An Archaic Valley

Markha valley trek may sound like a very easy valley walk, however the trail is an amazing trekking experience that offers you crossing high passes like Ganda La (4900m), Kongmaru La (5200m) and river streams that rage down the valley. Markha valley trek lies in the Ladakh region and because of its geographical setting this place is home to few villages that thrives in the semi-arid desert conditions of Himalayas. This trek is a whole different story when it comes to walking in the mountain, as the culture, terrain, altitude, and above all view of high rising peaks that dominates this valley, adds up to the impact it leaves on your soul and mind. If ever a thought comes to a person’s mind about exploring Ladakhi terrain, Markha valley trek is an absolute delight.

highlights
cost INR 22500   Inc. of all taxes T&C*
days 09 days
best time June- September
group size Max. 12
altitude 5200 m
gradient Difficult 
location Leh
itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Leh, Rest & Acclimatization

We expect you to reach Leh by late afternoon. We will provide you information of the address you have to reach in Leh on this day. Today is for rest as we have gained a significant elevation by reaching Leh which is well above 4000 metres above sea level, acclimatization is very important from day 1. You may explore the local market of Leh and prepare yourself for the coming journey. Accommodation in guest house.

Day 02: Acclimatization in Leh

This day is a very crucial part of our journey, we will help you explore the cultural and natural beauty of Leh. This will make you familiar with the customs and cultural aspects of Leh and also to adjust with the altitude gain. Leh is a hub for almost all things happening in Ladakh and also all major expeditions begin from Leh itself. Leh is very rich in its culture and dozens of monasteries and ancient temples are there to make this place unique. Leh town is a never-ending trial in itself, for those who love to walk around.

Day 03: Leh to Zingchen (3400 m) to Ganda La base (4168 m)

We will start early in morning, and travel by jeep to Zingchen. We will take an old jeep road into a parched and exposed region of Leh, so water is a scarce resource in this region. After a while on the bumpy ride, we will enter the Zingchen Valley which is amazingly beautiful because of its geographical setting, where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus. We will soon enter Hemis National Park where we might be fortunate enough to have a glimpse of wildlife. The National park homes snow leopard, lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), argali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), red fox, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare. It is a gradual climb through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley that will lead us to the village of Rumbak. We will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching campsite of Ganda La base(4545m). From the campsite the views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range is breath taking.

Day 04: Ganda La base to Skiu (3400 m) via Ganda La (4800 m)

After a light breakfast in the early hours of morning we will begin our 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m), which is a steep climb. The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where chances of spotting blue sheep, marmots and argali roaming around the hill side are more. The views of the Zanskar Range and the distant Himalayan Ranges is something that can’t be expressed in words. After a short rest over the pass, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo and stop for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3400m).

Day 05: Skiu to Sara (3619 m)

Today we will follow the Markha River, which will take us through the lovely valley on a level terrain. The trail crosses the river at various points and passes several winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). We will be able to arrive at our campsite by the afternoon. Sara campsite provides a great view of the whole valley.

Day 06: Sara to Markha (3811 m)

Today we will start early after the breakfast and enter the Markha (3800m) which is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. We arrive out campsite by afternoon. The view of the valley of Markha is breath taking and keeps your imaginations captive as you walk around the place.

Day 07: Markha to Thachungtse (4150 m)

The trail of Markha valley continues pass an old stone-mill, a ruined castle can be spotted and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which proudly perches upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path then intersects the river many times as we reach to end of the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will have our first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will dominate the view until we cross Kongmaru La. After having a short break for lunch in the village of Hangkar, we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m).

Day 08: Thachungtse to Nimaling (4700 m)

Today the trail will be a mix of gradual and steep ascends as it will lead 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 4700m, Nimaling(4600m) is the highest camp site on the trek, the spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right is always a pleasure to gaze at.

Day 09: Nimaling to Shangsumdo (3800 m) via Kongmaru La (5200 m). Drive to Leh

After breakfast, we will head onto our journey and cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and also a steep climb, and from here we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The descent is also quite steep but will gradually level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. As we continue on we will be crossing rivers before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). Drive from Sumdo to Leh takes about 2 hours. Reach Leh by evening.


1. I am a beginner, is this for me?

Markha valley is a Difficult trek that involves high altitude passes, semi-arid terrains of Ladakh, exposure to remote locations, and a lot of skills to compensate with 09 days in the wilderness. It is a trek that requires experience as well as great amount of physical and mental fitness. We suggest having a prior experience of trekking in Himalayas is very important before attempting Markha valley trek.

2. Is there any age limit to go for this trek?

 Yes, the minimum age to register with us is 16 years and no maximum age limit.

3. Is it safe to trek with Himalayan wilderness?

Our team at HW consist of certified mountaineers, water sports guides, and forest guides, and it is totally safe for any person of any gender to participate in activities conducted by Himalayan wilderness. We will take utter precautions to keep you from harm.

4. What’s the best season to do this trek?

The best months to explore Markha valley are Monsoon months.The Ladakh region being a semi-arid region receives no rainfall and at the same time the road connecting to Ladakh remains closed from the months of October to may because of High altitude passes being closed due to weather conditions.

5. Is the camera allowed?

Yes, you may carry your camera on the trek. There is no cost involved for a camera permit. If any revised rules are implemented, our team will keep you informed and the price to be borne by you at that time itself.

6. Do I have to carry any documents or photos with me?

Carry a photo identity card while entering in J&K region is mandatory. Forest officers/ army officials may or may not ask for it at the anytime as there are many check posts around the mountains.

7. What if I don’t want to carry the heavy backpack on my own during the trek?

Trekking is much more fun when you have your backpack for you, however, you may offload your backpack to a porter or mule and that would need a prior notification.

8. How do I get my phone, cameras, etc. get charged?

Leh is the base camp for this trek and you may charge your phone and cameras at the hotel, also carrying a lightweight power bank or a solar power bank is suggested.

9. Do I need to bring my own food for the trek?

We will provide you with the food and lodging as explained in the details of the event as per the cost inclusion and exclusion, also we will provide you with the refreshment before starting the hike every day. We will provide you with a menu that will consist of veg food and egg food while on the trek, however, you may carry energy bars, energy drinks etc as per your requirement.

10. How will be the accommodation and washroom facility on the trek?

While in the wilderness there would be two toilet tents pitched, participants may decide whether to dedicate one each for men and women. The accommodation would be two people sharing in camps. While accommodating in the hotel or guest house the washroom facility will be available in all the rooms and shared between two people, however, in some locations while accommodating in a homestay or in lodges of forest rest houses accommodation will be as per the situation. We will keep you informed about the same.

11. Will I be provided with blankets?

While accommodating at the base camp blankets would be provided by the hotel, guest house, or any establishment. While camping we will provide you with a sleeping bag, and for all high-altitude treks, we will provide you fleece liners along with the sleeping bag.

12. What all things I need to get by myself and what all I need to get on rent?

We expect you to carry your rucksack with all the trek essentials, along with the rain protection gear such as a poncho, rain cover for backpack etc. Energy bars as per your requirement, your personal medical supplies if any, a small emergency kit that includes thread and needle, a basic medical kit, multi-tool equipment etc. All basic camping equipment would be provided by HW, we suggest there is no requirement for renting trekking gear.

13. What equipment’s will be provided by Himalayan wilderness?

Live-in tents, sleeping bags, fleece liner, mattress, Kitchen tent, dining tent, snow traction spikes, Waste pouch, toilet tents. Any equipment involved in the kitchen would be provided by HW, the medical kit including basic first aid supplies would be carried by our mountain guide, last but not the least the rescue equipment such as a stretcher, oxygen cylinder, ropes, and all other technical gear would be provided by HW.

14. During the trek, how will I get drinkable water?

Drinkable water would be available on all treks and our team will provide you information on where and what the source is available for drinking. We request you to carry a thermal flask or a hydration pack as our team will not allow you to carry any plastic bottles on the mountains.

15. From the beginning to the end of the trek, what all cost has to be borne by me?

Please refer to our Cost inclusion and exclusion

16. How is the network reception there?

 All the major networks are available in Leh, however, only post-paid SIM cards work in J&K region. There is no reception on the trail.

 

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