One of the most popular trekking routes in Ladakh region follows the Markha River as it meanders through the picturesque Markha Valley surrounded by lofty peaks, remote villages, and ancient Buddhist monasteries and high meadows inhabited by hardy nomads and high-altitude wildlife including yaks, ibex, marmots, vultures and the elusive snow leopard.
We begin to Leh, visiting local sights including ancient monasteries for an insight including ancient monasteries for an insight into the local culture, an interesting way of acclimatizing for the trek ahead. We set out from picturesque Spituk village on the banks of the Indus.
Our trek up to the top of Ganda La (4,970m) is rewarded with breathtaking views of the Zanskar and Stok ranges and snowcapped Karakoram before we descend into a willow and wild rose-filled gorge enter the Markha Valley. The head of the valley is dominated by the glaciated Kang Yatse peak (6,400m) rising high above the pastures of Nimaling – an idyllic campsite for the night. Kongmaru La (5,265m) marks the highest point of our trek with excellent views of Kang Yatse, the distant Nun-Kun peaks and the shimmering northern peaks that mark the Tibetan border. After a day’s descent, we return by road to Leh for some much-deserved down time before flying back to Delhi.