Markha Valley

Markha Valley ulasan, Leh

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Agt 2019
Without doubt, this is a premium trekking place and the best region to walk during the northern summer months. I did this trek on my own and I want to share some of my experience, adding a little more info to what it is already said here. So let's start by parts: Transport There is a big taxi lobby imposing prices and avoiding competence. So strong is their rule that the capital Leh is full of adverts asking for partners to share costs to see the nearby attractions (it is crazy because a fleet of tourist buses will solve all this mess and I bet a lot of people will leave Ladakh missing key places because of this problem). Anyway, at the beginning of the trek in Zingchen and at the end in Chokdo there will be taxis waiting for trekkers. In general local people resort to hitchhiking, because public buses are scarce and not reliable, so in case of needing transport just hitchhike and always reasonably pay the driver. In the case you encounter some taxi driver demanding explanations, always tell them that the driver of the car is your friend and this is not a transport service. Guides For an experienced trekker is not really necessary, the paths are clear and you can get nice detailed maps from Android apps like Maps.me and Osmond. I used both on my Mobil phone and do not have many problems. All the paths have the same patron: they follow riverbed; and in the extreme situation of losing your bearings, remember that all the rivers flow to the Zanskar river and Indus river and those rivers had roads and plenty of villages. Also, you can look for piles of rocks and signs of human activity to find your destination. The only problem I had was to find the best place to cross the rivers, so expect to wet your feet especially in the spring season and rainy days. Local People and safety Really nice people, always asking where are you going and telling you the correct path. When arriving at a village just tell the folks "Homestay" and they will find you a room (remember they have a rotation system so everybody gets a fair share of the tourist business, so you are not able to choose accommodation). There are no beggars and everybody is busy working in the fields or building houses and stone walls (summer is the only chance they have to use concrete because the summer weather do not freeze the water, on the other hand the increasing rainfall is pushing people to changing from mud houses to concrete ones). There is a heavy presence of the Indian army along the Indus valley, but they will not interact with tourist unless you enter or take pictures of their facilities. Homestays Mostly all the local Homestays are managed by women, meanwhile men are away in the cities to earn money, these women are very busy because also take care of children, old people and livestock so keep your demands in balance with the situation. Do not expect luxuries: there are squatter compost toilets in small stalls away from the main house. And there is no running water nor bathroom so ask for water for washing (do not expect hot water nor privacy to wash). The kitchen is an important place, always wait to be invited to enter and do not sit in the Ladakhi tables as it is considered quite umpolite. Using Homestays instead of camping reduce the environmental impact on the ecosystem and help the local to improve the economy. Also is a key factor to preserve this national park because peasants will depend less on their livestock and this change will give more space to the snow leopards preys. So avoid the luxury tour agencies who bring less income to the villages. Altitude adaptation A lot of people come to Ladakh as a side trip from the lower regions of India, but this is an error because they are ill prepared and the urge to see as much as possible in a few days ruin the trip because of the high altitude. Usually they start the trek in Chilling to avoid the Gandala pass, but as soon as they reach the 4100m the altitude sickness appears and the trek is really uncomfortable, especially in the Hankar, Nimaling and Chokdo stretch. I recommend spending at least two weeks in Ladakh to enjoy thoroughly this trek; spend a few days in Alchi-Uleytokpo area (the lowest terrain in Ladakh at 3000m), making day treks to the surrounding mountains. For example the first day I did the trek Sumdo-Charatse La (3700m), Yangtang, Rizon Gorge, Uleytokpo and the next day the trek Mangyu-Mangyu La (4137m)-Hipti-Leh highway.. You can return to your accommodation by hitchhiking and rest comfortably a low altitude. Afterwards you can go to Leh (3500m) and spend a couple of days doing some sightseeing to the nearby attractions. Then you can start the Markah trek with some guarantee of almost no suffering altitude sickness. When climbing high passes above 4500m, those people non allergic to ibuprofen can take one 600mg pill several hours before the climbing, to help the body to adjust to altitude and prevent mountain sickness. Dogs There are dogs everywhere in Ladakh mainly in urban áreas, but beware of the dogs because a lot of them are feral, so do not pet them. On summer days they live from the food dumped from tourist establishments, but during the harsh months of winter they turn on wildlife and attacks on humans are not uncommon. Because killing as a method controlling the dog population is not accepted by the locals, a sterilization campaign has been stablished but their effects are yet to be seen. Weather Ladakh and more specifically the Markha trek, let you to walk on high altitudes without snow and not needing technical climbing knowledge. The temperatures are surprisingly warm when the sun is shining, only above the 4.100m when the wind is blowing the body fells the chill cold wind so a light windbreaker and water resistant jacket is needed. Above 4.800m under these same conditions the body loses heat quickly so is necessary to cover all the exposed parts of the body; so lightweight gloves, balaclava and neck warmer are needed. and if the weather turns cloudy you will need a light fleece jacket. Just to get an idea, in mid August 2019 above 4800m (Nimaling Camp area) the temperature dropped below zero during the nights and snowed for several days. Crossing rivers. One of the main complaints of the Markha Valley trekkers is the river crossing, usually the path follows the streams, so sometimes the bridges are washed away by flash floodings and unexpected streams can appear after a rainy day. So remember to cross always trough the widest place of the river and always downwards the river flow. Water trekking shoes can be useful but there are so many crossings that they are not worth it. So a lightweight hiking shoe with extra grip sole and quick drying are the best choice for trekking this area (if you want to climb a 6000m summit you will need boots). If you must cross rivers and get your feet wet, at the end of the day trek you can ask the Homestay owner to dry your shoes in the kitchen room. Also, you can use adhesive body warmer when the trek is over to regain some warmth for your feet. Nimaling Nimaling is worthy staying another day, mostly all the trekkers spent one night and continue the trek to Chokdo because the altitude sickness makes the stay unpleasant and want to finish trek as soon as possible. If you are used to the altitude I suggest to spend at least one more day to do some day treks on the area. I recommend two hiking summits if the snow line has receded enough: the Konga Ri (5754 m) and the Reponi Mallai Ri (6116 m). The Konga Ri is a hilly summit at the end of the Markha valley just follow the river, pass the Dzo Jongo Basecamp , then continue through moraine landscape and when you reach a lake, the south hillside is the Konga Ri. You can attempt to climb to the summit through the scree without using crampons. The views are fantastic and you will be immersed in a real Himalayan high peak landscape. The Reponi Mallai Ri route is posted on wikiloc. But if the snow it is too deep I recommend to trek at least till the Kang Yatse view point at 5.200m, to see a spectacular view of the of the Kang Yatse massif and its glaciers. Just go up the hill, follow the small stream that goes behind the Nimaling camp (about 2 hours), this route is also available in wikiloc. Other Ladakh Homestay Treks Ladakh has 3 homestay treks: - The Markha trek: the most well-known trek - The Sham Trek: from Likir to Temisgam can be done in 3 days. I recommend to add one more day and end the trek in Skindiang. The highest point is 3800 so this is an ideal trek for altitude acclimatizing. This trek it may be less appealing, but it's really worthy because the villages are really nice and the accommodations are more comfortable. - The Lamayuru to Alchi trek: it is a 5 day trek between remote villages, old monasteries and dramatic landscapes. I will try to add the last 2 mentioned treks to Tripadvisor. Just with the aim of spreading the visitors flow and their money so all the local communities gets a fair share of the business and these remote villages improve their way of living. Managing garbage Ladakh has a ban on plastic bags but not in water bottles or other plastic items sold everywhere. There is no proper waste management so carry back to your country, your own garbage (specially plastic packaging and batteries). When trekking make use of the Homestays bins to throw the rests of the day packet lunch and also use hiking water bottles because all the Homestays provide safe drinking water. One more thing, there are some trash open walled holes along the routes and they are a shame because the garbage is not picked up and it spread all over the place, also wildlife rummage these places so do not use them.

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Franka v
2 kontribusi
Sendiri
Great experience, really recommend the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company I booked the trekking with! They made sure I had an authentic experience (staying in the homestays and translating instead of camping) even though the Valley is getting more crowded these days and also helped me doing other treks besides Markha Valley (that I even recommend more!).
Ditulis pada 23 Juli 2022
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Julian R
59 kontribusi
Without doubt, this is a premium trekking place and the best region to walk during the northern summer months. I did this trek on my own and I want to share some of my experience, adding a little more info to what it is already said here. So let's start by parts:

Transport
There is a big taxi lobby imposing prices and avoiding competence. So strong is their rule that the capital Leh is full of adverts asking for partners to share costs to see the nearby attractions (it is crazy because a fleet of tourist buses will solve all this mess and I bet a lot of people will leave Ladakh missing key places because of this problem). Anyway, at the beginning of the trek in Zingchen and at the end in Chokdo there will be taxis waiting for trekkers. In general local people resort to hitchhiking, because public buses are scarce and not reliable, so in case of needing transport just hitchhike and always reasonably pay the driver. In the case you encounter some taxi driver demanding explanations, always tell them that the driver of the car is your friend and this is not a transport service.

Guides
For an experienced trekker is not really necessary, the paths are clear and you can get nice detailed maps from Android apps like Maps.me and Osmond. I used both on my Mobil phone and do not have many problems. All the paths have the same patron: they follow riverbed; and in the extreme situation of losing your bearings, remember that all the rivers flow to the Zanskar river and Indus river and those rivers had roads and plenty of villages. Also, you can look for piles of rocks and signs of human activity to find your destination. The only problem I had was to find the best place to cross the rivers, so expect to wet your feet especially in the spring season and rainy days.

Local People and safety
Really nice people, always asking where are you going and telling you the correct path. When arriving at a village just tell the folks "Homestay" and they will find you a room (remember they have a rotation system so everybody gets a fair share of the tourist business, so you are not able to choose accommodation). There are no beggars and everybody is busy working in the fields or building houses and stone walls (summer is the only chance they have to use concrete because the summer weather do not freeze the water, on the other hand the increasing rainfall is pushing people to changing from mud houses to concrete ones).
There is a heavy presence of the Indian army along the Indus valley, but they will not interact with tourist unless you enter or take pictures of their facilities.

Homestays
Mostly all the local Homestays are managed by women, meanwhile men are away in the cities to earn money, these women are very busy because also take care of children, old people and livestock so keep your demands in balance with the situation. Do not expect luxuries: there are squatter compost toilets in small stalls away from the main house. And there is no running water nor bathroom so ask for water for washing (do not expect hot water nor privacy to wash). The kitchen is an important place, always wait to be invited to enter and do not sit in the Ladakhi tables as it is considered quite umpolite. Using Homestays instead of camping reduce the environmental impact on the ecosystem and help the local to improve the economy. Also is a key factor to preserve this national park because peasants will depend less on their livestock and this change will give more space to the snow leopards preys. So avoid the luxury tour agencies who bring less income to the villages.

Altitude adaptation
A lot of people come to Ladakh as a side trip from the lower regions of India, but this is an error because they are ill prepared and the urge to see as much as possible in a few days ruin the trip because of the high altitude. Usually they start the trek in Chilling to avoid the Gandala pass, but as soon as they reach the 4100m the altitude sickness appears and the trek is really uncomfortable, especially in the Hankar, Nimaling and Chokdo stretch. I recommend spending at least two weeks in Ladakh to enjoy thoroughly this trek; spend a few days in Alchi-Uleytokpo area (the lowest terrain in Ladakh at 3000m), making day treks to the surrounding mountains. For example the first day I did the trek Sumdo-Charatse La (3700m), Yangtang, Rizon Gorge, Uleytokpo and the next day the trek Mangyu-Mangyu La (4137m)-Hipti-Leh highway.. You can return to your accommodation by hitchhiking and rest comfortably a low altitude. Afterwards you can go to Leh (3500m) and spend a couple of days doing some sightseeing to the nearby attractions. Then you can start the Markah trek with some guarantee of almost no suffering altitude sickness. When climbing high passes above 4500m, those people non allergic to ibuprofen can take one 600mg pill several hours before the climbing, to help the body to adjust to altitude and prevent mountain sickness.

Dogs
There are dogs everywhere in Ladakh mainly in urban áreas, but beware of the dogs because a lot of them are feral, so do not pet them. On summer days they live from the food dumped from tourist establishments, but during the harsh months of winter they turn on wildlife and attacks on humans are not uncommon. Because killing as a method controlling the dog population is not accepted by the locals, a sterilization campaign has been stablished but their effects are yet to be seen.

Weather
Ladakh and more specifically the Markha trek, let you to walk on high altitudes without snow and not needing technical climbing knowledge. The temperatures are surprisingly warm when the sun is shining, only above the 4.100m when the wind is blowing the body fells the chill cold wind so a light windbreaker and water resistant jacket is needed. Above 4.800m under these same conditions the body loses heat quickly
so is necessary to cover all the exposed parts of the body; so lightweight gloves, balaclava and neck warmer are needed. and if the weather turns cloudy you will need a light fleece jacket. Just to get an idea, in mid August 2019 above 4800m (Nimaling Camp area) the temperature dropped below zero during the nights and snowed for several days.

Crossing rivers.
One of the main complaints of the Markha Valley trekkers is the river crossing, usually the path follows the streams, so sometimes the bridges are washed away by flash floodings and unexpected streams can appear after a rainy day. So remember to cross always trough the widest place of the river and always downwards the river flow. Water trekking shoes can be useful but there are so many crossings that they are not worth it. So a lightweight hiking shoe with extra grip sole and quick drying are the best choice for trekking this area (if you want to climb a 6000m summit you will need boots). If you must cross rivers and get your feet wet, at the end of the day trek you can ask the Homestay owner to dry your shoes in the kitchen room. Also, you can use adhesive body warmer when the trek is over to regain some warmth for your feet.

Nimaling
Nimaling is worthy staying another day, mostly all the trekkers spent one night and continue the trek to Chokdo because the altitude sickness makes the stay unpleasant and want to finish trek as soon as possible. If you are used to the altitude I suggest to spend at least one more day to do some day treks on the area. I recommend two hiking summits if the snow line has receded enough: the Konga Ri (5754 m) and the Reponi Mallai Ri (6116 m). The Konga Ri is a hilly summit at the end of the Markha valley just follow the river, pass the Dzo Jongo Basecamp , then continue through moraine landscape and when you reach a lake, the south hillside is the Konga Ri. You can attempt to climb to the summit through the scree without using crampons. The views are fantastic and you will be immersed in a real Himalayan high peak landscape.
The Reponi Mallai Ri route is posted on wikiloc. But if the snow it is too deep I recommend to trek at least till the Kang Yatse view point at 5.200m, to see a spectacular view of the of the Kang Yatse massif and its glaciers. Just go up the hill, follow the small stream that goes behind the Nimaling camp (about 2 hours), this route is also available in wikiloc.

Other Ladakh Homestay Treks
Ladakh has 3 homestay treks:
- The Markha trek: the most well-known trek
- The Sham Trek: from Likir to Temisgam can be done in 3 days. I recommend to add one more day and end the trek in Skindiang. The highest point is 3800 so this is an ideal trek for altitude acclimatizing. This trek it may be less appealing, but it's really worthy because the villages are really nice and the accommodations are more comfortable.
- The Lamayuru to Alchi trek: it is a 5 day trek between remote villages, old monasteries and dramatic landscapes.
I will try to add the last 2 mentioned treks to Tripadvisor. Just with the aim of spreading the visitors flow and their money so all the local communities gets a fair share of the business and these remote villages improve their way of living.

Managing garbage
Ladakh has a ban on plastic bags but not in water bottles or other plastic items sold everywhere. There is no proper waste management so carry back to your country, your own garbage (specially plastic packaging and batteries). When trekking make use of the Homestays bins to throw the rests of the day packet lunch and also use hiking water bottles because all the Homestays provide safe drinking water. One more thing, there are some trash open walled holes along the routes and they are a shame because the garbage is not picked up and it spread all over the place, also wildlife rummage these places so do not use them.
Ditulis pada 28 September 2019
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Daniel B
49 kontribusi
We suggest to start from Zingchen rather than Chilling. It took us 8 days (with one day exploring at Nymaling). We were 7 (3 children) autonomous. No need to take a sleeping bag but take a silken bag.
There are plenty of wild life to see.
Mostly friendly homestay.
Ditulis pada 7 Agustus 2019
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Kaalpurush Apu
7 kontribusi
Sendiri
One of the most beautiful, historical also challenging trek in Ladakh. It takes 6 to 7 days to complete the trek. The trail head is Skiu Village which is easily accessible by car from Leh.
Ditulis pada 2 Agustus 2019
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wonderingcorse
Haifa, Israel128 kontribusi
I have just come back from trekking Spituk to Hemis and here are some general points:
1. do you need a guide? shortly, no. the trail is clear, there are other trekkeres, groups and locals to follow and your best friend- horse manure- will never fail you. of course, a good guide will enrich the experience and will give you much better understanding but for the purpose of finding your way, you are fine by yourselves.
2.equipment- go as light as possible. if you want a sleeping bag for emergencies, fine but you are unlikely to use it. good sandals are important, great sunglasses and hat as well as waterproofs.
3.start and finish- the road goes now all the way to Zingchang so you can skip this part (from spituk) and avoid the night there. take a taxi and walk to Rumbak to spend the first night. on the other side, most trekkers take a taxi back to Leh from Chokdo. of course many variations are possible and most people begin the trek in skyu.
4.villages with homestay: Zingchang, yurutse, ganda la base camp (tent), Shingo, Skyu, Sara, Chalak, thilispe, Markha,umlung, Hankar, Tuchungtse (tent), Nimaling (tent), Chokdo, shang sumdo. some of these villages like shingo and chokdo work on the rotation system meaning even if there are 6 homestays in the village, just one is recieving guests at any given day.
5. costs: the price is fixed all over the valley at 1200 rupees for a room,dinner, breakfast, packed lunch, lots of tea and free purified water. Nimaling is an exception at 1400.

Ditulis pada 26 Juli 2019
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Peter J
Helsinki, Finlandia5 kontribusi
Teman
The Markha valley is a dream for trekkers. Stunning landscapes and nice villages. We stayed in homestays, comfort was basic but we really enjoyed spending time with the families, all very friendly and welcoming.
Ditulis pada 22 Maret 2019
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Sightsee737349
McLeod Ganj, India592 kontribusi
Teman
Markha is a remote valley of Ladakh located near Leh . Its world famous for its trekking trails which offer wonderful views and beautiful villages on the way
Ditulis pada 12 Maret 2019
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Aban Sheer
Benggala Barat, India337 kontribusi
Sendiri
It was an adventurous and thrilling experience of trekking along the 27 kilometres path down the steep slope of the hills and then across the Spituk Valley.
Ditulis pada 8 Februari 2019
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DanieleG
5 kontribusi
Pasangan
The Markha valley is a beautiful preserved valley in the heart of the Himalayan mountains. Trekking there is a treat. Amazing landscapes, beautiful villages where you can discover the village life. We were not lucky enough to spot the famous snow leopard, but we will never forget the week spent there. Highly recommended!
Ditulis pada 1 Februari 2019
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Lovers_paradise
new delhi176 kontribusi
Pasangan
More famously known as the Teahouse Trek of the Ladakh, the Markha Valley Trek commences from Leh to Skiu via Chilling. From Leh to Chilling, easy transport is available whereafter u hit the ropeway due to a broken bridge. The trek route is very interesting and the landscape is very fascinating and unique. From Skiu to Markha, it is an easy trek with almost flat walks on most part of the trail. The views throughout are breathtaking with different and unique rock-scapes and structures of the mountains formed by wind and water erosion.
Ditulis pada 6 Januari 2019
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