Markha Valley the Offbeat Trek in the High Himalayas of Ladakh

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(30 Reviews)
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  • 9 Days
    17,100
    65

  • Moderate To Difficult
    Ladakh

  • Best season : Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

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Markha Valley is the most alluring regions located in Ladakh with pure greenery and streams.
Dive into the comforts offered by the valley, explore the gigantic landscapes.
Markha Valley trek takes you to enjoy the unexplored beauty of Hemis National Park as well as the two most important passes named Gandala la and Kongmaru La located at a height of about 15,748 Ft. and 17,060 Ft. respectively.

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Markha Valley is the most alluring regions located in Ladakh with pure greenery and streams.
Dive into the comforts offered by the valley, explore the gigantic landscapes.
Markha Valley trek takes you to enjoy the unexplored beauty of Hemis National Park as well as the two most important passes named Gandala la and Kongmaru La located at a height of about 15,748 Ft. and 17,060 Ft. respectively.

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Start Point : Ladakh End Point : Ladakh

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Leh (3500 Mtrs) – Spituk (3225 Mtrs) by Drive / Approx 07 Kms / Approx. 15 Min - Zingchen (3530 Mtrs) Approx 12 Kms / 4-5 Hrs

Day 02: Zingchen (3530 Mtrs) - Yurutse (4120 Mtrs) / Approx 10 Kms / Approx 4-5 Hrs Trek – Camp at Ganda La Base (4445 Mtrs) 

Day 03: Yurutse (Ganda La Base 4445 Mtrs) – Skiu (3400 Mtrs) via Gandala Pass (4900 Mtrs) /Approx 12 Kms / 6-7 Hours 

Day 04: Skiu (3400 Mtrs) - Markha (3660 Mtrs) / Approx. 15 Kms / 7-8 Hrs Trek

Day 05: Markha (3660 Mtrs) - Tahungste (4100 Mtrs) Approx 12-13 Kms / 6 - 7 Hrs Trek

Day 06: Tahungste (4100 Mtrs) - Nimaling (4700 Mtrs) Approx. 06 Kms / 04 Hrs Trek  

Day 07: Nimaling (4700 Mtrs) - Shangsumdo (3600 Mtrs) via Kongmaru La (5200 Mtrs) Approx 16 Kms / 7 Hours Trek

Day 08: Shangsumdo (3600 Mtrs) – Leh (3500 Mtrs) via Hemis / Approx 07-08 Kms/ 4 Hours Trek, 1 Hour Drive

Day 09: Departure from Leh 

See Detailed Itinerary

Markha Valley trek of 9 days is a blend of adventure and excitement. The desert like route which shows the clear view of Ladakh and Zanskar range. The main attractions of Markha Valley are 21,000 Ft Kang Yissay and 20,086 Ft Stok Kangri peaks. Another beauty of Markha Valley includes Hemis National Park, Gandala La and Kongmaru La.

The adventure of trek starts when the waist deep river crossing comes which helps to cross Markha River to reach the trails to Buddhist villages and rock structures. Markha Valley is very near to Leh, therefore, every traveler comes to Leh can easily find the way to Markha and do the trek. 

Initial, 2 days of the Markha Valley trekking will be acclimatization days, as it is vital for a healthy trip ahead. In the meanwhile you can explore the monasteries, museum, fort, the local market place and Leh Palace. Cross over Ganda La (4800 m) and arrive at the winsome Markha Village, also camping beside a gurgling stream, and witnessing the stunning view of Kangyatze Peak. Till the final day, there is something to be astonished about in every step you take towards Markha Valley.

Itinerary : Markha Valley Trek

Day 01: Leh (3500 Mtrs) – Spituk (3225 Mtrs) by Drive / Approx 07 Kms / Approx. 15 Min - Zingchen (3530 Mtrs) Approx 12 Kms / 4-5 Hrs

After an early start from Leh, we will travel by jeep to Spituk, where horses will be waiting to carry our equipment. The trek will begin along an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region, so water and sunscreen are absolutely vital! After plodding through the shattered land for 3-hours, we will enter the lush Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus. Further into the valley lies our campsite, in the two-house hamlet of Zingchen (meaning 'big field'). The rest of the day may be spent relaxing, or even taking a dip in the stream.

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                                    
Meals: D

Day 02: Zingchen (3530 Mtrs) - Yurutse (4120 Mtrs) / Approx 10 Kms / Approx 4-5 Hrs Trek – Camp at Ganda La Base (4445 Mtrs) 

Today we will enter Hemis National Park, where we may be fortunate enough to get a glimpse of wild lives as diverse as the snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), arghali (great Tibetan sheep), blue sheep, red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare. After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge that will unveil the imposing Stok Range from time to time, before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite, we can see a spectacular view of Stok Kangri and the whole of the Stok range.

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                              
Meals: B/L/D

Day 03: Yurutse (Ganda La Base 4445 Mtrs) – Skiu (3400 Mtrs) via Gandala Pass (4900 Mtrs) /Approx 12 Kms / 6-7 Hours 

After a light breakfast, we will begin a 2-hrs steep climb to Ganda La Pass; the descent from the Ganda La Pass is steep for the first 20 min. The rest of the descent is a gradual downhill walk. Views of the lofty Zanskar and Stok Ranges will leave you breathless. Once into the valley you see wide open fields and the terrain starts getting dusty and yellow. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep and marmots roaming the hills. 
After a short rest, we will make a gradual hour-long descent to Shingo (4150 Mtrs) and break for lunch. From Shingo, follow the stream Shingri Nala. It’s a long downhill trek on a rocky terrain. Along the trail you see terrain with red, yellow, green and brown rocks. We will finish the day by hiking through a spectacular gorge before pitching camp at Skiu (3400m).  Skiu is situated at the confluence of Shingri Nala and Markha River. Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle (once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar).

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                          
Meals: B/L/D

Day 04: Skiu (3400 Mtrs) - Markha (3660 Mtrs) / Approx. 15 Kms / 7-8 Hrs Trek

Following the Markha River, we will hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes through winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During peak season, a number of tented teahouses will be open, providing hearty refreshment. After cross the river for the last time, we will arrive in Markha, the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. The lush green campsite in the valley is in stark contrast to the magnetic mountains.
Note: Water and sunscreen are essential, since the valley is quite exposed.

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                      
Meals: B/L/D

Day 05: Markha (3660 Mtrs) - Tahungste (4100 Mtrs) Approx 12-13 Kms / 6 - 7 Hrs Trek

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a towering cliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy! The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforded our first view of Kang Yatse (6553 Mtrs) on your right, which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp. Enroute you pass through green wheat fields and finally a stream to be crossed.

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                      
Meals: B/L/D

Day 06: Tahungste (4100 Mtrs) - Nimaling (4700 Mtrs) Approx. 06 Kms / 04 Hrs Trek  

Today the trail will lead us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling; in 15 minutes of walk from Tahungste campsite, the trail forks. Take the trail to the left. After an hour’s climb, the terrain is smoother, curvier. The climb becomes gradual. One and a half hours into the climb, brings you to a pond where you can fill water. A long walk on a grassy meadow brings you to Nimaling. Nimaling is the highest camp on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse (6553 Mtrs) to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below. When it snows, the green of the valley turns to a complete white carpet. 

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                         
Meals: B/L/D

Day 07: Nimaling (4700 Mtrs) - Shangsumdo (3600 Mtrs) via Kongmaru La (5200 Mtrs) Approx 16 Kms / 7 Hours Trek

After a hearty breakfast, we will make a 2 hrs ascent before we cross Kongmaru La, the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys, marked by numerous Buddhist prayer flags. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and other-worldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Sukarmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). After a break, we will pass through a couple of villages before reaching Shang Sumdo, where we will spend our last evening together. Enjoying the camaraderie with an excellent beer!

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                                  
Meals: B/L/D

Day 08: Shangsumdo (3600 Mtrs) – Leh (3500 Mtrs) via Hemis / Approx 07-08 Kms/ 4 Hours Trek, 1 Hour Drive

Our spirits lifted by a successful trek, we will enjoy a pleasant 4-hr walk and you reach Hemis Monastery. The rest of the day is free for rest and relax in the Hotel and/or free for your own independent activities.

Overnight stay in Two Men Trekking Tents                                  
Meals: B/L/D

Day 09: Departure from Leh 

Today morning well in time we will be transferred from Hotel to Leh airport to board our flight back to home.

No Accommodation                                               
Meal: B

Medical Kit Basic medicines- Carry antiseptics, antibiotics, antacids and painkillers along with inhalers and pain relief sprays, ointment to avoid any last moment mood spoiler.

Layers:- Full sleeves waterproof jackets- It depends on the season you are visiting. Although, you would need light woollens round the year but you need to carry heavy ones if you are visiting between Novembers to March. Water repellent jackets would keep you safe from unseasonal rains.

Wearables:- Goggles For protection from sun and UV-rays, Sunscreen Lotion with high SPF(30 or above), Mustard Oil (for applying in nostrils as it can become dry and painful due to dry and cold winds of Ladakh), Lip Balm/ Vaseline, Gloves for bikers, Mufler, Caps, Water/Wind proof jacket.

Other necessary stuff:-
Moisturizers:- If you have dry skin, better you carry two bottles of your brand.
Extra bag:- For picking up your dirty wears and keeps it away from the woolens.
Umbrella:- If it’s a monsoon, umbrella is a must carry. 
Torch with extra cells (NOTE: Less power in leh), Swiss Knife/Knife (if u have any or u want to carry), Water bottle (NOTE: Lots of water to be carried), Extra bag for shopping. As Leh offers many handicraft items

Eatable stuff:- Carry Glucose, chocolates, Nuts and other stuff which u want to carry. NOTE: Appetite will reduce due to AMS

Toiletries:- Face wash/Paper Soap, Tooth brush/ Tooth paste, Wet tissue/Dry tissue (NOTE: Carry lots of tissue paper as tissues are expensive in leh), Moisturizer / Comb

Here is what the tour fee includes:

1. Accommodation – Accommodation will be provided in standard category hotel, using standard room on triple sharing basis, in case of non-availability of rooms at the time of reservation, we shall accommodate our guests in alternative similar category hotel. In case any clients want to stay in the mentioned hotel, we will be happy to upgrade the room category which may result in additional cost to be borne by the client.

2. Meals – Kindly go through the detailed itinerary, as meals will be provided according to the mentions in each respective itinerary (meals are provided on fixed menu on buffet basis).

3. Transportation – We generally use transportation depending on number of person booked for the tour under following category:-
For 2-4 Person – Sedan car in AC in Plains & Non AC in Hills 
For 05 Person – Bolero / Sumo / Toyota Innova / Xylo Car AC in Plains & Non AC in Hills 
For 06-08 Person – Bolero / Sumo / Tempo Traveller 
For 09-12 Person – Tempo Traveller 
For 13+ - Mini Bus / 26 seated tempo 

Note:  Transport Fuels, toll, parking, and State tax are included.
a. In case of half day – It will be only 40 Kms / 4 Hrs 
b. In case of full day – it will be only 80 Kms / 8 Hrs  
c. There will be per kms / per hour additional charges crossing the above limit.

4. Guide – The Cost include fee of only local city / monuments guide only for sightseeing (if we required we will be happy to hire accompanied guide however at additional cost.)

5. For Wildlife Tour – Jungle Safaris are organized in Canter Safari on sharing basis (if required exclusive safari on non-sharing basis, we will be happy to book the same using Open Jeeps for all Jungle Safari, however at additional costs.) 

6. Forest Permits and Permission – While in National Parks / Wild life Sanctuary, all forest permits and fees are included.  

Here is what the tour fee not include: 

1. Mandatory GST of 5% on Invoice Amount 

2. Any kind of Travel / Health Insurance (Trekveda strictly recommend each traveller to please carry your own travel / health insurance)

3. Any specific Meals /Snacks / Beverages in during trip unless mentioned in cost include section

4. Any of Cost for Airfare, Train fare / or any kind of transportation reaching / departing from destination. (Can be arranged on request and at additional cost)

5. Any kind of medical expenses 

6. Any tips, laundry, Phone call, liquors, mineral water, camera fee or any other personal nature expenses.

7. Any other fee / charges not mentioned in the cost included section

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy & Charges

Cancelling a trip is like a real pain when you have been dreaming of it since a long time. But, to resolve it and to lesser your disappointment. We have a user-friendly cancellation policy for you. If you or any member of your group wants to cancel a booking, then you should notify us as soon as possible. You can notify us by phone, email or in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when it is received by us and will be effective from the date on which we receive it. If one or more member of a party cancel, it may increase the per person holiday price of those still travelling and you will be liable to pay this increase. Since we incur costs in cancelling your arrangements, you will have to pay the cancellation charges as follows:
1. Cancelling more than 45 days Deposited amount Only 
2. Cancelling between 44-30 days of tour date 20% Only 
3. Cancelling between 29-20 days of the tour date 30% Only 
4. Cancelling between 19-15 days of the tour date 50% 
5. Cancelling between  14-8 days of the tour date 70% 
6. Cancelling within 7 days of the tour date 100% 

How to cancel your Tour?
We don't want you to get into any situation where you need to cancel your tour, but sometimes things don't work the way we want. So no worries we have a most comfortable way for you.

1. Drop an email on cancel@trekveda.com.

2. Inform your trek coordinator about your cancellation and a reason for the same. Then they will help you with the futhure process.

What is Tour Voucher?

Tour voucher is your credit amount at Trekveda that you can redeem by tour in future with us within 1 year.

How to use Tour Voucher?
You can get in touch with our sales executive on given numbers 9821325153/54/56. They will help you in the redemption of your voucher.

Voucher Terms and condition:-

1. The vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of issue.
2. Unused values will not be refunded or attributed to any transactions after the expiry date.
3. The vouchers can be redeemed against any Tour / Trek operated by Trekveda, the rates will be applicable as on day.
4. The vouchers cannot be redeemed for cash, returned for a refund.
5. The Voucher can be transferred to your family members / friends, at a reduction of 45%.
6. The voucher can be redeemed for any Tour / Trek before 15 days of travel date, the base rates as on date will be applicable.
7. The voucher can be extended  30 days prior expiry date, for 03 months, 06 Month and 12 Month with reduction of 30%, 45%, 60% respectively.
8. Incase tour / trek amount exceeds the value of voucher, balance amount  must be paid by online banking, Google Pay and Paytm.
9. Trekveda reserves the right to cancel a voucher if we deem such action necessary i.e. after expiry date.
10. Trekveda can vary or replace these conditions from time to time (including to introduce new fees)

Note- The voucher is non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-extendable.

Other Tour Policies

1. Trekveda shall not be responsible for any change in the itinerary, Except where otherwise expressly stated in these Booking Conditions, we regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by “Force Majeure”, meaning any event beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. Examples include warfare and acts of terrorism (and threat thereof), civil strife, significant risks to human health such as the outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination or natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes or weather conditions which make it impossible to travel safely to the travel destination or remain at the travel destination, government action; industrial dispute; lock closure; natural or other disaster; nuclear incident; terrorist activity; chemical or biological disaster; closure of airports; fire; flood; drought; re-scheduling; or cancellation of flights or alteration of the airline; or aircraft type by an airline and unavoidable technical problems and all similar events outside our or the supplier(s) concerned control

2. If  there  is  any  unprecedented  hike  in  the  cost  of  transport,  Local  Union,  Government, Air (including fuel surcharge) or accommodation  made by any parties other than Trekveda. It will also affect the cost. The additional unprecedented cost will be the responsibility of the Client.

3. Please  note  the  quote for these programs has  been  quoted  and  calculated  as  per  the  current  tax  structure,  any changes/ amendments, increase in the tax structure, which will be imposed by the government of India, will affect the quotation and this will be additional cost to be borne by the clients.

4. We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, accident, breakdown of machinery or equipment’s, breakdown of transport, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures or any untoward incidents.

5. The prices shown on this website are per paying person. We reserve the right to amend the price of unsold holidays at any time and correct errors in the prices of confirmed holidays. 

6. If you are forced to return home early and cut your holiday short we cannot refund the cost of any travel arrangements you have not used. If you cut short your holiday and return home early in circumstances where you have no reasonable cause for complaint about the standard of accommodation and services provided, we will not offer you any refund for that part of your holiday not completed, or be liable for any associated costs you may incur. 

7. We start planning your trip many months in advance. Whilst it is unlikely that we will have to cancel your holiday or make changes to it, occasionally we may have to do so, and we reserve the right to do so at any time. We also reserve the right to make changes to or correct errors in our tanneries and on our website. If we make an insignificant change to your holiday, we will make reasonable efforts to inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure but we will have no liability to you.

8. For wildlife tours obtain a valid permit before entering the wildlife reserve Park. Don't carry cigarette or match box During the Tiger Safari. Don't smoke or light fire, it can cause forest fire. Don't carry or play transistor or tape recorder inside the National Parks.

9. Jungle safari trips are accompanied by naturalist are allowed into the park at fixed timings. Wildlife safari timing in Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Park is just like most parks in the country. Timings for entry into, and exit from, the park vary according to the season. In winters, due to the shorter duration of daylight hours, the morning entry time is later and evening exit time is earlier.

National Park remains open for visitors from 15th October to 30th June of every year 

1. All itineraries are sample itineraries, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc. may dictate itinerary changes either before the tour or while on the trail. We reserve the right to change any schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort & general wellbeing.

2. We do not have any insurance policy covering the expenses for accident, sickness, loss due to theft, or any other reasons. Visitors are advised to seek such insurance arrangements in their home country. All baggages & personal property/s at all times are at the client’s risk.

There are some necessary details which required for safari reservation:

1. Full Name of every visitor
2. Age & Gender
3. Nationality
4. Any Identity proof details like Passport, Driving License, PAN Card or Voter
5. I D Card. Visitor is required to carry the same ID proof in original at the time of visiting the national park.

Risk and Liabilities - Clients shall agree that Trekveda shall not be held responsible for consequences of natural calamities, weather condition, failure of scheduled airline, detention and delays due to quarantine, strike, theft, force major, civil disturbance, government restriction or regulation, accident by aircraft, car, bus or any other form of transport relating to program schedule. The travellers understand that such situations may occur, and we will inform you of the situation as soon as we have knowledge of it. The right is reserved to cancel or alter any package as conditions require, all additional cost occurs in such case will fully be borne by the travellers. Also, Trekveda shall not be held responsible for any loss/damage of your personal belongings.

1. Is Markha Valley suitable for the Beginners?
Markha Valley is graded as difficult trek with an altitude of 17,060 Ft.  A beginner can’t opt for Markha Valley Trek. Markha Valley runs parallel with the Indus on the far southern side of the snowy Stok Kangri massif.

2. Where Markha Valley is situated? 
The trek starts from Leh and ends at Leh only.

3. What is the physical fitness requirement for Markha Valley?
Markha Valley is a difficult trek. Therefore, it needs a healthy body and strong brain to do this trek for which one can start running or exercising prior 1 month of the trek and having healthy food is also necessary. 

4. What is the best time to do Markha Valley?
The months of June, July, August, September and October are recommended as the best time to do Markha Valley trek.

5. What is an age limit for Markha Valley?
Age limit for Markha Valley is minimum 15 to 20 years. 

6. Which mobile network works in Markha Valley?
On your trek you will have no access over the networks because of the high altitude. 

7. Is there any risk of wild animal or avalanche in Markha Valley?
There is few chance of Avalanche in Markha Valley. Therefore, it is advised to not go beyond your trekking group. However weather condition will be informed before the trek.

8. Is liquor and smoking allowed in Markha Valley?
No, Liquor and smoking aren’t entertaining in Himalayas, for your own health where people get easily sick of high altitude. Having liquor in Himalayas is not at all advisable and smoking? A big no, because one needs fresh oxygen to trek, therefore smoking is like a Trauma.

9. What is a trek distance of Markha Valley?
Markha Valley distance is 75 Km. 

10. What is Markha valley famous for?
Markha Valley is one of the most famous trekking routes in the Ladakh region, owing to its stunning natural beauty. The trail takes you across magnificent open fields of barley, glittering streams, willow forests and picturesque little villages.
 

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