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Markha Valley Trek

One of the most popular treks in Ladakh – it is a perfect combination of beautiful trans-himalayan landscape with ladakhi villages. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife as well as experience the life of nomadic families as they herd their yaks in these big and beautiful valleys.


After couple of days of acclimatisation to high altitude in Leh you will set out to explore the heartland of the central Ladakh Valley. It involves crossing of high passes – Stok La 4848 mts, Kongmaru La 5274 mts, Gandla 4878 mts and walking on the banks of the Markha River. Kang Yatse peak (6400m) can be approached from this route as the base camp is on the plains of Nimaling.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Flight Delhi to Leh (3524m)

Upon your arrival at Delhi airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Epic Adventures. After picking up your luggage look for our representative with an Epic Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel where you can relax and acclimatise. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight at hotel Overnight Hotel in Leh. Included meals:


Day 02: Sightseeing in Leh (3524m)

After breakfast we visit the famous monasteries of Shey, Thiksey and Hemis as well as Leh Palace, the Peace Stupa with views of Leh Valley and incredible mountain peaks. Drive back to hotel to meet with trekking crew and briefing about our trekking trip. Overnight Hotel in Leh. Included meals: B


Day 03: Drive from Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m) 4-5hrs

Today we will trek along the river Indus which we will also cross. The trail swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchan gorge. Overnight Camp. Included meals: BLD


Day 4: Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m) 5-6hrs

The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m over the 22km,crossing the Markha river a couple of times. There are a few ancient chortens along the trail, and a number of wolf pits used to trap wolves when they roam the valley during the winter months. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. Overnight Camp. Included meals: BLD


Day 5: Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m) 5-6hrs

KangYatze (6400m), a magnificent snow capped mountain commands the views for the next two days. On the walk there are sights of some fascinating geological creations of large boulders balanced precariously on top of consolidated earth spikes. Continue down over a bridge to Thachungtse, a lovely valley to camp in. A popular place to spot herds of blue sheep sliding up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility. Overnight Camp. Included meals: BLD


Day 6: Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m) 3-4hrs

You pass several mani walls today and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here – both of KangYatze, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. We descend slowly to the flat-bottomed valley of Nimaling which has a semi-permanent population of villagers who come from the Markha Valley to graze their yak & cows on the summer pastures. Overnight Camp. Included meals: BLD


Day 7: Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo(3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m) 6-7hrs

As we climb the last short but steep slope to the top there are good views over the Zanskar Range and of the vertical ice walls on the north face of Kang Yaze. It’s about a 3hrs climb to the top. The descent initially is quite steep and then eases out to reach the river bed at Shang Sumdo. Overnight Camp. Included meals: BLD


Day 8: Drive Shang Sumdo to Leh. 2-3 hrs

Today we drive back to Leh. The afternoon is free to stroll the market of Leh. Overnight hotel in Leh. Included meals: B


Day 9: Leh to Delhi

We will be transferred to the airport to board an early morning flight back to Delhi. Included meals: B


Day 10: Farewell Friend

We are saying good bye as our journey in India comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Epic Adventures will take you to the airport. Included meals:B


Trip Fact
Trip Length : 10 Days
Highest Altitude : 5130m