Ladakh: The Markha Valley

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Classic trekking in 'Little Tibet'


Duration: 14 Days
Starts in: India
Group Size: 4-16

Operated by:

Exodus Travels

The original adventure and activity holiday company specializing in cultural, walking, cycling, winter and wildlife adventures.


Start Delhi.

Fly to Leh (3500m); rest of the day free.

Exploring in and around Leh, visiting the town, palace and monasteries at Shey and Thikse.

Acclimatisation walk in Leh Valley; optional jeep drive to the Khardung La (which at 5602m, is the highest motorable road in the world).

Short drive to Jinchen; trek to Rumbak.

Pass Yurutse village to reach the base of the Ganda La.

Cross the Ganda La (4970m) to Skiu in the Markha Valley.

Follow the river to Markha (3750m).

Trek to Thachungste, visiting Tache Gompa perched above us en route.

Climb to the high plateau at Nimaling.

Cross the Gongmaru La (5286m) with views of the high Ladakh Range.

Finish the trek near Hemis; visit the monastery and drive to Leh.

Fly to Delhi.

End Delhi.

Additional Information

Ladakh remains one of the best places to experience the unique culture of the High Himalaya. As our trek follows the Markha River, we discover a landscape where lofty peaks of the Stok, Matho and Zanskar Ranges tower above picturesque Ladakhi villages and verdant valleys below. From the highest pass, the Gongmaru La (5200m), we enjoy incredible views extending as far as Tibet, before descending to Hemis, Ladakh’s largest and most famous monastery.


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