Also known for being a 'tea house trek', the Markha Valley Trek allows you to witness amazing views of Ladakh and Zanskar Ranges. This 9 nights and 10 days popular trek proceeds on a moderate trekking route. During the enthralling expedition, you will get a chance to stay in camps at most of the villages en route. Grab your chance to sightsee ethereal rock formations, amazing sights, stunning villages, scenic Buddhist monasteries and snow-covered mountains. The views of the Stok Kangri will leave you spellbound. The journey starts from Spituk where you will cross a bridge to trek towards the south-west of the Indus River. It further involves gradual climbs and ascents and crossing the Ganda La and scenic villages. Undoubtedly, this trekking expedition is full of surprises and worth every effort that goes into it.
Upon your arrival in Leh, spend the rest of the day relaxing and acclimatizing.
On day 2 of the Markha Valley Trek tour, enjoy sightseeing and get acclimatized.
After breakfast, from Leh drive to the Spituk. Cross a bridge here that is behind the Spituk monastery (7 km). From the bridge start trekking along river Indus while walking through the Stok Mountains. Slowly move towards the wilderness of the Himalayas, leaving behind the Leh-Srinagar highway. You arrive at Zingchen while passing by a gorge where you stay in a camp overnight.
Start for Rumbak through Zingchen moving on a straight road. Now you will be entering the Hemis National Park. It is popular for being home to wolf, snow leopard, Baharal, marmot etc. While walking on a narrow path you will reach Rumbak where you will be setting a camp at Yurutse (below Ganda La ).
Enjoy an overnight stay here.
Follow the mountain path from Yurutse, crossing a valley while on a zig-zag route. Once you cross the Ganda La (4380m), walk downwards to reach Shingo and finally you will reach the Markha valley that lies 100 m away.
Night halt in tents.
From here walk on the right bank of Markha while viewing its vegetation. After crossing it, you will cross a barren land too and reach Chaluk. Move a little along the left side of the bank, and finally, climb towards the Markha village. At the end of the village, camps are set near the river for an overnight stay.
Post breakfast, start trekking to reach Tchatchutse through Hankar village.
Night halt in the tents.
After breakfast, you begin your trek journey to reach Nimaling (4900m). This place has a green pasture where during summers, you can spot thousands of sheep, goats and yaks grazing. Towards the south is Kang Yatse (Nimaling Peak) (6400m).
Overnight stay in tents.
Start trekking towards Kongmaru La (5100 m), after breakfast. The top of the pass offers a view of the Ladakh ranges and villages to the north of Indus valley. Proceed towards Shang for an overnight in tents.
Start walking downwards to visit the Hemis Monastery, one of the oldest and the richest monasteries in Ladakh. Later drive to Leh. On the way, visit Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Stok Palace and museum.
This marks the end of your tour.