09 Days Markha Winter Trek



Days: 09
Max Altitude: 4000m
Grade: Moderate
Date: 25 Jan – 02 Feb 2020

Markha Valley is one of the most popular treks in Ladakh during the summer months. Winter in this valley is a completely different experience, a stark contrast if one can say. The mountains are under a layer of snow, the trees have shed their leaves and the river is flowing gently, at times under the frozen layer of ice. This trek is as much about the incredible views as it is about experiencing the winter life of the local villagers. We stay with them in their warm homes and see how they have mastered the art of thriving and living happily in some of the harshest conditions. Winter is also a great time to see wildlife of Ladakh upclose as they all come down in search of food, you might even get to see the snow leopard if you are lucky!

Day 01–  Leh (3500m)

Day 02– In Leh (3500m)

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

Day 04- Trek Sara to Markha (3700m)

Day 05- Trek Markha to Hangkar (4150m)

Day 06- Contingency Day/ Excursion

Day 07- Trek to Sara

Day 08- Trek to Skiu & Drive to Leh

Day 09- Depart Leh


Day 01–  Arrival Leh (3500m)
Arrive Leh airport, transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatise. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02– In Leh (3500m)
Getting used to the cold as well as the altitude, you take stroll around the town and rest again. Last minute preparations and shopping if required for the trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03- Drive to Skiu (3400m), trek to Sara
Start from Leh early in the morning, drive by the pristine zanskar river all the way till Chilling and beyond till the village of Skiu. You start walking from Skiu with the Markha river flowing on your right. The valley slowly rises up passing by many small villages. Once the villages are behind, the valley opens up at places and is tight at times. You trek the gradual uphill all the way till the village of Sara. Overnight Homestay

Day 04- Trek to Markha (3700m)
You continue by the Markha river passing by Mane walls with Buddhist prayer stones and flags. The scenery is incredible and the valley is considerbly wide as you enter the biggest village in the valley, Markha. Overnight at homestay.

Day 05- Trek to Hangkar
The cold increases with altitude so does the beauty. The river is frozen as you go higher and you start getting a glimpse of Kang Yatze in a few corners. The landscape becomes more and more dramatic as you get close to Hangkar, the highest village in the valley. Overnight homestay.

Day 06- Contingency Day/ Excursion

Depending on conditions and weather, this day can either be used as contingency day at the end or can be used to go a little higher till Thachungtse.

Day 07- Trek to Sara
You retreat your steps back to Sara. Overnight Homestay

Day 08- Trek to Skiu & Drive to Leh
Reach skiu by noon and drive to Leh. There might be a possibility that you would have to trek till Chilling in case of road blockage. Reach Leh by evening, Overnight Hotel

Day 09- Depart Leh
Early morning transfer to airport for your flight home! 

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:  $ 1730
Based on min 8 pax/ max 12 pax
Tour Code: IND-MWT-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. Personal Porter to carry your day-pack during the trek can be arranged at $ 170.

A deposit of S$ 800 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

  • All transport in a Non AC Car / Tempo Traveller as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation on twin share basis in Homestays on the trek / ‘A’ category hotels in Leh (all meals included)
  • Mules for porterage of personal and group luggage
  • Professional guide fee, wildlife fee and climbing permit
  • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, staff, cook etc.
  • 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