MARKHA VALLEY TREK
8 Nights/9 Days
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.
From ₹64,500 per guest in Double Tents.
From ₹69,000 per guest in Double Cabins.
From ₹71,700 per guest in Double Cottages.
Day 1 - Acclimatising at Camp
Day 2 - Camel Sanctuary and Monastery Tour of the Indus Valley
Day 3 - Leh in a Day
Day 4 - Start the Trek from Chilling to Skyu, 3 hours trekking
Day 5 - Skyu to Markha, 6-7 hours trekking
Day 6 - Markha to Tachungste, 5-6 hours trekking
Day 7 - Tachungste to Nimaling, 4 hours trekking
Day 8 - Nimaling to Shang, 5 hours trekking. Back to camp
Day 9 - Depart
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, breakfast and dinners every day, as well as lunch on the first day, SUV transport to and from each destination with a trusted driver and the trek, organised by a partner travel agency, with an experienced guide, all food and homestay accommodation.
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Day 1 - Acclimatisation
On arrival, you will be collected at the airport and transferred to The Indus River Camp.
After a greeting with your holiday manager, we will show you to your riverside room, where you can relax through the day, acclimatising to the altitude and taking in the Himalayan vista.
In the evening, we will take you on a guided tour of the 40-acre grounds, stopping by the river for sunset, followed by a campfire under the stars. The Milky Way is visible with the naked eye on most days at camp and there's a telescope to gaze at the moon and Jupiter.
Day 2 - The Indus Valley
An early start to witness the sunrise over Thiksey monastery. A vast monastery complex, built with earth and stone, climbs up a steep ridge of rock. Participate in the Buddhist morning prayer ceremony, after which you can take a tour of the monastery.
Towering on the valley's other side, with views from Leh to Hemis, is the Matho monastery. Witness ongoing restoration work on 14th-century thangka paintings and manuscripts, conducted by a local and international team.
In the afternoon, take a guided walk from camp through the village of Chuchot, along the streams that meander its mud-brick homes, to the Bactrian double-humped camel sanctuary. These camels were brought to Ladakh via the Silk Route.
Spend the rest of the day in leisurely fashion at the camp, or drive up to nearby Stok Palace, the magnificent home of the Ladakhi royal family.
Day 3 - Leh In a Day
Take a guided walk from camp through the village of Chuchot, along the streams that meander its mud-brick homes, to the Bactrian double-humped camel sanctuary. These camels were brought to Ladakh via the Silk Route.
Explore Leh through the lanes of the old town and a visit to the wonderful Central Asian Museum that details Ladakh's connection to the Silk Route.
Lunch at Namza - a restaurant with innovative yet traditional Ladakhi food. After, explore the market and suggested shops for local handicrafts, textiles and natural products.
Finish the day at Shanti Stupa that towers over Leh and the Indus Valley, offering the best sunset views, as the colours change with the retiring sun. Return to camp for dinner
Day 4 - Trek from Chilling to Skyu
Follow the Indus river downstream until you reach the Sangam point in Nimmu. Here, the Zanskar and Indus Rivers combine, with the distinct colours of each merging into one and heading on to Pakistan.
A scenic drive upstream alongside the raging 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 - Trek from Skyu to Markha
Today's trekking takes 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
Day 6 - Trek from Markha to Tachungtse
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
Day 7 - Trek from Tachungtse to Nimaling
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 8 - Trek Nimaling to Shang. Back to Camp
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 9 - Depart
We say farewell and take you to catch your morning flight, with a healthy breakfast to see you off.