One of the most popular and beautiful Trek Routes in Ladakh, Markha Valley is also easily approachable , medium in length of trek and hence one of the best options of treks in Ladakh. Parellel to Indus Valley, Markha valley is approachable crossing Ganda La pass 4900 m and return back to Indus Valley via Kongmaru La pass 5150 m. This trek is also popular because most the villages in the valley fall under the Hemis National Park and hence ample chances of spotting many wild animals and birds of Ladakh.
Arrive Leh Airport and transfer to hotel. Relax and acclimatize. Evening easy stroll in Leh market. Hotel, Leh
Local Monastic Tour of Shey, Thiksay and Hemis Monasteries. These some of the most interesting and popular religious sites in Ladakh and easily coverable on the second day without much stress of acclimatization.
After having breakfast drive to Zingchen (1 hr) and trek up towards Rumbak through the ascending narrow gorge. The trek is short but every 3-5 steps you gain a meter of height and hence quite tiring. The valley opens up to three wider valleys at Rumbak Sumdo . Evening one could visit the Rumbak village to the east of the camping site. Camp at Rumbak Sumdo.
After breakfast trek to Ganda La Base Camp via Yurutsey. Good area for spotting wildlife and high altitude birds. If you are lucky you might spot Blue-sheep, Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Patridge, Wooly Hare, Marmot, Red Forx, Tibetan Wolf, Eurasian Lynx and Snow Leopard. Camp at Gandala Base Camp.
Trek across Gandala Pass, via Shingo and enter the Markha Valley. Enjoy spectacular view of Zangskar Rage from the Pass. Camp Skyu.
The trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m across 22km, crossing the Markha rivulet a couple of times. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village, complete with a derelict fort on the hill side and a small village monastery. Overnight camp.
Kang Yatse (6400m), a magnificent snow-clad mountain commands the views for the next two days. A popular place to spot herds of blue sheep slide up and down the steep cliffs with incredible agility. Overnight Camp.
You pass several main (stones with prayer inscriptions) walls and suddenly come across a small lake. The view is wonderful from here – both of Kang Yatse, whose bulk gets reflected in the still waters of the lake, and also of the Markha Valley which we are now well above. Overnight camp.
As we climb the last short but steep slope to the top there are good views over the Zanskar range and of the vertical ice walls on the north face of Kang Yatse. The trail eases out to reach the river bed at Shang Sumdo. Overnight Camp.
Get into vehicles to go to Hemis monastery (optional) or continue directly to Leh. Afternoon in Leh market for shopping for souvenirs from Leh. Overnight hotel in Leh.
Early morning transfer to airport for Leh-Delhi flight.