09 Days Markha Valley Trek



Days: 09
Max Altitude: 5130m
Grade: Moderate
Date: 29 Jun – 7 Jul 2019

One of the most popular treks in Ladakh – it is a perfect combination of beautiful trans-himalayan landscape with ladakhi villages. There are good chances to spot some high altitude wildlife as well as experience the life of nomadic families as they herd their yaks in these big and beautiful valleys. After couple of days of acclimatisation to high altitude in Leh you will set out to explore the heartland of the central Ladakh Valley. It involves crossing of high passes – Stok La 4848 mts, Kongmaru La 5274 mts, Gandla 4878 mts and walking on the banks of the Markha River. Kang Yatse peak (6400m) can be approached from this route as the base camp is on the plains of Nimaling.

Day 01–  Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)

Day 02– In Leh (3500m)

Day 03- Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m)

Day 04- Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m)

Day 05- Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)

Day 06- Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m)

Day 07- Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo(3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m)

Day 08- Drive Shang Sumdo to Leh

Day 09- Fly Leh – Delhi


Day 01–  Fly Delhi – Leh (3500m)
Arrive Leh airport, transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatise. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02– In Leh (3500m)
Visit Leh palace, the Shey/Thikse gompas. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03- Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (3400m)
The trail goes through a flat and desolate plain along the river Indus and swings into the mountains along the pretty, willow-lined Zingchan gorge. Overnight Camp.

Day 04- Trek Skiu to Markha (3700m)
The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m across 22km, crossing the Markha river a couple of times. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. Overnight Camp.

Day 05- Trek Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)
Kang Yatse (6400m), a magnificent snow-clad mountain commands the views for the next two days. A popular place to spot herds of blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility. Overnight Camp.

Day 06- Trek Thachungtse to Nimaling (4720m)
You pass several mani (stones with prayer inscriptions) walls and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here – both of Kang Yatse, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. Overnight Camp.

Day 07- Trek Nimaling to Shang Sumdo(3660m) over the Kongmaru La (5130m)
As we climb the last short but steep slope to the top there are good views over the Zanskar range and of the vertical ice walls on the north face of Kang Yatse. The trail eases out to reach the river bed at Shang Sumdo. Overnight Camp.

Day 08- Drive Shang Sumdo to Leh
Get into vehicles to go to Hemis monastery (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Afternoon is free to stroll the market of Leh. Overnight hotel in Leh.

Day 09- Fly Leh – Delhi
Early morning transfer to airport for Leh-Delhi flight.

Kindly note that we and the local guide reserve the rights to make decision, in your best interests or in the best interests of the group participating in the trek. In the event of cancellation of activity beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions and other similar conditions that compromises the safety of your group and the guide, no form of compensation will be given.

LAND Price per person in SGD:  $ 1120
Based on min 8 pax
Tour Code: IND-MV-09
Price is subjected to changes without prior notice

1. Single Room in Leh during the trip can be booked at an additional cost of $ 240.
2. Single Tent for all camping nights can be arranged at an additional cost of $ 120.
3. Personal Porter to carry your day-pack during the trek can be arranged at $ 170.

A deposit of S$ 500 per person is required upon confirmation and the balance must be paid in full 30 days prior to the departure date. Non-payment by required date may result in the cancellation of your booking and subjected to cancellation charges.

Airfare: SIN-Leh-SIN: From S$ 850 including taxes

LAND Price includes

  • Twin Share accommodation for 3 nights at ‘A” category hotels in Leh
  • Twin Share accommodation in tents with foam sleeping pads for 05 nights on the mountain
  • All meals on the trip
  • Monastery Entry fees, Camping fees
  • Full board camping arrangements on the mountain with a large mess tent, tables & stools
  • Local Trip Leader assisted by certified, experienced, English-speaking guides
  • Mules for porterage of personal and group luggage
  • All Transport as per the itinerary above
  • Includes local Service tax &  Clean India Cess
  • Briefing prior departure
  • 15% discount for gears at X-Boundaries

Price excludes

  • All airfare & taxes
  • Personal gears such as sleeping bag
  • Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, phone calls, alcohol, beverages, cigarettes, camera fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Tips
  • Visa and Visa application fees

The crew in Ladakh is knowledgable, the tour guide, trekking crew and the admin staff there were very helpful as well. They were obliging to our requests and handled all aspects of the trek well.

The best moment of the trip is during the trek. We get to see many different animals along the way, enjoy the breathtaking scenery and eating comfort food during camping after a long, tiring walk.

Liza Sem

22 May - 01 June 2016

It was sure a challenging trek but i enjoyed it nevertheless. Just to let you know the trek we took was Shang valley and pictures are from the trek. Markha valley was closed due to landslide and we were not allowed in.  Thanks again n look forward to more adventure with x trekkers.

Francis Yeo

12d MARKHA VALLEY TREK 21-31 Aug 15