This trek takes place between Lamayuru and Alchi, and it is an excellent combination of ancient Buddhist monasteries and the natural beauty of Ladakh.
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Summer trekking in the Markha Valley
In India, trekking through the Markha valley of Ladakh involves crossing over two high passes, namely, Gandala at 4980 meters and Gongmaru-la at 5100 meters. The trekking trail passes through a vast swathe of high altitudes sheltered from the Indian monsoon’s rain-bearing clouds, making it an ideal summer trekking destination in the Himalayas.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gastronome trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety at all times while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our gourmet trekking adventures.
Arrive in Delhi around midnight. Our representative at the Indira Gandhi International airport will meet you and transfer you to the domestic terminal to connect to Leh. Our representative will bring you to the domestic terminal and brief you on your flight to Leh.
Arrive, Leh, take it easy. We will go for an orientation walk in the afternoon into town.
A full day’s sightseeing tour. We visit some of the area’s most important monasteries at Shey and Thikse monasteries, for example.
Today, we drive up to the Khardung La 5380 m, one of the world’s highest road passes. Great views of the Karakoram peaks, then return to the hotel in Leh.
Drive to Spituk Monastery; begin trek camp at Jingchen 3400 m. It is just a short drive via Spituk Monastery and the start of our trek at Lato. We have a comfortable first day via the Jingchan Gorge to our camp at Rumbak 3800 m.
Trek to Ganda-La Base 4650 m. Another short day of trekking as we pass through the village of Yurutse to a camp at the foot of the Ganda La 4380 m.
Trek to Shingo Via Ganda-La Pass 4890 m. Today, we make the steep hike up to the Ganda La 4900 m and a short 5-hour trek to Shingo. On this day, we will miss most of the other trekkers as they go further on a rather long day till Skiu.
We start our morning trekking downhill in the deep gorge till we reach the Markha Valley at Skiu. We will walk along a flattish path to once again a lesser-used camping ground avoiding most of the other trekkers.
What is usually another long day for most trekkers is shortened by the previous day’s walk. The trek beside the Markha River leads through several isolated hamlets to Markha Village 3800 m.
Still following the river and crossing it on a couple of occasions, we trek past the highest village in the valley at Hangkar, continuing to Tachungtse. We camp much higher than all the other trekkers, giving us a sense of achievement.
We leave the last of the settlement behind today and trek up onto the Nimaling Plains to a camp 4600 m beneath the peak of Kang Yatze.
Trekking on a zig-zag trail, we cross the Kongmaru La 5100 m and descend through a rocky gorge to Chuskirmo.
Descending the steep, rocky valley to Hemis, there is time to explore this vital monastery before driving back to Leh’s hotel.
Fly back to Delhi, and the tour ends, or you can extend with one night in Delhi to a couple of nights’ extensions to visit the Taj Mahal at Agra.
- ‘A’ class hotel in Leh
- All meals, as mentioned on the trip, as mentioned.
- Experienced regional leader or hire Raj
- Porters or pack animals on the trek
- Trek permit
- Park fees
- Staff insurance
- Non a/c transport
- Accommodation a mentioned in the program.
- Sightseeing as indicated
- International airfare and airport tax
- Hotel in Delhi. The cost of a hotel room in Delhi ranges from US$50 to a couple of hundred dollars, depending on the standard chosen.
- Internal airfare for Delhi / Leh / Delhi sector in economy class. The airfare can cost from US$60 to $500, perhaps even higher each way. July and August are the busiest months. It is best to book the flights in advance.
- Travel insurance
- Any extra activities & optional tours
- Riding horse during the trek
- Personal bills like drinks, bar & beverages, tips, telephone, laundry, any additional and optional trips than the above, etc.
- Anything which is not included in the includes section
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tips at your discretion)
MFrom3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a visa?
All foreign nationals who want to enter India need to possess a valid international travel document such as a passport with a valid visa obtained from an Indian Mission or Post abroad. All visa applicants are requested to apply for the Indian visa online by filling the online application form.
The duly signed hard copy of the completed application form will be submitted at the concerned Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to the Indian Mission or Post. The instructions to fill the form and appointment scheduling can be seen at the Regular Visa Application Instructions. The applicant must bring the referral number and the required documents on the interview’s scheduled date.
The status of the visa application can be checked on the link for Visa Enquiry. The applicants are also requested to visit the website of the Indian Mission for detailed information about the Indian visa.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travelers?
You are safe as long as you are respectful of the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently (this won’t pose too much problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
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High altitude myths.
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For more articles, you can go to our blogs.