Adventure in the Land Of Lamas

Best time of the Year-Mid June to Mid September. 


Name of the trek Markha .

 

Day 1 . Arrive new Delhi International airport ,Reception and transfer to Hotel for over night in hotel


Day 2. Full day guided tour to old and new Delhi.

Red Fort: -


This Shahjehan's (Mughal Emperor's) dream in red stone was completed in 1648 after  nine years labour of the choicest architects and masons of the time. Its octagonal ramparts are 60 feet high and 1.5 miles or 2.41 Kms around. It is a typically Indian fort symbolizing the Mughal power and splendor. It has tow imposing gateways-Lahori Gate on the western side and Delhi Gate on the eastern side. The main entrance is through Lagori Gate. In Shahajehan's time this citadel was called Urdu-Mualla, but later on it came to be known as Quilla-i-Mualla or the Fort of Exalted Dignity.

Jama Masjid: -
This largest Mosque in India, standing opposite the Red Fort, was built by Shah Jehan between 1650 and 1656 s the central place of worship in his newly established city of Shahjehanabad. Five thousand workmen are said to have labored for six years to construct, at the cost of Rs. 10 lakhs, then. The pulpit here has been carved out of single block of marble. The prayer hall with its three great domes of white marble with strips of inlaid black marble and surmounted by golden spires in superb. Its tapering minarets made of red sand-stone with vertical white marble strips rise to the height of 130 feet. One hundred and thirty spiral lead to the top. In one corner of the hall is installed the foot prints of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW). The mosque can accommodate a congregation of 20,000 men. Its three gates are reached by flight of steps.

Humayun's Tomb: -


Not far from Purana Quila, on Mathura Road, near Nizamuddin Aulia's  Dargah, is a grand mausoleum, built in 1574 by Mumayun's widow Begum. This tomb marks the beginning  of a new architectural era of Mughal masterpieces in Agra and Delhi, and a fine example of the synthesis of India and Persian architectural styles. Built in red sandstones and white and black marbles, with high arches it has been a burial ground for many nobles of the Mughal Dynasty. The last Mughal Emperor was captured here in 1857 by the British troops. Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, apersian architect, was its builder.

Dargah Nizamuddin Aulia: -
It is as holy place of pilgrimage for Muslims thpough people of every faith pay their tributes here to be fourth saint in line of the Chisti saints. The original shrine built by Alauddin Khilzi, has been added to by many royal personages and devotees since the death of the saint in 1325 AD. Other royal personages buried here are Amir Khusroo, Mirza Ghalib, Jahanara (Daughter of Emperor Shahjehan). During the Urs festival, celebrated twice each year to mark the death and anniversaries of Saint Nizamuddin  Aulia and Amir Khusroo, pilgrims from all over the Muslim world assemble here.

India Gate: -  India Gate, an important monument of the city, is a memorial built in commemoration of more than 80,000 Indian soldiers who were killed during World War I. The monument is an imposing 42 meters high arch and was designed by the famous architect Edwin Lutyens. India gate was earlier named All India War Memorial. The design of India gate is almost similar to its French counterpart war memorial, the Arc-de-Triomphe.

Rashtrapati Bhawan: - It is a vast mansion and its architecture is breathtaking. More than these, it has a hallowed existence in the annals of democracy for being the residence of the President of the largest democracy in the world. Few official residential premises of the Head of theState in the world will match the Rashtrapati Bhavan in terms of its size, vastness and its magnificence.

The Qutab Minar: -
The tallest freestanding stone tower of victory in the world, the Qutab Minar is 234 feet high. Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first Slave Sultan, alid its foundation in 1199. He died only when the first story was completed. It was completed by his successor, Iltutmish.  It is made of red stone and marble. Its five stories have projecting balconies. It was originally attached to Quwwat-ul-Islam (The might of Islam) Mosque for the Muezzin to call the faith.
Bahai House of Workship.This temple is shaped like a huge lotus flower has 27 petals shaped like a huge lotus flower 27 petals made of white concert and clad in white Greek marble panels.                      

Day 3.  Transfer   early morning to Domestic airport (3.30 Am ) for your flight to Leh. Enjoy the  spectacular view of Mighty Himalayas and Karakoram, Arrive Leh (3,460m),The Capital Of Ladakh,.

 

Leh once an important stop on the old Caravan route, is today a bustle  with Tourists. It is a fascinating town with its winding lanes and alleys dominated by the Leh fort. Leh is the base for visits to some of the important monasteries and  day (or overnight) excursions to the newly- opened areas like the Nubra valley  and Pangong  and  Tsomoriri lakes. Leh is also a base for adventure activities like trekking and river rafting.  Upon arrival reception and transfer to hotel. Free time, Acclimuzation over night in hotel.


Day 2. Morning guided tour with local guide to visit 3 main monasteries Thikse, Shey and Satkana. Thikse, Shey are built on hill tops are Secluded Mountainsides which in the past also served as fortresses. The Monasteries are full of Icons, Tangkas and Canonical Murals. They are also Hub of Village life and a Venue for colorful Festivals and Mask-Dances. Overnight in hotel

Day3.Morning visit local market. After noon visit Leh Place and Shanti Stupa. Overnight in hotel.


Day 04:-Leh to Spituk to Zingchen (3400mts) (3/4 hrs).Drive to Spituk Bridge from where-the trekking to Markha Valley start. You will head westward after crossing the bridge. It is long gentle walking before you enter Zingchen Gorge. The gorge is dotted with popular trees and you reach Zingchen village after walking for an hour. Camp and over night in tents.


Day 05:- Zingchen to Yurutse 5 to 6 hrs. Camp at an altitude of 3900mt. An early start is recommended to avoid the strong sun at the mid day. This day you will walk through the gorge till Rumbak Sumdo from where the gorge widens. You can expect trails & signs of snow Leopard and Golden eagle flying overhead. As soon as you come out Sun deep of the gorge, there are Stupas and agriculture fields. A cup of tea can be enjoyed at the Parachute cafe run by Rumbak Woman group. The campsite behind the parachute cafe is maintained by Rumbak Villages with clean toilet facilities. From here, the right trail leads to Markha valley and left to Rumbak and Stok village via Stok La. Keep walking to the same direction along the river and than walk from the right side to river. The Yurutse Village with only a house comes after a gentle ascend through the valley. There are two camp site one in Yurutse and second one at the (Gandala Base). We camp at Yurutse for over night in tents.


Day 06:- Yurutse to Skiu 7-8 hrs.Camp at an altitude of 3400 mts:- An early start is recommended  as its very warm  when walking  through Shingo to Skiu gorge. After a short ascend from Yurutse to Gandala base, a vertical ascend to Gandala (4900) takes almost two hours to reach at the top.Woundeful  view of Stok Peak and mountain ranges can be enjoyed from the top  of the pass. Descend to Shingo is steep and tedious; you might spot marmot, mouse hare and Tibetan antelope in this area. Further, trail leads you to Skiu passing through the village of Shingo. From here you walk eastern side to Markha and western side to Chilling. Camp and over night at Skiu.


Day 07:- Skiu to Markha- 8 hrs. Camp at an altitude of 3600mts:- An early start is recommended for this day too as it is very hot when its sunny even through the walking is not very strenuous. Keep walking by the hillside trail till Pentse where you will cross to left bank of  Markha River. Pass through Chalak and cross the river again before Tunespa comes. Markha village comes after walking for  another two hours. There is a camp before crossing  the river and after crossing the river in the main Markha village. Camp and over night in tents.



Day 08:- Markha to Thachungtse 5 - 6 hrs.Camp at an altitude 4100mts:- This day is an easy walking day passing through Umlung and Hankar villages. The towering Kangyatse Peaks make this valley beautiful with small villages and monasteries located on top of the hill. You will have to cross the Markha River several times before you reach Umlung. This trail leads you towards north where Luntang Chu and Nimaling Chu meets. The trail towards east crossing the two rivers lead to Rupsho to Takh and the trial north side Himas via Kongmarula. The  Thachungtse comes after walking for around one hour across the river, it is an excellent spot for camping.Camp and over night at Thachungtse.

Day 09:- Thachungtse to Nimaling 4-5 hrs. Camp at an altitude 4900:- The trail from  Thachungtse leads you to Nimaling  pasasing through several Mini walls and shepherds camp. Spectacular view of the  Kangyatse Peak can be enjoyed while walking to Nimaling.The trial   ascents  up and then slopes  down to  Nimaling  where you can see villagers of Markha grazing their livestock. This is a beautiful place where people prefer spending one extra day, resting and exploring the valley. You can spot Blue sheep and other wildlife in this area.

Day 10:- Nimaling Shang Sumdo (3769 mts) via Kongmaru La (5100mts) 6-7 hrs: - An early start is recommended for this day as your early start can make your climb to Kongmaru La easier. As  you leave Nimaling, the trail crosses the Nimaling Chu and starts steep climbing to the ridge and northwards to the pass. The view to the pass is wonderful. The steep descend is very tiring and difficult for pack animals. The trail leads to Shang river passing through a few camping sites, Chuskurmo and Chokdo with a couple of houses and mani walls. You will have to cross the stream several times before you reach Shang Sumdo for over night .


Day 11.Morning visit monastery and village later. ..Pick up by jeeps check in hotel In Leh for over night .


Day 11.On time transfer to Leh  airport, arrive New Delhi domestic airport reception and transfer to Hotel for wash and change .Evening trafer to airport depart India

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