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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

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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.

  • Day 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

    7
  • Standard rooms in a family-run guesthouse in Leh on single/double occupancy and high quality camping arrangements

Meal

    7
  • 8 Dinners
  • 7
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 7
  • 7 Lunches

Activity

    7
  • Trekking
  • 7
  • Camping

Other Inclusions

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  • High Quality Camping Arrangements
  • 7
  • Toilet tent with portable toilet seats
  • 7
  • First Aid / Medical kit
  • 7
  • Charges of 2 guides (for the group of maximum 12 trekkers so 1 guide for 6 group members)
  • 7
  • All meals starting from dinner on the Day 1 till breakfast on Day 9. (8 Dinners, 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches)
  • 7
  • We have a system of providing 6 small meals along with tea/coffee in between.
  • 7
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rationsPorter/mule charges for carrying personal baggage (up to 10 kgs per person)
  • 7
  • Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)Permits & camping fee (if any)
  • 7
  • First aid kit (our guides are certified in handling first aid situations)
  • 7
  • Service Tax

Transport

    7
  • Transportation from Leh (start) to Leh (end) can be availed at an extra cost (choose 'Including Transport' while booking the package).
  • 7
  • Tempo Traveller / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Scorpio or similar vehicle.

Things To Carry

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  • Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve T shirt
  • 7
  • Water resistant Trekking Pants
  • 7
  • Windproof/water resistant jacket, Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
  • 7
  • Thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
  • 7
  • Thermal inner wear
  • 7
  • Woollen cap, Inner fleece gloves, Outer water proof gloves
  • 7
  • Thick woollen socks and regular socks
  • 7
  • Scarf/muffler (optional)
  • 7
  • Comfortable waterproof Trekking/Hiking shoes with a thick sole, Camp shoes
  • 7
  • Gaiters
  • 7
  • Raincoat / Poncho
  • 7
  • Small light weight towel
  • 7
  • Insulated water bottle & hydration pack (optional)
  • 7
  • Cap / floppy, Sun glasses
  • 7
  • Sturdy walking stick /Trekking pole
  • 7
  • Sunscreen Lotion, Lip Balm
  • 7
  • Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • 7
  • Personal medication
  • 7
  • Personal toiletries

Advisory

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  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • 7
  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
  • 7
  • Consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicating products are prohibited during this trek.
  • 7
  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
  • 7
  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
  • 7
  • Do not litter in the local sites or campsites.

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
  • 7
  • 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.
  • 7
  • 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

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
  • 7
  • 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.
  • 7
  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Story by Anil Rana

     Rated : 5.0

    Markha Valley is one of the most beautiful places I have visited in my life. The best time to go there is during May-July period. There are lot of fun things to do like hiking, skiing, mountaineering, etc. and I'm glad I kinds tried everything while there. Great place, Great trek and i loved the entire experience!

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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. And hell yeah we didi it!!!

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    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 without the guide and the crew. They were really helpful throughout.Each meal was sumptuous, well-prepared and a welcome break.

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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 Ankit Kumar

     Rated : 4.0

    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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    Story by Suraj Sharma

     Rated : 5.0

    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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    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 Vasudeva Marar

     Rated : 5.0

    It is said that great events take place when man meets the mountain! It could not be more true and you will realise this in full measure only after you see the great escapes of Markha valley. :) I came back more refreshed and rejuvenated than ever before!

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    Story by Ekaaksh Tagore

     Rated : 5.0

    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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    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What level of fitness is required for this trek?

      There are different levels of trekking and Markha valley falls in the tough category. There is quite a few steep ascend and descend. But if this is your first Himalayan trek, then you must prepare your fitness up to the mark. The best way to stay fit is to run 3 kilometers in 30 minutes. Do this in order – • For the first week, take a brisk walk for 10 minutes and then go on jogging for another 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of leisurely walk. • Next week pick up the pace and after 5 minutes of brisk walking, jog for 15 minutes then cool down with 5 minutes of easy walk. Continue this routine for the subsequent week as well. • Finally, take a 25-minute jog followed by a 5-minute brisk walk to cool your body down. You will be ready to trek in the Markha Valley in no time.

    2. 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.

    3. What is the best time to go?

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

    4. 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.

    5. Will I find snow?

      From November to February the temperature remains below -30 degrees. This is the time when the valley gets heavy snow fall too. This is why this part of the valley remains isolated for most parts of the year. But you can enjoy trekking during other seasons. During winters trekking is not feasible due to the extremeness of the weather. The other times when trekking is possible, the place doesn’t actually have snow fall. The best time to trek here is from June to the end of September.

    6. 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.

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

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

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

      You will get 8 dinners, 8 breakfasts, and 7 lunches for a regular 9 days and 8 nights trekking package at Markha Valley. It depends upon the package that you take. But it is usually vegetarian food at is offered during the trekking course. However, some trekkers might also get to have non-vegetarian momos and boiled egg with packaged sliced cheese and bread. It is a typical Ladakhi lunch which is home cooked. The breakfast is the usual chapatti with butter and jelly for that extra energy. During the trek, boiled drinking water is provided usually. You can refill your bottles (and it is advised that you carry your own insulated water bottle) in the morning every day. You can also fill it up from the kitchen during the evening. Water is usually provided from the home stays during the trekking trip. Everything including the meal and safe drinking water is available at the home stays. In the trip package, clean and safe drinking water is provided but you can also carry your own hydration p

    9. How many people will be in a group?

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

    10. Will there be mobile connectivity?

      It is said that when all things fail you up in the mountains the BSNL SIM card stands out. The connection has a large bandwidth and therefore it is able to provide you coverage where many other networks might be dead. If you are going to trek in Markha Valley, you might have to get yourself a new BSNL SIM card. Although there are parts of the valley where even BSNL might not be able to give you coverage, overall it still remains the best.

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

      It is actually prohibited. Smoking, drinking or any other kind of intoxication is prohibited during the trek for your own safety. It is harmful to smoke and drink during the trek because it causes a lot of things like dehydration, which can prove to be quite an issue. At such a great altitude, when you are already breathless, you cannot smoke. It will cause further issues with your lung. Many people think a little liquor can keep them warm but that is not the case – in fact, drinking actually lowers your body temperature.

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