Markha Valley Summer Trek
"Every travel with WANDERERS is an experience of a life time."
Markha valley trek is one of the best treks in Ladakh region. Ladakh offer a rare mix of barren landscape and beautiful as well as unique Buddhist culture. Markha valley trek in summers is quite a busy trek and invites a lot of foreigners as well. Markha valley trek covers higher mountain passes (15000ft+) as well as trails. The multicolored prayer flags welcome you as you enter the small villages of Markha valley and it is about these memories that will remain with you for life. At Wanderers we believe, there is no place like Markha valley and for sure you will have a great time socializing with the people of Markha.
Day 1 & 2: Acclimatize
Fly to Leh and reach Leh by Noon. Check into a hotel and relax. The first 2 days for any trek in Ladakh region are extremely important. These 2 days will ensure that you trek and enjoy the Markha trek to the fullest. Flying into Leh brings you to an altitude of 10000 ft+. Therefore, it is of immense importance that we get ourselves acclimatized. On day 2, we explore the market of Leh as well as some sightseeing (Thiksey Monastery, Leh Palace and the famous Shanti Stupa)
Day 3: Drive to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village
It is going to be an early start today (it will be so throughout the trek though) as we drive from Leh to Spituk. Wanderers team will join us at Spituk with the equipment. We trek from here and follow the trail to reach the lush Zingchan valley. The Rumbak flows into the Indus River here and a little ahead will be our campsite.
Day 4: From Zingchan village to Ganda La Base
Again, an early start today as well. We will get into the famous Hemis National Park today and climb up through a gorge and gradually making our way to the Village Rumbak. Hemis national park is home to blue sheep, red fox, the Himalayan hare and Tibetan wolf. We will camp today at the base of Ganda La which is about 14900 ft. We can view the mighty Stok range as well as the Stok Kangri from here.
Day 5: Ganda La to Skiu
Skiu is a beautiful small village (with a monastery and a school of its own) and very warm as welcoming people. Skiu will be our destination for today. The ascent to Ganda La will take a little less than 2 hours to bring us to the other side on the trail that will take us to Skiu. At the top of the pass, there is also prayer stones marked with flags. A sight which will be usually common from now on. We are now trekking along the Markha River.
Day 6: Skiu village to Markha village
This is going to be an extremely beautiful trek. Along the river when the trail goes in multiple ascents and descents, the view it offers will be beyond imagination. We will cross numerous locations with prayer stones covered with prayer flags and a wooden bridge to get to the other side of the river. Markha is a small town with about 20-25 homes here and also has its ancient monastery as well. A homestay here is a great option. Also, there will be a phone line connection here for us to call our families.
Day 7: Markha village to Thochuntse
We leave Markha after breakfast. After crossing the village of Umlung, we can easily sport the mighty Kang Yatse peak and we will continue to have it in sight until we cross Kongmaru La. Once we reach, Tochuntse (13400 ft), we camp here for the night.
Day 8: Thochuntse to Nimaling
We will reach the Nimaling plateau from Thochuntse camping sight. We will see the mighty Kang Yatse from our camping sight at Nimaling. It sure will be a night to remember and also the last night of camping.
Day 9: Nimaling to Shang Sumdo to Leh
We will cross today the Kongmaru La (17000ft). We will have beautiful sight of the Indus Valley today. We will enter Shang Gorge. After reachin Sumdo, we drive to Leh.
Day 10: Leh
Check into hotel. Relax and explore Leh.
2 guide for the group of maximum 12-14 trekkers. Generally it is 1 guide to about 6 members. This ensures high safety standard which is the priority for us.
All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.
Accommodation in (dome tents) camps/homestay. On twin/triple sharing basis.
All Meals while on the trek (excluding when in Leh).
Forest, camping, trekking charges and licenses
Porter/mule charges to carry your personal bag
Any meals/services not mentioned above
Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
We believe in absolute comfort wherever possible. Our transport fleet includes good quality Innova, Bolero, Xylo and Scorpio.
Payment to be made by Bank Transfer/Cheque/DD in favour of M/S Wanderers. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon or online through our payment gateway
Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
(45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
15 Days: No refund