Markha Valley Trek Overview

The Markha Valley embraces you with its snow-capped mountains, clear skies, Buddhist gompas, karst landforms, and numerous charming countrysides. Nonetheless, trekking is the primary reason visitors come to this region. Markha Valley trek is one of the most popular activities in Leh Ladakh. The trek is so fascinating that it transports you on a lovely excursion through a region dotted with flying devotional flags, majestic walls, steep slopes, rare fauna, and sharp gorges.

On your way, you would pass through unique settlements, which will introduce you to the authentic Ladakhi lifestyle. Once you visit the valley, you will be mesmerized by the vibrant rocky outcrops of the tracks and the picturesque vistas of the Stok and Zanskar range. If you happen to be an experienced trekker, then this journey would turn out to be perfect for you as it's a difficult and challenging excursion with several river intersections.

If you happen to be an experienced trekker, then this is the perfect excursion for you as the Markha Valley trek is a challenging journey with several river intersections, high elevation changes, and downhills from two high peaks, and a lengthy day trek.

Prepare yourself for a stunning and fascinating adventure, and allow the tranquility of the Markha Valley's beautiful scenery to relieve your anxiety. Now, as the valley aligns with the Indus, it creates a serene and heavenly backdrop. It turns out to be a perfect getaway for any ardent hiker or wildlife adventure fan.

The Markha Valley Trek is also known as the Tea House Trek because you get to spend the entire journey in canopies or parachutes there.

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  • Get amused with the unexplored beauty of Hemis National Park and also the highest passes Gandala La and Kongmaru La
  • Enjoy the sightseeing in Leh that will help you know the culture and Buddhist traditions prevailing in the town
  • Capture the astounding views of Nimaling, surrounded by ponds and stream that will soothe your soul
  • Witness the Greenfields, willow trees, and quaint villages that can be seen as you reach the altitude of 16,830ft
  • Behold the stunning view of Kang Yatze Peak that is the reward you get from Markha
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Must Know Before You Go
  • Climatic conditions in the high altitudes vary from the plains; take adequate time to get acclimatized to high altitudes.
  • Pay heed to the guidelines given by trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking experience.
  • Avoid trekking during the nights.
  • Consult with a physician if you are fit to undertake the trek.
  • Do not litter in the local sites or campsites.
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Quick Facts of Markha Valley Trek

Quick Facts of Markha Valley Trek

Maximum altitude- 17,100 ft.

Grade- Moderate

Duration- 9 Days.

Trekking distance- 65 km.

Trail type- Cross over Trail

Rail head- Accessible via Manali-Leh or Srinagar-Leh Highway.

Airport- Leh Airport (Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport).

Snow Season- October to March

Service from- Leh to Leh (with transport).

Base camp- Leh

Best season- Monsoon Treks (July, August), Autumn Treks (September, October, November)

Region- Ladakh

Who can participate- Since this trek is fairly easy to moderate, the Markha trek is recommended to all age groups. Anyone with a passion for wildlife, picturesque backdrop, and of course, tea houses, can participate in this trek.

Short Itinerary for Markha Valley Trek

  • Day 1 - Your Markha Valley trek begins as you arrive in Leh where you have to check in the hotel and relax for the day and prepare for the healthy and adventurous trek ahead.

  • Day 2 - Spend your next day unwinding the beauty and heritage of Ladakh by visiting museums, palaces, and monasteries. Spend your evenings by hiking to the Leh palace and unwind in leisure.

  • Day 3 - The Trek begins on your 3rd day as you drive through Spikut Village to arrive at Zingchen and hike all the way to the Rumbak village to arrive at Yurutse.

  • Day 4 - Begin your day 4 by trekking to Ganda La, the Zanskar Range, the Shingo Village, and Siku.

  • Day 5 - The day begins with an adventurous hike all the way through many rivers and reach the Markha Village.

  • Day 6 - This day of your Markha Valley trek begins as you explore the Kangyatze Peak and Hankar as you camp through the night.

  • Day 7 - Spend your 7th day walking towards the Nimalaing campsite and soak in the absolute unhindered grounds with a backdrop of Kangyatze Peak.

  • Day 8 - It will going to be the most prominent day of your trek as you get on the highest pass on your trek- Kongmaru La, savor the marvelous sights of attractions like Nun Kun and Saser Kangri.

  • Day 9 - Stay for the night and then depart from Leh on your 9th day with a bucket full of good memories of the trek.

Markha Valley Trek Detailed Itinerary

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Arrival at Leh

  • Arrive in Leh and check in to your hotel after you meet your friendly and professional guide who is there to assist you with everything you need.

  • Spend your first day relaxing and conforming with the surroundings, eating around, and walking nearby your hotel as you prepare for your trek ahead.

  • Have dinner at night and spend the night in the hotel.

What to Pack for Markha Valley Trek?

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  • Trekking shoes: Bring hiking boots, not running shoes. You must have a comfy and sturdy pair of hiking boots because you'll be trekking a lot of miles. The likelihood of snow on the trail is relatively low, thus waterproof hiking shoes are not necessary.

  • Backpack: It is essential to have a backpack with strong straps and a durable frame. Since this is a teahouse hike, you don't need to bring any camping gear. Your backpack should not exceed the limit of 40-60 liters.

  • 3 Layers of Warm Clothing- Nimaling has a significant amount of wind and can get rather chilly at night. A minimum of two warm layers- One lightweight layer made of faux fur or wool and another- are required, while three are preferred.

  • 3 Trek trousers- For this trek, make sure you pack at least two pairs of trousers. Wear one pair and keep a spare pair with you as you might need one if it rains during this protracted walk. Shorts and denim/jeans are inappropriate for trekking.

  • 3 T-shirts- Bring lightweight, long-sleeved t-shirts to protect your arms and neck from sunlight. Even just two might suffice, but never carry over three. Anyhow, you won't require them.

  • Rain Jacket- Not necessary, but it might rain any time in this region. So, it’s best to keep a rain jacket all the time to protect you on this trek.

  • Thermals- Keep a pair of both top and bottom thermals to provide you with warmth at night in the camps. Do not wear thermals while trekking, but only at night.

Know Before You Go to Markha Valley Trek

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Tips for Markha Valley Trek
  • Due to the high altitude, it is crucial that you allow yourself a few days to adapt after arriving in Leh and then before beginning a journey.

  • Make sure you always keep a first aid kit on hand for yourself. Consult a doctor before making plans for this trek.

  • Before beginning a walk, make sure your professional travel guide is beside you all the time, so that you do not get lost.

  • Feel free to stop frequently enough to drink water along your trip to stay hydrated.

  • Pack plenty of dry snacks, such as dried fruits, to help you maintain the pace.

  • Bring a reliable pair of hiking boots that you feel at ease donning.

  • Bring an additional set of underwear and socks.

  • Bring additional batteries and power banks, in case your phone's battery dries out.

Why to Go for Markha Valley Trek?

The Markha valley is renowned for its expansive landscapes, rural regions, and Tibetan Buddhist temples, but that's not exactly why you must visit it. Due to the valley's easy access from Leh, it is a great favorite with trekkers. Among both Rumbak and Nimaling, near the town of Markha, there is a magnificent, long-forsaken fort that you must explore. You'll find such exquisite remains of castles and forts that provide several examples of Ladakh's ancient culture in the Markha valley. Indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure while trudging for hours in the chilly steppe while traversing via streams and rivers. There used to be several wolves and snow leopards in the area. Wolves and snow leopards are currently becoming less common. The main draw of Kang Yatse is the beauty of the mountain, which is located in Markha Valley at the summit of the Nimaling Plateau.

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FAQ's of Markha Valley Trek

How difficult is the Markha Valley trek?

    Due to the elevation and topography, the majority of treks in Ladakh are more challenging. For the Markha Valley trek, your base camp, Leh, is located at 11,560 feet. Nearly every treks in Ladakh entail traversing passes higher than 15,000 feet. After all, that is where the term Ladakh, which means "country of high passes," originates. This trek has few challenging sections because the route generally is moderate to follow.Although thankfully brief, the ascent to Kongmaru La is fairly challenging and rocky. Furthermore , the descent is drawn out. Scree makes for a difficult drop that is hard on your legs, which of course, is excruciating.

    As far as your fitness for this trek is concerned, you have to make sure that your legs and lungs are working just fine. This trek needs a substantial deal of stamina due to the lengthy and exhausting trail as well as the significant elevation increases. Here is the fitness regime that would work for you- If you're just getting started with a regular workout regimen, scale out your mileage goals according to these targets-

    When you start, set a goal of covering 5 km in 30 minutes.- Jog four times a week at a faster pace until you can complete 5 kilometers in under 30 minutes.- If your age is above 45 years old but you can walk briskly, then you can aim to complete 10 kilometers in at least 70 to 75 minutes. - You can go cycling as well and cover 25 kms in over 60 hours.

    Flexibility- Versatility is yet another factor that will make your trek more comfortable. You can help yourself with this by frequently stretching your hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, lower spine muscles, and neck. It's crucial that your muscles are rested when you reach the hills after your trip. Even a small bag might eventually become tiresome to carry. You can get in fitness for the trek using these activities.

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