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Markha Valley Trek

Markha valley trek is one of the expensive treks that is gaining popularity among visitors who want to explore the Leh area and feel the thrill of venturing through widely sought destination. You start from Delhi, stay in hotels around Karol Bagh and then begin the journey. Please stop by to know more about this trek.

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Outline Itineraries:

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi

Day 02: Delhi

Day 03: Delhi - Leh

Day 04-05-06: Leh

Day 07: Leh - spikot - Jingchin (3,380m.)

Day 08: Jinchen - Yurutse (4,120m.)

Day 09: Ganda la - Shingu - Skiu (3,145m.)

Day 10: Skiu (3,400 m.) - Markha (3,700 m.)

Day 11: Markha - Hank - Thachungtse (4,020 m.)

Day 12: Thachungtse - Nimaling (4,878 m.)

Day 13: Nimaling

Day 14: Nimaling (4,700 m.) - Shang Sumdo (3973 m.)

Day 15: Shang Sumdo (3,600 m.) - Hemis - Leh

Day 16: Leh

Day 17: Leh - Delhi

Day 18: Departure from Delhi

Detail Itineraries:

Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
You will be received and taken to the hotel from our staffs at Delhi airport. You can rest and explore the surrounding areas for local cuisine, local music and city life.

Day 02: Delhi
You start early in the morning after breakfast and visit amazing places like Jama Mosque, Red Fort, Tajghat, the Parliament Building, President’s house. A full day filled with sight seeing will also take you to places like Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar and many other places.

Day 03: Delhi - Leh
Take a flight in the morning and land in Leh. Once in Leh, you will be transferred to your assigned hotel. You can explore Leh on your own the entire day.

Day 04-05-06: Leh
You will be spending the next three days in Leh. Also, you will be accompanied by a local guide fluent in English who will take you to places like Shankar Gompa, Shanti Stupa and Tsemo Castle. You will be visiting faboulous attractions like Thiksey, Shey. Shey was the old capital and home of the kings of Ladakh before the new capital was established in Leh. The palace is located in a strategic and outstanding Indian Valley. The main temple contains the largest Buddha statue carved by Nepalese sculptors. Thiksey, its main Gompa (Buddhist temple) is a spectacular sight as it is situated on top of a steep hill while the rest of the complex extends to his feet. It was found in the fifteenth century by the monks Gelukpa.

Day 07: Leh - spikot - Jingchin (3,380m.)
Spikot is only 15 minutes and 7km far from Leh which is at 3,505 mts. There lies an interesting Monastery on the top of this place. From there, you will walk around a dusty track for 10 kms. with little slope, through desert terrain. Later you enter Jingchin, a wide valley in which the court is taking up in sweeping curves of a slope.

Day 08: Jinchen - Yurutse (4,120m.)
The trek starts after breakfast. The first part is a gradual ascending path, a beautiful walk area also known as Snow Leopard. You can find wildlife. At the end of the trek reach Rumbak and from there the road continues right into the small town of Yurutse. After reaching Yurutse, you will set up the camp at the base of Ganda La pass. You will feel the altitude. There is a good sources of water nearby.

Day 09: Ganda la - Shingu - Skiu (3,145m.)
You will start towards up to the valley to reach the hill of Ganda La. You can see typical flags on strings stretched from side to side step, also called prayer flags. You can see good views over the entire region of Zanskar. You can see a broad valley while descending. At the end of the valley there lies narrow gorges, rocks and dense vegetation that is scenic and interesting. The path is outlined by stone fences and fields of work. Later you reach Skiu which is dominated by the Monastery that is perched on a rock. That is the Markha Valley. Skiu is a ramshackle town with several interesting stupas and tombs. You will see abundant games throughout the trek, which one triggered by the Buddhist sense that prevents killing animals. The fauna is the jewel of the snow leopard, very difficult to see.

Day 10: Skiu (3,400 m.) - Markha (3,700 m.)
The trek from Skiu to Markha is approximately 6 hours long. It is a very pleasant walk through one of the most beautiful areas of the Markha Valley. Long march through the Markha Valley with wide stretches of flat terrain and some comebacks. The road runs generally along the bottom of the valley, sometimes turns to occupy the right or left into a certain height above the runway, to descend again. You can see cereal fields, and in them, villagers working.

Day 11: Markha - Hank - Thachungtse (4,020 m.)
Leave the camp across the river by a bridge, remove your shoes and cross the river (4 or 5 m.). The water holds strong current therefore you will have to follow the guide. Later you cross a zone of ‘chortens’ that is very interesting. Again there is a much more narrow steep slope. The atmosphere becomes more severe even though you continue through the cereal fields. The landscape changes over rugged alpine. They look spectacular, like ruins of an ancient fortified monastery.

Day 12: Thachungtse - Nimaling (4,878 m.)
Continue trek up towards the valley which is not very steep downhill. It is important at this stage to be close to the otherwise you will be missed easily. Nimaling is the head of the valley that is wide, grassy and place with shepherds and flocks of abundant herds of yaks and sheep, dominated by the north face of Mount severe Yaze Kang, of 6,400 m. covered with ice. At night the temperature can drop to near zero degrees.

Day 13: Nimaling
A well deserved day of relaxation and rest. You can wash your clothes, stroll around the area, experience local food and many more.

Day 14: Nimaling (4,700 m.) - Shang Sumdo (3973 m.)
The road up to the hill of Gongmarula is soft and comfortable (about 2 hours), saving a few zig-zags end after extensive lateral flank. Above, again, you will see prayer flags. The descent is very steep, by narrow way. Later enter the narrow gorges, passing either side of the river. The valley then opens to a gentle descent and climbs occasionally. And then you reach Sumdo, at the confluence of Nala and Martselang Shang.

Day 15: Shang Sumdo (3,600 m.) - Hemis - Leh
After another 1 hour walk, you reach Martselang where you will expect for a jeep to take you to Hemis. Hemis is famous for a Monastery where a festival is celebrated on July 11. Later you arrive Leh for the overnight stay.

Day 16: Leh
You can visit nearby places at Leh.

Day 17: Leh - Delhi
You will also have to board your flight to Delhi on this day.

Day 18: Departure from Delhi
Transfer to airport for flight back to Kathmandu.

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Markha Valley Trek

Cost Includes

  • Lodging and fooding during the entire tour.
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees.
  • Transportation and travel permits
  • All arrangements to carry your luggage

Cost Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry, telephone and bar bills, gratuities
  • Medical fees in case of emergency
  • Any expenses due to natural calamity and unforeseen circumstances

Upon Arrival

When you arrive at Tribhuban International Airport, our staff will greet you and transport you to your accomodations. After resting, the next day you will have a sightseeing tour of the city's most influential cultural landmarks. Before departing for your trek, we will review your itinerary, introduce you to your guide and help with the final preparations for your journey.


You will be spending four nights at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast and while Everest Base Camp Trek, we provide the best available lodges/guesthouses on a twin-sharing basis. We provide private bathrooms with hot shower whether possible normally at Phakding, Namche and Lukla.

Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible.

Meals and Drinking Water

We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. During the Everest Base Camp Trekking; your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

The general travel information that may help your journey to and through Nepal make comfortable and hassle free.

Visa requirement:

Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

International flight accessibility to Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in Nepal situation in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal.

Flying From Europe: Best connecting to Kathmandu are Silk Air via Singapore, Etihad from Abu Dhabi, Qatar Airways via Doha, Thai Airways via Bangkok, Dragon Air via Hongkong. Flying From USA: North West or Cathay Pacific to Hongkong and connect with Nepal Airlines (RA) to Kathmandu.

Flying From Australia: Silk Air and Dragon Air connect directly to Kathmandu or fly by Quantas to Bangkok and connect with Thai Airways to Kathmandu.

Airport tax: Airport tax is not applicable for international flight. NRP 200 per person per sector is payable for domestic flight only.

Customs Formalities

All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs of the port of entry. Personal effects are permitted free entry. The duty on articles brought by the visitor varies according to the volume and value of the goods. A tourist may bring in dutiable goods, such as tobacco and liquors, within the prescribed quantity free of duty. Carrying narcotic, arms, ammunition are strictly prohibited. Tourists are required to fill up disembarkation and embarkation cards upon their arrival and departure.

Green Channel

Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.


Apart from used personal belongings, visitors are allowed to bring to Nepal free of duty cigarettes (200) or cigars (50), distilled liquor (one 1.15 liter bottle), and film (15 rolls). You can also bring in the following articles free of duty on condition that you take them out with you when you leave: binoculars, movie or video camera, still camera, laptop computer, and portable music system.


It is illegal to export objects over 100 years old (sacred images, paintings, manuscripts) that are valued for culture and religious reasons. Visitors are advised not to purchase such items as they are Nepal's cultural heritage and belong here. The Department of Archaeology at Ramshah Path near Singha Durbar has to certify all metal statues, sacred paintings and similar objects before they are allowed to be sent or carried out of the country.

Currency and Foreign Exchange

The unit of the Nepalese Currency is Rupee. 1 Nepal Rupee = 100 paisa. Nepal rupee notes come in Rs. 5, 10, 20, 50, 500, 1000. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the foreign exchange counters at the airport. It is advised to exchange foreign currency only through the banks and authorized forign exchange. Daily foreign rates as determined by Nepal Rastya bank are published on daily newspaper or its official site

Travel Insurance

It is strongly advised to have travel coverage insurance while traveling to Nepal. You should leave a copy of your insurance while you are away on tour.

High Altitude sickness:

Whilst on the trek, one can suffer mild to serious symptoms of high altitude sickness which is also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Major initial symptoms of high altitude sickness are Nausea, vomiting Loss of appetite, Insomnia/sleeplessness, Persistent headache, Dizziness, light headedness, confusion, Disorientation, drunken gait, Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs, Slight swelling of hands and face, Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity, Reduced urine output. Symptoms of AMS can appear at altitude above 300 meters. As we ascend in the mountain, air pressure becomes thin and consequently the amount of available oxygen also falls. Adequate acclimatization is always recommended in the mountain. Plenty of daily liquid intake is essential to minimize AMS effect. Our trekking team crews also carry First aid Kit along with them. In case of any difficulty When trekking in the Himalayas, you will be suggested to halt the trek rest at the guesthouse or if the symptoms cause any serious concern, it is necessary to descend to the lower altitude. In case of emergency, you will be immediately airlifted to Kathmandu city for further treatment.

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