7-8 Hrs. Crossing To The North Of Markha Begin The Climb Up To The Highest Of The Three Passes Kongmarula(17,409 Ft/5,274 M)With Its Wonderful Views From The Top. The Trial Descends Steeply To The Head Of Martselang Valley Pasty The Sulphur Springs Of Chuskyurmo And Follows The Martselang Stream To The Village Of Sumdho At The Confluence Of The Shang Nala And The Martselang. Overnight In Camping.
Day 18 Sumdho/Hemis/Leh : 01 hrs trek + drive : Hrs An Easy Descent Mainly Along The True Left Bank Of The Martselang To Where It Broadens Into The Valley Of The Indus At The Village Of Martselang. The Jeep Waits For You At The Village Of Martselang And Drive You Hemis Monastery.
Day 19 Leh : Full day leisure for individual activities shopping extra. Overnight at hotel. (This is the reserve day for flight because some time the weather is not allow to fly)
Day 20 : Leh/ Delhi : Early in the morning drive to airport take flight to Delhi ETD 0735 hrs ETA 0850 hrs. On Arrival meet to assistance drive to hotel for overnight. Pm day leisure for the individual activates. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21 : Delhi /Dep : Am day leisure for the individual activates (Check-Out 1200hrs.) Later evening entime transfer to international airport for onward journey.