The Markha River is a river in Ladakh, India. It is a tributary of the Zanskar River and starts at the junction of the Langtang Chu and Nimaling Chu. Villages along the river valley include Skiu, Markha, Umlung and Hangkar.

Quick Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Delhi to Leh 

Day 02: Acclamitazation Day

Day 03: Drive to Chilling & trek to Skiu 

Day 04: Skiu to Markha (3700m)

Day 05: Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)

Day 06: Thachungtse to Nimaling (4700m)

Day 07: Free day at Nimaling 

Day 08: Nimaling to Langthang Chen (4350m)

Day 09: Langthang Chen to Zalung Karpo La Base (4750m) 

Day 10: Zalung Karpo La (5200m) to Sorra (4600m)

Day 11: Sorra to Dat (4350m) 

Day 12: Drive to Leh 5hrs.

Day 13: Fly Leh to Delhi

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Fly Delhi to Leh 

The flight takes us over the Greater Himalayas and makes an exciting landing at one of the highest airports in the world. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Acclamitazation Day

Visit the famous monasteries of Shey & Thiksey. Back to hotel for lunch. Overnight at hotel. (Acclamitazation Day)

Day 03: Drive to Chilling & trek to Skiu 

We drive west along the Indus valley till Nimu, the confluence of Zanskar & Indus river. Turn south to follow the Zanskar river till Chilling. We have an interesting river crossing here on a cable trolley and walk is along a flat & desolate plain till past the village of Kaya. The valley narrows from Kaya and we get to Skiu shortly. Just before you enter the village, there is a small monastery on top of a rocky cliff.

Day 04: Skiu to Markha (3700m)

This is a long days walk but the trail to Markha is not too strenuous, rising about 300m across 22km, crossing the Markha river a couple of times. The landscape keeps changing as we climb and there is enough to keep one interested. Markha is a substantial village, complete with a derelict fort on the hillside and a small village monastery. Overnight Camp.

Day 05: Markha to Thachungtse (4150m)

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..

Day 06: Thachungtse to Nimaling (4700m)

You pass several mani (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.

Day 07: Free day at Nimaling 

Hike up to Kongmaru La (5230m) or just take it easy. Overnight Camp.

Day 08: Nimaling to Langthang Chen (4350m)

The next four days of the trek are the most beautiful ad we walk towards Kharnak valley which is not very often visited by trekkers. We traverse the slopes of Kangyatse mountain and the scenery becomes quite dramatic. We have the jagged mountains in front of us all the time while we walk on the rolling hill sides. After an initial uphill walk we skirt around the ridges to drop down to Langthang Chu, a tributary of Markha valley

Day 09: Langthang Chen to Zalung Karpo La Base (4750m)

Its an easy day and the main valley starts become narrower and the stream is smaller to cross which we have to do a few times. We camp at a grassy spot just before the pass.

Day 10: Zalung Karpo La (5200m) to Sorra (4600m) 5-6hrs

It becomes steeper and as we reach the pass we realize that it was only a false summit. The trail goes further up theough a a scenery of rolling mountains. From the pass we see jagged rock pinnacles, typical of Zanskar range on the south while the Kangyatse massif lies behind us. It is a steep zig zg descent to Sorra village which is quite deserted in the summers when the inhabitants take their livestock to higher pastures.

Day 11: Sorra to Dat (4350m) 4-5hrs

We now follow the river in a dramatic & a beautiful canyon. The whole walk is quite magical as we have willows in the floor of the gorge and a clear stream running through. We finish the trek at the village which is inhabited by semi-nomadic herders. There is a small monastery in the village.

Day 12: Drive to Leh 5hrs.

The drive takes us through the famous Manali Leh highway which we meet at More plains and we cross Tanglang La (5328m) which is amongst the top few high motorable passes in the world.

Day 13: Fly Leh to Delhi

Early morning transfer to the airport to take the onward flight to Delhi. Trip ends!

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Cost Details



- All arrangements for staying and camping while on the trip
- All transport in a non AC car as per the itinerary above
- Accommodation on twin share basis in tents / ‘A’ class hotels (all meals included)
- Professional guide fee, wildlife fee and climbing permit
- All trekking arrangements with an experienced guiding team, camp staff, cook etc.
- Includes 9% Service tax (Subject to change as per Govt rules)


- Delhi - Leh - Delhi airfare. Railway station / airport transfers in Delhi
- Sleeping bag, items of personal clothing and personal climbing equipment (budget on spending INR 6000 if renting equipment from Leh)
- Porterage of personal baggage
- Expenses of a personal nature like laundry, insurance Beverages and snacks in Leh or any other tea house, tips for guides, cooks & porters
- Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.

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