15 Days


“An adventure around vast and largest valley of Ladakh, a little Tibet.
Explore the remote corners of Ladakh and its beautiful wild country.
Crossing high and scenic passes of
Ganda-La and Kongmaru-La
Exciting walks around isolated villages visiting old historical monasteries
Grand views of Zaskar and Ladakh Himal range on daily scenic trekking”



Markha Valley Trekking, one of the best that one can enjoy and experience the wild desert-like country. As well as exploring rural farm villages and ruin ancient forts and majestic monasteries that Ladakh has to offer. An exciting walk and quite strenuous for some days crossing high passes Ganda-La, Shang-La, Matcho-La.


The highest of all is Kangmaru-La at 5,216 m /17,113 feet, which rewards a breathtaking panorama of scenic landscapes with snow peaks.


Markha Valley Trekking, the largest valley of Ladakh offers stunning scenic vista, as well as visiting nice interesting settlements.

The Markha Valley is one of the most popular areas for adventure trekking around the huge Ladakh plateau.


The whole valley is renowned for fabulous vista and Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries around isolated windblown villages.

Markha Valley trekking begins, on arrival from Delhi to Leh the capital of Ladakh, a union territory of India. Located close to the Karakoram and Zaskar Himalayan Mountains, famously known as ‘Little Tibet’ as well the land of high passes. The word ‘La’ means passes and Dhak for countless, which makes the name Ladakh, situated in northwest India.


In Leh, for acclimatization and tour of the famous historical and religious site of great interest, along with its colorful culture.

After a wonderful time at Leh and beyond, our adventure starts with an exciting drive towards the scenic countryside. Following the Zaskar River and into a gorge towards Skiu and Zingchen villages, then starts our walk to Yurutse.


The walk leads to cross the first pass over Ganda-La Pass at 4, 950 m towards Shingo, isolated small Yak herder settlements. After spending overnight camping at Hankar and Nimoling smaller farm areas then heading towards high trails around the windswept arid valley. Where climb leads to cross the highest pass Kongmaru-La at 5,260 m towards Choskrimo, a small Yak herder camp. A spectacular panorama of high Markha valley with exciting views of the Karakoram and Zaskar Himalaya range from Kongmaru-La.


Slowly walk leads to our destination at the end of classic adventure crossing two more passes of Shang-La and Matho-La.


As trek leads towards Stok village, where our amazing Markha valley concludes taking a drive back to Leh. At Leh for last final overnight stop in Ladakh, after great mesmerizing adventure on Markha Valley Trekking.


Outline Itinerary:
Day 01:      Arrival at Leh / Ladakh 3, 500 m Kushok Bakula Rimpoche
airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:      A day in Leh for acclimatization and tour of Leh former
palace, Shanti Stupa overnight in View Point Hotel.
Day 03:      At Leh tour of Shey, Thiksey, and Hemis Monastery.
Day 04:      Full day drive and tour of Lamayuru, Alchi Gompa.
Day 05:       Drive to Zingchen and trek towards Yurutse 4,148 m-06 hrs.
Day 06:      Trek to Shingo 4, 138 m via Ganda-la Pass 4, 950 m-06 hrs. Day 07:   Trek to Shara 3, 619 m and camp – 07 hrs.
Day 08:       Trek to Hankar 3, 840 m and camp – 06 hrs.
Day 09:      Trek to Nimoling 4, 720 m and camp -06 hrs.
Day 10:      Trek to Choskirmo 3,915 m via Kongmaru-La 5,216 m-06 hrs.
Day 11:      Trek to Shyang Phu 4, 146 m and camp – 06 hrs.
Day 12:       Trek to Gangbuche 4, 228 m via Shang-La 4, 800 m-06 hrs.
Day 13:      Trek to Chagmachen 3,445 m via Matho-La 4,876 m- 06 hrs.
Day 14:      Trek to Stok village 2,3 hrs and to Leh 3, 500 m -04 hrs.
Day 15:      Depart from Leh for Delhi for connecting international flight.


Best seasons for Markha Valley Trekking:


The best time for this wonderful adventurous trekking is from the mid-spring and autumn seasons, late spring April and May, and autumn/fall begins from September to October months.


April & May are fine clear days most of the time, with longer sun-light hours but can get overcast in the late afternoon with chances of snow sometimes. Autumn / Falls another best time for the climb and tour of Ladakh with a fine clear day. But days are short with sunlight hours can be freezing cold, especially in the morning, and night times will be clear with bright starry nights. Chances of snowfall during the climb.


For interested people can visit Ladakh for a tour and trekking during summer times of June to August also. As Ladakh falls within rain shadow area, where monsoon dark rain clouds blocked by the great Himalayas. That is why Ladakh most areas are dry and arid with fewer rains.


Religion and Culture:

Ladakh and the North West Himalaya are populated by Ladakhi people descendants of a mixed tribal race of Mons of North India, and Dards of Baltistan with Mongols of Central Asia. History shows the Mons were the first immigrants, followed by Dards who founded different settlements in the Indus valley. Follows strong Buddhism religion and culture similar to Tibetan culture of ancient Buddhism heritage with many monasteries of great religious significance.




Morning after a short scenic of an hour flight to Leh from Delhi, on arrival at Leh, Ladakh Kushok Bakula Rimpoche. As you head outside the air terminal, our staff and guide receives you for short drive in the heart of Leh town to your Hotels. Afternoon free at leisure, optional walk to the center of Leh and its market.

At Leh, for acclimatization and for exciting tour at places of interest, Leh has a vast range of main bazaar on the street colorful local fruits and vegetables vendors. The streets are busy with roadside restaurant, cafes and craft shops. The old Leh Palace stands on the top of the high hill overlooking the Leh city and its valley. The white Peace (Shanti) Stupa stands nearby high on hill which is worth a visit for the great views of Leh. The world's highest Polo ground located beyond the main bus station, rest of the day free at leisure to browse around Leh, Ladakh capital.

Morning after breakfast, a full day tour taking a drive to Hemis, one of the largest and wealthiest monasteries in Ladakh with more than 150 monks; an annual Hemis festival is held. The monastery, stands in a gorge surrounded by mountain scenery, built in 18th Century. On the way back to Leh visit Thiksey Gompa built in 16th Century, situated on a hill top. The monastery enriched with Tibetan-style books, a huge Buddha statue and excellent works of arts.
Last stop on the way back to Leh, tour of ruined Shey Palace once a summer palace of the pre-Tibetan kings. Shey and its fort also known as Lachen Palkar Palace, the massive nine-story stone structure lies at the base of the Tsemo ridge and towers over the old town. Built by King Senge Namgyal during 15th till 17th Centuary in a Tibetan style.
The palace monastery houses a large, bronze, blue haired Buddha statue and then drive to Leh hotel for overnight.

Start the day early morning for exciting drive and tour of Lamayuru and Alchi Gompa. Where drive leads along the Indus River, then crossing Indus River as journey leads past Alchi to Lamayuru, a windblown village with few willow and Populus trees and farmland.
Lamayuru area is famous for its monastery, and moonlike landscape the monastery is ancient, one of the oldest and largest monasteries in Ladakh, stands above the main road. From here drive to Alchi farm village a tour of 10th Century Alchi monastery of great religious and historical interest. After a great drive and tour of famous areas of Ladakh and its old religious and historical monasteries drive back to Leh for overnight.

Morning an exciting drive from Leh towards Zingchen village, as drive heads beyond Leh town suburb. The highway runs along the Indus River then reaching a small settlement of Zinchen at the height of 3, 380 m.
where our pack animals of mules will be waiting to load all the camping gear. Start the walk as path gradually ascends entering a spectacular gorge to the village of Rumbak at 3, 960 m. Walk follows further for an hour then set the camp on a wide field of Yurutse a small place of Yak herder.

After a pleasant overnight at tented camp in Yurutse, morning after a good breakfast, following a high trail with grand views of Stok Khang-Ri looms above ahead. Adventure continues on open mountainscape and then cross the first pass of the trip over Ganda-La. Enjoy the morning views of the snow-capped Stok Khang-Ri range, as walk begins with gradual climb with series of switchbacks we make the final gradual ascent to the Ganda-La at 4, 950 m. From the pass overlooking super endless folds of the Zanskar Range snow-capped summits of the main Himalaya Range before completing the gradual descent to the village of Shingo for overnight camp.

Morning from Shingo the trail leads towards a narrow gorge lined with some willow, poplar trees and wild rose bushes. Which provides a natural canopy along the side of a river. As walk proceeds at the confluence of the stream coming from Shogdo and the Markha Valley. Our route then head up the Markha Valley to Narding, as walk follows for a short while then reaching grassy meadow where our campsite is set at a small settlement of Shara.

From this pleasant camping spot, morning walk leads to gradual climb heading towards Markha Valley past few small settlements on route to Markha, the largest village around the valley. Time permitting visit the ruined old fort above the village, tour of the Gompa that has recently been renovated by funds from trekkers and Hemis monastery.
After a refreshing stop and tour of Markha village, continue trek heading above the valley to cross a river, just before the village of Umlung. As route leads beyond the village the valley opens facing imposing view of Mt. Kang Yatse peak and Kangyaze peaks at 6, 400 m high. Then slowly walk leads to Hankar, the highest village around the Markha Valley for overnight camp.

Morning from Hanker our route diverts from the main trail as climb starts across yak herders pastures at the base of the Zalung-La.
A steep climb to the top of Zalung-La at 5, 190 m high rewards grand views of snow-clad peaks with jagged ridges of the Zaskar Himal Range. From the pass descend towards Hangkar, and then climbs steadily up into a narrow valley, past small spread-out villages to enter Nimoling plain within a wide broad undulating meadow that extends up to the base of the snow-capped peak of Kang Yatse at 6,410 m high that dominates the Nimoling valley, with small glacial ponds and rivulets flowing all over its meadows, where our camp is set for overnight.
A lovely summer pastures area for yaks, sheep, goats, dzo’s and horses, not only from the Markha, but also from villages all around.
Himalayan marmots and white-tailed hare are seen in abundance if lucky on the right season might spot herd of blue sheep and snow wolf.

Start the morning early, to cross the highest pass of the adventure, as day starts towards north of the Markha Valley. Taking a slow stride with steep climb, then reaching Kongmaru-La at 5,216 m / 17, 113 feet high. Enjoy spectacular panorama of snow-capped peaks stretching as far towards east and west horizon. Includes K2 peaks in the far west direction on clear fine day. After a grand views of Karakoram and Zaskar Himal range. A slow descends steeply to the head of the Martselang valley towards Choskirmo a places with natural hot spring to enjoy, after setting the overnight night camp.

After a wonderful time at Choskirmo with refreshing bath in hot spring, morning walk to Sumdo or Shyang-Sumdo. As walk follows through past few nice settlement, facing grand views of snow peaks and then slowly trek reaches at Shyang Phu for overnight camp, near a small village by the river side.

Start the day following a wide trail past number of cattle herder camps, as route leads to climb over a small pass of Shang-La. On top enjoy glorious panorama of the wide Markha valley with distant snow mountain range. After a refreshing stop along with grand views descend to a little settlement of Gangbuche for overnight camp.

Enjoy the morning walk on leaving Chagmachen camp, as route takes you on top Matho-La, the last pass of the adventure. An hour or more of steeper climb to the ridge facing wonderful panorama of surrounding Markha valley with snow mountain range. After an enjoyable vista, downhill to Chagmachen for last overnight camp of the adventure.

Morning after breakfast clear the camp, taking care of garbage leaving the camp site as pristine as it were. After a marvelous time in complete wilderness and achieving our goal and highlight of the adventure with life time experience. Start the morning walk of some hours to Stok village, a gradual walk on the last day trek following a nice level path down the valley then end the day walk on reaching at Stok village. Having rest and bidding farewell to mule and pony drivers, then board in a vehicle for exciting drive of few hour to Leh, for last overnight in Leh and at Ladakh.

Depending upon the flight time, guide and staff transfer you for a short drive to the airport for flight to Delhi after a memorable experience on Markha Valley trekking adventure.

Cost Includes

  • All arrival and departure ground transport Leh to Leh from airport to hotel and vice-versa.
  • Hotel accommodation on 3 stars or in tourist standard hotels in Leh, or in major towns like at Manali-Himachal Pradesh as per the itinerary and related trip cost. B-L-D.
  • From Leh and throughout the treks on full board from hotel-lodge-guest house accommodation with three time meals B-L-D includes afternoon tea and light snacks.
  • On treks and tours in a private cars, jeep, coach, or buses as per the itinerary to the start of trekking and at the end of trek.
  • On treks or tours all applicable entrance permits, including national park and conservation fees.
  • All guided tours with professional guides, tour escorts, and good drivers.
  • Applicable Trekking Permits and national park or conservation entry fees.
  • Wages, medical insurance, meals, and transportation allowance of guide, trekking staff, and porters. Including horse / yak or mule drivers.
  • Comprehensive Medical / First Aid Kit and Gamow Bag in high altitude trek.Groups briefing on arrival.
  • Full board on tented camping with all meals included, with separate kitchen unit of cook, kitchen staff, guides and porters or horsemen.
  • At Camping with large dining tents as per size of a group, includes toilet tents. Shower tents and generator to charge electronic gadgets on request.
  • Applicable Climbing Permits, with guide special bonus on above 6,000 m peaks.
  • Guides special climbing insurance, climbing equipment allowances.
  • Staying in guest-house or lodges where ever available on trek and climbing trips, includes all meals B-L-D.

Cost Excludes

  • International air-fare, Personal medical / travel insurance and flight from Delhi to Leh and back. As well India Visa entry fee.
  • Expenses of individual nature drinks, laundry, telephone bills, gratitude and meals in Leh or in major villages on route trekking or tour. As per the itinerary chosen. As well laundry, recharge of electronic items and hot-showers.
  • Personal Trekking-Climbing gear and equipment’s including down jackets- sleeping bags if not provided by the company as per the trip cost.
  • Single Supplement on hotel rooms as well on trek in lodge where clients should inform ahead on booking with extra charge on booking single private rooms where available.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportations including immediate Helicopter services if required on accidents, sickness and personal problems.
  • Early return from the tour or treks will not be entertainment with refund, where client should borne all the expenses incurred including accompany guide-porters services.
  • Gratitude / Tipping at the end of treks and climbs.

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions):

01: How to book with a reliable company for trekking Ladakh?

Almost all local companies are reliable depending upon your choice of holidays, duration, and budget-wise. But one can try Brown Bear Treks & Expeditions, one of the renowned adventure companies based in Nepal. Brown Bear runs exciting trips all around India in Ladakh, Sikkim, and Darjeeling, including Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. You can search our home page sites and choose the right holidays, and book accordingly with the one and only Brown Bear for Himalayan Adventure Holidays.

02: What will be the weather in Ladakh?

The weather is fine in most parts of Ladakh, however, Himalayan weather sometimes is unpredictable. Depends upon the region of trekking and other holidays in Ladakh North West India as altitude wise, higher than 3,000 meters day times are sunny most of the time with cooler morning and evening time.
Ladakh with four main seasons spring from March to May and summer / Monsoon starts from June to August. Includes autumn/fall from September to November, as well as winter from December to February.
The best favorable seasons for visiting the Himalayas around the spring and autumn seasons.

03: What ages does the company allows for trekking?

Age is no bar in all our trekking adventures, we have space for all ages from children from 5 to 70 years old person, as long one is physically, medically, and mentally fit. In treks that involve high passes of over 5,000 meters then we consider the age groups.

04: How are the foods and accommodation on trekking?

Most places around Ladakh due to its remote and isolated region, trekking with tented camping. Staying in the lodge where available, but using tented camping on most treks and climbing peaks in Ladakh.

Few trekking regions have good lodge facilities with excellent, neat, and cozy lodges. During camping our cook will provide excellent home-cooked food as per the areas of trekking. Trekkers will be delighted to find food from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Tibetan, and Nepali meals as well fresh bakery products in some time. All meals are cooked in a healthy and hygienic manner using LPG cooking gas or in kerosene stoves. Meals are served in a large dining tent as per the size of a group, we carry gas lamps to light the dining tents.

05: What happens if one is sick on trek?

Our guides are fully prepared for this kind of situation, we carry a medical kit and the guides have gone through yearly medical training, if it’s very serious needs to be evacuated by any means of transport like a helicopter the safe and quickest way(for this reason one should have strong travel/ medical insurance to cover this extra expenses) we will contact our helicopter companies to uplift and evacuate and then bring back to the nearest hospital and medical care or in Leh depending upon distance and circumstances.

06: What to expect on trekking?

Depending upon the area of trekking routes as Ladakh is a wild country of high hills and downhill, so on a normal trek, there are many ups and downs walking with few gradual trails. Trekking routes encounter several mid hills and traditional villages full of culture and religions with shrines, monasteries with prayer symbol like Mani, stupa along the walks, and villagers are friendly and greets you with smiles.

07: Is there facilities to re-charge our electronic items as well with Wi Fi?

Internet, Wi-Fi, and phone are available around every village and large settlement on route main trekking areas. Sometimes the internet and WI-FI are slow and might be disturbing due to weather-wise.

As well depending on the landscapes around the gorge and deep valleys, the internet and WI-FI will not reach the areas. One must be prepared and wait until one reach certain high places, where communication works.

Electricity available run by hydro-power, as well solar power nearly in all main villages on route trekking. Only around remote areas where camping is required, will not have electricity facilities or Wi-Fi for some days.

At every lodge charging fees include per hour and per item, the price differs from one place to another.

08: Can we have hot showers on trekking?

Hot / Cold showers are available in every lodge where you stay overnights mainly around popular trekking routes. All lodges charge some amount for using hot-showers in all standard lodges. But on camping days there will be no hot-showers available, but we can provide shower tents on request.

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