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Ladakh - Markha Trekking

Duration

19 Nights / 20 Days

Places Covered

Delhi - Leh - Stock - Stock - la Trek - Yurutse - Ghandala Pass - Shingo Trek - Markha - Hankar - Nimaling - Kongmaru-la - Shang Trek - Hemis - Tsemorari - Rumtse

Overview

Ladakh - Markha Trekking

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive - Delhi

Begin Your tour
Arrive into Delhi.
Welcome to Vardhman's "Ladakh - Markha Trekking Tour"
On arrival at Delhi, you will be met and transferred by Vardhaman's representative to the hotel. Check in at hotel.
Later, enjoy a sight seeing trip of Delhi visiting Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, the Red Fort and the great Jama Masjid - the biggest mosque in India.
Optional : Sound and Light Show / Dances of India
Humayun's Tomb: The first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun's Tomb was built by the emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD.The mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. Constructed with red sandstone and ornamented marks the beginning of a new tradition of ornate style which culminated in the Taj Mahal of Agra. Designed by the Persian architect, Mirza Ghyas, Humayun's Tomb shows a marked shift from the Persian tradition of using coloured tiles for ornamentation. Located in the midst of a large square garden, screened by high walls, with gateways to the south and west, the tomb is a square tower surmounted by a magnificent marble dome. The dome stands 140 feet from the base of the terrace and is topped with a copper pinnacle. In addition to the remains of Humayun, the complex also houses the grave of many other distinguished members of the Mughal dynasty.
Qutub Minar: The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer. No one can, however, dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but also in the world.
Red Fort: The largest of Old Delhi's monuments is Lal Quila or Red Fort whose thick red sandstone walls, bulging with turrets and bastions, have withstood the vagaries of time and nature. The Lal Quila rises above a wide dry moat in the northeast corner of the original city of Shahjahanabad. Its walls extend from two kilometers and vary in height from 18 metres on the river side to 33 metres on the city side.
Jama Masjid: Work on the Jama Masjid mosque was begun in 1650 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort. More than 5,000 workers toiled for six years to complete the largest mosque in India. A fine example of Mughal architecture, the Jama Masjid has three gateways. The largest and highest on the east was reserve exclusively for the emperor. The main courtyard of the mosque is 408 square feet and paved with red stone. In the centre is a large marble tank in which the devout wash before attending prayers.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 2 Delhi - Leh Flight (01 Hr 15 Mins)

Morning after breakfast, transfer from city to domestic airport to connect flight to Leh . Upon arrival in Leh welcome in traditional Ladakhi style and transfer to hotel, rest of the day at leisure to acclimatize.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 3 Leh

Morning after breakfast visit Phyang & Spituk Monasteries.
After visit return to the hotel for hot meals. Afternoon visit Leh Palace & Bazzar. Evening return to hotel for meals
Phyang: It is situated on the Leh - Kargil Highway 24 kms. west of Leh. The place has got a gompa that belongs to the 15th Century. Built by king Tashi Namgyal, the gompa subscribes to Kagyupa Order. The gompa has got tall walled building and houses 50 Prigungpa Lamas. The Dukhang has got 3 silver chortens out of which one has got seven eyed coloured Dezi stone. This stone is believed to be highly auspicious and was brought from Tibet by a former Head Lama. Gonkhang enshrines a furious veiled protector Deoty and also has a great collection of weapons and armours used during the Mongolian invasion of 14th Century. Phyang is also well-known for its annual festival which is the second largest festival in Ladakh. Phyang Tsedup festival formely used to be held during the winters, but recently it has been rescheduled with the tourist season and is celebrated during the month of July - August. During the festival, one can witness the Chaam dances and exposition of Giant 10 mtrs. broacade Thangka.
Spituk Monastery: The Spituk Gompa is perched on a high hill overlooking the Indus river about 18 Km from Leh. Rinchen Zangpo the Great Translator who helped spread Buddhism in Ladakh named the monastery. (Spituk means exemplary). The Spituk monastery is known for its collection of Buddhist artifacts and for the Spituk festival held from the 17th to 19th days of the 11th month of the Buddhist calendar. Further up the hill is a Mahakal Temple, where a fearsome image of Vajrabhairava is unveiled once a year at its annual festival.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 4 Leh - Stock - Stock - la Trek (Approx. 03 Hrs)

After breakfast drive to Stock. Upon arrival start trek to Stock-la enroute cross-river Rumback two to three times.
Upon arrival in Stock-la meals.On a clear day one gets nice commanding view of Stock- Kangri peak.
Stok Kangri (elevation 6,137 m (20,135 feet): It is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of northwest India. The peak is located in Hemis National Park, 12 km southwest of the trailhead at 3,610 m (11,845 feet) in the village of Stok and 24 km southwest of the Ladakhi capital of Leh. Despite its altitude, Stok Kangri is a popular peak and is often climbed as an initial non-technical foray into high altitude mountaineering.
Stok Palace: The Royal family of King Singe Namgyal is presently residing in this palace, after the royal family moved out of Leh palace. Stok palace, built King Tsespal Tondup Namgyal in 1825 AD, is an outstanding eye catching palace where the ancient and modern architectural styles are making their lively presence. This palace is famous for beautiful gardens apart from the architectural beauty. The view of the sunrise and sun set are wonderful from the palace, the glowing sunlight makes here sceneries quite enjoyable. At present the palace is open to visits and presents a collection of royal attires, crown and other royal materials.
Overnight: Camp

Day 5 Stock - la - Yurutse Trek (Approx. 06 hrs)

After breakfast trek to Yurutse enroute cross Rumback river couple of times. One may come across some wildlife, during the trek such as blue sheep's, deer & some migratory birds. Rumback is an interesting village. . Upon arrival in Yurutse, enjoy the meals
Overnight: Camp

Day 6 Yurutse - Ghandala Pass - Shingo Trek (Approx. 03 hrs)

After breakfast trek to Shingo crossing Ghandala pass 4900 mts. Upon arrival at Shingo enjoy the meals
Overnight: Camp

Day 7 Shingo - Skiu Trek Approx. 05 Hrs.

After breakfast trek to Skiu. Upon arrival in Skiu enjoy the meals Overnight in tented camp. (Nice campsite)
Overnight: Camp

Day 8 Skiu - Markha Trek Approx. 07 Hrs.

After breakfast trek to Markha - good path on the bank of the Markha. Upon arrival in Chaluk walk towards Markha - a beautiful village, near the river. Upon arrival in Markha, enjoy the meals
Overnight: Camp

Day 9 Markha - Hankar Approx. 07 Hrs.

After breakfast trek to Hankar - the path is sometime difficult in the riverbed. Upon arrival in Hankar check into your two men tented camp for meals
Overnight: Camp

Day 10 10 Hankar - Nimaling Approx. 03 Hrs.

After breakfast trek to Namaling - this is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh (4700 m), dominated by the Kang Yaze (6400 m). Upon arrival in Namaling, have the meals .
Overnight: Camp

Day 11 In Nimaling

The day of rest at Nimaling to explore the place on your own
Overnight: Camp

Day 12 Nimaling - Kongmaru-la - Shang Trek Approx. 07 Hrs.

After breakfast trek to Kongmaru-la (5150 m) - long climb along the mountainside. Upon arrival in Shang, take the meals
Overnight: Camp

Day 13 Shang - Hemis - Leh Approx. 04 Hrs.

After breakfast trek to Hemis - a good footpath through large blocks of rocks.
Upon Arrival in Hemis treks ends, Vehicles will be awaiting to drive you back to Leh.
Enroute visiting Shey & Thiksey Monastery after visit continue drive to Leh, Upon arrival in Leh, enjoy the meals.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 14 In Leh

Day at leisure in Leh. (buffer day).
Overnight: Hotel

Day 15 Leh - Tsemorari 268 Kms 08 Hrs.

After early breakfast drive to Tsemorari via Mahai Bridge. Upon arrival check Into two men tented camp in Kurzok village 4100 mts. Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Camp

Day 16 In Tsemorari

After breakfast walk around the lake and see the various species of birds & Visit Kurzok Gompa and village.
Overnight: Camp

Day 17 Tsemorari - Rumtse

After early breakfast depart for Rumtse via Tsokhar (the salt lake) driving over Tanglang-La 5600 Meters second highest motorable pass in the world after Khardung-La-5990 meters,
upon arrival check into two men tented camp for Meals
Overnight: Camp

Day 18 Rumtse - Leh

After early morning breakfast depart for Leh, upon arrival check into hotel for Meals
Overnight: Hotel

Day 19 Leh - Delhi

Our representative will assist & provide transfer to the airport in time to connect flight to Delhi. Upon arrival in Delhi assistance & transfer will be provided to the respective hotel.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 20 In Delhi

Morning after breakfast, depart for sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi visiting India gate, Parliament house, President's house, Parliament Building, India gate, Jama Masjid & Qutab Minar, Humayun's tomb.
Later, we will transfer to airport to board the flight for your onward destination.
Arrive home with wonderful memories of "Ladakh - Markha Trekking Tour" escorted by Vardhman Vacations.

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