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Markha Valley Trek

Leh ladakh Yak safari

  • Duration : 8 days
  • Season : July to August
  • Region : Leh - Markha Valley - King Yatse

Detailed itinerary :

Day: 1 Spituk to Zingchen (4-5 hours)

In the early morning hours, drive to Spituk, wherefrom the equipments will be carried by the horses. Do not forget to take water and sunscreen as the trek will begin along an old jeep road and continue to a parched and exposed region. After plodding through the shattered land one arrives at the beautiful and lush green Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus. Further into the valley lies the campsite, in the two-house hamlet of Zingchen.

Day: 2 Zingchen to Ganda La base (3-4 hours)

Enter Hemis National Park where one may be fortunate to encounter the untamed snow leopard, Lynx, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), red fox, Tibetan wolf, Dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare. One starts climbing gradually through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley leading to the village of Rumbak after paying the entrance fees. Stop at a tented teahouse run by women from the village. After a cup of warm tea, continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m).

Witness nature’s most magnificent views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range from the campsite.

Day: 3 Ganda La base to Skiu via Gandala 4900 m (6-7 hours)

Begin the 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). The usual chorten and prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see blue sheep, marmots and arghali roaming the hills. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as well. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. Call it a day after hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m). Within this idyllic village lies an old monastery and ruins of an old castle, once a rest stop for the Royal family on their way to Srinagar.

Day: 4 Skiu to Markha (7-8 hours)

Travel through the Markha River and hike through the lovely valley on a fairly level path. The trail crosses the river at various points, and passes winter settlements that contain Lhatos (religious shrines for local deities) and Mani walls (stones inscribed with Buddhist prayers). During peak season a number of tented teahouses will be open for refreshments. Markha (3800m) is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort.

Day: 5 Markha to Thachungtse (5-6 hours)

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which perches upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley.

After leaving the village of Umlung, We get to view mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m) which will stay in sight until one crosses Kongmaru La. After the lunch break in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley) continue onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste (4100m) and camp overnight.

Day: 6 Thachungtse to Nimaling (4 hours)

The first destination is the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving spectacular views of the huge peak of Kang Yatse to the right.

Day: 7 Nimaling to Shangsumdo via Kongmarula 5200 m (7 hours)

After a hearty breakfast, cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from here we will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and LadakhRange. The descent is quite steep, but gradually levels out as one enters Shang Gorge, with its fascinating rock formations. More river crossings obstruct the way before one arrives at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). Overnight camp is at Shang Sumdo.

Day: 8 Shangsumdo to Leh via Martselang (2 hours trek, 1 hour drive) Enjoy a pleasant 2-hour walk along a jeep road to Martselang, where the jeep will pick us up to drive our way back to Leh.

 

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  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control
  • We will provide basic equipment like ropes for safety, ice axe, harnesses, ascenders and descanters but one has to bring his/her own good quality Shoes, Sleeping bags, and crampons.
  • Incase of 2 -3 pax, cook would work as route guide and dinning arrangements would be made in kitchen tent only
  • Services subject to advance payments
  • At times due to road blockade or landslide we may to alter the itinerary at the last moment or the day of journey also. In such a case any extra running of vehicle or expenses incurred in operating the changed tour, extra cost would have to be paid by the guest.
  • Trekking & high altitude travel are adventure activities and the rates donot cover any insurance, risk cover, damages, claims etc. A person coming on adventure tour has to be covered for adventure travel & activities apart from normal travel insurance. Himalayan Wanderer or any of its service providers would not be liable in any case for any mishap/ loss etc
  • A person should be covered under travel insurance and the insurance should also include adventure travel and repatriation by a helicopter. Our transfer rates donot include any travel insurance/ repatriation charges/ damages/ claims etc incase of any eventuality
  • Our rates donot include any travel insurance/ repatriation charges/ damages/ claims etc incase of any eventuality
  • To reduce the risk of altitude sickness you should: drink enough liquids (check your urine periodically to make sure it is pale in color, dark yellow urine indicates that you are getting dehydrated), eat light (low fat food high in carbohydrates), and rest (take it easy and relax). Alcoholic drinks may not help during the acclimatization process
  • Our first add box normally contains – normal drugs for regular use like pain killers, Diamox, ORS powder, Bandages, ointment for cuts and wounds, antiseptics like Detol or Savolon etc. But normally foreign guest carry their own medicines and we also avoid suggesting anything in this regard. Carrying Diamox is always advisable (this is for high altitude, oxygen deficiency and mild high altitude sickness)
  • We suggest guest to consult doctor and have a thorough physical checkup before undertaking a trek.
  • For any helicopter rescue operations, normally the expenditure for these operations is paid by the insurance companies if the guest is insured. But Guest taking this adventure tour must be covered under travel insurance and the insurance should also include adventure travel and repatriation by a helicopter.
  • Incase guest doesn't have any risk insurance for adventure travel and repatriation by a helicopter charges, then in such a case of emergency we would want a written guarantee from the foreign office and the guest's travel agent that in such a case all the expenses incurred in rescue operation, extra cost immediately would have to be paid by the guest / foreign office or guest's travel agent in advance or as soon as the operation is over as per requirement of helicopter company or Army.


  • The client should make the reservation with the company along with 50% of tour cost as booking deposit. The balance amount has to be paid one month prior to the departure of the trek/ safari/ tour.
  • The booking form should be completed filled, signed and returned to the Company before starting any kind of adventure activity.
  • If the client is forced to cancel the booking prior to departure, the cancellation policy will be followed.
  • Once the tour starts and is cancelled due to any reason beyond our control, the Company reserves the right for the payment of refunds to the client and will be on Company's discretion.
  • In case of any delay beyond our control, the client will have to bear extra cost for the extra days as per the option chosen on per day basis.
  • In case the strength falls below the stipulated group strength or the Client can travel as individual travelers, then a different rate i.e. not group rate would be applicable
  • Company reserves the rights to decline to reserve any person or persons as client for any trek without assigning any reason whatsoever.

The booking is accepted on the understanding that you realize the potential risks and hazards that can be involved in holidays of this kind. , along with our leaders/guides and any one else working in association with us can not be held responsible for any death, accident or mishap that may occur in connection with any part of, or services connected with the holiday. It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to conflict, international or internal flight delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, weather, war, vehicle problems, political closures and disputes. Before the guests come on a holiday, they must be covered by insurance, which has to include the cost of helicopter rescue and cost of repatriation if they become too ill to continue. The travel insurance should cover Adventure Holiday too.
The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the package is not availed The Company would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc.