Duration of Trek: 6 nights/7 days
Focus: Leh / Chemrey / Tangtse / Pangong / Durbuk / Karu / leh
Day 01: Leh to Chemrey
After an early breakfast start cycling 36 Kms south to the small hamlet of Karu from where we turn north. The first halt is at the ancient Chemrey Gompa 9 Kms further founded in 1645 AD by the widow of King Singge Namgyal. Overlooking fields and dwellings, the Gompa houses 29 priceless volumes of scriptures with lettering and text of pure silver and gold. After a packed lunch ride a few kilometres on to our next halt the ancient Thakthok Gompa built in the late 16 th century above the village of Sakti near a cave where Guru Padmasambhava meditated. We camp in the village for the night.
Day 02: Chemrey to Tangtse
After an early breakfast start ascent to the Chang la pass 5320m / 17,449ft . From the pass you get extensive views of the Ladakh range and the Nubra Valley Mountains. The descent on a rough track from here takes us to the small hamlet of Durbuk and further to Tangtse village. We camp here for the night after a pleasant ride of about 60 Kms.
Day 03: Tangtse To Pangong
Today the thirty two kilometre ride goes to the village of Lukung on the shores of the Pangong Tso . The track goes through a landscape of spectacular barren mountains on a vast plain with small green patches and glistening streams. Then set up camp on the shores of this breathtakingly beautiful lake. The Pangong Tso at a height of 4267m / 13,995ft is a seemingly endless glimmering sheet of water stretching for 62 kilometres and 4 Kms wide at places. While only one fourth of this lake lies in Indian Territory the rest spills over into Tibet. You get delightful views of the numerous migratory birds that flock here including the rare black necked crane and the bar headed geese besides a few species of waders. Camp overnight.
Day 04: Pangong
Rest day at the lake. You can ride up to the next village of Spangmik and send the day bird watching or simply revelling in the silence. Camp Overnight.
Day 05: Spangmik to Durbuk
After breakfast ride back to the village of Durbuk and camp overnight.
Day 06: Durbuk to Karu
Ride up to the Chang la and then descend back into the Indus valley and reach the Manali- Leh highway at Karu where we camp for the night.
Day 07: Karu to Leh
After breakfast ride back to Leh after briefly exploring the Stok Palace and Museum before returning 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.