Markha Valley Trek | Trekking In Ladakh

Markha Valley Trek

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

Details Of The Markha Valley Trek

Rs. 60000/-
+5% GST PER HEAD
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Batch Size:
25 - 40 <12
Extra cost of Rs. 2000 applicable for foreigners for higher permit cost and other specific arrangements. International Trekkers need to go through manual invoicing upon remittance of the partial booking fees using PayPal, Transferwise, Western Union or Direct Wire Transfer. Remaining trek fees can be paid upon arrival in India and meeting our trek leader

Above cost is assumed for 4-5 people team. Actual Cost is subject to the actual team size joining the trek and requested customizations. Higher team size will lower the cost while lower team size will significantly increase the cost. Assummed Inclusions can be read on Cost Inclusions

Must Read - Important Pre-Booking Information

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

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. 
  • 📅 Duration: 8 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

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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 - Daywise Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival In Leh

Fly, Rest, Acclimatize Day

Brief Details Of The 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.

Day 2Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day. Excursion to Chemo Monastery, Shanti Stupa

Rest Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Day 3From Leh To Skiu, Via - Chilling

Drive, Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Day 4From Skiu To Markha

Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Day 5From Markha To Hankar

Trek Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

Day 6From Hankar To Nimaling, Via - Thochungtse

Trek Day

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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.

Day 7Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day. Excursion to Kang Yatse Base Camp ( 4 Kms,5 - 6 hours )

Rest Day

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Brief Details Of The Day:

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.

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

Trek, Drive Day

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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.

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  • Day 1

    Fly, Rest, Acclimatize

    Arrival Day
    Arrive In Leh (3500m ) . 2 Hrs.
    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

    Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

    Excursion to Kang Yatse Base Camp (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
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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

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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

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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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