Markha Valley Trek

8 Days - 7 Nights
  • Markha valley Trek
  • Markha Valley Trek
  • Markha valley Trek
  • Markha valley Trek
  • Markha Valley Trek


Heaven On Earth Markha valley Trek

Markha valley Trek, Kashmir is the most sought tourist place. No doubt it is called heaven on Earth. It is the place for adventurers and trekkers and a popular gateway for its raw and arid thrills with spectacular trails.

Markha valley Trek

Magnificent barren Landscapes in Markha Valley Trek

Markha valley Trek Give Us From lush green to yellow barren landscapes, it is quite a thrilling adventure of 8 days passing alongside the Indus river. Markha Valley is the largest valley in the region of course, Leh is the start point of 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.

Markha valley Trek

Spectacular villages and several mountain ranges in Markha Valley Trek

At Markha valley Trek You will be left in awe once you traverse through the tiny hamlets as you gain altitude. These villages have cae and tea houses that will rejuvenate your soul when you are tired from the strenuous hike.

One after another, Rumbak, Yurutse, Skui, 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.

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 stunning sights of K2 mountain, Stok Kangri and Kang Yatse peaks are fulfilling and the motivation of this trek.

Markha valley Trek

Why to choose Markha Valley Trek ?

See firstly, the trekking distance is a total of 128km by taxi it is 64km. By foot 64km which is to be covered into the 8 days. Leh- Chilling- Skiu-Sara- Markha-Hankar- Nimaling- Chokdo- Kongmaru La- Leh

Before heading towards the itinerary, it is really essential to perceive the reason behind choosing the Markha Valley trek

Markha valley Trek is a high-altitude mountain trek Altitudes is 5200M

The Starting trail is moderate– difficult as compare. So, this trek is for the people who have done high altitude treks before. Not meant for beginners, or family or school tour

Need proper gear & clothing for sub-zero temperature for Markha valley Trek

You got to see so many heavenly bodies at one place like the panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, like Karakoram and Ladakhi ranges. You can see pine forests, different variety of flora and fauna surpassing

I think Do spare time in Interaction with our local’s team, and you will get to know about some of the ancient tales of Indian mythology and our local cultures, this is good ideas for trekkers

Beautiful landscapes so carry proper photo gear & Extra battery backup.

The backpack should not exceed 12 kg only

Getting to our Base Camp Bara Hazar

Option 01 – By Air Direct flight to Leh is available across the country

Delhi- Leh

Kolkata- Leh

Pune – Leh

Bombay- Leh

Jet Airways, Go Air and Air India provide daily (once every day) flight service between New Delhi and Leh.

In the summer season, the services may even be provided twice a day.

However, if you plan a trip to this area of the country, you must try to book your tickets well in advance.

This might even cut down the prices which may be levied on booking at the last time.

You would enjoy the flight as you would fly over many untouched areas and even some mountain ranges.

The aerial view is just fascinating and gives a great start to your tour.

Option 02 – By Road

The road from Manali to Leh is only open in the summers.

The road trip may take you 2 days, but depending upon the weather conditions, the travel may also extend to 3 or even 4 days.

You should also make sure that you carry at least two spare tires.

Good advice would be to carry a sleeping bag with you well, as the bus may stop in the middle of nowhere for the overnight stay.

Another route to Leh via Srinagar also takes around two days.

On this route, you would pass through some lonely yet famous villages like Kargil and Khalsi.

You can reach Leh around 5:00 am to 7:00 am, vehicles will be arranged and

there you can meet our office members.

ATM Point & amp; Mobile connectivity in Markha Valley Trek

ATM POINT: Withdraw money before your journey, Manali is the last point

where you will find ATM.

(If you want to withdraw the money then do it in Leh.)

Note:-  Himalayan Hikers arrange vehicles for you from Leh and Drop Tempo

Key Points Markha Valley Trek

Duration: –   7 Nights Days from Leh to Leh

Base camp: –  Skiu base camp

Summer Temperature: –  10°C to 15°C and Night: 0°C to 7°C

Markha Valley- Altitude: –  5200m

Best Time: – May to June and September to October

Trek Level: –   Moderate- Difficult

Trek distance: –   65km

Group Size: – a minimum of 5 people a maximum of 15 people

The altitude we are going to cover per day

Leh–  3500m

Chilling– 3200m

Skiu  –     3400m

Sara  –   3500m

Markha –  3700m

Hankar  –   4000m

Nimaling – 4700m

Chokdo –    3700m

Kongmaru – 5200m

Short Itinerary of Markha valley Trek

Day 1: Pick up to you from Leh( No trekking)(3500m)

 Day 2: Acclimatization Day At Leh(Walk around nearby) (3500m)

Day 3: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu (65km By car) (2/3 hours) (4171m)(9km by foot)(4/5hours)(3400m)

Day 4: Trek from Skiu to Sara(10km) (3/4hours)(3500m)

Day 5: Trek from Sara to Markha (10 km)( 3/4 hours)(3700m)

Day 6: Trek from Markha to Hankar(11km) (5/6hours) (4000m)

Day 7: Trek from Hankar to Nimaling(9km)(3/4hours)(4700m)

Day 8: Trek from Nimaling to Chokdo Via Kongmaru La drive to Leh(16km)(7/8hours)(5200m)


Day 1: Pick up from Leh

Total distance0

Mode of journey – By taxi

Altitude –3500

Night stay – Hotels

Himalayan Hikers will pick up the trekkers from Leh and leave for the hotels to acclimatize at around 6:00 to 7:00 am.

Markha Valley trek begins from Leh. Arrive in Leh through flight or train.

Take it slowly once you arrive in Leh. Since it is at the hazardous height of 11,000 ft direct landing to this height may trigger AMS.

Make sure you rest well and not strain your body during your stay in the hotel.

Leh has gained popularity as the adventure capital of India.

It is quite famous amongst wanderers, which you can evidently see as you roam here and there.

Acclimatization is very important. Don’t rush, take it easy.


Day 2 : Leh(Acclimatization)

Total distance0

Mode of the journey – (No journey as will be acclimatizing)


Night Stay – Hotels

This is an extra day added in the itinerary to help you get acclimatized better.

Therefore, utilize this day and try to stay outdoors. Hike up to the Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Thiksey Gompa to experience the Buddhist culture. Thiksey Gompa is the largest in central Ladakh, located on a hill.

Additionally, you can interact with the locals and fellow travelers to gain some knowledge about the adjacent areas. Roam in the Leh city and the Leh Bazaar. You can collect souvenirs from a variety of shops.

You must spend the sunset at the Shanti Stupa, which is known for its dazzling lights in the evening.

Say goodbye to the wonderful Leh and rest in your hotel.


Day 3 : Drive to Chilling and trek to Skiu

Trek Distance – 72km (7/8 hours journey)

Mode of the journey – 65km by car and 9km by foot

Altitude – 3400m

Night Stay – Our Campsite – on a twin share basis

Get set as your real trek journey commences. You will be riding along the skillfully paved roadways crossing marvelous landscapes.

Throughout the road, you will encounter military camps decorated with colorful big rocks around the camps.

Do not miss Gurudwara Pathar Sahib on the right and Magnet Hill on the left as you move ahead.

The Stok Range remains on the right until it vanishes slowly when you reach Hemis National Park.

You will be pleasantly surprised once you reach Sangam. Indus and Zanskar rivers, both bottle green, yet so unique, form the most spectacular confluence.

This point is also famous as the starting end for rafting. Take a diversion here towards Chilling.

The surrounding view henceforth changes magically. Valley having stunning purple, black, grey shades of the mountains.

Juniper and tall alpine trees will border the route as you cross the Zanskar river over green iron bridges.

Take a deep breath once you get down at Chilling, as the walking will begin in a few minutes.

Skiu will mark the first camping in the tents. It is located at the confluence of rivers ShgriNala and Markha.

Skui village is largely divided into two sections, upper and lower village. Lower Skui has 12 houses quite close to each other.

A small trudge, old monastery and ruins of a palace, separate it from upper Skui.

There are small white stupas and mani stones laid towards upper Skui. Markhariver lies on the right of the village.

Most of the places here offer homestays. Relax after a mini-trek, while looking forward to the upcoming trek.


Day 4 : Trek from Skiu to Sara

Trek Distance – 10km(3/4hours journey)

Mode of journey – By foot

Altitude –3500m

Night Stay – Campsite – on twin share basis

Start fresh for the actual first trekking day. Be vigilant about birds and animals. Markha valley harbors enormous wildlife.

Magpie birds will be visible right after you step out of the house. The trail is quite evident and well-paved intermittently.

The Markhariver will remain escorting on the right, which incepts from Kang Yatse peaks.

In an hour a hut of Women Cafe can be spotted, take a small break here and keep walking.

The trail is enclosed with the valley that goes through sparse forest cover. Another hour’s trudge and the first wooden bridge comes at Zanpa Yoakma.

The bridge marks halfway of the day’s trek to Sara. Despite that, try not to relax here, because in merely 25 minutes another coffee shop at Hamourja is waiting for you to rejuvenate.

Look out for black sheep, deer, mountain goats on these banks.

Keep walking straight till Nagding village for another 40 minutes.

Right in front of the houses spot meditation caves at a height on the valley walls.

These caves are believed to be having paintings of the 20th century.

The banks of the Markha river get wider and you can find yourself stepping in the powdered sand. Enjoy the feeling of Himalayan sands.


Day 5 : Trek From Sara To Markha

Trek Distance –10km (3/4hours)

Mode of journey – By foot

Altitude – 3700m

Night Stay – Our Campsite – on a twin share basis

Start early today from Sara, carry along packed lunch.

The trail is somewhat similar to the previous day. Despite that, you will always find something new in this mysterious valley.

The first tea houses arrive immediately after 30 minutes at Chalak village.

The village has houses placed on small hills with stone protection shelter for domestic animals at the base.

Visit any of the villagers they will greet you with Namkin Chai and biscuits. Re-energize by affectionate talks and hot drinks. The destination is 2 hours away from here.

You will have to walk in the running stream of the Markha river to reach the Markha village.

The cold water will bring back all the energy. In 20 minutes, you can see the hamlet. Find your homestay and pack up for the day.


Day 6 : Trek From Markha to Hankar

Trek Distance11km (5/6hours)

Mode of journey – By foot

Altitude – 4000m

Night Stay – Our Campsite – on a twin share basis

Take the most advantage of the innocence of the salient villages because today will probably be the last habitats on the route.

The trail is beautiful and refreshing when it merges with flowing rivers and streams.

These water bodies can also be crossed over a bridge.

Umlung village is a small village and will serve the last teahouse of the trek with yet another serene monastery to your sight.

After Umlung you can get the first sight of Mt. Kang Yatse(6400m).

It seems as if the peak is calling you! Follow its voice, again overcome the river several times and enter the Hankar village.

Try to spot the magically placed Tacha monastery on a mountain. It is the last hamlet of the trek and your refuge plac


Day 7 :Trek From Hankar to Nimaling

Trek Distance –9km (¾ hours)

Mode of journey – By foot

Altitude – 4700m

Night Stay – Our campsite on a twin share basis

Get all enthusiastic, after yesterday’s tough trek, today will be an easy and short trek.

Start walking and in 1 km you will find diversions or paths separating out. The other route goes to Rupshu and Zanskar.

Keep walking on the left path until a stone bridge. This marks that you are on right trail.

Henceforth, you can see many diversions, please be careful and follow the trek leader/guide.

In the next 2 hours, the pastures of Thochuntse becomes visible. There camping sites and tea houses here.

Try to engulf yourself in nature and move slowly just as you focus on the Kang Yatse peak.

The peak seems to grow bigger and bigger. Surprisingly, tranquil twin lakes also come along the path.

The trails enter into a huge grassland after a few fights crossing streams of the high altitudes.

Sheep, mountain goats, sometimes rabbits are found grazing at Nimling.

It is a pleasant camping place. It is the high point you will attain on this trek.

There are instances of snowfall at this site hence we prepared for that. Above all that, just try to merge into the high world and sleep in peace.


Day 8: Trek FromNimaling to Chokdo Via Kongmaru La drive to Leh

Distance – 16km(8/9hours) 2 hours drive to Leh

Mode of journey – By foot(16km), By taxi (2 hours drive)

Altitude – 5200m

Night Stay – Our campsite on a twin share basis

This day will be nostalgic and exciting, as this is the last day of the trek landing to the highest pass of the trek.

Also, this day will be filled with surprises. After a strenuous climb of 2 hours to Kongmaru La pass, you will be pleasantly welcomed by the Karakoram Range Mountains and the excellent array of peaks.

Hold your breath for the mind-blowing sight of the huge K2 Mountain, the second-highest peak in the world.

There are prayer flags moving along the wind. To your surprise, there is a good network connection from the pass.

The trail then gradually descends, coinciding with villages to say goodbye.

The immediate trail from pass has steep and narrow descend which later opens to Chikirmo village.

Throughout the route, you can get indulged in the scenery of Indus valley and Ladakh range.

After a gradual climb down and rocky terrain, you will reach Chokdo.

This the last stop of the entire trek, which also has many homestays.

Get into the pickup vehicles that will take you to Leh.

Things to carry on trek

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the documents given below

Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voters ID, etc,
Passport and Visa important to foreigners
Medical Certificate (First part should be filled by the Doctor and Second part by the Trekker)
Declaration Certificates

Note: –  Many trekkers commit the same mistake of carrying unnecessary items on a trek which only makes the backpack heavy. It is important to know the right items to carry.
It differs from season to season if you are trekking in summers then carry less layers of warm clothing and if you are trekking in winters carry enough layers to protect yourself against chilly cold.

Necessary Items for trekkers

carry on a trek

Backpack (50 to 60 liters)
A strongly built backpack with good support is compulsory for a trek. (Rain cover is important)

Sturdy Trekking Shoes
The shoes should be strong enough with good support. The people ask if sports shoes would be comfortable but it is good to bring the right trekking shoes.

The Clothes You Should Bring On a Trek
Avoid keeping extra clothes because it only makes you backpack heavy.

Trek Pants – The jeans are never suitable for a trek so you need at least 2-3 trek pants for treks carry more for longer treks.

Jacket – Jackets are very important to carry on a trek it protects you against the chilly weather. So carry 2 jackets on a week long trek.

Layers of warm Clothing 
Carry warm woolen layers or fleece. Carry more layers during winter season (at least 2 to 3) and less during summer.

Thermals – The Temperature decreases at night so you might be need thermals for Night.

T- Shirts – Bring those t shirts which dry fast.

Poncho –They are needed if you are trekking on a Rainy day to keep you dry.

Hiking Pole

Water Bottle 2

Cap or Balaclava



Woolen and Waterproof Gloves

Socks (Woolen and Regular)


Torch head light

Personal Toiletry Items –  (toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitizer etc.)

Carry Personal Medical Kit

Personal Medical Kit (Carry minimum 5 tablets and maximum 10)

Medical Kit

Diamox – (Prevents altitude sickness)

Digene – (It cures discomfort in stomach, acidity)

Crocin Advance – (Cures fever and headache)

Aspirin/Combiflam – (Pain reliever)

Disprin – (Cures headache)

Avomine – (Prevents motion sickness)

Avil – (It treat allergies)

Norflox TZ & Lomofen – (Prevents Diarrhoea)

Ranitidine – (Reduces the amount of acid in stomach)

Volini/Moov spray – (For sprains)

Betadine/Savlon – (Antiseptic cream)


Band aid


Stretchable/Elastic bandage


Note:- Use medicines only when prescribed by the doctor. In case you face any problem during your trek, discuss and take advice from the Professional guide.

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What is Included In This Trek?

Transport Facility Leh To Leh

Forest Permit and entrance fee

Accommodation in tents on twin share basis

All meals: breakfast, packed lunch, tea, coffee, snacks, soup and dinner

(All camping gears)

High quality tents

Sleeping bags




Separate Toilet tents – Ladies and Gents

Dining Tent

Dining Table




Kitchen team

Radio Walkie Talkie for Communication

Good Experience Trek Leader guide and Technical guide

Medical Kit

Oxygen Cylinders

Crampons and Gaiters

What is Not Include In This Trek?

Personal Insurance

Medical Certificate

Personal toiletry Items and Personal Medicine kit

On first day En Route to base camp the Breakfast and Lunch are Not Included

Last Day En Route Lunch and Dinner are Not Included

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