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Kongmaru La pass, Markha valley trek, Ladakh
Green fields, Markha valley trek, Ladakh

8-day Markha valley trek
Fixed departures

620 € per person

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This classic trek passes through remote villages tucked in verdant valleys surrounded by towering mountains. The high passes of Stok La, Ganda La and Kongmaru La offers spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks. While staying in homestays, you will have the opportunity to discover the everyday life of the villagers and their unique Buddhist culture.

Markha valley trek map

Highlights

-Trek through some of Ladakh's most dramatic landscapes in Hemis National Park
-Explore picturesque villages in remote valleys
-Discover the everyday life of the villagers while staying in homestays
-Visit the Buddhist monasteries of the Indus valley
8-day Markha Valley trek, Fixed Departures, Ladakh

Key information

-Trek duration: 8 days (from Leh to Leh)
-Trek difficulty level: moderate
-Group size: 4 to 9 persons
-Highest point: Kongmaru La pass at 5260m
-Highest night: Nimaling camp at 4841m
8-day Markha Valley trek, Fixed Departures, Ladakh

Itinerary

Day 1:Leh to Zingchen by car (45 min), visit Spituk monastery on the way.
Zingchen (3402m) - Rumbak (3956m)
2-3 hrs, 6.5 km, +555m / -0m  |  Homestay  |  meals: L, D
Day 2:Rumbak (3956m) - Stok La (4855m) - Rumbak (3956m)
Those who prefer to rest can skip the Stok La ascent and explore Rumbak area instead.
5 hrs, 10.1 km, +995m / -995m
Rumbak (3956m) - Yurutse (4148m)
2 hrs, 3.5 km, +266m / -73m  |  Homestay  |  meals: B, L, D
Day 3:Yurutse (4148m) - Ganda La (4961m) - Skiu (3366m)
6-8 hrs, 17.8 km, +813m / -1595m  |  Homestay  |  meals: B, L, D
Day 4:Skiu (3366m) - Markha (3760m)
6-7 hrs, 21.2 km, +451m / -57m  |  Homestay  |  meals: B, L, D
Day 5:Markha (3760m) - Hankar (4030m)
4-5 hrs, 11.2 km, +305m / -35m  |  Homestay  |  meals: B, L, D
Day 6:Hankar (4030m) - Nimaling (4841m)
5-6 hrs, 10.7 km, +836m / -25m  |  Camping  |  meals: B, L, D
Day 7:Nimaling (4841m) - Kongmaru La (5260m) - Chogdo (3905m)
5-6 hrs, 12.1 km, +419m / -1355m  |  Homestay  |  meals: B, L, D
Day 8:Chogdo (3905m) - Shang Sumdo (3680m)
2 hrs, 4.9 km, +20m / -245m  |  meals: B, L
The car will pick you up from Shang Sumdo. Visit Hemis, Stakna, Thiksey and Shey monasteries.
Drive back to Leh.
Note:the number of walking hours stated includes lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group.
Markha Valley trek elevation profile, altitude gain loss

What's included

-Accommodation during the trek: 6 nights in a local house in a village (homestay) and 1 night in a fixed camp at Nimaling
-Meals (vegetarian): 7 breakfasts, 7 packed lunches, 1 lunch in a local restaurant, 7 dinners
-Experienced Ladakhi guide (English speaking) supported by assistant guides as the group size dictates
-Horses / porters for the transportation of the luggage, 1 bag of maximum 13 kg per person
-Transportation by car from Leh to Zingchen and from Shang Sumdo to Leh
-Wildlife fee and entrance tickets to monasteries (Spituk, Hemis, Stakna, Thiksey and Shey)

What's not included

-Travel insurance
-Hotel and meals in Leh
-Flights
-Sleeping bag and trekking poles
-Any deviation from the itinerary
8-day Markha Valley trek from Chilling, Fixed Departures, Ladakh

Reservation

Trekking dates

12-June-2023 to 19-June-2023 (3 PLACES LEFT)
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Note: you should spend 3 days at 3500m for altitude acclimatization before starting the trek.