Markha Valley Trek

Remote villages and stunning beauty of Himalaya
Trekking in Markha Valley has become very popular for good reason: The landscapes are varied; the trail passes through villages and isolated oasis dominated by the snowy peaks of Yatse Kang (6400 m) and Stok range. While trekking in Markha valley, you will enjoy spectacular view of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges. Its multicolour hue and the hidden civilization maintain the rich culture of the valley. In spite of arid landscapes, you will come across the willow groves, bushes of wild roses, sea buck throne and green meadows. Shepherd with their flocks can be seen in the plateau of Nimaling. There are chances to encounter the wild lives. After crossing the highest pass of the trek (5150m), we will rejoin the Indus valley and will visit some of prominent monasteries of Hemis and Thiksey.

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

Day 2: Delhi to Leh (3500 m)

Day 3: Around Leh visit Spituk, Phyang

Day 4: Leh - Zinchen (3400m),-Rumback 3 hour, Trek 1

Day 5: Rumback – Base of Ganda (4500m), 5 hours, Trek 2

Day 6: Yurutse - Skiu (3400 m) by Ganda-la (4800 m), 6 hours’ Trek, 3

Day 7: Skiu - Markha (3710 m), 7 hours, Trek 4

Day 8: Markha - Tchatchutse (3750 m), 6 hours,Trek 5

Day 9: Tchatchutse - Nimaling (4700 m), 5 hours, Trek 6

Day 10: Nimaling - Chogdo, by Konmarula (5150 m), 6 hours, Trek 7

Day 11: Chogdo – Hemis - Leh, 70 km

Day 12: Transfer to the domestic airport, flight to Delhi and departure

Day 1: Arrival at Delhi

Reception at the airport; transfer to the hotel and a relaxing overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi –Leh (3500 m) by air

Transfer to the domestic airport to take the flight to Leh over majestic Himalayas. You will be landing at 3500 metre from the sea level. On arrival at Leh airport our representative will transfer you to the hotel. To get acclimatised, you will relax till the mid-day and leave for excursion after the lunch in the hotel. Drive to Shankar Gompa, return on foot at your rhythm between the farms and villages. Visit Shanti Stupa, Royal Palace built by 5th Dalailama in 17th century,which looks like a little Potala of Lahasa. Stroll in the Bazzar and night in the hotel.

Day 3: Around Leh visit Spituk, Phyang

This day is spent visiting two monasteries of Ladakh. Leave to the west of Leh to visit Phyang Monastery: The monastery was founded 446 years ago (reckoning from 1977) by Tashi Chozang. There are sacred shrines and various wall paintings are to be seen which dates back from the royal period. The protected deity of the monastery is Apchi Choski Dolma. Way back visit Spituk monastery built in 11th century known for its giant statue of Kali whaich is revealed on the day of annual festival Gustor belongs to the Gelukpa sect of Tibetan Buddisme and is home to the 100 of Lamas. Afternoon free, night in hotel.

Day 04: Leh-Zingchen (3,400m altitude) - Rumbak (3950m), one hour drive, 3 hours walk, Trek1

Transfer to Jhinchen, following the left banks of the Indus towards the west, You will cross a wide plateau in the shadow of the Stok range, before entering through a gorge inside the Hemis National Park. Park is home to the different common and elusive species of wild animal such as Bharal (Blue sheep) Red fox, marmot, Hare, snow leopard, Lynx, Urial and Arghali, Tibetan wolf etc. After an hour of drive, arrive at the starting point of the trek. The trek begins in the direction to Rumbak following the Rumback stream. Walk at the beneath of rocky and parched landscape dotted by the poplars shrubs. It is a short stage for the first day, which will allow you to acclimatize well. Campsite will be set near a small oasis out of village. Afternoon walk toward the village to know the lifestyle of local habitants and to gain the height to better acclimatization. Night in camp.

Day 5: Zingchen - Ganda La base (4500m), 4-5 hours trek; Trek 2 From Rumbak,

Day begin with easy trail following the riverbed (flooded recently) at the beneath of Stok range which remain on the left of the route. Yurutse with its 2 houses and farmland in front is located at the end pf the valley. Here onward trail start progressively ascending toward the campsite. This afternoon you will undertake a short walk toward pass to gain the height to get acclimatize and to get some striking views of the surrounding landscape. Night in camp.

Day 6: Yurutse - Skiu (3400 m) by Ganda-la (4800 m), 7 hours trek, Trek 3

We see beautiful scenery of Yurutse along the mountain. Crossing a small valley is followed by a zigzag climb to the plateau. We continue for nearly three hours down the mountain till the pass, Ganda La. A long descent to Shingo easily leads us in a splendid fashion. After descending for about two hours, we arrive in the Markha valley where we use the beautiful land of Skiu for camping.

Day 7: Skiu - Markha (3710 m), 7 hours trek; Trek 4

Day starts walking on the right bank of Markha River. It is a large rough motor able track with gravel and mud. Occasionally vehicle can be seen circulating to transport goods of local living in the valley. Today you will notice the vegetation more than rest of the Markha valley, its farmland and high rocky towers are awesome. Several successive crossings from left bank to right bank leads us to Chaluk (little houses). After while reached the beautiful campsite of Markha. By late afternoon visit the village houses a small Gompa. Night in tent.

Day 8: Markha - Tchatchutse (3750 m), 6 hours trek; Trek 5

The trek goes on the right bank of the main valley; the trail is easy as previous day. Kongyatse range is in clear view with its group of peaks. Follow the riverbed on large rough track across the thick bushes of sea buck throne, wild rose and willows bushes before reaching the village of Hankar. After a shot while from Hankar, take turn to the left valley which progressively goes up to the pasture of Tchatchutse. Night in camp.

Day 9: Tchatchutse - Nimaling (4700 m), 5 hours trek; Trek 6

The trail climbs gradually; the river is rather far below to the left. Magnificent view of the lunarscape remain far left of the trail. We continue near a small lake, then cross the pastures to Nimaling. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh dominated by Kangyatse (east 6400 m-west 6200m). Several choice of the route leading to the summit are rather difficult to the east peak and moderate to the west peak. Plateau is home to the shepherd to graze their livestock during summer. Night in camp.

Day 10: Nimaling – Chogdo over Kongmarula (5150 m), 6 hours’ trek; Trek 7

Trail goes progressively by a zigzag ascends for about two hours to the pass Kongmaru la. Once at the pass, it offers panoramic views of the valley on the remote Zanskar range and on massif of Kongyatse and surrounding peaks. After enjoying the view take steep descent by a zigzag trail to the rocky gorge adorn by multicolour hue. Trail goes up and down through narrow path over the riverbed and during the summer there can be successive river crossing. Once at Chogdo, camp at the place where valet start opening. Night in camp.

Day 11: Chogdo – Hemis –Thiksey- Leh, 70 km

Morning drive to Leh, on the way visit monasteries of Hemis. A mass of splendid architecture was built by the inveterate royal architect Singe Namgyal in1630. The monastery belongs to Drukpa sect of Buddhism. Next stop is at Thiksey, a majestic monastery perched on a rocky outcrop built in the 15th century during the first wave of expansion of Gelugpa sect in Ladakh. At the entrance, there are painting of protective deities and the great masters of the sect. Afternoon arrive at Leh, rest of the time is free. Night in hotel.

Day 12: Leh- Delhi by air and departure.

Morning transfer to the domestic airport, flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi visit to the street of old Delhi by Tricycle (man driven rickshaw). Discover the spice market and colorful bazar, over view on red fort and Grand Mosque ( Jama Masjid ).You can have lunch in Karim restaurant known for Mughlai Cuisine . A glimpse to India gate and president house before visiting the Canaught Place. Room for wash and change at basis of quadruple sharing. Transfer to airport to board your flight to your onward destination. No hotel in Delhi.

Contact us for the optional choices of the extension:

1: Same day Agra to visit Taj Mahal.

2: One night two days Agra to visit Taj Mahal.

3: Golden Triangle of 3 nights 4 days.

4: Varanasi or Banaras for 2 nights 3 days


  • All ground transport by jeep or minibus.

  • Airport transfer

  • English-speaking local Trekking guide

  • During the trek transport by pony or Mule

  • Twin sharing spacious tent

  • Foam mattress, dining tent.

  • Camping chair & Table

  • Kitchen team with all necessary items.

  • Twin sharing rooms in 3*hotel,

  • Delhi hotel with Breakfast

  • Leh hotel with Breakfast & Dinner

  • All meals during the trek, Lunch will be packed

  • Boiled water while trekking.

  • Camping fee / permit,

  • Medical kit with oxygen cylinder.

  • GST 5%


  • Meals in Delhi (Lunch & Dinner)

  • Meals in Leh (Lunch)

  • Monument fees

  • Insurance

  • Sleeping bag

  • Beverages including bottle water

  • Micropur pills to purify the water

  • Medical evacuation / repatriation

  • Any air fare change in itinerary due to cancellation of any Domestic & International flight

  • Tipping and any other extra expanses if occur due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Loss and damage of the bags and of any good

  • Items of personal nature

  • Any expanses occur due to unforeseen circumstances such as nature calamities, which are beyond human control

  • Refund to any unused services

  • Extra charges arose on dropping the trek in the middle

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    All the cancellation must be in written and signed by the person who signed the booking form and will be effective from the date of the reception by the company. 1: 60 days or more before departure: The agency will refund the entire paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charge for train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services. 2: 40 Days before departure: The agency will refund the 50% of paid amount to his client deducting the registration fee (€ 40 per persons or equivalent in other currency), bank charges subject to the bank policies, when booking domestic flights, the Cancellation fee subject to airline policies at present or if the tickets are non- refundable in that case the full amount of the ticket will be retained. The hotels are reserved and must be paid in advance; the company will apply the cancellation policies of hotels. Cancelation charges of train tickets and other ground transport and related services if needed to be booked in advance. Hence the remaining amount will be refunded after deducting all above cancelation policies applied for different services. 3: Less than 30 days before departure: The agency will be obliged to withhold the full amount of the deposit paid by the customer. In this case, the customer must inform their insurance as soon as possible and provide as much documentation to support the cancellation of trip. It is therefore strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance to cover such expenses.
    Itinerary / hotels are sub. to change in case of strike, civil war threat, you may be will lose expected places you have prepared for but will explore unexpected and for sure will not disappointed. In case of Vehicle break down another mode of transport will be managed at the earliest possible, In that case you are requested to keep patience and co-operate with the situation, while travelling to rural and isolated area replacing vehicle can take time due to lac of communication. It is very much possible that Pony / Mule can disappear during the night when get scared by wild animal such as snow leopards and wolf and can be impossible to trace out, in that case getting new team of pony / horse cannot immediately arranged. You can loose one or more days to get arranged mode such of transport. In case unavailability of pony / horse tour itinerary can be curtailed or changed completely from the trekking to cultural tour for the remaining days. We need your co-operation to understand the present situation and contribution to cover extra expanses occured due to such circumstance.
    The Company cannot be made liable for the consequences of weather condition, flight cancellations, war or threat of civil war, strikes, industrial action, political unrest or any other force majeure, unusual or unforeseen circumstance. The company reserves the right to use alternate transport, or vary the itinerary if breakdown, sickness or any other force major. Any additional that result, such as extra hotel accommodation, flight or road transport will be on your charge and must be paid directly at the spot. Please understand, there are certain hazards involved in your adventurous and culture holidays which you must accept at your own risk. The company will not be liable for any illness major or minor injury, death sustained during neither the trip, nor it will be liable for any uninsured losses of your property and other losses during the trip. It is h3ly advised that clients take out insurance to cover the unexpected and cancellation charges.
    Accommodation is based on 3 star category in Delhi- Manali standard or Charming, In rural of Spiti area there are limited choices of accommodation sub. to the each places. Neat and clean local standards of hotels or guest houses will be provided. While trekking you will be assisted by kitchen team with all necessary items including two men spacious tent, mattress, dining tents from 4 persons onward, toilet tents and all necessary items. Our chef will prepare verities of Indian, Chinese and Continental vegetarian and non vegetarian meals, Chefs on trek are used to cook for the western guest and pay their attention to dose the spice, Breakfast and dinner will be served at camp, lunch is always packed, Afternoon snacks is served with hot beverages as of tea and coffee.
    While driving, sub. to the number of person in group, for 2-4+ guide Toyota Innova, for more than 5 persons Tempo travelers or mini bus. All vehicle will be air-conditioned, except in hilly area air-condition of any vehicle can not be regularly used due to steep uphill drive, So you have to co-operate with. While trekking logistic will be transported. by mule or Ponies, you are requested to not carry more than 15 kgs as domestic airline limit the weight till 15 kgs. Exceeding 15kgs of weight will result the surcharges as per the airline law, even excess baggage’s will increase the weight on animal back which we should understand and respect the limit.
    Road in this part of Himalaya is rough ( very rough at some places ) you can face land slide due to rainfall from july till mid Sep. and can be blocked for hours, day or more, you may miss the places expected to visit, or will visit the unexpected places, to regulate the situation the team at the spot will do the best possible at the moment. Road in India are being widen at so many states, So please don’t compare the driving time as estimated in developed nation.
    Warm jacket type of gore axe or else ,Pull over, Trek suite, Raincoat, trekking shoes, Sneakers for river crossing, Camp shoes, Gloves, pairs of warm socks + normal socks, Sunglasses / Spare glasses or contact lenses, Sun hat + cap, sun cream, stick to protect the lips, long and short sleeves Shirts- Loose trousers, breathable water proof over , trousers , Washing kit, toilet kit, A small sewing kit, Safety pins, torch or flash light with spare batteries, Camera with spare memory cards and batteries, battery Charger , day sac, water bottle, pair of gaiters , walking sticks if one required, personal medical kit as per your medical advisor. Sleeping bag (-10/-15°C ) small pillow if you required , A light towel, a knife, a role of toilet paper, a plastic bowl for shaving ( for men, a large plastic bag to protect your clothing inside the bag, wet tissue paper, fanny pack to keep safely your important doc as passport, insurance paper, credit cards, money, Multifunctional knife, lighters, wooden pencils and pen, string of 4-55 meters to dry the clothing or other purpose, English –Hindi dictionary to learn the important words to greet and to communicate with locals and a note book can be useful to engrave your memory in it .

    Markha Valley Trek

    India Moderate
    • Region: Ladakh

    • Season: June to Mid Oct.

    • Duration: 12 days, (7 days trek)


    • Moderate trek accessible to average trekkers

    • Spectacular multicolor hue Hidden villages and oasis

    • Willow groves and fragrance of wild rose (in summer)

    • Interaction with locals and monks in monasteries

    • Stunning view of Stok ranges and peaks of Kongyatse group

    • Shepherds hut can be visited at Nimaling plateau

    Available Dates

    Per Person

    ₹ 70000




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