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Trekking Tours: Padam To Leh via the Markha Valley
 (Throught Hemis High Altitude National Park)

Padam, the capital of Zanskar is approchable by a 3 days drive from Leh or Srinagar. Padam is also the finishing point for many popular treks through Zanskar and Lahoul. This trek can easily be combined with other polpular treks. This extention to Leh via the Markha Valley passes through very remote mountains that are famed for their wildlife and numerous river crossings.
This is a fantastic trek for Wild Life and Photography enthusiasts/amateurs.
DURATION 15 days Leh to Leh. Actual Trekking - 12 days - Zangla to Leh
GRADE Strenuous
MAXIMUM ALTITUDE 5020 mts, Rubrang La on Day 06.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT Camera with zoom lens. Fast Film ASA 200 and above. Sleeping bag, water bottle, personal trekking equipment.
SEASON End June to October.

Detailed Trek:

Day 01: Padam - Zangla (5-6 hrs)
Visit Karsha Monaestery on the way to Zangla(3370 mts) Karsha Monastery is the largest in Zanskar and dates back to the 10th Century A.D.

Day 02: Zangla - Base Camp (3-4 hrs)
Hard but short walk up from Zangla gets you to the Base Camp for crossing the Charcha La Pass. One may explore the side valley after lunch.

Day 03: Base Camp - Charcha La (6-7 Hrs)
There is some hard climbing in the dry valley below before getting to the glacier and the top of the Charcha La (4950 mts). The hard climb is rewarded by great views of Zanskar and the Great Himalayan Range.

Day 04: Charcha La - Tilat Sumdo (6-7 hrs)
From the camp at the base of the pass, trek till the Cave at Tilat Sumdo(3750 mts) and camp there. There are many river crossings to be made on this day also.

Day 05: Tilat Sumdo - Base Camp (5-6 hrs)
Trek to the Base (4350 mts) of the next pass called Rubrang La (5020 mts). The hard trails in this area are frquented by sheperds from the villages of the Rupshu region.

Day 06: Base Camp - Rubrang La (6-7 hrs)
Hard walking to the top of the pass is rewarded again by great panoramic views. The descent from the pass is through a beautiful gorge famous for wild life called Chaglang Nala. Camp at Markha (3850 mts).

Day 07: Markha - Thinlespa (6-7 hr)
Easy walking for 6-7 hours gets one to Thinlespa(3700 mts) which a very small and traditional Ladakhi Village. Next day rest/explore around Thinlespa.

Day 08: Rest / Explore Thinlespa
A beautiful spring can be reached by a 1 hour walk from Thinlespa. The waters of this spring have medicinal and spiritual powers. The side valleys/gorges around are home to abundant numbers of Blue Sheep, Ibex , Himalayan Wolves and Snow Leopard. There are also many other interesting sites around which can be easily visited.

Day 09: Thinlespa - Hinlespa - Shigo (7 hrs)
Trek along the Markha River till the village of Skiu and onwards to Shingo (4150 mts). From Skiu the trail slowly ascends through a wooded gorge till Shingo, where you Camp for the night. Shingo is complete with a traditional Ladakhi house and beautiful flower speckled fields.

Day 10: Shingo - Ganda La - Yurutse (6-7 hrs)
Leave early morning and trek up the next Pass named the Ganda La (4920 mts). The Ladakh, Zanskar and Stok Ranges are part of the splendid views from the top of the Pass. A short 1 hour descend from the pass gets you to the camp site a few kilometers before Yurutse Village (4150mts). The mountains around are full of wild Sheep and Marmots.

Day 11: Yurutse - Base of Namlung La (3-4 hrs)
Trek down the valley till rumbak and then ascend till the base camp of the next pass(4100 mts), Namlung La. From here there is a side trip of 4 days to the peak of Mt Stok Kangri (6130 mts). This is an easy trekking peak though the altitude is above 6000 Mts.

Day 12: Base of Namlung La - Stok - Leh (5-6 hrs)+(2 hrs drive)
This is the last trekking day. After crossing the Namlung La (4750mts) trek down till Stok Village where you are picked up by Jeeps and transported to your Hotel in Leh. The Namlung La towers over the Indus/Leh Valley and is a great place for photographs.

Day 13: Fly from Leh to New Delhi.

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