There are flights to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (Leh Airport) from Delhi. You'll arrive early in the morning at Leh and will be picked up by the operator.
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 cosy homestays where you can live like locals. 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.
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.
Ascend the high mountain passes of Ganda-La and Kongmaru-La on this Markha Valley trek. | Cross mountain rivers on foot or pulleys. | Earn boasting rights to the beautiful Markha Valley trek.
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.
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.
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.