CHILLING TO DAT VIA MARKHA TREK

Trek duration:                  18 Days

Level of difficulty:             Strenous

Highest altitude (pass):     5190 mt

Min-max no. of pax:       6 to 12 people

Best time for the trek: May till September/October

The Markha to Kharnak Nomad Trek is a wonderful, high altitude trek that crosses a few of the mountain passes offering spectacular views of the Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges. It begins from Chilling (the place for silver, tine, copper- metal works of Ladakh) and proceeds up the Markha Valley (abode of the snow-lepoard) just past Hankar, where the trail turans south towards the Zalung Karpo La and the Kharnak Valley. After crossing the Yar La, we enter the Tibetan plateau from where the Changthang begins, where the Changpas/nomads move from place to place with their yaks, cashmere goats and sheep in search of pasture. The trek ends at the beautiful salt Lake of TsoKar where we will be able to view wild ass, migratory birds like bar-headed geese, brahminy ducks, and rare, black-necked cranes. On the drive back to Leh we cross the Tanglang La, through the 21 hairpin road.

BRIEF ITENERARY OF THE TREK

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Day 2: Fly to Leh

 

Day 3: Acclimatization and sightseeing around Leh town

 

Day 4: Drive to Chilling, trek to Sku

 

Day 5: Trek to Markha

 

Day 6: Trek to Langtangchan 

 

Day 7: Trek to Yakrupal

 

Day 8: Yakrupal to Tsokra. 

 

Day 9: Tsokra to Dat (Kharnak) 

 

Day 10: Rest day at Dat. 

 

Day 11: Dat to Lungmoche. 

 

Day 12: Lungmoche to Zara. 

 

Day 13: Zara to Ponganagu to Tsokar

Day 14: Rest day and clean up the camping site.

 

Day 15: Back to Leh via Taglangla.  

 

Day 16: Fly to Delhi. 

 

Day 17: Sightseeing in Delhi. 

 

Day 18: Fly home.

TRIP AT A GLANCE:

  • Delhi to Leh to Delhi

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Delhi

  • 3 nights hotel stay in Leh

  • Camping during the trek

  • 11 days of trek

  • Average trek - 5 hours

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Cross over Taglang La

  • Nomadic people 

  • Ancient monasteries

  • Life in a Drok (highand)

  • Trek

  • Yaks and wildlife

  • Delhi sightseeing

  • Tsokar Lake 

  • Sightseeing in Leh

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