Markha valley Trek -  6, 7 or 9 days

Magnificent trekking in Markha valley & Indus valley tour

Trip Route: Leh - Stok - Stok la - Rumbak - Yurutse - Ganda La - Shingo - Skiu - Markha - Nimaling - Kongmaru La - Skyurchu - Sumdo - Leh

Trip Facts

Ladakh region, Jammu Kashmir - India
Trip Length: 11 days Delhi to Delhi, Trip Length: 7 days Leh to Leh. 7 day trek,  6 night camp, 4 night hotel
Grade: Moderate to strenuous, Max. Elevation: 5150m, Best Season: June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

Group size: Min 2 - Max 12

Meals - All meals during the trek and breakfast and dinner at Leh 

Trip Introduction

Markha valley circuit through Hemis remains one of most popular trekking route in Indian Himalaya. Markha valley has a very significant role in Ladakh environment and its ecology. first Hemis high altitude national park which is named after great monastery of Hemis, was created in 1981, the first national park in North of the main Himalaya range, and second this park known as snow leopard conservancy, India's best protected area for Snow leopard. We will discover how local people have been fully committed to conserve Snow leopard.

This trek offers an abundant treasure of natural beauty, mountains with different colors, shapes and size. With altitude exceeding 3000m to 6000m and its numerous small villages along the trails, pastures and passes. The valley is greatly dominated by Kangyatse(6400m) and its surrounding peaks. Among them are most popular trekking peaks is Stok- Kangri (6153m), no doubt the first true Indian Himalaya 6000m trekking peak. However there are great chances to observe wild species in late afternoon and early morning.

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Included in the price

  • 5 / 6 or 8 nights camp with all camping facilities, 2 men spacious sleeping tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, dining tent, toilet tent, 

  • All meals: We serve Indian, local, Tibetan, Chinese and continental cuisine. Transportation to and from per itinerary and sight-seeing trip. Support staff, well English, Tibetan, Hindi speaking local guide, cook and Trekking mules with one riding horse. Medical first aid support.

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What is not included

  • Hotel accommodation in Leh, Personal insurances. Mineral water and soft drinks.

  • Entrance fee at monasteries. Personal tipping to staff.

  • Any unforeseen cost arises by natural hazards rain, snow, road block which cost extra lodging & boarding   beyond trip Schedule.

MARKHA VALLEY TREK MOST POPULAR ROUTE - 7 DAYS
Day 1: Leh to Zingchen drive, Trek to Yurutse (4200m) via Rumabk.

Day 2: Trek to Gandla la (4900m) – Shingo (4060m) – Skiu (3290m). 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Markha (3710m), 6 -7 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Hankar (3900m) – Thachungtse (4200m), 5 hrs
Day 5: Trek to Nimaling (4747m) 5 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Kongmaru La (5150m) – Chuskirmo

Day 7: Trek to Shang Sumdo (3660m), Drive to Leh.

MARKHA VALLEY 9 DAYS
Day 1: Leh to Stok drive, Trek to Manechan

Day 2: Trek to Stok la - base 

Day 3: Trek to Rumbak (4050m) - Yurutse  (4200m) - Base Ganda la (4400m), 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 4: Trek to Gandla la (4900m) – Shingo (4060m) – Skiu (3290m). 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 5: Trek to Markha (3710m), 6 -7 hrs.
Day 6: Trek to Hankar (3900m) – Thachungtse (4200m), 5 hrs
Day 7: Trek to Nimaling (4747m) 5 hrs.
Day 8: Trek to Kongmaru La (5150m) – Chuskirmo

Day 9: Trek to Shang Sumdo (3660m), Drive to Leh.

MARKHA VALLEY - 6 DAYS
Day 1: Leh to Chilling drive, Trek to Skiu (3290m). 5 - 6 hrs.
Day 2: Trek to Markha (3710m), 6 -7 hrs.
Day 3: Trek to Hankar (3900m) – Thachungtse (4200m), 5 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Nimaling (4747m) 5 hrs.
Day 5: Trek to Kongmaru La (5150m) – Chuskirmo

Day 6: Trek to Shang Sumdo (3660m), Drive to Leh.

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Detailed Trip Dossier

Day 1: Fly Delhi (230m)- Leh (3500m), acclimatise day 1, visit local market, Shanti Stupa, Samkar, Leh palace.

Today morning early transfer or drive to domestic airport for the flight to Leh, but spectacular flight over the Himalaya to Leh. The rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatize to the altitude of 3500m as well as visit Leh palace, Tsemo gompa, Sankar and Shanti stupa.

Day 2: Leh acclimatise day 2 - visit  Likir – Alchi – Lamayuru – Leh (3500m)

Leaving Leh at first we drive to Likir on the Leh-Srinagar highway. Passing through magnetic hills and having view of Indus and Zanskar River confluence. Continue to drive we visit Likir. Likir meaning Lu Khil means naga encircled – a myth related to the monastery. We drive back pass Saspol where we cross bridge over Indus River and follow the road till Alchi. Alchi is at a distance of 70 kms from Leh and at Alchi we visit 1000 years old Gelukpa sect monastic complex built by Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. Finally after having our lunch at Alchi we drive back to Leh. Overnight stay in hotel

Day 3: Drive Leh – Spituk - Zingchen (3530m), Trek to Yurutse (4200m) via Rumbak (4050m), 5 - 6 hrs.

Leaving Leh today after breakfast drive to Spituk which is 7 kms and has a Gelukpa sect monastery built on a hill and has a magnificent view of Indus valley, continue to drive to starting point of trekking, where our mules and horses will be waiting for us. Staff will load luggage as you continue to trek on a clear path. Now easy and gentle walk south west of Indus River until the confluence of Zingchen and Indus. Leaving the main Indus valley and traversing to the left valley upstream along the small river to Zingchen. Ggradual climb to Rumbak on a well-defined trail. We pass Rumbak village. A fabulous view of snow-capped Stok Kangri can be seen. Now we move towards the Rumbak nallah, crossing it walk along the right side leading towards Yurutse. Yurutse has only one house and has a fields of vegetables and barley crop. Overnight in camp.

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Day 4: Trek to Gandha la (4900m) – Shingo (4060m) – Skiu (3290m). 5 - 6 hrs.

Gradual ascent to base of pass 4500m and then steep climb to Ganda la pass 4900m. The views from top Zanskar range to the south and Ladakh range to the north and Karakoram beyond Ladakh range. Soon after long descent to Shingo 4060m and then on a narrow and stunning gorge leading towards Skiu and the valley opens out. We are in main Markha valley. At a short distance beyond Skiu our campsite.Overnight in camp. 

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Day 5: Trek to Markha (3710m), 6 -7 hrs.

Leaving Skiu today we will have long, easy and pleasant walk up the Markha valley. We hike along the Markha River and cross numerous adjoining stream. The trail passes through willows, poplar trees and sea buckthorn bushes. Passing by Chaluk, last river to be cross before Markha. Markha is a wonderful village which has charming campsite and deserted fort can be seen from camp,Overnight camp.

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Day 6: Trek to Hankar (3900m) – Thachungtse (4200m), 5 hrs

Leaving Markha today you cross the river several times. We follow the clear path along the right bank and pass beneath the Humlung monastery.  Few hours later arrival at high village of Hankar, continue on the track leaving the broad valley and turning towards narrow valley. As the trail goes higher and higher up the landscape presents spectacular scenes. Lastly crossing the bridge and continue to higher meadows of Thachungtse.Overnight in camp.

Day 7: Trek to Nimaling (4747m) 5 hrs.

Today trek starts on an easily seen good path. Easy trail at start then gradual ascend with several small inclines and over meadows. Now you are trekking through one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh. Soon after the view of Kang Gyatse peak remain on our site while trekking. Kang Gyatse peak dominate the Markha valley. During summer numbers of sheperds lives in small doksas looking after their sheep, yak, dzo, horse and goat.  Continue trek across the vast and grassy plains of Nimaling and having 360° view of impressive landscape.Overnight in camp.

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Day 8: Trek to Kongmaru La (5150m) – Chuskirmo

Today leaving Nimaling, continue on path where small stream to cross then gradual climb to the top of the highest pass of our trek, with its wonderful views from the top as far as eye goes to all directions. On a clear sky one can see Kangyatse, far across K2 and Karakoram Range and its peak rising above 7000m. Soon after crossing the pass steep and long descent to Chuskirmo.

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Day 9: Trek to Shang Sumdo (3660m), Drive to Hemis, Thiksey – Shey - Stok - Leh.

We pass the small village of Chokdo and continue along the stream to village of Shang Sumdo. leaving Shang Sumdo, we say adieu to our horseman and drive to Leh, at first visiting Hemis. We drive along the valley to Martselang and take road to Hemis, which is hidden in mountains. Hemis is located 45 kms south of Leh. Exploring this ancient monastic complex continue to drive to next stop which is Thiksey, located on a hill and most picturesque sight in Indus valley. Finally to Shey palace before heading off to Leh.Overnight in Hotel.

Day 10: Leh (3500m).
Today relax and explore local bazar.

Day 11: Flight Leh - Delhi.
Early breakfast at hotel and drive to airport for return flight to Delhi. Arrival at Delhi and overnight stay in hotel close to International airport and fly home.