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Rest and get acclimatized after reaching Leh.
You can explore the local market in your free time.
Drive to Spituk Spituk - Zingchen trek (4-5 hours)
Early morning drive to Spituk, and start your trek to Zingchen Valley.
Marvel at the Rumbak river and set camp for the evening.
Zingchen - Ganda La base (3-4 hours)
Today you will visit the Hemis National Park where you will be fortunate to catch a glimpse of rare and exotic wildlife.
The National park is home to the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), Red Fox, Tibetan wolf and Dhole (wild dog).
Travel towards the village of Rumbak and stop at a tented tea-house run by women of the village.
After a cup of warm tea we will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m).
Ganda La base - Skiu via Ganda La 6-7 hours
After a light breakfast, begin your 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m).
The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see Blue Sheep, Marmots and Arghali roaming the hills around.
After a short rest, make a gradual descent to Shingo and then break for lunch.
Finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m).
Skiu - Markha (7-8 hours)
Trek along the beautiful Markha River and make it through the lovely valley.
View religious shrines and tented tea houses along with monasteries and old forts.
Markha - Thachungtse (5-6 hours)
The Markha valley trail continues pass old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which proudly perches upon a cliff that looms above Markha.
After leaving the village of Umlung, glance at your first view of herculean Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La.
After you break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m), where you will make camp.
Thachungtse - Nimaling (4 hours)
On this day the trail will lead you up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months.
At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us stunning views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.
Nimaling - Shangsumdo via Kongmaru La (7 hours) . Drive to Leh
After a hearty breakfast, cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from here we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range.
Camp overnight in Shang Sumdo. In the morning drive from Sumdo to Leh takes about 2 hours. Reach Leh by evening.
Your trip comes to an end here.
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