• Trip introduction

    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.


    The Markha Valley is a unique and fascinating place, with the bare landscape dotted with small Buddhist monasteries and nomadic shepherds grazing flocks of yak. You'll be trekking along uneven trails that pass sparkling rivers, loud waterfalls and many other mini-adventures. One of the highlights is the stop at Nimaling, one of the highest inhabited plateaus in the world. You'll also find many vantage points from where you can photograph some of the highest peaks in the country, such as the 21,000 feet high Kang Yatze.

    Destination highlights

    Climb up to altitudes as high as 17,800 feet to reach the Markha Valley. | Hike up to the Ganda La pass and Kongmaru La pass. | Visit Buddhist monasteries and experience the local culture.

    Activity Details




    56 kms

    35 hours

    10 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of Markha Valley Trek: Arrival at Leh

    You'll land in Leh and should head straight to your hotel. The rest of your team is waiting here for you, and you'll spend the day in the hotel. It is important that you spend the rest of today resting, so that you are fuly acclimatised by the time your Markha Valley trek begins. Make sure to take short easy walks, eat regular meals, and keep yourself hydrated. Overnight in Leh hotel.

    Overnight at a hotel in Leh on twin occupancy.

    You'll land in Leh today and will have to get to the hotel on your own. This will be the first of two days that you will spend at a hotel in Leh. You'll have twin-sharing rooms with attached washrooms in a standard hotel. Your meals for the day are not included in the booking cost, but you can spend extra to eat at the hotel or explore local restaurants in Leh.

    Day 1 Milestone



    07:00 AM


    No meals provided today

    Day 2 of Markha Valley Trek: Acclimatization day at Leh
    Day 3 of Markha Valley Trek: Leh to Yurutse
    Day 4 of Markha Valley Trek: Yurutse to Skiu
    Day 5 of Markha Valley Trek: Skiu to Markha
    Day 6 of Markha Valley Trek: Markha to Thochuntse
    Day 7 of Markha Valley Trek: Thochuntse to Nimaling
    Day 8 of Markha Valley Trek: Nimaling to Leh
    Day 9 of Markha Valley Trek: Departure from Leh
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  • Cancellation policy

    If you cancel 15 days or more before departure of the Markha Valley trek: 50% of the total cost will be refunded.

    If you cancel 0-15 days before departure of the Markha Valley trek: No refund.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be processed after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    Travellers are required to adhere to the instructions of the trip leader/tour guide during the Markha Valley trek.

    Consumption of alcohol and narcotics is strictly prohibited during the trek.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    Any additional costs due to weather/unforeseen situations will have to be borne by the traveller.

    Please carry your photo ID or other form of identification while travelling.

    Travellers will need to sign an indemnity form before starting the Markha Valley trek.
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  • Includes / Excludes


    • 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


    • 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

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Windcheater
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Thermal inner wear
    • Warm socks (minimum of 3 pairs)
    • Waterproof trekking footwear
    • Inner fleece gloves
    • Outer waterproof gloves
    • Woollen cap
    • Poncho/raincoat
    • Not to wear - Expensive gadgets or jewellery
    • Suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage

    What not to Wear

    • Loose clothing that will tangle around you while swimming
    • Restrictive clothing
    • Flip-flops

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Transportation in SUV/Tempo Traveller as per itinerary
    • Dome-shaped tents
    • Sleeping bags and mattresses
    • Kitchen tent
    • Toilet tent
    • Any technical equipment required for trekking
    • Mules to carry common camping gear

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (with rain cover)
    • Day pack (with rain cover)
    • Comfortable trekking apparel
    • Waterproof trekking footwear
    • Torch (with batteries)
    • Trekking poles (if required)
    • Medicines (if prescribed)
    • Lip balm
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Cold cream
    • Tissue roll
    • Wet wipes
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Dry snacks, candy, chocolate bars
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun cap

    Medical Kit

    • Please carry specific personal or prescribed medication, personal first-aid kit for this trip.