Overview

Trip starts from: Leh
No. of days of the trip: 8
No. of trekking days: 5
Maximum altitude: 5,130m Kongmaru La
Trekking Grade: Moderately Challenging
All-Inclusive Cost: contact us for details
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7 Nights 8 Days 20 Jul
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

  • Seven nights accommodation in expedition camping tents and hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • All Meals - 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 7 Dinners with boiled or filtered drinking water.
  • An experienced MHE Trek Leader to accompany you on this trek.
  • Full camping equipment - tents, porters/horses, chef and kitchen staff, English speaking guide.
  • Transfers to/from the Leh airport.
  • Monument entrance fee.
  • Adventure Travel Insurance.
  • Oxygen cylinder.
  • A first aid kit with basic supplies appropriate for the group size and trek route – if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
  • Environmental fee and Inner Line Permit.
  • Transport by Innova vehicle (4 passengers per car) from/to trekking points.
  • All government taxes included.

What is NOT included in the tour

  • International/Domestic air fare or train fare.
  • Single supplement (supplement charge includes trekking nights, strictly where available).
  • Costs incurred due to changes in programs and reservations due to unforeseen events (e.g. illness, adverse road conditions due to natural forces, road blockages, flight delays/cancellations, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc) illness.
  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy 
  • Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary above (e.g. additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours) 
  • Tips for your guide, drivers, hotels, restaurants etc (please ask if you would like guidance about appropriate tips)
  • Adventure Travel, Medical and Evacuation insurance - we can arrange this for you if you like.
  • Expenses of a personal nature - mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, photography and video fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks/beverages etc.)​
Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • ​​Lush valleys, stark gorges, ancient Ladakhi culture
  • Cross a high pass Kongmaru La at 5,130m 
  • Visit quaint hamlets
  • See the famous monasteries of Leh
Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN LEH - 3,540M

Land in Leh. You will be met at the airport by an MHE representative. Spend the day...doing pretty much nothing. You've flown in directly to an altitude of 11,562 feet (3,504 m). Acclimatization is key. Drink a lot of water, take short walks, but otherwise, just chill.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: SIGHTSEEING IN LEH

After breakfast drive up along the scenic Indus valley. Enroute, you stop over to visit the famous Shey Palace, and the Thiksey and Hemis monasteries. Packed lunch will be organized on the way.

SHEY PALACE AND MONASTERY: This summer palace of the erstwhile King of Leh is set upon a hill. The monastery itself has a 7.5 meter high, copper statue of a sitting Buddha, wrought in gold. This is the largest of its kind in the world.

THIKSEY MONASTERY: Thiksey Monastery is one of the largest and most impressive Gompas of Ladakh. The Thiksey monastery provides a panoramic view of the green Indus Valley from its vantage point atop a hill. It has chambers full of statues, Stupas and colourful Thankas.

HEMIS MONASTERY: Situated just off the Manali-Leh Highway, this is Ladakh’s biggest and wealthiest monastery. The annual festival held here in summer is a spectacular and stunning experience. Even if you miss this spectacle, the visit to Hemis will still be worth it!

Overnight will be back in Leh.

DAY 3: DRIVE LEH TO CHILLING AND TREK TO SKIU - 3,400M | 4 - 5 HRS

Leave Leh early morning by Innova and reach Chilling (2 Hrs | 55 KM). The trek to Skiu will take around 4 hours.

Overnight at camp.

DAY 4: TREK SKIU - MARKHA - 3700M | 6 - 7 HRS

Cross the river and trek up to Markha village, through a beautiful long valley, with terraced green fields and irrigation streams. Several monasteries and ruins are scattered along the trail to Markha and on to Skiu. At dusk it's lovely to walk to where the Skiu Nala meets the Markha, and visit the small monastery which is cared for by an old nun who comes twice a day to light the butter lamps at the altar of Chamba - the Future Buddha.

Overnight at camp.

DAY 5: TREK MARKHA - THACHUNGTSE -  4,100 M | 4 - 5 HRS.

From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha are left behind. You will be required to cross the river several times as there are no bridges here. Hankar, en route, is the highest village in the Markha valley. From here you will get great views of Gyalpo Ri.

Overnight at camp.

DAY 6: TREK THACHUNGTSE - NIMALING - 4,700M | 3 - 4 HRS

​Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and grassy ridges. There are a series of mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kang Yatse peak. The green meadows and rivulets provide pasturage for many animals from Markha and beyond: yak, sheep, goats, dzo and horses. You may also see marmots, white tailed hares, wolves and Blue Sheep.

Overnight at camp.

DAY 7: TREK NIMALING - KONGMARU LA (5130M) - SHANG, DRIVE TO LEH. TREK 7 - 8 HRS | DRIVE 2 - 3 HRS

​Today you will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,100M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Shang where the car will be waiting for you to drive back to Leh and a hot shower!

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: DEPART LEH

​Today after breakfast take your flight back to Delhi.