In The Markha Valley Trek
In The Markha Valley Trek Ladakh Zanskar

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All about the In The Markha Valley Trek

This moderately graded trek takes us through the Markha Valley crossing various landscapes and villages of the mountains which provide magnificent views. As we begin in Stok we will pass over various passes at various altitudes (highest being 5150 m (16,896 ft.). In the plains around Nimaling, you can meet nomadic families called Khampa, with their herds of Yak and Sheep before ending the trek in Shang. You will be able to sightsee around Leh before departing for Delhi

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Trip Information

  • Trip Duration
    13 Days
  • Trip Grade
  • Max. Group Size
  • Highest Point
    5100 mts

Trip Highlights

  • Highest Camping Point: 4700 mts
  • Best Time End of June-Mid Sept
  • Traverse Through Markha Valley
  • Ancient Monasteries
  • Delightful Villages
  • Stunning Landscape: A Photographer And Painter’s Delight
In The Markha Valley Trek

Day 1

Arrival in Delhi
Guests will be received at the airport followed by a transfer to a hotel, where you will be staying overnight.

Day 2

Domestic flight Delhi – Leh
Altitude: 3500 m / 11,482 ft.
Transferral to a domestic airport where you will fly to Leh. Once reached in Leh, you will then be transferred to your hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in hotel.

Day 3

Sightseeing around Leh
Full day of sightseeing with a visit to the Shey, Thiskey and Hemis Monasteries of Ladakh. Afternoon visit around the town. Return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4

Trek 1 – Stok – Base of Stok La
Trekking Time: 3 hours
Altitude: 4820 m / 15,813 ft. 
After a 10 km drive from Leh, we will have arrived in Stok where we will visit the Stok Palace and its museum that has beautiful Thangkas and large collections of jewellery on display. We will then follow the left bank of the river that flows from StokKangri Massif for 2 hours. As we leave the riverbed, we will then ascend gently to the camp near a sheepfold.

Day 5

Trek 2 – Base of Stok La – Yurutse
Trekking Time: 6 hours
Altitude: 4180 m / 13,713 ft.
From the sheepfold, we will begin a long and steep ascent to the Stok La (4900 m / 13,779 ft.) for 3 hours. Then a steep descent, until the trail becomes quite flat and then we will have reached Rumbak. As we pass through the village, we will then cross the bridge over the Jingchan River, and follow the easy trail to Yurutse.

Day 6

Trek 3 – Yurutse – Skiu
Trekking Time: 6 hours
Altitude: 3400 m / 11,154 ft.
The ascent from Yurutse will lead us through pastures, before crossing a small valley. We will then be zigzagging steeply up to the Ganda La (4900 m / 13,779 ft.); takes approx. 3 hours to the pass. The long, yet easy descent toward the Shingo Village will take us into an impressive gorge.  After descending for about 2 hours, we will then arrive in Markha Valley and after a few hundred meters; we will have reached in the campsite of Skiu.

Day 7

Trek 4 – Skiu – Markha
Trekking Time: 7 hours
Altitude: 3710 m / 12,171 ft.
As we move along the easy trail on the right bank of the Markha, plenty of vegetation can be seen along this stretch. We will then cross the river several times, arriving in the small settlement of Chaluk. Eventually we will be making a short ascent toward the large village of Markha. Overnight camp near the river.

Day 8

Trek 5 – Markha – Tchatchutse
Trekking Time: 6 hours
Altitude: 4250 m / 13,943 ft.
The trail begins with an ascent to the main valley on the right bank, at points the trail can become difficult over the riverbed. En route we will visit the Humlung Monastery, before moving along the right bank and arriving at Hankar Village that sprawls over several valleys. From the highest point of Hankar, we will follow the trail along a stream, then cross a bridge to reach the pasture of Tchatchutse.

Day 9

Trek 6 – Tchatchutse – Nimaling
Trekking Time: 4 hours
Altitude: 4730 m / 15,518 ft.
Day begins with a gradual trek with short inclines with the river far to the left side of the gorge. We will pass a small lake, then cross a pastureland reaching into Nimaling; one of the most beautiful high valleys within the Ladakh region. The Kang Yatse (6400m / 20,997 ft.) dominates the surrounding views of the area. Several difficult routes lead to the summit.

Day 10

Trek 7 – Nimaling to Shang
Trekking Time: 8 hours
Altitude: 3640 m / 11,942 ft. (Over Kongmaru La 5150 m / 16,896 ft.)
We will begin crossing the Markha Valley in zigzag ascent for around 2 hours, which will lead us to the panoramic Kongmaru La. We will then descend, again in a zigzag fashion, to the other side of the base of Kongmaru La. The trail continues through a narrow gorge. After several stream crossings, we will then have reached in Shang. We will also visit a small Gompa outside of the village. Overnight camp in Shang.

Day 11

Journey from Shang to Leh
Travelling Distance: 60 km
Altitude: 3400 m / 11,154 ft.
We will be picked up by an arranged vehicle that will take us to visit the monasteries of Hemis and Thiskey, as well as the Shey Palace. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Leh.

Day 12

Flight from Leh-Delhi 
You will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Delhi. Once reached in Delhi you will then be transported to your hotel where you will be staying overnight. The afternoon can be spent at your own leisure.

Day 13

Flight Departure: Sightseeing around Delhi
You will be given the opportunity sightseeing around Delhi, including the Bahai Temple, QutubMinar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the Humauian Tomb, before checking out of your hotel and being transferred to the Indira Gandhi International Airport where you will depart to your onward destination.


  • Mountain Guide: Mountaineering qualified and First Aid Responder.
  • A Cook: Who can make Indian, Chinese, Italian food.
  • Helpers: To help the cook.
  • Horses: To carry the equipment and food.
  • All Equipment: Tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, kitchen tents, toilet tents, dinning tent and all kitchen utensils.
  • Food: Breakfast, lunch, tea/snacks, soup, dinner.
  • Accommodation: Tents (twin sharing basis).
  • Transportation: For start and finish of the trek and wherever it is required in the programme.
  • First aid kit and Oxygen Canister: For in case of emergency.


  • Package Price Does not include: which is not mentioned in the inclusion list.