Spituk - Zingchen
In the early morning hours we will go by jeep to Spituk where horses will be waiting to carry our equipment. The trek will begin along an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region, so water and sunscreen are absolutely vital! After plodding through the shattered we will enter the lush zingchen valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the might Indus. Further into the valley lies our campsite, in the two hours hamlet of zingchen (meaning 'big field')
Zingchen - Ganda LA base
Today we will enter Hemis National Park where we may be fortunate to glimpse wildlife. The National park homes snow leopard, lynx, fox Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), Ladkh Urial, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep and etc, after paying entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley leading to the village of Rumbak. Here we will stop at a tented tea house run by women from the village. After a cup of warm tea we will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching camp at the base of Ganda-La (4545m). From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range.
Ganda-LA Base-Via Ganda-LA
After a light breakfash, we will begin our 2-hours ascent toward Ganda La (4900m). The usual Choten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep, marmots and arghali rooming the hills around. Views of descent to Shingo and the lofty zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as well. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old castle, once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way a Srinager.
Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley ona fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passed winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local details) and Mani walls (stones inscribeb with Buddhist Prayers). During peak season a number of tented teahouses will be open for refreshment. Markha (3800m) is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.
Markha - Thachungtse
The Markha valley trail continue pass old stone-mills, a ruins castle and the auspicious monastery Teche, which proudly perches upon a cliff that looms about Markha. The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. Ater leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforder our first view of might Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until e cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungtse (4100m), where we will make camp
Thachungtse - Nimaling
Today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer month. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.
Nimaling - Shangsumdo via Kongmaru LA
After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from here we will have a wonderful view of the Indus valley and Ladakh range. The descent is quite steep, but will gradually level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-soring of Chuskurmo, camp overnight in Shang Sumdo.
Shangsumdo-Leh via Martselang.
We will enter a pleasent 2 hours walk along a jeep road to Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up. On the way to Leh, it will be possible to visit some of the great monasteries of Ladhak such as Thikse, Hemis and Shey.