6-day Markha valley trek
This classic trek passes through remote villages tucked in verdant valleys surrounded by towering mountains. The high pass of 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.
|-||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|
|-||Trek duration: 6 days (from Leh to Leh)|
|-||Trek difficulty level: moderate|
|-||Maximum group size: 9 persons|
|-||Highest point: Kongmaru La pass at 5260m|
|-||Highest night: Nimaling camp at 4841m|
Leh to Chilling by car.
Chilling (3195m) - Skiu (3366m)
2-3 hrs, 6.9 km, +189m / -18m | Homestay | meals: L, D
Skiu (3366m) - Markha (3760m)
6-7 hrs, 21.2 km, +451m / -57m | Homestay | meals: B, L, D
Markha (3760m) - Hankar (4030m)
4-5 hrs, 11.2 km, +305m / -35m | Homestay | meals: B, L, D
Hankar (4030m) - Nimaling (4841m)
5-6 hrs, 10.7 km, +836m / -25m | Camping | meals: B, L, D
Nimaling (4841m) - Kongmaru La (5260m) - Chogdo (3905m)
5-6 hrs, 12.1 km, +419m / -1355m | Homestay | meals: B, L, D
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.|
|-||Accommodation during the trek: 4 nights in a local house in a village (homestay) and 1 night in a fixed camp at Nimaling|
|-||Meals (vegetarian): 5 breakfasts, 5 packed lunches, 1 lunch in a local restaurant, 5 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 Chilling and from Shang Sumdo to Leh|
|-||Wildlife fee and entrance tickets to monasteries (Hemis, Stakna, Thiksey and Shey)|
What's not included
|-||Hotel and meals in Leh|
|-||Sleeping bag and trekking poles|
|-||Any deviation from the itinerary|
Note: you should spend 2 or 3 days at 3500m for altitude acclimatization before starting the trek.