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  • Trip introduction

    If you're looking for dramatic landscapes and a unique adventure, the Markha valley trek is the one for you. The trail takes you through enchanting villages with ochre mud houses and Tibetan Buddhist heritage, all located in the stark Ladakhi desert.

    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.

    Destination

    In many ways, Ladakh is a shock to the senses. Some of the villages feel like they've been forgotten by the rest of the world, and are as pure and untouched by technology as they were decades ago. The landscape too, is dramatically different from many mountain treks, with deep gorges, huge canyon walls, jagged peaks and earthy colours. The relief comes in the form of the lush green barley fields and high alpine meadows that you'll cross as you progress along the trail.

    Destination highlights

    Ascend to an incredible 17000 feet with a climb that is challenging but not difficult | Interact with locals in quaint villages | Trek alongside the Markha river and the Zanskar river | Camp in locations so far from civilization that even the skies seem untouched

    Activity Details

    14268

    17056

    11480

    55 km

    27 hrs

    10-14 km

    Trip details
  • Day 1: Leh-Chilling-Skiu

    The first part of the trek is by road to the village of Chilling, where you cross the bridge over the Zanskar river. From here, the horses are loaded, and the group heads out into the wilderness. You'll witness the changing landscape as surreal jagged peaks rise up around you. At night, the team sets up camp at Skiu, where the deep blue of the skies serves as a perfect backdrop for all those constellations.

    Camp in the Himalayan wilderness.

    Sleep in clean and comfortable tents on triple sharing basis.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Leh

    Skiu

    09:00 AM

    Food

    Lunch | Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2: Skiu-Markha
    Day 3: Markha-Thachungtse
    Day 4: Thachungtse-Nimaling
    Day 5: Nimaling-Shang Sumdo via Kongmarula- Leh
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  • Cancellation policy

    Refund and cancellation:

    If you cancel 45 days before the trip begins, 30% of the trip cost will be charged

    If you cancel 30 days before the trip begins, 50% of the trip cost will be charged

    If you cancel less than 30 days before the trip begins, or, are not present when the trip begins, no amount shall be refunded.

    Rules on trip

    Participants are advised to come a day earlier in order to acclimatize themselves perfectly.

    The trip leader's decision is final.

    Participants must respect local culture and should not litter or deface natural structures/monuments.

    In case you wish to have your personal pack carried on a horse/ porter, the extra cost is INR 1000 per pack and there is a 8 kg limit per pack. This must be communicated to the operator before the trek begins. Partial offloading of the pack is not allowed. If you decide during the trek to avail of the horse or personal porter services, separate charges will apply. No suitcases/strolleys/duffel bags will be allowed.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator will accept no liability for any damage, losses and expenses suffered by any client as a result of sickness, quarantine, weather conditions, war, strikes, riots or any other cause outside our control.

    Any damage, other than that attributable to fair wear and tear, to the equipment by the participants will be billed to the participant.

    In the event of any dispute, all matters will be subject to the sole jurisdiction of the courts of Himachal and the prevailing laws of India shall prevail.

    While maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the participant, the supplier, their management or employees will not be responsible for injuries of any nature, mental or physical, whether caused directly or indirectly due to any adventures or their allied activities.
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
    • Markha Valley Trek Leh Ladakh Adventure  Zanskar Adventure
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • Camping tents

    • Kitchen tent and dining tent
    • Sleeping bags (Hollofil) and karimats
    • Meals as specified
    • Guide, cook and camp helpers
    • Transport to and from the road head - Leh to Chilling and return from Shang Sumdo to Leh
    • Horses/porters to carry all camping gear on the route. (Participants are expected to carry their own packs with their personal belongings for the whole trek)

    Excludes

    • Any expenses of a personal nature like phone calls etc.

    • Any hotel accommodations
    • Accommodation or any other expenses on the first day and last day of the trek
    • In case you wish to have your personal pack carried on a horse/porter, an extra charge of is INR 1000 per pack (8 kg limit per pack) will be levied.
    • Any services or cost not mentioned in the inclusions

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Trekking shoes (with a thick, hard sole)
    • Cotton socks -3 pairs
    • Pants (the quick dry light weight synthetic pants/track pants are ideal) - 3 pairs
    • T-shirts (preferably full sleeved cotton t-shirts. T-shirts with collars offer extra protection for the neck from sun burn) - 3 pairs
    • Synthetic fleece jacket
    • Wind proof/water proof jacket
    • Thermal liners - upper and lower (optional)
    • Down-filled/hollow fiber-filled insulated jacket – 1 pair (get this if you want to stay extra warm at camps)
    • Raincoat/poncho - make sure it is something that will cover your daypack and camera too.
    • Warm beanie – make sure it is something that covers your ears
    • Gloves - lightweight synthetic fleece/woolen gloves
    • Not to wear - Jeans/denims
    • Sports shoes
    • Woollen socks
    • Brightly coloured clothing
    • Do not carry suitcases/strolleys or duffel bags

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Camping tents
    • Kitchen tents
    • Dining tent
    • Sleeping bags (Hollofil)
    • Karimats
    • Technical equipment needed for the trek, if any.

    You need to get

    • Backpack 40-50 lts with rain cover
    • Day pack 15-20 lts – You will use this to carry your camera, water bottle, trail layers, trail food etc. You will need this in case you choose to offload your larger pack onto a horse/porter
    • Woollen socks (these are ideal to sleep in and best to use when in camp, but are not recommended while trekking) – 1 pair
    • Toiletries – Sunscreen SPF 40+, moisturizer, lip balm, soap, toilet paper
    • Repair kit (needle and thread)
    • Headlamp/torch
    • Camera
    • Water bottle – Ideally keep two bottles of 1 litre each
    • Trekking pole – optional
    • Plastic packing covers. (Please pack all your gear in waterproof plastic bags so that your clothes etc do not get wet while on horses or porters. Also carry extra plastic bags in case you need to pack wet clothes.)
    • Sun cap – 1 no
    • Sunglasses with good UV protection

    Medical Kit

    • Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
    • Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
    • Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
    • Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
    • Combiflam – 4 tablets (pain killer)
    • Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
    • Norflox TZ and Lomofen – 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
    • Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
    • Omez/ranitidine – 10 tablets (antacids)
    • Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
    • Gauze – 1 small roll
    • Cotton – 1 small roll
    • ORS – 10 packets
    • Betadine or any antiseptic cream
    • Pain relief spray/gel (aches, and sprains)