Markha Valley Trek

Departure Date

01th of every month

Duration

9 days

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Maximum Seats

10

Why This Trek?

Markha Valley Trek is best know as The Tea House Trek in Ladakh Trekking circuit. The various variation of this trek can be modified as per the trekkers need.

  • DIFFICULTY : Moderate.

  • MAX AlLTITUDE : 17060 ft.

  •  BASE CAMP : Leh .

  • DURATION : 9 Days 8 Nights.

  • BEST SEASON : May – Oct.

TREK FEE PER PERSON

Rs. 23750

Markha Valley Trek Cost: Rs 23,750 + 5 % GST (Ex leh)

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Markha Valley trail goes upto the altitude of over 5000 meters over Gongmaru La or Ganda La before descending to the Hemis.

Destinations Covered during Stok Kangri Trek: Leh.

What’s Included :

  • Accommodation (Homestay during the Trek and Guest House in Leh) on sharing basis.
  • Meals while on trek Day 2nd Lunch to till Day 8th Lunch
  • Trekking Equipment (Only Sleeping Bags)
  • Permits for Indians.
  • First aid medical kits
  • Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
  • Transportation during trek (as per Markha Valley trek itinerary)

What’s Not Included :

  • Any Deviation from the Itinerary.
  • Permit fees for Non Indian need to pay.
  • Mineral Water and any beverages.
  • Anything not mentioned in above inclusion.
  • Tips and Gratuity

Here’s a short itinerary of Markha Valley Trek:

Day 1: Delhi – Leh. Complete rest for Acclimatization for the Markha Valley Trek.
Day 2: Drive from Leh to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village
Day 3: Trek from Zingchen to Ganda La Base
Day 4: Trek from Ganda La base to Skiu via Ganda La
Day 5: Skyu to Markha
Day 6: Markha to Thochuntse
Day 7: Thochuntse to Nimaling
Day 8: Nimaling to Shang Sumdo and drive to Leh
Day 9: Fly from Leh to Delhi

 

Detailed Markha Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Delhi to Leh

Flights to Leh are almost as spectacular as our Markha Valley trek. The view of the high snow capped peaks is quite simply put mesmerizing. Landing at Leh is an adventure in itself as the airport strip is between mountains on both the sides. Rest for the first half of the day and in the evening go for a walk to the Leh market. Go out and explore Leh before the start of the Markha valley trek. Try a cup of traditional ladakhi butter tea and ladakhi bread for breakfast. Some of the famous places to visit in Leh are Shanti Stupa, Leh Monastery, Leh Palace etc.

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Day 2: Drive from Leh to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village

An early start is imperative for the Markha Valley Trek – The Trek offers best of Ladakh Trekking as there is no shade along the south banks of the Indus River until you enter the Zinchen Gorge. We will depart for Spituk from Leh by jeeps.The trek will begin along an old kucchha(un-metalled) road into a barren & dried region of Leh Ladakh with wild roses along the trail.

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Day 3: Trek from Zingchen to Ganda La Base.

Today we will enter in the Hemis National Park and if we are fortunate you will get a rare sighting of  a Ladakhi Ural or Arghali and other wildlife. After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley leading to the village of Rumbak. At Rumbak we will stop for tea at tea house made of a parachute run by women from the same village. After a cup of warm tea we will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching our camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range.

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Day 4: Trek from Ganda La base to Skiu via Ganda La

A big day and if this is your first pass crossing in the Himalaya you will be impressed.From the Ganda La there are views north to the Ladakh Range while to the south the rugged folds of the Zanskar Range extend to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya.

After a few stretching exercises and breakfast, we will begin a 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). The ubiquitous chorten and Tibetan prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see Blue sheep, Marmots and Arghali roaming the hills around us.

Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as well. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m).  There are ruins of an old monastery and a castle which makes a perfect setting for a photography session with deep blue skies and barren landscape of Leh Ladakh in the background.

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Day 5: Skyu to Markha 

From Skiu we head east up the Markha Valley Trek. After 2km the trail winds high above the riverbed. Floods in 2005 wiped out most of the then existing trails. There are a number of tiring 50m ascents and descents before the trail reaches a side gorge and potential campsite about 3km above Skiu. There is a dhaba selling buckthorn juice and locally made wheat biscuits run by the Women’s Association of Ladakh.

En route there is an abundance of willow thickets and poplars where ancient mani walls and chortens line the trail and barren cliffs rise high above the valley.

The trail continues through a series of willow and gorse thickets to a bridge over the Markha River. Trekking along the Markha River we get stunning views of the valley below. We will cross the river at and reach Markha (3800m). Markha is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. We have an option of staying in a village homestay in  Markha or in our tents for the night.

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 Day 6: Markha to Thochuntse.

The Markha valley trail continues passed old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path  then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets  in the valley.

After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforded our  first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we  cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of  Thachungste (4100m), where we will camp for the night.

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Day 7: Thochuntse to Nimaling

After breakfast we will follow a trail which leads 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 is the  highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us spectacular views of the huge peak  of Kang Yatse to the right.

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 Day 8: Nimaling to Shang Sumdo and drive to Leh

We  will cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from there we  will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The descent is  quite steep, but will gradually level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating  rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors).

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Day 9: Flight to Delhi

Take your return flight to Delhi or extend your stay for Pangong Lake or Nubra Valley Excursion tour.

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Fitness Required for Markha Valley Trek
At high altitude as the air gets thinner oxygen becomes less abundant.The percentage saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen determines the content of oxygen in our blood. After the human body reaches around 2,100 m (7,000 feet) above sea level, the level of  oxygen in our hemoglobin begins to plummet. However, the human body has both short-term and long-term adaptations to altitude that allow it to partially compensate for the lack of oxygen.The Markha Valley Trek Difficulty is of a challenging trek suitable for trekkers with prior experience in high altitude treks is recommended.Trekking Experience: Ideal trek for experienced trekkers.Fitness Required: The Markha Valley Trek falls in the category of challenging treks. The trail is fairly laid out path and has very few steep ascends or descends. Water is available throughout the trail. But still if you are thinking of your first big Himalayan trekking experience its better to be prepared. Here is the training schedule to prepare for the trek.Our treks are generally planned in a way that on an average you have to cover around 9 Kms in 6 hours although there may be slight variation depending on the terrain. This works out to roughly 1.5km per hour which is equivalent to walking in the plains at 6km per hour.

You can train yourself to run 3 kms in 30 minutes as per the schedule given below. Remember always start your training program with stretching and warm up exercises.

Follow this training schedule for trekking fitness required.
Week 1: Start with 10 minute of brisk walk and then jog for 10 minutes and finally 10minutes of easy walk.
Week 2: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 3: 5 minutes of brisk walk 15 minutes of jog 5 minutes of easy walk
Week 4: 5 minutes of brisk walk and jog for 25 min and cool down your body

Things to carry for Markha Valley Trek

Poncho, Rain Coat or Umbrella any one is must
Backpack (Min 55 Ltrs)
Floaters or Sandals
Trekking Shoes
2 Pairs of Quick Dry Tees and Track Pants
3 Pair of Socks
Full Sleeve Sweater or Fleece Jacket
One Heavy Jacket
Sun Cap
One Scarf
Light towel
Lip Balm
Cold Cream & Sun Screen (SPF 40+)
Water Bottle 1 Lt
Headlamp or torch with fresh pair of batteries
Personal Toilet Kit and toilet paper
Personal Medicine Kit
Dark Sunglasses
Gloves
Trekking Pole
CAMERA with huge memory card and fully charged with extra batteries !

What is the Markha Valley Trek?
Markha Valley Trek is a moderateto challenging high altitude trek done primarily during the summer. The trek is situated in Ladakh.

When is Markha Valley Trek best time?
Markha Valley Trek best time is during the summer months – May ,June,July ,August, September and October.

 What is Markha Valley Trek Difficulty?
Markha Valley Trek is considered by comparison a moderate to challenging high altitude trek. You need to have good physical fitness to complete this trek. Doing cardio vascular exercises is very helpful for preparing for this trek. Please check the preparation section to get a better understanding of this.

What are the temperatures during the Markha Valley Trek?
During the Markha Valley Trek temperatures vary between 0-20 degree celcius.There will be considerable variation between night and day and in the direct sun and shade, so it is important to plan accordingly.

 How much we have to trek each day?
Normally our trek are designed in such a way that we reach our camp by lunch time and on an average trekking distance is roughly 6-9 Kms each day and it takes around 6-7 hours by an average trekker to cover that distance.

What medicines should I carry during the trek.
Below is a list of basic medicines you should carry for a high altitude trek.
Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
Band aid – 10 stripsGauze cloth – 1 small role
Leukoplast – 1 small roll
Cotton – 1 small roll
ORS – 5 packets
Betadine cream
Moov spray

Tablets:
Crocin – 5 tablets
Avomine – 4 tablets
Avil 25mg – 4 tablets
Diamox – 15 tablets
Combiflam – 5 tablets
Disprin – 10 tablets
Norflox – 10 tablets
Digene – 10 tablets
Diamox – 10 tablets

Is Diamox advisable ?
Diamox help in acclimatization but we do not advise it. Please consult your Doctor before taking it.

Who will lead and who all will go along with us ?
All our treks are led by certified & Experienced Trek Leaders/Guides. We believe in sustainable adventure eco-tourism which in effect means that our teams are locally sourced. Other than a Trek lead we in our team will have local Guides, Cook, Helpers and Porters.

How big are the trekking groups ?
We make it a point not to have more than 15 people in a trekking group as we believe that the best way to enjoy adventure is in small sustainable groups.

What is the minimum number of Trekkers required for Fixed Departures ?
Our Fixed departures are guaranteed and a promise to our customer that even if there is a Single trekker we will proceed with the trek at a loss.

I am the only girl in a trek, is it safe ?
We generally have a ratio of Male : Female of about 2:1. Mountains on the whole are much safer than the plains. Lots of solo female trekkers join us and we make it a point that only female trekkers share the tent with other female trekkers.

What thing we need to Carryfor the trek?
You can refer to the section things to carry for this information

Can I offload my backpack on a mule/porter. What are the charges for the same.
When you are in the mountains you should be self-sufficient and  you should carry your own backpack. The charges to offload a backpack of roughly 9 kg or less is about 300 per day.

 Which type of shoes should I buy ?
Good trekking shoes  are a must for the Markha Valley Trek. Read more at How to Buy Trekking Shoes.

How many trekkers will be in one tent ?
We generally have 3-man tents  were we accommodate anywhere between 2-3 people.

What level of fitness is expected from the trekkers
Good physical fitness as well as mental fitness is required for the Markha Valley Trek. This is a trek which can be done by experienced trekkers.To get into  optimum level of fitness you can go through our article How to prepare for a high altitude trek.

What is there in Food menu during a trek ?
We server wholesome and nutritious Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Evening Snacks. The food is vegetarian. Vegetarian food is preferable at high altitudes as it is easy to digest.

Is the water on the trek safe?
The advantage of trekking the Himalayas is that your trekking route is filled with fresh Himalayan streams. Your trek leader/guide will direct you to places where you can fill clean water from. We recommend this water but in case you are unsure you can carry water purifying tablets with you.

 What type of vehicles are used for transportation ?
We use Sumo/Xylo/Tempo for transportation.

What do you do if we encounter a medical emergency during the trek?
Our team at Renok is trained in handling high altitude emergencies. Apart from being trained mountaineers they bring a wealth of experience with dealing with high altitude illnesses. We carry First aid kitsand oxygen cylinders with us and in case of other medical emergencies we rescue the trekker till the road head. If any additional cost of evacuation is incurred it is borne by the trekker.Also before the trek it’s your responsibility to get a medical fitness checkup by a doctor which certifies you are fit enough for this trek.

Can we change the itinerary?
Renok Adventures LLP reserves the right to change the itinerary depending upon the weather conditions and other factors. If extra cost is incurred due to rescheduling the trekker is informed beforehand and extra cost if any is borne by the trekker. Please note that we operate treks in some of the most remote regions and harshest conditions where unforeseen events may force us to change the itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Can you customize the Markha Valley Trek?
Yes Markha Valley Trek can be customised, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time for any number of people. The Cost for privatecustomized  trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.

What if trek is cancelled at the last moment due to ‘force majeure’?
All the arrangements for the tour are pre-planned and prepaid.
We will offer you alternate trek options of similar value depending upon the weather conditions if a trek is cancelled due to ‘force majeure’. In case of non-completion of the tour due to any reason whatsoever there will not be any refund for any unutilized services.

What is your Cancellation Policy
Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Between 14-08 Days :- 50% of Trek/Tour cost will be refunded.
Less than 7 Days :- No refund

What is your Rescheduling  Policy ?
We will reschedule your trek without any extra charge if this is conveyed to us in writing ateast 1 month before the trek starting date.
Between 07-24 Days before start of the trek :- 30% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.
Less than 7 days:- 100% of Trek/Tour cost  will be charged for rescheduling.

Leh
Ladakh in summer is a great tourist destination for adventure junkies and leisure  travelers. This is the best time to go to Ladakh when the weather is pleasant. During summers the main Manali – Leh Highway and the Leh -Srinagar highway is open.

Reaching Leh by Flights
Leh Airport is situated in Leh. All flights to Leh in the Summer are in the morning.

Reaching Leh by Road
There are two ways Leh can be reached by road.

1.Manali-Leh Highway
This is a picturesque highway which connects Himachal and Ladakh with some of the worlds highest passes. It takes 2 days to reach Leh from Manali with a break in Jispa or Sarchu.

Srinagar-Leh Highway
This is a better road then the Manali -Leh highway. This journey can be easily completed in a day but you can also stop over at Kargil for the night and continue to Leh the next day.

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  • 07 Oct to 19 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 17 Oct to 24 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 07 Oct to 19 Oct 2016 (Open)

  • 17 Oct to 24 Oct 2016 (Open)

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Here’s a short itinerary of Markha Valley Trek:

Day 1: Delhi – Leh. Complete rest for Acclimatization for the Markha Valley Trek.
Day 2: Drive from Leh to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village
Day 3: Trek from Zingchen to Ganda La Base
Day 4: Trek from Ganda La base to Skiu via Ganda La
Day 5: Skyu to Markha
Day 6: Markha to Thochuntse
Day 7: Thochuntse to Nimaling
Day 8: Nimaling to Shang Sumdo and drive to Leh
Day 9: Fly from Leh to Delhi

 

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5 Reviews
  • Jai Govind Meena
    March 31, 2017

    Best Leh Ladakh Tour with homestay and trek…Learn about Ladakh Culture and the way locals live with this homestay trek

  • Amir Khan
    March 6, 2017

    Best Trek

  • Jasmin
    January 26, 2016

    Any batches for 2016?

    • Purusattyam ganguly
      May 25, 2016

      any upcoming batches for 2016 plz inform me …about markha valley or any other treks in leh ladakh region .