Markha Valley Trek
Ladakh, J & K | 9D/8N | 17,060 Ft.
May to October
(Above mentioned cost is for a fixed departure)
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- Vacation Style High Altitude Trek
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
All about the Markha Valley Trek.
Duration: 9 days
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Maximum Altitude: 17,060 Ft
Approximate Trekking Km: 102 kilometers
The Markha Valley Trek is one of the most astounding and well-known treks in the Ladakh region of India. Located in the northwestern part of India, the Ladakh region is famed for its savagery and uneaten beauty. The trek follows a remarkable high valley with excellent views across the mountain region and is one of the best ways to experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya region. The Markha Valley trek goes long with the Markha River downstream taking in several high passes including Ganda La (15748 ft) and Kongmaru La (17,060 ft). From both passes, you get grand views across the landscape with the tall peaks of Kang Yissay and the Stok Kangri (20,086 ft) coming into sight. Not only is the trek one of mountain beauty, but it also takes trekkers through an outlook of ancient farming with many green irrigated fields and local villages being passed along the way. You’ll also encounter several monasteries and meet the shiny dressed monks as they go about their daily lives. You will be open to several waist-deep river crossings, high rocky canyons, and tour many Buddhists villages en-route.
Quite less are aware of the dryer and barren side of this heavenly place. The most desired adventure hub Leh, popular for its raw and arid thrills, is a gateway to the burned-out trails. With Markha Valley trek one gets to redeem the dry region of mighty Kashmir. The mysterious ride of 9 days, exhibiting lush green to yellow barren landscapes, passing alongside Indus river, will stay in mind for your lifetime.
Markha Valley is the largest valley of the Ladakh region. Leh is the starting point of this trek, which is an added advantage to explore the Buddhist monuments in Leh. You will be astonished to traverse through the tiny hamlets as you gain altitude. Surprisingly, these villages host cafes or tea houses serving rejuvenating hot drinks when you are tired from the strenuous hike. One after another, Rumbak, Yurutse, Skiu, Markha, Hankar, Nimaling settlements will revitalize you. Not only that most of the villages have preserved monasteries, ruined forts, and temples. One of them, the Tacha monastery is a beautiful and heart catcher that lies between the mountains.
Though the trek goes through dry regions the Indus, Markha and numerous streams will come your way. Since the trail goes through Hemis National Park, all its treasured fauna, mountain sheep, Argali, rabbits, snow leopards can be spotted at every camping site. Ganda La and Kongmaru La are the two cardinal passes to be crossed en route. These passes are known for the panoramic views of infinite Karakoram and Ladakh ranges. The amazing view of K2 mountain, Stok Kangri and Kang Yatse peaks are fulfilling and the motivation of this trek. On limpid days one can get to see faraway Tibet region. A small trek ahead of Markha Valley and you will get to the base of Kang Yatse peaks.
The trail is of easy to moderate grade with 1-2 steep sections, is recommended to all age groups. This is not one of those typical treks that retrace the same path while descending. Therefore, you get a wider and non-repetitive insight into Ladakhi Himalayas. Each day reveals mesmerizing views concealed behind the mountains.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Markha Valley trek is between June and mid-October. During this time, the weather is Ladakh is pleasant and the average temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C in the daytime. July and August are the best months for Markha Valley trek as during these months Manali-Leh and Srinagar-Leh highways also open for private vehicles.
• Markha Valley trek offers a striking contrast of trekking in a dry cold desert valley while providing beautiful views of Ladakh & Zanskar ranges, the 21,000 ft Kang Yissay and the 20,086 ft Stok Kangri peaks.
• The trek goes inside the beautiful Hemis National Park and involves two pass crossings- Gandala La (15748 ft) and Kongmaru La (17,060 ft).
• Some exciting waist-deep river crossing sections on Markha River to trails going across interesting Buddhist villages and rocky canyons are some of the features that give this trek a unique fervor.
• With close proximity to Leh, which is one flight away from most Indian metropolitan cities, Markha Valley Trek can be something any experienced traveler to Leh should definitely consider doing.
How To Reach
You can take a direct flight to Leh from Delhi, Mumbai, and Srinagar. Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport is around 3.8 km away from the main city.
Leh is connected to the rest of India by two major highways- NH 1D Srinagar-Leh Highway and Manali-Leh Highway. The Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil and Zoji-La pass whereas Leh-Manali Highway passes through Rohtang Pass and Tanglang La pass., although the Srinagar route is widely preferred over the Manali route.
Jammu Tawi is the nearest railway station to Leh and is well connected to most major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai.
Markha Valley Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Leh and Rest for the day.
Arrive in Leh and rest to acclimatize in the thin air of Leh. Spend your day at Leh. If you like, you can visit ancient monasteries, palaces, and museums that the place is famous for. Drop by Shey, Thiksey Gompa, and Stok Gompa. Being in the same destination will assist in getting acclimatize well for high altitudes. Towards the evening, you can enjoy a hike to Leh palace. The rest of the evening will be spent on relaxation.
Day 2 : Trek from Leh to Zingchen (11,090 ft.) via Spituk (10,500 ft.)
The Markha Valley starts from Spituk. Continue on the dirt road from Spituk, along the Indus River, all the way up to Zingchen. It takes about two hours to reach Zingchen on foot from Spituk.
Drive from Leh to Spituk and reach Spituk early in the morning as it gets very hot in the day time en route to Zinchen. Carry extra water as it may take several hours to find a source of drinking water. At Spituk look for the set of the first Gelukpa Gompa in Ladakh. Go past the village and cross the bridge over the Indus River. After crossing the bridge lookout for the guards of Hemis National Park. Walk by the trail until you notice a small village on your right. All this while the Indus is on your right.
The green scenery now gives way to dry grounds. There are a series of dry gullies to cross for about 2 km. The trail then splits into two. One is the jeep trail which remains in the lofty grounds while the other is the mule trail which is shorter. After a 4 km Markha Valley on the mule trail you reach a vantage point from where you get an impressive view of the Indus Gorge below. Look out for some prayer flags. Leaving behind the Indus river, walk towards Zinchen gorge ahead which is another 7 km far away from the junction of Indus and Zinchen Rivers. As you cross over, the trail heads towards the south as you cross another road bridge next to a gorge. An additional 3 to 4 km walk and you will reach Zinchen.
Distance: 15 km
Trekking time: 4-5 hours
Day 3 : Trek from Zinchen (11,090 ft.) to Yurutse (13,520 ft.)
Easy Markha Valley trek today. The trail crisscrosses a stream flowing through a gorge. Take the wooden bridge to cover the stream and go to the left of the gorge. Further up move to the right and cross the stream. This trail heads to Rumbak from Zinchen. It takes about 3hrs to reach Rumbak. From there start to your right side to reach Yurutse. Take the small wooden bridge over the stream which takes you to the valley on the right. A 984 ft climb from there, brings you to Yurutse village.
Walk ahead for an hour and cross the bridge past a forest check post of Hemis National Park. The trail is well placed by Forest Officials and proceed till Sumdzom. Register and obtain permits to enter the park. From Sumdzom there is an upstream walk and you come across the wooden bridge two times as you pass through an alluring gorge (Zingchen Nala). The trail enters a valley that narrows down as you move ahead passing via two rocky canyons of sorts. In front of you is Kandala Nallah trail through fields. On the left side, the trail proceeds eastwards up to Rumbak Village. The rocks are rounded so tread carefully. There is an easy stream crossing that will appear to your west after which you get a grand view of the snow-clad peaks of the Stok Mountains as you cross over a fenced plantation area. Rumbak is at a height of 12,470 feet. Notice a route moving further down ahead to Stok La where you can go climbing the Stok Mountains, namely Stok Kangri. Rumak takes the turn towards Yurutse which is a slow climb and can be hard as the effects of high altitude sink in. The landscape is barren and the mountain brightens with a yellow glow and green pastures. Overnight stay in Yurutse.
Distance: 5 km
Trekking time: 3 hours
Day 4 : Trek from Yurutse (13,520 ft.) to Skiu (11,160 ft.) via Ganda La Pass (15,748 ft.)
Start early in the day towards the Base camp of Ganda La which is a steep gradient involving an hour-long hike. As you move up the valley to the base camp, look for the peak of Stok Kangri looming behind you. Look for the usual prayer flags as you reach the lower base camp of Ganda La at an altitude of 14,272 feet. A further 30 minutes or 1 km will bring you to the high base camp of Ganda La. Enroute you may sight Blue Sheep, Marmot, and Argali roaming the land freely. The Ganda La Pass is a further 1 km up in the valley where the elusive Snow Leopard resides, though sighting one will be rare. At the top of Ganda la pass, you get a grand view down to Zinchen Gorge and Stok Mountains and towards the Skiu side of the valley. The contrast in landscape on both sides is incredible. The trail is well defined, zig-zags all the way up to the pass. Keep your ears well protected as it is extremely windy. As you pitch down to Skiu, observe the terrain intensifies becomes rocky in nature. This pass crossing section can be hard for trekkers as one may experience headaches, nausea, etc. Ensure you do not hike too fast as the variance in height gained and lost is significant for the day. Carry plenty of water as the quality of water is not that good on way till Shingo. A water filter can help you here.
After two hours of difficult descent, you will reach a settlement named Shingo (13,615 feet). The last section of the Markha Valley for the day until Skiu takes around 3 to 4 hours. The dusty trail undergoes a yellow-colored valley. From Shingo lookout for a trail heading south towards the village field from where you take a logical trail moving towards your left. This trail enters into a narrow gorge with an abundance of wild roses that bloom in the months of July-August.
The trail is well established all the way till Skiu. Expect to cross Shingo Nallah three to four times on the way to Skiu. All this while, the trail is descending down crossing the stream on stepping stones. The bottom of the gorge is full of willow and Sea buckthorn providing much-needed shade from the sun. 1.5 km before the end of the gorge, the stream disappears and you reach Skiu. You have just entered Markha Valley. Observe Markha River coming down from Chilling. This is the point from where Stok Valley blends with Markha Valley. We camp overnight at Skiu.
Distance: 25 km
Trekking time: 8-9 hours
Day 5 : Trek from Skiu to Markha (12,369 ft.)
Today is a moderate day for trekking with very less altitude gain/loss though there is a lot of distance to cover. From Skiu, start eastwards towards the Markha Valley. Walk along with the Markha River with mountains on both sides. The trail for the day is a comparatively level walk over the river bed, side trails along the river with few parts where you have to climb up and down due to broken down trails in few sections. Walk beside the river for 2 km till you reach a bridge section. Do not cross over but stay on route along the river. The trail from here has few washout sections requiring you to climb, few meters up and down to pass the broken section of the trail. The trail to Chalak village from here goes through a bridge crossing towards your left and a further 2 km Markha Valley to reach a clearing known as Narding go around with a 3km walk up the valley to a spot called Sara.
Another one km and you reach a bridge crossing section. Cross the bridge and return back to the right side of the river. Observe cultivated Barley fields ahead. You have reached Chalak. We rest at Chalak village and have lunch. It takes around 4 hours to reach Chalak from Skiu. From Chalak the trail ascends slowly as you pass by a trail marked with Bharal horn for directions. Observe chortens and mani walls set high above the river throughout the way. After 2 to 3 km the valley comes up and a river junction takes you to Markha Village. Let the guide decide the best spot for the river crossing. You may find the height of water to be femur high. The water is icy cold so better to take off your shoes and socks and pull up your pants. Once you cross over, Markha Valley for a couple of kilometers till you see a final bridge crossing. As you cross over the bridge you approach Markha -the biggest village in the area, where we camp for the night.
Distance: 20 km
Trekking time: 6-7 hours
Day 6 : Trek from Markha to Thochuntse (13,165 ft.)
Today is another moderate day for trekking. Follow the trail from Markha village alongside Markha River, remaining at the right side. Ignore a wooden plank bridge. After 2 km you reach the intersection where a path from Zanskar meets up. Look for suitable spots to cross over Markha River. You will be required to cross over at least twice. Consult a local in Markha or leave it to the experience of your guide to making this decision. After the second river crossing, it is a 2-hour hike up to Umlung. Look out for the Umlung Gompa and cross over from its base to reach Umlung. You can get a breathtaking view of Mt. Kang Yissay as you climb up from Umlung towards Tacha and Hankar. After 2 hours, skirting up a gorge, you reach an old village named Hankar. A km past Hankar the trail breaks into two. One going to Thochuntse and the other to Zalung karpo La. Continue on the trail going along the branch takes you to Thochuntse which is another 1 km ahead. Proceed to a bridge made of stones and you enter a field area which is Thochuntse. Camp overnight at Thochuntse.
Distance: 13 km
Trekking time: 5-6 hours
Day 7 : Trek from Thochuntse to Nimaling (15,518 ft.)
It’s a shorter 6 km Markha Valley to Nimaling. 15 minutes from the Thotchuntse campsite, the trail forks. Take the trail to the left. After 1 hour climb, the landscape is smoother, curvier. The climb becomes gradual. After one hour into the climb, leads you to a pond where you can fill water. A distant walk on a grassy meadow leads you to Nimaling. You see effusive streams on your left with a glacier backing the Kang Yatse and to the right is the Kang Yatse peak. The campsite of Nimaling is in a broad valley and is completely exposed to strong winds. When it snows, the green of the valley turns to an absolute white carpet glittering with snow. Camp overnight at Nimaling.
Distance: 7 km
Trekking time: 3 hours
Day 8 : Trek from Nimaling to Shang Sumdo (12,237 ft.) via Kongmaru La Pass (17,060 ft.)
Today is a difficult day due to the highest altitude pass crossing of the Markha Valley. From Nimaling look ahead towards Kongmaru la Pass. Cross a stream part and continue towards the north climbing a long face of a ridge leading to Kongmaru la Pass. The hike from Nimaling to Kongmaru la pass takes around 2 hours and is a steep incline hike. At the top of the pass, you will get a great view of Indus valley and Ladakh ranges. You can also see a wide array of wildflowers on the slope leading to the pass. You also get a mobile signal of the BSNL network here. The downhill descent from the pass to Sumdo is brutal. The terrain is rocky and drops down steeply as you enter into a narrow canyon after trekking down 2 to 3 km.
The canyon has a typical landscape one is accustomed to seeing in Ladakh. The brown and reddish rocks on both sides allow not more than 2 to 3 people to pass at a time. After 2 hours of hiking the canyon widens up till you reach Sukarno. The hike from Sukarmo to Shang Sumdo is a long one with a major part on a dry river bed. After an hour of walking on the river bed, you come to a section running along a small hill. The trail here is descending consistently. The last section involves an hour of level walks to reach Sumdo along the same river. Sumdo is a small village with tea shops and parachute tents. Take a cab from Sumdo to Leh which is 8 km on the highway road. You can also Markha Valley to Hemis to visit the Hemis Monasteries. This is a 2 hour Markha Valley from Sumdo. From Sumdo, it takes about 2-3 hours to reach Leh.
Distance: 17-18 km
Trekking time: 7 hours
Day 9 : Depart from Leh
You can go on with your onward travel plans. This marks the end of the Markha Valley trek in Ladakh with Trekmunk
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
- Accommodation: All accommodation on the trek will be on twin sharing basis in Tents or Homestays. Any accommodation in a hotel/guest house/hostel (if mentioned in the itinerary and not mentioned in exclusions) will be in a 2-3 star accommodation unless mentioned otherwise.
- Trek Leader and Guides: A team of an experienced and certified Trek Leader, as well as a professional guide, will accompany you for the trek.
- Services of a Professional Trekking Team: A team of an experienced Cook, Camp Staff, Porters/Mules will accompany you for all the arrangements on the trek.
- Meals: All Meals on the Trek are included. We will serve Vegetarian Indian food on the trek which will be cooked by our high altitude chefs. It will be a five meal plan including Morning Tea, Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner. You will be provided with clean mountain water from the streams to drink. You can carry water purification tablets if you deem necessary but we advise otherwise.
- Trekking and Safety Equipment: All the camping equipment such as Tents, Sleeping bags, Toilet Tents, Dining Tent, Mattresses, and other things will be provided by us and we guarantee the quality. Safety Equipment including Medical kit, Oxygen Cylinder, Oximeter, Crampons & Gaiters(if required) will be provided by us. We recommend you to bring your own sleeping bags if possible.
- Permits and Forest Camping Charges: Only for Indian Clients, All the applicable trekking permits, Camping Charges, Forest Entry Fee etc will be paid by us. Foreigners have to pay these charges if not mentioned.
- A Life Changing Experience: We assure you that by trekking in the Himalayas you will have a life changing experience and we will do everything we can to provide you with the best services and make your venture in the wild an unforgettable one.
- GST and Other Taxes: The goods and services tax is not included in the price mentioned with the trek. They will be charged once you add the trek in your cart. They are subjected to change according to government rules of India.
- Food in Leh: Food in Leh is not included in the package. We can recommend a few good options.
- Flights and Transportation: Flights or other means of transport is not included in the package. Transportation from home to Leh and vice versa is not included in the package. We can arrange a cab for you according to your requirements but you will be liable to pay for the same. Any expenses occurred during the journey are not included in the package cost.
- Personal Trekking Equipment: Your Rucksack, personal clothing, shoes, trek poles, and other personal trekking gear is not included in this package. You have to bring your own gear according to that weather and difficulty of the trek.
- Portage of Personal Bags(Offloading): We highly advise you to carry your own burden (your rucksack) but due to any reason if you wish to not carry your rucksack, we can arrange for a porter/mule to carry it. For this service, you will be charged over and above the trek cost. The charges for offloading vary with every trek.
- Travel Insurance: Travel Insurance is not included in this package. We recommend you to have travel insurance before opting for such adventures.
- Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses incurred (laundry, Bottled Water, Beverages, snacks, orders tea houses or dhabas, Tips for guides etc) are not included in the package.
- Emergency Expenses: Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as accidents, bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control are not included in the package.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions of the package.
FAQs and Reviews
What is the best season to attempt the trek?
The best time to do Markha valley trek is from the mid of May to September. The weather will be fine with sunny days and calm nights. After September, it gets colder and the snowfall starts which would cover the whole region.
How difficult is this trek?
The Markha Valley Trek is fairly challenging. You will be trekking for 4-7 hours a day for over a week, so you will need to be in good physical condition. There are several high altitude passes to cross and several steep climbs with the potential for the slippery scree.
How much fitness is required for this trek?
Markha Valley is a high altitude trek. This trek demand you to trek for 7 days so you need to have proper physical fitness, lots of stamina and endurance. As there are difficult sections to be travese in addition to steep climbs. Also, it would be better if you do some exercises for 1 to 2 weeks before the start of the trek. Irrespective of your earlier experiences, it is essential that you be very fit and well prepared for the trek.
Is it safe for first timers ?
Markha Valley is a high altitude trek. There are tricky sections to be crossed in addition to sheer climbs. Irrespective of your previous experience, it is important that you be very fiat and well prepared for the trek, it would be difficult for first-timers.
What will be the temperature like on this trek?
The Markha Valley Trek starts at Leh where you stay for one day to get acclimatized to the high altitude conditions. The temperature here varies between 22 °C to 30°C in the summers and dips to –5 °C or below that in winters
When will there be snow on this trek? Can it be done in snow?
From November to February the temperature in Markha valley remains below -30 degrees. This is the time when the valley gets heavy snowfall too. This is why this part of the valley remains isolated for most parts of the year. But you can enjoy trekking during other seasons. During winters trekking is not feasible due to the extremeness of the weather. There are times when trekking is possible, the place doesn’t really have snowfall. The best time to trek here is from June to the end of September.
What things do we need to carry?
For Markha Valley trek you need to carry some important items. Most of the time, you should try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. Hiking boots Trainers or sandals for river crossings and camp use Walking socks, Spare laces, Trekking trousers, Waterproof overtrousers, Underwear Thermal baselayer, leggings Baselayer, T-shirts Fleece jacket, waterproof jacket, hat, Sunglasses, Gloves or mittens Daypack 30 litres Sun protection (including total block for lips, nose etc.) Headtorch and spare batteries Water bottles 1 litre (x2), Washbag and toiletries, Antibacterial handwash, Small towel, Basic First Aid Kit including antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers and blister treatment, and rehydration salts (Dioralyte).
What type of food is served during this trek?
We will provide highly nutritious food during Markha Valley trek in order to keep you away from any kind of health problem. It’s generally not advised to carry your own food during the trek. There are proper meals with subsequent nutritional values planned for the people coming in for the trek. Vegetarian meals will be provided to trekkers every day because non-vegetarian food has a high amount of protein which is difficult to digest. We don\'t compromise on the food quality. So enjoy your trek fully without worrying about the food.
How do I book this trek with you?
All you need to do is go to search for Markha Valley Trek, then you will find a \"Book now\" option. Click on it and fill in all your details that are asked. That is it. Now start preparing for your amazing trek. For any further queries, you can mail or call us on the number provided on the website. Our executive will assist and guide you.
Will backpacks, raincoats and other Equipments be available for rent?
On the journey of Markha Valley, backpacks and raincoat including other items will not be available for rent by us. You can check our website to make sure that you know about all the things that you need to carry by yourself on this trek. It is advised to carry all those things for your own convenience. The only accessories that we will provide on rent for this trek a trek poles and ponchos. All the other items or types of equipment are not available for rent by us.
Who will be there with us on the trek?
Markha Valley is a High Altitude Himalayan trek. Certified and experienced trek leader, assistant trek leader, Certified guides, Co-guide, cook, mules, mule’s men. A bunch of people who have booked for the Markha Valley trek on the same date of departure. You are assured to get an amazing company of wanderlusts alongside, from different spheres of life joining each other on an isolated trek might seem like a thrilling adventure.
What are the toilet facilities on the trek?
Markha Valley demands you to do it in the wilderness. So, what we do for the washroom/toilet facilities on the trek is that a toilet tent is put a little far away from the campsite. The toilet tent has a hole dug right into the earth. You do your business and then cover it with dirt. We can assure you that it won’t be a problem.
What are the interesting places to visit if I have time before or after the trek?
Markha valley trek basecamp is in Leh. So, you can visit ancient monasteries, palaces, and museums that the place is famous for. Drop by Shey, Thiksey Gompa, and Stok Gompa.
How to get safe drinking water on this trek?
Carry extra water on Markha valley trek as it may take several hours to find a source of drinking water. Water is scarce in Ladakh, so please be mindful of this and take short showers and reduce your use of this precious resource. In addition, we ask you not to buy bottled water and instead use a refillable water bottle in both Leh and on your trek. This will lessen the plastic bottle waste which is already accumulated up in Ladakh, as well as the resources used to transport the water bottles there.
Is the trekking pole necessary?
For Markha Valley, the trekking pole is one of the key components as well as a companion during the trek when you’re ascending towards the summit. It helps you in balancing through the sloppy paths and slippery streams. Carrying a trekking pole may sound irritating but it’s of major use at high altitudes.
What is the starting and ending point of this trek?
Leh is the starting and the ending point of the Markha valley trek, which is an added advantage to explore the Buddhist monuments in Leh. You will be astonished to traverse through the tiny hamlets as you gain altitude. Surprisingly, these villages host cafes or tea houses serving rejuvenating hot drinks when you are tired from the strenuous hike. One after another, Rumbak, Yurutse, Skiu, Markha, Hankar, Nimaling settlements will revitalize you. Not only that most of the villages have preserved monasteries, ruined forts, and temples. Amongst them, the Tacha monastery is an eye and heart catcher that lies between the mountains.
How to reach the base camp of this trek?
The Markha Valley Trek begins its astonishing experience with its start point of Leh. Leh is reachable by air and road through the months between May and September. Various flights are scheduled from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, which arrive in Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport. If you select to arrive in Leh by road, then Srinagar-Leh Highway passes through Kargil or via Manali, which can be accessed from Delhi or Chandigarh.
Can I take my child along on this trek? What is the minimum and maximum age limit?
Yes, the trek of Markha Valley allows you to carry your children with you, but it totally depends on the difficulty level of the trek, for some treks the age limit is below 12. If you think that you are fit enough for this trek and your legs can carry you till the summit and then back to the campsite even after reading the itinerary, you are most welcomed to experience this trek with us. Just make sure that they don’t have any kind of lung or heart problems.
When it gets really chilly can I consume alcohol?
During the Markha Valley trek, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited under any circumstances. Dizziness and other issues may arise due to alcohol, which may attract a number of lethal outcomes that would not be good for your health and would hamper the trek experience as well.
What kind of Tents and Sleeping bags are provided to us on the trek?
On the trek of Markha Valley, talking about the tents, we are using 3 men Coleman, husky and Vango tents which are 5000 mm waterproof. When it comes to sleeping bags, we have custom A shape Columbia sleeping bags especially made for expeditions. It can withstand up to a maximum of minus 20 degrees centigrade. We never compromise on the quality of all items that we provide for treks. The tent and sleeping bags are of impeccable quality and you can blindly trust on us on all the equipment that we provide on the trek. All you need to do is just enjoy the beautiful landscapes, leaving everything else on us.
Can I leave the travelling clothes in basecamp behind and collect them after the trek?
Markha Valley trek allows you to leave the traveling clothes in the basecamp. However, carrying your belongings along with you is a wiser option as you don’t know what demand may arise during the trek and if you don’t want to drag the additional weight while trekking you may opt for offloading which will be charged accordingly.
Would we be able to expect rain during the trek to this trek? What will we do if it rains?
If it starts raining while you’re trekking, we will continue on the journey of Markha Valley as planned. Your poncho should shelter you from the rain. Carry a backpack cover for protection from rain for your belongings. When it rains at the campsite, we normally get together in the dining tent and play games. The tents that you will be staying in, the dining tent, kitchen, and toilet tents are all waterproof, so you will stay dry inside.
Is there a doctor going with us on this trek?
Trekmunk doesn’t have a doctor along with us on the Markha Valley trek. But our trek leaders are very experienced and they have knowledge about all the necessary things that need to be taken care of during a trek. Our trek leaders have enough medical knowledge and experience to handle any kind of medical emergencies that can happen on a trek. There’s another plus point of having oxygen cylinders along with us and your oxygen level will be checked daily. This will make sure whether you are fine enough to proceed for the further trek or not.
Do we get mobile network on the trek?
Markha Valley Trek is a medium to hard trek covering the distance of 75 km approximately. Please inform your friends and family that the mobile network may not work due to limited connectivity in Leh and during the trek duration.
Are smoking and drinking allowed on the trek?
No, Markha Valley, strictly prohibits and may entertain severe outcomes. Alcohol acts as a depressant and can reduce the frequency of breathing and even cause dehydration. Smoking can Drinking can help in the development of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) which can prove to be fatal at times and can cause an adverse effect on your body. It is very important to be fit and active both physically and mentally in order to complete this trek successfully.
How big are the groups?
Markha Valley’s batch or group generally consists of 16 people. However, there might be a change in numbers as per the availability and due to other reasons. We don\'t have bigger groups because they take away the joy of trekking. Less people interact with each other more effectively. And it is easier to make friends if you are on a solo journey.
Is it safe for female solo travellers to go in a fixed departure group with trekmunk?
For girls, Markha Valley is extremely safe. The trekking company has highest regard for women’s safety and will ensure that they\'re safe during the entire trek. If there is only one female on the trip, then she will be provided with a single tent to sleep alone. If there are more females, then they can sleep under one tent. Always make sure that you are never left on your own. Understand your pace and be with the group.
I can\'t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me (Portage/ Offloading og bags)?
Yes, for Markha Valley, we do have offloading facilities available for all the trekkers. Though we advise you to carry your own rucksacks because that is one of the major features of trekking in the wild, but if due to any unavoidable circumstances, you can definitely opt for a mule to carry your stuff. Let us know in advance if you wish to avail of this service as we need to make arrangements accordingly.
How many trekkers will be in one tent?
For Markha Valley, a tent will be shared among, maximum of two people, however, a number may vary as per demand or the availability of the treks. If you want a tent should consist of the same gender, we can do that also. You should always try to follow the norms of the tentmate etiquettes in order to have a warm and happy stay inside the tent.
Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Markha Valley is a high altitude Himalayan trek, and thus it is highly recommended to keep your personal medicines (if any) along with you. Although our team will provide you with the medicinal kit, it will still be wise to keep your own little pouch of basic medicines like Paracetamol, Crocin, Diamox, Avil, Combiflam, Norflox, Crepe Bandage, Digene etcetera.
Can we customize this trek?
Yes, Markha Valley Trek can be customized according to you. Tekmunk provides you with this luxury of customizing the trek. The starting date, the itinerary, the food menu, everything can be set according to you in a tailor-made batch which is just for you and/or your friends and family.
What is AMS? How to prevent it?
Acute mountain sickness (AMS): Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the result of the body of being in a high altitude environment. AMS is regular at high altitudes, which is above 8,000 feet. Three-quarters of people have light symptoms of AMS over 10,000 feet. Prevention Tips: Avoid alcohol, Drink water, Take it easy, Sleep lower, Medication. Try to climb slowly. Your body needs about two to three days of slowly going higher in order to adjust to the changes. Eat carbs. It\'s not often we\'re told to eat extra carbohydrates.
Trek Dates and Prices
|Trek Package Confirmed Dates||Trek Status Availabilty||Price (Per Person) Excluding Flights||Price (Per Person) Including Flights|
May 9, 2020 - May 17, 2020
May 16, 2020 - May 24, 2020
May 23, 2020 - May 31, 2020
June 6, 2020 - June 14, 2020
June 13, 2020 - June 21, 2020
June 20, 2020 - June 28, 2020
June 27, 2020 - July 5, 2020
July 4, 2020 - July 12, 2020
July 11, 2020 - July 19, 2020
July 18, 2020 - July 26, 2020
July 25, 2020 - August 2, 2020
August 1, 2020 - August 9, 2020
August 8, 2020 - August 16, 2020
August 15, 2020 - August 23, 2020
August 22, 2020 - August 30, 2020
August 29, 2020 - September 6, 2020