MARKHA TREK

9 Days/8 Nights

Drawing you into the Hemis National Park, the Markha Valley offers the most diverse scenery and wildlife available from a short trek in Ladakh.

 

It's a challenging trek, taking you over two passes that exceed 4,900 metres above sea level. Yet, the height gives unrivalled views of the Stok and Zanskar ranges, a walk along the Indus River and access to wildlife including the chance to see Blue Sheep, Marmots, Ibex, the remote chance to see Tibetan Wolves and the very remote chance of seeing a snow leopard.

Acclimatise for three days and immerse yourself in local culture before heading off on a 5 night trek with highly recommended guides, navigating your way through vast jagged canyons, rivers formed from gathering snow melt and remote Ladakhi hamlets.

From ₹ 71,000 per guest in a Double Tent.

From ₹ 80,000 per guest in a Double Cottages.

The camping option on a trek costs extra to homestay, on account of the horses that will accompany you. 

Prices for the trek and package decrease with more people. 

HIGHLIGHTS

- Hemis National Park

-Wildlife

This itinerary is indicative and its price approximate. We tailor each to our guests' interests and send a final price.

The final amount includes all accommodation at The Indus River Camp, accommodation elsewhere, breakfast and dinners at The Indus River Kitchen and at all other locations, SUV transport to and from each destination with a trusted driver as well as necessary permits for each guest.

At The Indus River Camp we believe in transparency and no hidden charges. We charge 8% commission on all costs for the organisation and preparation of your itinerary. 

If you would like a price cost breakdown or a stripped down version of this itinerary, please email us at theindusrivercamp@gmail.com.

You will be collected from the airport and we will welcome you at camp. 

 

Relax and acclimatise on the porch of your tent, listening to the river and looking out at the Himalayan vista.

 

Take a guided tour of the 42 acre grounds. ​

Enjoy a campfire under the stars​ and discuss the details of your holiday with our trip specialist.

DAY 1

Witness early morning prayers in Thiksey monastery.

Track along the Indus River to  Matho monastery, where restoration work on 600 year old thangkas and manuscripts is being carried out by a local and international team. 

Visit the double humped Bactrian camels in our village of Chuchot Yokma

DAY 2

Experience Ladakh's capital Leh in a day, starting with a trip to the Central Asian Museum that details Ladakh's connection to the Silk Route.

Move through Leh Old Town to a restaurant that offers innovative takes on traditional Ladakhi food. 

Visit recommended shops for local handicrafts, pashmina shawls and jewellery.

DAY 3

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DAY 4

Drive to Sangam point, the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers where the colours of the two rivers blend into one.

A scenic drive alongside the Zanskar river takes you to Chilling, a small village known for its ancient copper craft, where the trek begins

Trail through desolate plains along the Indus and up into the Hemis National Park via mountainous terrain along the willow-lined Zingchan gorge.

Settle down in a tent or at a local homestay for the night.

3 Hours Trekking

DAY 5

Today's trekking will take around 7 hours and take you to 3700 metres above sea level but the ascent is light .

You will zig zag over the pristine Markha river, through small and remote hamlets, landing in the village of Markha.

The monastery has 20 odd homes, a monastery and ruins to explore amidst breathtaking scenery.

6-7 Hours Trekking

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DAY 6

After breakfast, embark on a steep climb, past old stone mills and ruins with the option to visit the Techa Gonpa with views out across the valley.

Continue on through hamlets whilst zigzagging over the river in the shadow of Kang Yatse, a towering snow-clad mountain at 6400 metres above sea level. 

Settle in the village of Thachungste at 4,000 metres above sea level amidst abundant grazing meadows and look out for Blue Sheep and other wildlife around. 

5-6 Hours Trekking

A short climb to the spectacular Nimaling plateau, a grazing ground for the animals of locals with prominent views of Kong Yatse, the Markha and Zanskar Valleys amidst an are of high wildlife concentration. 

4 Hours Trekking

DAY 7

An early ascent to Kongmaru La, at 5,130 metres above sea level, gives aerial views of the mountains and valleys. 

Prayer inscripted stones down into the Shang gorge, passing rivers and the sour-spring of Chuskurmo.

At Shang Sumdo you will be collected and brought back to camp in a drive that takes 2 hours. 

Have a relaxing evening with a hearty diner at camp and settle into the comfort of your room. 

5 Hours  Trekking

DAY 8

After breakfast, we must say a sad goodbye and we will take you to catch your morning flight.

DAY 9

Directions

From Leh:

Drive along the Leh to Manali road, cross the Zampa bridge in Choglamsar and take the first left into the village of Chuchot. Drive on for 1.5km and turn left, onto a street called Zainabya Chowk, 100 metres after passing the Imam Bara Mosque

From the Airport:

Drive into Leh from the airport and then continue with the above directions

From Manali:

As you approach Leh, turn left over the Shey bridge (in between Shey and Thiksey) and turn right into the village of Chuchot. Drive 6km on and turn right onto Zainabya Chowk, 100 metres before the Imam Bara mosque

Contact Details

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theindusrivercamp@gmail.com

+91-7051379442

Address:

Chuchot Yokma, Past Imam Barga

On The banks of The Indus River

Leh

Jammu & Kashmir

194101

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