Kongmaru La Pass At 5100 Metres
Markha Village And Kang Yatse Peak
Markha Valley is famous for its natural beauty and has a small, charming hamlet that lies across the Markha River. It is between the picturesque Zanskar and Ladakh ranges. Markha Valley is one of the most famous and accessible regions in Ladakh and hence well-known among tourists. The village of Markha is the largest village in the valley. To journey to Markha Valley, you can begin from Stok or Spituk village which are half an hour of drive away from Leh. The route of trekking will take you through stunning landscapes and lofty mountain passes, such as Gandala, Stokla, and Kongamarula. You will also see villages with lush greenery, refreshing oasis, rivers and nomadic houses complete with horses, yaks, and other domestic animals.
Even if you are looking for a spiritual journey, the prayer flags gently blowing in the wind and the soft chants of prayers will offer you that. You will meet friendly locals on your trail and they will greet you with Juley or Hello in Ladakhi. You will always remember the smiles and warmth of the Ladakhi people. The villages you will come across while trekking are - Skyu, Shingo, Hanker, Markha, Chakdo, and Shang Sumdo. In Markha, you will get to see the remains of castles and ancient meditation spots that are a part of its rich history. To trek to Markha Valley is every adventurer’s dream and will impress you if you are in love with nature. Also, you will get a chance to escape the dullness of daily life and find peace, enlightenment and spiritual richness.
After having bed tea in your tent, early in the morning, you should start to pack all your belongings for the trek. Then you can enjoy breakfast in the dining tent. After finishing breakfast, you are all set for the day’s activities. Your guide will lead you on the trail, while you follow with a light backpack containing your essentials. This means, you should carry things like your camera, sunglasses, water bottle, lunch and so on with you. The heavier things will follow on horseback. Then, at noon, you will stop at a pleasing location for lunch and rest. The trek will continue once again after that, with the kitchen staff and horsemen leading the way to the campsite. Even before you reach your camp, your tent, snacks, tea, and juice will be ready so that you can get refreshed. After you arrive at the camp, you are free to relax the way you want. Dinner will be served at about 7 in the evening. After that, your guide will share the itinerary of the next day with you and decide on the different timings as well.
You can expect delicacies ranging from Indian and Tibetan to Ladakhi, Continental, Italian or Chinese for your breakfast, lunch and dinner.