Markha Valley Trek Program

13 NIGHTS | 14 DAYS

Region, State : LADAKH

Difficulty Level   : Moderate

Name of the program : The Markha Valley Trek in Ladakh, India’s Little Tibet

Detailed Program: The Markha Valley Trek is certainly one of the most varied and beautiful treks in the world. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two passes over 15,000 ft (4575 m) as it circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Zanskar, and passes through terrain that changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses! It is made all the more interesting by the ancient form of Buddhism that flourishes in the many monasteries that dot the landscape perched high atop hills.

The trails are decorated by elaborate "chortens"(shrines) and "Mani"(prayer) walls that further exemplify the region's total immersion in Buddhist culture. As we trek to the upper end of the Markha Valley we are rewarded with spectacular views of jagged snow capped peaks before crossing the 5150m Kongmaru La (Pass) and descending to the famous Hemis Monastery, where we end our trek.

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day Activities
Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Day 2 Delhi
Day 3 Fly Delhi / Leh
Day 4 Leh / Shey / Thiksey / Hemis / Leh
Day 5 Leh / Spitok (Drive) & Trek to Zingchan
Day 6 Zingchan / Rumbak / Yurutse
Day 7 Yurutse / Ganda La / Skiu
Day 8 Skiu / Markha
Day 9 Markha / Thochuntse
Day 10 Thochuntse / Nimaling
Day 11 Nimaling / Kongmaru La / Sumdo
Day 12 Nimaling
Day 13 Sumdo / Hemis / Leh
Day 14 Fly Leh / Delhi & Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
After clearing immigration and customs, our representative will meet you at the receiving area and escort you to your hotel. Thereafter, arrive at the hotel and check-in.

Overnight at the Hotel

Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, experience the combined charm of Old and New Delhi.

The day begins with the sightseeing of Old Delhi and a visit to the Raj Ghat. Drive past the Red Fort on your way to the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque.  A Tour through the bazaars of Chandni Chowk is followed by a drive past the historical India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Parliament House. The day is concluded by a visit to the capital’s most striking monument; the 70 meter high Qutab Minar.

Overnight at the hotel (B) 

Day 3: Fly Delhi / Leh (by Flight G8-193 at 08:40/09:55 Hrs.)
After early morning check-out from the hotel transfer to Delhi Airport for flight G8-193 Delhi/Leh 08:40 AM / 09:55 AM.

On arrival at Leh airport, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and escort you to the hotel.

Arrive and check-in to the hotel.

Today full day for acclimatization.

In the evening visit and explore the local markets (Bazaar) of Leh.

Overnight at the Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 4: Leh - Shey - Thiksey – Hemis - Leh
The day is dedicated to exploring this fascinating region. After breakfast, visit the Hemis Gompa which is the biggest monastery in Ladakh and houses monks of the Brokpa or Red Hat sect. From there on you will be taken to Shey, the king’s old palace where you may absorb the splendor of the royalty. This day spent on a faraway land would end as you make your way towards the Thiksey Gompa-an impressive imitation of Lhasa’s Potala Palace.

Overnight at the Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 5: Leh - Spitok (drive) - Trek to Zingchan (3200 mts/10496 ft)
Leave Leh early morning by Jeeps and reach Spituk (1 hr). Visit the Spituk Gompa, built about 500 years ago. Start the trek from here by crossing a bridge and walking south-west of the river Indus. The gorge section leads to the confluence of Indus and Zingchan. Camp near the village of Zingchan.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 6: Zingchan - Yurutse (3900 mts/12792 ft) via Rumbak
It's a gradual climb from Zingchan to Rumbak. From here one gets fabulous views of the snowcapped Stok Mountains. From here we move along the Rumbak Nala towards Yurutse. At Yurutse village you will find fields of barley and potatoes.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 7: Yurutse - Skiu (3100 mts/10168 ft) via Ganda La
A gradual ascent followed by a steep climb gets one to the Ganda la (4900 M). From here views extend south to the Zanskar range and distant summits of the Himalayan range. This is followed by a long descent to Shingo village. From Shingo the trail heads into a narrow gorge leading towards Skiu. At Skiu there is a confluence of the rivers coming from Markha valley and Shingo.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 8: Skiu - Markha (3800 mts/12464 ft)
It's a very pleasant hike, up the Markha valley today with the trail crossing numerous streams. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small village

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 9: Markha - Thochuntse
From Markha the country changes and the warm, relatively heavily wooded sections of the lower Markha is left behind. One will be required to cross the river several times as there are no bridges here. Hankar, en-route, is the highest village in the Markha valley.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 10: Thochuntse - Nimaling (4700 mts/15416 ft)
Trek starts on a good path with several small inclines and a series of grassy ridges. There are a series of Mani walls (walls carved with Buddhist prayers) and chortens en route. This is one of the most beautiful high valleys in Ladakh and is dominated by the Kangyaze peak.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 11: Nimaling
Rest Day. Explore the valley.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 12: Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5150 mts/16892 ft) - SUMDO
Today one will cross to the north of the Markha, climbing to the top of the highest of the three passes, the 5,306 M Kongmaru La, with its wonderful views from the top. There are snow peaks in every direction and on a clear day the giants of Karakoram, including K2, can be seen on the north-western horizon. The trail descends to the Martselang valley, following the Martselang stream to the village of Sumdo.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 13: Sumdo – Hemis (4 hrs trek) – Leh
Today make an easy descent along the Martselang to where it broadens into the valley of the Indus at Martselang village. Board the awaiting jeeps. Visit Hemis monastery and after that drive to Leh via Shey and Thiksey monastery.

Overnight at the Tents (B,L,D)

Day 14: Fly Leh / Delhi
After early check-out from the hotel transfer to Leh Airport for flight G8-196 Leh/Delhi 07:00 AM / 08:20 AM.

On arrival at Delhi airport, step into the receiving area, where our representative will meet you and transferred to the hotel.

Arrive and check-in to the hotel till departure.

Later in the night you will be escorted to the Delhi International airport to board the flight for you’re onwards journey.

Check-in at the Hotel till departure (B)