Markha Valley Trek
Markha Valley Trek

Markha Valley Trek

13 days

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Discover the pristine wild scenery spanning Ladakh’s backyard on foot

The Markha Valley and Stok Kangri Trek is the adventure of a lifetime! You’ll discover the unspoiled outdoor oasis spanning the Markha Valley in India’s Hemis National Park on this magnificent trekking adventure. Admire the ice-laden mountains soaring around you, the alpine pastures coating the land, the vibrant flower meadows, and every so often you’ll catch a glimpse of rural daily life as you wind from Chilling to Shang Sumdo.

Hemis National Park is also home to a collection of wildlife, including blue sheep, an abundance of birds, and snow leopards. You may be lucky enough to spot this exotic animal roaming the land—there are around 50 in the park! Outside of snaking through wild landscapes, enjoy visits to cultural highlights: gompas, monasteries, and stupas. The Markha Valley and Stok Kangri Trek is not to be missed-book today!

Highlights of the Markha Valley Trek

Look out for an array of exotic wildlife on the landscape as you trek: birds, blue sheep, and the exotic snow leopard.
Enjoy fresh cheese and yogurt provided by local shepherds in Nimaling, the charming area you'll tent for two nights.
Explore the remarkable cultural highlights and architectural knockouts, like gompas and palaces, in Leh.
Discover the great attractions of New and Old Delhi with a tour guide on this tour's last full day.

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13 days
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Markha Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Leh from Delhi

Meet and greet a tour representative upon arrival in Delhi before transferring to the domestic airport for your flight to Leh. Once you reach Leh, meet another tour representative and transfer to your hotel. Do note that you’ve just landed at 3,500 m above sea level, so it's essential to get acclimatized before embarking on your trekking adventure. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. It's suggested to check out the Leh Market, where they sell souvenirs, jewelry, and antiques.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Leh (3,500m / 11,482ft)
Distance: None
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Sightseeing around Leh

Catch a glimpse of the spirituality embedded in India's culture today! Visit Shey Monastery, a complex on a stony hillside. Admire the towering 350-year-old Buddha statue towering over the land. After, embark on a short hike to Thikse Gompa. During sunrise, the monks all gather for a prayer ritual (Puja) at this monastery.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Leh (3,500m / 11,482ft)
Distance: Flexible
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Relax in Leh

Spend another day getting acclimated before your hiking adventure. Enjoy walking around and visiting Shanti stupa, the old royal palace, and Tsemo Gompa.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Leh (3,500m / 11,482ft)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Begin your trek

You’ll start the morning with a 60 km drive to Chilling. Admire the Indus River and Zanskar River as you wind along the road. Upon arrival, you’ll store your non-trekking luggage at the hotel. After, head to the river bank to meet your hiking companions and place your gear on the pack animals. Once you’re all set, prepare to start your week-long adventure in Hemis National Park. Today you will head to Kuki La (pass). Eventually, the Markha River will replace the Zanskar River. Amid the beautiful scenery, you’ll pass Kaya, a settlement home to the ruins of an old gompa. Spend your first night in a tent in Skiu. Before you go to bed, enjoy a delicious three-course meal!
Overnight Location: Camping in Skiu (3350m / 11,000ft)
Distance: 6-7km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 Hike to Markha

Hike through fertile, lush fields and pastures, coming across a deserted gompa. Expect to cross the Markha River on numerous occasions. Sometimes a bridge will carry you across, but other times you’ll have to walk through the water—which can be knee-deep. Soon, Markha village will come into view. Spend the night in a tent below an old, crumbled castle. Interact with the locals while you’re here.
Overnight Location: Camping in Markha (3,480m / 11,417ft)
Distance: 6-7km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 Hike to Thachungtse

Get ready for an eventful hike packed with river crossings, colourful birds, and remarkable views. Amid the scenery, expect to experience some of the spirituality rooted in India’s culture via a possible visit to the Tsetang Gompa and a visit to another stupa after a set of steep switchbacks. From the stupa, marvel at the views sprawling below before descending to your campsite.
Overnight Location: Camping in Thachungtse (4,313m / 14,150ft)
Distance: 6-7km
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 Hike to Nimaling

Encounter an array of scenery on today’s route, from earthy pyramids to edelweiss, and a pleasant mountain lake, where you’ll break for lunch. Hike up to the alpine pastures spanning Nimaling, and expect to interact with shepherds selling cheese and yogurt. Their goats, sheep, and dzos will roam between the tents dotting the campsite. From here, admire Kang Yatse, the imposing mountain peak demanding attention in the backdrop.
Overnight Location: Camping in Nimaling (4,700m / 15,420ft)
Distance: 6-7km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Rest in Nimaling

Spend a day resting in this charming, welcoming area. You can opt to embark on a day hike—all options unveil gorgeous views of Hemis National Park.
Overnight Location: Camping in Nimaling (4,700m / 15,420ft)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Cross Kongmaru La

Admire the palette of colours painting the mountains spanning the land as you climb across Kongmaru La. Bask in the beauty of the edelweiss, which add a layer of magnificence to today’s hike. You’ll come across prayer flags fluttering and a crisp view of Kang Yatse, standing tall at 6,400 m, as you walk. Wind through a gorge where your destination awaits. In Chokdo, enjoy tea and interact with the locals.
Overnight Location: Camping in Chokdo (3,900m / 12,795ft)
Distance: 6-7km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Finish the trek

Get ready for your last day totally immersed in the wild. Hike to Shang Sumdo. From here, hop in a vehicle and head to Hemis Monastery—the richest, biggest monastery in India. After admiring the expansive halls and paintings dotting the walls, take a bus back to Leh.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Leh (3,500m / 11,482ft)
Distance: 6-7km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Fly to Delhi

Depart Leh and fly to Delhi. Opt to explore the various attractions in and around this hustling and bustling city. Optionally, you can visit Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Delhi (216m / 709ft)
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Sightseeing around Delhi

Enjoy a tasty breakfast before going on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Check out notable attractions in Old and New Delhi: Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, India Gate, Qutub Minar, and more.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Delhi (216m / 709ft)
Distance: Flexible
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 Depart Delhi

Head to the international airport for your flight home. Safe travels!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Markha Valley Trek Price and Dates

This guided trekking tour to Ladakh in India is always run as a custom tour for your group only and the price depends on the size of your group.

The best time to travel to Ladakh in India for trekking is from April to September. The summer months (June through August) tend to provide the warmest weather for trekking.

Prices of Private Guided Markha Valley Trek

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $1,594 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 3: $1,512 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-6: $1,308 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7-9: $1,227 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 10-14: $1,168 USD per person
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Accommodation on Markha Valley Trek

This tour will have you staying in a combination of hotels and alpine tents at overnight campsites. When you’re not camping, expect to stay in 2-4-star hotels. The hotels provided come with modern amenities that elevate your comfort. Do note that rooms are double occupancy, but you can always upgrade to single occupancy for an additional fee. Single travellers are also required to pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may be swapped for other similar accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $645 USD to have a private room in a hotel. It’s often also possible to match single travellers up.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel The Royal Plaza in Delhi ★★★★

Enjoy a sprinkle of luxury here. During your stay, let your body unwind in the indoor or outdoor pool or head to the spa for an added boost of relaxation.

Night 2-10

Guesthouses and homestays in Ladakh

Enjoy sleeping under the stars! You’ll camp in beautiful locations along the trail and all necessary equipment will be provided.

Hotel The Royal Plaza in Delhi ★★★★

Enjoy a sprinkle of luxury here. During your stay, let your body unwind in the indoor or outdoor pool or head to the spa for an added boost of relaxation.

What’s included in the Markha Valley Trek?

Meals

12 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 12 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 12 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation is included for transfers to the different locations, pick-up, and drop-off spots throughout the tour. However, the airfare for flights between Delhi and Leh is not included and will be available to add to the tour package during the booking process.

Also Included

  • Guide for trekking in Ladakh
  • Camping, permit, entrance fees
  • Trekking arrangements: tents, cook, ponies, helpers, one-inch mattresses
  • Toilet tent

Not included

  • Flights to and from Delhi
  • Flights to and from Leh
  • Any additional nights in Delhi before or after the tour
  • Tour guide gratuity
  • Personal necessities such as drinks during mealtimes and laundry
  • Sleeping bag

Optional Extras

  • Extra night in Delhi before or after the tour
  • Flights between Delhi and Leh: $216 USD per person (prices vary based on availability)
  • Sleeping bag rental: $13 USD per day

Frequently Asked Questions about Markha Valley Trek

Trans India Holidays was founded nearly 30 years ago in New Dehli, India. They grew their team from four dedicated travellers to 100 energetic guides and trip planners.

Trans India strives to provide the best possible value for client’s money, continually searching for ways they can upgrade their service and experiences.

Offering a range of tour styles, Trans India operates cultural, religious, adventure, wildlife, culinary, family-friendly, and sporting tours.

Looking after each little detail from the perfect hotel room to booking your tee time for you, Trans India knows how to make a holiday in India as unforgettable as possible.

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Is this tour for me?

This tour is rated as a 5 / 5. This tour requires you to hike at a high altitude. Therefore, a high level of fitness and experience hiking at altitude is recommended.

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New Delhi, India

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