Markha Valley Trek


Markha Valley Trek in the beautiful Indian Himalayas. 

Markha Valley Trek is a popular trekking route in the Ladakh region of India. The trek is famous for its stunning landscapes and breathtaking mountain vistas. The remote Himalayan villages and cultural experiences are other unique features of this trek. The trek is approximately 75 kilometres long and takes 7-8 days, and the best time is between June and September.

The trek starts from Skiu Village and goes through several small villages, river crossings, and high-altitude passes. The route goes by the Zanskar River once the trek route crosses the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar Rivers. The trail offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range. It includes the Kang Yatse Peak, which stands tall at 6400 meters.

The Markha Trek offers a unique cultural experience as it passes through several remote villages still untouched by modern civilisation. Trekkers get to witness the traditional lifestyle of the locals, who still follow ancient customs and beliefs. The villagers are warm and hospitable. Their simple way of living is a refreshing break from the chaos of the city.

The trek passes through several high-altitude passes, including Kongmaru La, the highest point at 5200 meters. The climb to the top is challenging, but the panoramic view of the surrounding peaks is worth the effort.

Markha Valley Trek is moderate-level trekking, but trekkers need to acclimate properly to avoid altitude sickness.

In conclusion, the Markha Valley Trek is a must-do for any adventure seeker looking for a unique experience and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. The trek offers a perfect blend of adventure, culture, and natural beauty, making it one of the most popular treks in India. For those keen to trek, the Indian Himalayas, Markha Valley Trek, Sandakphu Trek, Sandakphu and Phalut Tek are not to be missed.

  • Day 1: Arrival at Leh

    Arrive at KBR airport in Leh at 3100 meters altitude. This is one of the highest airports in the world. One gets a beautiful snow-clad mountain range view from the plane, which transports you to a whole new experience ahead. Meet with your tour leader/guide and get transported to your hotel. Today rest is very important since you have reached an area with very low oxygen levels, and acclimatization is necessary. The whole day will be spent at the hotel, and you can take a short walk in the evening. In the evening, there will e a briefing regarding the trek at the hotel before dinner.

    Meals Included: Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 2: Acclimatization Day

    After breakfast today, you will visit Stakna monastery by walking for acclimatization. After lunch, visit Leh palace and Tsemo monastery and walk down to the Leh market to explore and shop. Then visit the Shanti Stupa at the end of the day and drive back to the hotel for the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.

  • Day 3: Trek to the Sara Camp

    After early breakfast today, you will be transported to Skiu village in the Markha valley. The route goes by the Zanskar river once you cross the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers. Winding along the river, which flows at the bottom of a very steep and deep gorge, boosts your adrenalin. After two and a half hours of driving, you will be dropped off at the starting point for your trek. You walk with your guide to The Sara Camping Site – about a 3-4 hour walk. The trekking gear, such as camping equipment, kitchen and staff, will drive directly to Sara and set up camp for the group’s arrival. The night will be spent in tents on twin sharing basis.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 4: Trek to Markha Village

    The pack horses will be waiting here today, and all the trekking gear will be loaded on horseback while the group moves towards Markha village. Each member will give one bag for putting on the horses while a small day pack will be carried. The walk is short but very scenic. Markha is the largest village in the valley so far and has a few attractions, such as a monastery, and the group will visit this. Plenty of time for photography and enjoyment. Night in camp.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 5: Markha – Thachungtse

    Today’s trek is 15 km. A 5-6 hours stretch. The trek continues along the river. Elevation of Thachungtse is 4370 m. This is the day when you start climbing gradually and get to test your endurance. Reach the campsite where the staff will set up camp. Night in camp.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 6: Thachungtse - Nimaling

    Climb towards Nimaling at 4900 m. The coldest place along this trek. – It is a 4-5 hour trek covering a 10 km distance. – Beautiful views of peaks around here – Kang Yatse, Dzo Jongo and others.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 7: Nimaling – Kongmaru la - Shang Sumdo

    Today is the last day of the trek. – You cross over the highest pass Kongmaru la (5260 m), and descend to Chokdo village. Your vehicles will meet you here to take you to Hemis monastery en route to your hotel. Tips will be distributed to the staff at the hotel with tea and snacks.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

  • Day 8: Departure

    You will be dropped off at the airport for your homeward journey.

Markha Valley Trek

Country India
Tour length 8 days
Travellers Details Couple, Small Group, Large Group, Solo Traveller, Women Only Group
Tour Categories Adventure & Activities
Travel Style Fully Guided
Journey Start & End Points Leh Airport to Airport
Max Group Size 10
Age range 18 to 55
Tour Operator 'Travel With Susmita'
Operated in English, French, Hindi and Bengali.
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