The Markha Valley Trek is popular because you get so much packed into a relatively short period of time. We are Ladakh specialists and work with the local community for both our camping treks or home stay treks. Home stay treks in Ladakh are very popular and can bring the price down as you will be staying with families enroute (along with other trekkers).
The Markha Valley Trek is accessible from Leh by 4WD which takes a couple of hours and offers some of the most breath taking views you will see in the Himalayas. Throw into the mix reasonably challenging climbs through snow capped mountains, colourful and ever changing rocky landscapes, an assortment of river crossings and you have a trail which engages both the mind and the soul. Enroute you pass monasteries which appear to cling to the rock faces and villages in small pockets of verdant green land (for those who have visited Northern Pakistan you will see similarities).
Break your day with stops at small villages and enjoy tea with the friendly locals. The wide open pastures at Nimaling provide a lovely place to relax and the more adventurous can go a little further to climb the left shoulder of Kangyatze peak (6,100 m). The Marka Valley Trek can be busy during peak months – the word is out that it’s a beautiful part of the world I’m afraid – and consequently homestays can be quite busy. Don’t let that put you off though – there is a lot of mountain to go round everyone.
Trek Difficulty Grade: Moderate
Maximum altitude: 5,130 m
Best Period: Mid June to 1st week of October
Trip length: 9 nights camping – though bear in mind you will need to stay in Leh for 3 days beforehand and probably 1 after the trek.
For an idea of what to expect read our blog
Itinerary at a glance:
Days 1 to 4:
Arrive Delhi and fly to Leh
Drive to Spituk and begin trek
Days 06 to 13:
On trek ending in Martselang and driving to Leh
Days 14 to 15:
Fly to Delhi
Fly back home