Markha Valley Trek

Walking down the lanes into the roots of India and the Indus Valley Civilization

Markha Valley Trek Introduction And Details

Key Himalayan Geographical Offerings Of The Markha Valley Trek

2 Popular Peaks:
Kang Yatse 1 ( 6400m ), Kang Yatse 2 ( 6200m )
2 High Passes:
Kongmaru La - 5130m ( 5130m ), Ganda La ( 4970m )
2 Tranquil Rivers:
Markha River, Zanskar
1 Beautiful Remote Villages:
Leh
1 National Parks Or Forest Reserve:
Hemis National Park
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Day 1
D1Delhi
Day 2
D2Leh
Day 2
Tsemo Monastery
Day 2
Leh
Day 2
Shanti Stupa
Day 3
D3Leh
Day 3
Chilling
Day 4
D4Skiu
Day 5
D5Markha
Day 6
D6Hankar
Day 6
Thochungtse
Day 7
D7Nimaling
Day 7
Nimaling
Day 7
Kang Yatse BC
Day 8
D8Nimaling
Day 8
Kongmaru La
Day 8
Chuskirmo
Day 9
D9Leh
Day 10
Delhi

Markha Valley Trek Daywise Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Leh

Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: None
Cost Of Transport Included: No
Activity: Fly, Rest, Acclimatize Day

On reaching Leh, our team will meet you at the airport and drive to our hotel. All of a sudden when you land in Leh and breathe in the cool dry air of Ladakh, your body won't conform to the newly changed environment, that too in only a couple of hours. Not just the dry and cold wind. The Sun at the same time is very scorchy and hard. All of these are very new for your body and you need to give your body time to cope up.

Staying hydrated is the key to a successful trek in Ladakh. Drink enough water from the previous night itself, and not after landing on Ladakh. Likewise, have a Vaseline convenient to apply to your nostrils to keep it moist, else you will feel the air is excessively dry and cold making it difficult to inhale comfortably.

We rest for the rest of the day and meet up only in the evening for light Snacks and a formal Team Introduction where we share some important information on the trek preparation and planning.

  • day1 photo - leh city
  • day1 photo - leh cityscape

Day 2

Acclimatization Day


Walk To Tsemo Monastery. Return To LehExplore Shanti StupaNearby.

Day 2
3500 - Leh
Day 2
3600 - Tsemo Monastery
Day 2
3500 - Leh
Day 2
3600 - Shanti Stupa
Day 2
3500 - Leh


4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Acclimatization Walks and City Walk Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we spend our day visiting places around Leh and acclimatizing further. Leh is at a very high altitude and this day is very important for us. We visit places like Leh Palace, Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa, etc. Each of these places can be hiked to and it's the best for us to do, if we are not feeling exhausted. If we do, we need to take some light walks in the town itself for some window shopping. Leh has some good shops selling trekking gear. So you can do some last moment purchases. In the evening we will visit the monastery of Shanti Stupa to seek some peaceful aura around it.

Tomorrow we start the trek. Hence we recheck that we are all set for it. Do the last moment purchases, repack our bag according to the trek requirement, have dinner and sleep early.

  • day2 photo - acclimatization in leh
  • day2 photo - acclimatization trek to tsemo monastery
  • day2 photo - leh city from leh palace
  • day2 photo - tsemo monastery in leh

Day 3From Leh To Skiu, Via - Chilling

Day 3
3500 - Leh
Day 3
3200 - Chilling
Day 3
3400 - Skiu


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Drive, Trek Day
Overnight In: Skiu (3400m )
Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Today morning, after breakfast, we drive to Chilling the road-head for our trek to the Markha Valley. The bridge to cross the river is broken by the recent flood and hence you get to cross the river in an interesting rope trolley. I bet if you have not done it before, the adventure begins right away!

All your trek stuff and equipment are transferred in a similar fashion. Once you cross the river, the horses are loaded, and then we are set to start our trek to Markha Valley. Today, we camp at Skiu – A 3-hour easy trek on a mostly flat trail with occasional short ascends and descend.

The trek route is very interesting and the landscape is very fascinating and unique. The sudden appearance of few green patches on the otherwise barren, creamy mountain adds a unique contrast to the scenery. Sightings of a few wild animals and locals enhance the day. Our campsite is defined and we after some 3- 4 hours, we reach our campsite.

  • day3 photo - the pulley bridge crossing zanskar river in chilling
  • day3 photo - towards skiu on markha trek
  • day3 photo - very old mane near skiu on markha trek
  • day3 photo - start of the markha trek towards skiu
  • day3 photo - small old chortens near skiu on markha trek

Day 4From Skiu To Markha

Day 4
3400 - Skiu
Day 4
3700 - Markha


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Markha (3700m )
Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

Waking up to a wonderful morning in Skiu, today we trek to the village of Markha. An easy trek with almost a flat walks on most parts of the trail, with occasional short ascents and descends like yesterdays. The beauty of this tree is that the daily walks aren't difficult, but the beauty is uncomparable.

The views throughout are breathtaking. Watch out for the different and unique rockscapes and structures of the mountains formed by wind and water erosion. With our previous experiences, we tried to tickle our imagination with the illusions created by these unique structures and strongly supported our conclusions of what they looked like -  ‘trunks of many elephant’, ‘doorway to a very old tomb’, 'dinosaurs', etc. It's an interesting game to play which keeps us engaged with the mountains continuously and it goes unrealized when we reach our campsite.

Markha is a very beautiful campsite. The campsite is designated on a flat meadow with the stream flowing by. Do take time out in the evening to visit an old monastery nearby.

  • day4 photo - approaching markha
  • day4 photo - leaving from skiu to markha
  • day4 photo - seabuck bush seen on markha trek
  • day4 photo - walking the beautiful rever bed towards markha
  • day4 photo - flat green campsite of markha

Day 5From Markha To Hankar

Day 5
3700 - Markha
Day 5
3980 - Hankar


4 - 5hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Hankar (3980m )
Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

The trek to Hankar from Markha is a very beautiful trail. It's a short and simple one, and we have kept it so to enable you to spend some good time in this prosperous valley of Greens with the snow-covered peak of Kang Yaste hovering over it from the top. It's just a beautiful place to be in, and just passing by will not do justice to it. Spend a night here, talk to the local herders and farmers. Know more about them. All of these make your journey memorable, not just the photos. It's the last village on this route before we venture into the wildlands of the snow leopard ad ibexes.

  • day5 photo - some amazing rockscape towards hankar
  • day5 photo - the beautiful village of hankar on markha trek
  • day5 photo - wonderful rockscape on markha trek
  • day5 photo - various rock forms of ladakh near hankar

Day 6From Hankar To Nimaling, Via - Thochungtse

Day 6
3980 - Hankar
Day 6
4200 - Thochungtse
Day 6
4730 - Nimaling


5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek Day
Overnight In: Nimaling (4730m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

After spending a peaceful night in the village of Hankar, today we will head to the lush green, high-altitude pasture land of Nimaling. The terrain changes immediately after crossing Hankar with no mentionable greens to be seen further. The route is jaw-dropping with unique structures of the mountains and the rocks. Here it is very easy to spot blue sheep and ibex, snow leopards too !!

A walk of some 2 - 3 hours brings us to a small grassy plain which is the designated campsite of Thochungtse. After taking some rest here, we head towards Nimaling.

After crossing Thochungtse, we climb a mountain hump straight ahead of us. At that altitude, it does take some time, but once done, enjoy up-close views of Kang Yatse. An elegant-looking, huge mountain massif, overwhelming us with its presence. We reach a small lake where we rest and watch the reflection of Kang Yatse on the water surface. It is from here, the route splits and one goes to Kang Yatse base camp and the other one descends to Nimaling - a vast plateau encircled by tall mountains all over. From here, it's just a matter of about 30 minutes to reach Nimaling.

  • day6 photo - approaching thochungtse from hankar
  • day6 photo - campsite of thochungtse
  • day6 photo - reflection of kang yatse in a lake towards nimaling
  • day6 photo - unique sculptures of ladakh
  • day6 photo - fresh snowfall in nimaling on markha trek

Day 7

Exploration Day


Excursion to Kang Yatse BC. Return To Nimaling ( 4 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Day 7
4730 - Nimaling
Day 7
4730 - Nimaling
Day 7
5000 - Kang Yatse BC
Day 7
4730 - Nimaling


4Km, 5 - 6hrs.

Activity: Trek, Explore Day
Overnight In: Nimaling (4730m )
Accommodation: Tents
Meals Included: All Meals

A rest day on this wonderful land. We use it to the fullest by exploring it deeper. We have the option to go till Kang Yatse Glacier, climb up nearby tops, etc. Its a vast lush green pasture green land. Just doing nothing here also is worthy enough.

  • day7 photo - high altitude pasture land of nimaling
  • day7 photo - kang yatse on markha trek
  • day7 photo - nimaling on markha trek

Day 8From Nimaling To Leh, Via - Kongmaru La, Chuskirmo

Day 8
4780 - Nimaling
Day 8
5130 - Kongmaru La
Day 8
4140 - Chuskirmo
Day 8
3500 - Leh


6 - 7hrs.

Activity: Trek, Drive Day
Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
Accommodation: Hotel In Lej
Meals Included: All Meals

One of the most beautiful days of the trek. This is the beauty of the Markha Valley Trek - 6 days into the trek, and it still does not stop getting beautiful and imposing. Today we negotiate the Kongmaru La (Gongmaru La) – 5130m, a high pass with wonderful views all around. Climbing through multiple switchbacks takes us to the summit of Kongmaru La in an hour or a little more, marked with lots of prayer flags furling with the wind. Spend some good time here to relish the views all around. Well, we do get mobile network here, so you can now call your beloved family members.

After crossing the pass, it’s a steep descend down the beautiful Markha gorge. The views and the trail pass down following the narrow Markha gorge and is unbelievable unless you trek it. A sharp descend from the pass top gets us to Lartsa. From there, a trek of some 3 - 4 hours will bring you to the campsite of Chuskirmo. After a light refreshment here, we move further for about an hour to finish our trek. Our vehicle waits for us to take us to Leh.

  • day8 photo - kongmaru la from nimaling
  • day8 photo - kongmarula 5130 meters
  • day8 photo - enroute chuskyirmo from kongmarula
  • day8 photo - blue sheep in chuskyirmo
  • day8 photo - the markha gorge

Day 9Departure From Leh

Activity: Departure Day
Accommodation: None
Meals Included: Breakfast
Cost Of Transport Included: YES ( Drop to Leh Airport)
Departure from Leh for onward journey

Why Should You Do The Markha Valley Trek

  • The magical landscape of Ladakh: If you have not witnessed the magic which the mountains of Ladakh does to your heart, you have lost so many things in life.
  • Sensing the ancient Indus Valley Civilization:  Do you remember the Silk Route - the ancient trade route and Indus River Civilization from our history books in our schools ??? Walk on a part of the ancient route and the place on this trek !!
  • Ancient Buddhist Monasteries and Culture: There is a reason why people call it 'Little Tibet'. It is said the raw and ancient typical practices of the Tibetan Buddhism can now be found in India ( Ladakh and Sikkim ) and not in Tibet.
  • River crossings: Its very exciting to cross a Himalayan river, and on this trek you do that several times. Sometimes you need to take precautions and extra care though!!
  • People of Ladakh, their culture and way of life. This trek give you a lot of options to interact with the locals and know their way of life which does not fail to inspire you from multiple dimensions. 

Markha Valley Trek - Elaborate Description

tsemo monastery in Leh
tsemo monastery in Leh

The Markha Valley trek is one of the classic and best treks to be done in the Ladakh Himalayas. It a part of the ancient Silk Route and belonged to the region of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization which can also be considered to be the roots of India. The Markha Valley trek is very popular trek amongst the foreign trekkers visiting Ladakh but is very less done by the domestic trekkers in India.  

the markha valley trek
walking through the maze of illusions

This trek is a charm in itself and takes you deep into the wilderness. It is a complete trek and gives you the actual feel of a localite wandering around in Ladakh. Some of the very old monasteries can be seen in this route. The trek passes by the villages of Skiu, Hankar, and Markha which is perhaps one of the most fertile areas of the cold desert. The contrast of the greens in the creamy background of the mountains of Ladakh surprises you initially, but after you learn and see the amount of dedication, hard work and care the villagers devote to make the land greener wins your heart. This entirely adds a new dimension to the trek and has a great impact in your perception of the local dwellers. You get a feeling that even after the life of a city dweller being full of comforts and ease, they are still unhappy and complicated. Whereas here you see these hard-working people welcoming you with the widest of the smiles... Well its just the beginning and we are yet to enter deep into the wilderness of the Markha valley. 

beautiful hankar village on the markha valley trek
beautiful hankar village on the markha valley trek

As you approach Hankar, the mighty peak of Kang Yatse starts to dominate the view and the peak is such a beauty that you cannot stop gazing at it like a love at first sight !!  Further into the trek from Hankar, we proceed deeper into the valley towards Thochungtse and the high pasture land of Nimaling. Thochungtse is one beautiful campsite and here you have high chances of sighting the rare fauna of the Hemis National Park. Often trekkers get lucky to get a rare sight of the most elusive Snow Leopard. Blue Sheep and Ibex are very likely to be seen. So is the red fox. 

beautiful Kang yatse on the markha valley trek
beautiful Kang Yatse peak on the markha valley trek

Nimaling is a flat platue with lots of peaks over 6000 meters hovering over it. Here you should definitely take a day's rest, relax and explore the corners. Who knows what might inspire you here...

Well, the trek does not just end here. There is more to come. The trek now further takes you to the high pass of Kongmaru La which goes as high as 5315 meters offering grand views of the surrounding peaks and of the East Karakoram. The descend from Kongmaru La exits via one of the very beautiful valley with unbelievable views trekking straight down the Markha gorge and reaches back civilization in a small settlement beside the Markha river and ends in Shang Sumdo. 

Ladakh is all set to inspire magic into your life !! Come, let us feel the Himalayan High that's present in the Markha Valley Trek.

Markha Valley Trek Package Cost Details

** click on the DayNumber to read detailed itinerary for the day

  • Day 1

    Fly, Rest, Acclimatize

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m )
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: None
    Cost Of Transport Included: NO
  • Day 2

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel
    Meals Included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive, Trek

    From Leh (3500m ) To Skiu (3400m ), Via - Chilling (3200m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Skiu (3400m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 4

    Trek

    From Skiu (3400m ) To Markha (3700m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Markha (3700m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 5

    Trek

    From Markha (3700m ) To Hankar (3980m ) . 4 - 5 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Hankar (3980m )
    Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 6

    Trek

    From Hankar (3980m ) To Nimaling (4730m ), Via - Thochungtse (4200m ) . 5 - 6 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Nimaling (4730m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 7

    Trek, Explore

    From Nimaling (4730m ) To Nimaling (4730m ) . Excursion to Kang Yatse BC (5000m ). 5 - 6 Hrs. 4 Kms
    Overnight In: Nimaling (4730m )
    Accommodation: Tents
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 8

    Trek, Drive

    From Nimaling (4780m ) To Leh (3500m ), Via - Kongmaru La (5130m ), Chuskirmo (4140m ). 6 - 7 Hrs.
    Overnight In: Leh (3500m )
    Accommodation: Hotel In Lej
    Meals Included: All Meals
  • Day 9

    Departure

    Departure Day
    Departure From Leh
    Accommodation: None
    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Cost Of Transport Included: YES( Drop to Leh Airport)
From Rs. 75000 TO 35000/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
HH Premium Trek
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Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12

Cost Terms:

  1. The above-mentioned cost is in a range of minimum to maximum per-person cost for this trek as per 2 - 12 people team. Package Inclusions as per this cost can be read on Cost Inclusions.
  2. Going by our standardized service, appropiate safety measures, quality equipment and ecologically sustainable - small group commitment, higher team size will lower the cost whereas a lower team size will significantly increase the cost.
  3. To get the group segmented cost for this trek, please email or contact us on Whatsapp.
  4. The actual per-person cost of the trek is subject to the actual team size joining the trek. If you make any customizations that drastically change the cost as mentioned here, then it will mandatorily have to be a private group only.
  5. If we have dates listed on our website and it is not marked as private, it means other people have booked this trek for that date and have opened it up for other members to join to lower the cost. You may join that group as well as create your own private group.
  6. At any point, the team size cannot be more than 12 members unless there is a unique exception requested or agreed upon by all the team members.

Customized Private Group For Markha Valley Trek

Trekking is a very personal activity and is perhaps one of the very few activities that give you enough time to indulge with yourself or your beloved people, group of special friends, or close family members. It helps you transform personal bonds to the next level as it brings out everyone's best and truest self. Trekking is most enjoyed when it is done in a small private group, personalized to serve your specific needs. The Himalayas are best experienced when there is silence and solitude around and when you are surrounded only by your best people. Your trek is most enjoyable when all the pain of arranging a smooth trek is taken care of by us, and you focus just on your trek and yourself. Most importantly, a small private trekking group is very flexible, personalized and more enjoyable, is the safest and follows the principles of Sustainable and Responsible Tourism. We specialize in and are more popular for arranging Small Customized Private Trekking Groups to the Himalayas. Enquire For Customized Private Trek





INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to the higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to higher local crew wages and other specific arrangements we make to ensure a safe, comfortable and enriching travel experience in India. However, we absolutely DO NOT 'hyper-charge' our International guests ever and at the same time, ensure that we meet all the standards for highly qualified trek leaders and guides, safety, medical preparation, evacuation strategy, rescue arrangements, eco-sensitive travel, high-value knowledge sharing about the area and customs of the locals. 

Extra Cost For International Trekkers: Rs. 2500 per person.




 

Booking Process: Booking can only be done after multiple communitation via email / Whatsapp / Calls. After finalization, booking fees can be paid online or through direct bank transfers. International Trekkers can pay the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. The remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader.

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+ Fixed Departure Dates
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WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 nights of the trek cost from Leh to Leh
  • Accommodation In Leh: 3 night in a good quality hotel or homestay in Leh with emphasis on local organic food and cultural exposure. MAP plan.
  • Accommodation On Trek: In local homestays or in Spacious, sturdy, and High-Quality Dome Tents will be provided on twin sharing basis.
  • Sleeping In Tents: Thick Waterproof Mattress complemented with Sub Zero Sleeping bags supported with Warm Fleece Sleeping Bag Inners For Extra Hygiene and Warmth will be provided by us
  • Dining On Trek: We will provide Dining and Kitchen Tents with camping stools and tables for extra hygiene and comfort.
  • Toilet On Treks: Dry eco-toilet will be set up with a toilet tent and toilet seat.
  • Meals In Leh: Breakfast and Dinner Only.
  • Meals On Trek: All meals. 3 meals (B,L,D) suited for high altitude with evening snacks, soup, hot drinks, and extra energizers/juice for summit days
  • Trail Safety: Gaiters, Anti Slip Crampons, and Ice Axe depending upon snow conditions.
  • Communication: For efficient management of the trek, the team will be communicating with each other and trek base with the help of long-range wireless sets.
  • Medical Safety: Oxygen cylinder, Pulse Oximeter, Thermal temperature scanner, and  Emergency Medical Kit accompanied with a trek leader knowledgeable on high altitude medicine and physiology
  • Trek Leader and Guide: Experienced and Well Equipped English/ Hindi Speaking Trek Leader maintaining guide to trekker ratio of 1:6. That is 1 guide for every 6 trekkers.
  • Local Support Staffs: Expert and Knowledgeable local guide with cooks, helpers, porters, mules, etc
  • Permits: All required forest entry permits and camping fees as per the rules of local administrations
  • Transfers: Leh to Chilling, Shang Sumdo to Leh, for trekkers, equipment and crew members
  • Max Team Size: Small group of not more than 12 members. You can make any batch a private batch by paying a little extra over the base trek fees.
  • Personal Trek Equipments: 9 sets of essential trek gears for complimentary use. ( read below)

 

 

9 Personal Trekking Equipment For Free Use:
(No Rent will be charged. Refundable security amount of Rs. 2000 need to be deposited )

  • Gaiters
  • Microspikes / Ice Tracktion Crampons
  • Poncho
  • Trek Pole
  • Rucksack
  • Fleece Inner Gloves
  • Neck Warmer
  • Waterproof Gloves
  • Fleece Sleeping Bag Inner

 

 

Equipment Available On Rent At Extra Cost

  • High Ankle Waterproof Trekking Shoes (Quechua) Rs. 1000
  • -20 Degrees Down Jackets Rs. 1200
  • Windproof/Waterproof Jackets Rs. 500
  • Windproof/Waterproof pants Rs. 500
  • Headlamps Rs. 200

 

 

AddOn Services At Extra Cost

  • Single Accommodation Supplement: Rs. 12000
  • Personal Baggage Porterage: Rs. 4000

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED 

  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Gears
  • Lunch in Leh
  • Bottled Water or Any Other Drinks
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusion list

When Should You Book?

We typically get booked about 2 - 5 months in advance. It is advisable to book this much in advance as you get early bird discounts and also your travel costs like flights/hotels/trains etc are much cheaper and confirmed if you book well in advance.


Rules Of Cancellation: 

If cancellation is done:

  1. Up to 30 days or more before the trek start date  - Full Refund of the total paid amount
  2. Between 30 days to 20 days before the trek start date - 50% refund of the invoiced amount. 30% of the invoice amount will be charged as the cancellation penalty.
  3. Between 20 days to 0 days before the trek start date - No refund. Free rescheduling or transfer of slot is allowed.
  4. Transfer Of Seat to Different Batch/ Trek: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 15 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  5. Transfer of Seat to Friend/ Family: No Loss Of Money, valid up to 1 year from Invoice date. It can be availed up to 5 days before Trek Start Date by sending an email.
  6. Validity: This rule is only applicable for treks between 4000 to 6000 meters and graded as Challenging or Challenging+

 

Find detailed info on Cancellation & Refund Policy

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Markha Valley Trek Quick Informations

  • 📅 Duration: 9 days/ 8 nights, Leh to Leh
  • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5130m
  • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
  • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, river crossing, river bed walking, rocky
  • 🏃 Activity Type: Trek
  • 🔄 Trail Type: Same Exit Entry Point
  • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
  • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
  • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
  • 🎌 Country: India
  • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
  • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
  • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL, Airtel and Jio postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from higher reaches, like Kongmaru La
  • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Leh and vicinity on Airtel, Jio. 3g on BSNL
  • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 6 on higher camps
  • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi

Covid19 Safety Protocol For Himalayan Treks

We had started our treks from October 2020 and since then we have served many trekkers without any problems related to covid. Thanks to our safety protocol and SOW.

Covid Negative RT-PCR Test Report or Vaccination Certificate Is Mandatory To Trek With Us.

All our permanent staffs are fully vaccinated and we hire vaccinated local resources only to ensure everyone's safety.

Read more on Safe trekking in the Himalayas during COVID-19

Markha Valley Trek Frequently Asked Questions

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Which Is The Best Time To Do The Markha Valley Trek ?

The best time to do the Markha Valley Trek is fro the mid-month of May till the mid of October. It can even be stretched a bit but the availability of water becomes a big concern. The winter here is very harsh but this trek can even be done in the winter months from November to April. However, it gets costly as we have to rely on porters and melt ice for water. Well, this trek will never disappoint you in terms of what it has to offer.

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How Cold Is The Markha Valley Trek ?

While in the summer months from June till September, the temperature is quite comfortable ranging between 6 degrees Celius in the night to 20 degrees in the daytime. High camp of Nimaling can be a little colder. The winter here s very harsh and the temperature drops to -20 Degrees in nights while the daytime temperature remains around -8 Degrees.

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What Varieties Of Flora And Fauna Can Be Seen On The Markha Valley Trek ?

The Markha Valley trek falls under the Hemis National Park which is the largest National Park in Ladakh and is home to the most elusive Snow Leopard, Tibetan Wolves, Red Fox, Ibex, and Blue Sheeps. Many lucky trekkers were able to sight snow leopards on this trek route. In the winters, the leopards come to ower altitude making it easier to sight one, often mating or with their cubs./p>The trek route is also home to many shrubs of rare varieties, junipers and wild flowers.

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How Are The Accommodations And Toilet Facility On The Markha Valley Trek ?

This trek has homestays in the village of Skiu, Markha and Hankar, and locals set up camp stays in Nimaling making it easier for solo travellers to do this trek. However, a local guide is mandatory for this trek in order to get permits.

On our trek we keep on our private tents with our own crew members to provide full support and a comfortable trek experience. We do mix homestay accommodation on a few nights as well in order to experience the local way of life and rich cultural exchange. Toilets in this trek are dry toilets.

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What Are The Fitness Requirement Of The Markha Valley Trek ?

As with any other treks in Ladakh, this trek demands a good level of physical fitness and stamina. Each day on this trek involves long walks over an average altitude above 4000 meters. That's quite a bit demanding and requires good physical capacities. The highest altitude is 5130 meters and if the weather plays foul, it may get quite tricky to find a safe exit route.

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Can Novice Trekkers Do The Markha Valley Trek ?

A beginner possessing good stamina and fitness can undertake this trek under the guidance of a superior support team who with their experience and knowledge helps make it easier for them. Proper advice and support is required with pre-trek preparations, packing, exercises, and grooming.

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What Are The Risk Of AMS On The Markha Valley Trek ?

This trek gets serious in terms of managing high altitude and requires a good plan and routine to manage through it safely. A slow-paced itinerary, fit body, proper hydration, good warm food, and light mood is required to beat the threats of high altitude and AMS.

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How Safe Is The Markha Valley Trek ?

In terms of terrain this trek is quite safe but what matters most is the altitude of this trek. The average altitude of this trek is above 4000 meters and we start this trek from Leh, which is at 3500 meters. Acclimatization is the key to success o this trek and for that, a well-planned itinerary, good meals, and guidance is required. Ethically we focus o natural acclimatization only and not medicated acclimatization. Our itinerary, meal plans, safety practices are all well aligned to make this a safe experience and till now we have faced no issues on all of treks with regards to altitude sickness.

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Which Is The Nearest ATMs and Cash Points On The Markha Valley Trek ?

Leh is the capital city of Ladakh and has many ATMs and Western Union Money Collection Centers. Many of the shops and hotels even accept credit cards.

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Is Mobile Network Available On The Markha Valley Trek ?

While in Leh good network coverage is available on Airtek, Jio, and BSNL. Only postpaid connections work here. Both domestic and International trekkers can buy a local sim card with their passport or voters ID card for domestic nationals.

On the trek, network is not available except for the Kongmaru La top. The villages of Skiu, Markha and Hankar has a satellite phone to be used in case of emergencies.
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Is Internet Available On The Markha Valley Trek ?

Good internet connection is available in Leh. Internet will not be available on the trek.

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What Are The Unique Religion And Cultural Beliefs Of The Markha Valley Trek ?

Ladakh is primarily a Buddhist majority destination which is house to some of the oldest monasteries in the World. It is even believed that Ladakh and Spiti valleys still retain the oldest and purest form of Tibetan Buddhism which actually cannot be found in modern-day Tibet due to genographic changes.

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