Markha Valley Winter 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. The multicolored prayer flags welcome you as you enter the small villages of Markha valley winter trek and it is about these memories that will remain with you for life. Markha Valley trek is a difficult one simply because of the weather and which makes it an expedition when done at this time of the year. Walking in snow throughout the trek is the highlight of this trek.
At Wanderers we believe, there is no place like Markha valley and the view of Markha River surrounded with snow is simply incredible.
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). We will also try walking on the snow on.
Day 3: Drive to Chilling from Leh via Nimoo
Drive from Leh to Chilling. Chilling is a small roadside town where we will check into a homestay at chilling. We will also get a phone facility here if we there is a need.
Day 4: From Chilling to Skiu
Again, an early start today as well from Chilling. We will cross the river today through a manual trolley to reach the other side. Once we are cross the river, we will start trekking. The entire landscape will be snow covered by now. With a few ascents and descents, we will reach the village of Skiu. Check into the homestay and relax.
Day 5: Skiu to Sara
It is the most scenic walk today. With a completely frozen Markha river on your right, you will also experience how it is to walk on Chadar as you will get few long stretches on this frozen river. With almost a fairy-like view, it is a delight. We reach Sara village. Sara village is a small with about 10-12 houses and may be about 2 offering home stays but it sure is worth staying at Sara.
Day 6: Sara to Markha village
As we continue on our trek, we might come across ibex, some extremely rare birds and if we are lucky, we might spot a snow leopard as well. We cross an old wooden bridge before making our way to the Markha village. Although, it is also a small village, Markha has its own ancient Monastery and also a school. Spend the night at Markha in a homestay. We will also have a phone line facility here at Markha.
Day 7: Markha village to Skiu
After having explored, the Markha village, we will start our trek back to reach Skiu. Everything would have changed with the continuous snow falls and our trek back will therefore be exciting as well. We reach the Skiu village and check into the homestay. It is a long walk back so after having our meals, we call it a day.
Day 8: Skiu to Chilling
We will start at ease today and trek back to Chilling. With some gradual ascents and descents, we will reach Chilling and take the same trolley to cross the river. It is an extremely thrilling experience. We get to chilling and relax at a homestay.
Day 9: Chilling to Leh
Our cars will pick us up from Chilling today and we will drive back to Leh. We stop on the way and pay a visit to famous Gurudwara Pathhar Sahib. We check into the hotel by the afternoon and relax.
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