Markha Valley is exquisitely guarded by Kang Yatse 6400 mts from east and Zanskar range from the south west. During the Markha Valley Trek one can witness the breath-taking views of the Korakoram Saser Kangri peak (7670 mts) Stok Kangri (6150 mts) Kang Yatse 6400 mts and Nun Kun (7135 mts.). Further more the Sculpted canyons, Incredible rock formations, medieval villages, Buddhist gompas and snow-peaks add to the glamarous views this route has to offer. The Markha Valley trek is one of the most prominent treks in Ladakh region. Due to it proximity to Leh, the walking is mostly below 4000 metres with night stops around 3500 meters. This trek takes you through Stok la and Ganda La , crosses the Markha Valley and Kongmaru la and ends up in Hemis National Park, so there is always an opportunity of spotting rare species of wild animals.

  • Total Duration of the trip: 10 Days
  • Type: Extreme Trekking Expedition
  • Maximum Elevation: 17000 ft
  • Difficulty level: Moderate to Difficult
  • Starting Point of the Trek: Spituk Village
  • Price for Foreign Nationals is € 700 per person( Read FAQ's, Inclusions and Exclusions for further details)
Featured Photographs by Raphael Affentranger

Per Person Cost

₹29,103.00

All Inclusive: Accommodation, Meals, Trek Guide, Equipments, Transfers. Includes Service Tax of 9% as per updated Government Regulations

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Leh

Arrival at Leh, Check into the hotel and Explore Leh Town.Try a cup of traditional ladakhi butter tea and ladakhi bread for breakfast. Some of the Incredible gems around the town are Shanti Stupa, Leh Monastery, Leh Palace etc. Overnight at Leh.

Day 02: Drive from Leh to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village

An early start is imperative for the Markha Valley Trek as there is no shade along the south banks of the Indus River until you enter the Zinchan Gorge. We will depart for Spituk from Leh by jeeps. In Spituk our team will be waiting for us with horses to carry our trekking equipment. The trek will begin along an old kucchha(un-metalled) road into a barren & dried region of Leh Ladakh with wild roses along the trail. After trekking through the parched land 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’).

Day 03: Trek from Zingchen to Ganda La Base.

Today we will enter in the Hemis National Park and if we are fortunate you will get a rare sighting of a Ladakhi Ural or Arghali and other wildlife. Hemis National park is home to the lynx, Ladakhi Ural (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare etc.(link).After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley leading to the village of Rumbak. At Rumbak we will stop for tea at tea house made of a parachute run by women from the same village. After a cup of warm tea we will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching our camp at the base of Ganda La (4545 m). From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range.

Day 04: Trek from Ganda La base to Skiu via Ganda La

A big day and if this is your first pass crossing in the Himalaya you will be impressed.From the Ganda La there are views north to the Ladakh Range while to the south the rugged folds of the Zanskar Range extend to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya.
After a few stretching exercises and breakfast, we will begin a 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). The ubiquitous chorten and Tibetan prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see Blue sheep, Marmots and Arghali roaming the hills around us. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as well. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m). There are ruins of an old monastery and a castle which makes a perfect setting for a photography session with deep blue skies and barren landscape of Leh Ladakh in the background.

Day 06: Skyu to Markha Village

From Skiu we head east up the Markha Valley. After 2 km the trail winds high above the riverbed. Floods in 2005 wiped out most of the then existing trails. There are a number of tiring 50 m ascents and descents before the trail reaches a side gorge and potential campsite about 3km above Skiu. There is a dhaba selling buckthorn juice and locally made wheat biscuits run by the Women’s Association of Ladakh.
En route there is an abundance of willow thickets and poplars where ancient mani walls and chortens line the trail and barren cliffs rise high above the valley.
The trail continues through a series of willow and gorse thickets to a bridge over the Markha River. Trekking along the Markha River we get stunning views of the valley below. We will cross the river at and reach Markha (3800m). Markha is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. We have an option of staying in a village homestay in Markha or in our tents for the night.

Day 07: Markha to Thochuntse Pastures

The Markha valley trail continues passed old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched upon a cliff that looms above Markha. 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 mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100 m), where we will camp for the night.

Day 08: Thochuntse to Nimaling

After breakfast we will follow a trail which leads us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700 m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.

Day 09:Nimaling to Shang Sumdo and drive to Leh

We will cross Kongmaru La (5200 m), the highest pass on the trek, and from there we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The descent is quite steep, but will gradually level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. Your pick will be there to take you back to Leh. Overninght in Leh.

Day 10: Drop to Airport

Departure from leh

FAQ's

Question 1- Is this Trek Safe for Amateurs

Some Degree of Fitness is required to Complete this trek. An experience into High Altitude Trekking Expeditions is required and can safely complete this trek with in the designated time.

Question 2- What is the maximum Altitude Covered

The maximum altitude covered during the trek is 18388 ft.( Gunthar's Col)

Question 3- Which all the Places and Passes are covered in this trek.(Important)

1- Spituk Village
2- Rumbak
3- Ganda la
4- Skiu Village
5- Markha Village
5- Thochuntse Pastures
6- Kongmaru La Pass
7- Nimaling

Question 4 -How will we deal with altitude acclimation?At higher altitudes

The kind we experience frequently on our treks- your cardiac and pulmonary systems are affected by lower oxygen density. Our bodies must adjust to the mountain elevation gradually, or we can become ill. Physical symptoms can range from general breathing difficulties all the way to acute mountain sickness (altitude sickness, soroche, or "the bends"). To avoid altitude-related maladies, we pace our treks appropriately and incorporate acclimatization days throughout the itinerary. There are points throughout many treks during which trekkers may choose to either tackle additional hikes/day trips or rest and relax as their bodies demand.

Question 5 -How do I Reach Leh

Leh is well connected by Flights from All Metropolitan towns in India.

Question 6 -How do Foreign Nationals Make the Payment

Prices, Inclusions and Exclusions are different for Foreign and Indian Nationals.Please read the Inclusion and Exclusion thoroughly before making the payment
All Payment solution is available securely by Net banking, International Debit and Credit Cards and Pay pal.

Question 7- What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Good overall fitness, flexibility, and healthy will ensure you trek safely and comfortably. Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip! General hiking experience and comfort with the idea of multi-day hiking will also ensure you are 100% ready to trek!

Question 7- What do I need to know about sun protection?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun's intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses its recommend that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses.

Question 8-What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. Each guide is trained in first aid. In the case of altitude sickness, you will immediately be taken to a lower altitude. If necessary, your guide will rescue you to the nearest Sattelite town.

Question 9-Are solo female travelers safe on Himalayan treks?
We ensure the travel safety of all our trekking guests, both male and female. Indian himalayas, on the whole, is both very safe and welcoming of foreign visitors. We have longstanding, strong relationships with the lodges we frequent, and know them to be safe and reliable. In addition our guides are consistently mindful of all guests' whereabouts while trekking. We travel in small groups, all the better to easily maintain continual contact.

Question 10-What communication options exist while trekking?
What communication options exist while trekking?
It varies. Mobile coverage is expanding around the world rapidly, and the Himalayas are no different… did you know that 3G coverage is available all over Mount Everest? There is no guarantee of uninterrupted coverage.

Inclusion

  • Inclusions for Indian Travellers


  • 1-Accommodation in Camps and Guesthouses during the expedition.
    2-All Meals(Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) starting from from Day 1 to Dinner at Day 9.
    3-High quality Camps on sharing basis during the trek.
    4-First Aid / Medical Kit + Oxygen Cylinder during the expedition
    5-A nutritious meal system where we provide 6 small meals along with tea/coffee in between.
    6-Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations, Kitchen Equipments.
    7-Porter/mule charges for carrying personal baggage (up to 10 kgs per person).
    8-Forest Entry charges,permits & camping fees.These Charges are Different for Indian and Foreign travellers.
    9-Transport to and from leh to Trek start point and from Trek End point to Leh by(Tempo Traveller / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Scorpio or similar vehicle).
    10- A Certified Mountaineering guide throughout the expedition.
    11- Eccentric Travels Trip Leader and Support staff.
    12- All necessary and high quality trek equipments( Sleeping bags + Sleeping Mats + Camps)
    13- Service Tax of 9% as per updated government regulation.

  • Inclusions for Foreign Travellers


  • 1-Accommodation in Camps and Guesthouses during the expedition.
    2-All Meals(Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner) starting from from Day 1 to Dinner at Day 9.
    3-High quality Camps on sharing basis during the trek.
    4-First Aid / Medical Kit + Oxygen Cylinder during the expedition
    5-A nutritious meal system where we provide 6 small meals along with tea/coffee in between.
    6-Porter/mule charges for carrying camping equipment & rations, Kitchen Equipments.
    7-Porter/mule charges for carrying personal baggage (up to 10 kgs per person).
    8-Forest Entry charges,permits & camping fees.These Charges are Different for Indian and Foreign travellers.
    9-Transport to and from leh to Trek start point and from Trek End point to Leh by(Tempo Traveller / Toyota Innova / Mahindra Scorpio or similar vehicle).
    10- A Certified Mountaineering guide throughout the expedition.
    11- Eccentric Travels Trip Leader and Support staff.
    12- All necessary and high quality trek equipments( Sleeping bags + Sleeping Mats + Camps)
    13- Service Tax of 9% as per updated government regulation.

    Exclusion

  • Exclusions for Indians


  • 1- Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare or airport tax
    2- Meals other then mentioned in cost inclusion
    3- Trekking Shoes and clothing and other items of personal belonging.
    4- Any kind of insurance, Medical evacuation charges, Travel insurance, repatriation charges, Damages/ claims of any nature, Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, Laundry, Any kind of hard or soft drinks.
    5- Any kind of personal clothing
    6-Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
    7- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides , road conditions and any other circumstances
    beyond our control.


  • Exclusions for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Any airfare / Bus fare / train fare or airport tax
    2- Meals other then mentioned in cost inclusion
    3- Trekking Shoes and clothing and other items of personal belonging.
    4- Any kind of insurance, Medical evacuation charges, Travel insurance, repatriation charges, Damages/ claims of any nature, Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, Laundry, Any kind of hard or soft drinks.
    5- Any kind of personal clothing
    6-Any other expense not mentioned in the cost inclusion column.
    7- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides , road conditions and any other circumstances
    beyond our control.

    Cancellation Policy

    Case 1- Cancellation from Customer's end

    1-30% of the deposit amount if cancelled 30 days prior to trip start date.
    2-50% of the deposit amount if cancelled 20 days prior to trip start date.
    3-90% of the Full amount if cancelled 10 days prior to trip start date.

    Case 2- Cancellation due to Natural Contingency,Political Turmoil, Disaster

    No Money will be Refunded in Case 2.

    Essentials List

    1 High Quality Winter Jacket
    3 High Quality Winter Fleece
    1 Rain Cover for Body
    2 Pair Warmers
    3 Pair Tre/Riding Pants

    Other Essential

    1 Winter Cap
    1 Pair High QualityGloves
    1 Scarf and Muffler
    1 Trek/Riding Shoe
    1 Think Outer and Thin Inner Socks
    12 Pair: Change Socks Everyday
    1-Back Pack (50-70 lt.)
    1-Rain Cover For Bags
    1-Sandals Slippers for Evenings
    2-Insulated Water bottles
    1- Trekking Pole

    Electronics

    2-Battery packs
    2 10000 MAH BATTERIES
    4-6 Camera Battery pack
    1-Head lamps

    Toilet Essential

    1 Winter Face Creme/Sun Protection
    1 Face Wash
    1 Hand Sanitiser
    1 Deodorant

    Documentation

  • Documentation for Indian Travellers


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form

  • Documentation for Foreign nationals


  • 1- Every Trekker has the responsibility for submitting the required documents within the below mentioned timeline.
    2- A scanned copy of Photo Identity to be submitted within 7 days of the date of booking the expedition.
    3- Signed and scanned copy of the indemnity form
    4- Self Attested scanned copy of Indian Visa 30 days prior to trip start date
    5- Self Attested scanned Copy of Passport 30 days prior to trip start date
    6-Schedule for Arrival and Departure in India.
    Available Dates
    Adults:

    What's so great about us!

    Extraordinary, Extreme and Breathtaking Himalayan Expeditions.
    Expert team of certified mountaineering guides.
    High Quality Camping Equipments, Technical Equipments for Climbing and Mountaineering.
    Highly Skilled Bike Leader/Sweeper and Mechanic for Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Huge fleet of Royal Enfield Bikes for Overland Himalayan Motorbiking Expeditions.
    Extensive knowledge of Himalayan Ecosystem and Geographical territory.
    Critical response team well trained for Altitude sickness, High Altitude Acclimatisation Problems and Emergency exits.
    Huge Network of Guesthouses, homestay and Hotels for extraordinary stay.
    Professional team of Film Makers and Photographers for Shoot during Travel.
    High Quality Goodies for Each traveller.