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  • Trip introduction

    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.

    Destination

    The Markha Valley trek begins in Hemis National Park, which with its stark landscape and sparse shrubbery, is very unique. This is also home to the snow leopard, and is popular as a snow trek in winter. With very little tree cover, the days can get warm, but the temperature drops at night in this high altitude desert. You'll find yourself stopping to admire picturesque villages, pastures of grazing yak, sheep and goats at the lower altitudes. As you climb higher towards the passes, you'll find the air getting thinner and the land becoming more barren.

    Destination highlights

    Ascend the high mountain passes of Ganda-La and Kongmaru-La on this Markha Valley trek. | Cross mountain rivers on foot or pulleys. | Camp under the stars in the shadow of mountains. | Earn boasting rights to the beautiful Markha Valley trek.

    Activity Details

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    56 kms

    44 hrs

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

    You'll land in Leh and will be met by the operator and taken to your hotel/guesthouse. Once you check in, you can freshen up and relax. You'll need today to acclimatize to the altitude, so make sure you stay dehydrated and keep warm. You'll be served tea/coffee in the morning, and can rest till lunch time. After lunch, the guide will take you to visit the majestic Leh Palace, modeled after the Dalai Lama’s residence in Tibet, and Shanti Stupa, which holds the relics of the Buddha at its base. Both these spots are in Leh, and will give you some gentle exercise. You'll return to the hotel for the night.

    Overnight in hotel/guesthouse in Leh.

    You'll be met at the airtport and transferred by shared private vehicle to the hotel/guesthouse. You'll be served hot tea/coffee upon check-in at the hotel/guesthouse. You'll spend the rest of the day resting and acclimatizing in your room and at the hotel. Eat a hot dinner and head to bed early.

    Day 1 Milestone

    Leh

    Leh

    05:30 AM

    Food

    Dinner

    Veg
    Day 2 of the Markha Valley trek: Leh exploration
    Day 3 of the Markha Valley trek: Trek from Zingchen to Yurutse
    Day 4 of the Markha Valley trek: Trek from Yurutse to Ganda-La pass and Skyu
    Day 5 of the Markha Valley trek: Trek from Skyu to Markha Village
    Day 6 of the Markha Valley trek: Trek from Markha Village to Thachungtse
    Day 7 of the Markha Valley trek: Trek from Thachungtse to Nimaling
    Day 8 of the Markha Valley trek: Trek from Nimaling to Kongmaru-La pass and Shang Sumdo
    Day 9 of the Markha Valley trek: Trek to Hemis Monastery then Drive to Leh
    Day 10 of the Markha Valley trek: Leaving Leh
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  • Cancellation policy

    For cancellations made on the Markha Valley trek 45 days or more before departure: 80% of the cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made on the Markha Valley trek 44-30 days before departure: 70% of the cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made on the Markha Valley trek 29-14 days before departure: 40% of the cost will be refunded.

    For cancellations made on the Markha Valley trek 13 days or less before departure: No refund will be provided.

    No show: No refund.

    All refunds will be paid after deducting any transaction charges.

    Rules on trip

    The decisions of the guide are final and binding on the Markha Valley trek.

    Please be mindful of your surroundings and avoid littering.

    Alcohol and narcotics are not allowed on the trip.

    You will be visiting sacred places and small indigienous communities. Please be respectful of the sentiments and property of the people and the land.

    Additional instructions, booking policies, terms and conditions

    The operator reserves the right to modify or cancel the trek if required.

    If the Markha Valley trek is cancelled due to bad weather, the operator is not liable to make any refunds.

    Please be completely sure of your commitment to the Markha Valley trek as you'll be trekking for 4-8 hrs a day in remote locations. Turning back will be extremely difficult, if at all possible.

    If the Marka Valley trek is cancelled by the operator due to flight cancellations, civil or political unrest, or acts of god (excluding the weather), the operator will reimburse any retrievable charges, minus any transaction fees.
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    • Camping Markha Valley Ladakh Mountains Adventure Activity Sports Snow Fun
  • Includes / Excludes

    Includes

    • 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

    Excludes

    • 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.

    What to Wear

    What to Wear

    • Trekking pants (insulated and waterproof)
    • Down jacket
    • Thermals (top and bottom)
    • Inner fleece gloves
    • Outer waterproof gloves
    • Sturdy trekking shoes
    • Woollen socks for camp (optional)
    • Thick socks for trekking
    • Scarf
    • Woollen hat
    • Not to wear - Expensive clothes or jewellery
    • Suitcases or strolley bags

    What not to Wear

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

    Equipment / Gear

    We Provide

    • Transfers as per itinerary in private shared vehicle
    • 2 person alpine tent
    • Sleeping bags, mattresses
    • Camping chairs and tables
    • Toilet tents
    • Horses or ponies for carrying luggage
    • All necessary camping and kitchen equipment
    • Basic first aid kit
    • Oxygen cylinders

    You need to get

    • Rucksack (75-80 litres minimum)
    • Day pack/small bag for daily essentials
    • Small lightweight towel
    • Insulated water bottle and hydration pack
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Woollen socks for using at night only
    • Lip balm
    • Cold cream
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunhat or cap
    • Sunglasses with UV protection and ability to cut out glare (important for snow)
    • Sturdy walking stick/trekking pole
    • Personal toiletries
    • Extra cash

    Medical Kit

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