Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days

Location: North India- Ladakh Himalayas.

Trek duration: 08 days trek / 04 days of driving and acclimatization.

Best season:  Mid June to Early October.

Covering: Leh, Markha valley.

Mountain ranges: Ladakh Himalayas & Greater Himalayas.

Minimum altitude: 3,500metres (11,483 feet)

Maximum altitude: 5,274 metres (17, 303 feet).

You can take it: As a private tour (tour dates would be of your choice)

Grade: Moderate

Special about the tour:

Markha Valley is located between the Zanskar Himalayas and Ladakh Himalayas, in the North Himalayan region in India. The trail to Markha valley starts near Leh ( Ladakh) -“ The Buddhist Kingdom of Indian Himalayas”. After the initial period of acclimatization sightseeing tour, to famous monasteries in high altitude at Leh and rafting on Indus River, we will set out to explore the Markha valley – The heartland of the central Ladakh.

Markha Valley Trek is one of the most famous and popular treks of Ladakh Region. It ventures high into the Himalayas crossing two high mountain passes Ganda la Pass 4,878 metres (16,000 feet) and Kongmaru La Pass 5,274 metres (17,303 feet). As the trek passes through Hemis – High Altitude National Park (4100 sq. km) so there are also opportunities to glimpse rare and endangered Himalayan wild lives including the Snow Leopard.

The trek circles from the edges of the Indus Valley, down into parts of Markha valley, and passes through terrain those changes from incredibly narrow valleys to wide-open vast expanses. The trails are decorated by elaborate “chortens” (shrines) and “Mani”(prayer stone) walls that further exemplify the region’s total immersion in Buddhist culture. The highlight of the trip is the camping near the base of the “Kangyatse” peak 6,400 metres (21,00 feet) on the High Altitude pastures of Nimaling, before crossing the 5,274 metres ( 17, 300 feet ) high Kongmaru La Pass.
As we reach the pass we are able to see the magnificent and spectacular views of snow capped peaks of Tibet and the Karakorum Mountain Ranges of the Himalayas.

The beautiful Buddhist monasteries – where old form of Buddhism is still preserved, traditional Mountain Villages with livelihoods of the Ladakhi people, High altitude pastures of Nimaling where we have the opportunity to meet nomadic families as they herd their yaks, the spectacular views of the Himalayan snow capped peaks including “KANG YATSE” ( 6,400 metres / 21,000 feet ), crossing the two high mountain passes of Himalayas are some of the experiences which leaves indelible impression of our journey through this gloriously illuminated landscape of Indian Himalayas.

Prior to trekking, you get an unbeatable experience with an insider’s perspective while sightseeing in Leh & Delhi. Visiting monasteries, rafting on Indus river and hiking up in the beautiful countryside of the charming town of Leh provides plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and get complete acclimatization for trekking. You will encounter great diversity of landscapes, lovely unspoilt pastoral mountain scenery, pristine villages, old Buddhist monasteries of great importance and indigenous people from Himalayas on the trek….!

Markha Valley Trek over Ganda la pass & Kongmaru la Pass

Day 1 Arrival at New Delhi
Day 2 Fly from New Delhi to Leh. 3,500 metres. ( Acclimatization)
Day 3 Local sightseeing in Leh. 3,500 metres ( Acclimatization)
Day 4 Local sightseeing in Leh 3,500 metres (( Acclimatization)
Day 5 Leh to Zingchen and Trek to Rumbak. 3,800 metres (Drive & Trek)
Day 6 Rumbak to Ganda la base camp. 4,200 metres (Trek)
Day 7 Gandala base to Skiu (3,400 metres) over Gandala Pass 4,878 metres (Trek)
Day 8 Skiu to Markha 3,750 metres (Trek)
Day 9 Markha to Thachungtse 4,150 metres (Trek)
Day 10 Thachungtse to Nimaling 4,720 metres (Trek)
Day 11 Nimaling to Chuskurmo (4,400 metres) over Kongmaru La pass 5,274 metres (Trek)
Day 12 Chuskurmo to Shang Sumdo (3,750 metres) and drive to Leh. (Trek & Drive)
Day 13 Fly from Leh to New Delhi (Local Sight Seeing)
Day 14 Fly back to your country