Markha Valley Treks
Trip Code: HDC02
Desert in the sky has something different for everyone. Markha has a remote feel that belies its proximity to the heart of Ladakh, ideal for Buddhist monks in search of seclusion. Dramatic ruined gompas mark the sheer craggy skyline above intimate villages of green fields – a magical place of carved mani stones and white chortens against richly coloured rock: startling re ds and vivid greens. We start in the beautiful metalworking village of Chiling on the Zanskar river; one of many lovely orchard campsites. With time to explore the active monasteries on the way at Skiu and Markha village, we gradually follow the river to its source at the magnificent wide alpine pasture of Nimaling under the snowy peak of Kang Yatze. We spend an extra day here exploring the inviting views over the distant Changtang plateau, then make a slow, steady ascent to the fantastic prayer-flag-festooned Kongmaru La.
The views here are simply spectacular: high peaks immediately behind us, immense distances across Zanskar even to K2 in the west; to the east the Indus valley stretching away far into Tibet. Then descending through fantastic polychromatic gorges, the habitat of the agile ibex and blue sheep, we visit the great active monastery at Hemis before the short drive to Leh.
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- Its wide expanse of historical amusements, and the staggering.
- Thar desert provides breathtaking sights for those with a taste for vast barreness, history and culture. Rajasthan’s history is one of conquest, re-conquest, and the rise and fall of empires.
- It has been once hailed invincible even by the Mughals who passed through the very length and breadth of India, and many braves rose and fall in this royal state.
- Trip Duration: 15-30 days
- Destination: India
- Activities: Peak Climbing
- Trip Grade: Strenuous
- Group Size: 2
- Price: $500 - $1500
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Day by Day
A brief visit to the heart of Sufism in India, Fatehpur Sikri, we visit the Ranthambore National Park. After that, we explore Rajasthan and a number of fascinating architectures around it.