Markha valley is the finest introduction to trekking in Ladakh. A beautiful trek also known as Little Tibet. The Markha trek is the most frequently visited trek in Ladakh for many reasons. Endangered and rare Himalayan wildlife, high passes and remote buddhist villages that are still linked to the outside world only by trails. You will get glimpses of traditional, Ladakhi village life and be met by hospitality and friendliness of local people along the way.
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi to Leh (3500m) (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)
Day 03: Leh Sightseeing.
Day 04: Leh to Spituk Drive (3307m) (20Km/1Hr) Trek to Zingchen (3353m) (15Kms/5-6Hrs)
Day 05: Zingchan to Yurutse (3530m) Via Rumbak Trek (4050m) (5-6Hrs)
Day 06: Yurutse to Skiu (3400m) via Ganda La (4985m) Trek (20Km/6-7Hrs)
Day 07: Skiu to Markha (3800m) Trek (7-8Hrs)
Day 08: Markha to Thochuntse (4150m) (5-6Hrs)
Day 09: Thochuntse to Nimaling (4700m) (4-5Hrs)
Day 10: Nimaling to Sumdo (3800m) via Kongmaru La (5200m) (18Km/7-8Hrs)
Day 11: Sumdo to Leh via Hemis Trek (3Hrs) Drive (40Km/1Hr)
Day 12: Leh – Delhi (1.30 Hrs)
Arrival at Delhi
Delhi to Leh (3500m) (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)
Shey Gompa is about 15kms from Leh. It was used to be the summer palace of the kings of Ladakh. You will find lots of Stupas and Gompas built around the palace. This palace was built in the beginning of 17th century. The main attraction here is the 12m Shakyamuni Buddha statue inside the Dresthang Gompa.
Thiksey Gompa, close to Shey is about 17kms from Leh. The monastery is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Ladakh and belongs to the Gelukspa order.
Hemis Gompa, about 45kms south of Leh it is one of the most famous and largest monastery in Ladakh. It belongs to the Drukpa order and was founded in the early 17th century. The setting is perfect with the monastery built in a scenic valley, surrounded by streams and confront by long Mani walls.
Leh to Spituk Drive (3307m) (20Km/1Hr) Trek to Zingchen (3353m) (15Kms/5-6Hrs)
Zingchan to Yurutse (3530m) Via Rumbak Trek (4050m) (5-6Hrs)
Yurutse to Skiu (3400m) via Ganda La (4985m) Trek (20Km/6-7Hrs)
Skiu to Markha (3800m) Trek (7-8Hrs)
Markha to Thochuntse (4150m) (5-6Hrs)
Thochuntse to Nimaling (4700m) (4-5Hrs)
Nimaling to Sumdo (3800m) via Kongmaru La (5200m) (18Km/7-8Hrs)
Sumdo to Leh via Hemis Trek (3Hrs) Drive (40Km/1Hr)
Leh – Delhi (1.30 Hrs)
The Markha Valley Trek is one of the most wonderful and famous treks in the Ladakh Region of India. Located in the north western area of India, the Ladakh region is famed for its wildness and untouched beauty.
Since 1974, when Ladakh first became accessible to foreign visitors, this high and barren region has captured the inspiration of adventure travelers. This itinerary offers a large diversity of landscapes, from the jagged Kongmaru La pass (5000m) to the green oasis of the Markha valley with eye catching views of the Karakoram snow-capped peaks. Markha will be an opportunity to visit the old monastery, famous for its paintings. The trek follows a stunning high valley with outstanding views across the mountain region and is one of the best ways to still experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya region.
Not only the mountain beauty, but it also takes trekkers through countryside of ancient farming with many green irrigated fields and local villages being passed along the way. You’ll also knowledge several monasteries and meet the brightly dressed monks as they go about their daily lives. You’ll will be experience several waist-deep river crossings, high rocky canyons and explore many Buddhist villages en-route.