Preserve Markha valley – regulate vehicle access
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Soon the bridge at Chilling will be completed and the road to the beautiful Markha valley will open. This road will bring many benefits and give improved access to health services and education. But the road could also have a serious negative environmental and socio-economic impact if tourist vehicles and motorbikes are allowed in the valley.
> THE ROAD IS BUILT FOR THE VILLAGERS AND WILL BE VERY HELPFUL FOR THEM.
> ONLY LADAKHIS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE VALLEY WITH VEHICLES.
> TOURIST VEHICLES AND MOTORBIKES SHALL BE FORBIDDEN.
> TOURISTS SHALL ONLY ACCESS THE VALLEY ON FOOT OR ON BICYCLE.
The Markha valley is our natural heritage and we must protect it. It is part of the Hemis National Park, home to rare and endangered wildlife such as the snow leopard. Vehicle access must be regulated to avoid air, water and noise pollution.
Let's take example on other countries such as Norway, New Zealand and America where roads within national parks are only used by local people and park rangers.
The Markha valley is the most popular trekking area in Ladakh (55% of the treks organized in Ladakh go through the Markha valley). Tourists are attracted to this valley because they can discover authentic village life and Ladakhi culture while staying in homestays. This is a wonderful example of sustainable tourism.
In 2017, more than 5,000 tourists have trekked in the Markha valley generating a total income of Rs 7 Crores for the local people (homestays, horsemen, guides, etc.)
Trekking business will stop instantly and this source of income will disappear if tourist vehicles and motorbikes are allowed in the valley. We don’t want this…
> THE HEMIS NATIONAL PARK IS A WORLD-FAMOUS TREKKING AREA
> BOTH LOCAL PEOPLE AND TOURISTS WANT TO PRESERVE IT
> CHECKPOINTS SHALL BE INSTALLED AT THE BOUNDARIES OF THE PARK:
- at Chilling bridge (on the road to the Markha valley)
- at Zingchen (on the road to Rumbak)
- before Shang Sumdo (on the road to Shang Sumdo and Chogdo)
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Rigzin from Markha
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