One of the most popular treks in Ladakh – is a perfect combination of beautiful trans-Himalayan landscape with ladakhi villages. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife as well as experience the life of nomadic families as they herd their yaks in these big and beautiful valleys. After a couple of days of acclimatization to high altitude in Leh, you will set out to explore the heartland of the central Ladakh Valley. It involves crossing of the high pass of Kongmaru La 5274 mts and walking on the banks of the Markha River crossing it a few times. Kang Yatse peak (6400m) at the head of this valley dominates the skyline as we get higher up the valley and the view towards Zanskar range from the Kongamaru La is simply are mesmerizing.
- Markha Valley trek is also known for being a ‘tea house trek’ where one can expect accommodation in parachute tents at most of the villages en route.
- Apart from the striking contrast of trekking in an arid cold desert valley, you get an outstanding view of Ladakh and Zanskar ranges, the 21,000 ft Kang Yissay and the 20,086 ft Stok Kangri peaks.
- The trek goes inside a beautiful Hemis National Park and involves two pass crossings- Gandala La (15748 ft) and Kongmaru La, (17,060 ft).
- Some exciting waist-deep river crossing sections on Markha River to trails going across interesting Buddhist villages and rocky canyons are some of the features that give this trek a unique fervour.
- With close proximity to Leh, which is one flight away from most Indian metropolitan cities, the Markha Valley Trek can be something any traveller to Leh could definitely consider doing.
Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m). Rest and AcclimatizeFly Delhi – Leh (3500m). Rest and Acclimatize
Sightseeing around Leh
Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m)
Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m)
Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)
Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m)
Trek Nimaling to Chuskirmo over the Kongmaru La (5130m)
Trek to Shang Sumdo and drive to Leh
Fly back to Delhi from Leh
- Experienced English speaking guide.
- Transport to and from Darjeeling
- All necessary paperwork and permits in Mountain and National park (entrance and permit fees)
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
- Accommodation during the trek at guesthouse/lodge or family homestay
- Bed Tea
- Evening Tea
- Hot water for drinking
- Our guide will carry a comprehensive medical kit including high altitude sickness tablets
- Medical examination (if required) and vaccination costs
- Visa costs
- Personal expenditure i.e. soft drinks/beer on the trek, extra snacks for the trek.
- Meals in Darjeeling before or after the trek Travel insurance