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Markha Valley Trek


8 Days and 7 Nights
Ideal Season
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Starts From
Per Adult

A memorable journey in 'Little Tibet'; the vicinity of amazing hill vistas and dry mountains has beautiful rural parishes and lavish grazing lands altogether. This area is separated for the most time in a year due to heavy snowfall. Throughout summers, landscape panorama of this place provides amazing attractions of Markha Stream, mustard areas, small towns with Stok, Matho and Zanskar runs along in the background. Blue sheep and Ibex over shaky slopes are often spotted over here.

This is an easily available journey from Leh and results in a display of huge variety of natural scenery. There is a natural asylum of the Markha Area watched over by Kang Yatse (6400 m) from eastern end and the Zanskar mountain range at the southern west. You can also have spectacular scenes of the Karakoram Saser Kangri- having the peak of 7670m, Stok Kangri of 6150m, Kang Yatse of 6400m, and last but not the least Nun Kun of 7135meters.

While trekking or moving up you will find spread high towns, each with irrigated areas of wheat, barley, and mustard which overwhelms the scenery of this outstanding place, and Markha valley hike is an essential aspect of Hemis National Park, where you can meet animals anytime. The Markha valley safari in Ladakh is one of the most different and amazing Himalayan hikes.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Spitukto reach Zingchen
Day 2 Trek from:Zingchen to Yurutse
Day 3: Desent from Yurutse to Skyu
Day 4: Walk from Sku to Markha
Day 5: Trek from Markha to Thachungtse
Day 6: Trek from Thachungtse to Nimaling
Day 7: Trek from Nimaling to Shang Sumdo
Day 8: Walk along Shang Sumdo to Hemis and drive back to Leh.

  • Spectacular views of Karakoram
  • Stok Kangri Peak
  • Ganda La Base
  • Hemis National Park
Package Includes:
  • Lodging in Visitors Home in Padum and Kargils hotel with proper food.
  • Transport facility by rough & tough SUVs with pure comfort for you.
  • Two men housing camps, cooking, and dinning camp tents.
  • Kitchen accessories and washroom tents.
  • Stool, Desk, bed-sheets & mattresses.
  • Food for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
  • Travel & camping guide, cook and assistant.
  • Horses for carrying Luggage.
  • Monument gates, charges for wild life exposure and camping costs.
  • Permits for climbing on Stok Khangri and required Equipments.
Package Excludes:
  • Cost of any flight or housing, apart from Padum and Kargil.
  • Housing cost in Leh.
  • Sleeping baggage, climbing footwear & outfits.
  • Anything not particularly described under the head prices.
  • Calls, laundry, tips & insurance
  • All kind of beverages or alcoholic drinks
  • Any incidental change in the itinerary may cause additional charges, if you have to stay more than the prescheduled time, due to any unavoidable factor.
Essential Info

Terms & Conditions:

  • Prices legitimate from 1st January 2012 to 30th December 2013.
  • 10 % termination costs if trekking schedule is terminated within 30 days before the trip.
  • 20 percent termination costs if the trip & trek is terminated within 7 days before the trip
  • No return if the trip or trek is terminated after beginning or in its midway

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Day 01: Start with Spituk to Zingchen

In the early morning, we will make our move for Spituk, wherefrom the accessories will be taken ahead on the horse. Do remember to take water and sunscreen lotions as the journey will start along an old vehicle street and continue in a dry and revealed area. After passing through the traumatized area one comes at the amazing and lavish Zingchen with green valley, where the Rumbak Stream moves into the Incredible Indus. This journey is going to take 4 to 5 hours of sheer thrill and fun.

Day 02: From Zingchen move ahead to Ganda La Base

Go in to the National park of Hemis, where one may be lucky to experience the untamed snow-leopard, Lynx, a local breed of goat- Ladakhi Urial, great Tibetan sheep- Arghali, blue sheep- Bharal, red fox, wild dog- Dhole, marmot, Tibetan wolf and mountain hare. One begins going up progressively through an amazing stuff before attaining the valley resulting in the town of Rumbak after few spending on the entry charges. Get some rest at a tented teahouse run by local women. After a cup of hot and refreshing tea, proceed towards the home of Yuruche before attaining hiking at the bottom of Ganda La that is 4545m high. Here you will witness natures most spectacular glimpses of Stok Kangri and the entire Stok variety from the camp

Day 03: Travelling to Skiu via Gandala

It begins with the 2-hours of climbing towards Ganda La (4900m high). The common chorten and prayer banners indicate the top of the pass, where one may see blue lambs, marmots, and Arghali wandering in the mountains. Views of the substantial Zanskar Range and the outlying Himalayan series are also fabulous. After a brief relaxation, we will make a constant decline to Shingo and get a lunch.

You would describe it as a day after climbing for 2-hours through an amazing stuff before making hike at Skiu of height 3300m. Within this enjoyable place an old monastery is also situated with an old castle that was used for leisure of great royal families and a check point to their journey towards Srinagar.

Day 04: Reaching Markha

From Skiu, travel through the Markha Stream and trek through the appealing valley on a fairly stage direction. The pathway goes across the stream at various levels, and goes winter period that include Lhatos- spiritual memorials for regional deities, and Mani walls- stones written with Buddhist entreaties. Throughout the peak period a number of marquee teahouses will be start for beverages and snacks. Markha is the biggest rural area in the valley at the altitude of 3800m, having about 20 homes, an ancient monastery, and a devastated castle.

 Day 05: Markha to Thachungtse

The Markha valley pathway carries on older stone-mills, a damaged fort, and the admirable monastery of Techa, which settle upon a high cliff that emerges on top of Markha. After tasting the rural pleasure of Umlung, We get to sights of tremendous Mt. Kang Yatse of 6400m height, which will remain in the vision until one goes across Kongmaru La.

After having lunch in the Hangkar village that is the last one in the valley, we will proceed to the amiable natural field of Thachungste followed by overnight camping.

Day 06: Nimaling

The first location over here is the astounding Nimalings Plateau, where the natives of the valley Markha carry their flocks to eat during the season of summer. At 4700m, Nimaling is for highest camping on the journey, presenting breath-taking glances of the massive crest of Kang Yatse.

Day 07: Have Fun on the trek for Shangsumdo via Kongmarula

After a satisfying morning meal, by passing Kongmaru La which is 5200m from sea level and the uppermost pass on the journey, and from here we will have an amazing perspective of the mighty Indus and Ladakh Range. The decline is quite extreme, but progressively levels out as firstly goes into Shang Mountainous, with its amazing stone structures. Further river voyages prevent the way before one comes at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo used in conventional medicinal practices by the Amchi physicians. At last you will have an overnight camping at Shang Sumdo.

Day 08: In the end: Shangsumdo to Leh via Martselang

Enjoy the last, but a fun journey of 2-hour along a vehicle street to Martselang, where the vehicle will pick up for heading our way towards Leh.



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