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Markha Valley Trek, Ladakh 2016



9 Days and 8 Nights
Per Person

About the Destination:

A rather sought-after trek in the Ladakh region, the Markha Valley trek route does not disappoint anyone! It spills the chance to ascend the top of two very high passes, Gandala La (4800 m) & Kongmaru La (5150 m) and lets you feast your eyes on stunning sights from the summit. You also come across the charming Markha Village that is a trove in this cold semi-arid terrain of Ladakh. Other delights include witnessing the way of life of the region, crossing several streams and rivers and enjoying a trail through remote gorges and unbridled grazing grounds.

Your initial two days of the Markha Valley trekking will be spent for acclimatisation as it is vital for a healthy trip ahead. In the meanwhile unravel monasteries, museum, fort, the local market place and Leh Palace. Cross over Ganda La (4800 m) and arrive at the winsome Markha Village that is laced with green fields and willow trees and has barren mountains in the backdrop. Other thrills include camping beside a gurgling stream, getting the stunning view of Kangyatze Peak and more. Till the final day, there is something to revel in every step of the way. 

Duration of the Tour: 8N/9D

Altitude: 5200m

Temperature Range: The temperature varies from 22 – 30 degree, 2 to 8 degree, 20 – 27 degree, 4 to 6 degree, 10 – 20 degree and – 5 degree

Meal Types: Importance is given to nutritional needs and a menu of vegetarian dishes is prepared accordingly.

Activities: Trekking, Camping

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Total Trekking Distance: 80 kms

Markha Valley Trek Video (Credit: 3minuteadventure) :

Short Itinerary

Markha Valley Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Leh (3500m)

Day 02: Leh Sightseeing and Acclimatisation

Day 03: Drive from Leh to Zingchen (3400m), Trek from Zingchen to Yurutse (4150m) (Trek/4hrs)

Day 04: Trek from Yurutse (4150m) to Ganda La (4800m) to Skiu (3400m) (Trek 7/8hrs)

Day 05: Trek from Skiu (3400m) to Markha (3800m (Trek 6/7hrs)

Day 06: Trek from Markha (3800m) to Thochuntse (4150m, Trek /4-5hrs)

Day 07: Trek from Thochuntse (4150m) to Nimaling (4700 m) (Trek/ 4hrs)

Day 08: Trek from Nimaling (4700m) to Kongmaru La (5150m) to Sumdo (3800m), Drive from Sumdo to Leh 3500m (Trek 7hrs) (Drive 2hrs)

Day 09: Departure from Leh

  • Take in stunning views of Kangyatze Peak
  • Reach the top of Kongmaru La (5200m)
  • Enjoy the trail through Rumbak Village
  • Vist Leh Palace
  • Experience the charming Markha Village
Some Facts:

Start Point: Leh

Route: Leh - Zingchen - Yurutse - Ganda La - Skiu - Markha - Thochuntse - Nimaling - Kongmaru La - Sumdo – Leh

Nearest Airport: Leh Airport

Best Season/Time: Jun-Sep

Accommodation Details: Standard rooms in a family-run guesthouse in Leh on single/double occupancy and high quality camping arrangements

Meal Details: 8 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches

Transportation Details: Transportation from Leh (start) to Leh (end) can be availed at an extra cost (choose 'Including Transport' while booking the package).

Tempo Traveller / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Scorpio or similar vehicle.

Markha Valley Trek Map:

Package Includes:
  • Accommodation in standard rooms in a family-run guesthouse in Leh on single/double occupancy
  • High Quality Camping Arrangements
  • Toilet tent with portable toilet seats
  • First Aid / Medical kit
  • Charges of 2 guides (for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members)
  • All meals starting from dinner on the Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9. (8 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches)  We have a system of providing 6 small meals along with tea/coffee in between.
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying personal baggage (up to 10 kgs per person)
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)
  • Permits & camping fee (if any)
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
  • Service Tax
Package Excludes:
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Transport from and back to Leh as per the itinerary in Tempo Traveller / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Scorpio (extra charges)
  • Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag ( Rs. 1800)
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance

Cancellation Policies:

  • You will receive full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) if you cancel before 45 Days
  • You will receive 75% refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) if you cancel between 30-45 Days.
  • You will receive 50% refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) if you cancel between 15-30 Days
  • You will receive no refund if you cancel within 15 Days
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Instructions and Guidelines


  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek.
  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
  • Do not litter in the local sites or campsites.


Q: What level of fitness is required for this trek?
A: Optimum level of fitness is always required for the trek.

Q: Are there any specific guidelines that you adhere to?
A: We have a set of guidelines that adhere to 'Leave No Trace' & 'Tread Light' policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise on travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on.

Essential Info

Markha Valley Trek Travel Guide/ Things to Carry:

  • Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  • Water resistant Trekking Pants
  • Windproof/water resistant jacket, Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  • Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • Thermal inner wear
  • Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, Outer water proof gloves
  • Thick woollen socks and regular socks
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • Small light weight towel
  • Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  • Cap / floppy, Sun glasses
  • Sturdy walking stick /Trekking pole
  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Personal medication
  • Personal toiletries

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Vidhya Kapoor

2 months
4 Reviews

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It was so amazing and adventurous trip. We all enjoyed a lot. I will not recommend, if you are beginner trekker, as it is a little difficult. Hence, go for some easy treks and gain some experience and then try this one. Trust me, you will love this trek.

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Varalakshmi Patil

about 1 year
1 Review

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I was extremely happy with the entire experience and it would be an understatement to say that it was beyond anything I ever imagined! Much WOW!

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Suraj Sharma

about 1 year
1 Review

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My friend and I were very bored in life and looking for some adventure. Then she came across this Markha Valley Trek on this website and since both were reasonably fit, we thought we should do it. The entire trek from reaching Gandala La and Kongmaru La pass to interacting with the Markha village people and witnessing beauty we never though existed was an eye-opening experience.

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Ekaaksh Tagore

8 months
4 Reviews

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Markha Valley is an astonishing place. Till now whenever I hear "I see fire' by Ed Sheeran I am totally transformed to this place. Really beautiful place, no pollution, no crowd, no matter which season you chose to travel this experience will be an exclusive one. Amazing experience guys!

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Prathamesh Mishra

5 months
4 Reviews

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When it comes to Ladakh it is certainly one of the best place and Markha valley is just an awesome trek. guys, trust me all bike expeditions are overdone if you wanna try something new then definitely explore this region of Ladakh. Amazing experience. Loved the entire trek.

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Ekta Agarwal

12 months
3 Reviews

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If I have to describe this trek in one word, I will say 'wow'. Really, one of its own kind, we started from Leh and also got enough time to explore Leh. Zingchen, Rumbak Village, the monasteries, GandaLa, Shingo Village, Markha Valley, etc. were the best parts of this awesome trek.

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Ankit Kumar

about 1 year
10 Reviews

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What an awesome trek this was. We passed through high peaks and amazing views in Markha Valley. However in this trip we were confused about our accommodation in Leh so just to clarify, please get confirmation on the hotel or lodge costs incurred in Leh before you book this trek.


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Bhagirathi Namboothiri

2 months
1 Review

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Being a trek lover, this was one of the most difficult treks i have ever been. however, the arrangements done by thrillophilia were perfect and we did not face any problem during our journey. All in all, it was an amazing and chilling experience.

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Ghanashyam Dhawan

8 months
2 Reviews

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Exciting and exhilarating there is no other trek in Ladakh which can give you teh same amount of adrenaline rush and beauty. Had a lot of fun!

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Triloki Jha

11 months
1 Review

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This trek had all the ingredients of an excellent and well managed trek that was surprising to say the least! It was a truly exciting escapade which was much needed to refresh and rejuvenate!

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Govinda Menon

7 months
1 Review

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Superb experience! I never though I could trek so much and yet not feel tired! But I guess I have to credit the sheer beauty of nature for it! :) Every step is simply rewarding and fills you up with more excitement!

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Mohan Kapoor

4 months
3 Reviews

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Amazing trekking experience to Markha Valley, loved the entire region- it was an awesome experience. Great place!

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Rishab Jain

12 months
4 Reviews

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While on this trek, my friend Parth suddenly got the phobia from high altitudes. The way the crew members and staff handle this was really praiseworthy. And the rest of the trek was simply above all the trek experiences we had so far. Kudos Thrillophilia.

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Day 01: Arrive at Leh (3500m)

Day Highlights: Arrival at Leh

Day Details: Meet at Leh and check in to the hotel. This day is reserved for relaxation and acclimatisation as it is vital for a healthy trip ahead.

Overnight will be spent in hotel.

Day 02: Day at Leh

Day Highlights: Sightseeing, Acclimatisation

Day Details: Spend one more day at Leh. Unravel the ancient monasteries, palaces and museums that the place is famous for. Visit Shey and Thiksey Gompa and also Stok Gompa. Being in the same destination will assist in getting acclimatised well for high altitude. Towards the evening, enjoy a hike to Leh palace. The remaining evening will be spent at leisure.

Overnight will be spent in a hotel.

Day 03: Leh - Zingchen (3400m) - Yurutse (4150m) (Trek/4hrs)

Day Highlights: Rumbak Village, Stream crossing, Barely fields

Day Details: Today; on the first day of the Markha Valley trekking, indulge in an early breakfast and drive through Spikut Village to reach Zingchen. This is where your hike of short stage and moderate gradient begins. Enjoy the trail through Rumbak Village to reach Yurutse and come across several stream crossings. Pass the village before setting up camp. The site is a winsome one with barley fields all around.

Day 04: Yurutse (4150m) - Ganda La (4800m) - Skiu (3400m) (Trek 7/8hrs)

Day Highlights: Ascending and descending trek, Zanskar range, Shingo Village

Day Details: This balmy day, in the initial stretch of the trek, ascend to Ganda La (4900 m). Expect a steep climb and strong winds towards the latter half. From the pass, enjoy views of valleys on both side, Zanskar range and some distant summits of the Himalayan range. Commence descending to Shingo Village, after which, the trail makes its way into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu, where a confluence of the rivers come from Markha Valley and Shingo.

Overnight will be spent in tents.

Day 05: Skiu (3400m) - Markha (3800m (Trek 6/7hrs)

Day Highlights: Moderate hike, Streams

Day Details: Brace yourself for a long and moderate hike till the charming Markha Village. Cross several streams along the way. Reach the hamlet that is a trove in the middle of this cold and arid desert. The place is laced with green fields, willow trees and a deserted palace. Camp beside a gurgling stream.

Overnight will be spent in camps.

Day 06: Markha (3800m) – Thochuntse (4150m, Trek /4-5hrs)

Day Highlights: Stream and river crossings, Kangyatze Peak, Hankar

Day Details: Today lap up fetching views all around and come across many stream and river crossings. Make way through settlements and grazing ground. Take in the stunning view of Kangyatze Peak (6400m) when walking towards Hankar. We will select a great camping ground and set tent there.

Overnight will be spent in tents.

Day 07: Thochuntse (4150m) - Nimaling (4700 m) (Trek/ 4hrs)

Day Highlights: Open valley, Kangyatze Peak, Constant wind

Day Details: Wallow in a short walk to arrive at the Nimalaing campsite. The place is a beguiling one with wide open valley with unbridled grazing grounds, and the backdrop of Kangyatze Peak. Do note that there is constant wind blowing in the area making situation slightly uncomfortable. If you wish, you can also avail of a side trip today towards the base camp of Kangyatse.

Overnight will be spent in tents.

Day 08: Nimaling (4700m) - Kongmaru La (5150m) - Sumdo (3800m) - Leh 3500m (Trek 7hrs) (Drive 2hrs)

Day Highlights: Steep climb, Flat walk, Nun Kun, Saser Kangri

Day Details: Dig into an early breakfast and take on a steep climb to reach the top of the highest pass on the trail - Kongmaru La (5200m). Take in the great sights of Nun Kun in the West and Saser Kangri to the North. Cherish some moments here before climbing down to Sukarmo, from where your trail is a flat walk along the river till you come to the road head at Sumdo. From here, hop on to a vehicle to drive back to Leh.

Overnight will be spent at a hotel.

Day 09: Departure from Leh

Day Highlights: Trip ends here

Day Details: The charm and allurement of the Markha Valley trekking ends here as you go ahead with your onward journey or stay back in Ladakh.

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