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Markha Valley – Indian Tour Operator
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Markha Valley

Markha Valley

Days : 11        Destination Covered: Leh | Chilling | Skiu | Markha | Thachungtse | Nimaling | Martsellang | Leh
After taking breathtaking flight into Leh, You will be exploring around leh and visit some of its ancient Monasteries and understand the monastic life, you will drive to Lamayuru which is on the Leh Srinagar highway. Your trek will begings from this historic place where once the great saint Naropa meditate over here in 11th ce. From here you will be trek through Wanla famous for its wood carving pass Phanjila and enter into gorge towards tar la and come out to Mangy, you could visit the 11th ce monastery which was found around the same time as Alchi, this one of the 108th temple built by Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo. From here either you drive or trek through gera village and come out to Ule cross over Indus an a footbridge where the vehicle will pick you up and drive to Alchi, after having a visit at Alchi drive continue to Leh.

Day 1: Arrive Leh; 3505 meters / 11567 feet

Arrive Kushok Bakula airport Leh – 3500m above sea level. Transfer to hotel. Breakfast at the hotel before 09.30 am. Full day at rest for acclimatization. Lunch at the hotel. Later in the evening walk around local market. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

Day 2: Leh

AM: Excursion Spituk

PM: Excursion to Sankar Gompa & Shanti Stupa :

Post breakfast we depart for AM Sightseeing tour to Spituk, This is one of the most important monastery in Ladakh , its belongs to Gelugspa or yellow head order, Monastery was founrde by Lama Lawang Lotus and King Dragspa Bumlde in 15th ce, One could visit various temple dedicated to different deities.

Later we drive back to hotel on time for lunch, Later in the afternoon, visit Sanker Gompa, which is towards the north of the Town, The monastery is only 130yrs old and is the seat for the head lama of Spitok Monastery.

Later visit Shanti Stupa, The Japanese for World Peace built the Shanti Stupa, at Changspa, on the hilltop, and was inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 1992. Its state of the art work attracts a lot of tourists to Ladakh and is spectacular to watch. From there one can see spectacular view of Leh town and Indus valley. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 3: Drive to – Chilling

We are now acclimatized and ready to begin trekking. Our brief introduction to the Tibetan Buddhist world of Ladakh (which has been many times threatened by invading forces over the years) will make us better able to appreciate the significance of the hill-top location of many of the monasteries which we will see on our trek through the Markha Valley. A 40 kilometre drives along the road towards Srinagar and Kashmir to Nimmo, where the chill waters of the Zanskar River meet the Indus. We turn onto a dirt road, cross the Indus on a sturdy bridge and then follow the left bank of Zanskar River through a gorge to Chilling – A village well known in Ladakh and Zanskar for the skill of its silversmiths. Chilling is also the gateway into the Markha valley. We camp at Chilling and spend an easy afternoon.

Day 4: Chilling – Skiu (3200m 05hrs)

After breakfast star trek crossing the Zanskar by way of a box and cable bridge, we meet our trek crew and our pack-ponies, who will have travelled to this meeting place, via the Markha valley, a day in advance of our arrival. After sorting out the loads for the ponies, we begin our first day of trekking along a narrow trail on the right bank of Zanskar gorge, to a point where the Markha River meets the Main valley. We climb to cross spur and can look southwards to where the impressive Zanskar gorge disappears around a corner. A red – painted collection of chortens on the far side of Zanskar and faint indication of a trail point to the existence of route into Zanskar. In face the only time it is practicable to follows the Zanska River southwards as far as Padum in Zanskar is in the depths of winter. When, for a few short weeks the frozen river allows reasonable progress through the gorge to be made but that is another story. At this point, we turn towards the southeast into the Markha valley and Continue until we reach the irrigated trees and fields of the hamlets of Skays and Skiu, where we camp for the night. The main trail into the Marks valley from the north, over the Ganda La, joins our route at this point. There is a small monastery in Skiu and a derelict fortress/monastery on the cliff above our riverside camp.

Day 5: Skiu – Markha (3800m 06-07hrs)

It’s a very pleasant hike, up the Markha valley today with the trail crossing numerous streams. Markha is a quaint village with a deserted fort and a small village Overnight in camp.

Day 6: Markha to Thachungtse (4000m 5-6hrs)

The Markha valley trail continues past old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched on a toweringcliff that looms above Markha, well worth visiting if we have the energy! The path then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforded our first view of Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sightuntil we cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last in the valley), we will press onward to the lovely green pasture of Thachungste, where we will camp.

Day 7: Thachungtse to Nimaling (4200m 4hrs)

Today the trail will lead us up to 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 on the trek, giving us spectacular views of Kang Yatse to the right, the Zangskar Range and the Markha Valley below. Overnight in camp.

Day 8: Rest day at Nimaling

Rest day at Nimaling

Day 9: Nimaling –Chuskyurmo 4000m over Kongmaru-la 5200m (04hrs)

After breakfast, we will cross Kongmaru La, 5200m the highest pass on the trek. Here we have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The 2-hour descend is quite steep, but will gradually level as we enter Shang Gorge, with its strange and otherworldly rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskyurmo. Overnight in camp.

Day 10: Chuskyurmo to Martsellang via Shangsumdhoo 3800m, 03hrs

Pick-up at Martsellang and drive to Leh

Today Instead of hiking towards Shangsumdhoo you will travels through small hump and trek into Shang-Phu, Where the villagers of Shang Move with their Cattle for the summer Months. Pick-up at Martsellang and drive to Leh, Overnight stay at Leh.

Day 11: Depart Leh

Morning transfer to Leh Airport to connect onward flight.


Pick-Up & Drop from Leh Airport

Accommodation on twin sharing basis as per itinerary

Assistance upon arrival and departure

All meals like Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. (as per itinerary)

All applicable present government taxes.

All entrance and monument fee as per the itinerary.

All sightseeing which is part of Tour Itinerary will be done by Xylo/Innova (04 Pax Per Car).


Medical and Insurance

Flight ticket of Domestic and international

Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)

Any type of Natural Crises, Road Blocking and Flight Delay Charges

Any Kind of Personal Expenses, Optional Tours, Extra Meals Ordered

Extra meals above Itinerary, Laundry, Telephone Charges, Room service, Extra Beds

Anything not specified under the head ``Prices included``

During Trek

Sherpa Cook



All meals

Assistants/ Helper

English speaking guide through the trek

All camping, and wildlife fees

All required kitchen equipment

All camping equipment; such as tents, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, mattresses, sleeping bags, etc.

Drop & Pick-up from trek start & ending point

Items of any personal nature such as drinks, tips/ gratuities, etc, , sightseeing in Delhi, extra

Utility throughout the trek Drop & Pick-up from trek start & ending point

Leh Grand Dragon / Zen Resort
Minimum Paying Pax
Per person cost
2 Pax ₹ 66,624
3 Pax ₹ 53,650
4 Pax ₹ 43,389
5 Pax ₹ 49,897
6 Pax ₹ 46,827
7 Pax ₹ 45,569
8 Pax ₹ 40,065
9 Pax ₹ 44,212
10 Pax ₹ 43,470

*Above mentioned prices are subject to change please contact us to get up to date prices.*


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