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  • The Markha Valley trek is one of the most popular treks in Ladhak, with it's varied landscapes, flowing rivers and snow capped peaks. 
  • This relatively short trek is spanned over a diversifies geography, spend 8 days trekking over grasslands, monastic towns and beautiful villages. 
  • Visit the Hemis National Park where you will encounter a wide array of exotic and rare wildlife. 
  • Marvel at religious shrines and quaint monasteries as you learn the culture and way of life at these villages. 
  • Conclude your trek by crossing the Kongmaru La pass (5200m), the highest pass on the trek and get dropped  back at Leh. 


  • Day 1 -

    Reach Leh

    Rest and get acclimatized after reaching Leh.

    You can explore the local market in your free time.

  • Day 2 -

    Drive to Spituk Spituk - Zingchen trek (4-5 hours)

    Early morning drive to Spituk, and start your trek to Zingchen Valley.

    Marvel at the Rumbak river and set camp for the evening.

  • Day 3 -

    Zingchen - Ganda La base (3-4 hours)

    Today you will visit the Hemis National Park where you will be fortunate to catch a glimpse of rare and exotic wildlife.

    The National park is home to the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), Red Fox, Tibetan wolf and Dhole (wild dog).

    Travel towards the village of Rumbak and stop at a tented tea-house run by women of the village.

    After a cup of warm tea we will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m).

  • Day 4 -

    Ganda La base - Skiu via Ganda La 6-7 hours

    After a light breakfast, begin your 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m).

    The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see Blue Sheep, Marmots and Arghali roaming the hills around.

    After a short rest, make a gradual descent to Shingo and then break for lunch.

    Finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m).

  • Day 5 -

    Skiu - Markha (7-8 hours)

    Trek along the beautiful Markha River and make it through the lovely valley.

    View religious shrines and tented tea houses along with monasteries and old forts.

  • Day 6 -

    Markha - Thachungtse (5-6 hours)

    The Markha valley trail continues pass old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which proudly perches upon a cliff that looms above Markha.

    After leaving the village of Umlung, glance at your first view of herculean Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La.

    After you break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m), where you will make camp.

  • Day 7 -

    Thachungtse - Nimaling (4 hours)

    On this day the trail will lead you up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months.

    At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us stunning views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.

  • Day 8 -

    Nimaling - Shangsumdo via Kongmaru La (7 hours) . Drive to Leh

    After a hearty breakfast, cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from here we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range.

    Camp overnight in Shang Sumdo. In the morning drive from Sumdo to Leh takes about 2 hours. Reach Leh by evening.

    Your trip comes to an end here.


  • Accommodation in camps /tents on sharing basis


  • Trekking

Tour Type

  • This is a group tour

Cancellation Policy

  • If any cancellations are made before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • 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

  • No refund applicable.

Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • 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.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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