Duration of Trek: 13 Days
Best Time: Mid June to September
Highest Point: Sirsir La (4,850m)
Focus: Remote villages and High mountain Passes
Physical Challenge: Challenging
Day 01 : Leh to Lamayuru 07, 00 hrs
After having breakfast drive to Lamayuru, visit Alchi and Liker monasteries on the way. Overnight stay is in camp.
Day 02 : Lamayuru to Wanla (3250m) 2-3 hrs
Walk down along the stream towards east and then after 20 minutes cross the stream near the Chorten. Walk along another stream towards southward and then east up to the Prikiting La (3700m). After the pass you get to the river in the Shillakung valley. The trail to the right also leads to Zanskar via Snigutse La. Take the right trail with chorten and Mani wall. Cross the river and the campsite is reached passing through the houses near the second bridge and tented restaurant.
Day 03 : Wanla to Hanupatta (3970m) 6-7 hrs
Cross the river and the stream and walk along the road eastward. The trail splits into two, one going to the left leading towards Alchi and Sumda Chenmo. Cross the bridge and walk along the road for sometime. After crossing another bridge, the trail enters into Hanupatta gorge, which is tricky path along rocky steep with stream below to negotiate, especially, for ponies. Cross the first bridge and walk ignoring the second bridge, passing by a stupa to a narrow valley. The Hanupatta is reached after an easy ascent.
Day 04 : Hanupatta to Photoksar (4050m) via Sirsirla (4850m) 6.7 hrs
Walk along the stream crossing the tributaries and then stream to the left. Walk up to Sirsir la (4850m). Walk along the stream leading to the Photoksar village. The campsite is just before the village across the stream.
Day 05 : Photksar to SingayLa base (4300m) 8 hrs
Walk down leaving the village and the stream on your left side. On the way there are a few herders' shelters, from where you have to cross the stream and follow the trail leading to the base of Singay la. Pitch the tent after a few minutes walk from the herders' shelter.
Day 06 : Singayla base to Lingshet (3950m) 5-6 hrs
Start walking up to Singay La (5050m). Walking down the pass the trail goes to your left towards Yulchung Nerags. Take the right trail to the same direction and you get to Kyukpa la (4430). Leaving Kyukpa la take the right trail to the same direction down to a hamlet. Cross the stream and walk upwards to Margo la (4500m). The Lingshet village is reached after the descent from pass. The Campsite is near the School. The monastery is above the village on the left hand side.
Day 07 : Lingshet to Snyertse (3800m) 8 hrs
Walk down the stream through the fields and an easy acsent starts after crossing the stream. Reach Hanuma la (4800m) from where you can have the view of Lingshet. Walk down along the stream and the Campsite is near the tree.
Day 08 : Snyertse to Hanamur (3450m) 6 hrs
Cross the stream and walk upward for sometimes leaving the stream to your left. After a curve start walking up to the stream, crossing the bridge, the steep ascent takes you to Parfi la (3950m). Walk down to the Zangskar River and the trail leads along the river till Hanamur, which has herders’ shelters. The camp is near the field and the river. Hanamur has only two houses.
Day 09 : Hanamur to Pishu 4-5 hrs
Walk along the Zanskar River passing through Pidmo. Overnight stay is in the camp.
Day 10 : Pishu to Karsha (3650m) 4 hrs
Walk along the Zanskar river towards Karsha passing through Rinam village. Camp near the stream below the monastery. Visit Karsha monastery and overnight stay in tents.
Day 11 : Karsha to Padum (3610m) 2 hrs
Walk towards Padum crossing the river, on the way at Pibithing village has religious monument on a hillock. At Padum, which is the administrative headquarter of the Zanskar division, visit Sani and Stakrimo monasteries. Stay is comfortable in hotel here and refreshing after several days of spending nights in tents.
Day 12 : Padum to Kargil 9-10 hrs
After the breakfast drive to Kargil via Penze La. Overnight stay in the hotel at Kargil.
Day 13 : Kargil to Leh 6-7 hrs
After the breakfast drive to Leh.
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Ladakh Trekking India (LTI) did an excellent job for our large group for Markha Valley Trek with special spiritual interests. Mr. Sam accompanied us the whole time and took diligently care of our needs. We became friends, and this is all I would like to say: a great thank you from all my heart.