Markha Valley Trek 2018
Markha Valley trek is probably the most popular trek in Ladakh due its diverse topography and natural sites you see on the trails. Another reason for Markha Valley trek’s popularity is the relatively short duration. Markha Valley trek is also known as the “Tea House Trek”.
The Markha Valley Trek starts from Spituk Bridge and the trekking starts along the Indus River with the walk through the detached at the foothill of the Stok.
You can witness the colorful snip ravine walls of Markha valley, enticing view of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, Kang Yissay and Stok Kangri peak which are 21,000ft and 20,086ft respectively.
Trekking to the Markha Valley, also gives you the opportunity to meet and get to know the experiences of nomadic families who live there and it takes you inside the Hemis National park which turns out to be a completely new experience for the natural beauty lovers. One also gets to explore the Tibetan culture as well.
Markha Valley Trek is a moderate to difficult trek covering the distance of 75 km approximately. Please inform your friends and family that mobile network may not work due to limited connectivity in Leh and during the trek duration.
- Trek through beautiful Hemis National Park and cross - Gandala La (15748 ft) and Kongmaru La (17,060 ft)
- Trek in an barren cold desert valley with incredible views of Ladakh and Zanskar range
Why Book This:
- No Hidden Charges
- Fixed Departures
- Trekking Pole Included
Day 1: Arrival in Leh
After your arrival in Leh, you check-in into the hotel/guest-house arranged by us. Your first day is for rest & and your body to acclimatize.
Day 2: Rest & Acclimatization
Today you will spend in Leh as well for to acclimatize your body for the trek ahead. It is a good opportunity to get out and explore Leh – its market, cuisine and culture.
Day 3: Drive to Spituk. Spituk - Zingchen | Trek to Yurutse - 3 Hrs - 5 Kms - 13520 ft
Today we start in morning and drive to Spituk – our starting point of trek. Initially the path is an old jeep road into an arid and uncovered region, drinking enough water and your sunscreen are going to be absolutely necessary! After tedious walk for few hours we enter the lush Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River meets the Indus. We camp further up in the valley.
Day 4: Yurutse - Ganda La - Skiu | 8 Hrs - 25 Kms - 16076 ft
On this day we will reach Hemis National Park and if we are fortunate enough we could see some wildlife. Hemis National Park is home to varietuy of wildlife from marmot and Bharal (blue sheep) to Tibetan wolf and snow leopard. Marmot are rather easy to spot. We pay entrance fee at the post and continue the gradual climb to reach Rumbak village. Overnight stay at Skiu.
Day 5: Skiu to Markha | 7-8 Hrs - 20 Kms - 12369 ft
Today we walk along Markha River and also crossing it on few occasions. Much of the hike is on level ground. During peak season many tea-houses would be open on this route. By late afternoon we reach Markha (3800m), the largest village in the namesake valley.
Day 6: Markha - Thachungtse | 5-6 Hrs - 13 Kms - 13165 ft
We continue on the Markha valley trail passing monastery at Techa and a ruined fort perched above Markha village. We cross many villages along the river one of which is Umlung. Once we cross it we get our fist view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m). We stop for lunch at Hangkar, the last village in the Markha Valley and carry on to Thachungste (4100m), where we camp.
Day 7: Thachungtse - Nimaling | 4 Hrs - 7 Kms - 15518 ft
Post breakfast we start towards Nimaling perched on lovely plateau, which is a grazing spot for villagers of Markha Valley. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp of the Markha valley trek. Trekkers get spectacular views of Mt. Kang Yatse from here.
Day 8: Nimaling - Shangsumdo via Kongmaru La - Leh I 7 Hrs - 16-18 Kms - 17060 ft
On final day of the trek we cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass of the Markha valley trek. The path downhill from here is steep but quite level once we reach Shang Gorge. It takes few river crossing to reach spring of Chuskurmo whose water is used for medicinal purposes by locals. Drive from Sumdo to Leh takes about 2 hours. We reach Leh by evening. Overnight stay in guesthouse
Day 9: Checkout from Leh
After the goodnight's sleep, the trip end and trekkers checkout from the guesthouse.
- Accommodation (Homestay during the Trek and Guest House in Leh)
- All Meals while on trek (Veg) - 6 Breakfast + 5 Lunch + 5 Dinner
- Trekking Equipment (Sleeping Bags & Trekking Poles)
- Permits for the trek
- First aid medical kits
- Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
- Transportation during trek as per trek itinerary
- Meals in Leh
- Meals during road Journeys
- Any kind of personal expenses
- Any kind of Insurance
- Mules or porter to carry personal luggage
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head Inclusions
The Big No
- No denim or jeans – not suited for this trek.
- Snacks, colas, alcohol and personal food – No need to overburden yourself with food. Do not carry any disposable plastic bottles like (Bisleri, Aquafina), plastic wrapped/packaged items. Do not bring any non bio degradable material.
- After packing, weigh your gear. It should be in the range of 8-10 kg – preferably on the lighter side. Anything heavier, you will need to iterate and remove what is not essential.
- Carry light and what is essential. As an example, toothpaste should be bought in small size (that can last you 10 days).
- Some general advice about clothing: To protect yourself from cold, dressing in layers is the mantra. Two T-shirts worn one over the other is warmer than a T-shirt that is thick. 3 T-shirts worn one over the other is as good as a full sweater. This is just a guideline. If you are prone to cold carry extra warm clothing.
- 75% refund if cancelled before 45 days
- 50% refund if cancelled before 30 days
- No refund after that
Meet-up Information/Reporting Point:
₹ 18990 Per Person