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Ladakh: The Markha Valley - Exodus Travels
Ladakh: The Markha Valley - Exodus Travels
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Start and end in New Delhi! With the hiking & trekking tour Ladakh: The Markha Valley, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 5 other destinations in India. Ladakh: The Markha Valley includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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16 to 80 year olds
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  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 1
    Written on September 22, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    This was a fantastic holiday. The mixture of culture; walking in stunning scenery with views of China & Tibet  and visits to the amazing Buddhist  monastries was fantastic. Our leader Valerie Parkinson was extremely knowledgeable about the local culture, religion and walking at altitude. It was a priviledge to have her as a Guide. Subkam our Nepalese guide was very helpful and always smiling. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I slept under the stars one night. The stars were incredible including the Milky Way as was the sound of the river.  Amazing. What did you think of your group leader?Valerie Parkinson was inspirational and it was a priviledge to have trekked with her. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes just do as the Trip Notes tell you to do (they have been written by Valerie who has extensive experience in that area and of climbing at altitude) and bring what it says in the equipment list ie at least a 3-4 season sleeping bag and a thick sleeping mat to sleep on (not the thin ones you c an buy). A flannel for washing in the morning although I had one of those lightweight quick dry towels which were good. Dry your feet after the river crossings to avoid blisters. Take a high factor sun cream - at altitude you are closer to the sun. Bring a high factor suncream for your lips. Bring a wide brimmed sun hat. Avoid drinking tap water in Delhi or eating icecream and salad. I didn't have any altitude sickness or Delhi Belly. I did exactly as Valerie instructed and followed the trip notes. I also wasn't cold at night as I brought everything it said in  the trip notes including a down jacket which was very handy at night as the temperture did drop.  I would really have liked the trek to be longer so I might consider the Grand Traverse next. Is there anything else you would like to add?I also did the Golden Triangle  extension which was very good.  The Taj Mahal was mind blowing and Jaipur was very interesting. It was all a real contrast to Ladakh.  We had a fantastic driver called Raj.  I know it can be hard sleeping at altitude however if you   know that back at home  that you are a snorer and that you are a light sleeper and need to go to the loo a lot then please be considerate and pay  the single supplement so that you don't disrupt someone else's sleep and potentially spoil their holiday.    

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 2
    Written on September 22, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    This was a fantastic holiday. The mixture of culture; walking in stunning scenery with views of China & Tibet  and visits to the amazing Buddhist  monastries was fantastic. Our leader Valerie Parkinson was extremely knowledgeable about the local culture, religion and walking at altitude. It was a priviledge to have her as a Guide. Subkam our Nepalese guide was very helpful and always smiling. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I slept under the stars one night. The stars were incredible including the Milky Way as was the sound of the river.  Amazing. What did you think of your group leader?Valerie Parkinson was inspirational and it was a priviledge to have trekked with her. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes just do as the Trip Notes tell you to do (they have been written by Valerie who has extensive experience in that area and of climbing at altitude) and bring what it says in the equipment list ie at least a 3-4 season sleeping bag and a thick sleeping mat to sleep on (not the thin ones you c an buy). A flannel for washing in the morning although I had one of those lightweight quick dry towels which were good. Dry your feet after the river crossings to avoid blisters. Take a high factor sun cream - at altitude you are closer to the sun. Bring a high factor suncream for your lips. Bring a wide brimmed sun hat. Avoid drinking tap water in Delhi or eating icecream and salad. I didn't have any altitude sickness or Delhi Belly. I did exactly as Valerie instructed and followed the trip notes. I also wasn't cold at night as I brought everything it said in  the trip notes including a down jacket which was very handy at night as the temperture did drop.  I would really have liked the trek to be longer so I might consider the Grand Traverse next. Is there anything else you would like to add?I also did the Golden Triangle  extension which was very good.  The Taj Mahal was mind blowing and Jaipur was very interesting. It was all a real contrast to Ladakh.  We had a fantastic driver called Raj.  I know it can be hard sleeping at altitude however if you   know that back at home  that you are a snorer and that you are a light sleeper and need to go to the loo a lot then please be considerate and pay  the single supplement so that you don't disrupt someone else's sleep and potentially spoil their holiday.    

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 3
    Written on September 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Stunning scenery in a very interesting part of India. Our group leader, Valerie, was fantastic and really helped make the holiday as good as it was.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching 5,286 meters - very challenging, but very rewarding and exhilarating.What did you think of your group leader?Valerie was fantastic - she knew the area and people so well.  She met all our needs, including our numerous ailments.  She even arranged for a pony for me to finish the trek when I could not walk too well due to blisters!  She also told some great stories and kept us entertained.  Even under pressure (missing passport incident at Leh airport), she was still smiling.Our guide was also good fun - he was even still smiling when I pulled him into a river during crossing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I had never been at altitude before and found it and the heat (35 degrees) pretty challenging - there is very little you can do to prepare yourself for this, but, despite all of that, I still had a great time.  I think I would just be a little more aware of the length of time distance takes next time I hike at altitude (now that I have done it).  Take plenty blister preventative treatment if you are prone to blisters - the heat really made my feet swell. Is there anything else you would like to add?The was my first visit to India and I am hooked.  Himalayas are stunning. Leh is a fantastic place to shop and generally just to hang around.

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 4
    Written on September 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Stunning scenery in a very interesting part of India. Our group leader, Valerie, was fantastic and really helped make the holiday as good as it was.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching 5,286 meters - very challenging, but very rewarding and exhilarating.What did you think of your group leader?Valerie was fantastic - she knew the area and people so well.  She met all our needs, including our numerous ailments.  She even arranged for a pony for me to finish the trek when I could not walk too well due to blisters!  She also told some great stories and kept us entertained.  Even under pressure (missing passport incident at Leh airport), she was still smiling.Our guide was also good fun - he was even still smiling when I pulled him into a river during crossing.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I had never been at altitude before and found it and the heat (35 degrees) pretty challenging - there is very little you can do to prepare yourself for this, but, despite all of that, I still had a great time.  I think I would just be a little more aware of the length of time distance takes next time I hike at altitude (now that I have done it).  Take plenty blister preventative treatment if you are prone to blisters - the heat really made my feet swell. Is there anything else you would like to add?The was my first visit to India and I am hooked.  Himalayas are stunning. Leh is a fantastic place to shop and generally just to hang around.

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 5
    Written on August 24, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    What a trip this is! Pure adventure and exhilaration each and every day. Mountain peaks, glacier rivers, hilltop monasteries. This was a very fortunate experience to be in a small part of the world where time simply does not matter. No internet, no mobile phones, no facebook or twitter. Some might say its heaven. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The final push up to the Gongmaru La pass (5,286m). The views over the Stok Mountain Range with Kang Yangtse behind us were incredible and well worth the effort.What did you think of your group leader?Shailesh was fantastic. Wonderful fun and had some great trekking stories. His expertise was greatly appreciated during some difficult passes and river crossings. Jigmet was our local guide on the trek was also very helpful and knew the Marka Valley like the back of his hand.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is no ordinary holiday. Patience and a good sense of humour are mandatory. The altitude might prove difficult for some (as it was for me!) straightaway as Leh is already at 3,500 meters above sea level. Keep drinking water and rehydration supplements are very much reccommended.  Take the walk slowly. Take lots of pictures and if you spot a blue sheep, please do let me know.Is there anything else you would like to add?Ladakh is a mind blowing part of Northern India. China to the East, Pakistan to the West. A wonderful retreat from the humidity and hustle and bustle of the Golden Triangle. A real hub for trekkers and adrenalin seekers. I have been to no where that competes for sheer excitement and contrasting cultures. It will take some time to get over it.  

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 6
    Written on August 24, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    What a trip this is! Pure adventure and exhilaration each and every day. Mountain peaks, glacier rivers, hilltop monasteries. This was a very fortunate experience to be in a small part of the world where time simply does not matter. No internet, no mobile phones, no facebook or twitter. Some might say its heaven. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The final push up to the Gongmaru La pass (5,286m). The views over the Stok Mountain Range with Kang Yangtse behind us were incredible and well worth the effort.What did you think of your group leader?Shailesh was fantastic. Wonderful fun and had some great trekking stories. His expertise was greatly appreciated during some difficult passes and river crossings. Jigmet was our local guide on the trek was also very helpful and knew the Marka Valley like the back of his hand.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is no ordinary holiday. Patience and a good sense of humour are mandatory. The altitude might prove difficult for some (as it was for me!) straightaway as Leh is already at 3,500 meters above sea level. Keep drinking water and rehydration supplements are very much reccommended.  Take the walk slowly. Take lots of pictures and if you spot a blue sheep, please do let me know.Is there anything else you would like to add?Ladakh is a mind blowing part of Northern India. China to the East, Pakistan to the West. A wonderful retreat from the humidity and hustle and bustle of the Golden Triangle. A real hub for trekkers and adrenalin seekers. I have been to no where that competes for sheer excitement and contrasting cultures. It will take some time to get over it.  

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 7
    Written on August 21, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trek was through the most jaw dropping scenery! It was hard to take in the magnitude of the mountains, I felt privalaged to be able to do it.The trek itself was not too difficult but it was made tougher by the altitude and the heat at the start of the trek. The leader was superb as were all the staff, nothing was too much trouble and Ngima is possibly the most patient man on the planet! Amazing food on the trek including three birthday cakes baked at altitude.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Probably when we climbed up the first pass, I was feeling the altitude but the view when I finally made it was awesome. Everyone on our trek was very supportive of each other.What did you think of your group leader?What more can I say, a true professional and a real 'people' person. I felt very safe with him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is not a walk in the park, you definitely need a good level of fitness and expect some long days trekking. Also you can't know how you will cope at altitude but we all made it in our own time coaxed along  by our leader.Is there anything else you would like to add?Go for it, you will be rewarded by incredible scenery, meet lots of lovely people and there is a good chance you will lose weight for your efforts, what more can  a girl ask for?

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 8
    Written on August 21, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trek was through the most jaw dropping scenery! It was hard to take in the magnitude of the mountains, I felt privalaged to be able to do it.The trek itself was not too difficult but it was made tougher by the altitude and the heat at the start of the trek. The leader was superb as were all the staff, nothing was too much trouble and Ngima is possibly the most patient man on the planet! Amazing food on the trek including three birthday cakes baked at altitude.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Probably when we climbed up the first pass, I was feeling the altitude but the view when I finally made it was awesome. Everyone on our trek was very supportive of each other.What did you think of your group leader?What more can I say, a true professional and a real 'people' person. I felt very safe with him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This is not a walk in the park, you definitely need a good level of fitness and expect some long days trekking. Also you can't know how you will cope at altitude but we all made it in our own time coaxed along  by our leader.Is there anything else you would like to add?Go for it, you will be rewarded by incredible scenery, meet lots of lovely people and there is a good chance you will lose weight for your efforts, what more can  a girl ask for?

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 9
    Written on August 8, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great trek combining awesome high-altitude mountain scenery (a must for any geology nuts!) with beautiful valleys and fascinating remote Ladakhi villages in green oases round the water courses. Camping at high altitudes (4500m+) looking out over mountain ranges with marmots, blue sheep & dzos nearby was unforgettable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Camping on the high plain (4800m) at Nimalung with Kang Yangste towering on one side and the Gongmaru La pass on the other. Having tea in the traditional Ladakhi home of one of our guide's family in Rumbak.What did you think of your group leader?Valerie Parkinson is simply the best: a superb combination of enthusiasm, expert knowledge, understanding, tact & diplomacy & fun, too! She is so much more than just a guide.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you really are fit for 8-10 hour days of challenging climbing/walking over a variety of terrain! You'll need it!Is there anything else you would like to add?A great group of fellow trekkers meant there was always someone to talk to; we felt really lucky to be part of such a nice bunch.

  • Ladakh: The Markha Valley reviewer 10
    Written on August 8, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great trek combining awesome high-altitude mountain scenery (a must for any geology nuts!) with beautiful valleys and fascinating remote Ladakhi villages in green oases round the water courses. Camping at high altitudes (4500m+) looking out over mountain ranges with marmots, blue sheep & dzos nearby was unforgettable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Camping on the high plain (4800m) at Nimalung with Kang Yangste towering on one side and the Gongmaru La pass on the other. Having tea in the traditional Ladakhi home of one of our guide's family in Rumbak.What did you think of your group leader?Valerie Parkinson is simply the best: a superb combination of enthusiasm, expert knowledge, understanding, tact & diplomacy & fun, too! She is so much more than just a guide.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure you really are fit for 8-10 hour days of challenging climbing/walking over a variety of terrain! You'll need it!Is there anything else you would like to add?A great group of fellow trekkers meant there was always someone to talk to; we felt really lucky to be part of such a nice bunch.

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  1. Day 1: Start Delhi.
  2. Day 2: Fly to Leh (3500m); rest of the day free.
  3. Day 3: Exploring in and around Leh, visiting the town, palace and monasteries at Shey and Thikse.
  4. Day 4: Acclimatisation walk in Leh Valley; optional jeep drive to the Khardung La (which at 5602m, is the highest motorable road in the world).
  5. Day 5: Short drive to Jinchen; trek to Rumbak.
  6. Day 6: Pass Yurutse village to reach the base of the Ganda La.
  7. Day 7: Cross the Ganda La (4970m) to Skiu in the Markha Valley.
  8. Day 8: Follow the river to Markha (3750m).
  9. Day 9: Trek to Thachungste, visiting Tache Gompa perched above us en route.
  10. Day 10: Climb to the high plateau at Nimaling.
  11. Day 11: Cross the Gongmaru La (5286m) with views of the high Ladakh Range.
  12. Day 12: Finish the trek near Hemis; visit the monastery and drive to Leh.
  13. Day 13: Fly to Delhi.
  14. Day 14: End Delhi.

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Covering a total distance of approx 1,370 km.
  • New Delhi (India)
  • 617 km
  • Leh (India)
  • 13 km
  • Shey (India)
  • 20 km
  • Rumbak (India)
  • 30 km
  • Hemis (India)
  • 21 km
  • Hankar (India)
  • 21 km
  • Hemis (India)
  • 31 km
  • Leh (India)
  • 617 km
  • New Delhi (India)

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