A Trek Down the Majestic Markha Valley -

8 days, 7 nights
Visit : Leh, Skiu, Markha, Thachungtse, Nimaling

One of the most popular activities in Ladakh, the Markha Valley trek sees a lot of tourists because of its convenient proximity to Leh. On this trek, we'll come across some beautiful landscapes and great chances to spot some high altitude wildlife. People from all over the world come to see unparalleled views of Ladakh and the Zanskar. On the Markha Valley trek, you will see desola ...

One of the most popular activities in Ladakh, the Markha Valley trek sees a lot of tourists because of its convenient proximity to Leh. On this trek, we'll come across some beautiful landscapes and great chances to spot some high altitude wildlife. People from all over the world come to see unparalleled views of Ladakh and the Zanskar. On the Markha Valley trek, you will see desolate plains, the Markha River, Kang Yatze and many spots that exhibit the influence of Buddhist culture on the area.

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IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

  • This trek is for the adventure lover who also likes a fair amount of culture and wildlife to go with the scenic natural beauty on display. If this sounds like you, then this is definitely the trip for you!
  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Price
  • Dates
  • Accommodation
  • Things to Carry
  • Travel Tips
  • Terms & Conditions

Highlights

  • The beautiful city of Leh before the commencement of the Markha Valley trek
  • High altitude wildlife as well as pure, lush greenery
  • The majestic Kang Yatze mountain
Start of Tour

Leh

End of Tour

Thachungtse

  • Day 1Arrive Leh (3500m)
    • On a clear day, flights to Leh offer excellent views of the mighty Himalayas. Very soon you're going to be right in the middle of these mountains. Upon arrival at Leh homestay, today will be a free day for acclimatization. If you prefer, you can explore the markets in Leh or do local sightseeing on your own. Keep the day easy to acclimatize to the altitude.

    • Meals - Dinner
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  • Day 2In Leh (3500m)
    • We have the entire day at leisure. We encourage you to go out and explore the beautiful town of Leh! Leh is popular for many sightseeing options like the Leh Palace, the Shey, Thikse and Hemis gompas. Today is the day you have a free reign to go out and explore as much as you can. Apart from just sightseeing, this will also help speed up your body's acclimatization process. We'll spend the night at our hotel.

    • Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
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  • Day 3Leh - Chilling - Skiu (3400m)
    • The trail today goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus and swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchan gorge.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 4Skiu - Markha (3700m)
    • The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300 metres over the 22 kilometres, 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. We'll spend the night at a camp in Markha.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 5Markha - Thachungtse (4150m)
    • Kang Yatze (6,400 m), a magnificent snow clad mountain lords over us 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. It's also a popular place to spot herds of blue sheep as they slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 6Thachungtse - Nimaling (4720m)
    • On this trek we will pass several mani walls and come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here - both of Kang Yatze, 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 live stock on the summer pastures.

    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 7Nimaling - Kongmaru La (5130m) - Shang Sumdo (3660m) - Leh
    • As we climb the last short but steep slope to the top, there are spectacular views over the Zanskar Range and of the vertical ice walls on the north face of Kang Yaze. It's about a 3 hour climb to the top. The initial descent is quite steep and then eases out to reach the river bed at Shang Sumdo. You'll see our vehicles waiting here to take you back to Leh, where a warm bed and a hot shower awaits you.
    • Meals - Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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  • Day 8Depart from Leh
    • We'll have an early morning transfer to Leh Airport for our Leh-Delhi flight, bringing our wonderful adventure together to an end.

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    • Meals - Breakfast
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Inclusions

  • 07 nights' accommodation - Homestay in Leh on twin sharing basis & basic multi sharing homestays during the trek.
  • Transfers - Leh to Chilling and return.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL) for a group of 6 or more people.
  • Experienced Local Guide.
  • All necessary support staff (cooks, helpers, porters etc.) as per the size of the group.
  • Travel insurance covering high altitude trekking trips.
  • All trekking arrangements in the homestays.
  • Basic Medical and First Aid Kit.
  • Royalty and permits, camping charges etc.

Exclusions

  • Any transportation to/from Leh. Your tour price starts ex Leh.
  • Porters or mules to carry your personal luggage. This can be arranged for you at an additional price of INR 2500. This will cover porterage of your personal luggage upto 10 kilograms for 05 trekking days.
  • Airport transfers - Budget around 400 per vehicle per way from airport to guest house/ homestay and back.
  • Local sightseeing in Leh on Day 2.
  • Lunches in Leh.
  • International / domestic air ticket.
  • Airport taxes.
  • Visa charges.
  • Optional activities.
  • Entrance fees to monasteries / monuments.
  • Personal expenses, tips, laundry, telephone calls, personal medicines, alcoholic beverages, etc.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Evacuation charges and damage of any nature.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions
  • Government Service Tax of 5.0%.
  • Tips for the local guide and support staff. This is as per your discretion and will be collected by the Trip360 OEL towards the end of the trip.

Price - Valid till 31 Dec 2020

Hub Twin Sharing Accommodation
Ex Leh 18,500
* These prices are applicable for 8-10 adventurers. But if you’re looking to venture off the beaten path with your own gang, we’ll be happy to craft an exclusive adventure for you!

Dates

Wish to go on this adventure? Just give us a shout and we’ll make it happen for you! Your dates, your budget!

Accommodation

We stay in homestay in Leh on twin sharing basis & basic multi sharing homestays during the trek.

Things to Carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

    The following is a list of things that we suggest you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Woolens/thermal underwear
    • Wind/rain proof jacket
    • Good hiking/trekking shoes ; spare sandals
    • Socks - cotton+woolen / gloves
    • Water Bottle - at least 1 Lit.
    • Flash Light and spare batteries
    • Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woolen hat/gloves
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/Sun block SPF 50 and more
    • Vaseline/Lip Salve
    • Insect Repellent (if you are prone to bites)
    • Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.
    • Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage
    • Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on a walk.
    • Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.
    • Thermal underwear for cold days
    • Shorts / swimsuits for those warm days and a possible swim
    • Personal medication, if any

Travel Tips

  • Type of Food

    The food menu during the trek will be regular nutritious Indian food. Nothing tastes better than the black tea we pass you through the flaps of your tent early in the morning. Your breakfast could have an option of sandwiches or chapatis with a vegetable. We may have packed lunch on some of the longer days of the trek. Your hot meals will be a delicious mix of local vegetables, rice, chapatti and a sweet surprise in the end. We try and incorporate a lot of fresh local produce into your meals. Your cook during the trip will also be a local. You could try and get a local secret recipe from the cook. We will provide you safe boiled drinking water throughout the trek. Milk and eggs will be provided if available.

  • Clothes to carry

    A good base layer which could be a thermal top (polypropylene), with a T-shirt on top will keep you warm and dry. Mid layers provide insulation so anything that is warm will do e.g. a medium thickness woolen jumper or a mid-weight fleece top, along with another lightweight fleece top will suffice. If you really feel the cold, substitute the thinner layer with a down jacket. The outer layer is the final layer between you and the elements and must be capable of keeping out the wind, rain and snow. Any good waterproof, windproof jacket would do the job. Leg wear in the form of thermal long johns are invaluable. Cotton trousers or long skirts (long skirts for ladies also double as a 'port-a-loo') worn over this layer can keep you very comfortable. A good sun hat is very essential. Sunglasses which offer 100% UV protection are necessary to combat strong daylight.

  • Equipment Checklist

    The following is a list of things that we suggest you take with you. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.

    • Woolens/thermal underwear
    • Wind/rain proof jacket
    • Good hiking/trekking shoes ; spare sandals
    • Socks - cotton+woolen / gloves
    • Water Bottle - at least 1 Lit.
    • Flash Light and spare batteries
    • Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woolen hat/gloves
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen/Sun block SPF 50 and more
    • Vaseline/Lip Salve
    • Insect Repellent (if you are prone to bites)
    • Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.
    • Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage
    • Small daypack to carry camera, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on a walk.
    • Long trousers / long shirts / T-shirts etc.
    • Thermal underwear for cold days
    • Shorts / swimsuits for those warm days and a possible swim
    • Personal medication, if any

  • Medication & First Aid

    It will help for you all to carry some easy to access medicine on the trip, for headaches, diarrhea, constipation, and some re-hydration powders like Electral etc. It's also a good idea to have a roll of toilet paper accessible should you need to go.

  • Altitude considerations

    Travel to any part of the Indian Himalayas deserves a little more respect than many other high altitude destinations because the most of the regions lie over 2600 meters (8500 ft). People in good health should not get alarmed by this but if you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, you must take the advice of a doctor who has experience with the effects of altitude. We do not take heart or lung patients or pregnant mothers on such trips.
    Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more.

  • Luggage Info

    In case the trekker wants to off-load the bag to be carried by a pack animal, the facility is provided and the cost is covered under the price of the trek. Thus there is no extra off-loading charge. We request that such bags not weigh more than 10Kg. Trekkers will also be required to carry a small day pack with them on each day. It will contain the water bottles, food rations as and when provided by the staff (pack lunch, for instance), any necessary medicines the trekker must carry on person, a warm layer and a water-proof jacket.

  • Typical Day on the Trip

    A day on a trek begins with breakfast at 7 am by which time; you are expected to vacate your tent so packing can begin. Your help with setting up and packing up of tents is always welcome. We aim to usually be on the trail by 8:30 am and reach our camp for the day by 2-3pm, if not earlier. Long days on the trail may mean an earlier start and a 8-10 hour walking day. Lunch is usually had on the walk, and you'd get into camp for a welcome cup of tea. Remember to carry your favorite poison - there is no local produce to bank on.

  • Money to carry

    It is recommended that guests carry about Rs. 5000 cash on person during the trek. This may be required during an emergency. Also, according to practice, on the last night of the trek, the group tips the staff and cash will be required for this as well. Usually tips start from about 1500 for guide and cook and 1000 for rest of staff. Guests may choose to tip the staff more. The tip may be handed over to the trip leader.

  • Tipping

    All tipping is optional and by no means mandatory, however if you feel that your staff and drivers have performed at a good or excellent level, it is a great way to let them know you appreciate their efforts.

  • Our Crew

    The number of people in the crew will be determined by the group size. In most cases the group consists of the Trip360 Outdoor Experience Leader (OEL), a local guide and additional support staff like cooks, helpers etc. Each one of these people are vital towards the successful completion of the trip and do their bit in assisting in the overall logistics of the trip.

  • Books to Read

    The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas - This is the story of a woman from Wales who follows her husband to Kashmir where she lives among the locals and gradually begins to accept the way of life before tracing the ancestry of her long lost grandparents in Kashmir.

    The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts - This is an account of India from the perspective of a foreigner who has made it his home. Though it is primarily set in Mumbai, it tells the story of an outsider's perspective into India and gets into the minds and thought processes of what an Indian identity means.

  • Approximate Group Size

    Between 10 to 15 people

  • Flight Information

    You can arrive in Leh anytime on the first day. Most flights reach pretty early. We don't really have an agenda for the first 2 days of the trip. However, we recommend you to use these two days to let your body acclimatize to the thin air and low oxygen levels prevalent at this altitude.