Markha valley trek, Ladakh, India

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About Markha valley

The Markha valley trek is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh. The arid terrain of Ladakh makes Markha village look like an oasis, offering remote gorges, vast undulating grounds for grazing, several streams, a mesmerizing view of the Markha River and a glance of the Tibetan culture and Ladakh’s way of life. Markha village consists of only about 25-30 houses. It might be a deserted palace, but the Markha Valley trek allows you to view the old stone mills, a hilltop monastery, an old castle and plenty of green fields, poplar and willow trees.

About the Markha Valley Trek

If you're looking for dramatic landscapes and a unique adventure, the Markha valley trek is the one for you. The ascent has a maximum elevation of 17,000 feet, and even though the climb seems challenging, it is not very difficult. The ranges of mountains and plateaus in different shades of red, brown and purple are dotted with sporadic tufts of shrubbery, but the warmth of the Ladakh villages proves to be the highlight. Participants can climb two very high passes, Gandala La (15748 ft) and Kongmaru La, (17,060 ft).

The Markha Valley trek is certainly one of the most diverse treks in the Western Himalayas. Trekking alongside the Markha River and the Zanskar River is an adventure one shouldn’t miss. The relief from the stark landscape comes in the form of the lush green barley fields and high alpine meadows that you'll cross as you progress along the trail.

Markha Valley Trek Map

Markha Valley treks could be for as short as 5 days or could extend over 11 days. The basic route for the Markha Valley trek involves participants starting the trek at Leh, and camping at locations like Zingche, Skiu, Markha Valley, Tochuntse, Nimaling and finally crossing the Kongmaru La pass. The longer route would involve travelers stopping at shorter distances and several enchanting villages like Spikut, Rumbak, Shiago, Hankar, and gradually reaching Sukarmo. The cold conditions make the Markha Valley Trek a little adventurous, but is suitable for fit first timers and seasoned trekkers alike.

The Markha Valley trek includes trekking inside the beautiful Hemis National Park, where one can enjoy walking alongside patches of wild roses and through canyons decorated with multi-colored Tibetan prayer flags rising and falling in the breeze.

Best time to visit Markha Valley, Peak season for the Markha Valley trek

The best time for the Markha Valley Trek would be in the seasons of winter as it ventures into the two high Himalayan mountain passes over 15,000 feet. The Markha Valley trek provides its mesmerizing views of the snow capped Zanskar ranges in its peak months of December and January.

Top Markha Valley treks

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Trek to Markha Valley (with camping)
Leh, Ladakh
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Trip Description
This 10 day adventure trek in Markha Valley gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the culture and nature of the magical kingdom of Ladakh. You'll spend days trekking through stark landscape, and at night you'll sleep in tents under clear starry skies. You'll ascend to high altitude passes like Ganda-La at 16,339 ft and Kongmaru-La at 17,304 ft, to get spectacular views of the landscape around. You'll also trek along the Markha river that brings life and greenery to the valley, see herds of yak grazing peacefully on the slopes around, and meet the tough, friendly people who live in this extreme terrain.

This Markha Valley trek itinerary includes two days in Leh to allow you to acclimatize, as well as visits to Leh's most famous landmarks: Thiksey and Hemis monasteries, the Shey Palace, and the Stok Palace and museum.

NOTE: This is a custom trip and requires a minimum of 4 participants.

IMPORTANT: The Markha Valley trek involves some long days of trekking (7-8 hours on some days) at high altitude, and is suitable for seasoned Himalayan and high-altitude trekkers.
    Inclusions
  • Transport in shared private vehicles as per itinerary
  • Accomodation in Leh at hotel/guesthouse
  • Accommodation in tents during trek
  • Horses/ponies for carrying common gear
  • Protected inner line permit
  • Wildlife permit
  • Camping charges
  • 2 person alpine tent
  • Sleeping bag, mattresses
  • Camping chairs
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Breakfast and dinner in the hotel in Leh
  • All veg meals on the trek (Jain meals available for all-Jain groups)
  • An English speaking guide with a cook and helper
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Insurance
  • Personal porters (can be arranged for INR 1000 per bag, per day)
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any drinks, tips, laundry or phone calls
  • Any charges for cameras or phones
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
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Markha Valley Trek
Leh, Ladakh
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Situated inside the Hemis National Park, the Markha Valley is a popular destination for avid trekkers. The route for this trek passes through the two mountain passes of Ganda La and Kongmaru La that are 16,800 feet high, offering unmatched views of the Himalayan ranges. You'll also hike through the villages like Yurutse, Skiu, Hankar, where time seems to have stood still. These charming villages are not larger than 40 or 50 houses, but you'll see the unique Tibetan Buddhist culture here.

This trek does not require any technical knowledge, so it is suitable for trekking beginners as well as experts. However, the altitude and the long hours of walking require you to be reasonably healthy and fit.
    Inclusions
  • Transport as per itinerary in SUV/Tempo Traveller
  • Accommodation in standard twin-sharing rooms at a hotel in Leh
  • Alpine tents on twin-sharing basis
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Kitchen tent
  • Toilet tent
  • All meals from lunch on Day 3 to lunch on Day 8
  • Mules/porters to carry common camping equipment
  • Forest entry charges, permits (up to INR 500) and camping fees (if any)
  • Experienced trekking guide
  • Services of camping crew and cooks
  • First Aid
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Transportation cost from base city to Leh
  • Airport transfers from Leh Airport to hotel (can be requested for INR 1000 per taxi)
  • Meals in Leh
  • Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations
  • Porter/mule to carry personal luggage (can be hired for an extra INR 3500 for the entire trip)
  • Any entry to sightseeing spots in Leh
  • Any escalation in the fees of permits required
  • Personal expenses such as tips, laundry, phone calls etc.
  • Any expenses not mentioned in inclusions
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Trek to Markha Valley
Leh, Ladakh
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Trip Description
The Markha valley trek is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh. The hamlet of Markha seems like a little oasis in the arid terrain of Ladakh, and you'll gain a deep understanding of the culture and way of life of Ladakhi villages. Your trek to Markha Valley takes you through remote gorges and vast undulating grazing grounds, across several streams and rivers, and to two very high passes. You'll be climbing to Ganda La at 15,700 feet and Kongmaru La at 16,800 feet. Both passes offer stunning views from the top.

This Ladakh trek to Markha Valley is not technical, so is suitable for fit first timers and seasoned trekkers alike. However, it does involve climbing at high altitudes and some long days of trekking, so do make sure you're fit.
    Inclusions
  • Transport to and from Leh as per the itinerary
  • 2 guides for 15 trekkers
  • Accommodation in twin sharing tents while camping
  • Accommodation in twin sharing standard rooms in a family-run guesthouse in Leh
  • High quality camping equipment
  • Meals as specified
  • Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment and rations
  • Personal porter/mule charges for your bag
  • Forest entry charges, permits and camping fee (if any)
  • First- aid kit
  • Service tax
    Exclusions
  • Any meals/services not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance
  • Jain food can be arranged on special notice