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Overview

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. 

Itinerary
  • 1

    Day Highlights: Arrival at Leh
    • 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.
  • 2

    Day at Leh
    • 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.
  • 3

    Leh - Zingchen (3400m) - Yurutse (4150m) (Trek/4hrs)
    • 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.
  • 4

    Yurutse (4150m) - Ganda La (4800m) - Skiu (3400m) (Trek 7/8hrs)
    • 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.
  • 5

    Skiu (3400m) - Markha (3800m (Trek 6/7hrs)
    • 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.
  • 6

    Markha (3800m) – Thochuntse (4150m, Trek /4-5hrs)
    • 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.
  • 7

    Thochuntse (4150m) - Nimaling (4700 m) (Trek/ 4hrs)
    • 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.
  • 8

    Nimaling (4700m) - Kongmaru La (5150m) - Sumdo (3800m) - Leh 3500m (Trek 7hrs) (Drive 2hrs)
    • 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.
  • 9

    Departure from Leh
    • The charm and allurement of the Markha Valley trekking ends here as you go ahead with your onward journey or stay back in Ladakh.
Stay
  • Standard rooms in a family-run guesthouse in Leh on single/double occupancy and high quality camping arrangements
Meal
  • 8 Dinners
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 7 Lunches
Activity
  • Trekking
  • Camping
Other Inclusions
  • 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 & rationsPorter/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
Transport
  • 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.
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
Advisory
  • 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.
Cancellation Policy
  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.
Refund Policy
  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
Confirmation Policy
  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    14
    Story by Chinmayananda Bandopadhyay

     Rated : 4.0

    The highlight was a 6-day trek through the Valley. Thoroughly fun but challenging as well. What made it all worth it was the view from the Markha Valley pass on the second-to-last final day. Awesome. Simply breath-taking. Our group of four couldn’t have made it with our precious guide and “crew. Each meal was sumptuous, well-prepared and a welcome break.

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    Story by Sheela Joshi

     Rated : 3.0

    The service was perfect, English speaking guide, best food, good horses, tea in the morning, and all this for the lowest price in Leh! we did not discussed about the price of the trekking, but about what we wanted to see.

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    Story by Amish Dutta

     Rated : 3.0

    Ladakh in the month of begin of november is an excellent place to be in. Though the movement would be limited due to road blocks because of snow but this would be an experience in itself. Make sure that you visit the places around Leh. Khardungla pass and Nubra Valley are anazing places to drive by.

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    Story by Vidhya Kapoor

     Rated : 5.0

    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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    Story by Bhagirathi Namboothiri

     Rated : 4.0

    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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    Story by Mohan Kapoor

     Rated : 4.0

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

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    Story by Prathamesh Mishra

     Rated : 5.0

    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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    Story by Bhisham Gandhi

     Rated : 4.0

    Markha Valley is an amazing place. Crowned in Ladakh this is one place that enables you to enjoy the most and I loved the trekking in this region. Great place, thank God I had my friends with me who ensured that no matter how difficult the trek get, we will finally conquer it. Hell yeah!!!

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    Story by Yoginder Gupta

     Rated : 4.0

    Great place! the entire trekking was kinds challenging but then that what made this place all the more great. Loved the entire time that we spent here. Ladakh is actually a great place yet unexplored. Damn I already miss the trekking.

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    Story by Govinda Menon

     Rated : 4.0

    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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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • What level of fitness is required for this trek?

      Optimum level of fitness is always required for the trek.

    • Are there any specific guidelines that you adhere to?

      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.

    • What is the best time to go?

      The best time to go for this trek is from June to the end of September.

    • What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?

      You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. You should be able to jog 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes. Minimum age for this trek is 12 years.

    • Will I find snow?

      It doesn’t snow all year around, only during winters during which the weather conditions are too harsh for a trek.

    • What clothing or equipment do we need to carry from our side?

      Be well prepared and carry the following: A Backpack (min 60 Ltrs) with rain cover, appropriate clothing, Comfortable shoes, and wollen jackets to keep warm.

    • How much weight will I have to carry? Will there be porters?

      Upto 10 kgs per traveller, A porter/ mule is available.

    • What kind of food will be provided during this trek? What about safe drinking water?

      All meals and clean and safe drinking water will be provided.

    • How many people will be in a group?

      This tour requires a maximum of 12 trekkers in a group.

    • Will there be mobile connectivity?

      Due to high altitudes it is highly unlikely to find strong mobile connectivity.

    • Can I have liquor or smoke while we're on the trek?

      No, consumption of these substances are strictly prohibited.

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