Duration of Trek: 04 Days.
Best Time: June to October
Highest Point: Gandala (4380m)
Focus: Monasteries, People, Villages.
Highlight: Trekking, Wildlife, People, Homestay, Monasteries and Landscape.
Physical Challenge: Moderate overall.
Day 01 Leh to Zingchen to Rumbak 4-5 hours
After having breakfast drive to Zingchen and walk towards Rumbak through a straight forward road. Leaving Zingchen village, you enter Hemis national park – habitat of Snow leopard and mountain ungulates etc. Walk through a narrow trail and valley widens as you arrive Rumbak village. Rumbak offers you an opportunity to stay in a village house with the family – a trend began in recent years under home stay system being promoted and supported govt. NGOs and travel agencies. You get to try different local food during your home stay experience.
Day 02 Rumbak to Yurutse 2-3 hours
With traditional Ladakhi breakfast begins your day trek to Yurutse. At Yurutse after having lunch proceed for a short walk for wildlife sightseeing before returning to stay again in a local family house .
Day 03 Yurutse to Kaya 6-7 hours
From Yurutse follow the path along the mountains, and then cross a small valley to a zig zag steep path. Thereafter cross Ganda La pass (4380m)and after about two hours of descending walk you get to the beautiful valley of Markha. A few hundred meters further is the Kaya village, where you stay in a family house.
Day 04 Kaya to Chilling to Leh 2-3 hours
After having the breakfast walk towards Chilling across the Zanskar River and drive back to Leh, where you get by evening.
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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.