Markha Valley Trek Highlights
- Get amused with the unexplored beauty of Hemis National Park and also the highest passes Gandala La and Kongmaru La
- Enjoy the sightseeing in Leh that will help you know the culture and Buddhist traditions prevailing in the town
- Capture the astounding views of Nimaling, surrounded by ponds and stream that will soothe your soul
- Witness the Greenfields, willow trees, and quaint villages that can be seen as you reach the altitude of 16,830ft
- Behold the stunning view of Kang Yatze Peak that is the reward you get from Markha
Markha Valley Trek Overview
About Markha Valley Trek:
An arid cold desert trekking area that offers the best views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges has admirers worldwide. It is also known as a tea-house trek, as it is filled with the local culture of Ladakh. Witness the 21000 feet Kang Yissay and 20086 feet Stok Kangri peaks also while embarking on this trek.
Hemis National Park and Gandala La and Kongmaru La are the promising attractions one gets while taking the Markha Valley trek route. Another factor that makes this trek amusing is the waist-deep river crossing which helps us to cross the Markha River to reach the trails to Buddhist villages and rock structures. Markha Valley is in very close proximity to Leh which makes it more accessible for trekkers.
Quick Facts About Markha Valley Trek:
Markha valley trek altitude:17100ft
Markha valley trek Difficulty level: Difficult
Trek distance: 75kms
Temperature: During the day: 20°C - 30°C and During the night 0°C - 10°C
Best Time To Travel: July to Mid September
Airport : Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
Atm: The last ATM where the travelers can withdraw cash is at Leh
Start point / End Point: Leh
How to reach Leh:
The easiest way to get to Leh is to fly in, Leh is accessible by air from all major Indian airports. If you do fly in, you should rest in Leh for at least a day in order to acclimatize to the altitude (11,560 ft).
The more adventurous but time-consuming way to get to Leh is by taking the road, either from Manali or from Srinagar. The Manali-Leh route is arguably more scenic than the Srinagar-Leh route, though it is also higher. Buses, as well as shared taxis, run on both Manali- Leh and Srinagar-Leh routes.
Traveling by the HRTC bus is the cheapest way to get to Leh from Manali. It takes two days and costs about Rs. 800, halting at Keylong for the night. Keylong is a nice town in itself and it would be a good idea to stay there for a day. A slightly more expensive but convenient option is the HPTDC run deluxe bus which stops at tourist locations along the way. It costs around Rs. 3000, which includes tented accommodation and food at Keylong.
- Accommodation- Camping/Home stay during the trek. Guest house in Leh on Day 1, day 2, and day 8 as per the itinerary.
- Meals- All meals while on trek ( Veg ) Starting from Day 3 breakfast.
- Trek equipment- Sleeping bag, mattress, tent (twin sharing), kitchen & dining tent, toilet tent, utensils, and crampon (if required).
- Safety Equipment- First aid medical kits, stretcher & oxygen cylinder.
- Guide- Mountaineering qualified & professional trek Leader, guide, cook, and Support staff.
- Staff- Mules to carry the central luggage.
- Permits- Forest entry charges, permits & camping fee (if any)Permits & camping fee (if any) for Indian National
- Transport- from Leh guest house to Zinchen and return from Sumdo to Leh as per the itinerary.
- Airport transfers from Leh airport to the guest house Can be availed at an extra cost.
- Any kind of personal expense is not included in the package
July : 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August : 7, 14, 21, 28
September : 4, 11
Markha Valley Trek Itinerary
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Know Before You Go for Markha Valley Trek
- 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.
- 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.
Things To Carry for Markha Valley Trek
- Warm clothes
- Toilet paper & wipes
- Walking stick
- Back pack (50-60l)
- Water bottle
- Backpack with waterproof linings
- Extra pair of socks
- Fleece jackets and thermals
- Hiking shoes
- Led torch (with extra batteries)
- Mosquito & insect repellent
- Woollen cap, socks, mittens & scarf