Markha Valley


The Marka Valley is in Ladakh. Markha Valley is one of the most famous treks of Ladakh Region.

It is an amazing trip to get introduced with magical and remote Buddhist Kingdom of Ladakh.

While trekking on through this trek tourists passes through beautiful Buddhist Monasteries, Mountain Villages, High altitude pastures of Nimaling and High altitude peak Kangyatse.

9 Days

1st Sep’ - 9st Sep’



Min Age : 15+

Max People : 25


1st Sep 2018

Trek Booking Cost

Rs.12,500/-Per Person

Lead Mountaineer

Chandra Shekhar

The Markha River is a river in Ladakh, India. It is a tributary of the Zanskar River and starts at the junction of the Langtang Chu and Nimaling Chu. Villages along the river valley include Skiu (Skyu), Markha, Umlung and Hangkar (Hankar). The Markha River lies within Hemis National Park.

The Markha Valley is one of the most popular trekking routes in Ladakh, accessible from Ganda La pass near Spituk in the west, which is usually the beginning point of the trek, and Gongmaru La pass near Hemis, where the trek usually ends.

Towards the head of the valley you can find the Kang Yatze, a 6,400-metre-high (21,000 ft) mountain. The Markha River also passes to the south of the Stok range which includes the 6,153-metre-high (20,187 ft) Stok Kangri mountain.

Nomadic families herd their yaks in this valley. Many small monasteries exist, of which Tache gompa is the most important Buddhist monastery in the Markha valley

  • Day 1: Arrival Leh
  • Day 2: Acclimatisation at Leh
  • Day 3: Leh to Zinchen (Drive) to Yurutse (Trek)
  • Day 4: Yurutse to Skui via Ganda La (Pass)
  • Day 5: Skui to Markha
  • Day 6: Markha to Hankar
  • Day 7: Hankar to Nimaling
  • Accommodation in triple-sharing tents
  • Stay in a hotel
  • In room facilities: central heating/room heaters and hot water (on request)
  • Meals (veg.)
  • Kitchen and dining tents with utensils
  • Toilet tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Camping mattresses
  • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder
  • Qualified and experienced trek leader, guide and support staff
  • Transport from Leh to road head and return
  • All applicable taxes
    • Additional ALTOA fee (will be approximately INR 2500, to be paid in cash)
    • Pick up and drop
    • Any kind of personal expenses
    • Insurance
    • Porters to carry personal luggage (can be arranged for INR 650 per day per bag up to 9 kgs)
    • Anything not specifically mentioned under inclusions
    • Crampons
  • In case of natural calamity if trek days are reducing or trek is getting cancelled, no refund will be processed.

By Air

Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. In the summer season, the services may even be provided twice a day.

By Road

The road from Manali to Leh is only open in the summers. The road trip may take you 2 days, but depending upon the weather conditions, the travel may also extend to 3 or even 4 days. You should also make sure that you carry at least two spare tires. A good advice would be to carry a sleeping bag with you well, as the bus may stop in the middle of nowhere for the overnight stay.

Another route to Leh via Srinagar, also takes around two days. On this route, you would pass through some lonely yet famous villages like Kargil and Drass.

By Air

Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh. In the summer season, the services may even be provided twice a day. 

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Full Itininerary Deatils

Day 01- Arrival Leh

  • Altitude:– 3,500 m/11,500 ft
  • Check in Hotel
  • Briefing about the trek at 5 pm (mandatory)
  • Bring a copy of ID proof and 2 photo graphsforeigner, a copy of passport and visa
  • Network is available (only post-paid)
  • ATM is available
  • Can purchase or rent trekking equipment from Leh
  • Visit of any very high altitude place or pass is not advisable
  • Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited
  • Stay in hotel

Day 02- Acclimatisation at Leh

  • Acclimatization and sightseeing in Leh
  • Can visit to monasteries: Shey, Thiksey, Sangam, and Hemis
  • Visit of any very high altitude place or pass is not advisable
  • Stay in hotel

Day 03- Leh to Zinchen (Drive) to Yurutse (Trek)

  • Altitude Zinchen 3,400m/11,200ft, Ganda La Base 4,500m/14,700ft
  • 50 min drive, 8 km trek, 4-5 hours
  • Dry trail through barren mountains
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Home Stay
  • 3 to 4 river crossing

Day 04 - Yurutse to Skui via Ganda La (Pass)

  • Altitude:- Skui 3,400m/11,200, Gand La 4,800m/15,700ft
  • Trek 18 km, 8-9 hours
  • Very well marked trail
  • It takes approx 2-3 hours to reach Ganda La
  • GandaLa pass gives beautiful views of Stok Kangri Peak
  • Descent from Ganda La pass looked straight forward
  • Tea house at Shingo village
  • Skiu is situated at the confluence of rivers Markha and Shgri Nala
  • Wake up early to see the sun rise behind the Skui monastery
  • 5 to 6 river crossing
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Home Stay/Camping

Day 05 - Skui to Markha

  • Altitude:– Markha 3,700m/12,200ft
  • Trek 20 km, 7-8 hours
  • Longest but normal and plan slope
  • Markha is one of the largest village in the valley
  • Cafes on the way
  • 2-3 river crossing
  • Monastery and palace to visit at Markha
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Home Stay/Camping

Day 06 – Markha to Hankar

  • Altitude:– Hankar 4,000m/13,100ft
  • Trek:– 11 km, 5-6 hours
  • Teahouse at Umling village
  • Last village of the valley
  • View of a beautiful monastery
  • Path will intersect the River a number of times
  • After Umlung, you will have a first look of Mt. Kang Yatse(6400m)
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Home Stay/Camping

Day 07 – Hankar to Nimaling

  • Altitude:– Nimaling 4,700m/15,400ft
  • Trek:– 9 km, 3-4 hours
  • An easy trek
  • Amazing view of Mt. Kang Yatse
  • Amazing view of Tigu lakes (double lakes)
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Tent

Day 08 – Hankar to Nimaling

  • Altitude:- Kongmaru 5,200m/17,100ft, Chokdo 3,700m/12,100ft
  • Trek 16 km, 7-8 hours
  • Descent to Chokdo (Shang Valley) from KongmaruLa is little long
  • Highest Altitude pass crossing to the trek makes it a difficult day
  • Cross a stream terrain and then proceed to the north
  • It will take 2-3 hours of hike for Kongmaru La Pass
  • Amazing view of Indus Valley and Ladakh Range
  • Steep descent and rocky terrain
  • From Chokdo drive to Leh (2 hours drive)
  • Packed lunch on the way
  • Accommodation in Hotel

Note – The schedule is subject to vary depending upon climatic conditions.

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