Markha valley Trek

Day 01: Arrival Leh
Welcome upon arrival at the Leh airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free for acclimatization. Evening visit the Shanti Stupa for a sunset view of Leh. Later visit the market and walk back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Leh – excursion to monasteries
post breakfast we proceed for the indus valley monastery tour including shey, the ancient capital of ladakh, thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village and stok palace – the present residence of the royal family. enjoy packed lunch at sindhu ghat. overnight at hotel in leh.

Day 3 onwards we will start the Markha valley trek for 7 days. This trek has been, one of the most favorite trek among trekkers for a long time because of beautiful Valley of Markha overshadowed by Kanyatse and other groups of Peaks. The numerous small villages, shepherds camps and passes are main feature of this trek. The trek begins from Zingchen passing through Stok La and Gandala Pass, which takes you across Markha valley. At last it crosses Kongmaru Pass and finishes wonderful trek at the famous Hemis monastery.
Day 03: Zingchen – Ganda La base (3-4 hours)
We will start our trek from Zingchen in Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of wildlife as diverse as the Snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Blue sheep, Red fox, Tibetan wolf, Dhole (wild dog), Marmot and Mountain hare. Later we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the imposing Stok Range. Before reaching Rumbak, we will stop at a teahouse run by women from the village. After a warm cup of tea, we will continue through Rumbak, and pass by the house of Yurutse village, before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the whole of the Stok range.
Day 04: Ganda La base – Skiu via Gandala 4900 m (6-7 hours)
After a light breakfast, we will begin our 2-hr ascent to Ganda La; views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep and marmots roaming the hills. After a short rest, we will make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar)
Day 05: Skiu – Markha (7-8 hours) Following the Markha river, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). After cross the river for the last time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley.
Day 06: Markha – Thachungtse (5-6 hours) The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy! The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforded our first view of KangYatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp for the night.
Day 07: Thachungtse – Nimaling (4 hours)
Today the trail will lead us 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 on the trek, giving us spectacular views of KangYatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below.
Day 08: Nimaling – Shangsumdo via Kongmarula 5200 m (7 hours)
After a hearty breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). After a break, we will pass through a couple of villages before reaching Shang Sumdo, where we will spend our last evening together enjoying the camaraderie and an excellent beer!
Day 09: Shangsumdo – Leh via Hemis monastery (1 hour drive)
We drive back to Leh enroute we will visit the Hemis monastery belongs to Red hat sect and stay at the hotel. Rest of the day free for personal and leisure activities
Day 10: Departure Leh
Tour ends. Drive to the airport for our onward flight

A deservedly popular trek, that follows the beautiful Markha valley. It is almost always done in the direction described, as in the reverse direction the approach to the Gongmaru La is very steep and unpleasant. This means you get an impression of there being fewer trekkers on this route than there in fact are. It is a reasonably straight-forward trek, with many villages on the way, and even the odd tea “house” tent, it is possible avoid camping out except for the night before crossing the Gongmaru La, which necessitates a tent, and good sleeping bag as it gets very cold here even in summer.

Duration 10 days
Best Time Jul – Mid Oct
Highest Point Kongmaru la (5200 m)
Highlight wildlife, landscapes and people
Physical Challenge Moderate

Suitable for most hill walkers and generally involving shorter days at moderate altitude, on good paths and tracks. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required as these treks can involve considerable amounts of ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day. The first day has been kept free for getting acclimatized to the low level of oxygen in Ladakh. We will do short visits to places around in a vehicle and also take short walks around the town.

The trek leads us to many villages, real green spots in the middle of a lunar world with monasteries perched on rocky promontory, smiling children and barley fields surrounded by majestic snowy mountains. Every night we will establish our camp next to a village. A mule is planned for each child when he/she would be too tired of the walk.

Assistance on arrival and departure
Transport in Non Ac car
A Class Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis in Leh
Tented accommodation during treks on twin sharing basis
Rafting in Indus – 3 hrs
All meals beginning with lunch on first day till breakfast on last day
Professional and experienced trekking and monastery guide
Cook, porters & other service staff
Trekking fees / Monastery entrance fees

Camping equipment provided on the trek
2 Men Expedition Tents
Sleeping bags
Insulated Mattresses
Kitchen Tent
Dining Tent
Toilet tent
Basic Medical kit

Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
Liquor, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Expenses arising from unexpected fuel hikes, and any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
Medical or Travel Insurance
Costs towards evacuation of customers for medical or any other reason

Ladakh Safari reserves the right to change, alter or cancel a trip due to any reason which might not be in the best interest of your safety, like dangerous water levels, landslides and extreme weather conditions etc.

Our trip leaders have a vast experience of trekking & camping in the Himalayas. They are fluent in English language and are always forthcoming with interesting lore and information on local history, culture and practices. All our trip leaders have knowledge of First-Aid.

We believe that camping is an art – all about providing a safe and comfortable stay. We maintain very high standards of camping and with constant innovations try to hone our skills. We lay a lot of emphasis on site selection with camping sites on most of the treks being pre-decided and used previously by our team.

On all our treks we provide food that’s tasty, hygienic and nutritious. Our chefs are experts at keeping the team’s batteries charged with mouth-watering watering multi-cuisine meals, at times under difficult conditions. Cuisine is decided keeping in mind the profile of the group. Also on most of our treks our clients get the option of trying out the local dishes.

Trekking Gear
The following list only mentions the essential elements. You have to prepare a list of clothes and small personal articles you will need during the trek:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Boots
  • Camp shoes/sneakers / sandals
  • Socks
  • Light wind jacket
  • Down jacket/vest
  • Fleece jacket/vest
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking pants
  • Thermal tops
  • Thermal bottom
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat/baseball cap
  • Light gloves
  • Duffel bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Torch/Headlamp
  • Camera and batteries
  • Books
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel/sarong
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medicines
  • Money pouch/belt
  • Bandana/scarf