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Markha Valley Trek | The Most Beautiful Trek Of Ladakh

Walking down the lanes into the roots of India and the Indus Valley Civilization
- Popular Names: Markha Valley

Markha Valley Trek

Walking down the lanes into the roots of India and the Indus Valley Civilization
- Popular Names: Markha Valley

A Himalayan High Experience
  • leaving from skiu to markha
  • the beautiful village of hankar on markha trek
  • unique sculptures of ladakh
  • blue sheep in chuskyirmo
  • fresh snowfall in nimaling on markha trek
  • reflection of kang yatse in a lake towards nimaling
  • tsemo monastery in leh
  • small old chortens near skiu on markha trek
  • very old mane near skiu on markha trek
  • acclimatization in leh
  • Duration: 8 days/ 8 nights, Leh to Leh
  • Highest Altitude: 5130m
  • Grade: Moderate + ( learn more )
  • 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 At: Leh
  • Ends At: Leh
  • Region: India - Ladakh
  • Country: India
  • Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
  • Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
  • Mobile Network: BSNL postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from higher reaches, like Kongmaru La
  • Internet Option: 2g in Leh and vicinity
  • Temperatures: -5 to 6 on higher camps
  • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
  • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
Fixed Departure Price
( per head cost)
INR 32000

From INR To 26,500
(for Indians)
From USD To 367
(for Foreigners)

Is On Dynamic Pricing. Trek cost decreases with increased participation.

Price adjusts automatically and decreases continuously as more people join the batch. It is not just dependent on your team size, but overall team size. Hence passing on the group discount benefit to all. Check out the Dates and Booking Page to find the Current Trek Fee which will again get lower with more people joining the batch. Actual cost applicable will be known later. You can now book the slot by just paying the booking amount.

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Introduction To The Markha Valley Trek
- Popular Names: Markha Valley

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.  

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 local 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 easy, 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. 

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. 

Nimaling is a flat platue with lots of peaks over 6000 meters hovering over it. Here you should efinitely 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 settlements beside the Markha river and ends in Shang Sumdo. 

Ladakh is all set to inspire a magic into your life !! Come, lets feel the Himalayan High thats present in the Markha Valley Trek.

Do not forget to check the Trek Album on our Photo Gallery Page

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Rivers At Glance: Markha River, Zanskar

Villages At Glance: Leh

National Parks / Forest Reserves: Hemis National Park

  • 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. 

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1From Delhi To Leh

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Today, we fly from Delhi to reach Leh by afternoon, and checkin to our hotel. All of a sudden when you take in the cool dry air of Ladakh, your body won't not conform to the new changed environment, that too in only couple of hours !!

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 in the evening for a light Snacks and a formal Team Introduction where we share few important information on the trek preparation and planning.

Time for Dinner to catch some more sleep.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: None

Photos From The Day:

  • leh city
  • leh cityscape

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Day 2Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

Quick Information:
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Chemo Monastery: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Shanti Stupa: 3600 meters / 11880 feets
  • Leh: 3500 meters / 11550 feets
  • Approximate Time: 4 - 5 hours
  • Day's Activity: Rest, City Surfing, Acclimatize
  • Leh:
    Coordinates: 34.16648356 , 77.57994197
    Fly to Leh on Google Map
    View 360 degree from Leh using Peak Finder
Brief Details Of The Day:

Today we spend our day visiting places around Leh and acclimatizing further. Leh is at 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 its 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 gears. So you can do some last moment purchases.

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.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Photos From The Day:

  • acclimatization in leh
  • acclimatization trek to tsemo monastery
  • leh city from leh palace
  • tsemo monastery in leh

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Day 3From Leh To Skiu, Via - Chilling

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Today we start early morning to drive till Chilling. 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 if have not done it before, adventure begins right away!

All your trek stuffs and equipment are transferred in the 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 mostly flat trail with occasional short ascends and descend.

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

 

Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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

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Day 4From Skiu To Markha

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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 part of the trail, with occasional short ascents and descends like yesterday's.

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 elephant’, ‘doorway to a very old tomb’, 'dinosaurs', etc. Its 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 a stream flowing by. Do take time out in the evening to visit an old monastery nearby.

Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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

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Day 5From Markha To Hankar

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The trek to Hankar from Markha is a short one, and we have kept it so to enable you to spend some good time in this prosperous valley of Greens with snow covered peak of Kang Yaste hovering over it from the top.

Its just an 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 makes your journey memorable, not just the photos

Accommodation: Homestay / Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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

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Day 6From Hankar To Nimaling, Via - Thochungtse

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Brief Details Of The Day:

Aftre spending a peaceful night in the village of Hankar, today we will head to the hjigh 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 its very easy to spot blue sheep and ibex, snow leopards too !!

A walk of some 2 - 3 hours brings us to a small grassy plains 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. A huge 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. Its from here, the route splits and one goes to Kang Yatse base camp and the other one descends to Nimaling - a vast platue encircled by tall mountains all over. 

 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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

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Day 7Rest / Acclimatization / Local Exploration Day

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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 the nearby un-named peak, etc.

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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

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Day 8From Nimaling To Chuskirmo, Via - Kongmaru La

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One of the most beautiful day of the trek. This is the beauty of the Markha Valley Trek - 6 days into the trek, and its still does not stop getting beautiful and imposing. 

Today we negotiate the Kongmaru La (Gongmaru La) – 5130m, a high pass with wonderful views all round. Climbing through multiple switch backs 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 round.

After crossing the pass, it’s a steep descend down the beautiful Markha gorge. The views and the trail passes 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.

 

Accommodation: Tents
Meals: All Meals

Photos From The Day:

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

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Day 9From Chuskirmo To Leh, Via - Shang Sumdo

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Continuing to the descend we started yesterday, we trek down sharply to Shang Sumdo. Once we reach, our cab will be waiting to take us to Leh. With that, a beautiful trek comes to an end. 

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Photos From The Day:

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Cost Inclusions

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN PRICE

  • 1 Medical Expert + Certified Technical Climbing/Trek Leader.
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Orientation Expert
  • 1 Dedicated Pre-Trek Coordinator
  • 1 Local Route Guide.
  • 1 Assistant Route Guide/ Technical Help ( for group size between 8 - 15 ).
  • 1 Cook + Required Kitchen Helpers.
  • Required Camp Helpers.
  • Required Evacuation Helpers.
  • All camping equipment including Dining and Toilet Tents.
  • Sleeping bags with fleece liners for warmth and hygiene.
  • All meals on Treks suited for high altitude.
  • 3 meals, i.e BLD with morning and evening teas, evening snacks, dessert and hot drinks after dinner
  • All safety trek gears as required.
  • High Altitude Medical kit with oxygen cylinders.
  • All permits required for trekking in Hemis National Park, Peak Royalties and Climbing Fees.
  • All staff, their wage, insurances, transfers to and from their home and meals.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Leh ( room + breakfast )
  • All transfers from Leh to Leh for the trek
  • Offloading of personal load upto 10 Kgs per trekker on Yaks/Horses/Porters
  • Complimentary airport pickup and drop
Cost Exclusions

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED 

  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal Purchases
  • Food Purchased Outside Our Menu
  • Personal Gears
  • Lunch and Dinner in Leh
  • Bottled Water or Any Other Drinks
  • ANY EXTRA COST AS A TAX OR ROYALTY TO BE GIVEN TO ANY GOVERNMENT OR OTHER LOCAL BODIES APART FROM ALTOA PERMIT FOR INDIVIDUALS, CAMPING FEES FOR LOCALS AND HEMIS NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEES WHICH ARE THE ONLY PERMIT COST KNOWN AT THE TIME OF COST CALCULATION
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusion list
Important Information
DYNAMIC PRICING: Our pricing system is Dynamic and the price is not fixed. Rather, it is based on the 'actual' team size which joins the trek with you and passes on the group discount benefit to all the members, irrespective of your own group which might be a Solo Trekking Member or a group of 2 or 3. We consider it a TEAM right away from the Booking process itself. The cost is initially on the higher side and as the team size increases with more participants, the price per head comes down. We initially charge just the booking amount to keep your slots booked. The final price shall be known later and balance amount needs to be paid 1 month before the trek start date. Last moment changes in the team size will be addressed as and when the team size changes between 1 month of the trek start date. Your invoice will detail all the historical changes made on the invoice amount.
INTERNATIONAL GUESTS: Trek cost for foreigners is slightly higher than the cost for our Indian guests, mainly due to higher permit fee applicable for admission to National Parks or protected forest areas. Sometimes, it may be higher due to 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.
PRIVATE GROUPS: We love to trek in smaller private groups as we believe that it gives the best ambience to experience the Himalayan spirituality, serenity, solitude and rawness. Small private groups are also eco friendly, safe, easy to manage and more caring towards each other. Most importantly, private groups are more focused towards their objective, specially for difficult treks above 6000 meters. They can be customized to suit your needs. On the other hand, they cost little more due to more dedicated resources. We specialize in arranging customized private groups catering to your specific needs. Contact us to request a private group for your team.
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A trekking experience is not always just about the location, the sights. It is actually much more & that is what Himalayan High taught me when I did the Markha Valley trek with them. Making the decision with them and having them professionally look out in pre-trek essentials, reminders and tips does put me feeling at ease and understanding more on the challenges and risks prior to the adventure. They constantly make sure you are looked after and have the best intentions and interest to ensure you have an unforgettable yet safe experience. Never regretted making the decision with them and will look forward to having my next adventure with them when possible. It is not always looking out for the cheapest deal but how well you are looked after in an adventure. If you think alike, I recommend you to consider checking them out

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My husband and I are very impressed with the experience we had at Markha Valley. This is our first time trekking overnight and we were unsure what to expect. The team at Himalayan High were professional in providing us information on what to expect when we arrive in Ladakh and how to prepare ourselves for the trip. During the trip, our guide, cook and horsemen was attentive and professional. Overall, we had an amazing time!

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