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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    Markha village in Ladakh is a slice of pristine paradise with picturesque meadows, rugged mountains all around, and the river Markha flowing by. The village itself lies in a small oasis of willow and poplar trees, and is home to a small community of friendly, tough residents who live here around the year, braving extreme weather and challenging living conditions. However, life here is simple, and the time you spend in Markha Valley will remind you of the small joys in life: a hot meal, a cosy bed, the warm sun on your back, and a clear blue sky with the views of the mighty mountains.

    Destination highlights

    Soak in the local culture and traditions at Leh before your Markha Valley trek. | Experience trekking in Ladakh through undulating meadows and gorges. | Enjoy breathtaking views from atop Ganda La and Kongmaru La passes. | Spend a few days enjoying the simple lifestyle of the Ladakhi people.

    Activity Details

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    15748

    11482

    56 kms

    34 hrs

    6 kms

    Trip details
  • Day 1 of the Markha Valley trek: Arrive in Leh

    Arrive in Leh and head to your hotel. You'll meet the operator at the hotel and eat a filling breakfast while you receive a short briefing about the trek. The day is yours to spend resting and going for short walks around Leh while you acclimatize. Do make sure you sip on water and eat small meals. If you need any last-minute essentials for your trek to Markha Valley, today is a good day to go out and pick them up. You'll spend the night at the guesthouse/hotel.

    Guesthouse

    Stay in a clean and comfortable guesthouse in Leh.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Leh

    Leh

    07:00 AM

    Food

    Breakfast

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Markha Valley trek: Explore Leh
    Day 3 of the Markha Valley trek: Leh to Zingchen and Yurutse
    Day 4 of the Markha Valley trek: Yurutse to Skiu, via Ganda La
    Day 5 of the Markha Valley: Skiu - Markha
    Day 6 of the Markha Valley trek: Markha - Thochuntse
    Day 7 of the Markha Valley trek: Thochuntse - Nimaling
    Day 8 of the Markha Valley trek: Nimaling - Kongmaru la - Sumdo - Leh
    Day 9 of the Markha Valley trek: Depart from Leh
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  • Cancellation policy

    If you cancel 45 days before departure of the Markha Valley trek: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel 30-45 days before departure of the Markha Valley trek: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel 15-30 days before departure of the Markha Valley trek: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.) minus any transaction charges.

    If you cancel 15 days or less before departure of the Markha Valley trek: No refund

    Rules on trip

    The operator has a set of guidelines for trekking in Ladakh that must be adhered to based on the tenets of ‘Leave No Trace’ & ‘Tread Light’ policies. These guidelines are very simple and emphasise travelling in small groups, better planning, understanding impact of camping, proper waste disposal, respecting local cultures, sensitivity towards wildlife and so on.

    Participants must adhere to the instructions of the team leader during the Markha Valley trek.

    Smoking, consumption of alcohol, narcotic drugs etc. is strictly prohibited on the Markha Valley trek.

    While trekking in Ladakh participants must follow a proper waste disposal system.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients during the Markha Valley trek. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, the operator will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life.

    If due to bad weather, sickness, natural calamity or any other personal reasons, the itinerary of this trip is changed, the extra charges for accommodation, transport, etc, will be borne by the guests. The same will be applicable if a guest decides to change the itinerary due to personal reasons, injury, or bad health..

    Participants will be required to fill up an indemnity form before trekking in Ladakh. You are requesed to inform the operator if you're suffering from any major ailment and submit your health certificate.

    All fixed departure trips will be run according to a fixed schedule and standard services. In case of individual requirements, the operator may not be able to entertain the request or may have to charge additional amounts. Please be aware of this fact.
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    • Leh Markha Valley Trekking Adventure Nature
    • Leh Markha Valley Trekking Adventure Nature
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • 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

    Excludes

    • 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

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Shirts/t-shirts - 2/3
    • Warm shirt/light micro fleece pullover/full sleeve t- shirt
    • Trekking Pants (water resistant/repellent with an inside lining for extra warmth) - 2
    • Windproof/water resistant outer shell (jacket) of good quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please) with a proper hood
    • Down jacket with min 600 fill power rating
    • Thick fleece/full-sleeve woollen sweater
    • Thermal inner wear (upper and lower)
    • Woollen cap (balaclava)
    • Inner fleece gloves
    • Outer waterproof gloves
    • Thick woollen socks and regular socks (4-5 pairs)
    • Scarf/muffler (optional)
    • Comfortable trekking/hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole and high ankles are recommended)
    • Camp shoes (these can be easy to slip in sneakers/sport shoes)
    • Gaiters
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • Not to wear - Expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items
    • 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

    • 3/4 season imported alpine tents
    • Good quality, clean sleeping bags
    • Camping mattresses
    • Camping stools
    • Mess tent
    • First aid/medical kit

    You need to get

    • Duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack
    • Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day with your essentials
    • Small lightweight towel
    • Insulated water bottle and hydration pack (optional)
    • Cap/hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
    • Sunglasses with UV protection and ability to cut the glare (imp when traversing through snow)
    • Sturdy walking stick/trekking pole
    • Sunscreen lotion
    • Lip balm
    • Torch/flashlight (with extra batteries)
    • Personal toiletries
    • Books, if you like reading
    • Carry rain cover for your bags
    • Camera (with fully charged batteries)

    Medical Kit

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