A trek inside famous Ladakhi zone and Hemis National Park.
Cross 2 high mountain passes.
Experience the warmth of the local Buddhist culture.
Visit some scenic Monasteries.
Region: Himalayan Ranges in India Trek Type: Group Adventures Group Size: 6 to 16 People per Group. When is the best time to trek: Mid June to Mid September Expedition Begins and Ends at: Leh. Trekking Duration: 7 nights / 8 days. Difficulty level of the Trek: Medium. Maximum Altitude Gain: 5,200 meters. 17,060 feet. Daily Altitude Gain: 200 to 400 meters. Type of Accommodation: Home Stay / Fix Camp.
What to expect: An adventure filled fun time with moderate trekking on mountain terrain. A lifetime adventure activity filled with fun and moderate to difficult level trekking on high altitude mountain terrains with some splendid views of the nature.
Fitness Needed: Any individual between 12 to 80 years old, who are enthusiastic adventure lover and loves trekking with some or average fitness level.
Weather: In summer the night time temperature on upper Altitudes regions will range between 5 to -5 and in winter it will range between -5 to -35. The lower altitude ranges will report between 25 to 10 in summer and -5 to -35 in winter. (Temperature in degree Celsius).
Markha Valley trek is also known for being a home stay trek, where one can expect accommodation at most of the Ladakhi villages en-route. The trek goes inside the beautiful Hemis National Park and involves crossing of two passes, 1: Gandala La (15,748 feet) and 2: Kongmaru La, (17,060 feet). The trail has some exciting river crossing sections on the Markha River will pass through interesting Buddhist villages and rocky canyons. These are some of the features that make this trek a unique destination.
Day 1: Arrival day in Leh.
Arrive in Leh and take rest in our hotel for acclimatize of the body to high altitude. In the evening you can roam around in the colorful Leh market.
Day 2: Leh to Zinchen(11,090 feet) then trek to Yurutse (13,520 feet), 5 km, 3 hours trek.
Today we will drive to Zinchen via Spituk. On the way we can visit the most popular Spituk Monastery and after the Monastery visit, we will continue our drive to our trekking point Zinchen. After our arrival in Zinchen, we will start our trek to Yurutse village, which is a spectacular Tibetan Buddhist village. We will stay in a home stay in Yurutse village.
Day 3: Yurutse (13,520 feet) to Skiu (11,160 feet), via Ganda La (15,748 feet), 25 km (approx.), 7 -8 hours trek.
Today is the tough day of trekking, as we will cross a high mountain pass called Ganda-La. We need to start a little early in the morning and start our trek to Skiu village. Initial trek to Ganda-La base camp is a moderate trek and after the base camp it is a steep up-hill hike up to atop the Ganda-La pass. Once we cross Ganda-La the trek will be easy on a downhill trail to Skiu village. Skiu village is situated at the confluence of Shgri Nala and Markha River. There is a beautiful gompa situated at the Skiu village. You can roam around the village surrounding and see the beautiful sunset in Skiu village. Overnight stay in a Home Stay.
Day 4: Skiu (11,160 feet) to Markha (12,369 feet), 20 km, 6 -7 hours trek.
Today we will enter into the spectacular Markha valley. Most of our trek goes along side of the Markha River. We can see beautiful green farm land on the way. Most of them are barley fields. On the way we will cross a tiny settlement called Chalak. After few kilometers from Chalak village the valley opens up and a river crossing takes you to the beautiful Markha Village. Markha is the biggest village in this area with a small Gompa.
Day 5: Markha (12,369 feet) to Thochuntse (13,165 feet), 13 km, 5 – 6 hours trek.
It is going to be another moderate trekking day. Today we will cross Techa, Umlung and Hankar settlements and reach Thochuntse. In today’s trek we will walk along side of The Markha River and we will cross few streams. We will pass through green wheat fields and finally cross a stream before arriving in Thochuntse.
Day 6: Thochuntse (13,165 feet) to Nimaling (15,518 feet), 6 – 7 km, 3-4 hours trek.
Today’s trek is an easy trek and we will reach Nimaling within 3-4 hours. A long walk on a grassy meadow brings us to Nimaling. We can see beautiful Kang Yatse peak and its base camp and the glacier from Nimaling. There is a fix camp in Nimaling and we will stay overnight in a fix camp.
Day 7: Nimaling (15,518 feet) to Shang Sumdo (12,237 feet), return to Leh, via Gongmaru La pass (17,060 feet), 16 to 18 km, 7 – 8 hours trek.
Today’s trek is the toughest trek in entire journey as we will cross the mighty Gongmaru La pass on the way to Shang Sumdo. The climb to Gongmaru la is steep and difficult. It is a 2-3 hours climb to Gongmaru la pass. The pass is marked by numerous Buddhist prayer flags. We need to cross the stream at multiple places on the way. There is a downhill hike till Sukarmo village. The trail between Sukarmo to Shang Sumdo is walk on the river bed. We will drive back from Shang Sumdo to Leh, which will take 1.5 hours.
Day 8: Departure
The trip is over and you can check out by morning.
What does it include?
2 nights stay in Leh (in a standard hotel or Guest house).
5 nights in home stay/fix camp stay during trek.
Vegetarian food during the trek.
First aid box and oxygen cylinder.
Guide and Assistant Guide.
Pick-up and drop to/from trek start and end location.
What it does not include?
Airport drop and pick-up
Entry fees to Monastery, Museum and other such places
Food during Leh stay.
Items to bring with you
UV Protected Sun Glasses.
Best Quality Hiking Shoes (Preferably Water Proof).
Water disinfection Drops / Tablets.
Knapsack / Backpack / Rucksack.
Good jacket to protect from cold.
Thermals – Top and Bottom.
Poncho (for rain).
Knee Cap 1 Pair.
1 quick drying towel.
Sun blocks (SPF 50 and above) and Lip Salve with Sun blocks.
Wet-Tissue Papers/ Baby wipes.
Headlamp, Torch with spare batteries.
Gaiters for hiking in winter.
Basic First Aid Kit.
2 light weight trekking pants.
3 light weight trekking T-Shirt.
4 pairs trekking socks.
Dry Fruits and Chocolates.