Markha Valley Trek

Ascend to New Heights Markha Valley Trek

MARKHA VALLEY TREK

Ascend to New Heights Markha Valley Trek

Base Camp

Leh

Region

Ladakh

Trek Grade

Moderate +

Trek Distance

60 Kms

Trek Duration

7 Days

Highest Altitude

17,100 ft

Best Season

July to September

Pick & Drop Point

Leh

Nearest Airport

Leh

Railway Station

NA

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₹ 24,500

₹ 21,500

+5% GST

Region

Ladakh

Base Camp

Leh

Trek Grade

Moderate +

Trek Distance

60 Kms

Trek Duration

7 Days

Highest Altitude

17,100 ft

Best Season

July to September

Pick & Drop Point

Leh

Nearest Airport

Leh

Contact Us

₹ 24,500

₹ 21,500
+5% GST

ABOUT MARKHA VALLEY TREK

Nestled amidst the colossal Himalayas, the Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh is an experience that carves itself permanently into your soul. Imagine traversing through a landscape painted with stark contrasts – arid, moon-like mountains juxtaposed with emerald green valleys nurtured by the Markha River. This captivating trek unveils the heart of Ladakh, offering a glimpse into ancient cultures, breathtaking panoramas, and a sense of accomplishment that rivals any other.

Leh, the vibrant capital of Ladakh, serves as the starting point for your adventure. Here, you’ll acclimatize to the high altitude (around 11,000 ft) before embarking on the trek. Leh itself is a treasure trove of Tibetan culture, with its imposing Leh Palace and serene monasteries whispering tales of a bygone era. From Leh, you’ll be transported to Chilling, the official starting point of the trek, marking the beginning of your exploration into the heart of the Himalayas.

The Markha Valley Trek is often categorized as moderate. While it doesn’t require technical climbing skills, the high altitude (reaching a maximum altitude of 17,100 ft at Kongmaru La) and the total distance of around 60 km demand a good level of physical fitness. The key lies in acclimatization and a gradual ascent. Previous trekking experience can be beneficial, but with proper training and a positive attitude, even first-time trekkers can conquer this magnificent trail. The trails themselves vary, with some sections presenting steep climbs, uneven terrain, and exciting (yet potentially waist-deep!) river crossings on the Markha River. However, the rewards are immeasurable.

The beauty of the Markha Valley Trek lies in its ever-evolving scenery. The initial leg takes you through a barren and captivating landscape, dominated by shades of brown and grey. As you progress, the scenery transforms, revealing pockets of vibrant green villages nestled amongst the mountains. Traditional Ladakhi houses made of mud and stone dot the landscape, offering a glimpse into the timeless culture of the region. Keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent peaks that line the horizon, including the awe-inspiring Kang Yatse and the Stok Kangri. One of

the highlight is venturing into Hemis National Park, a haven for diverse flora and fauna, where you might even spot elusive Himalayan animals like the elusive marmot or the majestic red fox.

The best time to visit the Markha Valley Trek is during the summer months, between June to September. During this period, you’ll be greeted by pleasant weather with clear skies, offering unobstructed views of the majestic peaks. The temperatures can vary significantly, so be prepared for chilly nights.

Ensure you’re in good physical condition by incorporating regular cardio and strength training into your routine.

Permits and ID Proofs: Obtain the Inner Line Permit (ILP) required for entering Ladakh. Carry valid photo ID proofs like your passport or Aadhar card.

Gear Up: Invest in proper hiking attire, sturdy shoes, a warm sleeping bag, and a good backpack.

The Markha Valley Trek isn’t just about the breathtaking scenery; it’s about experiencing the rich cultural tapestry of Ladakh. As you traverse through the villages, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals, learn about their way of life, and witness their traditional customs. Don’t miss the chance to savor local delicacies like momos and thukpa, a testament to the region’s unique culinary heritage.

The Markha Valley Trek is more than just a physical challenge; it’s a journey of self-discovery. As you conquer each step, you’ll push your boundaries and develop a newfound appreciation for nature’s grandeur. The solitude of the mountains allows for introspection and a deeper connection with the environment. By the end of the trek, you’ll return home with a refreshed perspective, and a heart overflowing with memories.

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FAQs

The Markha Valley Trek is considered moderate. While the trails aren't technical, the high altitude and distance require good fitness and stamina.

The best window is between June and September. This is Ladakh's summer, offering pleasant temperatures, clear skies, and minimal chances of snow on the trails.

The trek itself typically takes 5 days, but the total trip duration, including acclimatization and transport to/from Leh, can be 7 days.

There's some variation depending on the route, but expect to cover roughly 60 kilometers during the trek.

You'll conquer Kongmaru La, the highest point on the trek, reaching an elevation of around 5200 meters.

While some experience is helpful, beginners with good fitness can participate. It's more important to be comfortable at high altitudes.

You'll primarily stay in camping tents, offering basic amenities like mattresses and sleeping bags.

Sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, warm clothing, good hiking shoes, and a backpack suitable for carrying your gear are all essential.

Yes it is mandatory to trek with a trekking agency who will provide you all necessary trek equipment like tents, sleeping bags and experienced guides, having a guide is highly recommended. They ensure safety, navigation, and provide valuable knowledge about the region.

Focus on building endurance through activities like jogging, swimming, or cycling. Exercises strengthening your legs and core are also beneficial.

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Leh Altitude : 3,500 m/ 11,500 ft

  • Rest and Acclimatization

  • Overnight stay in Hotel

    Welcome to Leh! Upon arrival at Kushok Bakula Rimpoche Leh Airport, breathe in the crisp mountain air and take in the majestic Himalayas.
    Check into your pre-booked hotel and allow yourself time to rest and adjust to the high altitude. Leh sits at a high altitude, so acclimatization is crucial. Take things slow, stay hydrated, and avoid strenuous activity.

  • Local sightseeing

  • Acclimatization day

  • Trek Briefing

    Today is dedicated to acclimatization, a vital step for a successful trek.
    Explore the vibrant town of Leh. Visit the Leh Palace, a former royal residence perched on a hilltop offering panoramic views. Immerse yourself in the spiritual atmosphere at the ancient monasteries of Shey and Thiksey.
    Take a leisurely stroll around the bustling main market, browsing through local handicrafts and souvenirs.
    Enjoy a delicious Ladakhi meal, sampling traditional dishes like momos (dumplings) and thukpa (noodle soup). Pro Tip: Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol to aid acclimatization. Consider a gentle hike to nearby Shanti Stupa for breathtaking views and a serene experience.

  • Skiu Altitude : 11,150 ft

  • Drive : 60 km, 2-3hrs

  • Trek:8km,4-5hrs

    After a hearty breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Chilling, a small village nestled along the Indus River. Witness the dramatic landscape change as you descend into the valley.
    The trek begins in Chilling. The initial trail is relatively flat, following the banks of the Markha River. Enjoy the picturesque scenery dotted with barley fields and grazing yaks.

    Arrive in Skiu, a charming village with traditional mud-brick houses. Settle into your comfortable homestay and savor a local meal prepared by your welcoming hosts.

  • Altitude : 12,300 ft

  • Trek : 17 km, 6-8 hrs

    Today's trek offers stunning views as the valley opens up. The trail gradually ascends along the Markha River, passing through small hamlets and lush meadows.
    Be prepared for a couple of river crossings, which can be refreshing on a warm day.
    Keep an eye out for the distinctive chortens (stupas) and mani walls (stone walls inscribed with mantras) along the way.

    Reach Markha, the largest village in the valley, boasting a historic monastery and a vibrant culture. Explore the village square and interact with the friendly locals.

  • Altitude : 13,200 ft

  • Trek : 12 km, 7-8 hrs

The trail continues to meander along the Markha River, offering breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks.
You might encounter nomadic yak herders and their colorful tents, a glimpse into the traditional way of life.
Stop by the picturesque village of Umlung, the last permanent settlement in the valley, and enjoy a cup of steaming tea at a local teahouse.
Arrive in Hankar, a beautiful village known for its unique hanging gompa (monastery) perched on a cliffside. Savor a traditional Ladakhi dinner at your cozy homestay. Distance: Approximately 13 km Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

  • Altitude : 15,400 ft

  • Trek : 8 km, 5-6 hours

    Today's trek takes you on a challenging yet rewarding ascent towards the Kongmaru La pass. The landscape becomes more rugged, with rocky terrain and sparse vegetation. However, the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, including the majestic Kang Yatse, will leave you breathless.

    Reach Nimaling, a small campsite nestled in a scenic valley. Enjoy the tranquility and the starry night sky at this high altitude. 

  • Max Altitude : 17,100 ft

  • Trek : 17 km, 6-8 hours

  • Drive : 60 km, 2-3 hours

  • ●  Overnight stay in Hotel

    Rise before dawn to witness the magical sunrise paint the surrounding peaks in vibrant hues. Enjoy a warm breakfast at your campsite to fuel your body for the day's challenge.

    Today's trek is undoubtedly the most demanding of the journey. Gear up with proper winter clothing, including a hat, gloves, and sturdy hiking boots. Trekking poles will provide additional support on the steep climb.

    The initial ascent from Nimaling is a gradual incline, leading you through a rocky, high-altitude landscape. Be prepared for strong winds and colder temperatures.

    As you gain altitude, the breathtaking panorama unfolds before you. Witness the majestic peaks of the Himalayas, including the domineering Kang Yatse, pierce the clear blue sky.

    Finally, you'll reach the much-anticipated Kongmaru La, the highest point of the trek at an elevation of 5130 meters. Take a moment to celebrate this accomplishment! Soak in the panoramic vista - a reward for your perseverance.

On a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of the mighty K2, the second-highest mountain in the world, peeking over the distant horizon. This is a truly special sight that will remain etched in your memory.

Capture this unforgettable moment with photos, but remember to take breaks and stay hydrated to avoid altitude sickness.

After basking in the glory of the summit, begin your descent towards the village of Chokdo. The trail takes a different route compared to the ascent, offering a fresh perspective on the valley below.

The path winds down through a scenic valley, passing by streams and meadows adorned with colorful wildflowers (depending on the season).

Celebrate your achievement with your fellow trekkers and guides, sharing stories and exchanging high fives.

Upon reaching Chokdo, you'll be met by your pre-arranged transportation. Relax and unwind on the scenic drive back to Leh, reliving the memories of your incredible adventure.

Check back into your hotel in Leh, where a warm shower and a comfortable bed await you. Reflect on the stunning landscapes, unique cultures, and personal challenges you've overcome during the trek.

In the evening, consider gathering with your fellow trekkers for a celebratory dinner in Leh. Savor a delicious Ladakhi meal and share stories of your experiences. This is a wonderful way to bond with your group and reminisce about the unforgettable Markha Valley Trek.

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THINGS TO CARRY

BASIC GEARS

INCLUSIONS

EXCLUSIONS

POLICY

Booking Confirmation Policy

• The customer receives a Booking confirmation receipt immediately via Email and WhatsApp of a successful booking.

Cancellation policy

In the event you cancel your trek, cancellation policy we follow :

• Cancellation 20 days before the starting date of the trek – Refund with 10% cancellation charges.

FAQs

The Markha Valley Trek is considered moderate. While the trails aren't technical, the high altitude and distance require good fitness and stamina.

The best window is between June and September. This is Ladakh's summer, offering pleasant temperatures, clear skies, and minimal chances of snow on the trails.

The trek itself typically takes 5 days, but the total trip duration, including acclimatization and transport to/from Leh, can be 7 days.

There's some variation depending on the route, but expect to cover roughly 60 kilometers during the trek.

You'll conquer Kongmaru La, the highest point on the trek, reaching an elevation of around 5200 meters.

While some experience is helpful, beginners with good fitness can participate. It's more important to be comfortable at high altitudes.

You'll primarily stay in camping tents, offering basic amenities like mattresses and sleeping bags.

Sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottle, warm clothing, good hiking shoes, and a backpack suitable for carrying your gear are all essential.

Yes it is mandatory to trek with a trekking agency who will provide you all necessary trek equipment like tents, sleeping bags and experienced guides, having a guide is highly recommended. They ensure safety, navigation, and provide valuable knowledge about the region.

Focus on building endurance through activities like jogging, swimming, or cycling. Exercises strengthening your legs and core are also beneficial.

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