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Markha Trek Ladakh
Duration :  12N / 13D Month : May to October Season : Summer
Route : Leh-West Ladakh-Markha Trek-Pangong-Leh Grade : Medium On trek duration : 6N / 7D
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The Markha Trek Ladakh is certainly one of the most diverse trek in the Western Himalayas and the barren landscape of Ladakh and its unique Buddhist culture makes it even more special.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1. Fly from Delhi to Leh to Saspol.  Complete day rest.

Day 2. Visit Alchi Monastery, Saspol Cave and Trek around village.

Day 3. Drive from Saspol to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village (Trek)

Day 4. Zingchen to Ganda La Base.(Trek)

Day 5. Ganda La base to Skiu  (Trek)

Day 6. Skyu to Markha (Trek)

Day 7. Markha to Thochuntse (Trek)

Day 8. Thochuntse to Nimaling (Trek)

Day 9. Nimaling to Shang Sumdo and drive to Leh (Trek)

Day10. Leh - Pangong Lake

Day11. Pangong lake to Leh.

Day 12.  Leh Explore Leh Market and shopping free day

Day 13.  Leh Airport drop. your trip end with amazing memory of Ladakh!

Tour Includes

·         Accommodation / Home-stay and Camp

·         Meals while on trek (Veg)

·         Trekking Equipment

·         Permits

·         First aid medical kit

·         Qualified and experienced Trek Leader, Guide and support staff.

·         Transportation during trek (as per Markha Valley trek itinerary)

·         Inner Line Permit (For Visiting Pangong Lake only)

       Trekking Guide

Cook and Assistant / Helper 


Tour Not Includes

·         Any flight tickets.

·         Sleeping Bags, trekking shoes and clothing.

·         Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.

·         Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices Included”. 

·         Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls etc.

·         Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated)

·         Any food during staying in home-stay / guest house

·         Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.


Day 1. Fly from Delhi to Leh to Saspol 

Welcome by Lynx Expedition team. Complete day rest for Acclimatization at Saspol Village, lower village in Ladakh area.  on the way you can see confluence of indus and zanskar River.  O/N Home-stay. Saspol (denmo house)

Day 2. Visit Alchi Monastery, Saspol Cave and Explore Saspol Village, trek around Village

Visit Alchi Monastery and Cave Saspol Monastery. Renowned as the oldest Buddhist learning centre in Ladakh, Alchi Monastery is located 70 km from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir in north India on the bank of Indus River. ... The foundation of the monastery was laid by Tibetan translator Rinchen Zangpo in the middle of 12th century.  O/N Home-stay Saspol (denmo house)


Day 3. Drive from Saspol to Spituk and trek to Zingchan Village (Trek)

An early start is imperative for the Markha Valley Trek as there is no shade along the south banks of the Indus River until you enter the Zinchen Gorge. We will depart for Spituk by jeeps. In Spituk our team will be waiting for us with horses to carry our trekking equipment. The trek will begin along an old kucchha(un-metalled) road into a barren & dried region of Leh Ladakh with wild roses along the trail. After trekking through the parched land we will enter the lush Zingchen Valley, where the Rumbak River flows into the mighty Indus. Further into the valley lies our campsite, in the two-house hamlet of Zingchen (meaning ‘big field’). O/N Camp


Day 4. Trek from Zingchen to Ganda La Base.(Trek)

Today we will enter in the Hemis National Park and if we are fortunate you will get a rare sighting of  a Ladakhi Ural or Arghali and other wildlife. Hemis National park is home to the lynx, Ladakhi Ural (a type of goat), Arghali (great Tibetan sheep), Bharal (blue sheep), red fox, Snowlepard, Tibetan wolf, dhole (wild dog), marmot and mountain hare etc.(link) . After paying the entrance fee, we will climb gradually through a beautiful gorge before reaching the valley leading to the village of Rumbak. At Rumbak we will stop for tea at tea house made of a parachute run by women from the same village. After a cup of warm tea we will continue past the house of Yuruche before reaching our camp at the base of Ganda La (4545m). From our campsite there are spectacular views of Stok Kangri and the whole Stok range. O/N Camp


Day 5. Trek from Ganda La base to Skiu via Ganda La

A big day and if this is your first pass crossing in the Himalaya you will be impressed.From the Ganda La there are views north to the Ladakh Range while to the south the rugged folds of the Zanskar Range extend to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya.

After a few stretching exercises and breakfast, we will begin a 2-hour ascent towards Ganda La (4900m). The ubiquitous chorten and Tibetan prayer flags mark the top of the pass, where one may see Blue sheep, Marmots and Arghali roaming the hills around us. Views of the lofty Zanskar Range and the distant Himalaya Range are great as well. After a short rest, we will make a gradual descent to Shingo and break for lunch. We will finish the day by hiking for 2-hours through a spectacular gorge before making camp at Skiu (3300m).  There are ruins of an old monastery and a castle which makes a perfect setting for a photography session with deep blue skies and barren landscape of Leh Ladakh in the background. O/N Camp


Day 6. Skyu to Markha 

From Skiu we head east up the Markha Valley. After 2km the trail winds high above the riverbed. Floods in 2005 wiped out most of the then existing trails. There are a number of tiring 50m ascents and descents before the trail reaches a side gorge and potential campsite about 3km above Skiu. There is a dhaba selling buckthorn juice and locally made wheat biscuits run by the Women’s Association of Ladakh.

En route there is an abundance of willow thickets and poplars where ancient mani walls and chortens line the trail and barren cliffs rise high above the valley.

The trail continues through a series of willow and gorse thickets to a bridge over the Markha River. Trekking along the Markha River we get stunning views of the valley below. We will cross the river at and reach Markha (3800m). Markha is the largest village in the valley, consisting of around 20 houses, an old monastery and a ruined fort. We have an option of staying in a village homestay in  Markha or in our tents for the night. O/N Camp


Day 7. Markha to Thochuntse.

The Markha valley trail continues passed old stone-mills, a ruined castle and the auspicious monastery of Techa, which is proudly perched upon a cliff that looms above Markha. The path  then intersects the river several times before cutting through the last hamlets  in the valley. After leaving the village of Umlung, we will be afforded our  first view of mighty Mt. Kang Yatse (6400m), which will stay in sight until we  cross Kongmaru La. After we break for lunch in the village of Hangkar (the last one in the valley), we will continue onward to the lovely green pasture of  Thachungste (4100m), where we will camp for the night. O/N Camp


Day 8. Thochuntse to Nimaling

After breakfast we will follow a trail which leads us up to the beautiful plateau of Nimaling, where the people of the Markha Valley  bring their herds to graze during the summer months. At 4700m, Nimaling is the  highest camp (4600m) on the trek, giving us spectacular views of the huge peak  of Kang Yatse to the right. O/N Camp


Day 9. Nimaling to Shang Sumdo and drive to Leh

We  will cross Kongmaru La (5200m), the highest pass on the trek, and from there we  will have a wonderful view of the Indus Valley and Ladakh Range. The descent is  quite steep, but will gradually level out as we enter Shang Gorge, with its fascinating  rock formations. More river crossings bar our way before we arrive at the sour-spring of Chuskurmo (used in traditional medicine by the Amchi doctors). O/N Home-stay


Day10. Leh - Pangong Lake
Early Morning drive to Pangong Lake 14,500 ft, through Changla Pass 17,350 ft, 3rd Highest Motorable road in the world, Enjoy the color changing lake. O/N Pangong lake. O/N Home-stay


Day11. Pangong lake to Leh.

Drive back to Leh via Tangtsa Monastery and Thiksay monastery O/N Leh


Day 12.  Leh

Explore Leh Market and shopping free day and Visit Ladakh Buddhist main Office and Monastery in Leh Market.  O/N Home-stay

Day 13.  Leh Airport drop. your trip end with amazing memory of Ladakh!


Dates Trekking
May 15, 21, 27
June 2, 8, 14, 20, 26 / July 2, 8, 14, 20, 26
August 1, 7, 13, 19, 25, 31
September 6, 12, 18, 24, 30
October 6,

Prices Markha Trekking
INR 49,900/- p. pers. for a group of 2 people
INR 45,900/- p. pers. for a group of 3 to 6 people
INR 43,900/- p. pers. for a group of 7 to 10 people

Terms & Conditions:  100% payment to be deposited at the time of booking confirmation. 50% Cancellation charges if the trek & tour is cancelled within 40 days before the tour. - No refund if the trek or tour is cancelled after starting or middle of the trek or tour. Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks or any factors beyond control.

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