Trek through the Markha Valley - 13 Nights Trekking

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Start and end in New Delhi! With the Trekking tour Trek through the Markha Valley, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 4 other destinations in India. Trek through the Markha Valley includes accommodation in a hotel as well as flights, an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Itinerary

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    In and around New DelhiPrivate transfer from Delhi Airport to your hotel in Delhi. Delhi - Indias capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then that what constitutes Delhi today, is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern Delhi saw Lalkot built in the mid-11th century, Siri established by Allauddin Khilji, Tughlakabad, and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks followed by the city of the Lodis and then came Shahjahanabad, capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan. New Delhi reflects the legacy the British left behind, the distinction between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. But wherever the visitor goes he will invariably confront the citys past. You discover Old Delhi also known as Shahjahanabad. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal. Walk on foot or aboard a cycle-rickshaw Kinari Bazar, Chandni Chowk & Kari Baoli rickshaw. Explore the dried fruit market as well as the spice market, which is a wholesale market. Admire the Great Mosque (Jama Masjid). From here you proceed to visit New Delhi, en-route photo stop at Red Fort of Delhi, Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat, drive past India Gate and visit President's house and other government buildings from outside. Later in the day you will visit the Humayun's Tomb or the tomb of Emperor Humayun which was built at the request of his wife in 1565. It is made of red sandstone and white marble. The tomb is placed on a huge platform. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and Qutab Minar, which boasts an elegant minaret. The mosque is very original; indeed, it was built with the stones and pillars of the Hindu and Jain temples that were destroyed by the Muslim conquerors. Night at the hotel in Delhi.Start point Pickup from IGI Airport, Delhi, India

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    In and around LehPrivate transfer from your hotel to Delhi Airport. Domestic flight from Delhi to Leh, one of the most beautiful flights in the world. Upon your arrival at Leh airport, your driver will take you to your bed and breakfast where you will be welcomed by our Shanti Travel team. You spend your first day in Leh to take some rest and acclimatize to the altitude. Remember to stay well hydrated and do minimum physical efforts. Private transfer from Leh Airport to your guest house in Leh. Bed & Breakfast at 3500 meters above sea level.

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    Free day to acclimatize and discover the charm of Leh. This day of acclimatization is necessary for the smooth running of your trip, to start your trek in good conditions. The city of Leh, dominated by its royal palace, was an important crossroads of trade and civilization. There is a great diversity in architecture, art, religion and the faces of the inhabitants. Stroll the streets of Old Bazaar and Old Town, taste your first local specialties and do some shopping. Local crafts are rich with different influences, discover the pashminas, these wools of cashmere renowned throughout the world. Bed & Brekafast at 3500 meters above sea level.

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    This morning, you leave Leh by car towards the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar. You go up the beautiful gorge formed by the river Zanskar that lead to Chilling, starting point of your trek to Ladakh . You begin the adventure by crossing the river with the help of a small zipline. On the other side, our local team is waiting for you including the muleteer and his flock of mules that accompany you on your trip to Ladakh . You walk in the Shingi Nala Valley along the Markha River to the village of Skyu. First camp. Camp at 3350m / 2h-3h walk / + 189m / -18m

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    Early this morning, you have breakfast at the camp before visiting the small monastery of Skyu. Attached to the great monastery of Hemis in the Indus Valley, he follows the Tibetan Buddhist stream of Kagyupa School. You start your long day walking in a green valley contrasting with the aridity typical of Ladakh. You cross some small traditional villages including the one of Kaya where you will have the opportunity to stop for a refreshing salted butter tea at the inhabitant's place. The trek is easy to reach the charming village of Shingo. Camp at 4,200m / 4h-5h walk

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    In and around RumbakThe crossing of Ganda-la Today, A great day of trek in Ladakh awaits you with the crossing of the famous Ganda-la pass. At the peak, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayan range. You continue with a very nice descent to the Rumbak village. Since 1981, this village, as well as that of Markha, are included in a protected nature reserve. These desert spaces of high altitude inhabit a unique flora and fauna; refuges of the famous snow leopard, Tibetan antelopes, marmots, and many bharal, the magnificent ibex of the Himalayas. Camp at 4100m / 5h-6h walk

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    The crossing of the Stock-La After you wake up in an enchanting setting in the Rumbak village, you set off on the roads of Ladakh with your local team. It's a demanding day's trek as you cross another altitude pass, the Stock-La, culminating at 4900 m. The climb is long and steep to reach the peak. Once past the pass, everyone sings triumphantly "Kiki Soso Lhagyalo", a local tradition to celebrate the challenge. You continue your trek in Ladakh amidst fabulous landscapes until you reach Lchangma Chan to set up your camp for the night. Camp at 3900m / 6h-7h walk.

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    The crossing of Matho-La Pass A hearty breakfast at the camp to prepare for this new trekking day in Ladakh. You walk north towards Matho-La, another mythical pass in the Markha region. The trek is quite demanding until you cross the pass but you are more and more acclimated to the altitude and you take a cruising pace in the middle of the magnificent Himalayan range. At the peak, you enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Stok Kangri, the mountain range of Ladakh and the Zanskar valley. After an hour of descent, you set your camp in the green pastures of Matho Phu. Camp / 7h-8h walk.

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    From villages to villages On this trekking route in the Markha Valley, you take the route far from the classic trekking circuits in Ladakh. Only a few muleteers and guides know this way. After breakfast, you leave the Matho Phu camp and go up the right side of the valley. You continue through the fields of barley, cross small traditional villages, and admire a temple dating back to the 17th century. On your way, a beautiful tree more than two centuries old is adorned with Tibetan prayer flags. A few river passes later, you arrive near Pullu, in Shang where you set up your camp. Camp / 5h-6h walk

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    Shang Sumdo, the end of your trek Today, you wake up for your last morning trek. A short walk of 2 hours on the banks of the river leads you to the Shang Shumdo village. A car is waiting for you to reach Leh. It's time to say goodbye and thank your local team, guide, cook, muleteer, who accompanied you throughout your trek to Ladakh. On the way, you visit the monastery of Hemis, the most important monastery of Ladakh. Before arriving at Leh, you make a stop at the Thiksey Monastery, known for its resemblance to the Potala Palace of Lhasa in Tibet. Return to your bed and breakfast for a well-deserved hot shower. Bed and Breakfast 3,500m / 3h walk / + 80m / -120m

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    Today, you enjoy your last day to rest and stroll. Why not do some shopping- Stroll the old bazaar to discover local Tibetan or Kashmiri handicrafts, ideal for finding souvenirs to take back to your loved ones. Take a trip to Sankar Monastery, in the heights of Leh, then have lunch in one of our good locations in Leh. At the end of the day, meet our Ladakh-based expert during the summer season to discuss your trip together. Share one last amazing evening on the top of the world facing Stok Kangri. Bed and breakfast at 3500 meters above sea level.

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    Private transfer to Leh Airport. Domestic flight from Leh to Delhi while enjoying the amazing view of the Himalayan range. Private transfer from Delhi Airport to your hotel in Delhi. You can stroll through the Lodhi Gardens, visit the Qtub Minar Minaret or the modern Lotus Temple . Night at the hotel in Delhi.

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    Depending on your flight schedule, enjoy your last moments in India. Why not give yourself a fabulous moment of well-being during an Indian Ayurvedic massage - Based on the principle of rebalancing the energies of the body, this treatment is ideal after trekking in Ladakh . Your driver is at your disposal all the time before your flight. You can visit India Gate , the gateway to India, the equivalent of the Indian triumphal arch or the incredible Humayun tomb , a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your driver will then drop you to the airport for your international flight. End of our services. End point Drop at IGI Airport , Delhi, India

Inclusion

  • GST on total package
  • Accomodation in a well appointed room
  • Meals as per hotel plan and ones mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary in an air-conditioned vehicle (except in the hills when the air-conditioner will be switched off)
  • All toll taxes, parking fees and driver allowances
  • All applicable hotel taxes

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  • All personal expenses, optional tours and extra meals
  • Camera fees, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages
  • Vehicle service on leisure days for sightseeing not included in the itinerary
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Tips, laundry and phone calls

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