Mar through Dec
12 Days

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.

Itinerary Overview:

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

Upon arrival at IGI airport, meet our representative and transfer to your pre booked hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

Delhi to Leh (3500m) (Complete Rest in Leh for acclimatization)

Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Leh. The flight to Leh is truly breathtaking. From the aircraft count the amazing view of high reaching Himalayan mountain range. Again our representative will greet you at the airport and transfer to hotel. Leh is at the height of 3500m above sea level, so complete rest is advised for this day to get acclimatize. Afternoon, visit Leh Palace, mold on the Tibetan Potala Palace from Lhasa. Afterwards move on to Shanti Stupa which gives you stunning views of Leh valley. Sit on the edge of the cliff and watch the valley changing colour under the sunset. In the evening wander around the bazaar and back to the hotel latter. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Leh Sightseeing.

After breakfast get ready for full-day excursion visiting some of the ancient monasteries around Leh.
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)

After early breakfast drive to Spituk Bridge behind the Spituk monastery, around 7 kms from Leh town. Spituk is a small village just outside Leh. It is best known for Spituk Gompa Visit Spituk Gompa, which is considered to be 500 years old. From Spituk bridge starts the trekking along Indus River walking through flat and barren plane at the foot of the Stok Mountain. Gradually, you will leave the view of busy Leh-Srinagar highway and move towards wilderness of Himalayas. Soon you’ll reach Zingchen through a valley, which gives you a feeling of complete confinement. Overnight dinner and stay in Camp at Zingchen.

Zingchan to Yurutse (3530m) Via Rumbak Trek (4050m) (5-6Hrs)

After breakfast start your trek for Yurutse via Rumbak which is 6kms from Zingchan through a straight forward trek. Leaving the village, you’ll enter Hemis National Park know for the conservation of Snow leopard, Baharal, Marmot, Wolf etc. Walk through a narrow trail and valley widens. After 3 hrs you arrive at Buddhist village of Rumbak which only have 8-9 houses. Yurutse is 2 hours trek from Rumbak along with a frozen river. Latter you arrive Yurutse which only have one home along with some fields of potatoes and barley. Overnight dinner and stay in Camp at Yurutse.

Yurutse to Skiu (3400m) via Ganda La (4985m) Trek (20Km/6-7Hrs)

After early breakfast make an early start to ascend the Ganda La Pass, This might be the toughest day of the trek and it is very important to be well-acclimatized. The climb to the pass will be bit tiring, so one must trek slowly without hurrying. The track keeps going higher and higher and it takes around 4.5 hours to reach the top of Ganda La. After a continous upward movement followed by a steep climb, arrive at Ganda La (4900m). From the top of the pass which is dotted with many Tibetan prayer flags, one can enjoy a woderful view of Stok Kangri (6153) the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas in the Ladakh region and surrounding valley. This is followed by a long descent to Shingo village. After having lunch here, the path descends steadily to the head of the Skiu .At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers coming from Markha valley and Shingo. Overnight dinner and stay in tents.

Skiu to Markha (3800m) Trek (7-8Hrs)

Again after early and healthy breakfast start your trek from Skiu, follow the path on the right bank of Markha where one can find great vegetation. It is the longest valley and this will also be the longest trek day. Then cross the right bank of river then the barren plain and arrive at Chaluk. Thereafter, walk along the left bank of river, trekking along the Markha River gets us the stunning views of the valley below. And after another crossing climb towards Markha village. Towards the end of the village there are good camp site near the river. Overnight stay in tents

Markha to Thochuntse (4150m) (5-6Hrs)

Right after breakfast start trekking in the morning to reach Thochuntse via Hankar village. Grabbing attractive views all around and crossing many stream and river crossings. Making way through settlements and pasture land. The Markha valley track continues through old stone-mills, a wrecked castle and the promising monastery of Techa, which is proudly, sit atop of a cliff that appears above Markha. The path then crosscut the river several times before cutting through the last village in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be able to have our first view of mighty Mt. Kangyatze Peak (6400m), which we will continue to see until we cross Kongmaru La. Latter we will have lunch at the last village of the valley i.e Hangkar, we will continue continue our trek to the lovely green pasture of Thochuntse, Overnight in camp.

Thochuntse to Nimaling (4700m) (4-5Hrs)

After breakfast start trekking to reach Nimaling. Trek starts on a good path with several small slopes and a series of grassy hills. The trail passes through a small lake and then across grassland to Nimaling. There are a series of Mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and stupas en-route. This is one of the most alluring high valleys in Ladakh with grassy plains fenced by high peaks and passes. To the south the view is prevailed by Mt. Kangyatze and to the north the Kongmaru La. Latter we reach Nimaling is place with vast grazing land where thousands of sheep, goats & yaks graze during the months of summer. Overnight dinner and stay in tents.

Nimaling to Sumdo (3800m) via Kongmaru La (5200m) (18Km/7-8Hrs)

After breakfast early start your trek early with a steep climb to reach the top of the highest pass on the trail – Kongmaru La (5200m). From the top enjoy the snow peaks in every direction, Nun Kun in the West, Saser Kangri to the North and massive views of Kang Yatze and the Zanskar mountains. If lucky and if it’s a clear day the Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. Create some moments here before ascending down to Sukarmo, from where the track is a flat walk along the river till you reach Sumdo. Overnight in tents.

Sumdo to Leh via Hemis Trek (3Hrs) Drive (40Km/1Hr)

Today make an easy descent to Hemis. Along with the valley of the Indus at Martselang village. Hemis is only a 2 hour trek away from Shang Sumdo. A trail goes down the Sumdo valley to the periphery of the small village of Martselang (3450 m). Beautiful mani walls greets trekkers as the path goes zigzag down to Hemis Village (3650 m). Board up the awaiting jeeps and drive 40Kms to Leh crossing Shey and Thiksey monastery. Overnight in a hotel at Leh.

Leh – Delhi (1.30 Hrs)

Early in the morning, take a flight from Leh to Delhi. On arrival at New Delhi International Airport to catch your flight for onward destination.

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.

Markha Valley
Markha Valley

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