08 Nights /
Trekking Route : Leh
- Chilling and trek -
Skiu - Sara
- Markha - Hunker -
Nimaling - Chokdo via
Kongmaru La - Leh
Day 01 : Arrival Leh
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.
Cafes are loaded here which are hanging out places for
adventurers. There is a good network connection in Leh
and has ATMs. Leh is the good option to fill up your
things to carry list if you have forgotten any item.
Despite cafes in close vicinity try to stay away from
alcohol and avoid smoking. Apart from that, Leh is also
known for monasteries, palaces and temples. Make sure to
visit them as you enjoy your small treat in Leh.
Day 02 : Acclimatisation at
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. Avoid gaining height
by hiking to nearby passes or valley. This is only to
avoid stressing your body, as it may hinder the process
Additionally, you can interact with the locals and
fellow travellers to gain some knowledge about the
adjacent areas. Roam in the Leh city and the Leh Bazaar.
You can collect souvenirs from the 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.
: Drive Leh to Chilling and trek to Skiu
Get set as your real trek journey commences. You will be
riding along the skillfully paved roadways crossing
marvellous landscapes. Throughout the road, you will
encounter military camps decorated with colourful big
rocks around the camps. Do not miss GurudwaraPathar
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 starting end for rafting. Take a
diversion here towards Chilling. The surrounding view
henceforth changes magically. The open terrain beside
the road enters into the closed valley. Valley having
stunning purple, black, grey shades of the mountains.
Juniper and tall alpine trees will border the route as
you cross the Zanskarriver over green iron bridges. Take
a deep breath once you get down at Chilling, as the
walking will begin in a few minutes.
The trek ahead incepts with a steep ascent going through
Zingchen gorge. Amidst you will also cross the river on
a trolley at Kaya-Do place. The trail many times comes
across the river. Skiu will mark the first camping in
the tents. It is located at the confluence of rivers
Shgri Nala 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.
Overnight stay at Homestay.
: Skui to Sara
Start fresh for the actual first trekking day. Be
vigilant about birds and animals. Markha valley harbours
enormous wildlife. Magpie bird 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 gets wider and you can find yourself stepping in
the powdered sand. Enjoy the feeling of Himalayan sands.
After about 1 hour from Nagding village, a big entrance
of Sara village appears. The entrance is decorated with
skeletons of wild animals. Unlike Skui, Sara seems like
an open area. The homestay has a traditional round
seating outside, giving it a unique look. You can have
your lunch and then just roam around to get familiar
with nature. Fill in your stomach with hot drinks and a
delicious dinner, Overnight stay at
: Sara to Markha
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. Overnight stay at
Every small distance you can find Mani stones laid
around white stupas. These stones are engraved with
Buddhist prayers, some of them in the Sanskrit language
too. Be humble in front of these historic symbols. Do
not dare to touch these stones. The villagers believe
these stones are protected by some powers, any harm to
them will cause harm to that person. Do not forget to
notice ruins of the palace at every turn in the valley.
This can be figured out by flags at a height on small
temples. These palaces were considered as viewpoints and
signalling points during the reign of the Kings. Markha
village is considered as the largest village, you can
find numerous houses, scattered away. You will have to
walk in the running stream of Markha river to reach to
the Markha village. The cold water will bring back all
the energy. In 20 minutes, you can see the hamlet.
Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 06 : Markha to Hankar
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 river 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 place.
Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 07 : Hankar to Nimaling
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.
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.
Overnight stay at Camp.
Day 08 : Nimaling to Chokdo
via Kongmaru La drive to Leh
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
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 into the scenery of Indus valley and Ladakh
range. After a gradual climb down and rocky terrain, you
will reach Chokdo. This this the last stop of the entire
trek, that also has many homestays. Get into the pickup
vehicles that will take you to Leh.
Check in Hotel and Overnight stay.
: Leh Departure
After breakfast check out hotel and driver will drop to
you Leh Airport.
End of the trip and
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